Selection of 18th anniversary gift ideas

An 18th wedding anniversary is a big deal. A marriage that's lasted this long has officially reached the age of adulthood. While it doesn't come with voting rights or any other official privileges like a real 18th birthday, it does deserve to be celebrated with gifts. Okay, we think all anniversaries do, but 18th wedding anniversary gifts are particularly fun to select. Whether you're looking for gift ideas for your spouse, or you want to acknowledge a special couple that's celebrating 18 years of marriage, there's a slew of great gift ideas that will both surprise and delight them. 

What is the traditional 18th-anniversary gift? 

The 18th wedding anniversary themes for both traditional and modern gifts are the same—porcelain. That includes things like dishes, ornaments, and even jewelry. Trust us, there are lots of creative ways to incorporate the traditional 18th anniversary theme in your presents. That said, if porcelain just doesn't spark joy, there are a few other symbols associated with this special milestone you can take inspiration from. The gemstone anniversary gift theme for 18 years of marriage is the Chrysoberyl. Never heard of it? No worries, it's more commonly known as cat's eye—that gorgeous, yellow-tinted stone thought to bring about confidence and calm. Likewise, the 18th anniversary color gives off all the peaceful vibes: blue. While there's no official flower for the 18th wedding anniversary (say what?!), blooms in a passionate crimson hue are commonly exchanged.  

The Best 18-Year Anniversary Gifts

With so much inspiration, narrowing it down to the perfect gift can be challenging. But don't worry, we're here to help. We did your shopping for you, finding the best traditional and modern gifts, as well as those that incorporate the gemstone, color, and (unofficial) flower. We've also included some alternative gift ideas that don't necessarily align with any theme other than the fact that they're great ways to mark this special anniversary date. 

Porcelain kissing mug set 18th anniversary traditional gift

1. Romantic mugs

Do porcelain gifts get any more adorable than this? We think not! These "kissing" mugs are the perfect way for any happy couple to start their day together. May we suggest breakfast in bed to kick off your anniversary celebration? 

Uncommon Goods The Kissing Mugs, $65, Uncommon Goods

Blue Lego-inspired cuff links

2. Whimsical cuff links

Take a cue from the anniversary's color theme with these fun cuff links. They're shaped like blue toy building blocks (perfect for a Lego fan!) and add a fun wink to any outfit.

Cufflinks, Inc. blue building block cuff links, $65, Cufflinks.com

Silver-tone ring with Chrysoberyl stone

3. Gemstone ring

If you like it (and clearly you do if you've been together for 18 years!), then you should put a ring on it. This ring features the 18th year anniversary gemstone, chrysoberyl, in a natural gray-green hue. Choose from a sterling silver, gold-plated, rose gold-plated, or rhodium-plated band.

PILWALS natural cat's eye ring, from $28, Etsy

Jo Malone Red Roses cologne 18th anniversary gift idea

4. Floral spritz

Flowers are great, but this "Red Roses" perfume is a longer-lasting indulgence. Made by luxe fragrance house Jo Malone, it combines the scents from seven of the world's most fragrant roses with crushed violet leaves and lemon.

Jo Malone London Red Roses cologne, from $74, Jo Malone London

Round matte black vase with gold tirm

5. Porcelain vase

This pretty porcelain vase covers both traditional and modern themes. Bonus points if you fill it with deep red flowers, which are often associated with the 18th year of marriage.

CosmoLiving round matte porcelain vase with metallic rim and ridged texture, $118, Macy's

Floral porcelain tea set traditional 18th anniversary gift

6. Sweet tea set

Care for a cuppa? This pretty white porcelain tea set will make tea time terrific. The peony and butterfly design is a special collaboration between supermodel Miranda Kerr and Royal Albert for Wedgwood and would be a special addition to your loved one's china cabinet. 

Royal Albert x Miranda Kerr Everyday Friendship 16-piece set in White, $250, Wedgwood

View of beautiful town in Santorini
Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock

7. Memorable vacation

Go big for your 18th wedding anniversary and forgo a traditional gift in lieu of a villa rental in Greece. Welcome Beyond has a selection of luxurious villas to choose from. Just scrolling through the available options will make you want to pack your suitcase pronto.

Welcome Beyond luxury villa rentals in Greece, rates vary, Welcome Beyond

Handmade white and wood-tone heart-shaped charcuterie board

8. Love-ly charcuterie board

Everyone loves a good charcuterie board, but all those tasty treats will be even better served on this gorgeous heart-shaped board. Hand made from reclaimed wood, it makes for a great piece of kitchen decor, too. 

etúHOME large white mod heart charcuterie board, $185, etúHOME

Usual Wines bottle of red wine 18th anniversary gift idea

9. Fine wine

When it comes to 18th-anniversary gift ideas, you can't go wrong with a little bottle (or two!) of vino. These bottles are a great size, each containing one large glass, and they're delivered right to the door. 

Usual Wines red wine, from $48 for a box of 6, Usual Wines

Models wearing bright blue lingerie from Underclub
Underclub via Facebook

10. Upscale undies

While it may not fit a traditional theme, an underwear subscription can be a fun way to spice up married life on the regular. Each month, they'll get a high-end pair of undies, and you can add extra racy surprises too if you wish. 

Underclub gift subscription, from $75 for 3 months, Underclub

Push-pin world travel map unique 18th anniversary gift idea

11.  Wanderlust wall art

Oh, the places they'll go. This thoughtful personalized world map will help the lovebirds memorialize all their adventures together. It can be personalized with their first names and wedding date and comes with 100 pins to track their travels. 

Wendy Gold personalized anniversary pushpin world map, $155, Uncommon Goods

Mist-colored bed linen 18th anniversary gift

12.  Cozy bedding

What happens beneath the sheets is your business, but having crisp new bedding is always a luxurious change. This set is made of linen for ultimate breathability and comfort. It comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a pillowcase or two, depending on the size ordered.

Tuft & Needle linen sheet set, $200 for queen size, Tuft & Needle

Sleek blue backpack 18th anniversary gift for spouse

13. Cool backpack

Whether for the office, the gym, or out on the trails, this backpack is ready to go. Fun idea: Order in it blue to play off the 18th anniversary color. 

Troubadour Goods Explorer Apex backpack, $245, Troubadour Goods

Monogram gray throw blanket 18th anniversary gift idea

14. Personalized blanket

This soft throw blanket is perfect for cuddling under. It can be personalized with a monogram, wedding date, or other special touches, making it a cozy and sentimental wedding anniversary gift idea. 

Things Remembered gray ombré knit throw, from $45, Things Remembered

Theragun mini massage tool 18th anniversary gift idea

15. On-the-go massage therapy

While it may not fit into any of the established 18th anniversary themes, active couples will cheer for this miniature Theragun. It provides a quick way to sneak in a therapeutic massage for tired muscles and makes all the difference in recovery. 

Therabody Theragun mini, $199 Therabody

Beautiful photo albums from Artifact Uprising

16. Heirloom photo album

This gorgeous photo album is the perfect place to memorialize all the special memories you've created over the years. The cover can be customized too for a truly special keepsake gift your loved ones will treasure for generations to come.  

Artifact Uprising signature layflat photo album, from $289, Artifact Uprising

Selection of coffee from Atlas Coffee Club

17. Continual coffee

Java lovers will rejoice over this creative coffee club subscription. Each month, they'll receive a bag of premium coffee from a different country around the world, like Kenya, Brazil, Ethiopia, and more. 

Atlas Coffee Club coffee gift subscription, from $60 for 3 months, Atlas Coffee Club

Diamond bezel pendant necklaces

18. Dazzling necklace

Just because the 18th anniversary gemstone isn't diamonds doesn't mean your spouse won't be delighted by them anyway. This necklace features just the right amount of everyday bling in a pretty 14- or 18-karat gold bezel setting. 

Aurate diamond bezel necklace, from $320, Aurate New York

Blue Apron box on dinner table full of fresh ingredients
Blue Apron via Facebook

19. Dinnertime help 

Put away those takeout menus. For date night (or any night), easy-to-prepare meals delivered right to your home are a fantastic alternative. Kits from Blue Apron come with everything needed to make fresh, delicious, nutritious meals without ever having to head to the grocery store. 

Blue Apron gift card, amount of your choosing, Blue Apron

Colorful porcelain serving tray traditional 18th anniversary gift

20. Pretty serving platter

This pretty serving dish is a perfect gift for the porcelain anniversary. With artistic splashes of blue, it nails the 18th anniversary gift color theme too. 

Anthropologie color swirl porcelain serving platter, $168, Anthropologie