16th Year Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her and Them

From luxury candles to elegant silver servingware, check out the best traditional and modern 16th anniversary gift ideas for your one and only (or your favorite couple).
by Maggie Seaver
16th Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her and Them


Congratulations on your 16th anniversary! After 16 years of coming up with the perfect anniversary gift, you might think your well of brilliant anniversary gift ideas has run dry. We’re here to change your mind with 40 fresh 16th anniversary gift ideas ranging in style, theme and price so you can celebrate your wife, husband or the couple with an awesome present.

What Is the 16 Year Anniversary Gift?

The traditional 16th anniversary theme is wax (hello, luxe candles), and the modern gift is silver holloware. Don’t let the word “holloware” scare you (it has nothing to do with holograms, we promise). It just refers to metal—in this case, silver—tableware or servingware that isn’t flatware. Basically, serving bowls, trays, vintage coffee pots and tea sets are all fair game—but you can also take liberties and gift your spouse silver accessories or décor.  


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16 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

If you feel like you’ve already give your wife a million candles and silver trays, don’t fret. Here are some non-themed anniversary gift ideas she’ll absolutely love

  1. Chanel Gabrielle eau de parfum spray

    Give your wife a lovely perfume composed of radiant floral aromas like exotic jasmine, fruity ylang-ylang, fresh orange blossom and grasse tuberose.

    Chanel Gabrielle eau de parfum spray, $135, Chanel.com

  2. AVYA Skincare Signature Bundle

    This isn’t your average drug store skin care regimen. AVYA’s concentrated products combine ancient botanicals like tumeric and peony extracts with state-of-the-art technology for amazingly radiant results, no matter your wife’s skin type.

    AVYA Skincare Signature Bundle, $450, AvyaSkincare.com

  3. Bar Method one-year membership subscription

    Your wife’s barre class habit just became the best anniversary gift inspiration. Give her a one-year subscription to The Bar Method, which includes awesome in-studio sessions and online classes she can stream right from home.

    Bar Method one-year membership subscription, $214, BarMethod.com

  4. Ulla Johnson Luna slides

    A chic pair of lace-up flats are a fashion-forward gift for the woman in your life. These tasseled flats will be a hit whether she’s out and about, at work or on island time.

    Ulla Johnson Luna slides, $450, ShopBop.com

  5. Après Jewelry The Hex Disc charm necklace

    Gift your wife an elegant pendant necklace marked with her initial. It’ll look beautiful on its own or layered with other delicate chains, plus its unique shape makes it one of a kind.

    Après Jewelry The Hex Disc charm necklace, $295, ApresJewelry.com


    16 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

    Same goes for your husband—your 16th anniversary doesn’t need to be inspired by wax or silver holloware to be special. See a few general gift recommendations for him.

  6. Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones

    Upgrade your husband’s headphone inventory with an awesome pair of wireless headphones designed with handsome leather ear cups and a 16-hour rechargeable battery.

    Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones, $549, Bloomingdales.com

  7. Tom Ford purifying face cleanser

    A grown man deserves a grown-up’s face wash like this purifying cleanser. It’ll leave his skin smooth and hydrated without clogging pores (it’s great for shaving too).

    Tom Ford purifying face cleanser, $49, Macys.com

  8. The Knot Shop personalized kitchen apron

    If your husband’s a culinary man (or just a messy one), he’ll love a customized apron to wear on nights at the stove or by the grill.

    The Knot Shop personalized kitchen apron, $18, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  9. Gift him a smart speaker with Alexa capabilities to help him manage his calendar, catch up on news, play music and tons more.

    Amazon Echo 2nd Generation in Heather Gray fabric, $100, Amazon.com

    16 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Them

    From cool countertop amenities to a generous supply of wine, we’ve got a few great ideas for the couple on their 16th wedding anniversary.

  10. Espressotoria Caprista espresso machine

    Give the gift of delicious, piping-hot espresso with the press of a single button. This fuss-free appliance couldn’t be simpler to use, delivers the perfect caffeine fix and can probably help them cut back on their daily $5 cappuccino addiction.

    Espressotoria caprista espresso machine, $120, Espressotoria.com

  11. 23andMe ancestry kit

    Here’s an unexpected anniversary gift for the couple who’s constantly fascinated by their family histories. Gift them each a 23andMe ancestry kit to help them uncover their personal heritage, distinctive traits and everything else that makes them unique.

    23andMe ancestry kit, $99, Store.23andMe.com

  12. Uncommon Goods custom lazy Susan

    Nothing completes a tabletop quite like a lazy Susan. Personalize the couple’s rotating tray with their last name or first names to make it extra special.

    Uncommon Goods custom lazy Susan, from $194, UncommonGoods.com

  13. (C)3 Wines 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Every purchase of this special Napa Valley Cabernet helps empower and motivate girls with physical differences. (And if your loved ones aren’t huge wine drinkers, take a look around Gifts for Good to find the perfect gift for them that’s also connectected to a cause they support.)

    (C)3 Wines six bottles of 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $540, GiftsforGood.com

  14. LSA gin grand serving set and ash stand

    Make entertaining in style easy for the couple with a specialist gin bar with a complete selection of drinkware and a portable ash wood stand.

    LSA gin grand serving set and ash stand, $399, SaksFifthAvenue.com

    Wax Anniversary Gifts for Her

    Candles are always a welcome gift idea, but let your imagination take over if a candle seems too safe. For these gift ideas we found everything from literal wax gifts to beeswax-infused products and even bee-themed gifts.

  15. Voluspa Grande Maison Prosecco Rose three-wick glass candle

    This decadent candle will fill your wife’s favorite room with the sweet scent of roses and sparkling prosecco.

    Voluspa Grande Maison Prosecco Rose three-wick glass candle, $65, Bloomingdales.com

  16. Box + Bow large rosé gift box

    Take the candle gift idea a step further and send your wife a pretty curated gift box stuffed with pampering spa products, a refreshing candle and a cute succulent.

    Box + Bow large rosé gift box, $88, BoxandBowShop.com

  17. Olio E Osso complete balms set

    A rich emulsion of natural oils and beeswax come together to create a set of nourishing balms she'll love for her lips, skin and even split ends.

    Olio E Osso complete balms set, $112, AHALife.com

  18. Add a timeless touch to her stationery suite with a custom wax seal stamp and colorful sealing wax.  

    Stamptitude custom wax seal stamp gift set, $40, Stamptitude.com

  19. Julie Vos bee pearl drop earrings

    How elegant are these bee and pearl drop earrings? They’re the perfect gift idea to elevate the wax anniversary theme (especially if you’re wife’s expecting something fancy).

    Julie Vos bee pearl drop earrings, $145, JulieVos.com

    Wax Anniversary Gifts for Him

    Waxed leather and canvas gifts are a good route to take for your husband, but we also threw in an awesome spicy honey that’s on theme by association (so it totally counts).

  20. The Leather Goods

    An attractive backpack designed with soft leather and waxed canvas can replace his old briefcase or fit just enough for overnight trips.

    The Leather Goods Co Hudson canvas backpack, from $169, TheLeatherGoodsCo.com

  21. Sam’s Natural beard pack

    Any man who takes meticulous care of his scruff needs this all-natural facial hair care set that comes with beard oil, whisker wash and mustache wax.

    Sam’s Natural beard pack, $40, UncommonGoods.com

  22. Barbour Ashby jacket in Bark

    Your husband may already have a heavy winter coat for the coldest days of the year, but this medium-weight jacket is just right for those off-season days when no one actually knows how to dress themselves.

    Barbour Ashby jacket in Bark, $399, Macys.com

  23. Bees Knees Spicy Honey

    If your husband loves to add some kick to his meals, this specialty small-batch condiment is exactly what he needs to liven up margaritas, pizza or even ice cream.

    Bees Knees Spicy Honey, $14, SurLaTable.com

  24. Fury Bros. Patriot Man soap and candle set

    Candles aren’t just for ladies. This robust soap and candle pack features the smoky, spicy scents of campfire and fresh-cut tobacco.

    Fury Bros. Patriot Man soap and candle set, $45, UncommonGoods.com

    Wax Anniversary Gifts for Them

    What’s the ultimate wax anniversary gift? Tickets to the coolest wax museum, of course. We’ve got those, plus more of the best traditional 16th anniversary gift ideas for them, below.

  25. Just Paper Roses 16th anniversary wax bouquet

    This vibrant bouquet of red roses made entirely of wax will inspire some serious “oohs” and “ahhs” from the couple.

    Just Paper Roses 16th anniversary wax bouquet, $108, Etsy.com

  26. Madame Tussauds museum tickets,

    Take the wax anniversary theme all the way with a pair of tickets to Madame Tussauds wax museum.  

    Madame Tussauds museum tickets, from $29, MadameTussauds.com

  27. Crate & Barrel Taylor glass extra large hurricane candle holders

    Instead of a candle, consider going in the direction of candle accessories. These elegant glass hurricanes will dress up any space indoors or outdoors.

    Crate & Barrel Taylor glass extra large hurricane candle holders, $40, CrateandBarrel.com

  28. Groupon local couples massage gift certificate

    Okay, so it’s not exactly wax, but a trip to the spa is on-theme by association. Treat the couple to a much-deserved couples massage at a local spa.

    Groupon local couples massage gift certificate, prices vary, Groupon.com

    Silver Holloware Anniversary Gifts

    The modern 16th anniversary gift might not sound familiar, but you’ll love all the possibilities. Again, silver holloware refers specifically to silver tableware, but silver jewelry and accessories definitely make the cut, especially on this special occasion.

  29. Mark and Graham tall silver vase

    Monogram a sleek silver vase your loved ones can showcase on the dining room table or in the living room. Bonus points if you bring them flowers to fill it with.

    Mark and Graham tall silver vase, from $69, MarkandGraham.com

  30. Couples who entertain should never be short on serving trays. Here’s a chic silver piece with a mirrored bottom they’ll love.

    One Kings Lane Aspen rectangular silver serving tray, $65 OneKingsLane.com

  31. Crate & Barrel Bash silver beverage tub

    Keep soft drinks and top-shelf bottles ice cold with a stylish, hand-hammered beverage tub, perfect for parties anytime of year.

    Crate & Barrel Bash silver beverage tub, from $70, CrateandBarrel.com

  32. Kate Spade silver street happy hour flask

    How cute is this “happy hour” flask? Make your partner’s day with a sweet anniversary gift guaranteed to make them smile.

    Kate Spade silver street happy hour flask, $40, Wayfair.com

  33. Godinger five-piece coffee set and rectangular tray

    Couples with vintage-inspired taste will particularly appreciate this full coffee serving set that looks straight out of Downton Abbey.

    Godinger five-piece coffee set and rectangular tray, $220, Houzz.com

  34. Canvas Home Dauville cake stand in platinum

    Tired of trays and barware? Gift your wife, husband or the couple a cake stand of platinum glazed porcelain for beautiful dessert presentation.

    Canvas Home Dauville cake stand in platinum, $98, CanvasHomeStore.com

  35. Brilliant Earth olive branch bracelet

    Give the most delicate bracelet to your favorite woman. This one features sculpted olives and leaves for a sweet, organic touch.

    Brilliant Earth olive branch bracelet, $95, BrilliantEarth.com

  36. Williams Sonoma presidio pitcher

    A good pitcher is part of every full set of servingware and there’s nothing more classic than a gleaming silver pitcher sitting on a sideboard.

    Williams Sonoma presidio pitcher, $80, WilliamsSonoma.com

  37. Coach Delancey slim bracelet watch in silver

    Gift your husband a dashing silver watch he’ll never want to take off.

    Coach Delancey slim bracelet watch in silver, $250, NeimanMarcus.com

  38. Crate & Barrel Penarth walnut oval wall mirror

    A mirror counts as silver too (at least in our book). We love the subtle Arabian-inspired design and slim solid oak frame of this one that can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

    Crate & Barrel Penarth walnut oval wall mirror, $299, CrateandBarrel.com


    For more of the best anniversary gift ideas for all the major milestones, check out our comprehensive guide to anniversary gifts by year. 



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