Traditional Anniversary Gifts by Year

Every wedding anniversary deserves to be celebrated. With each growing year, a couple strengthens their bond and commitment to one another.   Many couples choose to honor this celebration with traditional anniversary gift for each year. American Bench Craft products make the perfect gift for the Third Anniversary, traditionally represented by leather. 
3rd Anniversary Leather Gift Ideas for Husbands: belts, wallets, and other gear.
3rd Anniversary Leather Gift Ideas for Wives: leather jewelry, earrings, bracelets, wallets and bags.

History of Anniversary Gift Lists

The tradition of symbolic anniversary gifts for each year of marriage really started to take off and become popular during the Victorian times. Although no one is sure how the traditional symbolic gifts were chosen, many can be traced back to the Victorian era. By the 20th century, it was common for couples to celebrate their milestone anniversaries with themed anniversary gifts. Today’s traditional wedding anniversary gift list is largely based on Emily Post’s list published in 1922 in her her Blue Book of Social Usage.

List of Anniversary Gifts by Year

Year 1: Paper
Year 2: Cotton
Year 3: Leather
Year 4: Fruit/Flowers
Year 5: Wood
Year 6: Iron
Year 7: Copper
Year 8: Bronze
Year 9: Willow/Pottery
Year 10: Aluminum/Tin
Year 15: Crystal
Year 20: China
Year 25: Silver
Year 30: Pearl
Year 35: Jade/Coral
Year 40: Ruby
Year 45: Sapphire
Year 50: Gold
Year 55: Emerald
Year 60: Diamond
...and many more!

Why Leather for the Third Anniversary Gift?

Year one and two anniversary gifts are paper and cotton. These delicate and modest materials represent the fragile beginnings of a marriage. Year three is the first anniversary that is associated with a durable material. Leather is durable, strong, flexible, resilient and, if treated correctly, will stay beautiful forever.  It represents building a relationship that is lasting, strong and durable.  In addition, leather is a perfect reminder of how you have to stay flexible in order to build a happy life with the person you love.

American Bench Craft products are heirloom quality, hand crafted, and guaranteed for life. What better way to show how much your loved one means to you!