As exciting as it may be to realize you and your partner have spent a full decade together as a married couple, hitting your 11th wedding anniversary is just as much of a cause for celebration. That’s a whole lot of time to have committed to being by each other’s side, and there’s no better way to honor this milestone than by gifting your spouse a present that’s made out of steel, aka the traditional 11th anniversary gift.
Steel has this significance because it’s “a strong and durable metal, and after more than a decade together, your bond will be stronger and more durable than ever before,” explains wedding expert Zoe Burke. As such, steel is a great choice for an anniversary gift, and there are a ton of high-quality options available from retailers like Etsy and Amazon if you’re looking for ideas. With Burke's advice, we found memorable gifts that fit different budgets, lifestyles, and needs.
Read on for the best steel anniversary gifts.
Anniversary Gifts 11 Year Anniversary Metal Date Night Dice
Available on Amazon, these two steel dice are engraved with 36 different options for date night ideas. Just roll the pair before your next free evening, and let fate decide how you and your partner will spend your time. The dice come in a velvet bag for protection and have a card with instructions included, as well. It’s a fun and unique anniversary gift idea that will inspire many date nights to come.
Price at the time of publish: $17
Wanderweg 11th Anniversary Steel Ring Dish
Made from a single piece of thick steel, this lovely jewelry dish from Etsy is a great way to hold engagement and wedding rings, cuff links, and more. You can personalize it by adding you and your spouse’s initials and wedding date (or a different message if you want) in a font of your choosing, and even pick where on the dish you want the words to go.
Price at the time of publish: $45+
CustomSpoonGuy “Spooning Since” Anniversary Gift
For a small and sweet 11th-anniversary gift idea, look no further than this stainless steel spoon from Etsy, which comes in two sizes and reads the message, “Spooning Since _” with your wedding date filled in above a tiny heart. It’s food-safe and dishwasher-safe as well, so you and your partner can use the adorable utensil for years to come (or put it aside as a special item to bring out at every anniversary).
Price at the time of publish: $13
CrossMetalWorks Custom Steel-Cut Name Sign
If you and your partner have a shared last name, it’ll look great displayed in this graphic steel design. Choose from nine finish options and a range of heights (14 inches to 60 inches tall). It's a memorable way to celebrate your marriage and welcome guests into your home at the same time.
Price at the time of publish: $42+
DandelionMetalworks Custom Song Lyrics Sign
Pay tribute to the song you and your partner had your first dance to at your wedding with this custom song lyrics sign, available on Etsy. The large steel sign can fit up to 100 characters of lyrics (or any other message of your choosing), so you and your loved one can sing along and reminisce about your wedding every time you pass it by in your home.
Price at the time of publish: $113
OldYankeeBlacksmith Hand-Forged Steel Rose
This beautiful 12-inch-long “rose” is handcrafted out of steel and has a slightly multicolored finish as a result of the forging process. A brass finish is also available, which is a perfect option if you and your partner are celebrating your 21st anniversary (it's the traditional gift for that year). Whether you choose a singular rose or cluster several in a vase, it's a statement-making piece that your spouse will treasure for years to come.
Price at the time of publish: $40
VintageBrandingCo Handwritten Stainless Steel Cuff Bracelet
Available on Etsy, this lovely steel bracelet looks just as good worn by itself as layered with other pieces of jewelry. Customize it with a message of your choosing that's etched onto the cuff—choose from one of many elegant options for both font and engraving style. There's also an option to feature your own handwriting for an even more personalized and intimate anniversary gift.
Price at the time of publish: $35+
CoolKeyRings “You Are STEEL The One” Keychain
How cute is this hand-stamped steel keychain? You purchase it as as an individual item or as a set of two, so both you and your spouse can have one with you at all times. For an added touch, personalize the keychain by adding your initials and/or anniversary date on the back.
Price at the time of publish: $17
Pirantin 11 Years We Made a Family Ornament
If you and your spouse have children together, this heartwarming gift idea from Amazon will tug at your spouse's heartstrings. This engraved wood shelf features several hand-crafted steel figurines—in addition to the couple, add up to four children to complete your family. And, as you grow, there's an option to buy additional figures.
Price at the time of publish: $40
BrassHoncho Engraved Pocket Knife
For a unique and useful gift idea, consider this engraved steel pocket knife, which comes with its own gorgeous wood gift box that can also be engraved. Pick from several fonts for the name or message you want to be written on the knife and the box, and customize the stain color to fit the recipient's taste.
Price at the time of publish: $30+
ChainedDragonJewelry Steel Necklace Steel Necklace
This beautiful handmade pendant features a bold infinity “love knot” design, made up of 11 solid steel rings and two smaller rings (symbols for you and your spouse). It’s an elegant and attractive necklace that, when worn, will always remind your partner of the love the two of you share and the commitment you’ve chosen to continually make to one another.
Price at the time of publish: $100
CoachHouseForge Steel Tally Mark Bookmark
If you’re married to a reader, check out this adorable steel bookmark, which is a simple and sweet anniversary gift idea for all book-loving couples. It’s designed with 11 tally marks on the end, meant to represent the years you and your partner have spent by each other’s sides, and it comes with a cute tassel that’s available in nine pretty colors.
Price at the time of publish: $29
AmericanAftermarkets Metal Infinity Sign
What better way to remind your spouse that you plan to be together forever than with an infinity sign that spells out your initials? This modern design is made from 14-gauge steel and is powder-coated for a smooth, elegant look. Choose from dozens of color options for the finish, so you can be sure that the sign perfectly matches the rest of your home decor.
Price at the time of publish: $29
Yawall Whiskey Stones Gift Set
If your partner loves having a glass of whiskey after a long day’s work, this sophisticated set will earn a dedicated spot on your home bar. Stainless steel whiskey stones are paired with two old-fashioned whiskey glasses, and are presented in a carved wooden box (no gift wrap required!). You and your partner will be cheering for 11 years and hopefully many more to come.
Price at the time of publish: $20
NazForge Steel Bottle Opener
A small, yet meaningful, anniversary gift idea, this handmade bottle opener features the words “11 years” written on the steel handle, alongside a tiny heart and a decorative copper wrap. Celebrate all the milestones you've experienced together by popping open a special bottle and putting this great little gift to use.
Price at the time of publish: $36
CoolKeyRings Matching Secret Message Keychains
Now, this is an unforgettable 11th-anniversary gift. This keychain set from Etsy spells out your anniversary date when placed together, like a secret message meant for only you and your spouse. Each one can be customized with your initials as well, so they'll look great on their own, but be more special as a pair—just like the two of you.
Price at the time of publish: $23
GiftForHimAndHerEtsy Custom Steel Map Tray
If your partner loves to entertain, they'll love this cool steel tray that’s customized with the city map and location of the place you got married (or where you met). You can also add your initials and anniversary date for an extra special touch, and pick from two size options to be sure it’s the right fit for your home.
Price at the time of publish: $89+
SpokenGifts Stainless Steel Cooler
This stylish and useful insulated steel cooler is large enough to fit most wine and champagne bottles, making it a perfect choice for an 11th-anniversary celebration. Personalize it with your initials (which will be etched onto the cooler in a pretty wreath) and up to three lines of messages—choose from your anniversary date or the location of your wedding.
Price at the time of publish: $30
Meet the Expert
What To Look For in a Steel Anniversary Gift
Consider Your Partner's Style and Needs
“It's important to consider the surroundings and needs of the person you're shopping for,” says Burke. That means thinking about your spouse’s taste and style, but also the place and climate in which you live. “There's no point buying a huge silverware set if you live in a tiny apartment, or a steel garden ornament that will rust in a damper climate,” Burke notes.
Stuck on what to get your partner? Think of their favorite hobbies and activities, and surely you can find a steel version to gift. If your partner is a major bookworm, they'll find this steel bookmark to be a sweet yet practical gift (add a favorite book or a gift card to up the ante). Or if the two of you love catching up over drinks, a personalized bottle opener is a gift both of you can enjoy.
“Whatever you go for, look for the option to personalize it to make it even more special,” says Burke. Something as simple as a keychain can feel romantic when it's personalized with your wedding date and initials like this set from Etsy. Or you can go all out with a custom tray featuring a map of the locations that mark your relationship.
What are the most popular steel anniversary gift ideas?
Anything made of stainless steel, says Burke since the material is easy to care for and has so many options for gifting. “You can treat your partner to a brand new stainless steel silverware set to refresh your dining table, or you could get creative with cufflinks, key rings, or even a hip flask,” she says.
How should you care for steel gifts?
“For stainless steel, you should only need warm water and a mild detergent to keep it looking new,” advises Burke. Some types of steel that are more prone to rusting, so Burke suggests keeping those items in an area that isn't too humid to protect it. "The best thing to do is to seek the advice of the manufacturer or maker of your gift, or research the particular style of steel you have, as it varies depending on the type," she advises.
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Brides writer Rachel Simon has extensively covered weddings and other lifestyle topics for dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. She was also recently married and is looking forward to celebrating many anniversaries for years to come.