Anniversary Gift Etiquette

Etiquette and Advice from the Emily Post Institute
Anniversary Gifting Etiquette

  • More and more, couples who are celebrating significant anniversaries opt to not receive gifts. If you do want to still give a gift, please do so at a separate time from the anniversary party. Showing up with a gift at the party is embarrassing to the hosts and guests who did not bring a gift.
  • Gifts do not have to be traditional (i.e. 1st anniversary: paper or plastics; 50th: gold). Giving a beautiful pewter picture frame with a cherished picture of the couple is perfectly acceptable for the "Silver 25th." A personally-designed scrapbook documenting the couple?s 10 years together might be much more welcome than tin or aluminum! Think outside the box.

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