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There are plenty of reasons for gift-giving, from birthdays to weddings, Christmas, Valentine’s Day…and everything in between. Shopping for gifts isn’t always straightforward, though. Sometimes, no matter how well you know a person, thinking of the ideal present can be a challenge. That’s where our gift guides come in.
We’ve tailored our guides to different situations, so no matter who or what you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find some inspiration that will leave both you and your loved one happy.
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How to choose the best gifts
Choosing the perfect gift isn’t easy. Even if you know the person really well, there could be some roadblocks along the way, like what they want is out of your budget or it’s out of stock. People who want to give the perfect gift have to plan ahead and listen to any hints that the person they are buying the gift for may offer. When choosing a gift, you should take into consideration the passions and interests of the person.
- Talk to the person and find out what they like. Even if it’s someone that you talk to a regular basis, see if you can discover anything new.
- If you still can’t find anything, try a store gift card so they can buy whatever they feel like.
- The mistake most people make is buying something that they would like, instead of thinking about what their recipient would like.
- Gift baskets make a great gift for people who have everything. They’re also usually available for everyone and every type of occasion.
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Buying gifts for wedding anniversaries
Are you looking for a wedding anniversary gift? Before you begin your search it can be helpful to know what kinds of gifts, symbols and traditions are attached to every year. We’ve created this handy table to make your gift buying process just that little bit easier.
|Year||Traditional gift||Meaning||Modern gift||Colour||Gem stone||Flowers||Cultural differences|
|1st||Paper||Paper represents a blank page and also symbolises writing your future together.||A clock||Gold or yellow||Gold jewellery, peridot or pearl.||Carnation||Some argue that in the UK the traditional gift for this year is cotton.|
|2nd||Cotton||Cotton symbolises a life together, woven together by many threads. Over time, your life becomes more and more intertwined.||China||Red||Garnet or rose quartz||Lily of the valley||In some countries, the traditional gift for this year is paper.|
|3rd||Leather||Traditionally leather has been used to provide protection and shelter, and like a relationship it is durable and represents strength.||Crystal or glass||Jade or white||Moonstone, crystal or jade||Sunflower||Wheat (France)|
|4th||Fruit and flowers||Your marriage has blossomed, bloomed, and like fruit, it has ripened.||Books or appliances||Blue or green||Blue topaz or blue zircon||Hydrangea or geranium||Linen and silk (US), wax (France)|
|5th||Wood||Wood, from trees, is strong, grows with age, and symbolises wisdom.||Silverware||Blue, pink or turquoise||Sapphire, pink tourmaline, rose quartz or turquoise||Dairy||No difference.|
|6th||Sugar and sweets||Life is considered by the time you reach your 6th wedding anniversary.||Wood||Purple, white or turquoise||Amethyst or garnet||Calla||Iron (US, Germany and Italy)|
|7th||Wool||Wool is chosen for its ability to induce warmth and conduct heat – and after 7 years together, a couple’s relationship should feel warm and comforting.||Brass, desk or stationary set||Yellow or off-white||Onyx||Freesia||Copper (US, Germany and Russia)|
|8th||Bronze||Bronze symbolises strength,||Linen and lace||Bronze||Tourmaline||Lilac||Some couples in the UK see salt as the traditional gift. In France, it is the poppy.|
|9th||Pottery or willow||Pottery is moulded from a piece of clay by hand and willow comes from a graceful tree and is woven together to create a beautiful basket. Together these gifts symbolise a beautiful relationship that has been built and established over time.||Leather goods||Terracotta||Lapis Lazuli||Bird of paradise||Pottery (US), Clay (Spain), Faience (France)|
|10th||Tin||Traditionally Tin has been used to store and preserve and prolong life.||Diamond jewellery||Silver or blue||Diamond or blue sapphire||Daffodil||Aluminuium (US), Rose (Germany)|
|11th||Steel||Steel represents a strong marriage, given it is one of the toughest and most durable materials in the world.||Fashion jewellery or accessories||Turquoise||Turquouse||Tulip||Coral (France), Maple (Italy)|
|12th||Silk and fine linen||Fine linen is durable and strong, and silk is smooth. Together they represent a strong marriage and a future of smooth sailing.||Pearls and coloured gems||Oyster-white||Jade or opal||Peony||Nickel (Germany, Russia)|
|13th||Lace||Lace represents refined beauty, like a marriage that signifies polished and perfect love.||Textiles and furs||White||Citrine||Chrysanthemum||Lily of the valley (France), Parsley (Germany)|
|14th||Ivory||Like a special kind of bond, ivory is a rare and beautiful item that is hard to attain.||Gold jewellery||Ivory||Opal||Dahlia||Agate (Russia), Lead (France)|
|15th||Crystal||A luxurious product that represents clarity and transparency, how a couple approach their relationship for continued success.||Watch||Red||Rhodolite||Rose||No difference.|
|20th||China||China is a fragile, delicate and beautiful material, but when looked after, it can stand the test of time. It represents relationships where couples invest in and look after one another for it to survive.||Platinum||Platinum||Emerald||Aster||Porcelain (Spain, Germany and France)|
|25th||Silver||A precious and radiant metal representing a marriage that shines in splendour. Silver is a material that is prized all over the world.||Silver||Silver||Tsavorite||Iris||No difference.|
|30th||Pearl||A pearl symbolises hidden beauty, purity and integrity.||Diamond and pearl jewellry||Green||Pearl||Lily||No difference.|
|35th||Coral||A precious substance once believed to have magical properties to ward off illness and danger. Traditionally thought to protect a marriage.||Jade||Coral||Coral or Jade||Coral coloured bouquet||Ruby (France)|
|40th||Ruby||A coveted gemstone that represents the fire in a marriage that grows brighter and more intense over time.||Ruby||Red||Ruby||Gladiolus||Emerald (France)|
|45th||Sapphire||Sapphires represent loyalty.||Sapphire||Blue||Sapphire or alexandrite||Blue iris||Brass (Germany)|
|50th||Gold||After 50 years together, only the most precious metal will do. Gold reprsents prosperity and strength.||Anything gold||Gold||Gold or gold combined with an imperial topaz||Yellow rose or violet||No difference.|
|60th||Diamond||Formed under pressure and extremely hardwearing, diamonds represent a marriage that has lasted an entire lifetime. An invincible precious stone associated with love and wealth.||Diamond||Diamond-white||Diamond||The iris, or alternatively, a bouquet with a mix of flowers from every year||Yellow diamond (US)|