If you are approaching your 10-year wedding anniversary--or you know a friend who will be celebrating this milestone anniversary soon--then you may want to give a friend, spouse or partner an anniversary gift that reflects the tradition of the occasion and the person's personality. Anniversaries traditionally have gifts that are assigned to most years.
The traditional gift for a 10-year anniversary is a gift made of tin. This metal makes for a bit of a challenging gift, but there are ways to interpret the gift traditionally. For example, you can buy a set of tin cuff links for a man and a decorative tin mirror for a woman. Also, check at your local artisan and handicraft stores for decorative artisan tins.
If you cannot find a gift of tin that you like, then consider selecting an anniversary gift made of pewter. Pewter is an alloy and is about 85 percent or more tin, according to Happy Anniversary, so the gift still is in the "tin family."
Spin on Tin Gifts
Not all 10-year anniversary gifts have to be interpreted traditionally. For example, write a love poem or select a favorite photo of you and your partner. Then slip the poem or photograph into a tin frame, suggests Happy Anniversary's gift-giving online guide.
Veer from the traditional by selecting a gift that still is in the metal family but is a little flashier. Buy a set of stainless steel pots, an aluminum flower vase filled with a partner's favorite flowers or a romantic aluminum statue.
Think a little outside of the box. Purchase a cookie tin or other decorative tin, and fill it with with customized puzzle pieces. You can have a photo of you and your partner printed on a puzzle in honor of your 10-year anniversary. This is an ideal gift for a partner who likes games and puzzles.
Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.