The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.
The tradition of giving gifts for a wedding anniversary extends back to medieval times.
It is known that during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, a man would crown his wife with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th anniversary, however, there was little else documented in terms of themes for gift giving on other anniversaries.
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’.
In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary.
In the earlier years of a marriage, it is often simple to think of a meaningful gift when two people tend to have plenty of things on their wish lists they want to purchase someday.
However, as the years go by and the assets build up, it becomes increasingly more difficult to think of an anniversary gift that will be treasured.This list was later reviewed and updated to incorporate a 'Modern' theme for each anniversary.As time progressed, this list was broadened even further by other authors who suggested gift themes for every year from the first to the 25th, as well as every five years up to the 75th wedding anniversary.After much research, we believe it to be the most detailed list of anniversary gift theme information available on the Internet today.*** The traditional theme of ivory for this anniversary is now considered unethical due to the adverse impact on elephants.Culture Now that you have your date idea, don’t forget to pick a gift to commemorate the evening.