The 25 Best Wooden Anniversary Gifts for Your 5th Anniversary and Beyond

For a love that's solid and enduring

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What do love and trees have in common? They’re both strong and stable, can withstand difficult weather, and with nurturing and care they thrive and grow. That’s why wood is a wonderful, and meaningful, anniversary gift. As the traditional 5th-anniversary gift, wood is symbolic of a marriage that is solid, sturdy, and enduring. And as a gift for any other anniversary—well, it’s symbolic of the same thing! Which imbues the gift with a powerful, poignant meaning to mark any milestone in a marriage. 

Wood comes in many forms. From artwork to tabletop serving pieces, accessories to appliances and furniture to scents, wood makes up so many parts of our world. While it’s an amazing material, it also means that finding that special something made of wood can be both easy and overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our very favorite gifts for your bae—the ones that have romance in their roots and significance in their core.

Read on for the best wooden anniversary gifts.

Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set

Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set

Courtesy of Anthropologie

These wooden heart dishes are a perfect place to keep anything from rings and jewelry to salt and pepper. They’re hand-carved from wild olive wood by Kenyan artisans who use traditional techniques. The best part—the purchase of these bowls supports economic growth and fosters traditional artisan skills in rural communities in East Africa.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Tree Wood Carving

Uncommon Goods Personalized Tree Wood Carving

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Just like initials carved in a tree, this plaque is symbolic of the enduring nature of love. Made of beautiful Baltic birchwood, this personalized tree wood carving is sweet and romantic.

Liel and Lentz Wooden Heart Necklace

LielandLentz Wooden Heart Necklace

Courtesy of Etsy

For the lady who loves bling, this necklace is just the thing. Handcrafted in Canada, this wooden heart features five inlaid sterling silver dots—the a perfect 5th-anniversary gift that’s both sweet and symbolic.

Cufflinks, Inc. Wood Inlay Cuff Links

Cufflinks, Inc. Wood Inlay Cuff Links

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Refined and rustic meet in this handsome pair of cufflinks. This classic anniversary gift has polished natural-wood inlays set in stainless steel.  A perfect gift for the leading gentleman in your life.

Farmhouse PotteryHandcrafted Wood Bowls

Handcrafted Wood Bowls

Courtesy of Food52

If a wooden bowl sounds like a lackluster gift, think again. These stunning bowls are hand-carved from New England ash wood and come in a range of sizes and shades to fit your dinner party decor.

The Laser Engraving Company The Original Engraved Olive Wood Heart

thelaserengravingco The Original Engraved Olive Wood Heart

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This hand-carved olive wood heart comes engraved with your choice of words. Include a short message or quote on the back for a heartfelt gift that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Rada Wood Bauble Drop Earrings

Rada Wood Bauble Drop Earrings

Courtesy of Anthropologie

If you like to shower your S.O. with jewelry but are wondering how to incorporate wood, these earrings make it easy. Carved wooden baubles are paired with dazzling rhinestones for a stunning keepsake she’ll want to show off. 

Miss Poppins and Me Wood Rose 5th Anniversary Gift

MissPoppinsandMe Wood Rose 5th Anniversary Gift

Courtesy of Etsy

A classic anniversary gift with a meaningful twist! This handmade wooden rose is symbolic of both your 5th-anniversary and the eternal love you share (plus, a wood flower won't wilt!).

Mark & Graham Wooden Valet Tray

Mark & Graham Wooden Valet Tray, Stripe

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

This classic wooden valet tray has a personalized pop! Emblazoned with a bold stripe and laser-engraved monogram, this gift is a perfect catchall for special treasures as well as everyday essentials like keys and sunglasses.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Wood Cut City Map

Uncommon Goods Personalized Wood Cut City Map

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

For the couple who’s planted roots in one special place, this gift marks the spot. The laser-cut wood map is an homage to the place called home. Included are heart-shaped pins to mark some of the locales closest to the heart.

Wooden Studio Co Wooden Watch

WoodenStudioCo Wooden Watch

Courtesy of Etsy

Here’s a piece of wood he can wear. This classic timepiece is handmade with a handsome wooden casing. Engrave the back with a sweet sentiment or monogram for a timeless gift that’s full of meaning.

Made by Yoke Sandal/Rose Aromatherapy Perfume Oil

Made by Yoke Sandal/Rose Aromatherapy Perfume Oil

Courtesy of Made by Yoke

Earthy sandalwood meets delicate rose for a blend that is both woodsy and feminine. This deeply calming perfume oil is formulated to help her unwind—truly a gift!

Cloudfield Wood Sunglasses

cloudfield Wood Sunglasses

Courtesy of Amazon

This cool pair of sunnies has a bamboo wood frame and polarized lenses to protect your honey’s eyes for the long haul. Crafted by hand and made to last, they also come with a matching wooden protective case.

belaDESIGN Wooden Ring Holder

belaDESIGN Wooden Ring Holder

Courtesy of Amazon

For those times when rocking your bling isn’t the thing. This wooden ring holder is chic, modern, and made for keeping your precious jewels safely stacked and on display. 

Shutterfly Freeze Frame Wall Art

Shutterfly Freeze Frame Wall Art

Courtesy of Shutterfly

Whether you’re looking for a 5th-anniversary gift or craving a unique couple’s portrait, this gift will do the trick. This custom artwork features a favorite photo printed on woodgrain—the resulting effect is muted and rustic, yet chic.

Foundry Select Bexton Wood Bench

Foundry Select Bexton Wood Bench

Courtesy of Wayfair

This modern wooden bench is an ideal gift for the couple who’s deep in home decorating mode. The organic acacia wood seat and iron legs give off a mid-century, industrial vibe that works with a range of decor styles.

Shun Classic Blonde 5-Piece Starter Set

Shun Classic Blonde 5-Piece Starter Set

Courtesy of Sur La Table

The PakkaWood set from exceptional Japanese knife maker, Shun, features three classic knives, honing steel, and a storage rack. Built to last, this gift is one that the chef in your life will use for years to come.

Wooden Goods By Mr. Deer Wooden Photo Album

WoodenGoodsByMrDeer Wooden Photo Album

Courtesy of Etsy

Photo gifts never go out of style! Wonderful as an anniversary gift, wedding photo album or to celebrate five years, this wooden photo album will make an impression. Customize the cover with names, dates, and a design of your liking for a photo book that’s as sturdy and enduring as the wood it’s made from.

Scrabble Deluxe Wooden Edition Board Game

Scrabble Deluxe Wooden Edition Board Game

Courtesy of Amazon

If game night if their thing, this deluxe Scrabble set is a winner. Complete with a wooden cabinet and gold foil-stamped details, this gift will get the party started.

Dust and Things Personalized Wooden Keepsake Box

Dust and Things Personalized Wooden Keepsake Box

Courtesy of Amazon

This personalized wooden keepsake box is a perfect place to store treasured memories and meaningful mementos. Engrave the top with names and a date and (bonus!) add a message to the bottom for a secret sentiment that just between you and your boo.

Mark & Graham Stainless Steel and Wood Tray

Mark & Graham Stainless Steel and Wood Tray

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

Whether you’re delivering cocktails or breakfast in bed, this gift elevates your game.  The tray is made of sustainable wood and finished with sleek stainless steel handles. Personalize it with a monogram for a classic and classy, gift.

Shinola Detroit Shinola + Benchmade Mini Crooked River Wood Handled Pocket Knife

Shinola + Benchmade Mini Crooked River Wood Handled Pocket Knife

Courtesy of Shinola Detroit

Crafted by expert American knife makers, this everyday knife is made to last a lifetime. It has a classic shape with a sleek and stylish design—a perfect gift for the modern woodsman.

Anza White Espresso Machine

Anza White Espresso Machine

Courtesy of Goop

A gift for the aspiring barista, this espresso machine is simply stunning and it also makes killer coffee beverages! The sleek white exterior is finished with handsome wood details for a gift that’s as rich and smooth as the coffee it makes.

Paper Anniversary Personalized Walnut Wood Wall Art

Paper Anniversary Personalized Walnut Wood Wall Art

Courtesy of Paper Anniversary

Practically a family plaque, this personalized wall art features your state or country, name, and date cut from rich walnut wood that’s layered over organic cotton. Perfect for hanging in an entryway or kitchen, this piece says "home".

Personalization Mall Carved in Love Personalized Picture Frame

Personalization Mall Carved in Love Personalized Picture Frame

Courtesy of Personalization Mall

Fifth anniversary or first, your love continues to grow. This personalized wooden frame is illustrated with a tree to symbolize the strength, stability, and abundance of your partnership.

FAQs

Which year is wood considered to be the traditional anniversary gift?

Wood is the traditional gift for the 5th-anniversary. "Anything made from a tree that was special to someone, in turn, makes a special gift," says woodshop owner, Roy Underhill. Wood is symbolic of the strength, stability, and enduring nature of marriage after five years. Although it’s traditional to give a wooden gift on the 5th-anniversary, wood is a wonderful gift for almost any anniversary because its meaning carries significance that applies to any long-term relationship

What’s the best way to care for wooden gifts?

Caring for wooden gifts is dependent on the type and finish of the wood. As a good rule of thumb, most wooden items can be cleaned with a damp cloth and warm, soapy water. If you’re cleaning tabletop goods—such as salad bowls, cutting boards, spoons, or utensils—washing them by hand with warm soapy water and towel drying them will provide the best results for cleaning and preserving your wooden items. Mineral oil can be applied to some wood, especially wooden serveware, and cutting boards to repel foods and liquids and preserve the wood. 

Meet the Expert

Roy Underhill is the host of the PBS television series The Woodwright’s Shop. A student of traditional woodworking, he has a master’s degree from Duke University in engineering, forestry, and history. He is also the author of several woodworking books. 

Why trust Brides

Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world, and web, hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to all things wooden! With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s vetting products.

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