The 25 Best Fifth-Anniversary Gifts to Celebrate Your Milestone

From traditional wood gifts to out-of-the-box picks

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Best 5th Year Anniversary Gifts

Brides / Chloe Jeong

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

Custom Song Lyric Print

 Courtesy of Etsy

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

Soundwave Wall Art

Courtesy of Etsy

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

Engraved Cutting Board

Courtesy of Etsy

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

World Map Travel Wall Art

 Courtesy of Etsy

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. 

Our Love Was Born Star Map Wall Decor

Star Map Wall Decor

Courtesy of Etsy

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.

The Pearson Shop Personalized Four-Across Game

Personalized Four-Across Game

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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.

Jon and Julie Rousseau Personalized Wine Serving Tray

Personalized Wine Serving Tray

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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

Custom Bourbon Barrel Lazy Susan

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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

Modern Timez Engraved Brass Compass

Engraved Brass Compass

 Courtesy of Etsy

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.

Mejuri Floating Sapphire Necklace

Floating Sapphire Necklace

Courtesy of Mejuri

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.

AHeirloom Customized State Wood Cutting Board

Customized State Wood Cutting Board

 Courtesy of Etsy

This gift doubles as a cutting board or a cheeseboard. 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.

Blue Nile Sapphire Eternity Ring

Sapphire Eternity Ring

 Courtesy of Blue Nile

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.

Shelly Klein Personalized Beach Family Puzzle

Personalized Beach Family Puzzle

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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.

Hugo Smash Leather Leather Strap Watch

Hugo Smash Leather Leather Strap Watch

Courtesy of Nordstrom 

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.

Zales Blue Sapphire Sunburst Necklace

Blue Sapphire Sunburst Necklace

Courtesy of Zales

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.

Venus et Fleur Classic Collection in Deep Blue

Venus et Fleur Classic Collection in Deep Blue

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

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!

EF Collection Evil Eye Diamond & Sapphire Stack Ring

Evil Eye Diamond & Sapphire Stack Ring

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

If you’re going more of a modern route with gifts, this gift is sure to be a pleaser. The evil-eye design is made of diamonds and sapphires and is held up by a 14-karat gold band.

St. Elmo Steak House NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two

Goldbelly NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two

Courtesy of Goodbelly

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

Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album

 Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

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

Catbird Jennie Kwon Baguette Stud in Blue Sapphire

Courtesy of Catbird 

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 sheets

 Courtesy of Linoto

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.

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.

Willow Park Amos Flatware Set

Five-piece Flatware Set

 Courtesy of Zola

Elevate every day dining with this modern flatware set. Available in gold, bronze, and black, you can spend years enjoying the gift thanks to it’s durable, fade- and chip-resistant design.

Karen Jai Home Rabat Set

Karen Jai Home Rabat Set

Courtesy of Karen Jai Home 

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

Crate & Barrel 2-in-1 Bean Bag Toss

 Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

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."

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.

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.

Why Trust Brides

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.

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