12-Year Anniversary Gifts They'll Really Appreciate

These traditional, modern and alternative gifts go above and beyond.
12-year anniversary gift ideas
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in e-commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Dec 10, 2021
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Three cheers for a dozen years! Now comes the fun part: picking out the perfect 12-year anniversary gift for your partner or favorite couple. You may be familiar with the traditional and modern anniversary gift themes: platinum at 20 years, silver at 25 years and gold for 50. Other marriage milestones get less attention, but every beautiful year spent together is worthy of special recognition—and the 12th anniversary is no different. Keep reading to learn about this year's traditional and modern themes, then shop our favorite 12th wedding anniversary gifts. Don't worry—if neither symbol speaks to you, we've found plenty of alternative presents too.

In this article:

What Is the 12-Year Anniversary Gift?

Traditional: Silk or Linen

Long story short: There are traditional gifts associated with every wedding anniversary year, which comes in handy if you want to give something with extra meaning. The traditional 12-year anniversary gifts are silk and fine linen—two classic home decor materials that represent the life a couple has built together. If you're unsure where to begin, don't fret—there are plenty of traditional gifts on our list, from soft silk eye masks to decorative linen napkins.

Modern: Pearls

If you're looking for modern 12-year anniversary gifts, pearls are considered the contemporary option. A dozen years of marriage is an incredible achievement, so why not celebrate with one of the finest gemstones? A timeless gift, pearls traditionally represent purity, honesty and wisdom. In association with pearls, the 12th wedding anniversary color (yes, that's a thing) is oyster white, so we've also included our favorite mother-of-pearl gifts—from a luxury watch to a really fancy pen.

Anniversary Flower and Stone

If you're searching for something else that's meaningful, there are a couple other 12-year anniversary themes you can focus on. The 12th anniversary flower, the peony, is associated with love, honor and happiness. Meanwhile, the anniversary stone, jade, represents nobility and wealth (and makes a lovely jewelry accent stone).

Silk and Linen Anniversary Gifts

It hardly gets more luxurious than fine linen or silk anniversary gifts, so you simply can't go wrong with these classy and stylish picks that keep with tradition. Your spouse or the couple will be smitten with one of these incredibly thoughtful and pampering traditional 12-year anniversary gifts. Whether you choose a silky pajama set or a personalized linen art piece, they'll be impressed by your creativity and good taste.

Blue silk robe

A silk robe is a foolproof 12-year anniversary gift. And this one is—believe it or not—machine washable. It's also made with thermoregulating technology, so they'll never get too hot or too cold while wearing it (likely for hours, we might add).

striped silk PJ shirt

Getting a great night's sleep will be a breeze when they can relax in silky soft pajamas. This striped satin PJ shirt is an ultra-cozy silk anniversary gift.

Silk ivory tie and pocket square gift set

They'll be the best dressed at special events after you give them this versatile tie gift set. Included inside are a linen-silk pocket square and a coordinating tie.

engraved wood watch box with linen watch pillows

This gift knocks it out of the park in terms of traditional 12th anniversary gifts for watch lovers. This glass watch box has tiny linen pillows that'll keep their accessories safe and snug. And, you can engrave their name on the box for a personalized touch.

silk sleep cap in black

If you're unfamiliar with silk sleep caps (also known as bonnets), they're one of the most essential hair care items out there. The silk absorbs oils and moisture, preventing frizz, tangles and split ends. Your loved one will be thanking you for this gift later.

silk sleep mask with stars

Make them feel glamorous with this incredibly soft silk sleep mask. It's made of breathable fabric that protects the hair and skin from friction damage that can occur while sleeping (and comes in so many fun color variations).

pink silk pillowcase

Like silk bonnets and eye masks, silk pillowcases also have similar protective benefits. The fine material can prevent frizzy hair and it doesn't transfer oil and dirt as easily. While you're buying one for your spouse, don't be afraid to pick up a matching one for yourself too!

silk gray men's loungewear set

In keeping with the theme of luxurious and cozy silk gifts, we just had to include this silk loungewear set from Lahgo. The set includes a dapper collared shirt, which they can dress up or down, plus silky smooth shorts.

linen wedding bouquet art

Sadly, wedding flowers don't last forever, but you can preserve their memory with this linen recreation of the wedding bouquet. Using just a photo of the blooms, this Etsy shop will turn them into a 3D art piece. What a beautiful way to celebrate 12 years of marriage!

linen anniversary map

This linen 12-year anniversary gift is a sentimental way to record precious life milestones. The custom map comes with 10 pushpins to mark where meaningful moments took place, from your first date to the honeymoon.

linen wedding song print

This personalized linen print can be customized with the couple's name, wedding date and lyrics from their first dance song. How's that for a special 12th wedding anniversary gift?

cozy linen throw blanket

Bring coziness to their living room (or bedroom) with a lightweight, fuzzy linen throw. This one is incredibly soft—ideal for anyone who loves to snuggle up after a long day.

colorful scalloped linen placemats

For a thoughtful gift they can use at home, these charming scalloped placemats are a great choice to dress up their tablescape. The linen placements, lined with a beautifully curved trim, come in five pretty color variations.

Oyster white linen table napkins

If they're big on entertaining, they'll appreciate the gift of quality linen napkins. These ones are sold in sets of six and available in more than 100 colors—including oyster white, the 12th anniversary color.

customizable silk pocket square

Elevate your spouse's formal attire collection with this silky, customized pocket square. Add your first initials, your wedding date and a short, hidden message for a sweet 12-year anniversary gift.

Pearl Anniversary Gifts

Whether you're shopping for your spouse or a couple you're close to, a pearl anniversary gift can strike just the right fresh, unexpected note. And you're not limited to jewelry either. Check out these modern pearl (and pearl-inspired) gifts that appeal to fashionistas, foodies, frequent hosts and more.

Blue Nile pearl necklace

A stunning pearl necklace is a present they'll love showing off every day. Paired with a white gold chain, this timeless 12-year anniversary gift will never go out of style. (FYI: The pearl also comes in pink!)

bouquet of The Pearl peonies bouquet

Pay tribute to both the 12th wedding anniversary flower and the modern anniversary theme with this thoughtful two-in-one gift: a peonies bouquet called "The Pearl." The lush arrangement features white peonies with sweet hints of subtle pink in the center.

Watch with mother-of-pearl dial and navy band

If they're not into flashy jewelry, then they might enjoy the simplicity of this minimal watch. The decadent navy band pairs beautifully with the mother-of-pearl dial facade—making for a thoughtful and classic 12-year anniversary present.

Mother-of-pearl mosaic cuff links

Whether your spouse dresses up every day or just for special occasions, consider buying them a pair of pearl-inspired cuff links. These mosaic accessories will surely add to their formalwear repertoire.

Mother-of-pearl picture frame

Help them display their favorite memories by purchasing a set of mother-of-pearl frames, which they can use to create a collage of their beloved wedding photos.

mother-of-pearl pen and case

Writing down to-do lists and important reminders will feel so much fancier when your spouse uses a mother-of-pearl pen. Add a personal touch and engrave the pen case with their name and a sweet note to commemorate your 12th anniversary.

Mother-of-pearl jewelry dish

If your spouse likes a place for everything and everything in its place, look no further than this lovely ring dish. The hand-crafted mother-of-pearl dish will look perfect on their dresser or bedside table for their rings, jewelry, trinkets and more!

Hand-blown Pearls candle

This elegant "Pearls" candle looks as good as it smells. The hand-blown glass vessel will add a sophisticated touch to any room, and the wood and jasmine scent is divine.

Mother-of-pearl iridescent round vase

Fresh flowers perfectly accompany a milestone occasion. For 12 years of marriage, present them with a bouquet of their favorite blooms in this iridescent mother-of-pearl vase. They'll be grateful to receive such a beautiful offering.

Single classic pearl stud

A classic pearl stud is a versatile gift they can (literally) wear every day. Your spouse can pair the piece with their favorite casual T-shirt or use it to complete their out-on-the-town look. You simply can't go wrong with this stylish 12-year anniversary gift.

Alternative 12th Anniversary Gift Ideas

While thematic presents are certainly special, you definitely aren't limited to the traditional and modern materials. Coming up with alternative 12th anniversary ideas can take some thought—luckily, we've done most of the thinking for you! Check out these exceptional ideas to brighten your spouse's (or the couple's) day at home and away.

Jade facial roller

If they've ever been on TikTok, then they're likely familiar with jade facial rollers (and jade conveniently happens to be the 12-year anniversary stone!). This tool gently massages the skin to reduce stress, puffiness and wrinkles.

Jade beaded bracelet

If you're vibing with the 12th anniversary gemstone, another option is this sentimental Heal Jade bead bracelet. The serene piece is crafted from a combination of stone beads and wood beads (and is meant to receive a few drops of soothing essential oils!).

Blue Yeti hard cooler

The person who enjoys everything from tailgates to backyard BBQs needs a sturdy vessel to keep party beverages cold. This durable cooler will keep drinks chilled for hours and can withstand years of wear and tear.

Leather-bound refillable notebook

Whether they're jotting down important memos or writing sweet love notes to you, they'll appreciate this leather-bound notebook to store their important thoughts. Why not go the extra mile and emboss it with their initials? It's also refillable.

soft plush blanket

If you're looking for a sustainable option for their 12th wedding anniversary gift, these fuzzy Marshmallow blankets are made of 90% recycled materials. And you won't believe how soft they are!

personalized leather toiletry pouch

For the person who applauds (or needs) organization, consider this personalized leather toiletry pouch. They can use it to keep their beauty and skincare products (and their odds and ends) stored neatly.

classic signet ring with monogram

What's more effortlessly elegant than a classic signet ring? Let them show off their monogram with this personalized gold bauble to honor their 12th anniversary.

wedding coordinates print

Take the couple back to their wedding day with this printable coordinates art. The piece can include their names, the date of their wedding and the location where they said their vows. Clever, right?

Brunch gift set

Your friends who love to entertain will appreciate a set that has everything they need for a decadent brunch. This delicious mix also includes a Bloody Mary mixer to toast to their 12 years together!

custom coir door mat

With this custom welcome mat, they can proudly display their last name for any guests that come to visit. This mat is made of high-quality natural coir and is backed with slip-resistant backing (very essential!).

heart-shaped bamboo plant

Okay, how sweet are these heart-shaped bamboo plants? Choose from single, double or triple hearts. Bonus: The bamboo purifies the air too.

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