The Best 20th Anniversary Gifts for Celebrating Two Decades
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 for your loved one(s) celebrating this special occasion. If you're shopping for 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. Find out 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).
In this article:
- What is the 20-year anniversary gift?
- China 20-Year Anniversary Gifts
- Platinum 20-Year Anniversary Gifts
- Alternative 20th Anniversary Gifts
What is the 20-year anniversary gift?
The traditional 20th wedding anniversary gift is china, which is a beautiful representation of the delicate balance you've mastered in your relationship after 20 years together. If you're worried the traditional material for this milestone sounds a little boring—don't be. There are actually lots of cool and unique china-themed presents out there (that go way beyond dinnerware).
Of course, if you don't think china will be their cup of tea, don't worry. Each anniversary year also has a modern gift material. This time around, it's platinum. Strong and enduring (just like a 20-year marriage), platinum offers some more unique gifting opportunities (think: shiny jewelry and elegant picture frames). But that's not all! 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, while the flower is the day lily.
China Anniversary Gift Ideas
If you're interested in sticking to the traditional 20-year anniversary gift, there are plenty of unique options to choose from. Below, check out 10 of our favorite ideas for your spouse or favorite lovebirds celebrating the big 2-0.
Elegant Ring Dish
Keeping your rings safe is just as important 20 years later 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 (or they could use an upgrade), this pretty personalized china is just the ticket.
Willow Lane Collective personalized trinket dish, $14, Etsy.com
Cute Coffee Mugs
If fine china is a little too restrictive when it comes to finding a great gift, try including porcelain in your search. We're obsessed with these adorable porcelain mugs painted with the couple's initials and wedding date on a fun faux bois design.
Gina DeSantis personalized porcelain faux bois mug set, $75, UncommonGoods.com
Meaningful Pebble Art
On the hunt for sentimental 20th anniversary gifts for your husband, wife or the happily married couple? This unique picture shows two lovebirds sitting side by side with a heart-shaped china balloon floating over them. Just choose your preferred frame and it's ready to put on display.
Anselmo Pebble Art china anniversary gift, from $101, Etsy.com
Unique China Necklace
A pendant necklace made with upcycled china is an ultra-unique and totally on-theme 20-year wedding anniversary gift for your fashion-loving spouse. Check out the Etsy seller's page for even more pretty styles and types of jewelry.
Dinner Wear Jewelry china Forget Me Not necklace, from $78, Etsy.com
Whimsical Tea Set
Vintage florals and a bright polka-dot design give this beautiful three-piece tea set an air of whimsy. Including a teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, it's everything your spouse needs for their Bridgerton-inspired afternoon tea with loved ones.
Royal Albert Old Country Roses polka rose 3 piece tea set, $180, Macys.com
Custom Keepsake Plate
If you're open to being flexible with the traditional material, ceramics are another great option. Shopping for a 20th anniversary gift for your parents? This commemorative plate of their wedding day can be personalized with their names and the date they tied the knot.
Suzanne Pollack Happily Ever After platter, $84, UncommonGoods.com
Handcrafted Cuff Links
Here's another cool porcelain present we bet they won't be expecting: a pair of cute cuff links that say "I love you" in the language of your choice. With these sentimental accessories, your spouse can wear their heart on their sleeve with pride.
Ceraminic personalized Love cuff links, $34, Etsy.com
Timeless White Vase
If your other half has an understated sense of style, they'll love this classic bone china vase with a graceful textured finish. Pair it with a bunch of flowers (we're loving dried blooms right now) and voilá, you've got one impressive present.
Wedgwood White Folia vase, $90, BedBathandBeyond.com
Adorable Illustrated Card
This isn't just any card—it's actually made with white bone china and can double as a sweet keepsake. Add a personal message for the couple or your spouse inside wishing them a happy anniversary. Talk about a creative 20th wedding anniversary idea!
Love Wedding Gifts bone china card, $19, Etsy.com
If you're shopping for an art enthusiast (or even just a coffee lover), we've got the gift set for you. Inspired by the vibrant paintings of Gustav Klimt, these gorgeous bone china mugs are beautifully detailed with colorful wildflowers—and that's not to mention the equally ornate packaging. It's easily one of our favorite china anniversary gifts.
McIntosh Mugs Klimt Flower Garden set of 4 mugs, $50, McIntoshMugs.com
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. We've got something for everyone, from sleek accessories to sentimental keepsakes. So what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!
Beautiful Rose Keepsake
A single rose is a super-romantic gesture, but we totally get it if you want to take things up a notch—two decades is a big deal! This Etsy seller preserves each bloom in a shiny lacquer with a platinum-plated trim. The emerald green leaves are a lovely nod to the 20th anniversary gemstone and color.
Living Gold Co. Snow White platinum rose, $80, Etsy.com
Sentimental Art Print
This photo print is an adorable and customizable way to represent exactly when your (or the couple's) paths crossed—and you can personalize it with a platinum frame to represent 20 years together.
Patricia Carlin Intersection of Love photo print in Platinum, $175, UncommonGoods.com
Sparkly Diamond Ring
This wouldn't be a roundup of platinum anniversary gifts without some stunning (and incredibly durable) jewelry. This gorgeous 20-year anniversary ring features a unique floral pattern crafted out of diamonds. Not your spouse's style? Blue Nile has tons of other options.
Monique Lhuillier Cherie diamond anniversary ring in Platinum, $3,190, BlueNile.com
Sophisticated Writing Pen
A sleek ballpoint pen personalized with both of your initials, a sweet message or the date you tied the knot is a meaningful token, especially if you're looking for 20-year anniversary ideas for a writer. Better yet, this stylish gift comes coated in platinum.
Montblanc PIX black ballpoint pen, $225, Montblanc.com
Sleek Platinum Band
If you've been looking for an opportunity to upgrade your spouse's wedding ring, what better time than the 20-year milestone? Keep things personal by presenting this minimalist platinum band to your partner over a romantic dinner or plan an elaborate vow renewal in front of your nearest and dearest.
David Yurman DY classic band ring in Platinum, $1,550, DavidYurman.com
Unusual Vanity Tray
Layers of platinum and ivory enamel create a distinct woven pattern on this elegant piece of homeware. It's a unique 20-year anniversary gift for your husband, wife or couple friends that'll instantly elevate their decor—and that's not to mention how functional it is! They can use the tray to store keys, jewelry or other odds and ends.
Labrazel woven platinum tray, $400, NeimanMarcus.com
Symbolic Knot Pendant
You tied the knot 20 years ago—show your spouse how much that moment still means to you with this pretty platinum necklace in a chic knot shape.
Blue Nile love knot pendant, $990, BlueNile.com
Personalized Platinum Record
Your (or the couple's) relationship has finally gone platinum! Mark the occasion with an upcycled vinyl in the metal's shimmering hue. Add your own unique title and a list of five special songs (from the wedding playlist, perhaps?) to complete the present. It's one of the coolest 20th anniversary gift ideas we've seen.
Jeff Davis personalized metallic LP record in Platinum, $175, UncommonGoods.com
Engraved Platinum Necklace
Platinum jewelry can be a little pricey, but it will truly stand the test of time. This trendy dog tag necklace will add a stylish-yet-casual edge to your partner's everyday attire. Plus, you can have it engraved with their monogram, some meaningful coordinates or whatever you prefer.
Fine Jewelry Savenko platinum dog tag necklace, from $1,845, Etsy.com
Ornate Picture Frame
This eye-catching frame has a unique decorative pattern 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.
L'Objet Scales platinum picture frame, $210, NeimanMarcus.com
Alternative 20th Anniversary Gift Ideas
Remember, the traditional and modern themes associated with any marriage milestone are really just guidelines. You definitely don't have to pick a present from either category if you don't think it's the right fit. Instead, go with something you know your loved one(s) will appreciate, such as a meaningful art print or some stylish new loungewear. Ready to dive in? Check out our top 20th wedding anniversary gifts for couples and spouses below.
Sentimental Newspaper Puzzle
If your S.O. loves to start their day with the paper in hand (or even just scrolling through the news on their phone), they'll love owning their very own copy of The New York Times front page from the day you each said "I do." Not only that, but this cute memento comes in puzzle form. Bonus points if you spend time doing it together.
Uncommon Goods New York Times custom front page puzzle, $50, UncommonGoods.com
Romantic Canvas Art
Who wouldn't want their home decor to double as a sweet souvenir that commemorates some of their most cherished memories? This canvas art displays the date and location of your first meeting, the day one of you popped the question and the day you both sealed the deal—don't be surprised if there are happy tears.
Canvas Vows Hello, Will You, I Do personalized canvas, from $95 on canvas, CanvasVows.com
Smart Indoor Garden
There are so many reasons why we love the idea of a self-watering indoor garden. For starters, your S.O. can get the results they've always wanted with minimal time and effort on their end. They also don't need a backyard (or even a hospitable climate), and finally, they'll always have fresh produce on hand for cooking and garnishing.
Click & Grow The Smart Garden 9, $200, ClickandGrow.com
Custom Keychain Keepsake
Looking for a really unique gift for this milestone anniversary? Consider this keychain 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.
Gems by Johnna 20 Years & Counting custom hand stamped keychain, $27, Etsy.com
Luxe Silk Loungewear
It's safe to assume most couples have spent many a date night in the past year cuddled up on the couch together. Make those romantic evenings all the more cozy by giving your spouse a set of soft silk pajamas. These ones are super low-maintenance—just throw them in the washing machine whenever it's needed.
Lunya washable silk set, $178, Lunya.co
Clever Phone Sanitizer
One of the coolest gadgets to come out of 2020, the PhoneSoap will make it easy for your spouse to keep their phone, keys, jewelry and other accessories clean as a whistle. This updated model uses UV-C light to sanitize items in just five minutes, but they can also leave their phone inside to charge whenever it's convenient for them. Clever acoustic outlets mean your spouse won't miss any important calls, and you can choose from a variety of pretty colors to suit their style.
PhoneSoap PhoneSoap Pro, $120, PhoneSoap.com
French Sweet Treats
On the hunt for unique 20th anniversary gifts for the husband or wife with a sweet tooth? Goldbelly has tons of delicious desserts from some of the nation's top culinary talent. We can't get over how pretty these macarons are!
La Fournette France Collection macarons, $49 for a pack of 12, Goldbelly.com
Glamorous Emerald Bracelet
If you still want to nod to one of the milestone's unique symbols, don't forget the 20-year anniversary stone. This gorgeous bolo bracelet features a dazzling row of emeralds set in classic sterling silver.
Zales lab-created emerald line bolo bracelet in Sterling Silver, $549, Zales.com
One-of-a-Kind Cutting Board
When it comes to wedding anniversary gift ideas for a couple, you can't go wrong with some unique or sophisticated serveware. Have both of their names carved into the top of this sturdy wooden cutting board for a present that's equal parts personal and practical.
Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas personalized cutting board, from $159, UncommonGoods.com
Rustic Home Decor
If they're still radiating with pride in their relationship, they'll love anything that shows their status off, like this cute couple's sign bearing their shared last name (if they have one) and "established" date. It's great for hanging on their front door.
Alexander Laser Design personalized last name sign, from $75, Etsy.com
Cozy Wool Sweater
Shopping for someone with an eye for style? Upgrade their wardrobe with this elevated merino wool hoodie. The textured finish feels slightly more dressed up than a regular hoodie, making it a chic addition to your partner's everyday attire.
Allbirds men's wool hoodie, $175, Allbirds.com
Vintage Flower Print
The day lily is another 20-year anniversary symbol you can use to inspire your search. This antique-style art print was originally published in the late 18th century and will add a unique vintage element to your spouse's desk, dressing table or wherever. For a display-ready present, have it framed before handing it over (we're big fans of Framebridge).
Echoes Press antique botanical flower print, from $11, Etsy.com