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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. But nowadays, flatware and sapphire jewelry are also considered standard presents with which to commemorate five years together. But don’t feel like you have to be limited to just those materials and items: Celebrate, however—and with whatever—you see fit! And if you need some shopping cues, we found an array of fifth-anniversary gifts to help you start your search.
Whether you’re buying a special something for your spouse or celebrating a close friend’s anniversary, any of these gorgeous gifts are guaranteed to please (and maybe even result in a happy tear or two). Consider a classic pair of sapphire studs or a customizable wooden keepsake box. Or, stray away from the traditional gifts and look to custom wedding photo albums, deliverable dinners for two, and more.
From traditional wood gifts to some out-of-the-box picks, read on for our favorite 5th-anniversary gifts.
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, and they’ll be displayed in the shape of a vinyl record along with the title and artist, and a special personalized message.
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.
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.
There are six designs available, with each being customizable with the couple’s first or last names and wedding date. And once engraved, the piece is treated with hot mineral oil to keep it lustrous for many anniversaries to come.
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 vacay pics on your Instagram feed? Then allow us to introduce you to the perfect anniversary gift for those 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.
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 birchwood 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 (i.e. the year you tied the knot!). To complete the gift, we recommend including a bottle of wine with which you can use to toast to five glorious years together.
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 this baby can hold!), it’s handmade in Melbourne, Arkansas, and 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.
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
Blue Nile Sapphire Eternity Ring
Surprise your spouse on this special anniversary with a stunning sapphire ring. This petite ring is designed with 14-karat gold and is all but guaranteed to be cherished.
Hugo Smash Leather Leather Strap Watch
With a sapphire-hued watch face that’s right on theme, this piece of unisex jewerly 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 stick indexes and logo, it’ll remind the recipient of you whenever they go to check to time.
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—including this one, 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!
St. Elmo Steak House NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two
Celebrate your fifth anniversary with a delicious dinner for two, no culinary school or fancy restaurant necessary. 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.
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.
Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album
Spend your anniversary remembering and reflecting on your wedding day by crafting a gorgeous album for your spouse. Courtesy of Artifact Uprising, this photo album can be filled with all your most precious pics 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.
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 of course, 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.
Linoto 100% Linen Sheets
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.
Karen Jai Home Rabat Set
With flatware being another go-to gift for the fifth anniversary, it’s the perfect excuse for you and your spouse to give your utensil drawer an update. Opt for an extra special set like this beauty from Karen Jai Home.
The stainless steel flatware comes in six stunning shades including a gold and blue combo (our personal fave!), an oil slick rainbow, and dramatic black. No matter which you choose, the collection comes complete with six four-piece sets.
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 a 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 Xs and Os -marked bean bags. And it’s certainly not lost on us that those Xs and Os can be interpreted as hugs and kisses!
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 NYC-based event planner and registry expert, Jung Lee. " Even if you are a super modern couple, you can choose wooden pieces that represent your style."
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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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