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Celebrating nine years married to the love of your life is huge. You've stood by each other from the beginning—through all the ups, downs, and in-betweens—and now's your chance to show your spouse (or the happy couple) just how much you appreciate them. Looking for a meaningful nine-year anniversary gift worthy of the occasion? You've come to the right place. We've searched the web for the most thoughtful presents that'll help honor any relationship that's still going strong nine years on. From traditional earthenware vases to modern leather cuff links, one of these creative ninth wedding anniversary gifts is the perfect way to say "I love you" or "congratulations."

What is the traditional nine-year anniversary gift?

Before you dive headfirst into shopping, consider whether or not you want to go down the traditional ninth anniversary gift route. There are actually two traditional themes for this unique milestone: pottery and willow. Both of these natural materials reflect marriage in different ways. Pottery demonstrates how your relationship was molded over time into something remarkable, while willow represents a flexible bond that bends rather than breaks. If neither of these ideas spark joy, the modern nine-year anniversary gift is leather, indicative of protection and durability. From wallets to weekend bags, it's one of the easiest materials to work with when it comes to picking out an awesome present.

Alternatively, you could take inspiration from the ninth anniversary color, which is terracotta, or gemstone, which is lapis lazuli. Terracotta is a warm, earthy hue that gives a nod to the traditional pottery gift, while lapis lazuli is a deep blue stone (not unlike sapphire) known for its use in fine art throughout history. Any of these symbols will make for an incredibly unique present. That said, you don't have to turn to the traditional or modern ninth anniversary gifts if you don't want to. We've included some alternative picks that are just as meaningful.

The Best Nine-Year Anniversary Gifts

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've done the work for you and found some of the best traditional, modern, and alternative ninth anniversary gifts out there. These heartfelt presents are a lovely way to mark the occasion, whether you decide to stick with tradition or think outside the box.

White heart-shaped trinket dish stamped with Love You More

1. Romantic ring dish

It's been nine years since you both said "I do," meaning your other half might just need somewhere new to safely store their wedding ring. This clay trinket dish is easily one of our favorite pottery gifts. It comes in the shape of a heart stamped with the words "love you more."

Promise Pottery heart ring holder 9th anniversary gift, from $49, Etsy

Man using leather Ekster wallet to retrieve his card

2. Smart leather wallet

If you've been looking for an opportunity to treat your spouse to a new wallet, now's your chance. This sleek option is slim, stylish, and has a clever ejectable card tray for easy access. Since leather is the modern ninth anniversary gift, it'll be all the more meaningful. 

Ekster Parliament wallet, $89, Ekster

Wooden serving board with engraving of stunning willow tree, couple's names, and a special date

3. Beautiful serving board

This useful wooden serving board comes engraved with a beautiful willow tree featuring both of your initials carved inside a heart. It's a willow-themed anniversary gift that'll work for him or her.

Gava Shop willow tree cutting board, from $38, Etsy

Map of the stars and vow canvas displayed above couple's sofa

4. Meaningful star map

Remind your spouse you still do by gifting them a custom map of the stars from your wedding day alongside both of your vows. Have you ever seen a sweeter nine-year wedding anniversary gift? This sentimental keepsake doubles as home decor.

Canvas Vows custom star map, from $75, Canvas Vows

Dainty diamond path bracelet on gray background

5. Elegant diamond bracelet

If there's anything you should know about anniversary presents, it's that diamonds aren't reserved for the 60-year milestone. This pretty bracelet is sparkly yet subtle, so it'll go with almost anything.

Serena Williams Jewelry diamond path bracelet, $950, Serena Williams Jewelry

Dark brown leather cuff links with N initial

6. Sophisticated cuff links

Planning on dressing up for a fancy anniversary dinner? Gift your other half a set of leather cuff links adorned with their monogram or each of your initials—it's entirely up to you.

Kingsley Leather personalized cufflinks leather anniversary gift, $74, Etsy

Large indoor smart garden in gray and white filled with thriving greens

7. Smart indoor garden

An indoor garden is the perfect gift idea for anyone who loves to cook with fresh produce. This clever device will provide just the right amount of light, water, and nutrients for their greens to thrive, with minimal effort required on their end. It's a thoughtful nine-year anniversary gift for your spouse or loved ones.

Click & Grow The Smart Garden 9, $200, Click & Grow

White and black personalized family tree bowl shown empty as well as full of salad

8. Sentimental serving bowl

There are actually lots of meaningful pottery anniversary gifts out there—you just have to know where to look. This personalized earthenware bowl is a lovely present for the couple celebrating nine years together.   

Sheree Burlington personalized family tree serving bowl, $150, Uncommon Goods

Black leather weekend bag with gold ABC monogram

9. Monogram weekend bag

If your S.O. would prefer something practical, this Italian leather weekender is just the ticket. It's stylish, roomy, and there are compartments for practically everything, from their shoes to their laptop. If that's not enough to persuade you, it can also be personalized with a monogram.   

Cuyana leather triple zipper weekender, from $395, Cuyana

Flannery Beef black gift box with the lid off the reveal two juicy steaks

10. Fancy at-home dinner

On the hunt for nine-year anniversary gift ideas for a couple? Consider some of their favorite foods, like a delivery of premium steak they can enjoy as part of a celebratory meal. It'll be a memorable end to a special day.   

Flannery Beef California Reserve ribeye steaks gift box, $99, Goldbelly

Silver willow branch earrings

11. Pretty willow earrings

These boho earrings give a subtle nod to the traditional ninth anniversary gift thanks to their unique willow-branch design.

Silven Oak antique silver willow earrings, from $33, Etsy

Man smiling and holding leather carry all bag over his shoulder

12. Luxury leather bag

Here's another stylish travel bag perfect for the jet-setter or commuter in your life. A suede interior lining and antique brass hardware add the finishing touches for a truly luxurious leather gift.

Satchel & Page carry all, $555, Satchel & Page

Wooden willow pen pictured next to a cup of coffee on top of a notebook

13. Handcrafted writing pen

If you'd rather stick with one of the traditional nine-year wedding anniversary gifts, a pen crafted out of willow wood is a practical and meaningful present—especially if you're shopping for a writer.

Elder Pens willow wood pen 9-year anniversary gift, $30, Etsy

Bright bouquet of flowers emerging from UrbanStems delivery box
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14. Fresh flower subscription

Flowers are another versatile present that transcends specific milestones. But instead of giving your bae their usual bouquet this year, why not sign them up for a gift subscription? Every month, they'll get to enjoy a new selection of fresh blooms. (Psst, use our exclusive code WWSub10 for 10% off subscriptions through the end of May.)

UrbanStems gift subscription, from $55 per delivery, UrbanStems 

Terracotta-colored porcelain diffuser positioned on bedside table

15. Chic ceramic diffuser

Terracotta is the unique color associated with the ninth year of marriage, which is why this decorative diffuser is an excellent gift idea. Who doesn't want to fill their home with soothing essential oils?

Vitruvi stone diffuser in Terracotta, $119, Vitruvi

Willow tree art print displayed on a wall

16. On-theme art print

Willow anniversary gifts don't necessarily have to be crafted out of wood. This sentimental print shows two lovebirds in a willow tree alongside the quote: "Our marriage is a dance of give and take, though we may bend, we shall never break." Choose between paper, metal, or canvas to suit your style and budget.

Lucky Tusk 9th year anniversary gift personalized willow tree, from $28, Etsy

Close up of Original Grain wood and steel watch on man's wrist

17. Unique wooden watch

Crafted from reclaimed German oak beer barrels, this watch has a lot of character. Sapphire crystal glass and stainless steel make it (almost) as durable as your marriage.

Original Grain Alterra Chrono 44mm in Brewmaster, $379, Original Grain

Lapis lazuli blue stone gemstone necklace with gold leaves stamped with initial

18. Stunning gemstone necklace

Want to know what makes this mesmerizing necklace so significant? It's made from the ninth anniversary stone, lapis lazuli. Choose between a gold or silver chain depending on your spouse's style. You can also add up to four pretty gold leaves stamped with the initials of your choosing.

Delezhen lapis lazuli necklace, from $52, Etsy   

Tropical bouquet wrapped in brown paper positioned in a brown delivery box

19. Tropical flower delivery

If jewelry isn't their thing, don't worry. There are other cool gift ideas unique to the nine-year anniversary, such as the vibrant bird of paradise flower. This bright bouquet features a selection of stunning tropical blooms, including birds of paradise.

Bloomsybox Tropical Treasure bouquet, $50, Bloomsybox

Collage of models from left to right: woman wearing bra and navy sweatpants, man wearing navy sweatpants and matching hoodie

20. Unbelievably soft sweatpants

Having good loungewear is more important than ever. Made with super-soft fabric, these snug sweats were designed specifically for all-day comfort. They're a thoughtful nine-year anniversary gift for your husband or wife.

Outdoor Voices women's All Day sweatpant, $88, Outdoor Voices; Outdoor Voices men's All Day sweatpant, $88, Outdoor Voices

Person stitching a thread into map passport cover to mark travels

21. Map passport cover

You don't have to break the bank to get your other half a nice leather anniversary gift. If you both love to explore, give them a practical passport cover they can use to keep track of their travels. Trust us, they'll really appreciate the sentiment.

Chasing Threads Stitch-Your-Travels leather passport cover, $35, The Grommet

Handmade white and beige pottery mug with coupe's initials in black, the year 1981, and a red heart

22. Handmade anniversary mug

When it comes to pottery gifts for your ninth anniversary, don't be afraid to keep things simple. Have this gorgeous handmade mug personalized with your initials and the year you tied the knot for a sweet and unfussy gift your partner will use every day.

Laura Lynn Pottery personalized pottery mug, $46, Etsy

Evergreen spruce tree grow kit in terracotta planter

23. Evergreen grow kit

This affordable gift idea is a lovely tribute to the couple's relationship: The terracotta planter honors the nine-year anniversary color, and just like their love, the spruce tree will be evergreen. 

Modern Sprout evergreen spruce terracotta grow kit, $19, Verishop

Brian Baumgartner from The Office doing a celebrity cameo

24. Celebrity video message

Of all the people your S.O. wants to hear "happy anniversary" from, you're top of the list—but that's not to say they wouldn't appreciate a congratulatory message from one of their favorite celebs. Why not choose someone from a TV show you love to watch together? We're big fans of anyone from The Office.

Cameo celebrity video message, rates vary, Cameo 

White rectangular vase with black cursive design filled with pink flowers

25. Commemorative wedding vase

Have you ever seen anything like this pretty earthenware vase? It comes personalized with your names and the date of your nuptials in elegant cursive lettering. Don't forget to add the flowers!

Sheree Burlington personalized cursive wedding vase, $150, Uncommon Goods

Wooden serving spoon made from willow surrounded by pine cones and spruce leaves

26. Handcrafted willow spoon

Anniversary gifts made of willow are undeniably unique. A handmade serving spoon is a great present for anyone who loves to cook or host. For an extra-special surprise, have the back engraved with a sweet note like "happy anniversary." 

Manvarina Spoon hand carved wooden spoon 9th anniversary willow gift, $47, Etsy 

Black stoneware spoon rest with mountain scene across the middle

27. Stoneware spoon rest

How about a traditional pottery spoon rest to go with that willow serving spoon? You'll tick the boxes for both of the traditional nine-year anniversary gifts with two coordinating presents.

Alan Yarmark stoneware mountain scene spoon rest, $20, Uncommon Goods

Initial pendant necklace with white diamonds and gold chain

28. Initial charm necklace

While willow and pottery gifts are definitely unique, some of the best ninth anniversary gifts don't follow traditional rules. A pavé diamond pendant in white, yellow, or rose gold is effortlessly chic. For an even more romantic present, choose your own initial so they can wear it close to their heart.

Aurate mini letter charm pendant with white diamonds, from $560, Aurate New York

Women smiling holding Birchbox delivery

29. Monthly beauty subscription

A subscription is a gift that keeps on giving, and if your S.O. is always on the lookout for the coolest new beauty products, Birchbox is the one for them. (Psst, there's also a grooming subscription box if that's more up your partner's alley.)

Birchbox monthly subscription, from $13 per month, Birchbox

Man lounging on sofa smiling at his phone wearing blue light glasses
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30. Blue light-blocking glasses

If your spouse just isn't the sentimental type, don't discount practical ninth wedding anniversary gifts. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses is something they'll really appreciate, whether they're working, playing video games, or scrolling through Instagram. LensDirect has a selection of stylish frames available with or without a prescription. Just make sure to select the BluDefend lenses.

LensDirect gaming glasses, from $92, LensDirect