Wedding anniversary gifts stem from years of tradition, but in today’s world, it can be difficult to know whether to keep it classic or opt for something more modern.
We’ve provided the ultimate gift guide for your 4th wedding anniversary.
About 4th Wedding Anniversaries
The 4th wedding anniversary is known as the “Fruit and Flowers” anniversary, as these two things represent the couple’s blossoming relationship which is continually flourishing.
The symbolic flower of the fourth year of marriage is the geranium, which represents gentility, and the hydrangea, known for its enduring grace and beauty.
The symbolic colors of this anniversary are blue and green, so you might wish to venture outdoors - whether it’s to your local park or for a weekend away on the coast - as a way of marking this. Alternatively, you can source gifts in these shades or select jewelry featuring gemstones of this color.
The gemstones of blue topaz and blue zircon are often associated with 4th year anniversaries and are used as a symbol of both romance and commitment, to mark the couple’s enduring love.
In more recent times electrical appliances are gifted, and these could be anything from a Bluetooth speaker for your loved one to play their favorite music on, to a brand new coffee machine for the perfect morning brew.
Regardless of anniversary traditions and symbols, anniversary gifts should be tailored towards the couple and should reflect your relationship and personality. Whether you’re looking to gift an experience, a traditional gift, or a more modern one, we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you out.
5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 4th Wedding Anniversary
Visit a Fruit Orchard
In keeping with the traditional “fruit and flowers” theme, why not mark the occasion by visiting an orchard or vineyard?
Perhaps you can spend time picking fruit or wine tasting, and then find somewhere for a picnic or an evening meal.
Considering the colors of blue and green represent the 4th year of marriage, why not venture into the great outdoors, where blues and greens will be in great abundance. How about a campfire under the stars, with toasted marshmallows and all your favorite treats?
If you’re less about camping but like the sound of the outdoors, how about a hike in the hills or mountains?
Breakfast in Bed
Why not bring your other half breakfast in bed? Perhaps you do this a lot anyway, so make it extra special by keeping within the traditional 4th anniversary theme.
You can bring them fruit and a vase of flowers, and even some linen serviettes - along with pancakes and coffee and all of the essential breakfast items, of course.
Visit a Wildflower Field
In keeping with the outdoors and flower theme, why not track down a natural beauty spot or wildflower field near you? You can even pick your own flowers and arrange them together at home, or why not take a special picnic if the sun is shining?
If this isn’t an option - why not wander around your local garden center or botanical gardens, followed by lunch? If you’ve got the budget and the time, you could even schedule a special vacation to Kew Gardens in London, or the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.
Take a Road Trip
If you can’t afford a fancy weekend away in a whole other country, fear not. If you’re the adventurous types, why not plan a road trip? It can be as short or as long as you wish.
Perhaps there are some particular landmarks or places that remind you of when you first met, or if not, why not visit somewhere entirely different and make new memories together?
5 Best 4th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
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If you want to give something traditional to your other half, you can tick two boxes with this topaz-colored tie.
Made from 100% silk, it’ll add a luxurious splash of color to your man’s evening wear or work attire. There’s also a host of other colors available if blue’s not his thing.
These stainless steel cufflinks are great quality and feature a pair of deep blue Swarovski crystals - the perfect midpoint between luxury and simplicity and a nod towards the special colors associated with the 4th wedding anniversary.
This 100% Mulberry Silk Twill scarf has a soft brushed silk backing providing warmth and style to any outfit.
It’s the perfect touch of luxury and is super versatile too, as it can be worn open or wrapped around the neck for added comfort and warmth.
If your man prefers the more laidback look, this 100% linen shirt will suit him to the ground.
This versatile shirt is perfect for balmy summer evenings and it even sticks with the traditional theme of linen. It has a regular fit and can be machine washed too, which is always convenient.
Not the most traditional gift, but nonetheless, this multifunctional charging station and organizer is the perfect addition to your husband’s nightstand, where he can keep all his daily-used things at hand, and even charge his phone.
It’s crafted from wood so it’s environmentally friendly, too.
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How about swiss topaz set in 14k gold to say “I love you?” These studs are simple yet add a dainty touch of luxury to any outfit.
They also come with Peora’s certificate of authenticity and are beautifully gift-wrapped, so all you have to do is hand them over and watch her eyes light up.
Nothing says ‘eternal love’ like a rose that never dies. Inspired by the Beauty and the Beast, this crystal rose flower is encased in a glass dome and is lit up by pre-assembled LED lights.
It’s the perfect modern gift that still nods to the traditional 4th-year gift of flowers.
These stunning blue hydrangeas come in a glass vase made from 100% recycled material and will add a splash of dreamy color to any living room or bedroom.
They’re swiftly delivered by Arabella Bouquets straight from their farm and are rainforest alliance certified. Perfect if you’ve left gift-buying a little too late this year…
Nothing says ‘luxury’ better than silk, and this 21 momme pure charmeuse silk pillowcase not only feels gorgeous to lie on, but it has numerous beautifying elements, too.
Silk contains 18 amino acids which nourish your skin and proteins which strengthen your hair while you sleep.
This pillowcase is also available in a range of colors, so you could even purchase it in blue or green if you want to stick to the traditional theme.
This gorgeous swiss blue topaz has been carved into a heart shape to perfectly express your love and is set in a sparkling, sterling silver pendant and chain.
This necklace is perfect for wearing out on the evening of your anniversary, and will perfectly compliment any outfit.
5 Best 4th Anniversary Gift for the Couple
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This basket features two different pear varieties, two different types of apples, citrus fruit, and a selection of in-season fruit, as well as delicious roasted almonds and savory-sweet honey roasted cashews and a 4-pc gift box of chocolates.
This personalized wall art is printed on linen as a special 4th-anniversary gift. Print the favorite song of the special couple, as well as their names and anniversary date.
They’ll love the thought that’s gone into this handcrafted gift and will keep it for years to come.
These “his and hers” gowns from Luxor Linens are made from 100% Egyptian Cotton and can be personalized with up to 10 characters.
These waffle weave robes are simple yet elegant - perfect for the couple who love to relax together.
These beautiful flowers will add a splash of joyful color to any home and are delivered straight from the farm for the freshest flowers possible.
They also come with a glass vase and you can customize a gift message at checkout.
Looking for something a little more modern? This Ninja coffee maker is super versatile: it can brew hot and cold coffee, tea, and can also make multiple brew sizes.
It features auto IQ one-touch intelligence technology and has a built-in frother that turns hot or cold milk into a silky smooth froth in seconds.
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