The 5 year anniversary gift is traditionally something made of wood, and that opens up all sorts of wonderfully sensual gift options. Wood can be sensual, strong, delicate, and fanciful all at once. And there’s a long tradition of making all kinds of surprising things out of this diverse and organic material. Watches? Yep. Flowers? Sure. Posters? Definitely.
Here’s the full list of our favorite 5 year anniversary gift ideas. They’re sure to leave your spouse looking forward to another great year!
5 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas: The List!
1. My How the Time Flies: Wooden Watches
Does your partner run late sometimes? Or is he punctual to a fault? Mark the passage of time with a handcrafted wooden watch for your 5 year anniversary. Cottonwood Gift Co makes an exquisitely simple men’s wooden watch out of walnut, with a clean and comfortable leather band. They’ll do a custom engraving on the back too! If you’re looking for a heftier look, we like the Dark Ebony wooden watch from AxMen.
For a women’s option, check out this classic modern look from Modply.
2. A Slice of Life: High-End Cutting Boards
You probably already have a few cutting boards lying around the kitchen, but are any of them conversation pieces? Woodworkers across the country have transformed this utilitarian kitchen workhorse into a fine art form. If your spouse like to slice and dice, maybe it’s time to upgrade their work surface!
Here’s a quick list of our favorite American woodworkers with popular shops on Etsy:
- Phillip @ The Grain Expression – Top Picks: Wonder Board | X-Large Exotic
- Matt @ Green River Woods – Top Picks: Antique Wormy Chestnut | Thin Sapele
- Martin @ Jones Cutting Boards – Top Picks: Maple End Grain | Acacia Block
Some offer custom engraving for free or as a paid upgrade, which can be a nice way to personalize the backside for the sweet chef in your life.
3. Flowers Are Forever: Especially Wooden Ones
Save the fresh roses for Valentine’s Day, and give her a bouquet made of sola for your 5 year anniversary gift. Sola is a thin wood that’s easy to work with and is the material of choice for wooden flowers. Woodland Flower Co is a new shop that specializes in these delicate designs, while Luv 2 Do It Yourself offers rustic chic bouquets with a more bohemian look.
4. Inspired by Jasper Johns: Stars & Stripes in Wood
Nothing says pride like a larger than life American flag made from local hardwoods. Torched Timber does a stunning edition with a burnt look and raised stars, while Custom Heritage offers large American flags (up to 10 feet!) made of vintage barn wood and another made from WWII ammunition boxes. Also check out Country Boy Studio’s many creative works.
5. Make Time to Play: Wooden Games
Research shows that play is an effective way to counter many of the stresses of modern life. And there’s a wooden game out there for just about everyone. We used to play Skittles on a huge board on a stand, but you need some square footage to set it up. Here are a few modern options that are easier to gift wrap:
- Beer drinkers? Try Beeropoly.
- Hockey players? Check out this handmade Pucket game.
- Outdoor enthusiasts? You need some Yard Dice.
- Cribbage players? Maybe it’s time for a fancy handmade game board.
6. Spice Up Your Evenings: Date Night Bucket List
Expand your romantic horizons with this creative date night kit. Each new idea is printed on birch wood with a space on the back to record the date as you work through the list. Dinner and a movie no more!
7. Who Doesn’t Love Pistachios?
Separate the wheat from the chaff with this handy Pistachio Pedestal. Rounded corners are all the rage and this handcrafted server doesn’t disappoint. It’s made from American maple wood in Vermont and then sanded and finished with teak oil and a pistachio green accent. Never pick up an empty shell again!
8. Himitsu Bako: Handmade in Japan
Sometimes the best gift is something your sweetie doesn’t even know exists. Japanese puzzle boxes date back to the late 1800s during the Edo period but they’re not widely known outside of Japan. Typically handmade with carefully inlaid designs, they contain hidden compartments that only reveal themselves with the right combination of moves.
Order one directly from the maker Hiroyuki Oka and he’ll ship it to you from Japan.
9. Casablanca or Caddyshack?
Etsy shop Woodprintz spells favourite with a “u,” but we’ll forgive them since they’re in the UK and they still ship stateside for only $10! Pick a movie. Any movie. And they’ll memorialize it on a rustic wood panel and send it to you ready to hang. Extra points if you already know your honey’s favorite flick!
10. Dessert? Make It a Double
Up-cycled soapstone and acacia wood pair up in this inventive set of ice cream bowls. You can pre-chill the stone bowls in the freezer (just like a frosty beer mug) and they’ll keep your ice cream nice and creamy once nested in the wood bowls. Take your favorite dessert to a whole new level with this creative 5 year anniversary gift idea.
11. Go Deep with a Multi-Layered Lake Map
Whether it’s salty or fresh, there’s likely a body of water somewhere that’s meaningful to you and your special someone. These carefully hand-assembled 3D maps are made in Michigan and available for nearly all lakes and coasts of significance. Ponder the depths of your love while celebrating a special place you’ve traveled to together.
12. Confess Your Love and Hang It on the Wall
A favorite line from your wedding song. An inside joke. Something witty. It’s up to you. Just email your original recording and Artsy Voiceprint will convert it to sound waves and print it on birchwood along with a custom message. They can even include a QR code that links to and plays your recording. Available in many sizes, from 5 x 7″ to a monumental 30 x 40″ edition!
Bonus Idea: Tiger Maple Knife Rack
Cut to the chase with a low profile magnetic knife rack. This special tiger maple edition from Etsy shop Norden Designs is finished with food safe mineral oil and backed with super-strong magnets that are completely hidden once mounted. Works for scissors, bottle openers, and knives of all shapes and sizes!
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