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 43rd wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||No traditional gift|
|Traditional Gift – US||No traditional gift|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Opal|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Lead|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Flannel|
|Traditional Gift – France||Flannel|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Opal|
|Flower Gift||Favourite Flowers|
About 43rd Wedding Anniversaries
As you celebrate your 43rd wedding anniversary, there is one special modern theme associated with this year: travel. You could revisit your favourite holiday destinations, or perhaps places you might be contemplating retiring to.
To add a little bit of fun to the decision-making, why not plan a trip by writing the names of 43 countries you would like to visit on pieces of paper, place all the names in a hat, draw one – and get your children to pay for the getaway!
Alternatively, book a 43-day luxury cruise or – for something a little more quirky – prepare a packed lunch and hop on a coach for 43 stops or a bus route covering 43 miles (or kilometres to keep it shorter). And, of course, make sure to include a couple of pub pit stops along the way.
How to Celebrate 43rd Wedding Anniversary
If you and your partner don’t fancy travel this year, you can still make future plans as you celebrate in front of a log fire with a bottle of Champagne (at least that provides a French travel link) and an exotic take-away meal (Thai, Japanese, Mexican… more travel connections).
As you reminisce leafing through your wedding album, you can reflect on the impressive fact that you have been married for 15,695 days or 376,680 hours or 22,600,800 minutes, which is over 1,356 million seconds.
Clearly, by now you know pretty much everything there is to know about each other, and have learnt that…
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.” Quoted by: Katharine Hepburn
43rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
Flowers are popular gifts for speaking the language of love, so let your floral tribute speak for you. It could be made up of one favourite flower or a mixed bunch, and accompanied by a loving message to add romantic sparkle.
43rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 43rd wedding anniversary?
As the modern 43rd anniversary gift is travel, we have put together a few suggestions that are located around the UK.
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43rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 43rd wedding anniversary?
Check out our other anniversary pages for additional gift ideas if you don’t find what you are looking for here.
Other gift ideas for her…
- Bouquet of mixed flowers
- Scented candles
- Gift vouchers for books, flowers or chocolates
- Wanderlust cross stitch map
43rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Parents and Friends
Here are some gift options for short travel locations around the UK…
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- Travel and activity gift vouchers
- Adventure days
- Country house stay and dinner for two
- Escape to the country (many locations to choose from)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Sports accessories (golf balls, tennis balls, clothing, etc.)
The traditional 43rd wedding anniversary gemstone is opal.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Book a classic steam train ride – perhaps in full period costume to add a nostalgic touch to the day.
- Buy a scratch map and mark off the places you have visited over the years.
- Travel to a new pub for lunch.
- Visit a country or city on your bucket list – which could now become an annual tradition.
- Revisit a fondly-remembered place from your early days together.
Enjoy a celebration party at home or in a local restaurant, but make sure you drop serious hints well beforehand that the grandchildren might like to organise everything!
If you want to keep it uncomplicated, your partner will always be happy with thoughtful gift vouchers – ideally this year, travel-related books or gadgets.
Whatever you decide, make sure your 43rd wedding anniversary celebrations showcase your long-standing love and affection.
10 Memorable Holiday Journeys by Train
Thanks to Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, the world’s most famous (and fictionally ill-fated) luxury rail journey is, arguably, the Orient Express (now known as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express). There are, however, many other luxuriously-appointed trains leaving stations around the world, and offering couples sumptuous experiences to celebrate their wedding anniversary in style. Here are 10 of the most enchanting…
- Danube Express Golden Eagle – hotel-train providing first-class rail tours through central and south-eastern Europe, from Prague to Istanbul.
- Majestic Train de Luxe – inspired by the imperial train of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, journeying from Vienna across the Semmering mountains to the Adriatic coast.
- Tren Al Andalus – classic journey through Andalucía, complemented by a new route, “Lusitania”, between Sevilla and Lisbon.
- Imperial Russia Trans-Siberian – another iconic rail journey, embracing history and culture for thousands of kilometres from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
- Indian Pacific – travelling across the Australian continent from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, with modern suites, a retro-Edwardian dining car and panoramic windows.
- Rocky Mountaineer – journeying through the Canadian Rockies in dome cars that enhance vistas of the stunning surrounding scenery.
- Shongololo – named after the Zulu word for a large brown millipede, this train traverses the safari plains of southern Africa.
- Seven Stars Kyushu – showcasing Japanese artistry on various itineraries through the country’s island “gateway to mainland Asia”.
- Hiram Bingham – through romantic Peruvian landscapes to the breathtaking lost city of Machu Picchu.
- Maharajas Express – combining modern comforts with the charm of a bygone era, and the kind of service enjoyed by 19th century Indian royalty.