Can you believe how fast five years have flown by? Half a decade is certainly something to celebrate. Whether it's you and your spouse who have hit this amazing milestone or another happy couple in your life, a thoughtful five-year anniversary gift is a sweet way to show your love. And luckily, we've made finding the right present for your married friends or other half a breeze thanks to this handy gift guide. But first, a little background on what five years of marriage really means (hint: it's also known as the wood anniversary).
We're breaking down the traditional and modern themes for the fifth anniversary below, including the flower, gemstone, and colors associated with this remarkable milestone. Of course, it's totally fine to go ahead and make your own tradition too—the most important thing is to pick out something they'll love.
What Is the Traditional Five-Year Anniversary Gift?
If we haven't given it away already, the traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood. This versatile material is a meaningful symbol of an ever-growing and strengthening relationship. Even better, it's also great for gifting. From beautifully engraved keepsakes commemorating the marriage milestone to unusual wooden accessories (think: cuff links and necklaces), there are so many cool and romantic wood anniversary gifts to choose from.
But if wooden gifts aren't for you, don't sweat it. Feel free to play up another one of the year's themes if it's a better fit. Upgrade their cutlery drawer by going with the milestone's modern material: silverware. Or, add a splash of color to your spouse's jewelry box with the five-year anniversary stone: sapphire. Still not convinced? There's also a flower (the daisy) and a selection of colors (pink, blue, and turquoise) associated with five years of marriage. And like we said before, it's also okay to go your own route and pick out an alternative present instead. We've got suggestions below for all of the traditional and modern fifth anniversary gift themes as well as some unique, out-of-the-box gift ideas.
The Best Five-Year Anniversary Gifts
Whether you've decided to go all in on five-year anniversary gift tradition, stick with the milestone's modern symbol, or go your own way altogether, one of these awesome presents is sure to fit the bill. We've got something for everyone, from sentimental wall art and romantic preserved roses to cool experiential presents. So what are you waiting for? Happy gifting!
1. Date night wine
Just because it's a gift for the wooden anniversary doesn't mean it has to lean into the wood theme. If the couple has enough keepsakes and home decor, go with something they can enjoy as an experience instead. VINEBOX's curated date night selection includes two boxes of wine (one for each person), each stocked with three different wine varietals. The couple can plan a romantic wine tasting date night at home. Bonus: You can mail it directly to their home with a personal gift message.
VINEBOX Date Night by VINEBOX, $78, VINEBOX
2. On-theme art
This unique piece pays tribute to the classic five-year anniversary gifting theme in more ways than one. For starters, It's made of birch plywood, so it clearly fits the brief for a traditional present. But that's not all: This striking decor also resembles tree rings, doubly touching on the wood milestone's traditional material. Personalize it with your (or the couple's) initials and up to eight special moments from your relationship, like when you first met, got engaged, tied the knot, and marked five amazing years of marriage.
Rachel and Jared Ergo Better Every Year tree ring art, from $115, Uncommon Goods
3. Fairytale rose
After five years of wedded bliss, your love story pretty much qualifies as a fairy tale. This unique rose is just like the one from Beauty and the Beast, only better. It's covered in colorful string lights that create a stunning galaxy effect. Your partner won't be expecting this creative and unusual fifth wedding anniversary gift.
Rose Lives Love Galaxy Rose, $80, Rose Lives Love
4. Sapphire studs
Sapphire gemstones aren't just beautiful to look at—they're also a symbol of wisdom, integrity, and fidelity and have long been associated with royalty. Who could forget Kate Middleton's stunning sapphire sparkler? But these earrings don't just include the fifth anniversary gemstone: a cluster of sapphire, aquamarine, London blue topaz, and a dainty diamond comprises the unique hydrangea-inspired studs. They're modern, unique, and right on theme. What more could your S.O. want from five-year anniversary jewelry?
Brilliant Earth hydrangea bouquet earrings, $590, Brilliant Earth
5. Pretty ring box
Speaking of engagement rings, does your spouse have somewhere safe to store theirs when it's not on their finger? This lovely wooden ring box is the perfect place for keeping both of your rings safe. The outside of the lid can be personalized with your initials, while the inside is engraved with the sweet phrase: "Forever & Always."
WeddingWire Shop small personalized wooden ring jewelry box in Hand Written Monogram, $28, WeddingWire Shop
6. Meaningful cutlery
If you're looking for on-theme five-year anniversary ideas that reflect the modern gifting material (ahem, that's silverware), this one's for you. This set of two forks is hand stamped with the words "I still do" and "Me too." (Awwh!) Have the end of each fork personalized with your wedding date so it's an even more fitting present. If you're planning on cooking a romantic anniversary dinner at home, opt for the dinner forks. Or, if you'll be celebrating with a slice of your favorite cake, go with the dessert forks.
Samirah Collections hand-stamped vintage forks anniversary gift idea, $30, Etsy
7. Portable pizza oven
Okay, this might be stretching the wood theme just a little, but believe us when we say they'll love this five-year wedding anniversary gift. It's a wood-pellet pizza oven designed for making authentic stone-baked pizza wherever they please. The best part? It takes as little as 60 seconds to cook an entire pizza. What is it they say? The way to the heart is through the stomach.
Ooni Fyra 12 wood pellet pizza oven, $350, Ooni
8. Custom four across
Shopping for the spouse who's all in on family game night? We've found the perfect five-year anniversary gift for him or her. This wooden four-across game doesn't have the usual circular slots. Instead, it's carved with your first names or family name and a meaningful date (oh, and lots of adorable love hearts). Bonus: You can customize the color of the chips too. If you're shopping for your spouse, pick each of your favorite colors. If you're shopping for a couple, you might not know what each person's favorite color is. Instead, think back to their big day and see if you can incorporate their wedding colors. Trust us, it's a detail they'll 100% appreciate.
Kasey and Justin Pearson personalized hearts four-across game, $85, Uncommon Goods
9. Trendy timepiece
Watches are another much-loved anniversary present, partly because they're so symbolic and partly down to their sheer practicality. Who doesn't love a gift that's useful and meaningful? Let your S.O. know you cherish the time you've spent with them over the past five years with this contemporary Swiss-made timepiece. The sapphire-colored strap and face are a nice nod to the year's gemstone.
Salvatore Ferragamo Ferragamo sapphire chrono watch, $1,495, Salvatore Ferragamo
10. Getaway gift card
On the hunt for last-minute five-year anniversary gifts? Gift cards are your new best friend. Take inspiration from the couple's interests to pick out the right gift card for them. Do they like to travel? Or maybe they enjoy getting away from city life with a hike in the woods or camping trip? If either of these is true, they'll wholeheartedly appreciate a Getaway gift card. The site has cozy cabins within two hours of major cities across the US. Check out their map of outposts to see if there's one near the couple. Honestly, it's such a thoughtful idea that they'll never suspect it's a last-minute gift.
Getaway gift card, from $50, Getaway
11. Luxury loungewear
Not every pair of pajamas is worthy of such a special occasion, but trust us—this one is. Lunya's silky-soft loungewear is fashionable, functional, and—wait for it—machine washable! Your other half will never want to take these luxurious silk PJs off.
Lunya washable silk tee set, $198, Lunya
12. Fun activity book
Dynamic duos will love The Adventure Challenge. This one-of-a-kind journal is chock full of fun scratch-off date ideas. There's only one rule: Once an activity has been scratched off, it has to be completed! But don't worry, there are helpful symbols that hint at what each adventure might entail, like the cost and where it should take place. Once an activity is completed, there's space to jot down notes and add a photograph, resulting in a sweet memento. (Psst, get 10% off sitewide with our exclusive code: WW10.)
The Adventure Challenge The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition, $50, The Adventure Challenge
13. Precious preserved rose
A bouquet of flowers is always going to be a classic and romantic gift for your other half, especially roses, which symbolize passion and adoration. That said, it's 2022 and there are lots of cool new ways to gift your sweetheart some flowers. Instead of a one-off bouquet, consider presenting them with a single rose preserved in 24-karat gold. This super-unique gift set comes with a beautiful vase for displaying the bloom and an adorable vase-hugging teddy bear.
The Forever Rose Better Together Forever combo, $150, The Forever Rose
14. Cool drinking glasses
Shopping for a whiskey aficionado? Don't be afraid to go off-theme when brainstorming five-year anniversary ideas for your other half. This isn't just any old glassware—it's handblown to include the topography of a mountain peak at the bottom. The set includes two rocks glasses, so you can toast to your milestone together.
Whiskey Peaks set of 2 Mt. Rainier whiskey glasses, $30, Huckberry
15. Meaningful star map
If your wedding vows were the last time you really poured your heart out to your partner, it's time to bring them back. This unique piece of home decor can be personalized with both your and your S.O.'s vows, putting them on display as a daily reminder. In the center is a mesmerizing map of the stars from the day you met, tied the knot, or another special day of your choosing. It's hands down one of the best five-year anniversary gifts.
Canvas Vows custom star map, from $75, Canvas Vows
16. Cute matching underwear
After five years of marriage, you're more comfortable around each other now than you ever thought possible. Why not lean into that comfort with a quirky (but cute) wedding anniversary gift? Matching undies are a fun way to connect with each other and they'll seriously up your style game the next time you two are lounging around in your underwear. Make it an on-theme gift idea by choosing a matching print that features one of the five-year anniversary colors.
MeUndies matching underwear for couples, prices vary, MeUndies
17. Unique daisy art
The five-year anniversary flower is the daisy, making this metallic flower a thematic fifth wedding anniversary gift. This beautiful metal work will add a quirky touch to any corner of the home. Bonus: You can add an engraved plaque to the bottom of the frame for an extra-personal touch.
Alain's Blacksmith Shop framed metal daisy, from $74, Etsy
18. Pop-culture pendant
This sterling silver pendant is ideal for the fifth year of marriage thanks to the on-theme sapphire accents on each side. The R2-D2-inspired accessory is unisex, making it a great gift for any Star Wars fan. Engrave it with your spouse's name, both of your initials, or a special date for an even more meaningful present.
Star Wars Fine Jewelry R2 Series men's/women's pendant, $500, Star Wars Fine Jewelry
19. Engraved wine box
Plan on picking up a bottle of wine to give to the lovebirds? Great idea! If you want to take your gift to the next level, hand it over in this elegant (and on-theme) wooden wine box personalized with their names and wedding date. Top tip: If you're looking for special fifth anniversary ideas for your parents or very close friends, you can seriously impress them by buying wine with their wedding year as the vintage.
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden wine gift box with lid in Signature Script, $20, WeddingWire Shop
20. Cute ice cream spoons
A matching set of silver ice cream spoons is another unique spin on the modern five-year anniversary gift. This useful flatware is stamped with the romantic phrase: "To a lifetime of ice cream together." We suggest pairing the spoons with this congratulatory ice cream for a truly memorable fifth anniversary present for a couple.
Impressions Stamped To a Lifetime of Ice Cream Together spoons, $39 for a set of 2, Etsy
21. Wooden heart pendant
Wooden accessories are a classic five-year anniversary gift for your wife or husband. We're obsessed with the unique jewelry from Liel and Lentz, especially this romantic heart-shaped necklace. It's made with 14-karat gold-plated brass and pau ferro wood. Up the ante by having it engraved with your sweetheart's name, both of your initials, or the date you officially achieved five years of wedded bliss.
Liel and Lentz five-year anniversary jewelry gift, from $142, Etsy
22. Custom cuff links
If you're wondering what to do for your five-year anniversary, it's the ultimate excuse to get all dressed up and celebrate. Add a romantic touch to your spouse's evening wear with a pair of unusual wood cuff links set in sleek stainless steel with a bullet-back closure. The rustic wooden inlay gives a nod to the milestone's traditional gift theme.
Ox & Bull Trading Co. stainless steel wood cuff links, $80, Cufflinks.com
23. Elevated cheese knives
If your S.O. is a cheese lover, we've found an excellent modern fifth anniversary gift for him or her. Switch out traditional silverware for this gorgeous cheese knife set. Each knife is made from sleek, nonstick stainless steel with a stylish matte black finish. The set of three will have them fully equipped to cut and serve soft cheeses, hard cheeses and anything in between. Plus, it all comes rolled up in a smart leather pouch for safekeeping. Talk about a thoughtful five-year anniversary gift for your wife or husband!
Boska Monaco black cheese knife set with leather roll, $90, Food52
24. Decorative cork holder
There are so many creative five-year anniversary gifts out there that follow the wood theme. Help the happy couple keep track of all the important milestones to come with this personalized wooden shadow box. It's designed to hold corks from every bottle of wine or champagne they pop open to celebrate. Bonus points if you deliver it with a nice bottle of bubbly.
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden wine cork holder shadow box in Signature Script, $28, WeddingWire Shop
25. Personalized cutting board
Custom chopping and serving boards are popular wooden anniversary gifts, especially if you're a couple (or shopping for a couple) who likes to cook. Opt for the bamboo cutting board on its own or make it a gift set by adding in coasters, spoons, or both. There's also a choice between a 0.5-inch cutting board and a 1.5-inch chopping block, depending on what they like to cook. Charcuterie fans will appreciate the thinner size for serving, while steak lovers might prefer a hefty chopping block. For the finishing touches, have each item laser-engraved with the couple's names and a sweet phrase like "better together."
Wood + Mine personalized cutting board gift set, from $64, Etsy
26. Smart leather wallet
Practical fifth-year anniversary gifts can be just as thoughtful as something sentimental. Picking out something your partner will truly appreciate shows how clued in you are to their needs and what makes them tick. Replace your spouse's tattered old wallet for this sleek leather upgrade. It features an ejectable tray so they'll never have to fumble for the right card again. Plus, the wallet can be tracked via smartphone if it's ever lost by adding a tracker card.
Ekster Parliament wallet, $89, Ekster
27. Etched keepsake box
This personalized keepsake box is a traditional wood gift that'll come in clutch for future milestones. They can use it to store photos and other mementos from every special occasion. Get creative by filling the box with something personal before handing it over, such as date ideas for the lovebirds to take inspiration from (because after five-plus years of planning date nights, they could probably use some fresh ideas).
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden keepsake gift box in Modern Couple Etching, $22, WeddingWire Shop
28. Sweet photo frame
Have this personalized gift engraved with your initials and a romantic phrase like: "Our love continues to grow." It can live on your mantelpiece as a daily reminder of your five-year marriage anniversary. Choose to hand it over already filled with a smiling snapshot (one of your wedding photos, maybe?). Or, wait to take a cute picture of you both celebrating five years of marriage. The wooden frame perfectly embraces the traditional five-year anniversary gift.
Personalization Mall Carved In Love personalized picture frame, $27, Personalization Mall
29. Romantic scavenger hunt
Up for a little fun with your other half? This cool experience from Scavenger Box is an unusual fifth wedding anniversary gift (that's also super romantic). The company's carefully thought-out boxes include everything you need to come up with your own custom scavenger hunt. There's even a treasure box with a heart-shaped combination lock for them to find at the very end—what goes inside is up to you!
Scavenger Box scavenger box gift, $70, Scavenger Box
30. Useful beer coaster
Last but not least on our list of the best five-year anniversary gift ideas: a practical and personalized set of coasters for the beer lover in your life. Have each one engraved with the year you said "I do" and your family name (if you share one, that is). The built-in bottle opener means they won't have to keep going to the kitchen to crack open a new bottle—it's the perfect wood anniversary gift for your loved one to enjoy their favorite brews.
WeddingWire Shop natural wood coaster with built-in bottle opener in Brewery Co. Etching, $17 for a set of 2, WeddingWire Shop
31. Punny guitar picks
If your spouse is into music, we've found a fun wood anniversary gift for him or her. Three pewter guitar picks sit prettily in a display-worthy oak case. Each pick is engraved with a different romantic pun, from "You struck a chord with me" to "I pick you."
Hannah Salomon Take Your Pick guitar pick set, $40, Uncommon Goods
The traditional 5th anniversary gift is wood, which symbolizes long-lasting strength, wisdom and forgiveness. It is said that by the 5th year of marriage, the couple has begun to develop strong, deep roots, like that of a tree, preparing them for a long-lasting relationship.
Thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with a gift of coral or the more modern gift option of jade.
Symbols of the Fifth Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gift: Wood symbolizes the strength of your marriage bond. Wood is durable and long-lasting, indicating a solidified relationship. Contemporary/Modern Gift: Silverware is the modern gift.
Your 5th anniversary is actually a major milestone—and that doesn't just mean giving (and getting!) a big gift. Of all the anniversaries you will celebrate with your spouse, year 5 might not seem all that monumental, but your fifth anniversary is actually a major milestone, according to relationship experts.
Sapphire represents the traditional fifth-anniversary gemstone, blue and pink are the customary colors, and daisies are the five-year flower.
Traditionally, gifts given for a 55th anniversary featured emeralds. Emeralds are precious stones, and they're relatively rare; their association with the 55th anniversary symbolises the immense value and precious rarity of such an incredible milestone.
Happy wedding anniversary, my love! You have given me the most beautiful 5 years of my life and hope to continue this. May God bless us and our lovely relation! I am having only one desire in the world that I can make you the happiest person in the world me my love, happy 5th wedding anniversary hubby.
- Take a Walk Down Memory Lane. ...
- Plan a Thoughtful Scavenger Hunt. ...
- Cook a Perfect Meal. ...
- Surprise Them with Hearts Everywhere. ...
- Recreate Your First Date. ...
- Watch a Movie Under the Stars. ...
- Book a Night in a Romantic Hotel.
A modern-day 31st wedding anniversary gemstone is ebony.
This is probably the most well known as a silver anniversary. This is followed by Pearl for year 30, Coral for year 35, Ruby for year 40, Sapphire for year 45, Gold for year 50, Diamond for year 60, Blue Sapphire for year 65, Platinum for year 70 and finally Oak for year 80.
Wedding anniversary names common to most nations include: Wooden (5th), Tin (10th), Crystal (15th), China (20th), Silver (25th), Pearl (30th), Ruby (40th), Golden (50th), and Diamond (60th).
The 30th Anniversary is known as the 30th Pearl Wedding Anniversary because, historically, wives celebrating their 30th Anniversary were presented with pearls. Natural pearls are beautiful but scarcely found jewels, which is exactly why they were first associated with the 30th Anniversary.
What is the symbol for 30 years of marriage? The 30 year anniversary is known as the Pearl Wedding. Long-lasting, solid and signifying a strong bond, the 30th wedding anniversary is represented by the symbol of wisdom, purity and love: the pearl.
Traditional anniversary gifts include: 1st – Paper, 5th – Wood, 10th – Tin, 15th – Crystal, 20th – China, 25th – Silver, 40th – Ruby, 50th – Gold, 60th and 75th – Diamond.
A platinum jubilee is a celebration held to mark an anniversary. Among monarchies, it usually refers to a 70th anniversary. The most recent monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee is Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms in June 2022.
5th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone: Sapphire
Most think of sapphire as blue, and our Sapphire Buying Guide explains the best blue to look for. However, as a variety of the mineral corundum, sapphire comes in many colors – all except red.
But, what exactly should that be? The traditional anniversary theme for 25 years is silver, so that's a great place to start. A silver watch or a beautiful silver serving platter can elegantly commemorate the day, but you also don't need to take silver so literally.
- Stay At A Bed And Breakfast. ...
- Picnic At The Park. ...
- Relax At The Spa. ...
- Revisit Your First Date Spot. ...
- Go Back To Your Wedding Venue. ...
- Book A Site At A Campground. ...
- Walk Around A Botanical Garden. ...
- Go On A Mini Road Trip.
The traditional gift for the 32nd wedding anniversary is lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone that has been used to make jewelry since 7000 B.C. There is no traditional theme for the 32nd anniversary, but the contemporary theme is conveyance, which often includes gifts that revolve around modes of transportation or ...
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.
Thank you for making this past year the most amazing year of my life, and every year more amazing than the last. Happy 5th anniversary my love! I can't believe we have been together for FIVE years, let alone being able to say I am married to you. I love you more every day.
Yellow roses have long been known as the traditional gift for this anniversary. With their sun-kissed color, lush blossoms and subtle fragrance, they represent the inner light and beauty of a long, prosperous marriage. With yellow roses, violets share the spotlight in commemorating this important occasion.
- 5 Year Anniversary – Sapphire. After five years, treat your lady like a queen with a sapphire! ...
- 10 Year Anniversary – Diamonds. Diamonds. ...
- 25 Year Anniversary- Silver Jubilee. ...
- 30 Year Anniversary – Pearl. ...
- 40 Year Anniversary- Ruby. ...
- 50 Year Anniversary- Gold Jubilee.
- First, decorate your bedroom. ...
- Writing a letter has now become a cliché in the world of e-mails and WhatsApp. ...
- You can also make a video with all your photos and send it to your wife on the day to make her feel special.
- Write a love letter to your spouse. ...
- Blow up a balloon for each year of your marriage and put a piece of paper in each one with something nice about your spouse. ...
- Go out to breakfast instead of dinner. ...
- Dress up and dance all night in your living room or bedroom.
- Surprise her.
- Always be thoughtful.
- Consider what makes her smile first.
- Remember the dates!
- Take the initiative.
- Exercise chivalry.
- Give her something personalized.