The 25 Best 5th Year Anniversary Gifts of 2022

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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. "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.

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.

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.

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.

Based on our research, read on for the best fifth-anniversary gifts.

VRAI Linked Tennis Earring

vrai linked tennis earrings gold and diamond

Courtesy of VRAI

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

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 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

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. 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

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. 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

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.

Price at time of publish: $46

Uncommon Goods Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game

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Uncommon Goods Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game

Uncommon Goods

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

Enjoy the Wood World Map Travel Wall Art

Amazon

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

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 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

Customized State Wood Cutting Board

 Courtesy of Etsy

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

Sapphire Eternity Ring

 Courtesy of Blue Nile

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

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 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

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. 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

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. 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

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, 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

Hugo Smash Leather Strap Watch

Courtesy of Amazon

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

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—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

At the Beach Personalized Family Puzzle

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. 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

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. 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

Evil Eye Diamond & Sapphire Stack Ring

Courtesy of Nordstrom

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

Goldbelly NY Strip & Shrimp Cocktail Dinner for Two

Courtesy of Goodbelly

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

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. 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

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100% Linen Sheet Set
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. 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

MUUJEE Store Engraved Wood Keychain

Courtesy of Amazon

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

Five-piece Flatware Set

Courtesy of Zola

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

Pottery Barn 2-in-1 Bean Bag Toss

Pottery Barn

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

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.

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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