38th Year Anniversary Gifts

38 years is a really long time for you to be married to your partner, which is why we can understand that you’d want to do something special to celebrate it.

You can do this by exchanging gifts or even doing something nice together, and we will explain some of the best things to do for both of these in this article.

About 38th Wedding Anniversaries

38 years is a really long time to be married to your partner, and many people will choose to celebrate this achievement in different ways. You are only two years away from the special 40-year anniversary, which is a huge milestone accomplishment.

If you really want to celebrate extravagantly, there are lots of ways in which you can do so, but you could also choose to have a quiet night in with your partner.

Gemstones are a really popular material to be gifted on this anniversary, whether that be through beryl, tourmaline, or jade, and these beauties can be found in a variety of different jewelry related gifts, though there are other possibilities.

Another popular way of celebrating is with a theme instead of a material, and some countries opt to follow the theme of fire or mercury, which is something that you could draw inspiration from. We will give you some more ideas on how to celebrate and what gifts to give below.

5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 38th Wedding Anniversary

  1. Following on with the theme of fire, you could have a fire outside in the garden and toast marshmallows, and enjoy each other’s company. This is a simple and effective way to celebrate.

  2. If your anniversary happens to be around bonfire night, you could find out if there are any displays or local events near you that you could attend together.

  3. As gemstones are so popular on this anniversary, you could even push the boat out and visit a country with gemstone tours, and even find your own.

  4. As the flower to be given on this anniversary is the flower of the season, you could go out and both pick your own flowers and create a stunning bouquet of flowers from the season.

  5. With the theme of Mercury in mind, you could get a telescope and do some star/planet gazing together. There are also excursions that you can book to do this.

5 Best Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him


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If you are looking for a simple gift for your husband, and he likes to wear jewelry, then you could opt for this jade bracelet. Jade also has its own properties that can be utilized by the wearer.


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If you wanted to stick with the theme of Mercury, then this book filled with information about all of the different planets might be the perfect gift choice, especially if your husband likes to read.


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This set of four tourmaline necklaces comes with four uniquely shaped pieces of black tourmaline that could be worn. You could even both wear one as a symbol of your connection with each other.


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Tourmaline has a lot of its own different properties, so why not bring them into your home with this gorgeous tourmaline pyramid?

This could be used as something purposeful like a paperweight, or it could simply be for decoration.


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If you are looking for a gift that is a little bit more unique, then this flame-like lamp could be a perfect choice.

It has four different ‘flame’ settings to choose from and can really help to bring a calm atmosphere into your home.

5 Best Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her


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If your partner is particularly interested in the planets and the night sky, then this set of planet posters could make a lovely gift for them.

They have been stunningly designed by an artist, and they would look great inside your home.


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Another gift that goes with the theme of fire is this candle. Not only do you need to light it with fire, but it is also bonfire scented.


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Whether your partner has a love for turtles, jade, or jewelry, this gorgeous pendant has all three of these qualities in just one gift.


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If you want to go for jewelry that is much more unique, you can’t really get more special than this planet-themes bracelet with each planet represented on it.


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If the idea of tourmaline has caught your interest, then this black tourmaline handmade gemstone tree might just be the gift that you are looking for.

5 Best Anniversary Gift for the Couple


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This jade gemstone tree would make a lovely addition to the couple’s home, and it even comes with a free jade necklace.


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If you wanted to get the couple a his and hers matching gift, then these tourmaline stone bracelets could be the perfect gift choice. 


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You can even personalize this stunning constellation map that will show you how the stars looked on the special night of your 38th anniversary.


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This unique couple’s gift will remain as a constant reminder of the exact amount of time that they have spent together in their 38 years of marriage.


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If the couple’s anniversary is near the Christmas period, then you could also choose to get them this personalized ornament that displays the amount of time they have shared together. 

Traditional Gifts Around the World

Traditional Gift in the UK

There is no gift that is traditionally given to celebrate the 38th year wedding anniversary in the UK, as it is not classed as a milestone anniversary. However, you are just two years away from celebrating your ruby anniversary with your partner.

Traditional Gift in the US

As well as the UK, there is also no traditional gift to be given on the 38th wedding anniversary in the US, but there is nothing stopping you from taking inspiration from other countries' traditions to help find the perfect gift.

Traditional Gift in Spain

In Spain, it is popular to give the gift of jade on the 38th wedding anniversary, to mark the occasion with something special. Jade is an ornamental mineral that is typically found to be green in color, though there are other colors available.

Traditional Gift in Germany

Germany has a really interesting tradition when it comes to celebrating this tradition, and while there is no gift to give in particular, your gift should somehow represent the theme of fire. This provides you with lots of different gifting opportunities.

Traditional Gift in Russia

Similarly to Germany, Russia sticks with a certain theme, instead of a material, to celebrate the 38th wedding anniversary. In this country, the chosen theme to follow is the theme of Mercury, and there are lots of ways in which you can do so.

Traditional Gift in France

France has the same gifting traditions as Russia, and they also give and receive gifts that tie in with the theme of Mercury. You can explore this theme to come up with some creative ideas for the best gift.

Traditional Gift in Italy

In Italy, the material that is given to celebrate the 38th year wedding anniversary is jade. You can find jade in a variety of jewelry, and in lots of other forms that would make lovely anniversary gifts.

Flower Gift

Interestingly, the flowers that are given to mark this occasion are those that are the flower of the season that your anniversary takes place in. We will give you a quick breakdown of some of the flowers that are of each season, and you might be able to find your perfect match for your partner.

Spring - tulips, lilacs, daffodils, daisies, orchids, violets, peonies, pansies, azaleas, forsythias, irises, cherry blossoms, poppies, pussy willows, dahlias, amaryllis, sweet peas, zinnias, and most types of lilies

Summer - hydrangeas, sunflowers, cosmos, gardenias, zinnias, daisies, peonies, delphiniums, azaleas, snapdragons, gladioli, asters, chrysanthemums, gingers, lilacs, irises, freesias, and many types of lilies

Autumn - marigolds, carnations, chrysanthemums, roses, daisies, lilies

Winter - roses, amaryllis, carnations, chrysanthemums, and the Star of Bethlehem

Gemstone Gift

The gemstone gift that is traditionally given to celebrate the 38th year wedding anniversary is beryl. Beryl is a beautiful stone that is able to ease any tendencies to overanalyze, and it will also allow you to relax and see things clearly. This stone is known to promote creativity and raise intelligence, and it will also help to eliminate any weariness. It is thought to give the wearer the strength of body, mind, and spirit, to help you overcome any challenges, and it can also make you more adaptable to changing circumstances. Finally, beryl is known to give vitality to your body and mind and help you dispel feelings of lethargy, idleness, and laziness.

Modern Gift

The modern approach to gifting on the 38th wedding anniversary includes giving tourmaline to your partner. This is another type of gemstone that belongs to a family of minerals with a variety of properties. It is classed as a semi-precious stone, and it can be found in a variety of different colors.

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