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 36th wedding anniversary in countries around the world
|Traditional Gift – UK||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – US||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Silica|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Emerald|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Bone China|
|Traditional Gift – France||Muslin|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Silica|
|Flower Gift||Tea Rose|
|Modern Gift||Bone China|
About 36th Wedding Anniversaries
As you celebrate your 36th wedding anniversary, there are no traditional items to symbolise another wonderful year of married life together. However, you could opt for a modern-day equivalent that is popularly associated with 36 years of married life: an exquisite gift made from bone china.
This soft-paste porcelain is stunning to look at and adds a regal and elegant touch when placed in your home. China is also noted for its strength and durability, thus symbolising a long-lasting marriage.
How to Celebrate a 36th Wedding Anniversary
If you have been maintaining a tradition of choosing travel destinations associated with gifts that symbolise each year’s anniversary, you will no doubt be planning another special trip to mark 36 years together.
With china being the contemporary showpiece of 36th wedding anniversary celebrations, now would be a great time to visit the vast and enchanting country of China.
Take in such venerable sights as the Great Wall of China or the Dragon’s Teeth Mountains in Yangzhou, a town in Guangxi province (south-western China). It is a hugely popular place to visit, for both western and Chinese travellers, thanks to its sublime natural beauty.
Great love affairs start with champagne and end with tisane.” Quoted by: Honoré de Balzac
36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
Depending on your budget, a memorable and lasting gift would be a complete service of china, especially fitting for a couple who don’t have one yet and who entertain quite often. If they already have a service, additional matching or complementary pieces would also work particularly well.
For the couple who enjoy tea, a new bone china tea service that complements their living or dining room décor would be a much-appreciated and appropriate gift.
Alternatively, a bouquet of flowers always adds a stunning personal touch. Or you could book a lavish Chinese meal for just the two of you, or with friends and family.
36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 36th wedding anniversary?
Fun and quirky gifts are perfect for anniversary celebrations. If you cannot find exactly what you are looking for here, check out our other anniversary pages for hundreds more gift ideas.
- Sports equipment (relevant to your husband’s active pursuits)
- Wine or whisky tumblers
- Gadget accessories (desk fan, zoom lens, mini-drone for phone or tablet)
- Gift vouchers (books, gadgets, etc.)
- Quirky gifts (barbecue apron, T-shirt, etc.)
36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 36th wedding anniversary?
We have more great anniversary gift suggestions below that would be ideal for your wife…
- Phone case (use a favourite photo for the cameo)
- Sponsor gift
- Selection of scented candles
- Animal speakers (or other themed gadget)
- Quirky gifts (funny apron, mug, wine glass, etc.)
36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and Parents
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel and activity gift vouchers
- Adventure days
- Food and drink (afternoon tea for two)
- Escape to the country (many locations to choose from)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Country pursuits (day at the races, clay pigeon shooting, etc.)
The traditional 36th anniversary gemstone is cameo.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- For those with a healthy budget, or ready to break their travel “piggy bank”, plan that once-in-a-lifetime trip to China.
- If you are looking for something a little closer to home, reserve a table at an up-market tea-room and savour en elegant afternoon tea together (with bone china service, of course).
- Visit the Wedgwood Museum (now known as the V&A Collection at World of Wedgwood) in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.
- Sign up for pottery classes and create your own dining set.
If you are a numbers person, these are the key details… On the 36th anniversary of your marriage you would have been married for 13,140 days or 315,360 hours or 18,921,600 minutes.
However, no matter how many years you have been together (now decades, in your case), each anniversary a couple celebrate being together is a poignant milestone. And it always warrants being recognised in grand style – and enjoyed thoroughly.