We believe that one of the secrets to a long and healthy marriage is to set aside at least a day to celebrate your wedding anniversary. These days are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your love and the last year you have spent together.
Every culture celebrates wedding anniversaries in a different way. However, many cultures have assigned gemstones, flowers, and materials to different anniversaries.
Below we have collected a guide to all things 3rd wedding anniversary; from traditional gifts to gemstones, to the perfect gift for your partner.
5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 3rd Wedding Anniversary
Not many people celebrate their third anniversary with the same enthusiasm as the previous two.
We think that's a real shame, so here are 5 unique ways to spend your 3rd anniversary:
Write letters to your future selves and set goals for the next year
If you're tight on cash then this is a great tradition to start up.
Grab a bottle of wine, and write a letter that your partner will open on your 4th anniversary. Why not write one to yourself too.
While you're at it, sit down and make a list of everything you want to do together in the next year. Book in the first thing you're going to do then and there.
Make this your best year together yet!
Recreate your first date
This one is pretty simple but it will bring feelings and memories flooding back.
If you don't live near where your first date was then this is a great excuse for a little trip together.
Have a 'favorite things' day
None of us do this often enough, so why not take your anniversary as an opportunity to plan a 'favorite things day'.
A 'favorite things day' is simply a day which you fill with your favorite things. Don't do anything that makes you miserable. Just celebrate life and everything the two of you love about it.
Make a list of all the restaurants in your town, and tick off the first one
Make a Restaurant bucket list for your town. Keep something from each trip. Write a review together. Record your favorite memories.
Visit the first one on the list for your 3rd anniversary.
Go on a Vineyard Tour
The modern symbol of the 3rd anniversary is crystal or glass. So, why not share a glass… of wine together at a vineyard. Great wine. Great views. Great food. What's not to love?!
Try visiting a local vineyard, or hop on a plane and head over to the Champagne region of France.
5 Best 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
Anniversaries aren't just about materialistic gifts… but they are a great way of celebrating your love and making your partner feel appreciated.
Here are some examples of great 3rd gifts for him:
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Nothing says you mean the world to me like this leather strapped watch from COW.
Watches are a classic anniversary gift and will be something your partner will be using for years, if not decades to come.
Every time they look at it they will think of you.
This one is a gift for both of you. This cologne with notes of leather and sandalwood is perfect for the third anniversary.
It ticks the leather box and is the perfect thing for him to wear on your date in the evening (even if you're just having dinner at home).
This is a rich, woody scent that neither of you will be able to get enough of.
No matter what this beautifully bound leather notebook is used for, there's no doubt it will bring some joy into your partner's life.
Add a dedication to the first page for an extra emotional reveal.
Whether your partner dreams of being an artist or starting his own business… This notebook is the perfect place to store his world changing ideas.
This is a classic anniversary gift. A leather shaving bag on the third anniversary is pretty much a universal right of passage these days.
Plus this is a great excuse for him to tidy himself up before you spend the evening together.
If your partner is a bit of a nerd, this is the perfect gift. Not only does it come in a leather case (tick), and is beautifully made (tick), but it's also got everyone's favorite J. R. R. Tolkien quote on the back.
Compasses are a classic symbol of love and successful marriages. Plus they look awesome on a bookshelf.
5 Best 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
It can be hard to pick out an anniversary gift. Particularly for anniversaries with less glamorous traditions (like leather).
Here are some ideas, to help you pick out the perfect gift for her:
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Nothing says you make my life better than a personalized gift. And these 14k gold earrings are one great personalized gift.
Simply pop your significant other's name into the form and in a few weeks, these gorgeous items will arrive at your doorstep.
She'll never want to take them off.
This gift is a really modern take on the leather theme. If you know your partner loves handbags then check out this one.
Radley is a designer brand from London and makes some of the classiest pieces on the market. Not only is this bag gorgeous now, but it will still look stylish in 10+ years.
Another fun twist on the leather theme is this wrist bag and wallet combo from Coach. Coach is another designer brand making timeless pieces.
This wallet/bag is the perfect item for holidays and nights out. Perhaps it's time to book that trip to Paris you've always talked about.
As we mentioned above, Compasses have become the simple of successful marriages. Whether your partner is the guiding force in your life or keeps you from getting lost, you won't find a cuter compass themed gift.
This is a delicate, solid silver chain and pendant that will put you in her good books for the rest of the year.
This perfume was recently voted 'sexiest on the market' in the UK. And we don't think they were wrong.
This perfume has a complex but sweet, floral scent that will make her feel like a goddess every time she wears it.
The bottle for this perfume is also stunning, and any woman would be happy to keep it on their vanity.
5 Best 3rd Anniversary Gift for the Couple
When buying gifts for couples it can be hard to toe the line between gifts that will improve their marriage and seeming judgemental. Or worse, creepy (no one wants a raunchy Truth or Dare set from their aunt).
Here are some great gift ideas for the happy couple on their 3rd wedding anniversary:
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Sometimes the best gifts we can get someone are the smaller indulgences that they would never buy themselves.
Being able to start the day with a nice coffee and end it with good chocolate makes life a whole lot better.
Why not give the happy couple a little more happiness.
A great way to celebrate three successful years together is to start a fun project for the next three years.
This journal is full of prompts that will have the happy couple falling in love again every day. And when they're done, they'll have a book full of love to look back on.
A gift like this will make the couple feel that other people believe in the longevity of their relationship.
Couples can never know too much about how to make each other happy. This book is the perfect blueprint for doing just that.
Don't believe us? Look at its reviews. You'll see thousands of people raving about how this book changed their marriage for the better.
The happy couple will be thanking you for years to come if you get them this.
If the happy couple is into video games (or up for trying something new) then you won't find a more wholesome 2 player game than Journey.
A sweet story. A perfect soundtrack. A great excuse for them to spend a couple of evenings alone together. Win. Win. Win.
In the end, they'll trust each other more and will have a great time.
Life can be hard, particularly for young couples. Sometimes one of the nicest gifts you can give is taking something off their to do list.
Why not use a gift card like this to pick up a week's worth of groceries for them, or pick up the materials to fix something in their house.
You know that kind of gift will bring endless benefits and won't be heading to the thrift shop next year.
Traditional, Modern, and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts - 3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gift in the UK
The United Kingdom celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Gift in the US
The USA celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Gift in Spain
Spain celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Gift in Germany
Germany celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Gift in Russia
Russia celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Gift in France
France celebrates this anniversary with wheat-based gifts.
Traditional Gift in Italy
Italy celebrates this anniversary with leather gifts.
Traditional Flower Gift
The traditional flower gift of this anniversary is a bouquet of Fuchsias.
The traditional gemstone of this anniversary is Jade.
The modern gift to celebrate a 3rd wedding anniversary is a glass or crystal item.