3rd Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More

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.


  • 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.
  • Valet:​ A stylish addition to the bureau.
  • Watch:​ A beautiful watch with a leather strap is always in demand.
  • Leather-bound book:​ Try scoring out-of-print or original edition of one of your sweetie's favorite classics.
  • Shoes/boots:​ Lady in your life? After diamonds, shoes are the next obvious choice!
  • Gardening gloves:​ Encourage your spouse's green thumb with some gloves – plus a gardening kit and bucket full of seeds and bulbs!
  • Purse:​ Did somebody say Yves Saint Laurent?
  • Belt:​ A stately leather belt is the perfect accessory.
  • Leather jacket:​ You can't go wrong with an investment like this.
  • Briefcase, messenger bag or laptop bag:​ Get a brand new carryall for your worker bee.
  • Luggage:​ Pack your bags: You're off to a romantic getaway!
  • Saddle:​ Okay, maybe your sweetie isn't exactly an equestrian – but how about a spin on a mechanical bull? Talk about a wild anniversary!
  • Autographed baseball, football, soccer ball or basketball:​ A sports enthusiast will go nuts for this one.
  • Donation to wildlife foundation or animal shelter​: Don't believe in leather products? Get your sweetie an homage to animals instead.
  • Business card or checkbook holder:​ It's a gift your loved one can use – and probably would buy for himself.
  • Desk set:​ A new leather desk set: so chic.
  • Leather gloves:​ A stylish treat for either of you.
  • Sex toys:​ Restraints are always a good time – try something in a soft kid leather!
  • Leather game set:​ Chess, backgammon – whatever the game, it's even more fun in leather.
  • Leather portfolio:​ Your artist spouse will thank you for this thoughtful, useful gift.

Crystal and Glass

  • Swarovski jewelry:​ Just as glam as diamonds, but more affordable.
  • Swarovski figurines:​ Something to cherish.
  • Crystal necklace:​ It symbolizes eternal love.
  • Crystal barware:​ Something to up the style quotient of your home, Mad Men-style.
  • Blown-glass sculpture:​ Got a spouse who's into objets d'art? This is the perfect anniversary to present one made of crystal.
  • Glass jewelry:​ Hand-blown glass jewelry is a great way to honor your honey – and a struggling artisan.
  • Candle holders:​ Have a romantic dinner by candlelight – every night!
  • Crystal lamp:​ What a great way to glamorize your bedroom. Hey, why not go for a pair?
  • Glass or crystal vase:​ A bouquet of your sweetie's favorite buds in a glamorous vase is a thoughtful and chic surprise.
  • Engraved glass products:​ The great thing about crystal is it's easily engraved.

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