Every happy couple likes to celebrate their wedding anniversary ... but every couple might not know what to give their sweetheart. If you're at a loss, just follow tradition. Each year of marriage has a traditional, special meaning. And this guide will tell you what those meanings are and give you some awesome gift ideas for each year:
Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage with a blank page, perfect for the first page of your love story.
Gift idea: Give your sweetie a memory book of photos, a favorite novel or some pretty stationary.
Cotton symbolizes comfort and protection, while also representing how your lives have intertwined after being married for two years.
Gift ideas: Go get some cotton candy, gift a new pillow or give your spouse a soft blanket to snuggle up in.
Leather is strong, just like your marriage. Although your relationship might have changed over the past three years, you're just as strong as ever.
Gift ideas: A leather wallet, leather shoes, or that leather purse your wife has been hinting at.
Fruits and flowers come from nature. This symbolizes the natural progress of your relationship, vitality, beauty, blessings and health.
Gift ideas: Flowers, a fruit basket, a hike to a waterfall or a romantic night of fruit and chocolate fondue.
Like a tree trunk, you're creating roots that will help your marriage withstand the toughest times.
Gift ideas: Anything made of wood — a new clock, something you carved yourself or maybe installing a wood floor in the kitchen.
Sugar symbolizes the sweet taste of married life, companionship and love.
Gift ideas: Candy, chocolates, ice cream and anything sweet. The options are endless, really.
Copper has been known to represent "prosperity, good luck and good fortune." You and your sweetheart were definitely lucky to find each other.
Gift ideas: Use copper to decorate your home. You could get bookends, a wind chime or a cute copper picture frame with your favorite picture of you and your spouse inside.
Bronze is a mixture of copper and tin and represents two lives really coming together and working as a couple.
Gift ideas: bronze statue, bronze jewelry or any type of home decor.
Pottery is delicate but durable. It symbolizes your marriage. While delicate, it can also be durable and beautiful if protected well.
Gift ideas: Ceramic sculptures and vases or pottery lessons for you and your spouse.
The big 10 year anniversary is celebrated with tin because of its durability and flexibility. Your marriage is strong, but you're not a stranger to compromise.
Gift ideas: A picture frame, a tin mug, a shaving set or delicate jewelry would be great gifts for this anniversary.
Crystal represents a transparent and beautiful union — it's something that's admired by everyone who sees it.
Gift ideas: You could give anything made of crystal, like a vase, an ornament or jewelry.
Porcelain is a beautiful white color that you can mold into intricate, incredible designs when burned at a high temperature. In marriage, you two go through molding as well. While you both "burn problems" you become strong and beautiful.
Gift ideas: Tea sets, jewelry boxes, jugs and vases made of porcelain are perfect for your honey.
Silver is a soft, shiny metal — at this stage, your marriage is also soft and shiny. You've learned to be flexible in certain situations and how to effectively solve problems. You also do it all with love.
Gift ideas: Cooking items, cutlery, tie clips and silver jewelry wrapped up with a pretty bow.
The pearl represents coexistence, as well as the true love and complexity that exists between a couple.
Gift ideas: Any product that has pearls or pearl imitations. You could do jewelry, pieces of clothing or silk in the color pearl, jewelry holders and decorative pieces for your home.
The two precious stones share a singular beauty. In marriage, they mean solidity and nobility.
Gift ideas: Jewelry with rubies and emeralds (things like rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and tie clips).
Gold represents brilliance, indestructibility and beauty. Couples who make it to the golden anniversary share these same characteristics.
Gift ideas: Anything with gold — tableware, jewelry, tie clips and home decor would all be great options.
The diamond is known as the hardest, most transparent stone. It symbolizes an undestructible union.
Gift ideas: Diamonds in a piece of jewelry, home decor, picture frames or embroidered fabric.
Use these traditional gifts to really impress your sweetheart ... and enjoy never having to scramble for an anniversary gift ever again. Share the meaning of each anniversary so you both can look forward to the years together, and look forward to achieving each one of these milestones.