Themes for modern wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different themes or materials associated with that year along with different lists, here we are talking about the Modern Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Traditional, Gemstone or Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.
The Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List
The Modern wedding anniversary list was first launched in 1946 into the one shown below, some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list subsequently. More history of how the wedding list evolved is available on our Modern Wedding List History page.
The reason it is called the modern list is simply because at the time it was published it included modern gift theme designed to encourage and promote sales of items in a time of austerity.
Below in the list the anniversary year will link you to pages with ideas available from all the Gift lists (e.g. Traditional, Modern, Gemstone and Flower) or choose the modern material for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that modern material and year.
The Modern Anniversary gifts list has a material theme against every year up to the 50th year and there after every fifth year until the 75th Wedding Anniversary.
Modern Wedding Anniversary Material List
There are a few variations with the modern wedding anniversary gifts list shown
All Important Modern wedding anniversary gifts
The modern wedding anniversary gifts list converge with the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List on what are deemed to be the major Anniversaries e.g 25th Anniversary is Silver, 40th Anniversary Is Ruby and the 50th Anniversary is Gold on both lists.
These years contain the under celebrated, in our opinion, wedding anniversary for 35 years which is known as the Coral Wedding. It’s possibly because everyone is looking forward to the Ruby Wedding which is 5 years later and celebrates 40 years of marriage.
31st Wedding anniversary
The thirty-first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Timepieces.
32nd Wedding anniversary
The thirty-second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Conveyances.
33rd Wedding anniversary
The thirty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Amethyst.
34th Wedding anniversary
The thirty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Opal.
35th Wedding anniversary also known as the Coral Wedding
The traditional thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Coral. The modern thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Jade.
36th Wedding anniversary
The thirty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China.
37th Wedding anniversary
The thirty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alabaster.
38th Wedding anniversary
The thirty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Beryl.
39th Wedding anniversary
The thirty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace.
40th Wedding anniversary also known as the Ruby Wedding
The traditional fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The modern fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The gemstone fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The appropriate flowers for the fortieth wedding anniversary are Nasturtium.