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5 year anniversary gifts are traditionally made of wood, and that opens up all sorts of wonderfully sensual gift options. Wood can be 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 wood anniversary gifts. They’re sure to leave your spouse looking forward to another great year!
5 Year Anniversary Gifts: The List!
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!
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:
- The Grain Expression – Top Picks: Wonder Board | X-Large Exotic
- Green River Woods – Top Picks: Antique Wormy Chestnut | Thin Sapele
- 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 a fine cutting board for the chef in your life.
Save the fresh roses for Valentine’s Day, and give her a bouquet made of sola for your special wood 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 our favorite new shop that specializes in these delicate designs.
Also check out Luv 2 Do It Yourself for rustic chic bouquets with a more bohemian look.
Nothing says pride like a larger than life American flag made from local hardwoods. Torched Timber offers this stunning edition with a burnt look and raised stars.
Custom Heritage offers large American flags (up to 10 feet!) made of vintage barn wood. Or browse hundreds more designs until you find just the right look for your 5th anniversary gift. Or make MoMA an offer on the original wax on wood edition from 1954.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 free! 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!
Unique gifts for tea lovers can be hard to find, but this bamboo tumbler makes the cut. Reviewers on Amazon rave about how well it seals in the heat for extended sipping all morning long. Where cheaper tumblers use plastic, this one from LeafLife makes use of higher quality materials like stainless steel for the insulated interior. You can even infuse fresh fruit!
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 wood 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.
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!
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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