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 22nd wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Copper|
|Traditional Gift – US||Copper|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Copper|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – France||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Copper|
|Flower Gift||Mixed Floral Bouquet|
About 22nd Wedding Anniversaries
Your 22nd wedding anniversary might not seem particularly special – if only considering its numerical significance. However, every year of a successful marriage deserves to be recognised in style, with the same passion and pressure as those coming before (and after).
Celebrate your 22nd anniversary with the beauty and durability of copper – symbolising prosperity, perfection and good fortune.
This versatile metal is fitting as both a traditional and a modern theme for your 22nd wedding anniversary, as it can be used in everything from coins and jewellery to cookware and home goods.
Just how you celebrate will, as always in life, depend on your respective personalities, the amount of time you have available and your budget.
How to Celebrate Your 22nd Wedding Anniversary
Book a trip to somewhere you both are keen to visit. If you want to incorporate the traditional copper material (and your budget can stretch to overseas travel), you could visit a country known for its high copper production. Such as Chile, for example, which has the largest copper reserves in the world.
For 22 years, your relationship has no doubt made it through many challenges, and proven to be quite versatile. Celebrate this resilience with gifts you can enjoy together, like kitchen goods for cooking a sumptuous anniversary dinner or adding some modern décor touches to your home.
There are no symbolic anniversary flowers for this anniversary, but you can still choose a lovely mixed floral bouquet.
For a colour-themed party, the traditional shade is green. The colour of nature, it symbolises growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. Green has a strong emotional correspondence with safety, and dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Through love all that is bitter will be sweet… Through love all that is copper will be gold…” Quoted by: Rumi
22nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
The traditional symbolic gemstone is spinel. Its red variety is considered to enhance vitality, while green and pink spinel are said to encourage love and compassion.
Violet spinel is associated with spiritual development and yellow is linked to the intellect. So, with such diversity, this gemstone would make a perfect and traditional 22nd wedding anniversary gift for any couple.
22nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 22nd wedding anniversary?
Here are a few more suggestions for his 22nd anniversary gift. If your partner is a sporting man, check out our personalised sports gifts.
22nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 22nd wedding anniversary? Here are a few great ideas that suit most budgets.
Need a few more gift suggestions for your partner on this 22nd anniversary? We have more below to help you decide, plus hundreds of additional ideas on our other anniversary pages.
22nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him & Her… and Parents
Here are some gift suggestions that would delight any happy couple celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary – including your parents.
And for those seeking lower-budget and fun anniversary gifts…
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit (copper has historically been mined extensively in the UK and Ireland)
- Travel and activity gift vouchers (from Red Letter Days)
- Pleasure flight (hot air balloon or helicopter)
- Food and drink (beer or wine tasting with meal)
- Escape to the country (many locations to choose from)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Adventure sports days (for the active couple or family)
- Monster truck and tank driving
The traditional 22nd anniversary gemstone is red spinel.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Plan a UK break to discover a city you haven’t visited yet, or one you haven’t returned to for… 22 years.
- Buy some copper instruments – they would make a great conversation piece, or you could even learn to play one.
- Arrange a surprise week away (for just the two of you or take the family).
- Always a winner… invite family and friends to a celebration party at home or in a favourite local restaurant.
Whether you exchange traditional gifts or plan a weekend getaway, keep the focus on your love and spending quality time together.