9th Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More

Pottery (which represents nature and simplicity) and willow (indicative of nature and flexibility) are the traditional materials of the ninth anniversary. Leather is a modern addition and symbolizes warmth and durability. Get inspired by these ninth wedding anniversary gift ideas, which honor the three materials.

Pottery

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Did someone say movie night? Head over to your local pottery painting locale and design a popcorn bowl just for your movie nights together. Or buy a stylish one instead—we know DIY isn't for everyone.

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If we learned anything from the '80s movie Ghost, it's that spinning pottery together is a recipe for romance. Sign up for a class together and live out your Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore fantasy.

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Don't downplay the effectiveness of a mug picked out just for your partner, whether it's a poignant saying or a funny cartoon. It's something that gets used daily and lasts just about forever. Matching mugs are another cute option.

OAMCEG Mr. and Mrs. coffee mug set of 2, $17, Amazon.com

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Want to whip up a really original anniversary dinner? A tagine can let you cook up the taste of Morocco right in your kitchen.

Bruntmor cast iron 4-quart tagine pot, from $50, Amazon.com

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Fill it with your spouse's blooms of choice.

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A new everyday dinner set might be in order by the time year nine rolls around.

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Support independent artists by buying a handmade trinket.

Zotter the Potter personalized stoneware wedding anniversary pitcher, $70, Etsy.com

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Present a beautiful plant or tree in a ceramic planter.

CB2 Palazzo large marbleized planter, $80, CB2.com

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These chic accessories are lightweight but durable.

RADO Centrix automatic 38mm diamond ceramic bracelet watch, $2,200, Nordstrom.com

Pottery Barn

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A shopping day—whether in person or online—at this popular home store could be just the redecorating catharsis you both need.

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Ceramic conducts heat well and doesn't damage hair as easily as other materials, so this is a great gift for someone who loves to primp.

T3 SinglePass luxe 1-inch ionic straightening and styling flat iron, $180, Nordstrom.com

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This is a beautiful gift for an art collector or home décor enthusiast.

Jonathan Adler Menagerie mod owl sculpture, $98, JonathanAdler.com

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Serve up something great on anniversary night or at your next party.

Pier 1 Imports Libbey Collection Prologue black drift 2-piece multi-size ceramic platter set, $70, Pier1.com

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Flank the bed with gorgeous mood lighting.

Crate & Barrel Ella gray table lamp set of 2, $200, CrateandBarrel.com

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Tea for two? There are plenty of beautiful sets out there, but we love this delicate and colorful one.

Anthropologie Mason tea for two set, $38, Anthropologie.com

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Give something with sentimental value that'll become more valued over time.

Lladró Happy Anniversary Couple figurine, $535, Lladro.com

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Bake a special meal in for your other half in a new casserole dish or porcelain nonstick skillet.

GreenLife soft grip ceramic 7-inch and 10-inch open frypan set, $30, Amazon.com

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This symbolic gift is thought to promote harmony in a relationship.

World Market ceramic hanging bell, $8, WorldMarket.com

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Make sure to fill it with something good.

Rosanna hearts jewelry box, $20, Bloomingdales.com

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Something for the porcelain jewelry box, perhaps?

Susan Gordon Pottery round ceramic earring studs in 22K gold, $32, Etsy.com

Willow

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Go on a romantic picnic together for your anniversary.

Picnic Time heart willow picnic basket with deluxe service for two, $94, Amazon.com

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Fans of home décor—and proponents of environmental awareness—would appreciate furnishings made with this renewable material.

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Pick up a mini tabletop version of this distinctively shaped tree.

Hirt's Gardens Tree of Enchantment weeping pussy willow tree in 6-inch pot, $25, Amazon.com

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Recapture your childhood reading this classic book together.

The Wind in the Willows: An Illustrated Classic, $12 for hardcover, Amazon.com

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The bat in a traditional cricket set is actually made of willow. It makes for a great summertime lawn game.

Pro Impact cricket bat, $51, Amazon.com

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Breakfast in bed? Yes, please.

English Tea Store rectangular white willow tray, $12, EnglishTeaStore.com

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Up for a far-flung adventure? Head over to Alaska.

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Spend a rainy anniversary night watching this Ron Howard classic.

Prime Video Willow, from $15, Amazon.com

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Bestow a genuine willow flute on a musical spouse.

Taiga Music Art willow flute, $45, Etsy.com

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Wear a woven bag made from wicker.

Loeffler Randall Lorna wicker tote, $295, Shopbop.com

Leather

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Make your spouse (or should we say your spouse's phone) feel secure.

Madewell card slot leather iPhone X/Xs case, $30, Nordstrom.com

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Improve your partner's commute with a sturdy, stylish accessory.

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Nothing elevates a home like fine leather goods.

World Market bi-cast Tyler leather molded barstool, $250, WorldMarket.com

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Candles are a common gift, but a leather scent is anything but overdone.

MALIN and GOETZ leather candle, $55, Bloomingdales.com

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Say hello to at-home and on-the-run comfort—sturdy slippers can be worn indoors and out.

L.L. Bean men's Wicked Good moccasins, $79, LLBean.com

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Hand-painted jackets are having a moment. Personalize yours with a name, wedding date or both to really make it count.

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Have you ever seen such a functional, fashionable mousepad? It comes with a tray for pens and the likes.

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Every time your partner pulls it out, you'll come to mind.

Smythson women's Panama flat card holder, $165, Amazon.com

Lost keys no more. It only took nine years!

Jenni Kayne leather catchall, $65, JenniKayne.com

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