Get An Unforgettable Reaction With These 20th Anniversary Gift Ideas!


The years roll by fast, and before you know it, you and your spouse have hit another milestone. This time around, it’s a whopping (can you imagine!) 20 years together. After so many years, you’re probably wondering what you could possibly get your partner that you haven’t already. That’s precisely where we come in!

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To help keep the romance flowing and growing in anniversary year 20 and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best 20th year anniversary gift ideas you can get for the love of your life to celebrate. Added to that, we’ve included all the details about other traditional aspects associated with the 20th wedding anniversary.

Ready to find the perfect anniversary gift? Let’s dive in!


What is the traditional 20th anniversary gift?

One word: china. Before you run with this though, please don’t buy a bunch of china plates — unless of course your wife (or husband) is really into these, in which case you can probably get away with gifting them with a lovely tea set made out of bone china. If not, then there are lots of other china memorabilia you can gift your loved one with in honor of your anniversary.

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If you’re simply not into the traditional, you can ditch the china altogether and opt for platinum goodies instead. Twenty years of marriages proves that together, you two sure make a strong team and a platinum themed gift commemorates the durability of your union.


What is the traditional 20th anniversary flower?

Delicate and easy on the eye, the aster blooms in shades of pink, red, blue, purple and white. Asters have long been associated with some of the key elements of any lasting partnership — faith, love, knowledge and wisdom.

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20th anniversary gift ideas for him
20th anniversary gift ideas for her
20th anniversary gifts for celebrating couples

Alternative ways to celebrate your 20th anniversary

Tips for anniversary gift buying
Best gift ideas around


20th anniversary gift ideas for him

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Cigar & liquor flask

A cigar and liquor flask are a convenient way of helping him to safeguard his favorite guilty pleasures. This flask is a great anniversary gift and has two compartments which can hold about two cigars and as much as four ounces of liquor. It’s not bulky either, and it’ll be easy for him to grab it and go if necessary!

Surprise event tickets

Marriage is about sharing special moments together… so why not add a concert to those memories with your spouse? Surprise tickets to see an artist or band you both enjoy will be a great way to celebrate your wedding anniversary. The tickets can also be for other events you both enjoy, like a sporting event, or a night of theatre.

Designer sunglasses

A new pair of sunglasses will add a touch of style to his outfits and help him stand out in a crowd. Plus, if you’ve been itching for a romantic anniversary getaway, this gift will fit right in on a sunny Caribbean island.

A new wristwatch

Watches will always be the classic gift for any anniversary, and this year you can gift him something traditional or something more modern, like a smart watch. Choose a smartwatch version that’ll not only help him be punctual but keep his health and fitness in check too!

Cufflinks will add a dapper and polished look to your man's ensemble that’ll make it hard for you to keep your eyes and hands off him, while you two are out on the town on anniversary night. Don’t try too hard to resist, it’s all in the name of a worthwhile celebration.

A love letter

Anniversaries are the perfect time to put in some extra effort. Let your spouse know just how much you love them with a heartfelt, handwritten letter as a 20th year anniversary gift. This will be a sweet tribute to your union, and you can fill it up with all the loving words and memories that led you to this moment!

A charcuterie or cheese subscription

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” If your hubby came to mind when reading this quote, then you might want to gift him a collection of his favorite cured meat or cheese variety. Many stores offer these packages for occasions like this one.

Luxury headphones

If your partner is a lover of music or a musician himself, he’ll be ecstatic to receive a luxury pair of headphones as a gift. Pro tip: Get him a pair of noise cancelling headphones that will allow him to simply focus on his music and shut out the outside world for a bit! Bluetooth headphones are also a popular and trendy choice.

A new sound system

A solid sound system will not only be a great addition to your home, but an exciting gift for your spouse. Look for high quality speakers and awesome bass and you’ll be on the right track. This is one 20th year anniversary gift idea that will help both of you groove right into the next big milestone!

Comfy clothes and shoes for the home

He’ll love the way his new comfy clothes, carefully packaged and sealed with love, feel as he’s roaming through the house on anniversary night, and beyond. If you get pyjamas or a robe, get a matching pair for yourself too!

A stainless-steel cocktail set

With a stainless-steel cocktail set, he’ll have all the equipment he needs to make your favorite cocktails at home. That way, he can have friends over for drinks, or you two can enjoy the bliss of it all on your own.

A china sake set

If he has a thing for sake or Japanese cuisine, he’s surely going to love having his very own sake set. These unique flasks are usually made out of clay and feature intricate designs and patterns that make them a stylish addition to any home.

A personalized mug

You simply can’t go wrong with a personalized mug. Be creative; decorate it with a picture of you two or something that is unique to your marriage, like an illustration of your first vacation together, or the place he proposed. You can also make it all about him and add his favorite sports player or musician to the mug.

A custom ballpoint or fountain pen

A ballpoint or fountain pen can be personalized by having his name or even just his initials engraved. As pens are a necessity on most days, he’ll remember you whenever he picks it up throughout the day!


20th anniversary gift ideas for her

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Broken china jewelry

Jewelry is the ultimate anniversary gift for any woman; your sole task will be deciding what suits her best. Your wife may love some wooden or sparkly pieces, but the only way to know for sure is to take a peek into her jewelry box. Broken china jewelry especially, is a great gift item because it’ll for sure be unexpected. Added to that, it’ll give her the chance to wear an item that has a rich history.

A platinum necklace

A platinum necklace will be a welcome addition to her jewelry collection. No doubt that a necklace like this will be her first pick when she’s getting ready for that elegant dinner with you. Don’t be afraid to add a bracelet or a pair of earrings as an anniversary gift to match.

Platinum earrings

You can get unique, custom, or even handmade platinum earrings which will give her the razzle dazzle she needs to shine for this anniversary. Not only will these match the necklace mentioned above, but she’ll be reminded of just how precious she is to you.

A platinum ring

A platinum ring captures the essence of a modern woman that has a keen sense of style. It’s also a lavish way of expressing your love and your commitment to your leading lady. Also, if you’re planning on renewing your vows, this anniversary gift idea is the perfect way to go.

Insider tip: A Sandals Vow Renewal Package will help you bring out all the bells and whistles that are necessary to celebrate your 20th year anniversary. Rings in hand, you two will be able to profess your love all over again in paradise!


Platinum dipped rose

This is one flower that will not die in a matter of days. This type of rose can last forever and it is a great symbol of the type of marriage you both signed up for. A thoughtful anniversary gift like this one can be your way of showing her just how much you’re looking forward to many more years together.

Flowers

While a platinum rose is a choice, luxury gift item, you may decide that your wife might prefer fresh flowers, and that’s okay. The real deal isn’t a bad thing after all and you can surprise her with asters, the 20th anniversary flower which will show how attentive you are. Stick to the theme with a delicate china vase to put the flower in!

A wonderfully scented soy candle

Scented candles are a romantic gesture that can set the mood for the night while filling your home with a soothing aroma. Soy candles have even more benefits than the others because they’re good for the environment and the home, as they emit less soot into the atmosphere and the paraffin won’t tarnish your paint.

A surprise trip to the spa

A spa day, or even a spa date that includes the two of you, will be the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate. A 20th year anniversary gift idea like this can be your way of acknowledging all the hard work she does, whether it’s at home, in the office or both!

Write a poem

Poetry is the language of love. Use your words to your advantage and write your wife something that’ll make her swoon. To top off this romantic gesture, plan a romantic night for the two of you, whether at home or at your favorite restaurant. You can read your Shakespearean profession of love to her on your anniversary date.

Chocolate or other confectionary goodies

Chocolate is almost always a favorite in the gift giving arena, which is why you shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to gift your wife with some. If she’s one of the rare ones, who’s not too fussy about chocolate, there are other delicious candies and confectioneries to choose from, such as lollipops, jellies and even marshmallows. Better yet, put together a little basket with all her favorite snacks and make sure you stick around so she doesn’t eat them all in one go.

A wine subscription

A tall glass of wine goes a long way in relaxing the body and the mind. Every couple should keep a bottle or two at home, but if your partner is a wine enthusiast then you can surprise her with a wine subscription. These services compile a variety of wines that suit her interest and your budget, so that way she has bottles of wine for any occasion. Even better, the shipment of wine can be delivered to your doorstep. This 20th year anniversary gift can be given in addition to others but make no mistake; it is a prize all on its own.

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20th anniversary gifts for celebrating couples

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A china tea set

Help that special couple get a bit fancy with a new china tea set they can enjoy together or with friends. This set can add tea sipping flair to any occasion, and it can also complement or outshine other tea sets at home!

A china dinner set

Similar to the tea set, a china dinner set is one of those anniversary gift ideas any couple would love. These sets are sure to brighten up any cupboard or cabinet with their unique designs, colors and patterns. In no time, the happy couple will be clinking their glasses, sharing a laugh or chatting with friends.

A trip to China

I know it sounds like a lot, but your friends or family members are going to love you forever if they’re gifted with an anniversary trip like this one. Maybe they’ve told you that a visit to China is on their bucket list, or perhaps it’s just their lucky year. Regardless of the circumstance, a trip to China is bound to be a thrilling adventure!

A platinum rimmed set of wine glasses

Remember that wine subscription we mentioned earlier? Well, a set of platinum rimmed wine glasses will come in handy when that box of wine shows up. The wine brings the romance, while the touch of platinum is there to remind you of what the occasion is all about — your anniversary and love for each other.

A new cutlery set

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to invest in some new cutlery and other equipment for the kitchen. Rust can settle into sets that were acquired ages ago, and some new pieces will in a small way help the celebrating couple spruce things up if needed.

A new set of pots and pans

A fresh set of pots and pans will enhance any cooking experience, leading to quicker preparation time and a scrumptious meal. It’s a great 20th year anniversary gift for couples celebrating their love for each other. The stainless steel and non-stick options are the most durable so ensure that you keep an eye out for these.

Something for the backyard or patio

If the couple in mind has their very own patio/backyard, now would be a great time to gift them with a little something to improve the aesthetics. Some furniture for the outdoors is a good idea; this should probably consist of folding tables and chairs. Also, cushions, speakers or even a hammock can be considered.

A sentimental photo album

Thanks to advances in technology, there are apps out there that can help you to create a digital album from the comfort of your own home. In that case, all you’d need to do is choose the theme, layout and design and start uploading all the photos and shuffling around. Before you know it, you would have customized your very own album to share with that celebrating couple!

Put together a playlist with songs from the era of the marriage date

Put together a playlist together on any device of your choice. Include songs that were not only released within the same time frame as their wedding, but songs which actually speak about romance and their strength as a couple. This will be a cool (and not to mention romantic!) throwback the couple can reminisce on.


Alternative ways to celebrate your 20th anniversary

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A romantic anniversary getaway with Sandals

A romantic anniversary getaway to an exclusive Caribbean island is one of the best ways to celebrate your 20th year wedding anniversary. Take your pick of any of the picturesque locations and enjoy the sun, sand and sea with your partner. You can plan this together or win points with the surprise factor by booking a Sandals all-inclusive vacation in secret!

A vow renewal ceremony

While you’re at it, renew your vows and reaffirm your commitment to your loved one at any of the Sandals couples-only resorts in the Caribbean. Sandals Resorts has all-inclusive properties on 6 Caribbean islands including The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua and Grenada!

Insider tip: Sandals Vow Renewal packages come with inclusions like breakfast in bed with mimosa on any morning of our choice, romantic turndown service with flower petals on the first night, a special dinner for two, and more!


Tips for anniversary gift buying (A guide for friends or family)

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Don’t worry about cost

When buying gifts for your loved ones, focus on finding an anniversary gift that represents them, their personality and their interests. Don’t fret about the cost or start thinking you absolutely need to spend a whole lot of money; simply focus on the person/people at hand. As long as you put the right thoughts into it, your loved ones will appreciate it.

Get something unique for the couple

Think of a 20th year anniversary gift idea that’s unique that really represents the union the couple shares. Think about all you know about the couple and use every detail to clue you in as to what to get.

Have fun when shopping

Shopping can be lots of fun regardless of the occasion. So, have a little fun with it. Check out all the boutiques and stores and malls you want. Make sure you start the process early enough — there is nothing worse than needing to find the perfect anniversary gift and not having enough time to do it.

Shopping online for anniversary gifts

The internet is one of the best places to shop for gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, or pretty much any occasion. If you know where to look, you may stumble upon the right deals or catch wind of an upcoming sale. The web is filled with options, and the sooner you get started, the better!


The best 20th anniversary gift ideas around

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While china is the traditional gift item for the 20th wedding anniversary, platinum is the modern-day alternative. Between these two, there are a variety of gifts you can get, detailed above, that your spouse or another celebrating couple will love.

Happy shopping!

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Born on the tropical island that is Saint Lucia affords a never-ending source of inspiration. In the past 13 years, Kylie loved to work with various newspapers, magazines and blogs in the Caribbean.

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