Creative 6-Year Anniversary Gifts for Your Husband, Your Wife or the Couple

Find tons of modern and traditional sixth anniversary gift ideas here.
by The Knot
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After celebrating a milestone like the five-year anniversary, you might be having trouble topping that occasion with a thoughtful sixth anniversary gift for your wife, your husband or the couple. Not to worry though, because a six-year anniversary gift is what you decide to make of it. Plus, there are both traditional and modern wedding anniversary gift guidelines to help find the perfect something for him, her or them.

What is the six-year anniversary gift?

The traditional six-year anniversary gift is iron, because the metal represents the strength of a loving bond. But "iron" can be interpreted literally or more creatively—it's totally up to you. Meanwhile, the modern anniversary gift is wood, chosen for its resiliency. That said, there's no rule stating your gift has to include either material—they're simply symbols of the milestone, so think of them as a helpful starting point if you're feeling stumped. Need more ideas? We've picked out plenty of great alternative presents too.

In this article:

Six-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

It's been six amazing years of marriage—now it's time to get your husband a present to show how much you cherish him. Here are some alternative six-year anniversary gift ideas that he'll absolutely love. For more traditional sixth anniversary gifts (hello, iron and wood), keep on scrolling!

  1. Pushpin world map

    After six years of marriage you've probably had some great adventures together. Toast to many more with this unique sixth anniversary gift for him. The map comes with 100 push pins to mark the places you've been and where you still want to go. Personalized with your names and anniversary date, this romantic gift idea is sure to impress.

    Wendy Gold personalized anniversary pushpin world map, $149, 

  2. Tie gift set for him

    It can be hard to choose one perfect tie for your husband, which is why we love this gift set. It comes with five different options that he can pick from whenever he dresses up. With two sleek tie bars to pair them with, your man is sure to feel suave— just in time for your sixth anniversary date night. 

    Mahogany Row Neckties Platinum Collection necktie gift set, $47,

  3. Sixth anniversary shaving kit gift

    If your groom could use a good grooming, why not pamper him with this luxe set? This sixth anniversary gift is a blessing for him and you—his skin will be unbelievably smooth after using this swanky shaving kit.

    The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave in Sandalwood, $95,

  4. Wallet gift for sixth anniversary

    Sometimes the best six-year anniversary gifts for him are the most practical. This elegant, timeless and undeniably useful wallet is sleek enough to stow away in his back pocket. Better yet, it comes in a range of colors, making it an excellent anniversary gift for your style-savvy husband. But the best part? There's a one-of-a-kind mechanism that pops out his card slots for easier-than-ever access. 

    Ekster Classic Collection Parliament wallet, $89, 

  5. Filson backpack six-year anniversary gift

    Upgrade your partner's gear by gifting him this stylish backpack. With a water-resistant exterior and padded laptop sleeve, it's ideal for both his daily commute and any traveling he may do (vacation, anyone?). 

    Filson Dryden backpack, $225,

    Six-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

    If iron or wood just don't seem right for your wife, don't stress. Stick to what you know she loves (or branch out if you're feeling adventurous). Here are five beautiful and thoughtful sixth anniversary gifts your wife will cherish.

  6. Key and heart bracelet for her

    Jewelry always makes a good gift for an anniversary, and the sixth is no different. Show her she still holds the key to your heart with this romantic (and stylish) bracelet. Featuring elegant rose gold and shimmering diamonds, you simply can't go wrong.     

    Zales 1/20 CT. T.W. diamond heart outline and key flex bangle in Sterling Silver with 14K Rose Gold Plate, $149,

  7. silk pajama sixth anniversary gift set

    It's been six full years of marriage, which means it's time for her pajama inventory to get an upgrade. Choose a sixth wedding anniversary gift for her to snuggle up in after long days. This gorgeous (machine-washable!) silk two-piece set is the answer to her PJ prayers.

    Lunya washable silk tee set, $198,

  8. Leather tote bag anniversary gift

    This beautiful leather tote bag is a fashionable essential your wife will love. Whether she's traveling through Europe or heading out for a date night with you, this sixth anniversary gift can add the final touch to complete her outfit.

    Madewell The Zip-Top medium Transport leather tote, $178,

  9. Diamond necklace sixth anniversary gift

    Diamonds may not technically be a traditional six-year wedding anniversary gift for her, but that shouldn't stop you. Get your leading lady something that sparkles (like her).

    Blue Nile mini diamond vertical bar necklace, $325,

  10. Skin Gym amethyst facial massager

    Looking for a creative six-year anniversary gift for her? This luxurious set is ideal for the beauty lover. It comes with two trendy tools designed to give her skin that's simply glowing. Bonus: It's made from the six-year anniversary gemstone, amethyst, keeping in line with a lesser-known sixth anniversary theme.  

    Skin Gym amethyst Workout set, $49,    

    Six-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Them

    Coming off their five-year wedding anniversary, the couple might not expect as much from this year's celebration. Surprise them by gifting a thoughtful six-year anniversary gift they won't stop raving about.

  11. Couple's hobby blanket sixth anniversary gift

    Feel free to sway from traditional sixth anniversary gifts in your search for the perfect present. This adorable hobby blanket can be personalized to perfectly represent the couple in your life celebrating six years. 

    Shelly Klein personalized couple hobby blanket, $145,   

  12. Smeg coffee maker sixth anniversary gift for them

    If the couple likes to start their morning with a hot cup of joe, they'll love this '50s-inspired coffee maker. Don't let the adorable retro exterior fool you—it's a high-powered machine that can whip up a pot of delicious filtered coffee in a snap. 

    Smeg '50s retro style 10-cup drip coffeemaker, $200,

  13. Mouth gourmet food subscription

    Help them spice things up in the kitchen with a gourmet food subscription. This six-year anniversary gift for couples is chock full of delicious flavors to up their snack game. From cocktail mixers to hot sauce, each box contains both sweet and savory delights.  

    Mouth Best of Mouth monthly subscription, from $54 a month,

  14. Date Night In cookbook

    Who says you have to go out for a date night? Encourage the couple to team up in the kitchen and prepare a special meal together with this adorable cookbook. This creative six-year wedding anniversary gift is one they can pull off the shelf for years to come. 

    Running Press Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez, $28,

  15. Set of two suitcases

    The couple who travels together, stays together. Nice luggage is always an amazing gift, and these smart suitcases can charge their smartphones while they're on the move.

    Away set of two suitcases, from $500,

    Iron Anniversary Gifts for Him

    Giving your husband an iron anniversary gift for your six-year celebration seems like it could be difficult, right? Good news: There are actually so many fabulous options to choose from, whether your husband's tastes are unique and modern or classic and elegant. Plus, iron is easy to engrave for a personalized touch he'll appreciate.

  16. Wrought iron bottle opener six-year anniversary gift

    Looking for a traditional gift for the six-year anniversary that's both practical and meaningful? This personalized wrought-iron bottle opener can be engraved with your initials and anniversary date for that extra-special touch. Every time he cracks open a beer, he'll be reminded of your wonderful wedding day. Bonus: This sentimental sixth anniversary gift is totally budget-friendly. 

    Black Dog Ironworks personalized bottle opener, from $20, 

  17. Golf-themed travel mug six-year anniversary gift for him

    Stretch the traditional theme of iron anniversary presents by gifting your partner something on the lighter side. This funny travel mug gift might not be made of iron, but it's an excellent six-year anniversary gift idea for golf enthusiasts.  

    Simple Sentimental I Need My Daily Dose of Iron Brumate Imperial pint tumbler, $34,

  18. Iron and mango wood wine rack six-year anniversary present

    Looking for practical iron gifts for him to use all the time? Give him a place to store his prized wine collection with a fancy new wine rack.  With two different sizes to choose from, you can pick the one that best fits your home. 

    Sky High Design mango wood and iron wine rack, from $233,

  19. Iron Man cufflinks sixth anniversary gift for him

    There are plenty of possibilities when it comes to fun and creative iron gifts for men. Unleash his inner superhero with this pair of cute Iron Man cufflinks.

    Marvel Iron Man helmet cufflinks, $70,

  20. Iron six-year anniversary sign

    Remind your hubby of the day it all started with some home decor inspired by one of your wedding songs. This iron alloy aluminum sign can be personalized with your names, anniversary date and the lyrics of your choice, making a romantic iron anniversary gift for him. 

    Honeycomb Proverbs established sign 6 year wedding anniversary gift for couple, from $74,

    Iron Anniversary Gifts for Her

    Looking to keep with tradition? Our advice is to get creative and personal with your iron anniversary gift for your wife. See a few of our favorite ideas below.

  21. Iron bouquet of flowers for her

    Flowers are a go-to gift for all kinds of special occasions. Beautifully crafted from iron, these rustic faux forget-me-nots are unique to the sixth anniversary. Pair them with a lovely vase for a romantic and creative iron gift for her. 

    Anthropologie iron forget-me-not bundle, $16,

  22. Waffle iron sixth anniversary present

    Get as creative as you like when shopping for iron anniversary gifts for her. This stovetop waffle iron certainly takes inspiration from the traditional six-year anniversary gift. Sunday morning breakfast will be easier than ever with deliciously dunkable waffles. Now you just need the maple syrup!

    Nordic Ware stovetop waffle dippers iron, $58,

  23. Cast iron teapot sixth anniversary gift for her

    Upgrade her morning cup of tea with this gorgeous cast iron teapot. Take this traditional sixth anniversary gift to the next level by pairing it with some of her favorite loose-leaf teas. 

    World Market light green embossed cast iron teapot, $25,

  24. Gold iron jewelry stand for her

    Rather than gifting jewelry, give her a place to store all of her beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings. This iron stand has a lavish gold finish, making it as lovely to look at as it is practical.

    Anthropologie Art Nouveau jewelry stand, $38,

  25. Twisted iron pendant sixth anniversary gift

    This lovely iron pendant is both elegant and simple, making it ideal for days at the office and date nights with you. Add this one to the list of handmade iron gift ideas she'll love. 

    Steel Toe Studios 6th anniversary gift for her iron necklace, from $64,

    Iron Anniversary Gifts for Them

    If you're gifting an iron present for the couple's six-year anniversary, you may need to think outside the box. Take advantage of the theme by giving them something special and handcrafted for their home. The options are endless.

  26. Iron sixth anniversary photo gift

    Searching for something on the sentimental side? There are plenty of iron wedding anniversary gifts that can be personalized for the couple. Have a photo from their special day recreated on iron for a fitting sixth anniversary present. Bonus: Each photo is placed in a wooden frame, incorporating both the modern and traditional six-year anniversary gifts. 

    Any Image On Leather iron 6th anniversary gift, from $48,   

  27. Iron candleholder six-year wedding anniversary gift

    Gift the couple something they can both enjoy by pairing this convertible candleholder with some of their favorite scents. Made from a mix of stoneware, iron and cork, it's a fashionable nod to the iron anniversary. Bonus: This unique gift holds both tapers and tealights. 

    Tag large convertible candleholder, $15, 

  28. Cast iron skillet

    Every couple could do with a nice cast iron skillet. It can be used to make anything from a casserole to a holiday roast, and even a cookie pie. They'll be eager to make room in their kitchen for this one. 

    Lodge Chef Collection skillet, from $30,

  29. Iron bowl set

    These custom iron bowls will make a unique addition to the couple's kitchen, and they'll be a fun reminder of this important relationship milestone. Forged by a professional blacksmith, this sixth anniversary gift is made to last—just like their love. 

    Coach House Forge 6th wedding anniversary gift iron bowl set, from $214,

  30. Iron fire pit sixth anniversary gift for the couple

    A fire pit can turn any ordinary evening into a romantic date night (and who doesn't love s'mores?). This fashionable iron fire pit is both lightweight and durable, setting the couple up for years of patio parties and camping. This thoughtful present is definitely up there on the list of best iron anniversary gifts. 

    Yaheetech hexagon iron fire pit, $119,

    Wood Anniversary Gifts

    After going six years strong, it makes sense to say "I love you" or "happy anniversary" with a gift made of wood—a material that represents strength. Again, you're welcome to take this theme as literally or creatively as you'd like. See 10 wood anniversary gifts perfect for the happy couple or your better half.

  31. Wooden barbeque sixth anniversary gift set

    Does your spouse love to grill? Gift them a set of wood-handled barbecue tools that pay tribute to their favorite sports team. Whether they're into football or basketball, there are plenty of personalization options. 

    Sportula classic 3-piece BBQ set, from $45,

  32. Wooden bracelet sixth anniversary gift idea

    Jewelry doesn't have to be made of sparkly diamonds to be a special six-year anniversary gift for your wife. This unique bracelet is made from ethically sourced wood in Kenya by local artisans, and it's totally stylish.

    SOKO Teak Sabi outline cuff bracelet, $98,

  33. Photo album in walnut gift box

    Fill this luxurious layflat album with photos of your (or their) best moments together for a meaningful six-year anniversary present. Add on the stylish walnut box for a nod to the modern sixth anniversary gift.

    Artifact Uprising signature layflat photo album, from $289, 

  34. Ring with wooden inlay six-year anniversary gift for him

    Jewelry is a great anniversary gift for him—not just her. This sleek ring has a layer of whiskey barrel oak wood in the middle, making it a really cool and modern six-year anniversary gift for your favorite guy.

    Trifleholics whiskey barrel oak wood ring, from $89,

  35. Set of wooden vases sixth anniversary gift idea

    Impress your spouse by pairing the modern sixth anniversary present with a classic gift idea—flowers. This set of wooden vases will look lovely no matter where they're placed. Score some extra brownie points by filling them with your partner's favorite blossoms.

    Shade on Shape set of 3 natural wooden vases, $50,

  36. Cityscape candle with wooden wick

    Make nights in extra cozy with this mahogany-scented wooden wick candle. The stylish glass jar can be personalized with black walnut to show a beautiful city skyline. Choose somewhere that's meaningful to your husband, wife or the couple for a personalized sixth anniversary gift. 

    Swoon Living city skyline wood wrapped square glass candle, from $35,

  37. Wooden watch six-year anniversary gift for him

    We love this unique watch because it offers both form and function. The combination of all-natural African blackwood with stainless steel and mineral crystal glass is easy on the eyes.

    Original Grain Classic 43mm in Blackwood, $189,

  38. Aromatherapy diffuser

    Help them wind down with an aromatherapy diffuser that can turn anywhere into a relaxing oasis. With a modern design, this soothing sixth anniversary gift is sure to enhance their home decor.

    Objecto W2 aroma diffuser, $70,   

  39. Wooden tray with iron handles sixth anniversary gift

    We love this personalized tray because it combines both of the six-year wedding anniversary themes. Distressed wood and iron handles make it the perfect unique centerpiece for the couple's kitchen table.

    Whitney Herndon personalized rustic serving tray, $50,

  40. Sixth anniversary money clip gift

    You don't have to break the bank shopping for a meaningful sixth wedding anniversary gift. This wooden money clip can be engraved with your names, wedding date or a romantic phrase for a present that's practical, personalized and under $50.

    Danique Trends personalized wood money clip, from $28,

    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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    Updated June 2020

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