The Best 3-Year Anniversary Gifts for Celebrating the 3rd Marriage Milestone

Mark your marriage milestone with this thoughtful assortment of traditional, modern and unique anniversary gifts.
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Updated Jun 27, 2024
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While three years of marriage might not feel as major as your first anniversary, it's just as important to celebrate. After all, every year counts when it comes to strengthening a loving relationship! Buying a three-year anniversary gift for your spouse is a sweet way to honor the occasion and celebrate the love you two share. To help you along the way, we've done the shopping for you, rounding up the best traditional and modern anniversary gifts for your third wedding anniversary. We've even picked out a selection of alternative gifts if you're looking for an idea as unique as your love story. Keep scrolling to shop our three-year anniversary gift picks—plus learn more about the year's official flower, why it's referred to as the leather anniversary and more.

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Traditional Three-Year Anniversary Gifts

Leather is the traditional material for a three-year anniversary gift, and with it comes a stylish assortment of thematic gifts you can buy. This strong and versatile material represents the flexibility of a marriage that has lasted three years (and a relationship that has likely lasted much longer than that!). It's durable and resilient, making it the perfect tribute to couples who have settled into the cadence of married life together. Lucky for you, there are tons of leather anniversary gifts out there to help you celebrate your third year of marriage, from clothing and accessories to sentimental artwork. Here are some of the top traditional three-year anniversary gifts.

Framed Sheet Music

Leather sheet music with wood frame three-year anniversary gift
Photo: CorkCountryCottage

Married to a big music fan? We can't think of anything more fitting than a personalized throwback to your first dance song. This engraved leather sheet music comes in a stylish wooden frame so it's fully display-ready. It's a sweet third anniversary gift that'll remind your spouse of the romantic tunes of your wedding day.

Travel Jewelry Case

Black travel jewelry case three year anniversary gift
Photo: Mejuri

If your other half loves jewelry and travel, here's a three-year anniversary gift that checks all the right boxes. Stylish and compact, this leather jewelry case comes with compartments to keep rings and necklaces safe while they're on the go. You can even add your partner's monogram to the outside of the case to make it more personalized.

Anniversary Material Art

Personalized framed material art three year anniversary gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

When it comes to personalized anniversary gifts, Uncommon Goods has a ton of unique options to choose from. This framed piece of artwork is inspired by the three-year anniversary material and features a pretty heart motif made from woven strips of vegan leather. Your names and wedding date appear underneath, along with a short message about the sentiment behind the traditional symbol.

Engraved Beaded Bracelet

Black leather braided bracelet with personalized name charms for three year anniversary gift
Photo: MYKA

Wearable anniversary gifts are always a good idea, particularly when you're working with a versatile material like leather. This braided bracelet features metallic beads (there are four finishes to choose from) engraved with personal details like your names or a short romantic message. Best of all, it's available in both men's and women's sizes, making it a thoughtful (and on-theme) third anniversary gift for him or her.

Monogrammed Drink Coasters

Personalized black leather coasters three year anniversary gift
Photo: Mark & Graham

If you and your spouse love catching up over a cup of coffee, these coasters will bring a sophisticated touch to your daily ritual. Sold as a set of four, they're made from black Italian leather and can be personalized with a gold foil monogram for added elegance. They're a winning traditional third anniversary gift for anyone who values practicality and style.

Convenient Card Wallet

Ekster wallet three year anniversary gift
Photo: Ekster

If you're looking for a practical third anniversary gift for your partner, it's hard to go wrong with a wallet. This sleek design is made from environmentally certified leather and comes with smart technology that makes credit cards accessible at the push of a button. It's also compact enough to carry around in a pocket while still holding up to 12 cards (or plenty of cash). Best of all, this wallet boasts technology that protects against wireless card skimming to keep everything secure. What's not to love?

Everyday Tote Bag

Beige faux leather tote three year anniversary gift
Photo: Modern Picnic

A roomy tote bag is an essential wardrobe addition, especially if your spouse is always out and about. This stylish faux leather option comes with an insulated removable pouch specifically designed for packing lunches or snacks. To make this three-year anniversary gift even more special, add a personalized monogram for an elegant finishing touch.

Personalized Writing Journal

Brown leather notebook stamped with initials traditional third anniversary gift
Photo: ForestNine

For the spouse who loves to record everything on paper, a softbound leather notebook is a great three-year anniversary gift idea. Whether they use it for journaling, jotting down lists or planning for the future, this beautiful gift will make every note feel special. Have it personalized with their monogram, and leave a hand-written message inside for a sweet surprise.

Useful Valet Tray

Monogrammed leather valet tray third anniversary gift for husband or wife
Photo: Leatherology

If keeping track of their possessions isn't one of your spouse's many, many strengths, here's a beautiful keepsake they'll also find really convenient. This valet tray fits the traditional anniversary theme for three years of marriage perfectly, and it'll hold all those small things that are so easily misplaced, like their keys or earphones. Did we mention you can customize it with a monogram?

Hidden Message Belt

Personalized leather belt three year anniversary gift idea
Photo: HoltzLeather

If you think a belt can't be a romantic year-three anniversary present, think again. This luxe accessory can be personalized with your spouse's monogram and a sweet hidden message from you to them on the inside. Whether they wear it daily or only on special occasions, it'll remind them of your heartfelt love and appreciation (for them and their impeccable sense of style).

Modern Three-Year Anniversary Gifts

Crystal and glass are the two modern gifting materials associated with the third wedding anniversary. Fragile yet beautiful, they symbolize the clarity and honesty couples share after three years of marriage, while also reminding the lovebirds to care for each other and nurture their relationship. With this in mind, we've selected the best modern third-anniversary gifts for your wife or husband. And for even more dazzling ideas, check out our crystal anniversary gift guide.

Custom Song Plaque

Personalized song plaque three year anniversary gift idea
Photo: ARTOPSHK

Do you two have a special song you've both made your own throughout your relationship? This romantic glass plaque comes with an LED light that will display your chosen tune as it's shown on Spotify. Up the ante by adding a memorable snapshot (from your wedding or a more recent celebration) as the album cover. It's a charming and thoughtful gift that's clearly worthy of the three-year milestone.

Engraved Anniversary Hourglass

'Our love is timeless' personalized hourglass three year anniversary gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Here's a sentimental gift that fits the modern three-year wedding anniversary theme: A beautiful hourglass engraved with your names and wedding date. It's filled with white sand and features a simple yet sweet message that reads "Our Love is Timeless." As an added bonus, this meaningful keepsake arrives in a satin-lined box for an elegant presentation.

Swarovski Crystal Rose

Glass roses cloche Beauty and the Beast modern three anniversary gift ideas
Photo: Swarovski

Your love is crystal clear, so why not show it with a decadent gift from Swarovski? This dainty glass ornament features three pink roses that come together in a delicate bouquet for a magical and modern third anniversary gift. Whether they display these glass blossoms with the accompanying bell jar or not, your spouse is bound to be dazzled.

Hometown Map Drinking Glasses

Set of 2 personalized map glasses engraved with couple's hometown and family name modern third anniversary gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Celebrate your third anniversary in style with a modern set of whiskey glasses engraved with a map of the place you call home. This display-worthy duo will make sipping your favorite drinks all the more enjoyable, as well as add a fun decorative element to your bar cart. You can also add the name of the location or your shared last name to make this three-year anniversary gift feel extra special.

Custom Engraved Vase

Engraved crystal vase with couples name and anniversary date modern three year anniversary gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

If your spouse loves to display fresh blooms in your home, they'll swoon over this elegant crystal vase from Vera Wang and Wedgwood. The pretty vessel features an intricate leaf motif pattern and can be etched with up to five lines of text. Add your names, wedding date or a romantic quote for a modern and meaningful three-year anniversary gift.

Tinted Wine Glasses

Blue tinted wine glasses modern three year anniversary gift idea
Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

If you're planning to mark year three with a bottle of anniversary wine, consider upgrading your glassware for the occasion. These wine glasses come in a range of punchy colors—from mint green and rose pink to royal blue and emerald green—and will surely add a playful touch to your existing collection. They're made from hand-blown glass and have a sleek silhouette that feels modern yet timeless.

Glass Cocktail Smoking Kit

A glass dome with a whiskey cocktail and smoke inside beside a sleek blow torch from Brookstone three year anniversary gift ideas
Photo: Brookstone

Shopping for a budding mixologist? Think outside the box with this cool cocktail smoking kit. It includes all the essentials for making the perfect signature drink, like an oak platform, a glass smoking dome, a butane torch, a cocktail glass and a pack of barrel-aged smoking chips. Want to take this modern-themed gift one step further? Buy them all the ingredients they need to create a special anniversary cocktail—with a smoky touch, of course.

Glass Anniversary Photo Gift

Glass anniversary personalized photo frame three year anniversary gift ideas
Photo: The 3D Gift

Surprise your spouse with a picture from your wedding day (or another favorite memory) etched onto crystal glass. Pair the ornament with a backlight or rotating LED base so it's ready to show off right away. This sentimental modern third-anniversary gift is guaranteed to take them right back to the fateful day you both said "I do."

Personalized Glass Pitcher

engraved glass pitcher 3-year anniversary gift
Photo: Etsy

Make daily hydration a little more exciting with this personalized glass pitcher. It's ideal for serving everything from iced tea to homemade lemonade. You can even have this modern three-year anniversary gift engraved with your names and wedding date.

Glass Weather Predictor

Glass Weather Predictor Modern three year anniversary gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Science meets art in this quirky modern-themed gift that predicts the weather. The "storm cloud" is made from glass filled with a special liquid that changes appearance based on the barometric pressure. It's a playful (and budget-friendly) third anniversary gift that'll amuse anyone who likes to keep an eye on the weather.

Unique Three-Year Anniversary Gifts

In case you didn't know, there are even more third wedding anniversary symbols to inspire you beyond the traditional and modern gifting ideas. White and jade are the colors associated with this marriage milestone, while pearls are the official gemstones. If you're considering anniversary flowers as a thoughtful gift, you can use the bright and cheery sunflower as your guide. Even if you don't feel strongly about any of these three-year anniversary gift traditions, we've still got you covered with some fun and unique presents.

Heart-Shaped Bamboo Plant

Heart shaped bamboo plant unique three year anniversary gift
Photo: Plants.com

Flowers not your partner's thing? Consider a cute plant instead, like this heart-shaped bamboo. The stalks are uniquely shaped to resemble two hearts for a sweet and creative gift representing your growing love. It's not just nice to look at, though—this low-maintenance plant also removes pollutants from the air to keep your home fresh. Cool, right?

Wooden Reading Valet

Wooden reading valet unique three year anniversary gift idea
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Taking inspiration from their favorite pastime is a great way to find a unique third anniversary gift they'll actually use. If you're married to an avid reader, this wooden valet will give them a designated spot to keep their latest page-turner. It also offers space for reading glasses, a cup of coffee and a phone, so they'll have all their essentials to hand when they finish a chapter.

Luxe Pajama Set

Model wearing animal print long pajama set unique third anniversary gift for wife
Photo: Printfresh

If your other half hasn't already splashed out on a pair of luxury pajamas, the third wedding anniversary is a perfect excuse to treat them. This cute set includes a ridiculously comfy button-up top and pants (made from oragnic cotton, no less) to make bedtime a dream. Trust us, they'll never want to take this pretty patterned loungewear off—but when they do, it's machine washable.

Personal Pizza Maker

Grilled Personal Pizza Maker unique three anniversary gift idea
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your spouse loves making homemade pizza, this miniature oven is a practical anniversary gift they'll appreciate. The compact baker is made from cast iron and can be used to make personal pizzas on the grill in less than 10 minutes. Best of all, it's portable—so you can easily bring it on your next camping trip or outdoor adventure.

Sunflower Bouquet Delivery

sunflower anniversary bouquet
Photo: 1-800-Flowers.com

Sunflowers represent positivity, love and loyalty—and since they're also the third wedding anniversary flower, this vibrant bouquet will feel even more meaningful. These cheery yellow blooms are paired with dreamy pink and orange bloossoms for a color combination that really pops. Have them delivered to the door to surprise your spouse on the morning of your anniversary.

Adventure Challenge Mini Dates

The Adventure Challenge mini dates scratch-off card ideas for unique three year anniversary gift
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

After three happy years of marriage, it's totally normal if you're running out of great date night ideas. Not to worry, though—The Adventure Challenge Mini Dates pack will change all that. It includes 30 cards of fun date-night activities you can enjoy as a duo, from playing games to eating a meal together. The best part? Each activity can be completed in a half-hour or less, so you can easily take some time out of your busy schedules to reconnect. (Psst: Use the code THEKNOT25 for 25% off sitewide).

Indoor Smart Garden

Indoor smart garden unique three year anniversary gift
Photo: Click & Grow

Whether your love is a gardening novice or a green-thumbed pro, an indoor smart garden is sure to be a hit. Perfect for apartment living, this version from Click & Grow includes nine plant capsules for tomatoes, basil and lettuce. If you're worried they'll forget to water the plants, fear not—the kit comes with an automatic watering system, as well as timed lights that go on and off to deliver the perfect amount of "sun."

Mother-of-Pearl Locket

Mother-of-pearl third year anniversary gift locket
Photo: Lovelox

Pay tribute to the classic pearl (the three-year anniversary gemstone) with this pretty mother-of-pearl locket that's subtle yet unique. This gorgeous necklace is made with 925 sterling silver and a mother-of-pearl gemstone. Inside, there's space for two tiny photos of your beautiful family. The best part? It comes in a jewelry box ready for gifting.

Heirloom Cookware

Colorful flame-hued Le Creuset bread oven third anniversary gift idea
Photo: Le Creuset

If they regularly warm your heart (and your stomach) with delicious fresh-baked bread, your spouse's jaw will drop when they unwrap this gift. What could be better than a bread oven made by everyone's favorite luxury cookware brand, Le Creuset? If that's not enough to convince you, this hardy piece of kit comes in lots of beautiful hues, including white, one of the third anniversary colors.

Personalized Makeup Bag

Personalized large canvas make up bag unique anniversary gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

If you're looking for something jade, the other third anniversary color, you're in luck. This pretty makeup bag comes in a dark green shade and can be personalized with your spouse's name for a thoughtful touch. Want to make this practical gift feel extra special? Hide a surprise inside, like a gift certificate to shop their favorite makeup brand.

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