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Time flies when you’re in love — celebrate 10 years of marriage with these sweet gifts

Whether you're traditional or want something unique, we've got something for every couple.
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY
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And just like that, 10 years have gone by! Time flies when you're having fun with your best friend and a 10th wedding anniversary is an occasion that deserves to be celebrated with lots of pomp and circumstance.

While you're busy planning a fun date night out or a romantic getaway, don't forget to pick up something special for your spouse. Whether you're a traditionalist or like to think outside the box, we've rounded up several perfect presents that will have your sweetheart swooning.

Also keep in mind that many of these wonderful 10 year anniversary gifts are great to give to couples celebrating this special milestone.

Traditional gifts for 10th anniversaries | Other gifts for 10th anniversaries | Aluminum and tin gift ideas | Jewelry gift ideas | Personalized gift ideas | Food gift ideas | Gift ideas for couples | Meet the experts

What is the traditional 10th anniversary gift?

Every year of marriage has a fun gift theme to go along with it. For instance, paper is the go-to gift for newlyweds celebrating their first anniversary. If you're ringing in a decade of wedded bliss, traditional gifts are usually made of aluminum or tin.

"Tin or aluminum gifts are the most traditional for a 10th anniversary because you've been going strong for quite some time, and these are very durable materials. These materials symbolize strength and longevity," Emily Forrest, director of communications at Zola, says.

The wedding savant suggests getting a little creative to turn these materials into a unique and thoughtful anniversary gift.

"I love the idea of using the tin/aluminum as a vessel to contain memories. Store it with 10 keepsakes or mementos — one for/from every year of your marriage. For example: some photos, an item that reminds you of your honeymoon, a card, a little sparkle, etc.," she adds.

What are other gifts associated with 10 years of marriage?

Not into the whole tin/aluminum theme? Diamonds, silver and daffodils are also associated with this milestone anniversary.

"Diamonds are known to be symbolic for 10 years because they symbolize strength and durability. What could be more forever than a diamond? 10 years is a great moment in time to either upgrade something you have, or get something new and special," Forrest says.

Roses are a classic for a reason, but daffodils are also a nice option to celebrate a decade together.

"Daffodils are the traditional 10th anniversary wedding flower. A simple bouquet of these bright yellow flowers is cheerful and greatly symbolizes the unrequited love between a couple," The Knot editor Samantha Iacia tells us.

Silver is an iconic jewelry material, and it's particularly appropriate for this milestone occasion. "Silver is the color associated with 10th wedding anniversary gifts, so sterling silver jewelry, decorative silver vases or other silver-colored items are great luxurious alternatives to tin or aluminum gifts," Iacia says.

Still not feeling inspired? You don't have to follow tradition to make your anniversary amazing.

"10 is a special number in itself and there are many gift ideas that aren't necessarily dictated by tradition but that celebrate a full decade together and are a little more affordable than diamonds. Surprise your partner with a trip, or go back to the spot where you had your honeymoon," Forrest suggests. "Spend a spa day together, or have the spa come to you! Or even create a list of 10 things that you've always wanted to do together in your neighborhood and check them off one by one over the course of the year."

Aluminum and tin anniversary gifts

Elegant 10th Tin Wedding Anniversary Ornament

A heart-shaped ornament that has your wedding date and names on it seems like the perfect way to mark the momentous occasion, and we're particularly fond of this affordable option.

10th Anniversary Personalized Metal Treat Tin

Get a little punny with this delicious anniversary gift. Customize it with your names, anniversary date and fill it with their favorite treat.

10th Anniversary Tin Rose

Roses are always romantic, but if you're looking for something that'll last longer than a week, this tin decorative rose is a romantic and enduring option. Complete with a realistic leaf and a stem that measures five to six inches, the statement piece is a creative gift that your beloved will cherish for a long time.

Aluminum Family Tree

Growing a family together takes a lot of teamwork and dedication, and after 10 years of wedded bliss, you deserve something tangible that represents your beautiful life. This piece of aluminum art has a tree with your initials in the middle and your wedding date, with space for charms that bear your children's names.

Personalized Anniversary Material Art

This personalized print explains the meaning behind the material theme for 10 years and is housed in a shadow box-style frame that will suit any shelf or tabletop.

Love Birds Personalized Anniversary Aluminum Plaque

It's hard to find a unique gift after a decade of wedding anniversaries, but this aluminum plaque would be a sweet addition to your entryway, garden or anywhere in between. It has two love birds up top and space for your last name and wedding date. It's also available in seven different colors/finishes, so you're sure to find something to suit your aesthetic.

Wedding Song Lyrics on Aluminum Sign

Even after all these years, you probably get at least a little bit sentimental when you hear your wedding song. With this tasteful piece of wall art, you can keep the song lyrics in a place of honor in your home. The sign comes in six sizes and can be personalized with the words to your special song, your names and the date of your wedding.

Honeycomb Proverbs Wedding Song Tin Sign

Your wedding song often says the things that you can't and marks an important time in your life. Commemorate the tune with this tin sign, that includes the option to customize it with not only the song, but the date and your last name as well.

Jewelry anniversary gifts

Alex and Ani Rose Curb Charm Bracelet

As mentioned above, roses are a classic option for anniversaries. Surprise her with this studded rose charm bracelet from Alex and Ani. Available in either a gold or silver finish, reviewers love this bracelet because it's "dainty" and "delicate."

Rembrandt Charms Daffodil in Sterling Silver

If your spouse takes their jewelry game seriously and likes to wear their statement pieces in multiple ways, a daffodil charm is a meaningful 10th anniversary trinket that they'll love. The sterling silver charm can be worn on a necklace or bracelet, making it a versatile piece that they'll get plenty of use out of.

GLDN Daffodil Necklace

Keep it simple and classic with this round daffodil necklace. Available in solid gold and sterling silver, she can layer this with other necklaces she loves to adorn on a daily basis, or wear it solo as a statement piece. Either way, reviewers love this piece not only because it's "high-quality," but because of the "love and care" you can express with this gift.

Personalized anniversary gifts

Knock Knock What I Love About You Journal

Give a gift straight from the heart with this journal that allows you share all of your favorite things about your partner. It features 122 pages with simple prompts that you can fill in about your 10-year union. There's no doubt that this sentimental keepsake will become one of their most cherished possessions.

Tilted Heart Collage Art Print

It's hard not to heart this romantic collage print. Available in landscape and portrait options, it comes in framed and unframed varieties and can fit a bunch of your favorite photographs that represent your entire relationship. It also comes in five sizes and three frame colors!

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

Take a trip down memory lane with this personalized reel viewer. This set allows you to make custom reels from photos and view them as you wish. Create discs from your wedding day or other milestone moments for a nostalgic gift that you both can enjoy.

Personalized M&M's Let's Celebrate Gift Box

Being married to your best friend is pretty sweet — and so is this gift box of personalized M&M's. You can choose from 20+ colors and customize the candies with text or photos. As an added bonus, they come in a festive bottle to help you toast to another 10 years of marriage.

Heirloom Video Playing Book

Photo gifts are always fun, but videos don't usually get the same special attention. Luckily, this fun service is out to change that. Heirloom creates books that let you include up to 20 minutes of video from your phone, tablet or computer. The book can be customized with a recorded greeting and a printed note. It also comes with a USB cable so you can keep it charged!

Uncommon Goods New York Times Anniversary Book

Flip through every New York Times front page from your wedding date to now. Titled "Front Pages from Your Day," the book can be customized with your names and wedding date. If you both love to spend chill weekends completing a puzzle, there's an option to gift the front page from the day you said "I do," as well.

Anniversary Memory Collection Art

There's no doubt you've accumulated countless memories over the years. This sweet and simple frame can be personalized to call out your favorite from each year along the way.

Personalized Home Portrait Print

Whether it's the house you currently call home or one that you've enjoyed in the past, gift them with this meaningful watercolor painting, sure to be loved for years to come.

Knitwise Custom Portrait Sweater

Tend to wear your heart on your sleeve? You can do that quite literally with this custom sweater that can be embroidered with a photo of you and your honey. You can also submit a family photo or one of the two of you with your furry friend. It's available in 12 colors and a plethora of sizes!

Food anniversary gifts

Magnolia Bakery Classic Mini Cupcake Assortment

Variety is the spice of life, and this assortment of mini desserts has a little bit of everything for you and your main squeeze. It comes with a dozen pint-sized chocolate and vanilla cupcakes that are topped with buttercream and sprinkles, making it perfect for the couple that shares a passion for sweets.

Here Here Market Chef-Curated Chicago Sauces & Seasonings Gift Basket

Whether you currently live in Chicago or want to reminisce with the comfort foods of the first city you both called home, this box features foods from local restaurants. From sauces to pasta, seasoning and salsa, you'll wonder why you're dining in rather than going out in the Windy City.

Red Velvet Heart Cake

One of the easiest ways to say "I heart you" is appealing to your spouse's sweet tooth, and Food Network star Duff Goldman takes the cake with this romantic confection. The four-layer red velvet cake has a vanilla cream cheese filling, a pink buttercream frosting and red fondant hearts all over it. So sweet — literally!

10-year anniversary gifts you can both enjoy

Peacock Membership

Spice up movie night for just $6 a month with some new picks from Peacock. From familiar favorites like "The Office," to box office releases every month, this streaming service is sure to have something everyone will enjoy.

Lego Daffodils

Whether you're both avid Lego fans or are taking this as an opportunity to channel your inner child, building this set of daffodils together is a great home date night activity. By the end, you'll have some cute new decor!

Uncommon Goods Romantic Date Night Painting Class

This 90-minute class includes two canvases, six paint brushes, 24 acrylic paints along with guidance from art teacher Jennifer Funnell. All you have to do is bring the ambiance.

Spafinder Gift Card

Can you say couples’ massage?! A romantic day at the spa sounds like a lovely way to spend your anniversary, in our opinion. Spafinder gift cards can be redeemed at countless spas across the country on a range of services, so you can both find something to help you relax.

Rollink Flex Vega Hardside Collapsible Check-in Medium

Love to travel but hate storing your bulky suitcase when the vacation is over? This genius hard shell check-in luggage is collapsible, making it ideal for couples who are short on storage space. It folds flat to 2.7 inches and can be stored underneath a bed or hung from a closet. When expanded, the durable luggage can fit more than 17 gallons of your belongings. It also has a side pocket so you can stow away all your important essentials like your ID and credit card.

Meet the experts

  • Emily Forrest is the former head of communications for Zola, a wedding planning and registry site.
  • Samantha Iacia is an editor at The Knot Worldwide, the editorial arm of the wedding planning and registry site.