Anniversary Gift Themes

We're enjoying seeing how traditional anniversary gift themes are shaping gift-giving by our clients.

The origins of presenting gifts on the occasion of a wedding anniversary dates back to the Middle Ages when husbands in the Holy Roman Empire would present a wreath of silver to their wife on their 25th anniversary, and a wreath of gold on the 50th.

During the 1920s, an American novelist and socialite named Emily Post sought to ease the problem of choosing a gift for each wedding anniversary by including a list of suggested anniversary themes in her popular book called "Etiquette".

Her themes for the early years of marriage are focused on traditional housekeeping materials, things young couples often lack as they set up their home. With more anniversary milestones her gift themes became more rarified, reflecting the established status of the older couple.

Today, over 100 years later, we are often asked to match monogrammed gift ideas to these traditional gift themes.

So here they are, with a nod of thanks to Emily Post who loved monogramming almost as much as we do. 


Anniversary Gift Themes

Monogrammed Gift Ideas 

We specialist in perfect, personalised gifts that match up nicely with the traditional early anniversary themes.  Here are a few of our best ideas.

First Anniversary: Paper

Monogrammed Notepad
Monogrammed A5 Notepad, personalised with Niagara font lettering in Royal Blue, with 100 sheets of gorgeous, thick yet smooth writing paper - Initially London
Monogrammed Paper Napkins
Family Recipe Book
Sutton Tissue Box Cover
Pale Blue Tissue Box Cover with a large three letter monogram



Second Anniversary: Cotton

Leighton Bath Towels
Monogrammed Handkerchiefs
Monogrammed cotton handkerchiefs made by a women's cooperative in Bulgaria
Maine Boat Tote
Monogrammed Pyjamas
Monogrammed Pink Piping Pyjamas with Pink motif, made from 100% cotton - Initially London

Third Anniversary: Leather

Leather Luggage Tags

Black Monogrammed Leather Luggage Tag with neon pink lettering in Schoolbook font, made from 100% leather - Initially London

Pimlico Holdalls

Monogrammed Navy Pimlico Holdall with Brown Lettering, made from  100% waxed canvas with genuine leather straps and handle - Initially London

Ledbury Wash Bag

100% leather wash bag with a small three letter monogram at the top

Westbury Watch Case

Monogrammed Navy Westbury Watch Case which is made from 100% leather with cushioned velvet roll inside - Initially London

Plumstead Pouch


Fourth Anniversary: Silk or Linen

Silk Pillowcase

Monogrammed Ivory Mulberry Silk Pillowcase with off-white lettering, made from 22mm mulberry silk with a Charmeuse weave

Monogrammed Linen Napkins

Lennox Linen Robes

Linen Turkish Towels

 100% linen Turkish towel with an embroidered monogram


Fifth Anniversary: Wood

Somerset Cheeseboard

Monogramed 100% acacia wood cheese board and knife with laser-etched lettering - Initially London

Marble & Teak Coasters

Cork KeepCups

Glass keep cup, with a Multi-blue coloured lid, with a cork holder. The cork holder has a two letter etched monogram

Bamboo Napkin Rings

Add some monogrammed napkins to make this a really lovely gift.Bamboo Napkin Rings (set of 4) monogrammed by Initially London - 


Here's to long and successful partnerships, celebrated with monogramming!


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