Traditional 8th Anniversary Gifts

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Being married for eight years is definitely something to celebrate. It's an important but little-recognized milestone---overcoming the difficult, so-called seven-year itch. The traditional bronze and pottery gifts seem fittingly substantial and weighty for this significant anniversary achievement. Kudos are due to the husbands and wives who celebrate this event in style.

Bronze

  • There is a wide array of bronze sculptures and figurines to choose from for gift giving. On the practical side are watering cans or trellised plant holders. A sculpture of intertwined hands or couples in embrace will work for a spouse who is artistically inclined. There are also options for big-ticket items; for a real splurge, go for an authentic or re-creation of a Frederic Remington bronze-cast western cowboy or purchase a gift together of bronzed kitchen appliances. A bronze-colored item will work too, such as clothing, jewelry or flowers.

Pottery

  • She might enjoy a hand-painted platter from Italy or Spain or a colorful and unique pottery vase filled with her favorite flowers. He might be pleased with a unique mug filled with his favorite coffee beans or jelly beans. For those who enjoy backyard living, a pottery fireplace, either in a smaller pit style or the upright style called a chiminea, would be a great gift. In fact, for a gardener, any kind of outdoor urn or flowerpot is always a perfect choice. Give your craft-oriented spouse a do-it-yourself pottery gift of a certificate for ceramic lessons.

Tourmaline

  • A piece of jewelry would be perfect for an anniversary gift. The traditional gem for the eighth anniversary is tourmaline, which comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. An Egyptian legend has it that as the mineral journeyed from deep in the ground up to light it passed over a rainbow and gathered the rainbow's colors for itself. A lot of tourmaline jewelry has stones of many colors within one piece, such as a bracelet with each tourmaline stone encased in a metal casting and then strung together.

Gifts Symbolizing Eight Years

  • Chinese culture gives special significance to the number eight because it is similar to the Chinese word for prosper or wealth. You can reinforce this symbolic effect by presenting you spouse with eight of his favorite bottles of wine or a coupon redeemable for eight back rubs. She would enjoy eight breakfasts in bed or perhaps a bouquet with eight roses.

References

  • Photo Credit happy anniversary image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.com bronze image by harmonie57 from Fotolia.com pottery image by Ekologia from Fotolia.com tourmaline stone beads image by monamakela.com from Fotolia.com
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