A 20th wedding anniversary is a milestone worth celebrating. It's expected that the wife will receive an extravagant gift from her husband on this occasion; however, he deserves a meaningful gift too. According to Emily Post's 1922 book “Etiquette,” china is the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary, and the modern gift is platinum. Use these guidelines to find a 20th anniversary gift that will make him look forward to the next 20 years.
Do all the planning yourself this time, and take him on a trip he will never forget. If you can get the time off, grab your passports and travel to China; you can pick out new table settings there, if you like. If that's too big a splurge, take him away for a weekend in or near the Chinatown of the nearest big city. You can spend the days wandering through the parks and crowded, exotic shops and the nights cuddled up in a bed-and-breakfast or a suite in a nearby boutique hotel.
Platinum is a white-colored metal that is valued for its use in jewelry as much for its strength as for its beauty. It ages well, acquiring a lovely patina that becomes deeper the longer it is worn. To celebrate your 20th anniversary, get him a platinum wristwatch or pocket watch complete with chain. You can also buy platinum chains, tie pins, lighters, card cases and money clips, in addition to bracelets, rings and earrings. If he has a pierced ear, buy a set of platinum ball stud earrings – one for him, one for you.
Another way to give a memorable gift on this anniversary is to make “20 years” your theme and give him gifts in groups of 20s. Send him 20 roses (or whatever your wedding flowers were) at work, or a bouquet of 20 balloons. Give him a coupon for 20 custom-made shirts at a bespoke tailor. Wrap up 20 pairs of socks, 20 monogrammed golf balls or 20 very good bottles of wine. If you want to splurge, buy him a mint-condition luxury car – 20 years old, of course – with a coupon book for 20 car washes or 20 fill-ups.