Traditionally, the 36th anniversary was not celebrated with gifts like the earlier ones. As time has gone on, we have come up with modern commemoration so that you don’t need to miss out.
There are many great ways to celebrate this anniversary, from small and cheap gifts to a luxury travel experience to far flung corners of the world.
About 36th Wedding Anniversaries
A 36th wedding anniversary means that you will have spent 315,569 hours married to one another. In this time, you will have eaten 28,700 meals together! Making it to 36 years together is something to admire and you should be proud of yourselves for keeping the spark alive for so long.
It is important to keep celebrating one another, as this will keep your relationship healthy and vibrant as the years go by. Even though this anniversary is not traditionally celebrated, we think it is a lovely way to show your partner that the love is still as strong as the day you got married.
5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 36th Wedding Anniversary
- As bone china is the gift for the 36th wedding anniversary, draw inspiration from this for dinner. Cook a Chinese inspired dish for dinner, or go out for one if you don’t consider yourself to be a chef.
- Another way to interpret the bone china theme is to go out for a fancy afternoon tea. This is a classy and adult way to spend your day, and makes a change from your usual routine.
- Growing tea roses is a beautiful way to commemorate your wedding anniversary. They are the traditional flower for this anniversary. Every time you look out into your garden you will be reminded of the love you share.
- For a more exotic anniversary gift, you could go scuba diving to see a coral reef. Coral is one of the commemorative gifts for this anniversary, but it is an endangered species. This is caused by a combination of canal digging, climate change, overfishing, mining, and pollution. For a much more environmentally friendly experience of coral, go and see it in its natural habitat!
- For those couples who love to reminisce, take a walk down memory lane for your anniversary. Revisit the location of your first date and talk to each other about your memories. What were your first impressions of one another? It will make you feel young and in love all over again.
5 Best 36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
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A great and unique gift for him is a personalised cutting board. This one is made from bamboo and is a perfectly sized 11 x 17 inches.
You can get the board laser engraved with a name and date. This could be your wedding day, the day of your first date, or the date of your anniversary.
These boards are available in 19 different patterns and come with a blank side to use for kitchen prep.
This plaque is made from maple wood. It shows the time you have been married for in days, months, hours, and years.
It can be customized to display any names and is a beautiful way to commemorate your 36th wedding anniversar
If your man loves a drink, this whisky bottle is a beautiful way to show your love for him. It is engraved glass and can be filled with his favorite tipple.
The glass decanter adds a level of class to your room and can be kept for years and refilled.
This 1.36 Ct oval white topaz and 925 sterling silver ring is designed for men. The sleek design will go perfectly with any outfit and is fully insured while in transit.
This is a nice way to show your love with something tangible that will remind him of you every time they look down.
A cameo is not designed with men in mind, but this does not mean that they cannot wear them. Fashion has become much more gender-fluid recently and cameos are a traditional gift.
If your man is interested in fashion or antiques, this is a truly special gift to give to them.
5 Best 36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
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We like this 14K white gold pendant with a pear-shaped created emerald. These are grown in labs to be almost indistinguishable from genuinely mined gemstones.
This stunning pendant is a delicate and elegant way to express your love for your wife. Plus, it will go with almost any outfit.
This tea cup, inspired by The Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, is a beautiful gift if your wife is partial to hot drinks.
The bone china reflects the significance of the anniversary and the stunning design has emerald tones too.
A sweet idea if your spouse likes flowers, buy her a bouquet of this year’s flower, the tea rose. If you want to go all out, get a bouquet of 36 - one for every year of blissful marriage.
If your wife likes having flowers around the house regularly, you could even purchase her a bone china vase too.
This will allow her to proudly display the flowers in her home, while adding another level of significance to the gift. There are many stunning vases available online.
You can upload a picture of your choice to be engraved onto the surface of this moon lamp.
The moon is symbolic of luck and longevity, and moon lamps are said to be a calming presence.
Topaz is the gemstone for this year. This tree is a beautiful way to represent your anniversary and will add a touch of elegance to your home.
5 Best 36th Anniversary Gift for the Couple
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If you have been bitten by the travel bug, why not draw inspiration from the bone china anniversary. Take the opportunity to visit China and experience the country.
It is truly an unforgettable way to celebrate your anniversary, and a unique way to interpret the celebration.
This 5-piece china set is the perfect way to commemorate the anniversary. The fine china is beautiful and durable.
Whenever you eat something off this crockery set, you will be reminded of your love for one another.
As mentioned earlier, coral is not the most environmentally friendly way to decorate your home.
Consider something reminiscent of coral instead, like this emerald green coral inspired fruit bowl. This will look stunning on your countertop, and is highly practical too.
This is a cute, customized, and truly unique way to commemorate your 36th wedding anniversary.
You can get a poster printed and framed to hang in your house. This will display the constellations in the sky from the night you met, or got married.
It is completely customizable and will make your house super homely.
Lenox bone china factory tour
If China itself is too far for you to go, why not pop to North Carolina? There’s a Lenox bone china factory there that you can pay to take tours around.
This will show you how fine china is produced and you are likely to learn something interesting.
You can also take a commemorative piece of china home as a souvenir.
Traditional Gifts Around the World
Traditional Gift in the UK
Neither the UK nor the US have a traditional gift for this anniversary. This is likely because traditionally only the first 15 and every 5 subsequently were celebrated with gifts.
Traditional Gift in the US
Traditional Gift in Spain
In Italy and Spain, the traditional gift is silica. This is renowned for its ability to help you work through negativity and aid communication.
Traditional Gift in Italy
Traditional Gift in Russia
Russia’s traditional gift is bone china. This is a very delicate and beautiful material that is incredibly strong and chip-resistant, representing a strong union.
Traditional Gift in France
France the traditional gift is muslin. This used to be seen as a luxury fabric, not unlike silk. This is likely why it was given as an anniversary gift.
Traditional Gift in Germany
The traditional gift in Germany is emerald. This is a stone also known as ‘the revealer of truth’ and is given by one spouse to the other to represent devotion and undying loyalty.
Flowers have long been used to add a depth of symbolism to events. The 36th-anniversary flower is a tea rose, and we suggest getting a coral colored one. The tea rose symbolizes remembrance and the coral color represents desire.
There is some debate around the traditional gemstone for this anniversary. Some people say it is coral and others say colorless topaz. Others will opt to give their spouse cameos to mark the occasion.
Coral is meant to protect the owner from ill fate. Topaz is representative of affection and romance and is said to provide the owner with hope.
The modern gift for your 36th anniversary is bone china. This is a very durable and long-lasting material, symbolizing these characteristics in your marriage.