According to Wikipedia: “the historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. Later, principally in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.”
So now, in keeping with tradition there are gift “themes” for anniversaries from the first through the fifteenth year, then every five years (so on your twentieth, twenty-fifth and thirtieth) and then every ten years (fortieth, fiftieth, then sixtieth)! I personally think that it’s a fun tradition to follow and it helps to provide gift-giving guidelines, especially if you can’t think of anything to gift one another to celebrate the occasion (I have a hard enough time coming up with gifts for birthdays and Christmas!).
For our first (paper) anniversary, I gifted my husband with a print of the stars‘ alignment from the night we met and he gifted me with a really fancy box set of hardback Harry Potter books to read to our children. His gift may seem nerdy, but he came up with this idea all on his own! He knows how much I loved reading the HP series while I was growing up and want to share the books with our own kiddos someday; this gift was such a sweet gesture!
You can read all about our second (cotton) anniversary gift(s) here.
This year (our third year of marriage) the traditional gift theme is leather! In the list below you will find some items that we either got for one another or ones that we considered:
Leather Ring Tray
This little catchall is a stylish way to contain tiny things that could potentially get lost otherwise; best used for items such as keys, rings, collar stays, cuff links, earrings, bobby pins, and hair ties!
Leather Valet Charging Station
Such a cool way to organize all of your smaller essentials.
Wireless Charging Hub
I bought one of these for my husband for Christmas last year and it’s been a BIG hit! He keeps it on his nightstand to charge all of his devices overnight!
This charger with a smaller profile would be ideal for having nearby at your work station.
Personalized Leather Mousepad
If your partner uses a desktop computer with a mouse, this would be such a thoughtful upgrade!
Leather iPhone Case
Protect your expensive tech with a classy case!
AirPods with Leather Case Cover
We ADORE our AirPods and not being tethered to our devices… absolutely a worthwhile purchase. My husband loves the leather cover that I bought to protect his AirPod case.
Leather Wine Tote // Weekender Wine Bag
If your partner is a wine drinker, these are so great for taking wine with you on a picnic or for an al fresco meal! Add a few bottles of their favorite wine and you could even schedule a date night together to use the wine tote!
His 1 / Hers 1 // His 2 / Hers 2
I know that we typically think of cowhide exclusively as leather, but apparently sheepskin is also considered to be leather as well! If the wool is still attached it’s called “shearling”, otherwise it’s just sheep or lamb leather! You may be familiar with L.L. Bean in regards to their famous Bean Boots, but equally as popular are their “Wicked Good” Slippers! Depending on the time of year that you are shopping for this gift, L.L. Bean may be sold out… but UGG makes equally beautiful sheep leather slippers.
For the international jetsetter!
Perfect for toting their laptop and other essentials either on their daily office commute or when traveling! My husband likes to use his laptop briefcase as his only carryon for business trips that are only one night stays as he is able to fit his essentials in the bag right along with his tech. Talk about traveling light!
Who doesn’t love a good tote? I’m a sucker for them, especially in leather. I also love this style by Cuyana. Additionally, if your partner has a preference on a particular designer leather handbag, this is a great time to make that investment purchase!
HIS: Black / Brown / Suede // HERS: Black / Brown / Suede
I am so NOT cool enough to be able to pull off a leather jacket, but if your spouse has talked about getting one before or has a leather jacket on their “dream wishlist” this would be the perfect opportunity to surprise them with one! This can be a little tough to accomplish because not all leather jacket styles work for everyone’s personal styles so make sure this is something you feel pretty confident in before purchasing!
I have been drooling over this bag for a while now; it’s a functional and beautiful design that I would love to have for a more professional look than my tote bag. The large size fits a laptop and would be great for taking all of your supplies to work at a café or for a meeting. The best part is that it comes in SO MANY colors (and a few sizes), so no matter what her taste is, they have a bag to fit her personality!
We are big fans of traveling light with one duffle bag each as our only carryons for most trips. Upgrading their luggage to a leather bag as the world reopens for travel would be such an amazing gift!
Leather Pouf / Ottoman
I know that this gift is on the larger side, but since we’ve spent the last year at home why not make our spaces even more comfortable and beautiful? I adore this accent piece!
This is a major splurge, but as I said regarding the last gift… we’re spending so much time in our homes these days, we may as well make them cozy and wonderful to be in!
I hope this list helps you with gift ideas for your loved one. Congratulations on celebrating your third wedding anniversary!
Sending hugs —