3rd Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More

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Leather – which represents protection and touch – is the traditional material of the first anniversary. Crystal and glass are modern additions. Here are is your complete guide to the third wedding anniversary.


1. Wallet: A traditional gift that's always needed, try slipping something special inside, like tickets to a show or a coupon redeemable for one free massage.

2. Valet: A stylish addition to the bureau.

3. Watch: A beautiful watch with a leather strap is always in demand.

4. Leather-bound book: Try scoring out-of-print or original edition of one of your sweetie's favorite classics.

5. Shoes/boots: Lady in your life? After diamonds, shoes are the next obvious choice!

6. Gardening gloves: Encourage your spouse's green thumb with some gloves – plus a gardening kit and bucket full of seeds and bulbs!

7. Purse: Did somebody say Yves Saint Laurent?

8. Belt: A stately leather belt is the perfect accessory.

9. Leather jacket: You can't go wrong with an investment like this.

10. Briefcase, messenger bag or laptop bag: Get a brand new carryall for your worker bee.

11. Luggage: Pack your bags: You're off to a romantic getaway!

12. Saddle: Okay, maybe your sweetie isn't exactly an equestrian – but how about a spin on a mechanical bull? Talk about a wild anniversary!

13. Autographed baseball, football, soccer ball or basketball: A sports enthusiast will go nuts for this one.

14. Donation to wildlife foundation or animal shelter: Don't believe in leather products? Get your sweetie an homage to animals instead.

15. Business card or checkbook holder: It's a gift your loved one can use – and probably would buy for himself.

16. Desk set: A new leather desk set: so chic.

17. Leather gloves: A stylish treat for either of you.

18. Sex toys: Restraints are always a good time – try something in a soft kid leather!

19. Leather game set: Chess, backgammon – whatever the game, it's even more fun in leather.

20. Leather portfolio: Your artist spouse will thank you for this thoughtful, useful gift.

Crystal and Glass

21. Swarovski jewelry: Just as glam as diamonds, but more affordable.

22. Swarovski figurines: Something to cherish.

23. Crystal necklace: It symbolizes eternal love.

24. Crystal barware: Something to up the style quotient of your home, Mad Men-style.

25. Blown-glass sculpture: Got a spouse who's into objets d'art? This is the perfect anniversary to present one made of crystal.

26. Glass jewelry: Hand-blown glass jewelry is a great way to honor your honey – and a struggling artisan.

27. Candle holders: Have a romantic dinner by candlelight – every night!

28. Crystal lamp: What a great way to glamorize your bedroom. Hey, why not go for a pair?

29. Glass or crystal vase: A bouquet of your sweetie's favorite buds in a glamorous vase is a thoughtful and chic surprise.

30. Engraved glass products: The great thing about crystal is it's easily engraved.

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