Cheers to five years! With half a decade down and a lifetime to go, it’s time to celebrate—and that usually includes a special gift to mark the occasion. According to anniversary gift-giving guidelines, the traditional fifth-anniversary gift is crafted from wood. "The traditional fifth-anniversary gift of wood represents strong roots in your relationship," says NYC-based event planner and registry expert Jung Lee. Nowadays, flatware and sapphire jewelry are also considered standard presents to commemorate five years together. But don’t feel like you have to be limited to those materials and items. Depending on a couple's personalities and interests, consider a keepsake gift or a unique experience gift.
“There are so many options for any type of wedding party or spouse-related gifts that it can make your head spin,” says New Jersey-based wedding and event planner Sarah Cunningham Mastriano. “A lot of the choices are quite literally things no one wants to own—a cutting board with someone else's wedding date and name on it from a wedding you were in 10 years ago? Just no.” Based on what Cunningham Mastriano has seen as a professional planner she instead recommends thoughtful five-year anniversary gifts that have a bit of a functional element to them, too. Of course, what's heartfelt and practical to one person may not be to another, so you might want to take some time brainstorming what your partner uses in his or her everyday life to brainstorm the perfect wedding anniversary present.
Gifting an experience can be a meaningful and memorable way to celebrate a fifth anniversary, especially for the couple who already has everything.
Whether you’re buying a special something for your spouse or celebrating a close friend’s anniversary, we've researched gorgeous fifth-anniversary gifts that are guaranteed to please (and maybe even cause a happy tear or two). When scouring for the best gift options for your special someone, we considered uniqueness, thoughtfulness, personalization, and overall quality.
Meet the Expert
- Jung Lee is an event planner and registry expert in New York City. Her lifestyle store Jung Lee NY offers a range of gorgeous, curated gifts for entertaining and the home.
- Sarah Cunningham Mastriano is the owner and lead planner at A Lovely Universe based in New Jersey. She also specializes in custom gifting for weddings and beyond.
For a heart-warming customized token of your marriage, we especially love the Modern Timez Engraved Compass and the Blim and Blum Custom Song Lyric Print. For the couple who wants to celebrate by doing a new experience together, the St. Elmo Steak House NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two is a romantic (and tasty) pick.
Based on our research, read on for the best fifth-anniversary gifts.
VRAI Linked Tennis Earring
Our top pick goes against tradition–we just can't resist these stunning diamond earrings! From the VRAI x Brides Collection, this pair features four graduated round brilliant diamonds that are linked together in a dramatic setting. The unique and modern design will add subtle sparkle to any ensemble. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
Price at time of publish: $995
Blim and Blum Custom Song Lyric Print
Turn the lyrics to your favorite song into artwork for your wall. Choose lines from your wedding song to be displayed in the shape of a vinyl record along with the title and artist. Plus, adding a personalized message makes it an extra special gift to celebrate you as a couple.
Price at time of publish: $31
Minted Heart Marks the Spot Custom Map
Heart marks the spot where you said "I do" thanks to this intricate custom art piece. Personalize it with your names, wedding date, and wedding venue location for a thoughtful and heartfelt touch. Add a wood frame to follow the traditional theme—we especially love the "White Wood Frame" option, which is handcrafted in Italy.
Price at time of publish: $41 for the 8x8, $55 for the 11x11
Artsy Voiceprint Soundwave Wall Art
How cool is this? You can actually transform a voice message or your first dance song into a piece of wall art with this one-of-a-kind gift. Simply send in your selected song or an audio or video file, and those unique sound waves will be printed directly on a ¾” thick piece of birchwood that comes ready for hanging with mounting screws. You can also add a special message, initials, names, or dates to the print to complete the incredibly special gift. It's a thoughtful conversation piece that's sure to be appreciated—and it will seamlessly blend with many styles of home decor.
Price at time of publish: $35
Boutique Heritage Engraved Cutting Board
For an anniversary gift that’ll earn itself a place of honor on the couple’s countertop, look to this custom cutting board. Both useful and beautiful, it's crafted out of the natural wood of your choice (either cherry, walnut, or oak) and features unique tints, patterns, and natural knots. It's a perfect nod to tradition crafted with modern style. There are six designs available, with each being customizable with the couple’s first or last names and wedding date. Once engraved, the piece is treated with hot mineral oil to keep it lustrous for many anniversaries to come.
Price at time of publish: $39
Our Love Was Born Star Map Wall Decor
What did the stars look like on the night you said, “I do”? Mark the occasion with these star maps, which are customizable by location and date. Choose a wooden frame to keep with the traditional fifth-anniversary theme.
Price at time of publish: $46
The Pearson Shop Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
Made from maple plywood, this upscale and customized version of the classic game is cute enough to display on your bookshelf. Instead of the usual circles, it uses hearts and the letters of your names. Plus, it’s a fun way to get competitive with your spouse.
Price at time of publish: $85
Enjoy the Wood World Map Travel Wall Art
Is the couple you’re shopping for a pair of avid world travelers? Do you always spot their wanderlust-worthy vacation photos on your Instagram feed? Then allow us to introduce you to the perfect anniversary gift for jet setters. Handcrafted from sturdy birch plywood, this large wall art is laser engraved and cut to create a rustic world map. Include a box of push pins so they can mark off all the places they’ve explored over the past five years. It meets the mark for being both a traditional wooden gift and celebrating five years of marriage and travels.
Price at time of publish: $339
Jon and Julie Rousseau Personalized Wine Serving Tray
Whether for your future dinner parties or a wine and movie night for two, this serving tray will undoubtedly come in handy. The mango wood features mandala-inspired designs and slots for a bottle of bubbly or your favorite red or white blend, plus up to four wine glasses. It can even be customized with a name and special date (like the year you tied the knot). To complete the gift, we recommend including a bottle of wine to toast to five glorious years together.
Price at time of publish: $75
AHeirloom Customized State Wood Cutting Board
Handmade from wood, this gift doubles as a cutting board or a cheeseboard. It's a wonderful way to pay homage to the fifth-anniversary gift-giving tradition, and it can even be customized further with a date or initial engravings. Choose from a range of states or countries to find one that means the most to you.
Price at time of publish: $62
Blue Nile Sapphire Eternity Ring
Surprise your spouse on this special anniversary with a stunning sapphire ring. A special piece of jewelry like this one feels luxurious and is the perfect way to show your love and appreciation for your partner. This petite ring is designed with 14-karat gold and is all but guaranteed to be cherished.
Price at time of publish: $525
Jeremiah and Kassy Reynolds Custom Bourbon Barrel Lazy Susan
Crafted from reclaimed white oak bourbon barrels, this rotating tray is about to become MVP at all family dinners. Measuring in at almost two feet wide (just think about all the side dishes it can hold), it’s handmade in Melbourne, Arkansas. After the wood is sanded and finished, it can be personalized with the couple’s name and wedding date, as well as their hometown or the location where they tied the knot.
Price at time of publish: $150
What our testers say
"This serving piece is both useful and beautiful. It's especially great for meals that feature a lot of condiments and toppings, or for appetizers, charcuterie, and tapas." -Kate Donovan, Senior Commerce Editor
Modern Timez Engraved Brass Compass
This unique keepsake is the perfect gift for the spouse who has everything. Tucked inside the wooden case hides a custom-engraved brass compass, where you can add an engraved message. Though brass isn't exactly a traditional gift for a fifth anniversary, its high quality and personal touch make this compass a special gift for the occasion.
Price at time of publish: $29
Mejuri Floating Sapphire Necklace
This delicate and affordable necklace features sapphire gemstones on a gold or silver strand. The simple, classic design means that it can be worn every day—or it can be paired with other pieces for a dressed up look. It's a great way to pamper your spouse if you're on a budget.
Price at time of publish: $98
Jennie Kwon Baguette Stud in Blue Sapphire
Mark the fifth anniversary with the new traditional gift of sapphire jewelry. While these shiny studs can’t hold a candle to that wedding ring, they sure are gorgeous and practically guaranteed to become their second favorite piece of jewelry. Sold as either single studs or as pairs, these Los Angeles-made Jennie Kwon earrings feature gleaming stones of sapphire, a baguette shape, and a frame of 14K yellow gold.
Price at time of publish: $190
Hugo Smash Leather Strap Watch
With a sapphire-hued watch face that’s right on theme, this piece of unisex jewelry would make a perfect fifth anniversary gift. The combination of the golden plated border, polished hands, and thick brown leather strap gives it a laid-back yet luxurious feel that’s fit for just about anyone’s personal style. Finished with a minimalist logo and stick indexes, it’ll remind the recipient of you whenever they check the time.
Price at time of publish: $140
Venus et Fleur Classic Collection in Deep Blue
Flowers may not be the traditional fifth-anniversary gift, but they are perfect for just about any occasion—especially when they come in a sapphire blue hue. Venus et Fleur blooms are available in a variety of colors, all of which are grown and treated with non-toxic wax and natural oils to last an entire year or more. Housed in a Parisian hat-inspired box, the roses will look full and beautiful until your sixth anniversary!
Price at time of publish: $299
Uncommon Goods At the Beach Personalized Family Puzzle
From puzzle to art piece, this fun gift can be customized with your lookalikes. Add your pets or children, too! After you put it together, hang it on the wall as a special memory. It's a great way to commemorate not only your union but other members of your family you created.
Price at time of publish: $129
Zales Blue Sapphire Sunburst Necklace
Prefer gemstones over wood? The blue sapphire on this necklace is stunning and only enhanced by the diamonds arranged in a sunburst pattern around it. Though it looks weighty and expensive, it's pretty affordable and makes a great gift your spouse will adore.
Price at time of publish: $129
EF Collection Evil Eye Diamond & Sapphire Stack Ring
If you’re going more of a modern route, this gift is sure to please. The evil-eye design is made of diamonds and sapphires that are held up by a 14-karat gold band. Not only is this eccentric ring stunning on its own, but its dainty design also makes it perfect for stacking with other pieces.
Price at time of publish: $350
St. Elmo Steak House NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two
Celebrate your fifth anniversary with a delicious dinner for two at home. You can get a pair of New York-style meals with all the trimmings shipped directly to your door with this gift set from Goldbelly. Experiential gifts like this one grant quality time together and a memorable celebration. Included are two aged pure black Angus NY strip steaks, black tiger shrimp, and St. Elmo’s Steakhouse’s fiery shrimp cocktail sauce, horseradish, steak sauce, and signature seasonings. Just light some candles, break out the cloth napkins, and turn off your phones for the ultimate at-home dinner date.
Price at time of publish: $290
Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album
Spend your anniversary remembering and reflecting on your wedding day by crafting a gorgeous album for your spouse. This photo album can be filled with all your most precious pictures via digital upload. It can also be customized with your choice of cover color, paper quality, cover text, and foil stamping. Finished with a high-quality cloth-wrapped hardcover, you’ll display this beauty on your coffee table or bookshelf for countless anniversaries to come.
Price at time of publish: $152
Linoto 100% Linen Sheet Set
Linen bedding is a true luxury. In addition to it being a durable material that's worth the investment, it also keeps sleepers warm in winter and cool in summer. These high-quality sets are handcrafted in New York from Belgian and Italian linen and come in over 25 gorgeous hues to match your bedroom decor. Just like a couple may need updated dinnerware, bedding is an overlooked gift that's great for a fifth anniversary.
Price at time of publish: $299
MUUJEE Store Engraved Wood Keychain
Handcrafted in California out of walnut wood, this keychain is something your spouse will love (and use every day). The laser-engraved message is a sweet reminder of your love, and it ticks all the boxes for a traditional and special fifth-anniversary gift.
Price at time of publish: $14
Willow Park Amos Flatware Set
Elevate everyday dining with this modern flatware set. Available in gold, bronze, and black, you can spend years enjoying the gift thanks to its durable, fade- and chip-resistant design. It can be an elegant and timely update to the flatware you purchased at the time of your wedding.
Price at time of publish: $72
Crate & Barrel 2-in-1 Bean Bag Toss
Another unique wooden select, this gift will make at-home dates and backyard barbecues even more of a blast. With pine and plywood construction, this set features two games in one, the first being a classic bean bag toss. When you’re ready to switch things up, simply flip the board over to play tic-tac-toe with the X- and O-marked bean bags. It’s certainly not lost on us that those Xs and Os can be interpreted as hugs and kisses!
Price at time of publish: $160
Liel and Lentz Wood Anniversary Necklace
For a five-year anniversary gift, Cunningham Mastriano loves the idea of jewelry with a wood element in it. “This pendant necklace is something special but also not too precious; you can wear it every day,” she says.
Price at time of publish: $177
Alexis Jae Sapphire Solitaire Necklace
For another great sapphire-themed selection, try this dainty necklace. Another stellar sapphire selection? This Alexis Jae Sapphire Butterfly Necklace ($415), and the back of the butterfly can be engraved with a message of your choice for a special anniversary touch.
Price at time of publish: from $155
Nature-esque Studio Sweet Midnight Blossom Candle
This eco-friendly candle is custom-engraved with words of affirmation on a wooden wick, serving as a special reminder for your loved one to slow down, reflect, and relax. Plus, this romantic scent makes for the perfect addition to any anniversary dinner.
Price at time of publish: $36
StubHub Gift Card
Surprise your better half with the gift of a fun concert, sporting, theater, or comedy show experience together. By giving them a gift card, you let them call the shots for a pair of tickets to your next date night extravaganza.
Price at time of publish: from $25
Muujee Weddings Wood Keepsake Storage Box
“If your spouse is super sentimental, a hand-carved personalized wooden keepsake box to fill with mementos of your life together is a great option,” says Cunningham Mastriano. P.S. This box also makes a great piece at a wedding ceremony to use as a time capsule.
Price at time of publish: from $50
Sonia Hou Jewelry RICE Minimalist Chain Necklace
Rice is traditionally thrown at weddings to wish a couple good luck. After five years of marriage, boost your prosperous energy with this symbolic rice necklace as a gift to your other half. Bonus: You’ll be supporting an AAPI-owned fashion brand with your purchase.
Price at time of publish: $70
Sweave Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell Sheets
It’s been five years. Time to stop fighting over one of you being too hot and the other being too cold in bed. These temperature-regulating sheets are ideal for people who are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, they’re super soft, and they’re environmentally friendly, to boot. Choose from seven colors to match your bedroom’s decor.
Price at time of publish: from $110
Ring Bear Beveled Wood Tungsten Men's Ring
Upgrade his wedding band with this attractive beveled selection from Ring Bear. The highly durable tungsten ring comes with free personalization if you’d like to engrave it with a special word, phrase, name, or initials, and is crafted of thoughtfully sourced Koa wood, an on-the-mark pick for a fifth-anniversary pick. P.S. Check out Ring Bear’s founder David Schoenfeld’s advice for purchasing wedding bands in our guide here.
Price at time of publish: from $275
Casamera The Bathrobe
From a new sustainable and luxury bathroom essentials brand, give your partner the gift of TLC with this super comfy bathrobe. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, this bathrobe has nice details like a cozy hoodie, deep pockets, and a fashionable honeycomb weave. Throw in The Slipper ($20) to round out the gift with lovely house slippers.
Price at time of publish: $120
JTV Diamond 10k Yellow Gold Heart Pendant
Even if five years are all about sapphires, we’re sure she’ll still maintain her dear friendship with diamonds. This heart-shaped necklace is a gorgeous way to show your love after five trips around the sun together.
Price at time of publish: $319
Casio G-Shock Men's GMB2100BD-1A Analog-Digital Watch
A watch always makes a superb birthday or anniversary gift. This watch features a full metal construction and minimalist design so the wearer can rest assured it’s both sturdy and stylish. And that they’re on time for things.
Price at time of publish: $550 [$600 on Amazon]
Michelle Valadon Windows to the Soul Garnet Bracelet Cuff
This beautiful bauble is inspired by sacred geometry. We think it makes a wonderful anniversary gift because garnets symbolize healing, strengthening, and protection, and the stone also represents commitment.
Price at time of publish: $950
Sojourner Store Hand Casting Kit
Capture your love in 3D form: Use this hand mold kit to create a sculpture of your hands interlocked and display it as a keepsake in your home. As a nice plus, this kit is a fun activity to do together over a nice meal for a fun at-home date night.
Price at time of publish: $25
The Forever Rose Custom Enchanted Rose
Pay homage to your forevermore with this sentimental anniversary gift: A rose dipped in gold (standard or high detailed), silver, rose gold, or platinum and encased in a glass dome with a solid maple wood bottom. Personalize the base for an additional $25 with up to 55 characters of your choice.
Price at time of publish: from $175
Eriness Jewelry Diamond Crawling Ladybug Bracelet
How darling is this bracelet? It may cost a pretty penny but for a nice splurge, we love this ladybug bracelet from Eriness Jewelry as a token of your love for your spouse. Since ladybugs serve as a reminder of the beautiful yet fleeting nature of life, and they’re also seen as representing protection, what a fitting gift this makes for five years down, and we hope many more healthy and happy ones to go.
Price at time of publish: $650
Kokak Chocolates 36 Reasons Assorted Truffle Collection
Who is going to argue with chocolate on their anniversary? This handcrafted truffle collection is made with a rare cacao variety, Nacional from Ecuador, and includes flavors like Mango Lemongrass and Earl Grey Tea.
Price at time of publish: $96
Sea Bags Custom Number Lounge Chair
Perfect for your “wood anniversary,” try this handsome chair made from Brazilian cherry (jatoba) hardwood. Even better: You can customize it with a special number, anniversary date, etc.
Price at time of publish: $600 (the standard collection is $550)
Kathy Kuo Home Conor Coastal Beige Accent Brown Wood Bookends
For bookworms, one nice idea is to give your spouse some bookends. This set of petrified wood bookends is all unique since it's made from real wood and is a particularly solid (pun intended) selection for a reader who loves the great outdoors given the design’s natural elements.
Price at time of publish: $129
Riverbend Home Glass Decanter and Wood Base
Oenophiles are sure to appreciate this glass wine decanter complemented by a visually appealing warm acacia wood coaster base (that’s also excellent for catching drips!). The decanter includes a micro-perforated strainer to keep the wine in excellent shape.
Price at time of publish: $100
Faber-Castell Ambition Ballpoint Pen
Packaged in an attractive gift box, toast five years together with this elegant walnut wood pen. The cap and grip are made of highly polished chrome-plated metal and the pen comes with a broad ballpoint refill in black so he can keep on using it to write love letters to you after the first ink cartridge runs out on him.
Price at time of publish: $104
Sweetdates Prints Custom Venue Portrait
Katie Brownstein, the resident wedding expert of Joy, the free wedding planner, says that Sweet Date Prints are known for their printed goods, but she really loves their custom watercolor paintings for a super thoughtful gift. “I wish someone had gifted me one!” If you and your love got married at a scenic venue, it makes for lovely wall art without being too obviously wedding-themed.
Price at time of publish: from $51
Farmgirl Flowers Bouquet
Brownstein calls this flower subscription gift a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving and is something for them to look forward to each month. “I love that Farmgirl Flowers uses seasonal flowers, and that as the sender you have the option to send the bouquet beautifully wrapped in burlap rather than the waste (and added cost) of a new vase with each delivery,” she says.”From bright colors to elegant neutrals, you are sure to find a bouquet that suits the [couple’s] style.”
Price at time of publish: Start at $52 per month
Arquiste Parfumeur Indigo Smoke Eau De Parfum
How about a woodsy perfume? Indigo Smoke is the perfect sylvan, smoky fragrance, and just happens to be the newest fragrance from Arquiste Parfumeur. With waves of Guaiac wood, incense, pine tar, lapsang souchong tea, and mandarin orange, this unisex fragrance is a great gift for your partner, or even for a couple to share.
Price at time of publish: $205
Maguey Melate Signature Box
Married to a spirits enthusiast? He or she will love this wooden box filled with handmade goods from Oaxaca and three agave spirits. The artisanal mezcal tasting club is focused on rare distillates and highlighting artisan mezcaleros, so expect any boozehound to be delighted. Bonus: The brand is all about sustainability and gives back to its community of makers “to help preserve the customs, traditions, and sustainability of the mezcal farms.”
Price at time of publish: $215
What To Look For in a Fifth-Anniversary Gift
The traditional gift, wood
Wood represents both growth and strength, which are perfect symbols of your union. Choose a heritage piece like a custom cutting board or serving piece that will last for years to come. "The traditional fifth-anniversary gift of wood represents strong roots in your relationship," says Lee. " Even if you are a super modern couple, you can choose wooden pieces that represent your style."
The modern gift, flatware or sapphire jewelry
After five years of date nights and family dinners, it may be time to upgrade your flatware—and this anniversary is a great opportunity to get something special! Or, a sparkling piece of sapphire jewelry will let her know how much you love and appreciate her.
What are some other anniversary gift ideas?
With so many gift options out there, it can be easy to forget experiential gifts that are readily available, no matter where you live. Think about surprising your spouse with a romantic dinner at home or at their favorite restaurant. "Play your first dance song to reminisce about your wedding day," says Lee. "Take a trip down memory lane and go through your wedding album or play the video footage from the event." Or, book a whirlwind weekend away to rekindle the romance and adventure that you shared in the early days of your relationship.
Sign you and your S.O. up for a class in something you're both interested in, whether it's cooking, crafting, or vino. Whatever you choose to give your spouse, be sure to include a heartfelt card expressing your love and appreciation. And remember it's the thought that counts—quality time together may be the best gift you can give to celebrate the moment.
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Contributing writer Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries, first as an editor at Brides.com and then as a writer for home and lifestyle websites like MyDomaine. Her time at Brides has made her somewhat of a pro in the art of stocking wedding registries, gift shopping, and the like.