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The Best Anniversary Gifts for Him

From wooden wonders to custom leather luxuries, discover the best anniversary gifts for the man who stands by your side.

Best anniversary gifts for him
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Hoping to surprise your sweetheart with the best-ever anniversary gift? You can’t go wrong with a meaningful, personalized gift for him. Each anniversary year has a traditional theme or material: the first year is paper, the second cotton, and the third leather, all the way up to diamonds when you celebrate your 60th wedding anniversary. You can choose to go the customary route or buck traditions and go for a gift that screams your spouse’s name. But the best anniversary gifts, of course, are the ones that he’ll actually use. Whether you’re newly married or celebrating a new decade together, find the best anniversary gift no matter what year you’re celebrating.

Unique anniversary gifts for him

No love is like your love, and no man is quite like yours! So the best anniversary gift will show him that you really know him, and tell him how special he is to you.

1. Best first anniversary gift for him

First anniversary gift for him SHOP: Custom family portrait from Jade Forest Design, from $79

Tradition states that the best first year anniversary gift for him should be paper, but instead of simply getting him a card, this custom portrait of you (and maybe your precious pet, too!) that you’ll both treasure for a lifetime.

2. Best anniversary gift for the beer lover

Beer flight gift for him SHOP: Custom beer flight with glasses from Friends Custom Flights, from $45

If he’s interested in sampling all the beers on the menu—from sours to stouts to IPAs—this personalized beer flight with your choice of glasses will make him feel like he’s at the brewery even when he’s relaxing at home.

3. Best anniversary gift for the chess master

Chess set gift SHOP: Unique backgammon and chess set from CanarianCanary, from $242

Whether it’s a newer hobby or he was the chess champion of his high school class, this gorgeous handmade chess board, with its engraved casing and carved wooden pieces, will make him remember why he fell in love with the game all over again.

4. Best anniversary gift for the world traveler

Custom map from Etsy SHOP: Woodcut city map from Different Maps, from $169

Commemorate his favorite city or hometown with this custom woodcut map. The back of the wood can be engraved with the message of your choosing, making it even more special and just for him.

5. Best small anniversary gift for him

Soap for men from Etsy SHOP: Woodland-scented soap from Firebird Bath & Body, $6

Bring the great outdoors indoors for your favorite mountain man with this woodland-inspired soap. Scented with moss and evergreen aromas, this bar of soap has buyers raving that it smells like they’ve been rolling in the lushest of forests.

6. Best seventh anniversary gift for him

Anniversary gift from Etsy SHOP: Copper and iron bowl for seventh anniversary from Coach House Forge, from $306

This personalizable copper and iron bowl is made with seventh anniversaries in mind: The traditional gift of copper is represented in the seven “staples” of the material in this finely crafted, minimalist iron bowl. Use it for entertaining dinner guests or leave it out for display like the work of art that it is.

Cotton anniversary gifts for him

An iconic second anniversary gift, cotton is both flexible and strong—just like your marriage.

7. Best anniversary gift for guitar players

Guitar strap from Etsy SHOP: Woven guitar strap from Artifact Bags, $45

Whether he’s a bit country or a little more rock ‘n roll, this woven cotton and leather guitar strap is an excellent, understated addition to his musical lineup. Made using solid brass hardware and vegetable tanned leather, this guitar strap is designed to look better with age—just like you two!

8. The best cotton anniversary gift to pair with a fancy dinner

Printed tie from Etsy SHOP: African print necktie from Gabe Jade Accessories, from $50

Going out on the town for your anniversary? These African print slim neckties are both playful and sophisticated. Buyers from this shop rave that the colorful patterns are even more vibrant in person.

9. The best cotton anniversary gift for the guy who is always best dressed

Jumpsuit from Etsy SHOP: Linen jumpsuit for men from Black Ficus, from $148

This comfy jumpsuit is made with natural cotton linen, so it is soft enough for lazy Sundays together and airy enough for the hottest summer days. And with over a dozen colors of fabric to choose from, you can find the perfect hue for your hubby.

10. The best anniversary gift for your favorite grill master

Cooking apron from Etsy SHOP: Chef cooking apron from Artifact Bags, from $80

Designed for professional chefs, this red cotton twill apron will be his new favorite grill companion as he flips burgers or perfects his pulled pork recipe. Choose from an adjustable leather or cotton strap, and opt for the big and tall style if that suits your spouse, and your partner will be barbecue-ready in no time.

Leather anniversary gifts for him

Leather, traditionally a three year anniversary gift, is used to protect, keep warm, and endure any wear and tear—plus, it has a beautiful texture and masculine aesthetic. From leather wallets to duffel bags, these gifts for him prove that the third year really is the charm.

11. The best anniversary gift for men with wanderlust

Passport cover from Etsy SHOP: Leather passport cover from Artifact Bags, $98

For the globetrotters and explorers, a passport wallet is an excellent present for traveling in style. Pro tip: This is a very creative way to gift your partner two tickets to the next faraway destination on their list.

12. The best leather anniversary gift for men who commute

Leather keyring from Etsy SHOP: Personalized leather keyring from Create Gift Love, $22

From carpoolers to light public transit pros, whenever he heads to work, he has to make sure he has his keys in hand. And how could he ever forget his keys again when he has this lovely and luxurious debossed leather keyring, personalized with his name on it? Choose your shared family name, his first name, or, if it applies, “Daddy,” so he’ll always remember who holds the keys to his heart.

13. The best personalized leather anniversary gift for him

Leather wallet from Etsy SHOP: Personalized leather wallet from Roberti Leather, from $57

Help him ditch the taped together wallet he’s been carrying around since he was a teenager, and replace it with this luxe leather wallet, personalized and hand-stamped with his initials. Buyers are raving about the craftsmanship of this wallet—no duct tape required!

14. The best anniversary gift for weekend trips away

Duffel bag from Etsy SHOP: Personalized canvas duffel bag from Clark & Taft, $629

Plan a quick getaway with this waxed canvas and leather duffel bag just big enough to hold a couple days worth of clothes and all the essentials so he can take that road trip in style. Bonus: Add his monogram to this anniversary gift for him to make this one extra special.

Wood anniversary gifts for him

Reminiscent of forests and the great outdoors, wood anniversary gifts for him add a natural element that will wow him. The best five year anniversary gift for him is, in fact, a wooden one, and these custom anniversary gifts will remind him of how rooted he feels with you.

15. The best anniversary gift for the mixologist

Mixology dice from Etsy SHOP: Mixology dice from Two Tumbleweeds, $24

If he’s constantly concocting cocktails with creative components, these mixology dice will give him a challenge and help him think outside the box. Featuring multiple liquors, herbs, spices, and other mixers, this dice set will keep him on his toes while you’re getting tipsy at home together.

16. The best anniversary gift for men who love games

Cornhole boards from Etsy SHOP: Wood and resin cornhole boards from Alpine Wood Co., $1,200

For your favorite backyard barbecue buddy, this hardwood cornhole board set complete with a royal blue resin river inlay will have him planning your next summer gathering. These cornhole boards are finished with outdoor fun in mind, so even though they’re beautiful enough for display, don’t be afraid to use them!

17. The best anniversary gift for men with a home office

Live edge clock from Etsy SHOP: Live edge wall clock from Generational Design Works, $457

Spruce up his home office with this live edge wooden wall clock. Made from reclaimed native Ontario Birdseye Ash live edge wood and wrapped in a raw steel hoop, this sophisticated and ultra-unique anniversary gift can be customized with laser engraving, making it a modern heirloom he’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

18. The best anniversary gift for skateboarders

Wood skateboard from Etsy SHOP: Mixed wood cruiser skateboard from Mantra Studios, $171

Made with walnut, teak, mahogany and a single center stripe of oak, this small skateboard was inspired by the ‘60s era of skateboarding when surfing first made its way to land. If cruising your neighborhood streets on a set of wheels and a small board is your husband’s idea of a perfect evening, this is the best anniversary gift for him.

19. The best personalized wood anniversary gift for him

Personalized charcuterie board from Etsy SHOP: Personalized wood charcuterie board from Narrow Path Farm, from $70

For the couples who love sharing fruit and cheese plates or spend many hours chatting over a charcuterie board, a personalized live edge cheese board will commemorate your wedding day and be a stylish addition to your snacking rotation.

20. The best wood anniversary gift for the wine connoisseur

Wine bottle holder from Etsy SHOP: Stackable wine bottle holder from Two Toned Craftworks, from $33

Whether he’s a Pinot perfectionist or more into Bordeaux beauties, this stackable wine bottle holder will keep show off his personal collection in style. Choose the stain and wood that suits your kitchen palette, or mix it up and color code based on red or white wines—either way, these will elegantly organize your bottles for every space from a full-fledged cellar to a small kitchen countertop.

Iron anniversary gifts for him

A strong material that can withstand any inclement weather, iron is traditionally given as a sixth anniversary gift, but who’s counting? Especially if your hubby is also your personal chef, wrought iron is an excellent present to celebrate his hobby.

21. The best iron anniversary gift for the cook

Cast iron skillet from Etsy SHOP: Cast iron skillet from Lancaster Cast Iron, $225

This cast iron skillet will be your partner’s secret ingredient as he cooks up all of his new favorite recipes—whether it’s over a campfire or in the comfort of your kitchen. Since you’re the perfect pair, add an embossed leather handle cover to make the ultimate anniversary gift duo.

22. The best anniversary gift for men with a man cave

Bottle opener from Etsy SHOP: Wall-mounted iron bottle opener from Joyful Moose, from $35

If he hosts get-togethers with his buddies to share some brews, make his space a little more special with this rustic wall-mounted bottle opener. Add your family name, your anniversary date, or a fun quote to add some personality to this personalized gift.

23. The best gift for your winter anniversaries

Log holder from Etsy SHOP: Iron log store from Industrial Modern Art, from $202

Curl up by the fire and have a regular stack of wood on lock with this iron log store with different compartments for kindling and heftier burning logs. This wall-mounted steel log holder will come in handy as you and your hubby get cozy for those cooler winter nights.

Silver anniversary gifts for him

Both the traditional and modern 25th year anniversary gift is silver, which commemorates the value of a long-lasting marriage. This is a big one, so pop some bottles of champagne (or seltzer) and celebrate all the years you’ve committed to each other—and the many more to come!

24. The best silver anniversary gift for your fashion-forward husband

mens silver anniversary gift idea - silver initial necklace SHOP: Initial charm necklace from EVREN, $103

Help him flaunt his initials (or yours!) with this oh-so-cool custom sterling silver necklace. Buyers are raving about this Etsy seller's craftsmanship and quality.

25. The best 25-year anniversary gift for him

Silver fingerprint ring from Etsy SHOP: Custom fingerprint ring from Rock My World, Inc., $331

If you've been together for a whopping 25 years, a meaningful, one-of-a-kind custom sterling silver ring is the best anniversary gifts for him. Simply send a mold of your fingerprint for the Etsy seller to imprint onto a sterling silver ring, creating an instant family heirloom.

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