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 8th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – US||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Tin|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Tin Plate|
|Traditional Gift – France||Poppy|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Bronze|
|Modern Gift||Linen and Lace|
8 Year Wedding Anniversary Meaning
Celebrating an eighth wedding anniversary is another opportunity to commemorate your wedding vows in style. Finding the right gift that shows your partner how much you still love them is just as important now as it was eight years ago.
As always, enjoying the celebration in ways that bring romantic pleasure to you both is paramount.
Gifts for wedding anniversaries tend to increase in substance and value over time – as the marriage itself grows and becomes stronger from one year to the next.
The traditional 8th wedding anniversary symbol is bronze, while the modern equivalent is linen or lace. Bronze is stronger than both iron and copper – two symbols of earlier anniversary years of marriage – as it is a blend of two metals (copper and tin).
How to Celebrate an 8th Wedding Anniversary
The potent mix of copper and tin, to create bronze, represents the union of two lives and the strength resulting from combining your time together with perseverance.
There is a great choice of distinctive bronze gift options. Perhaps you will be able to find some beautifully crafted jewellery made from recycled bronze – or a hammered bronze drink cooler.
As for the other symbolic gifts, instead of buying a piece of lace or linen, why not arrange a visit to Nottingham or France – both famous over many centuries for their exquisite lace making. Or maybe plan a trip to Egypt or Greece, traditional makers of linen since the first millennium B.C. Now that would be a memorable celebration.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” Quoted by Kahlil Gibran
8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
You might not always share the same dreams, ambitions and hopes for the future. However, the beauty of your marriage is that you both live to make each other’s dreams come true.
Lilac is the flower that is especially associated with 8th wedding anniversary celebrations, symbolising the emotions of young love, beauty, pride, humility, confidence and youthfulness. Clematis, which make wonderful companion plants for lilacs, signify mental beauty.
The gemstones associated with your 8th wedding anniversary are tanzanite and multi-coloured tourmaline, both of which have powerful healing and psychic properties.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 8th wedding anniversary?
More gift suggestions for your 8th wedding anniversary are featured below.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 8th wedding anniversary?
Classic gifts for your wife to celebrate your 8th wedding anniversary are bronze and pottery. Or, for a more contemporary touch, you could opt for linen or lace.
We hope you find all these gift suggestions to your liking. If you need to look further, we have many more ideas on our other anniversary pages.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him & Her
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel gift vouchers
- Romantic candlelit dinner
- Luxury afternoon tea for two
- Track day for two (learn to drive performance cars together)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Hot air balloon ride
The traditional 8th wedding anniversary gemstones are tanzanite and tourmaline.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Buy a striking bronze figure for the garden.
- Plant clematis among the lilacs in your garden.
- Enjoy a holiday in the sun while obtaining an enviable bronze tan.
- Plan a celebration party at home or in a local pub, bar or restaurant.
However you decide to celebrate your 8th wedding anniversary, make sure you set aside some quiet time together to recall the most cherished moments of the last eight years – and to look forward to further consolidating the love and romance in your lives.