According to the “Traditional Anniversary Gift” list, the 5th wedding anniversary is symbolized by wood. This means that if you want to follow tradition you’ll need to give a gift of wood for a 5 year wedding anniversary.

Although it’s been five years since you said “I Do” and got married it seems like just yesterday. The first anniversary is significant and some would consider it a milestone, but the 5th anniversary is the first of the milestone anniversaries and is cause for celebration. The celebration can be as simple as a quite dinner for two and an exchange of traditional wood gifts or it can be a party with friends, family and extravagant gifts or anything in between. The main thing is that this milestone deserves some type of observance.

As far as gifts for a fifth wedding anniversary, tradition states that gifts should be wood. Though there are no rules or law that states you must follow tradition, but it can be fun and very romantic following the traditional anniversary gift list. The representative materials for each of the anniversaries like paper for the 1st and wood for the 5th etc. was created long ago thus the reason for some of the materials is not known.

There are a considerable number of theories as to why some symbols were selected for certain years. There are probably dozens of theories as to why wood is the fifth anniversary. Quite a few of these theories are variations centered around the statement “a five year marriage is strong and durable like wood”.

Apart from the logic of how the symbolic materials were assigned to each anniversary, the traditional 5th anniversary gifts are wood so let’s look at some excellent ideas for gifts of wood. I know, I know, your thinking how am I going to find a great gift made of a boring material like wood. Well hang on, I think you’ll be surprised at what you can do with wood.

Wood Photo Albums, there are photo albums offered that the front and back covers are made of wood. Some vendors who offer these albums can also personalize them by laser engraving.

Wood Picture Frames, though rather plain sounding at first this can be a great present if done correctly. How do you do it right? Simple, you get a customized frame that is laser engraved. There are personalized frames designed just for anniversaries and depending on where you shop they can be very sensibly priced.

Wood Roses, though not a gift that is going to be found at the local mall an easy internet search will show a handful of specialty shops advertising these handcrafted beauties.

Wood Photo Cube, a lot of shops and engravers offer wood photo cubes engraved with the couple’s names and or wedding dates.

Wood Valet Box, personalized valet boxes are good for women or men.

Wood Puzzle, personalized with customized poetry or a photograph of the couple this will make an exceptional gift.

Wood Keepsake Box, you can come across these in every form and size conceivable and you can also have them laser engraved.

Wood Jewelry Box, with personalization a wood jewelry box will make an excellent 5th anniversary gift.

Wood Plaque Personalized, you can get a wood plaque engraved with personalized poetry or even a copy of the couple’s wedding invitation.

Wood Pen Set, very elegant, an easy item to personalize with laser engraving.

Wood Game Board Set, a fun gift for any couple who like’s to play board games.

Wood Tool Box, with most department store tool boxes made with cheap plastic, a fine wood tool box will become an heirloom for generations to come.

Wood Desk Set, nice anniversary gift for the executive. You can also have the desk set customized with the recipients name.

Baseball Bat Personalized or Signed, sports fans would adore a baseball bat signed by their favorite players or engraved with his name.

Cigar Humidor, humidors are made of wood, specifically Spanish cedar which is valued for it’s capability to help control humidity. Many shops offer customized versions.

I could go on and on with this list, but this should get you going in the right direction. Put some thought into it, try to personalize it and the recipients will love it.