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 9th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Pottery|
|Traditional Gift – US||Pottery|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Clay|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Ceramic|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Pottery|
|Traditional Gift – France||Faience|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Clay|
|Flower Gift||Bird of Paradise|
|Gemstone Gift||Lapis Lazuli|
About 9th Wedding Anniversaries
Can you believe that the two of you have shared almost a decade of marriage together? Ample reason (if one were needed) to make sure you find a meaningful, exceptional and personal anniversary gift for your loved one.
The traditional gifts for a 9th wedding anniversary are pottery, moulded from a simple lump of clay and transformed into a stunningly beautiful object, and willow – a slender and graceful tree that produces pliant branches which are used to make attractive baskets.
How to Celebrate a 9th Anniversary
If your budget restricts you from planning a break away from home, normally you will be able to find several places in (or near) your local area selling wonderful pottery and willow gifts. A meticulously crafted object from willow or a stunning objet d’art made on a skilled potter’s wheel can make an unusual gift with a touch of romance.
The symbolic 9th wedding anniversary colour is terracotta, representing warmth and home comforts. Highly appropriate because, as a couple celebrate nine years together, they will be feeling warm and comfortable in their marriage.
Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.” Quoted by Victor Hugo
9th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
Items of jewellery are always popular gifts – for any special celebration. The symbolic gemstones for a 9th wedding anniversary are lapis lazuli, which the Romans believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac, and amethyst – known for its protective properties. Both stones are certain to remain hugely treasured items as the couple continue to enjoy their married lives together.
The traditional flowers for 9th wedding anniversaries are the poppy, a symbol of dreaminess and eternal sleep, combined with the bird of paradise. Symbolising faithfulness and joyfulness, they make a stunning floral bouquet – re-affirming the vows you exchanged nine years ago.
9th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 9th wedding anniversary?
We have more anniversary gift suggestions below and on our other pages.
9th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 9th wedding anniversary?
We have some great traditional and modern gift suggestions featured here, as well as different options on our other anniversary pages if required.
9th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him & Her
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Special location visit
- Travel gift vouchers
- Candlelit wedding anniversary dinner
- Luxury afternoon tea for two
- Theatre show or music concert
- One-day potter’s wheel workshop
- Luxury spa day for two
The traditional 9th wedding anniversary gemstone is lapis lazuli.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Instal ceramic planters in your garden or on your balcony.
- Sign up for a local arts & crafts course (pottery or willow basket-making).
- Enjoy a chilled-out day at the seaside.
- Invite friends to a celebration party at home or in a local pub, bar or restaurant.
The bond of marriage can take various forms. It is a journey embarked upon by two people, often with distinctive personalities, and at times it can vary from bumpy to smooth. Nevertheless, as long as the couple travel the journey together, with respect and love, they will soon learn how to reap the rewards that a strong and happy marriage can bring.
Enjoy your 9th anniversary reflecting on the magnificent memories you have shared since you exchanged wedding vows all those years ago.
9 Cool Facts about Pottery
Evidence of ancient pottery has been found throughout the world and in just about every civilisation…
- Over the centuries, pottery has served a dual purpose, both practical (building materials, jugs and plates) and aesthetic (sculpture).
- A major breakthrough in the production of ceramics was the invention of the wheel (around 3,500-4000 BC) in Mesopotamia, enabling potters to use a quicker and more efficient wheel-forming technique to produce ceramic vessels with radial symmetry.
- There are three types of clay: earthenware, which is transported by moving water, picking up minerals and impurities along the way; stoneware, especially durable and these days mainly used to craft dishes; and kaolin, the purest clay as it doesn’t travel far from its source, and used to make porcelain.
- Firing dried pottery after it has been transformed from clay (or mud) changes the piece’s chemical bonds and makes the material permanent and waterproof.
- For thousands of years traditional (and labour-intensive) Japanese clay art has been fired in chambered wood kilns for up to a week, then left to cool for several days.
- Dating to 28,000 BCE, during the late Paleolithic period, the oldest known ceramic artifact is a statuette of a woman, the “Venus of Dolní Věstonice”, from a prehistoric settlement near Brno, in the current Czech Republic.
- A collection of terracotta (ceramic) sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the renowned Terracotta Army was buried with China’s first emperor in 210–209 BC with the purpose of protecting him in the after-life.
- Advanced ceramics are used in aerospace, defence, automotive, fiber-optic, medical and environmental technologies, as well as in mobile phones and computers.
- NASA’s space shuttles have a coating of approximately 34,000 ceramic tiles, used to protect them from heat up to 2,300°F that is produced during re-entry into the atmosphere.