This is perhaps the advantage of giving towels and bathrobes. You can be sure that they will be using your gift. The gift will not suffer the same fate as other gifts that the receiver cannot use because they already have one. With towels, you just can t have enough. Spoon and Fork Another great symbolic gift item are spoons and fork. A locket is another suggestion that couples will find endearing. One drawback to this is the fact that it is only appropriate to the woman. Still you can make it a gift for them both by putting their pictures inside. 6. If you can t buy the jewelry, why not buy the next best thing and buy a jewelry box. The 15th anniversary has a theme of crystal and watches with the rose as the flower while the 75th anniversary suggests a diamond gift (which would probably make a lot of women shout for joy.) Of course, the gift need not be actually cotton or paper. People can give presents that are made of this kind of material. For instance if you bought an oven toaster, why not include something that they can cook or bake with the oven toaster? You can also make your own gifts. For instance, buy two towels and stitch their initials on the cloth. Think Memories Memories can be great gifts to people. But as memories are abstract, you can only give photos, music and even cards instead. Anniversary gifts need not be expensive. As clich d as it is, it is often the thought that counts a lot. This is the reason why personalized gifts are better appreciated than gifts that you have just bought from the store. Personalized gifts are often considered special because the receiver knows that the person has put a lot of time and effort to make the gift. During the first wedding anniversary, people in the past usually gave each other something made of paper. This can be a love letter or a card that tells the spouse some of those heartfelt things during the first year as husband and wife. Some people don t do that anymore and decide to buy something made of plastic such as a clock, which can be placed anywhere in the house.