You’ve made it to 20 years of marriage. That’s cause for a bottle pop if we ever heard one! The 20th wedding anniversary is a massive milestone and one that should be celebrated accordingly. Choosing a gift to mark this occasion seems like it should be simple, since, after 20 years together, it’s safe to say you and your partner know each other pretty darn well. But if you’re feeling stumped on the perfect gift to knock your wife’s socks off, we’re here to help. From traditional gifts to more modern or off-the-beaten-path suggestions, we’ve rounded up 30 of the best 20-year anniversary gifts to make your wife absolutely swoon.
The top 10 20th-anniversary wedding gifts, at a glance:
- Best overall gift: Neiman Marcus, 12-Piece Platinum Brushstroke Dinnerware Set, $279
- Most extravagant gift: Tiffany & Co., Elsa Peretti Diamond Hoop Ring, $2,550
- Best budget-friendly gift: Anthropologie, Papillon Vase, $44
- Best gift for the romantic: Bella Freud, Love is the Drug Trinket Tray, $169
- Best gift for the jewelry lover: Mejuri, Square Emerald Studs, $198
- Best traditional anniversary gift: Anya Hindmarch, Eyes Painted Bone China Teapot, $195
- Best modern anniversary gift: David Yurman, DY Eden Band Ring in Platinum, $1,250
- Best personalized gift: Uncommon Goods, Personalized Platinum Record in Floating Glass Frame, $198
- Best self-care gift: Theragun, Bluetooth Enabled Handheld Massage Gun, $599
- Best floral gift: Plants.com, Sweet Heart Bamboo, $55-$75
What are the traditional 20-year anniversary gifts?
As with every milestone celebration, the 20th wedding anniversary is accompanied by traditional anniversary gifts. Just as paper denotes the first year of marriage, the 20-mile mark gets its own customs, too. Each year together is marked by both traditional gifts and modern gifts; two decades of marriage are symbolized by the following:
Traditional anniversary gift: China
China, or porcelain, symbolizes the beauty and fragile nature of love and your marriage. It needs to be protected and handled with care (just like your marriage!)
Modern anniversary gift: Platinum
In recent years, platinum has become an option for 20th wedding anniversaries. Platinum symbolizes the strength of a marriage bond.
What represents 20 years of marriage?
In addition to the traditional gift of china and the modern gift of platinum, the 20th wedding anniversary is also marked by gems and flowers. Emerald is the gemstone that denotes 20 years of marriage—emeralds are not only known to preserve love, but are the sacred stone of Venus (the Roman goddess of love).
Asters are the flowers signifying 20 years of marriage; they're normally considered weeds, which shows their resilience. Below, you’ll find a curated list of 20-year anniversary gifts sure to bring a smile to your wife’s face—and set you on a beautiful path for the next 20 years.
The top 10 20th-anniversary wedding gifts for your wife
It’s likely been a moment since you and your wife last thought about fine china—when you registered for wedding gifts, most likely. There’s no better time for an upgrade than your 20th anniversary. This set marries fine china’s counterpart, porcelain, with platinum, effortlessly melding traditional with modern. You might just say it’s a match made in heaven.
Let’s be real—opening up that Robin’s egg blue box from Tiffany & Co. gives almost everyone a little rush. This swirling silhouette encircles and flows; the gleaming platinum is punctuated at either end with two glittering round diamonds. It’s difficult to find a more perfect gift to embody the 20th-anniversary gift of platinum.
Best budget-friendly gift:
Best gift for the romantic:
Crafted in 100-percent bone china with shining gold lettering and trim, this pretty pink trinket tray will instantly make any romantic sit up and take notice. And what better way to use it than as a ring holder? Your spouse will love it.
Best gift for the jewelry lover:
We dare anyone not to be a little green with envy over these Mejuri stunners. The 2.5mm gems set in 14k solid gold are designed in a miniature square silhouette that lends the subtlest pop of elegance to any outfit, day or night. Now that’s worth a trip to the Emerald City.
Best traditional anniversary gift:
What better way to do the traditional 20th-anniversary wedding gift of china than by turning it on its head—or its eyes, rather—with a truly whimsical pattern? This Anya Hindmarch teapot puts the “fun” in function with a hand-painted eyes design on color-blocked black-and-white bone china. Tea never tasted (or looked) so good.
Best modern anniversary gift:
Unadorned on the outside, intricate on the inside. The design of this David Yurman platinum ring is at once simple and stunning with its solid exterior band and twisted design underneath. It’s a chic upgrade to your wife’s wedding band from the past 20 years—or a gorgeous addition.
Best personalized gift:
When in doubt, make it personal. This gift will surely be music to your wife’s ears. An upcycled vinyl LP finished in platinum is a total chart-topper that you create yourself, thanks to the name of your duo and your choice of five songs resonant with special meaning to the two of you.
Best self-care gift:
Oh hey, self-care day. If your wife loves getting massages, then Theragun is an excellent choice for her. The brand has multiple percussion massage guns; we like this one for its Bluetooth compatibility, deep tissue pain relief, and customizable speed levels. Trips to the spa may just take a backseat.
Best floral gift:
Bamboo is a symbol of longevity—so this heart-shaped plant is certainly an ideal choice when celebrating 20 years of matrimony. It also only needs 3-4 hours of filtered sunlight each day, so it’s an ideal gift even for lower-light spaces. Choose one, two, or three hearts entwined together and let the design do the talking.
Want even more gift suggestions? We’ve included 20 additional gift ideas for you below, all broken into specific categories.
The top five china 20th-anniversary wedding gifts
Top 5 china wedding gifts:
An exquisitely crafted porcelain pomegranate sits atop a brass branch in this sweet bud vase from Michael Aram. It will look equally beautiful on a coffee table or nightstand.
If your pet name for your loved one is “honey”, then this gift is an absolute must. A vibrant bee surrounded by a wildflower and honeycomb border brings a touch of whimsy to these dinner plates in white-glazed porcelain with 18k gold detailing. We have a feeling they’ll set everyone at your next dinner party abuzz.
Sometimes, you just have to sit back and laugh a bit. In the case of this jewelry dish with “I Still Do” emblazoned at the center, it will be difficult not to let out a chuckle or two. It’s the perfect holder for everything from earrings to keys—and to remind each other that, even after all this time, your love still isn’t misplaced.
From the colorful porcelain and eye-catching prints to the customizable aspect of choosing your wife’s initial, this Versace canape dish is full of fun. Bonus points if her name starts with one of the letters that comes on an emerald green background, though, really, every single one is undeniably fabulous.
If you really want to show your wife you can think outside the box when it comes to anniversary gifts, this option from Hermès is a great way to go. The hue, Rose Porcelaine, is a creamy, powdery, porcelain pink inspired by one of the brand’s iconic enamel shades. The bottle is art upon the shelf while the color is art upon her nails, making it the best of both porcelain worlds.
The top five platinum 20th-anniversary wedding gifts
Top 5 platinum 20th anniversary wedding gifts:
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then this picture frame by L’Objet is worth at least a million. It’s crafted in rich platinum and trimmed in sparkling Swarovski crystals for a beautiful statement upon any shelf in your home. Make the gift even more special by filling it with a treasured photo of the two of you.
Fresh flowers are always a lovely gift, but unfortunately, they don’t last long. For a floral gift that prevails, consider this set of preserved roses with a shelf life of at least three years (bringing you almost to your 25th anniversary!). The mirrored silver box is filled with 14-15 silver roses, making it a sleek gift to treasure for years to come.
The French press is already a divine gift; make it even more unique with this one in grooved, mirror-polished stainless steel. It may not technically be platinum, but the Art Deco-inspired silhouette is double-walled to keep coffee warmer even longer—so partners jonesing for a caffeine fix will definitely be excited.
What if we told you there was a candle out there with a 60-hour burn time? What if we sweetened the deal with an extra large size that had an 800-hour burn time? In the case of this Baobab Collection candle, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The extra large size may ring up at $740, but we have a feeling the oversized, handblown glass vessel with hand-poured paraffin wax and notes of amber and grapefruit will more than make up for it. No matter which size you choose, this is more than just a candle—it’s a work of art.
In 20 years, your two hearts have become one. Bring that sentiment to life with this beautiful platinum pendant of interlocking hearts. Now that’s what we call true love.
The top five emerald 20th-anniversary wedding gifts
Top 5 emerald 20th anniversary wedding gifts:
With a set of wine glasses this stunning, it’s most certainly wine o’clock. While they come in a variety of vibrant hues, emerald green is the obvious choice to celebrate an anniversary for 20 years. They’re crafted in handblown colored glass with a 16.5oz. capacity, so wine nights are definitely about to get more fun.
This set of two teacups and matching saucers will turn you and your wife into daily tea drinkers (if you aren’t already). Well, if you’re able to actually use them and not just feature them in your kitchen or display cabinet. Either way, they’re gorgeous.
If your wife doesn’t already own a Le Creuset Dutch oven … trust us, she wants one. With its ability to turn everything from stews to mashed potatoes into a beyond decadent mealtime, the oversized enameled cast iron pot is a must for any well-appointed kitchen.
Bold, bold, BOLD. That’s the only word to describe this cocktail ring by Swarovski, in the absolute best way, of course. A band of faceted gems surrounds an oversized stone in the same shade of emerald green. It’s a guaranteed “wow” moment.
The top five non-traditional 20th-anniversary wedding gifts
Top 5 non-traditional 20th anniversary wedding gifts:
Few designers are more conversational or off-kilter in the absolute best way than Jonathan Adler. Truth be told, it was difficult to narrow down his giftable trinkets to only one option, but this canister from his Vices collection gets all the glory—especially since you’re certain to have a few secrets only the two of you know. Whether this canister is used to store must-haves or just acts as a decorative item on a bookshelf, it’s certain to attract attention for years to come.
A set of six champagne flutes that are not only sleek and chic, but are dishwasher safe? We’ll drink to that. These European crystal glasses by Lenox glasses are crafted in a distinctive shape that just begs for celebration.
Not one, not two, but 12 candles? That’s the story when you gift this deluxe Voluspa candle set. It features some of the brand’s most beloved scents, including Goji Tarocco Orange, Baltic Orange, Santiago Huckleberry, and Forbidden Fig. Plus, it means your home will smell divine all the way until your 21st anniversary (when it will be time to re-up).
If your wife loves purses and Kate Spade, few things will make her heart go pitter-patter like this adorable crossbody bag. It’s crafted in genuine Nappa leather with gleaming gold hardware—and, much to every purse carrier’s delight, it fits the current iPhone. (Thank goodness.)
Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or just love a little retro nostalgia, this reel viewer is just fun. It’s available in a variety of hues, including red, black, white, or blue, and it lets you add up to 10 snapshots to make it your very own.
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