The Best 9-Year Anniversary Gifts for Celebrating Almost a Decade of Marriage

Honor nine years of wedded bliss with traditional and modern gifts of pottery, willow and leather.
Four 9-year anniversary gift ideas: pots and pans, leather bracelet, lapis earrings, willow photo frames
Photos, clockwise: Our Place, MYKA, Kendra Scott, signedandnumbered
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Alison Meehan
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Updated Sep 27, 2023
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Nine years of marriage have flown by for you and your spouse, and now it's time to celebrate! One of the best ways to mark the occasion is to pick out a meaningful nine-year anniversary gift to commemorate this milestone. To help you get started, we've rounded up our favorite traditional and modern anniversary gifts that reflect the ninth anniversary themes. If you feel like breaking from tradition altogether, we've also assembled a list of alternative anniversary gifts to surprise your spouse with. Read on to find out everything you need to know about shopping for the ninth wedding anniversary.

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Traditional Nine-Year Anniversary Gifts

According to tradition, the nine-year wedding anniversary gifting materials are pottery and willow. Pottery has been around for thousands of years and was historically used to make drinking water vessels. Just as water is vital for life, pottery was (and still is) an important protector of this essential liquid, making it a fitting tribute to the love that is nurtured in a happy marriage. Willow, on the other hand, is a strong and pliable wood that represents the flexibility and strength required to make a marriage successful. If you're not sure how to choose a willow- or pottery-themed anniversary gift, don't stress. We've done the hard work for you and found plenty of great ninth wedding anniversary gifts for her, him or them.

Ceramic Kissing Mugs

Two ceramic mugs with kissing faces
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're shopping for a sentimental spouse, this cute pottery-themed gift is bound to put a smile on their face. The pair of mugs fit together to look like two faces kissing, resembling a shared moment of affection and romance. To make this nine-year anniversary gift even better, fill the mugs with their favorite coffee beans, hot chocolate or sweet treats and watch your partner's heart melt.

Willow Tree Cutting Board

Cutting tree with willow design
Photo: GavaShop

This chopping board is a practical (and pretty) ninth anniversary gift for the foodie in your life. Whether they love preparing fresh fruit or sharing cheese platters, it'll elevate the presentation of their favorite snack. This cutting board is actually made from walnut, but it's engraved with an on-theme willow tree illustration, which you can have personalized with your names and anniversary date for a thoughtful finish.

Porcelain Hummingbird Feeder

Porcelain hummingbird feeder from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Shopping for someone who loves spending time in their garden? Consider a gift that'll brighten up their backyard. This pretty feeder will help attract hummingbirds to the garden so they can enjoy the sweet sounds of birdsong. It's handmade from porcelain, painted with wildflowers and will draw plenty of compliments from anyone who comes over for a garden party.

Willow Picnic Basket Set

Willow picnic basket set from Etsy
Photo: KreativeEarth

This handwoven willow picnic basket set—purposefully designed for a pair—is a fitting gift for the ninth anniversary. The classic design is lined with a cherry-print linen fabric and finished with strong canvas straps for easy toting. Inside the basket, you'll find everything you need for a romantic picnic, including cutlery, linen napkins, porcelain plates, wine glasses and a bottle opener. Add a bottle of your favorite anniversary wine with some crackers and cheese, and you have all the makings of a romantic date.

Anniversary Material Wall Art

Pottery ninth anniversary framed art
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're shopping for someone who appreciates the sentimentality behind each marriage milestone, this anniversary artwork will make a thoughtful gift for him or her. Inside a square box frame, you'll find a piece of pottery wrapped in a simple wire heart, representing the deep love you share with your partner. Underneath, a heartfelt message reads: "Just like pottery, love is molded to be beautiful." (Aw!). Add your names and wedding date for a personalized nine-year anniversary gift that'll remind your spouse just how much you care about them.

Stoneware Mixing Bowl

Stone mixing bowl from Food52
Photo: Food52

For the spouse who insists on having fresh fluffy pancakes for breakfast, it's hard to go wrong with a good mixing bowl as a ninth anniversary gift. This one from Mason Cash is made from glazed stoneware and embossed with a simple geometric pattern. It also features a spout and handle, which are perfect for pouring pancake batter into the pan. Our advice? Make this gift even sweeter by filling it with their favorite sweet pancake toppings (and maybe even a promise to make them breakfast).

Willow Photo Frame

Willow photo frames from Etsy
Photo: signedandnumbered

A stylish picture frame is always a good idea, no matter what year of marriage you're celebrating. This one is handcrafted from natural willow wood, making it right on theme for the ninth wedding anniversary. Choose from a wide range of sizes before filling it with a special snapshot of you and your spouse. Alternatively, why not get a few frames to create a series of photos you can display at home?

Ceramic Side Table

Ceramic blue and white side table
Photo: Anthropologie

If your spouse has an eye for fun and quirky home decor, this funky side table is sure to impress. It's handmade from glazed earthenware and features an abstract pattern that'll look amazing beside the sofa, on the patio or anywhere else in your home. Bonus: The table can easily be lifted from place to place, thanks to two textured rattan handles.

Personalized Flower Pot Set

Customized flower pot set
Photo: Personalization Mall

Surprise the gardener in your life with this personalized flower pot set. The message "Love Grows Here" is etched onto the front of the pot, with room to add a set of names and dates around the rim. It even comes with a saucer that can be placed underneath to catch any water that drains from the plant. Pair it with some wildflower seeds to complete this thoughtful (and thematic) ninth anniversary gift.

Willow Table Lamp

Willow patterned table lamp
Photo: Macy's

How about a piece of willow-themed decor to impress your houseproud spouse? This table lamp is a really creative take on the traditional nine-year anniversary symbol, thanks to its rustic faux bois base and contrasting shade with a delicate branch pattern. It's a thoughtful and practical present that's sure to bring a soft romantic glow to your living space.

Modern Nine-Year Anniversary Gifts

If pottery and willow aren't inspiring you, take a hint from leather, the modern nine-year anniversary gift. Flexible and strong, this material symbolizes how a couple adapts to each other's needs to build a long-lasting marriage. Aside from being deeply symbolic, leather is also a practical and hardwearing material that'll stand the test of time in nearly any iteration. From chic accessories to sentimental wall art, leather (and faux leather) presents come in all shapes and sizes—keep reading to discover our favorite anniversary gifts representing the modern nine-year theme.

Designer Leather Tote

Leather Kate Spade tote handbag
Photo: Kate Spade

Scoring a gift you know your spouse will use daily is always a win—and what's more practical than a great purse? This fashionable tote from Kate Spade is versatile enough for all seasons, with three interior pockets for storing all their everyday necessities in style. If you want to make this ninth anniversary gift even sweeter, hide something small in the pocket, like a ticket for a fun date-night experience.

Braided Leather Bracelet

Braided leather bracelet with engraved beads
Photo: MYKA

This wearable leather-themed gift is surprisingly thoughtful and may even cause a few happy tears when presented to your spouse. Each bead on this braided leather bracelet can be engraved with a name or personal message to make it a romantic accessory they'll never want to remove. Even if you and your partner are apart, they'll feel super close to you. Bonus: It's available in both men's and women's sizes, making it a suitable nine-year anniversary gift for him or her.

Leather Smart Wallet

Leather smart wallet from Ekster
Photo: Ekster

If your partner values style and functionality, a compact leather wallet is a modern nine-year anniversary gift that's sure to please. This smart design from Ekster is no ordinary wallet, thanks to innovative and modern features, like a built-in aluminum cardholder that keeps cards accessible while protecting them from skimming and wireless fraud. Next time you're out shopping together, you'll both be able to enjoy yourselves thanks to a little extra security.

Leather Sheet Music

Framed leather sheet music
Photo: CorkCountryCottage

Your first dance will always be a special memory for you both, so why not commemorate it with a sentimental music-themed gift? Your other half will smile with fond memories each time they see this unique wall art, which showcases the notes to your first dance song engraved onto leather. Who knows, it may even inspire you both to relive the moment all over again in your living room.

Leather Biker Boots

Leather moto biker boots
Photo: Nordstrom

Want to splurge on something for your fashion-forward spouse? Make it a pair of leather biker boots. The moto-style trend is everywhere right now and it's not hard to see why—it's super easy to wear, not to mention effortlessly cool. These edgy boots feature buckle strap detailing and will look great with any outfit, from floaty dresses to chunky knits. Trust us when we say your partner will be rocking these for months (or even years!) to come.

Monogrammed Leather Coasters

Monogram leather coasters from Mark & Graham
Photo: Mark & Graham

When shopping for a coffee enthusiast, think outside the box with these black Italian leather coasters. They come in a set of four and can be monogrammed in gold foil with up to three letters for a personal touch. This sleek (and functional) ninth anniversary gift will certainly brighten up their tabletop and turn their morning coffee ritual into a more stylish occasion.

Custom Leather Belt

Personalized leather belt
Photo: NovaLeatherGoods

If your partner likes to look their best no matter what the event, this personalized leather belt is a nine-year anniversary gift they'll love. The design comes engraved with a custom message on the inside or outside (or both) for a meaningful touch. Not only can they pair it with their favorite jeans, but they can also wear it to remind them of the love you two share. It's available in four different colors, as well as multiple sizes.

Leather Jewelry Case

Leather jewelry travel case from Mejuri
Photo: Mejuri

Anniversary gifts for nine years of marriage come in many forms, as this compact leather jewelry case demonstrates. Stylish and practical, it's fitted with six earring holes, four necklace hooks and a metal zipper closure to keep your partner's accessories safe while traveling. Choose from two colors (black or beige) and add their monogram to the outside for a luxe finish.

Personalized Leather Journal

Customized leather journal
Photo: ForestNine

If your spouse enjoys recording their thoughts on paper, a softbound leather notebook makes a really considerate and useful nine-year anniversary gift. Whether they use it for journaling, compiling to-do lists or practicing gratitude, it's sure to make every note feel special. Have it personalized with their initials or name, and leave a romantic note inside to show them some love.

Stylish Leather Watch Set

Vegan leather watch with two straps from Nordgreen
Photo: Nordgreen

Wearable gifts make excellent anniversary presents, especially if your spouse can rock them every day. This stylish watch set comes with two leather straps, so they can switch up their look whenever they feel like it. The watch itself features a slim round dial powered by a quartz movement for precise and accurate timekeeping. Choose from a variety of strap styles (including vegan leather) and colors to suit your partner's tastes.

Unique Nine-Year Anniversary Gifts

There are even more nine-year anniversary themes to inspire you if pottery, willow or leather aren't grabbing your attention. First up? Flowers! Two bright and bold blooms are tied to the ninth anniversary, the poppy and the bird of paradise. Poppies denote remembrance and imagination, while the bird of paradise symbolizes joy, freedom and having a positive outlook on life. If that's not enough to get the creative ideas flowing, consider the nine-year anniversary gemstone (blue lapis) and the three colors (terracotta, purple and green) when choosing a gift for your other half. Even if you don't want to give a thematic present, we're here to guide you with our favorite alternative gifts for the nine-year wedding anniversary.

Traveler's Cork Globe

Cork globe from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

After almost a decade together, you and your spouse have probably had your fair share of adventures. This cork globe is a sweet way to highlight where you've been over the past nine years—and where you'd like to visit in the future. It comes with five pins so you can mark your favorite destinations on the globe and even attach a photo from each trip.

Multi-Purpose Pots and Pans

Multi-purpose cookware set from Our Place
Photo: Our Place

This ninth anniversary gift makes a perfect pair—just like you and your spouse—and is sure to wow anyone who loves cooking. Our Place's Perfect Pot and Always Pan are designed to replace 16 traditional pieces of cookware and can be used to boil, bake, steam and sauté. Choose from over a dozen color combinations—including the nine-year anniversary hues green and purple—for cookware that's pretty enough to display on the stove.

Blue Lapis Drop Earrings

Blue lapis drop earrings from Kendra Scott
Photo: Kendra Scott

The ninth anniversary gemstone, the blue lapis lazuli, is believed to promote harmony and friendship, which are the foundations of any lasting relationship. Like true love, it can be hard to find—which makes these elegant drop earrings from Kendra Scott all the more special. The blue lapis stones are shaped like arrowheads and are finished in 23K yellow gold over brass, creating some wow-worthy ear candy.

Smart Indoor Garden

Indoor smart garden from Click & Grow
Photo: Click & Grow

Think you need a garden or a big backyard to grow your own produce? Well, think again. With this indoor smart garden, your spouse can grow herbs, fruits, veggies and even flowers all year round. The innovative technology automates light, water and nutrients so they can just sit back and watch everything flourish.

Luxurious Silk Pajamas

Silk pajamas from Eberjey
Photo: Eberjey

If your partner is always on the go, encourage them to catch up on some rest with a pair of soft, snooze-worthy pajamas. This gorgeous set from Eberjey is made from 100% silk, which is hypoallergenic and thermoregulating for a super comfy night's sleep. Best of all, they're machine washable, sustainably produced and can even be monogrammed for a thoughtful touch. How's that for a pretty (and practical) nine-year wedding anniversary gift?

Poppy Grow Kit

Poppy grow kit from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Take your cue from one of the nine-year anniversary flowers with this handy poppy-growing kit. It comes with all the essentials for growing these vibrant blooms, including a coconut drainage filter and a terracotta pot (which also happens to be one of the ninth anniversary colors). All your spouse needs to do is plant the seeds and wait for them to grow into pretty red, pink and orange poppies.

Espresso-Flavored Caramels

Espresso-infused caramels from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.
Photo: Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

If you're married to someone who loves coffee and has a sweet tooth, we've found the perfect gift idea. These delicious candies are infused with craft-brewed espresso and rich caramel, creating a sweet and savory taste experience that melts in the mouth. Each pouch contains 10 individually wrapped caramels made with premium ingredients and no artificial preservatives. If that's not enough to convince you, a percentage of every purchase goes toward funding a charity for rescue puppies.

Love Letter in a Bottle

Love letter in a bottle from Personalization Mall
Photo: Personalization Mall

Good old-fashioned romance never goes out of style, and what better way to woo your spouse than a personalized love letter? This one comes printed on parchment paper, rolled up and presented with rose petals in a glass bottle. Choose from several poetry verses (or create your own) and add your names for a super sweet ninth anniversary gift for her or him.

Bird of Paradise Plant

Bird of paradise plant from The Sill
Photo: The Sill

Turn your home into a tropical oasis while celebrating one of the nine-year anniversary flowers with this gorgeous bird of paradise plant. Leafy and luscious, it thrives in sunny spots, like an outdoor patio or a bright and airy sunroom. Choose from several stylish planters to add a display-worthy finish to this symbolic nine-year anniversary gift.

Plush Throw Blanket

Plush UGG throw blanket
Photo: Nordstrom

If your spouse is prone to feeling cold, help them warm up a little with this soft throw blanket. One side features a texture cable knit, while the reverse is lined with UGG's signature faux fur. Choose from several colors—including white, grey and cherry red—and get ready to snuggle up to your S.O. in style. All you have to do now is decide what movie to watch for a relaxed (and romantic) nine-year anniversary night at home.

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