The Best 20th Anniversary Gifts for Celebrating Two Decades

These thoughtful 20-year anniversary gift ideas won't disappoint.
Collage of four 20-year anniversary gift ideas
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
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Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Jun 07, 2022
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If 20 years of marriage isn't something to celebrate, we don't know what is! And if you and your spouse are about to hit this incredible milestone (or you know a couple who is), you might be on the hunt for a meaningful 20th anniversary gift. There are lots of reasons to pick up a thoughtful present to celebrate this special occasion. If you're shopping for married friends or relatives, it's a lovely way to let them know you're proud of everything they've achieved together. On the flipside, buying a romantic gift for your spouse is a sweet way of saying you still love them just as much as the day you said "I do."

By now, you probably already know that there are specific symbols for each year of marriage, from paper for the first anniversary to aluminum for the 10th. Discover all you need to know about the traditional 20-year anniversary gift below (along with some of our top ideas for both on-theme and alternative presents).

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What Is the 20-Year Anniversary Gift?

Traditional: China

The traditional 20th wedding anniversary gift is fine china or porcelain, which is a beautiful representation of the delicate balance a couple's mastered in their relationship after 20 years together. The traditional material for this milestone is most commonly associated with dishes, but there are lots of cool and unique china-themed presents that go beyond dinnerware.

Modern: Platinum

If you don't think china will be their cup of tea, don't worry. Each anniversary year is also associated with a modern gift material. This time around, it's platinum. Strong and enduring (just like a 20-year marriage), platinum offers some great gifting opportunities (think: shiny jewelry and elegant picture frames).

More 20th Anniversary Symbols

If you want some more inspiration before you dive headfirst into shopping, look to the 20th anniversary color, flower or stone. The color and gemstone are both emerald, representing love and loyalty. The flower is the day lily. As an anniversary symbol, day lilies represent desire and success.

China Anniversary Gift Ideas

If you want to stick to the traditional 20-year anniversary gift, china, there are plenty of unique options to choose from. Below, check out our top picks for your spouse or favorite lovebirds to celebrate the big 2-0.

Emerald and Gold Dinnerware

Emerald and gold fine china dinnerware traditional 20-year anniversary gift

When you first think of china-themed gifts, you probably think of elegant porcelain tableware—like this stunning set of green and gold dinnerware. It comes with four dinner plates, four salad plates, four deep bowls and four mugs. Even better, it checks off two of the 20th anniversary themes: china and emerald.

Dinner Date Gift Set

Porcelain dinner plate set with recipe book unique 20-year anniversary gift

Celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary with a fancy dinner-for-two dishware set. It comes with your choice of high-quality porcelain plates and a recipe book from a world-renowned chef. The book even tells you how to artfully plate the food to make at-home date night extra special.

Engraved Porcelain Coffee Mugs

Porcelain faux bois mug set with couple's initials and wedding date traditional 20-year anniversary gift

Shopping for morning people? Swap fine dinnerware with a pair of fun coffee mugs. We're obsessed with these handmade porcelain mugs made to look like heart-carved trees. They're painted with the couple's initials and wedding date on a cute faux bois design.

Vintage China Necklace

Upcycled china pendant necklace traditional 20-year anniversary gift

Some of the best china gifts go beyond the kitchen table. Jewelry made with upcycled china is an ultra-unique and totally on-theme 20-year wedding anniversary gift. This pendant necklace is crafted from a repurposed vintage tea saucer. It features a beautiful forget-me-not flower which symbolizes true love and respect. Check out the Etsy seller's page for even more broken china jewelry options, including bracelets and earrings.

Green Porcelain Ring Box

Green bouquet porcelain ring box traditional 20-year anniversary gift

It's just as important to keep your rings safe after 20 years of marriage as it was on the wedding day. After all, they're a symbol of the promises you made to each other at the very beginning of your journey. If your other half doesn't already have a nice trinket dish, this heirloom-worthy ring box makes an excellent anniversary gift. It's decorated with green and gold floral designs for a gorgeous addition to their nightstand or vanity, as well as a nod to the 20th anniversary color.

Premium Porcelain Vase

Matte white china vase traditional 20-year anniversary gift

You can't go wrong with a flower vase—especially one that's filled with beautiful blooms. If your other half has a modern sense of style, they'll love this matte beige vase with a chic diamond texture. It's made from premium porcelain for a romantic and thematic 20-year anniversary gift. Add a few daylilies to honor the 20th anniversary flower too.

Custom Keepsake Plate

Personalized wedding anniversary plate traditional 20-year anniversary gift

It's okay to be a little flexible with the 20th anniversary's traditional material. Ceramic can be an easier-to-find alternative to fine china. This commemorative ceramic plate is a great 20th anniversary gift for him, her or your favorite couple. It's painted with a sweet sentiment ("and they lived happily ever after"), along with two names, a wedding date and a cute illustration of a married couple.

Porcelain Pie Dish

Blue hand-stamped porcelain pie plate 20-year anniversary gift
James Ransom and Ty Mecham

Married to a baker? Pick up a brand new pie dish to add to their bakeware collection. This beautiful porcelain stoneware is hand-stamped with an intricate blue pattern for a surprise reveal with every bite. It's the kind of gift that'll make baking—and entertaining—even more joyful.

Patterned Tea Set

Nine-piece patterned blue tea set traditional 20-year anniversary gift

Enjoy an afternoon tea for two with this charming nine-piece tea set. It comes with a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and two cups with saucers decorated with an assortment of blue stripes, dots, leaves and ikats. This porcelain set is microwaveable and dishwasher safe, making it a practical 20th anniversary gift for everyday use by your tea lover.

Two sets of white porcelain cuff links with initials traditional 20-year anniversary gift

Here's another cool porcelain present we bet they won't expect: a pair of handmade cuff links engraved with their initials. Choose green lettering for a gift that features the anniversary's traditional material and color. Now, your partner just needs something to get dressed up for—perhaps a nice dinner out to celebrate the milestone!

White Doves Figurine

White doves porcelain figurine unique 20-year anniversary gift

How about lovebirds for the lovebirds? Gift your other half or favorite couple this delicate figurine. Beautiful white doves are handcrafted from fine porcelain as the ultimate symbol of true love. It's a sweet collectible they can cherish for the next 20 years.

Platinum Anniversary Gift Ideas

Whether you need a 20th wedding anniversary gift for your wife, husband or favorite duo, you'll find the perfect platinum present on this list. From sleek accessories to sentimental keepsakes, we've got something for everyone.

Personalized Platinum Record

Personalized platinum record artwork 20th anniversary gift

The relationship has finally gone platinum! Mark the occasion with an upcycled vinyl in the metal's shimmering hue. The label is personalized with the couple's name, a custom message (like "Happy Anniversary'') and a list of five special songs (from the wedding playlist, perhaps?). It's one of the coolest 20th anniversary gift ideas we've seen.

Preserved Platinum-Dipped Rose

Rose preserved in platinum modern 20-year anniversary gift

A single rose is a super-romantic gesture, but for two decades, we totally get it if you want to take things up a notch! The Forever Rose preserves real roses in durable lacquer for a permanent symbol of your love. Due to the rarity and hardness of the metal, this platinum-dipped rose is a meaningful symbol of purity, true love and strength. You can also find platinum-trimmed roses which have colorful petals and leaves rimmed with shine.

Platinum and Diamond Ring

Diamond and platinum curved chevron ring 20-year anniversary gift for her

Jewelry is an easy platinum anniversary gift because the metal's incredible durabilty makes it perfect for fine accessories. Twenty years of marriage is the ideal occasion to add another band to your partner's hand. This platinum anniversary ring with pavé diamonds bends into a chevron shape to elegantly stack with any ring they already wear.

Sleek Platinum Band

Minimalist platinum band ring 20-year anniversary gift for him

If you've been looking for an opportunity to upgrade your spouse's wedding ring, what better time than the 20-year milestone? This classic platinum band with interior cable engraving and a high-polish finish is a great ring choice. Make things personal by presenting it to your partner over a romantic dinner or plan an elaborate vow renewal in front of your nearest and dearest.

Personalized Platinum-Framed Artwork

Personalized street sign art in platinum frame modern 20-year anniversary gift

This custom photo print is an adorable platinum anniversary gift. The street signs are personalized with the couple's names, the year they first crossed paths and the year they got married. Have the print finished with a platinum frame to represent 20 years together.

Platinum-Rimmed Champagne Flutes

Platinum-rimmed champagne flutes unique 20-year anniversary gift

Twenty years together is really something to toast about. Elevate the cheers with new champagne flutes. This set of four has a unique hammered effect and sleek platinum rims for thematic anniversary glassware.

Platinum-Coated Ballpoint Pen

Black and platinum writing pen modern 20-year anniversary gift

Looking for 20-year anniversary gift ideas for a writer? A sleek ballpoint pen personalized with both of your initials, a sweet message or the date you tied the knot is a meaningful token of your love. Better yet, this stylish gift comes coated in platinum.

Platinum Picture Frame

Ornate braided picture frame platinum anniversary gift

You can't go wrong with a sweet photo gift. This eye-catching frame has a unique braid motif with a platinum-plated finish that'll look uh-mazing on the mantel. Fill it with a sweet snap of you and your spouse and you've got a sentimental 20-year anniversary gift for him or her.

Platinum Heart Necklace

Simple platinum heart pendant 20th anniversary gift for her

Give your heart away all over again with this cute necklace. It features a petite heart pendant made from platinum metal suspended from a matching cable chain. Every time they wear it, they'll think of you and all the love you've shared over the past 20 years.

Platinum Sound Wave Art

Sound wave art platinum anniversary gift

Celebrate your 20th anniversary with an artful recreation of one of your wedding songs. This wall art displays your chosen song as soundwaves for a unique and sentimental piece of home decor. Print the song on platinum-colored aluminum metal or fine paper with a platinum acrylic finish.

Alternative 20th Anniversary Gift Ideas

You don't have to pick a present associated with the traditional or modern 20th anniversary theme. If you don't think china or platinum are the right fit, go with something you know your loved one(s) will appreciate, such as a meaningful art print or some stylish new loungewear. Check out our top alternative gifts for the 20th wedding anniversary.

Custom Canvas Map Art

Canvas map art 20-year anniversary gift

Who wouldn't want their home decor to double as a sweet souvenir? This canvas art commemorates a couple's most cherished moments: the day they met, the day they got engaged and the day they said "I do." It uses three hearts to display the date and location of these milestones—all in celebration of their new milestone: 20 years of marriage. Don't be surprised if there are happy tears.

Washable Silk Loungewear

Washable silk tank top and shorts PJ set 20-year anniversary gift for her

If there's one thing everyone has learned over the past few years, it's the importance of comfortable and stylish loungewear. Upgrade your partner's PJs with a luxe silk set. This tank top and matching shorts set is thermoregulating, machine washable and effortlessly chic. Plus, first-time customers get $20 off a purchase of $100 or more with the code FOR-TK20.

Smart Indoor Garden

Gray and white indoor smart garden 20-year anniversary gift

Whether you're shopping for a home chef or an avid gardener, everyone will love a no-fuss indoor garden. Click and Grow smart gardens automate plant care—from watering to light—to make growing herbs, veggies or even flowers easy peasy. It's an anniversary gift that keeps on giving.

Anniversary Newspaper Puzzle

The New York Times front page puzzle 20-year wedding anniversary gift

Extra, extra! Celebrate 20 years of marriage with a little time travel. This puzzle isn't just a fun, leisurely activity; once built, it'll show the front page of The New York Times from the day you or the couple got married. Choose between a 500- or 1000-piece challenge.

Vintage Day Lily Print

Framed vintage day lily art print 20-year anniversary gift

The day lily is the 20-year anniversary's flower and symbolizes love and success. It's another motif to help with your search for the perfect gift. We're obsessed with this antique-style art print showing a tawny day lily. The illustration was originally published in 1788 in The Botanical Magazine, but you can get a copy printed for your home. For a display-ready present, have it framed before handing it over. It'll add a vintage element to your spouse's desk or dresser.

Emerald and Diamond Earrings

Round emerald and diamond earrings 20-year anniversary gemstone gift for her

If you want to nod to one of the milestone's unique symbols, don't forget the 20-year anniversary gemstone: emerald. This gorgeous pair of earrings has emerald studs encircled in pavé diamonds and set in 18K white gold. They're classic accessories that'll really wow your partner.

Portable Pizza Oven

Portable pizza oven fun 20-year anniversary gift for him, her or a couple

If you're looking for a trendy product anyone will love, look no further than the Ooni pizza oven. This portable wood-fired pizza oven uses hardwood pellets and an innovative gravity-fed pellet hopper for effortless and authentic cooking. It's the perfect anniversary gift and party idea.

One-of-a-Kind Cutting Board

Personalized wooden cutting board 20-year anniversary gift

When it comes to wedding anniversary gift ideas for a couple, you can't go wrong with unique serveware. This sturdy wooden cutting board displays their names joined with a heart carved into the top. It's a present that's equal parts personal and practical—they'll love to leave it out for display and use it as a food tray at dinner parties.

Rustic Couples Sign

Rustic wooden family name and established year sign 20-year anniversary gift

If they're two decades in and still radiating with pride in their relationship, they'll love this rustic family sign. The stained wooden slab features the couple's shared last name (if they have one) and "established" date. It's great for welcoming guests into their home.

Cozy Wool Sweatshirt

Black wool hoodie 20th anniversary gift for him

Who doesn't love athleisure? Upgrade your spouse's wardrobe with this elevated merino wool hoodie. The textured finish feels slightly more dressy than a regular hoodie, making it a chic addition to your partner's everyday attire while still feeling ultra soft. There are even matching sweatpants.

I Love You Donuts

Box of letter donuts that say I Love You! 20-year anniversary gift idea

On the hunt for a unique 20th anniversary gift for your husband or wife with a sweet tooth? Nothing says "I love you" like these donuts—literally! Angel Food Bakery ships nationwide in the US, so you can wake up your spouse with a box of delicious donuts. Not into breakfast sweets? Goldbelly has tons of delicious desserts from some of the nation's top culinary talent to choose from.

Custom Key Chain Keepsake

Two dimes hand-stamped with couple's names and wedding date on a keychain 20-year anniversary gift

Looking for a really unique and sentimental gift for this milestone anniversary? Consider this key chain adorned with two dimes—which represents a total of 20 years—and a sentimental disc that reads: "20 years and counting." The best part? You can have the dimes hand-stamped with your names and wedding date.

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