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What do love and trees have in common? They’re both strong and stable, can withstand difficult weather, and with nurturing and care they thrive and grow. That’s why wood is a wonderful, and meaningful, anniversary gift. As the traditional 5th-anniversary gift, wood is symbolic of a marriage that is solid, sturdy, and enduring. And as a gift for any other anniversary—well, it’s symbolic of the same thing! Which imbues the gift with a powerful, poignant meaning to mark any milestone in a marriage.
Wood comes in many forms. From artwork to tabletop serving pieces, accessories to appliances and furniture to scents, wood makes up so many parts of our world. While it’s an amazing material, it also means that finding that special something made of wood can be both easy and overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our very favorite gifts for your bae—the ones that have romance in their roots and significance in their core.
Read on for the best wooden anniversary gifts.
The Laser Engraving Company The Original Engraved Olive Wood Heart
This hand-carved olive wood heart comes engraved with your choice of words. Include a short message or quote on the back for a heartfelt gift that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Shutterfly Freeze Frame Wall Art
Whether you’re looking for a 5th-anniversary gift or craving a unique couple’s portrait, this gift will do the trick. This custom artwork features a favorite photo printed on woodgrain—the resulting effect is muted and rustic, yet chic.
Wooden Goods By Mr. Deer Wooden Photo Album
Photo gifts never go out of style! Wonderful as an anniversary gift, wedding photo album or to celebrate five years, this wooden photo album will make an impression. Customize the cover with names, dates, and a design of your liking for a photo book that’s as sturdy and enduring as the wood it’s made from.
Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set
These wooden heart dishes are a perfect place to keep anything from rings and jewelry to salt and pepper. They’re hand-carved from wild olive wood by Kenyan artisans who use traditional techniques. The best part—the purchase of these bowls supports economic growth and fosters traditional artisan skills in rural communities in East Africa.
Made by Yoke Sandal/Rose Aromatherapy Perfume Oil
Earthy sandalwood meets delicate rose for a blend that is both woodsy and feminine. This deeply calming perfume oil is formulated to help her unwind—truly a gift!
Scrabble Deluxe Wooden Edition Board Game
If game night if their thing, this deluxe Scrabble set will be a winning gift. Complete with a wooden cabinet and gold foil-stamped details, this game will get the party started.
What to look for in a wooden anniversary gift
The type of wood
High quality materials are key when you're looking for a wooden gift that will last. Walnut, pine, ash and chestnut are just a few good wood types to start with. Beautiful, grain-filled woods like acacia or olive are ideal for kitchen tools and cheese boards.
Is the gift recipient a lover of modern, Scandinavian or Mid-century design? Or are you on the hunt for something more rustic and organic in design? The beauty of wood is in the versatility of the material—there's something for everyone.
Which year is wood considered to be the traditional anniversary gift?
Wood is the traditional gift for the 5th-anniversary—it's symbolic of the strength, stability, and enduring nature of marriage after five years. Although it’s traditional to give a wooden gift on the 5th-anniversary, wood is a wonderful gift for almost any anniversary because its meaning carries significance that applies to any long-term relationship.
What’s the best way to care for wooden gifts?
As a good rule of thumb, most wooden items can be cleaned with a damp cloth and warm, soapy water. If you’re cleaning tabletop goods—such as salad bowls, cutting boards, spoons, or utensils—washing them by hand with warm soapy water and towel drying them will provide the best results for cleaning and preserving your wooden items.
Meet the Expert
Roy Underhill is the host of the PBS television series The Woodwright’s Shop. A student of traditional woodworking, he has a master’s degree from Duke University in engineering, forestry, and history. He is also the author of several woodworking books.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world, and web, hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to all things wooden! With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s vetting products.