Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
Below is a list of both traditional and modern gift materials, as well as classic flower and gemstone symbols, which mark a couple’s 18th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – US||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Quartz|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Turquoise|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Turquoise|
|Traditional Gift – France||Turquoise|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Quartz|
|Flower Gift||Deep Red Flowers|
About 18th Wedding Anniversaries
Eighteen… the age when grown-up children frequently leave home to study and many parents are once again on their own. Perhaps this is the case as you celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary?
If your son or daughter is about to depart the family nest, this could be a significant moment in your relationship and married life – a period when you are likely to have more time for each other and your shared interests.
How to Celebrate an 18th Wedding Anniversary
Eighteen is also the year when love metaphorically comes of age, so what are you going to do with your partner to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary?
In Chinese tradition, 18 is an extremely lucky number, traditionally meaning that you are going to prosper. If you do now have more time on your hands, how about revisiting an old business idea that you put on hold while raising a family?
Even if it doesn’t immediately lead to prosperity, the chance to combine your skills on a new enterprise will still provide many enriching moments.
Garnet and porcelain are both associated with this anniversary. Garnet is a stone symbolising romance, love and passion, and it is used in metaphysics to enhance sensuality, sexuality and intimacy in a balanced way. It is also considered a stone that represents blossoming truth, commitment, hope and faith.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” Quoted by: Judy Garland
18th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
Bring together these two symbols for the perfect 18th wedding anniversary gift: garnet jewellery in a porcelain box. Alternatively, as garnet is a deep red colour, you could treat your loved one to a porcelain vase full of beautiful red roses.
A fine dining set – destined one day to be cherished as a family heirloom – would also make a wonderfully appropriate gift.
If you want to be especially creative on your anniversary, maintaining the porcelain theme, you could both sign up for a ceramic making or ceramic decorating class. Then create your own special keepsakes: an ornament, vase, mug or platter.
18th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 18th wedding anniversary?
When buying a gift for your husband on your 18th anniversary, how about taking the opportunity of expressing the freedom of being 18 again. Recall what interests he had when he was younger, especially if they were activities you shared with him.
Buy him a gift from our great suggestions here, or check out our other anniversary pages for more gift ideas.
18th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 18th wedding anniversary?
Here we have some fantastic gift suggestions for your partner’s anniversary present. However, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, check out our other anniversary pages, where we have hundreds of additional gift suggestions.
18th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and Parents
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel gift vouchers
- Special 18th wedding anniversary location and meal
- Country pursuits (clay pigeon shooting, fishing…)
- Helicopter pleasure flight (12 miles – also for families up to five)
- Luxury spa day for two
The traditional 18th wedding gemstone is garnet.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Enjoy a brewery tour and beer tasting.
- Take pottery lessons together and create your own timeless pieces.
- Arrange a surprise weekend away, somewhere that brings back pleasant memories of your late teens.
- No problem being served in a pub anymore, so why not celebrate in style at the local bistro bar with family and friends.
Turning 18 was a milestone on so many different, and happy, levels – and the same is the case for your 18th wedding anniversary.
Make the most of your still well-preserved youthful energy, enjoy the day with a renewed spring in your step, and feel like you’re 18 all over again.