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26 Unique and Thoughtful Anniversary Gifts for Friends

Toast to their milestone with one of these meaningful ideas.
Anniversary gifts for friends
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Naoimh O'Hare the knot
by Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
Naoimh O'Hare
Assistant E-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 college and lives in Galway, Ireland
Updated Oct 19, 2020
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If your friends are striking off another year of wedded bliss, help them celebrate with an extra-special something. There are lots of options when it comes to getting anniversary gifts for your friends. Feel free to take inspiration from their milestone's traditional theme, or go your own way with one of these awesome anniversary gift ideas. To make your job easier, we've gathered our top picks below that scream "congratulations!"

1. Adorable Map Art

Custom map art anniversary gift for friends

If you're shopping for friends who are always planning their next adventure, try this creative anniversary gift idea. Choose any four cities from across the globe (think: their hometowns, where they tied the knot or their favorite vacation spots). Then, have it personalized with their names and wedding date for an adorably thoughtful present.

A Gier Design Adventure Together map mountain personalized anniversary gift for couples, from $65,

2. Custom Gift Box

Cheers to You Greetabl gift box

Whether you're on the hunt for a 1st or 50th anniversary gift for your friends, you can't go wrong with a heartfelt present from Greetabl. This awesome service lets you design a lovely gift box that folds out to reveal photos, a personal note and a pocket-sized gift of your choosing.

Greetabl Cheers To You gift box, from $13, 

3. Special Lyric Art

Thoughtful anniversary triptych

Don't be afraid to get sweet and sentimental with wedding anniversary gifts for your friends. They'll tear up seeing one of their wedding songs printed in the form of a stylish triptych. Choose between paper (aka the first anniversary theme) or canvas to suit their milestone and your budget. (Maybe bring some tissues, too!)

Canvas Vows triptych song lyrics canvas, from $60,

4. Celebratory Cupcakes

Congratulations cupcakes

Nothing says congrats like this box of delicious and colorful cupcakes (literally!). This bright and bold anniversary gift is perfect for friends with a sweet tooth. 

Baked by Melissa Congratulations gift box 25-pack, from $37,

5. Personalized Game

Personalized game anniversary gift

If your friends are always up for a bit of fun, consider this beautifully handcrafted four-across game. Adorned with their names and anniversary date, it's a gift they won't forget.

Kasey and Justin Pearson personalized hearts four-across game, $85, 

6. Multi-Purpose Pan

Multi-purpose pan with spatula

A couple's cookware could always use an upgrade, and what better time to treat them than their wedding anniversary? This versatile (and appropriately named) Always pan is the multi-purpose kitchen tool they never knew they needed. Boasting rave reviews, it can do anything from boiling and braising to steaming and sautéing.

Our Place Always pan, $145,

7. Cozy Bathrobes

Plush bath robe gift idea for anniversary

Treat your friends to some couple's R&R with a gift they can enjoy on the daily. This snug robe comes in four different shades so you can mix and match to suit their unique tastes.

Parachute Classic bathrobes, $99 each,  

8. Cute Key Rings

Pinky promise key rings

Celebrate their commitment to each other with a set of cute key rings featuring matching pinky promise and initial charms. The bronze plating makes these keychains a fitting nod to both the 8th and 19th anniversaries.

Jewelry Everyday bronze pinky promise keychains, $13 for a set of 2, 

9. Plant Subscription Service

Houseplant subscription for couples

Why not choose a wedding anniversary gift for your friends' beautiful home? This cool subscription service will deliver a new potted plant to their door every month.

The Sill medium plants for beginners, $60 per month,   

10. Pop Culture Cutting Board

Custom Harry Potter cutting board anniversary gift idea

Make it as personal as possible with a custom cutting board that references their favorite piece of pop culture. This unique anniversary gift is sure to win the hearts of Harry Potter fans.

Battle Born Wood Shop LV Love walnut cutting board, from $38,

11. Fun Photography Session

Flytographer gift card anniversary present for friends

When's the last time they posed for a proper picture together? Surprise the happy couple with a wedding anniversary photo shoot for their latest milestone. Flytographer has professionals all over the world ready to capture some magic.

Flytographer gift card, from $250,   

12. Personalized Anniversary Book
New York Times front page anniversary book

Honor their wedding day and every anniversary since with this keepsake containing the New York Times front page from each amazing milestone. They'll want to hang onto this precious memento long after you hand it over.

Uncommon Goods New York Times custom anniversary book, $100, 

13. Soothing Stone Diffuser
Stone diffuser anniversary gift idea

Still stuck on anniversary gift ideas for your friends? Upgrade their home (and their downtime) with a stylish and trendy new diffuser. 

Vitruvi stone diffuser, $119,  

14. Anniversary Pebble Art

Anniversary pebble art gift for friends

Feel free to get more specific with the theme when shopping for your friends. How about this unique 30th anniversary present? The stunning pebble art also comes in versions for the 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th anniversaries.

Anselmo Pebble Art pearl wedding anniversary picture, from $91,  

15. Date Box Subscription

Date night subscription anniversary gift idea

Why not give the gift of date night for your friends' anniversary? This unique subscription service will spice up their quality time together all from the comfort of home. 

Date Box Club monthly subscription, from $34 per month,    

16. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
Giant tic tac toe anniversary gift for friends

Who doesn't want a giant version of their favorite classic game? This oversized tic-tac-toe set is the perfect accompaniment to barbecues (or any outdoor occasion, really). It'll make an even better anniversary gift if your friends are throwing a party.

Anthropologie tic-tac-toe game, $58,

17. Rustic Cheese Board

Rustic slate cheese board anniversary present for friends
Rocky Luten and Ty Mecham

Looking for anniversary gift ideas for friends who love to entertain? Consider something practical yet sophisticated like this natural slate cheese board. It comes with a maple wood knife and soapstone pencils (so you can write "congrats" on it before you give it to them!).

Brooklyn Slate natural slate cheese board set, from $55,

18. Champagne-Scented Candle

Anniversary candle gift for friends

For the couple whose love has always burned bright, gift them this anniversary candle with their names, wedding date and a custom city map. Two wicks are better than one!

Sandrine Froehle anniversary map candle, $45, 

19. Skyline Ring Dish

Personalized anniversary ring dish gift

Personalized keepsakes always make good wedding anniversary gifts for friends. Honor the day they exchanged rings with an elegant ring dish featuring their initials and the city skyline of your choice.

The Painted Press personalized skyline jewelry dish anniversary gift, $21,

20. Home Cooking Subscription

Blue Apron home cooking subscription service
Blue Apron via Facebook

Give your friends some fresh inspiration in the kitchen for their wedding anniversary present this year. This helpful service delivers delicious recipes alongside everything they'll need to cook up a storm. The couple that cooks together stays together!  

Blue Apron gift card, amount of your choice,

21. Illustrated Hobby Blanket

Personalized hobby blanket anniversary present for friends

If you're on the hunt for funny anniversary gifts for your friends, try this adorable blanket in their likenesses. This unique present is equal parts meaningful and playful. 

Shelly Klein personalized couple hobby blanket, $145,

22. Crystal Champagne Flutes

Heart crystal champagne flutes anniversary gift set

For big milestones like the 60th anniversary, you're more than welcome to splash out a little. This set of crystal champagne flutes is the height of elegance, and the romantic heart design is a fitting nod to the happy couple. Have them engraved to give your friends an extra-special anniversary gift. 

Waterford Waterford Love True Love flute, $150 for a set of 2,

23. Painted Pet Portrait

Custom pet portrait anniversary gift idea

This one's for the couple who loves to fuss over their four-legged friend. This creative anniversary gift idea is sure to bring a smile to their faces.

Ramalin custom watercolor pet portrait, from $48,

24. Porcelain Picture Frame

Photo frame anniversary gift for friends

Picture frames make some of the best anniversary gifts for friends, because—once filled with a photo—they're meaningful no matter what. We love the super-sweet quote on this one that reads "love is in the air." (FYI, this porcelain frame is also totally on-theme for the 18th anniversary.) 

Kate Spade New York bridal 4x6 frame, $65,

25. Luxe Luggage Set

Luggage set anniversary gift idea for friends

Practical anniversary gift ideas should reflect your friends' interests. If they're always on the go, consider upgrading their luggage to this sleek new set.

Away set of two, from $500,

26. Champagne Delivery

The Sip champagne subscription

For your best friends celebrating their wedding anniversary, go big with a bubbly subscription. This awesome service will deliver tasty champagne straight to their door. 

The Sip membership gift, from $55 per box,

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