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 are effectively the run up to what is one of the largest celebrations of married life, that being the Golden Wedding which is 50 years of marriage.
41st Wedding anniversary
The forty-first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Land.
42nd Wedding anniversary
The forty-second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Improved Real Estate.
43rd Wedding anniversary
The forty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Travel.
44th Wedding anniversary
The forty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Groceries.
45th Wedding anniversary also known as the Sapphire Wedding
The traditional forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sapphire. The modern forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sapphire. The gemstone forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alexandrite.
46th Wedding anniversary
The forty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Original Poetry Tribute.
47th Wedding anniversary
The forty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Books.
48th Wedding anniversary
The forty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Optical Goods.
49th Wedding anniversary
The forty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Luxuries, any Kind.
50th Wedding anniversary also known as the Golden Wedding
The traditional fiftieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold. The modern fiftieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold Jewellery. The appropriate flowers for the fiftieth wedding anniversary are Violets.