This year is our first wedding anniversary.  So much so, it needs to be a good one.  Luckily it also coincides with May Bank Holiday so we will probably do something nice, plus our wedding venue was also an English Heritage site so we’ll be calling in there on the Sunday before for afternoon tea, a stroll in the grounds and a reminice with the wedding organiser Carol.  But when it comes to gifts.  What is suitable?  In the same month I also have Andy’s birthday so I have double bubble in a period of a couple of weeks . . . I need some ideas.

Being a traditionalist, I’m thinking it will be nice to keep to the “list.”  Year after year, I will therefore try to think of an item which relates to the following. . . first year being – Paper!  Oh dear. 

  British American Modern Gemstones
1st Paper Paper Clocks Gold
2nd Cotton Cotton China Garnet
3rd Leather Leather Crystal, Glass Pearl
4th Jewellery Fruit Appliances Blue Topaz
5th Wood Wood Silverware Sapphire
6th Plate Iron Wood Amethyst
7th Wool Wool Desk sets Onyx
8th Bronze Bronze Linens, Lace Tourmaline  
9th Watch Pottery Leather goods Lapis Lazuli
10th Tin Tin Diamond jewellery Diamond
11th Scent Steel Fashion jewellery Turquoise
12th Silk Silk Pearls Jade
13th Barometer Lace Textiles, Furs Citrine
14th Clock Ivory Gold jewellery Opal
15th Crystal Crystal Watches Ruby
16th Hollowware   Silver Hollowware  
17th Accessories   Furniture  
18th Coloured Gems   Porcelain  
19th Furniture   Bronze  
20th China China Platinum Emerald
21st     Brass, Nickel  
22nd     Copper  
23rd     Silver plate  
24th     Musical instruments  
25th Silver Silver Silver Silver Jubilee
26th     Original pictures  
27th     Sculpture  
28th     Orchids  
29th     Furniture  
30th Pearl Pearl Diamond Pearl Jubilee
31st     Timepieces  
33rd     Amethyst  
34th     Opal  
35th Jade Coral Emerald  
36th     Bone china  
37th     Alabaster  
38th     Beryl, Tourmaline  
39th     Lace  
40th Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby
41st     Land  
43rd     Travel  
44th     Groceries  
45th Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
46th     poetry  
47th     Books  
48th     Optical  
49th     Luxuries  
50th Gold Gold Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald Emerald  
60th Diamond   Diamond Diamond
65th Star Sapphire       
70th Platinum Diamond   Diamonds
75th Gold or Diamond Diamonds    
80th     Diamond, Pearl  
85th     Diamond, Sapphire  
90th     Diamond, Emerald  
95th     Diamond, Ruby  
100th     10-carat Diamond  

My Bouquet (Photo by Simon Carr Photography)

And, just in case there are any fellas reading, here’s a list of the flowers you should consider buying, although I personally think it would be nice to buy your wife flowers that were featured in her bouquet – just a little hint there for you Andy (Avalanche Roses, Daisies and Lily of the Valley if you’re wondering by Lily and May!)

Year Flower
1st Carnation
2nd Lily of the valley
3rd Sunflower
4th Hydrangea
5th Daisy
6th Calla
7th Freesia
8th Lilac
9th Bird of paradise
10th Daffodil
11th Tulip
12th Peony
13th Chrysanthemum
14th Dahlia
15th Rose
20th Aster
25th Iris
28th Orchid
30th Lily
40th Gladiolus
50th Yellow rose, violet

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