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 46th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||No traditional gift|
|Traditional Gift – US||No traditional gift|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Nacre|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Lavander|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Lavender|
|Traditional Gift – France||Lavender|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Pearl|
About 46th Wedding Anniversaries
As you celebrate your 46th wedding anniversary, this is the perfect year to indulge your literary creativity. Many anniversaries have traditional gemstones or precious metals associated with them to provide inspiration for gifts, but there are no traditional symbols to commemorate 46 years together.
What this year does have, however, is a modern-day alternative symbol: poetry. So let the creative juices flow and make sure another momentous year of marriage is commemorated in poignant style.
How to Celebrate a 46th Wedding Anniversary
If there is a favourite poem that mentions or reflects on the beauty of a part of the world that has a special meaning for you and your partner, why not plan a break to visit that area?
Otherwise, a candlelit dinner for two is always a favourite way for couples to celebrate their anniversary. Add a symbolic touch by checking if there is a special new restaurant or hotel within a 46-mile radius of your home.
If you decide to celebrate quietly at home, open a bottle of fine wine and listen to poems recorded by an actor you both admire: for example, the richly powerful and evocative voice of Richard Burton.
My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.” Quoted by: John Keats
46th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him, Her… and the Couple
If poetry does not really appeal to you, you can always break with anniversary tradition and focus on whatever else is most meaningful to you and your loved one.
Maybe there is a place you have always wanted to visit, but have not had the chance to yet? Book that trip now and imagine the surprise and excitement your gift will bring.
Flowers are a much-loved gift, and usually the time of year will dictate which seasonal ones are available. If, for example, your wife adores the daffodil and your anniversary is in the spring, a bouquet of these beautiful flowers would make the perfect gift.
46th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 46th wedding anniversary?
The following ideas are useful starting points for spouses and grandchildren who are not sure what to buy for a 46th anniversary gift.
Looking for other anniversary gift ideas for him? Check out more suggestions below or on our other anniversary pages.
46th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 46th wedding anniversary?
Discover more wonderful gift selections for your wife below…
46th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her, Parents… and Other Couples
We have a great selection of other experience days for you to choose from below if the options above are not exactly what you are looking for.
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel and activity gift vouchers
- Adventure days
- Food and drink (afternoon tea for two)
- Country house stay and dinner for two
- Escape to the country (many locations to choose from)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Art class and bubbles for two
The traditional 46th wedding anniversary gemstone is pearl.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Visit Ullswater, the picturesque English Lake District area that inspired Wordsworth.
- Take a trip to Farringford on the Isle of Wight, where Tennyson wrote several of his poems.
- Travel to the homestead and museum in Amherst (Massachusetts) where Emily Dickinson, in her adult years, began to write poetry in earnest.
- Sign up for poetry lessons together.
If poetry is not exactly your thing, arrange a long-awaited trip to a country or location on your bucket list. Or revisit a fondly-remembered place from your early days together.
If you would rather stay closer to home, let the grandchildren know you would be delighted if they could help organise a celebration party at home or at a local restaurant. As the wedding anniversary years go by it becomes even more important to celebrate such milestones with family and friends.
5 Famous Poems about Love and Romance
Love has been a staple and evocatively intimate subject favoured by poets for time immemorial. Here are five to add a poignant and renewed touch of romance to your married lives for this 46th wedding anniversary celebration…
Sonnet 18 – By William Shakespeare:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate”
She Walks in Beauty – By Lord Byron:
“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright”
That I Did Always Love – By Emily Dickinson:
“That I did always love
I bring thee Proof
That till I loved
I never lived—Enough—”
How Do I Love Thee? – By Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
“Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I Love You – By Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
“I love your lips when they’re wet with wine
And red with a wild desire;
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies
Lit with a passionate fire.”