Huge congratulations on hitting the decade milestone! An entire decade of happy memories, shared achievements and fun-filled moments - it’s pretty amazing, when you think about it.

It’s an incredible achievement, and certainly cause for a celebration. Not that we need any excuse for a party…

But, the real challenge comes when you start gift giving… (10 years together was the easy part!).

How do you get a present that lives up to this major anniversary? Even if you’re not normally the romantic type, you’ll still want to make sure your gift is one fitting to the occasion. After all, it’s not every day that you celebrate 10 years together.

Fear not - wedding anniversary themes are the master trick up our sleeve.

To help you find a themed gift that ticks all the boxes of fun, thoughtful, special and sentimental, we’ve shared our experts guide to 10th wedding anniversary gifts. Keep reading to learn about the history of the traditions, this year’s theme, 10th wedding anniversary gift ideas, and the alternative choice for modern couples.

The history of 10 year wedding anniversaries - why tin?

You won’t be the first person to ask why we give tin-themed gifts for our 10th wedding anniversaries, and you certainly won’t be the last.

Well, it all first started in 1922, when Emily Post (an influential American writer) published her book called Etiquette.

This contained the first ‘official’ list of wedding anniversary gift themes. It was designed to provide a set and universally agreed theme for each major anniversary.

Emily’s original list only included the themes for the 1st, 5th and 10th wedding anniversaries, then followed a pattern of awarding a theme to the anniversaries of every 5 years, finishing at the 25th anniversary.

Although it may not be as grand as gold or ruby, there is logic behind the choice of tin for this early major milestone. The list of themes was designed so that, the longer the couple was together, the more expensive the anniversary gift would be.

This way, couples that hadn’t been together as long could focus on choosing gifts that would enhance their home and lives, rather than forking out on expensive decorative items.

Traditional gift ideas for your 10th wedding anniversary

The trouble with this year is that this theme is particularly challenging. What on EARTH do you get that’s made out of tin…?

For anyone wondering why tin has been chosen to mark this occasion, the traditional themes consisted of materials that were, at the time, readily available. Then, they became progressively more expensive, starting from paper at the 1st wedding anniversary, then rising in cost across the years.

But despite being slightly outdated, you can still have fun with the theme of tin! And, believe it or not, there’s loads of gift options out there.

So, to help you find a tin gift for your 10th wedding anniversary (no pressure), our experts have shared their favourite picks for traditional 10th wedding anniversary gift ideas:

  • Make your own tin memory box
  • Fill a tin box with old photographs, letters, keepsakes, cassette tapes, a film camera - the world is your oyster!
  • Create a tin filled with their favourite things
  • Fill a tin box with your partner’s favourite food, vouchers to fun activities together, pamper gifts, messages, and anything else that you think would put a smile on their face.
  • Plant a flower in a tin, and watch it grow together. It may be a small gift, but it’s filled with thought.

Where did modern wedding gift themes come from?

As mentioned above, tin isn’t a material that we see very often anymore.

It’s a metal that was far more commonly used in the previous century. As a result, it’s particularly challenging to find any item that is made of tin, let alone gifts.

This was the logic behind the creation of modern wedding anniversary themes. This list was devised to give couples a more modern and relevant alternative to the traditional theme. That way, they could choose a gift that would be more useful in their home, without having to lose the fun of buying themed presents.

For the 10th wedding anniversary, the theme is diamond jewellery.

It may be easier to find, but tin is definitely a cheaper option…

If you’re still keen to go down the modern route, we’ve got 5 top tips to help you choose a gift that’s sure to wow your other half:

  1. Look for personalised or bespoke pieces - it’s the little details that really make a difference.
  2. Find a piece that suits your partner’s signature style.
  3. Look in boutiques and in the stores of artisan jewellery makers. Make the most out of all the incredible creative talent out there!
  4. It doesn’t have to be a ring. Necklaces, bracelets, broaches, tie pins, cufflinks - choose a piece that your partner will actually enjoy wearing.
  5. Include details that symbolise your achievements together. For example, some pieces of jewellery include a ring for each of the recipient's children, which is a beautiful, incredibly meaningful sentiment.

It certainly hasn’t been the easiest theme to work with, but we hope this guide has helped you to find a special gift to commemorate your 10th wedding anniversary.

Whether you choose to stick with the traditional theme, or put a modern spin on the concept, we hope you enjoy searching for a special gift to commemorate the occasion. Either way, with these tips on hand, at least you know you won’t have to resort to supermarket chocolates!