Five years! Can you believe it's been that long since the vows that made you (or your favorite couple) partners for life? Otherwise known as the wood anniversary, this milestone is a testament to the ever-growing strength of a marriage—and we think that's deserving of a thoughtful five-year anniversary gift. If your spouse or the couple appreciates tradition, why not take inspiration from this year's classic gifting theme? Or, if their style leans more contemporary, go with the year's modern symbol (more on that in a minute). We're sharing all you need to know about the traditional and modern fifth anniversary gifts right here. Of course, it's totally fine to go ahead and make your own tradition too—the most important thing is to pick out something your spouse or married friends will love.
What is the traditional five-year anniversary gift?
As you might have guessed from the term "wood anniversary," the traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood. This versatile material is a meaningful symbol of a relationship that's stronger than ever before—and lucky for you, it's also great for gifting. From beautifully engraved keepsakes to unique wooden accessories, there are so many thoughtful and romantic options to choose from. Your only problem will be picking just one!
Of course, wooden anniversary gifts aren't for everyone. Feel free to play up another one of the year's themes if it's a better fit. Upgrade their cutlery drawer by going with the milestone's modern material: silverware. Or, add a splash of color to your spouse's jewelry box with the five-year anniversary stone: sapphire. Still not convinced? There's also a flower (the daisy) and a selection of colors (pink, blue, and turquoise) associated with five years of marriage. And like we said before, it's also okay to go your own route and pick out an alternative present instead. We've got suggestions below for all of the milestone's associated themes as well as some unique, out-of-the-box gift ideas.
The Best Five-Year Anniversary Gifts
Whether you've decided to go all in on five-year anniversary gift tradition, stick with one of the milestone's other themes, or go your own way altogether, one of these awesome presents is sure to fit the bill. We've got something for everyone, from sentimental wall art and romantic preserved roses to cool experiential presents. So what are you waiting for? Happy gifting!
1. On-theme art
This unique piece pays tribute to the five-year anniversary theme in multiple ways: It's made of wood and it resembles tree rings. Personalize it with your (or the couple's) initials and up to eight special moments from your relationship, like when you first met, got engaged, tied the knot, and marked five amazing years of marriage.
Rachel and Jared Ergo Better Every Year tree ring art, $115, Uncommon Goods
2. Sapphire studs
Sapphire gemstones aren't just beautiful to look at—they're also a symbol of wisdom, integrity, and fidelity and have long been associated with royalty. Who could forget Kate Middleton's stunning sapphire sparkler? If your S.O. is a fan, they'll jump for joy when they see these classic studs.
Blue Nile sapphire stud earrings, $1,100, Blue Nile
3. Pretty ring box
Speaking of engagement rings, does your spouse have somewhere safe to store theirs when it's not on their finger? This lovely wooden ring box is the perfect place for keeping both of your rings safe. The outside of the lid can be personalized with your initials, while the inside is engraved with the sweet phrase: "Forever & Always."
WeddingWire Shop small personalized wooden ring jewelry box in Hand Written Monogram, $28, WeddingWire Shop
4. Romantic scavenger hunt
Up for a little fun with your other half? This cool experience from Scavenger Box is one of the most romantic fifth anniversary gifts on our list. The company's carefully thought-out boxes include everything you need to come up with your own custom scavenger hunt. There's even a treasure box with a heart-shaped combination lock for them to find at the very end—what goes inside is up to you!
Scavenger Box scavenger box gift, $70, Scavenger Box
5. Portable pizza oven
Okay, this might be stretching the wood theme just a little, but believe us when we say they'll love this five-year wedding anniversary gift. It's a wood-pellet pizza oven designed for making authentic stone-baked pizza wherever they please. The best part? It takes as little as 60 seconds to cook an entire pizza.
Ooni Fyra 12 wood pellet pizza oven, $299, Ooni
6. Custom four across
Shopping for the spouse who's all in on family game night? We've found the perfect five-year anniversary gift for him or her. This wooden four-across game doesn't have the usual circular slots. Instead, it's carved with your first names or family name and a meaningful date (oh, and lots of adorable love hearts).
Kasey and Justin Pearson personalized hearts four-across game, $85, Uncommon Goods
7. Personalized cutting board
Custom chopping and serving boards are a popular wood wedding anniversary gift, especially if you're a couple (or shopping for a couple) who likes to cook. Opt for the bamboo cutting board only or make it a gift set by adding in coasters, spoons or both. There's also a choice between a 0.5-inch cutting board and a 1.5-inch chopping block. For the finishing touches, have each item laser-engraved with your names.
Wood + Mine personalized cutting board gift set, from $64, Etsy
8. Trendy timepiece
Watches are another much-loved anniversary present, partly because they're so symbolic and partly down to their sheer practicality. Who doesn't love a gift that's useful and meaningful? Let your S.O. know you cherish the time you've spent with them over the past five years with this contemporary Swiss-made timepiece. The sapphire-colored strap is a nice nod to the year's gemstone.
Salvatore Ferragamo Ferragamo sapphire watch, from $1,095, Salvatore Ferragamo
9. Unique daisy art
The five-year anniversary flower is the daisy, making this metallic flower a thematic fifth wedding anniversary gift. This beautiful metal work will add a quirky touch to any corner of the home. Bonus: You can add an engraved plaque to the bottom of the frame for an extra-personal touch.
Alain's Blacksmith Shop famed metal daisy, from $69, Etsy
10. Antique-style serving set
After five years of marriage, the couple likely has all the kitchen tools they need—but that doesn't mean they have everything they want. Swap out the standard silverware for these upgraded serving tools. This antique-inspired set consists of two salad servers that'll instantly elevate their table setting. Choose from five different colorways, including aqua, blue, ivory, white, and clear.
Vietri Aladdin antique aqua two-piece salad server set in Aqua, $76, Saks Fifth Avenue
11. Wooden heart pendant
Wooden accessories are a classic five-year anniversary gift for your wife or husband. We're obsessed with the unique jewelry from Liel and Lentz, especially this romantic heart-shaped necklace. It's made with 14-karat gold-plated brass and pau ferro wood.
Liel and Lentz five-year anniversary jewelry gift, $145, Etsy
12. Fun activity book
Dynamic duos will love The Adventure Challenge. This one-of-a-kind journal is chock full of fun scratch-off date ideas. There's only one rule: Once an activity has been scratched off, it has to be completed! But don't worry, there are helpful symbols that hint at what each adventure might entail, such as the cost and whether or not it can take place at home. Once an activity is completed, there's space to jot down notes and add a photograph, resulting in a sweet memento. (Psst, get 10% off sitewide with our exclusive code: WW10.)
The Adventure Challenge The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition, $45, The Adventure Challenge
13. Stamped ice cream spoons
A matching set of silver ice cream spoons is another unique spin on the modern five-year anniversary gift. This useful flatware is stamped with the romantic phrase: "To a lifetime of ice cream together." We suggest pairing the spoons with this anniversary-themed ice cream for a truly memorable present.
Impressions Stamped To a Lifetime of Ice Cream Together spoons, $39 for a set of 2, Etsy
14. Engraved wine box
Plan on picking up a bottle of wine to give to the lovebirds? Great idea! If you want to take your gift to the next level, hand it over in this elegant (and on-theme) wooden wine box personalized with their names and wedding date.
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden wine gift box with lid in Signature Script, $20, WeddingWire Shop
15. Beautiful preserved roses
A bouquet of flowers is always going to be a classic and romantic gift for your other half, especially roses, which symbolize passion and adoration. That said, it's 2021 and there are lots of cool new ways to gift your sweetheart some flowers. Instead of a one-off bouquet, consider signing them up for a monthly flower delivery. Or, swap out the fresh blooms for a preserved arrangement that might just last until your next milestone. These stunning preserved roses come in a pretty pink box (AKA one of the five-year anniversary colors).
Rosepops Three's A Charm in Anniversary Pink, $90, Rosepops
16. Punny guitar picks
If your spouse is into music, we've found a fun wood anniversary gift for him or her. Three pewter guitar picks sit prettily in a display-worthy oak case. Each pick is engraved with a different romantic pun, from "You struck a chord with me" to "I pick you."
Hannah Salomon Take Your Pick guitar pick set, $40, Uncommon Goods
17. Cool decanter set
Shopping for a whiskey aficionado? Enter: the perfect gift. This isn't just any old decanter set—it's handblown to include the topography of a mountain peak at the bottom. The set includes a decanter and two rocks glasses, so you can toast to your milestone together.
Whiskey Peaks mountain decanter and Mt. Rainier whiskey glasses, $95, Huckberry
18. Meaningful star map
If your wedding vows were the last time you really poured your heart out to your partner, it's time to bring them back. This unique piece of home decor can be personalized with both your and your S.O.'s vows, putting them on display as a daily reminder. In the center is a mesmerizing map of the stars from the day you met, tied the knot, or another special day of your choosing.
Canvas Vows custom star map, from $75, Canvas Vows
19. Custom cuff links
Your wedding anniversary is the ultimate excuse to get all dressed up and celebrate. Add a romantic touch to your spouse's evening wear with a pair of sleek metal cuff links engraved with both of your initials. The personalized walnut wood box gives a nod to the milestone's traditional gift theme.
Mujee Gifts metal cuff links and square gift box, from $37, Etsy
20. Fairytale rose
After five years of wedded bliss, your love story pretty much qualifies as a fairy tale. This unique rose is just like the one from Beauty and the Beast, only better. It's covered in colorful string lights that create a stunning galaxy effect. Your partner won't be expecting this creative and unusual fifth wedding anniversary gift.
Rose Lives Love Galaxy Rose, $75, Rose Lives Love
21. Gorgeous eternity ring
Giving your partner a ring is reserved for only the most special occasions, like your engagement, wedding, and milestone anniversaries. Nothing says "I love you forever" like a gemstone-studded eternity band. This sapphire and rose gold ring is ideal for the fifth year of marriage. (And if you're not totally sold on the traditionally blue gemstone, you can swap it out for pink or orange sapphires instead.)
Noémie sapphire eternity ring, $450, Noémie
22. Keepsake photo book
A photo book is a thoughtful five-year anniversary gift for your wife or husband that'll bring all your happiest memories flooding back every time they flip through the pages. Start with a picture from your wedding day and continue adding your favorite snapshots from the last five years.
Artifact Uprising hardcover milestone photo book, from $69, Artifact Uprising
23. Decorative cork holder
Help the happy couple keep track of all the important milestones to come with this personalized wooden shadow box. It's designed to hold corks from every bottle of wine or champagne they pop open to celebrate.
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden wine cork holder shadow box in Signature Script, $27, WeddingWire Shop
24. Luxury loungewear
Not every pair of pajamas is worthy of such a special occasion, but trust us—this one is. Lunya's silky-soft loungewear is fashionable, functional, and—wait for it—machine washable to boot! Your other half will never want to take these luxurious silk PJs off.
Lunya washable silk tee set, $198, Lunya
25. Smart leather wallet
Practical fifth-year anniversary gifts can be just as thoughtful as something sentimental. Picking out something your partner will truly appreciate shows how clued in you are to their needs and what makes them tick. Replace your spouse's tattered old wallet for this sleek leather upgrade. It features an ejectable tray so they'll never have to fumble for the right card again. Plus, the wallet can be tracked via smartphone if it's ever lost by adding a tracker card.
Ekster Parliament wallet, from $89, Ekster
26. Etched keepsake box
This personalized keepsake box is a traditional wood gift that'll come in clutch for future milestones. They can use it to store photos and other mementos from every special occasion. Get creative by filling the box with something personal before handing it over, such as date ideas for the lovebirds to take inspiration from (because after five-plus years of planning date nights, they could probably use some fresh ideas).
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden keepsake gift box in Modern Couple Etching, $22, WeddingWire Shop
27. Contemporary coaster
There are so many cool wood five-year anniversary gifts out there to choose from. If your partner works at a desk or treasures their morning coffee routine, they'll appreciate having a chic, personalized coaster to complement their favorite mug. The combination of marble and mango wood feels equal parts modern and organic.
Rustic Flitch personalized marble/mango wood coaster, $16, Etsy
28. Celebratory wine subscription
On the hunt for last-minute five-year anniversary gifts? Gift cards are your new best friend. Take inspiration from the couple's interests to pick out the right gift card for them. For example, if they always order their drinks from the wine list, a gift card for a wine subscription service is sure to win them over (plus, it's so thoughtful that they'll never suspect it was a last-minute purchase).
Winc wine subscription gift card, from $60, Winc
29. Colorful cutlery
If you're looking for on-theme five-year anniversary gift ideas that check multiple boxes, this is for you. You'll find all three of the milestone's designated colors in this stylish Italian cutlery set. Not only that, but it perfectly fits the fifth anniversary's modern theme. One thing to keep in mind: This iridescent rainbow flatware is anything but minimalist. Make sure the couple you're giving it to appreciates bold, standout details.
Mepra rainbow five-piece place setting, $232, Nordstrom
30. Sweet photo frame
Have this personalized gift engraved with your initials and a romantic phrase like: "Our love continues to grow." It can live on your mantelpiece as a daily reminder of your five-year marriage anniversary. Bonus points if you hand it over already filled with a smiling snapshot (one of your wedding photos, maybe?).
Personalization Mall Carved In Love personalized picture frame, $27, Personalization Mall
31. Useful beer coaster
Last but not least on our list of the best five-year anniversary gift ideas, a practical and personalized set of coasters for the beer lover in your life. Have each one engraved with the year you said "I do" and your family name (if you share one, that is). The built-in bottle opener means they won't have to keep going to the kitchen to crack open a new bottle—it's the perfect way for your loved one to enjoy their favorite brews.
WeddingWire Shop natural wood coaster with built-in bottle opener in Brewery Co. Etching, $17 for a set of 2, WeddingWire Shop