What Is the Traditional Anniversary Gift for 10 Years?

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The tradition of giving wedding anniversary gifts dates back centuries. According to a list of traditional gifts, each year of marriage is represented by an item, and each year's gift is more precious than the last. The traditional 10th anniversary gift is tin.

1 Origin

Although tin may seem an odd gift for a wedding anniversary, the gift-giving tradition originated in medieval times, when resources for gift giving were scarce.

2 Significance

The 10-year milestone anniversary is symbolized by tin (or aluminum) because the metal's flexibility can be likened to the flexibility and compromise necessary for a successful marriage.

3 History

The traditional anniversary gift list was compiled in 1937 by the American National Retail Jeweler Association. Either tin or aluminum is an acceptable 10th anniversary gift.

4 Considerations

In modern times, a suitable gift made from tin may be difficult to find. Tradition also allows for an anniversary gift to be wrapped or decorated in the material for that year. A 10th anniversary present could be wrapped in shiny tin foil or encased in a tin box.

5 Types

Traditional 10th anniversary gifts made from tin may include a tin coin bank, tin wall art or antique toys made of tin.

Heather Lacey is a freelance writer who has been specializing in print and Web articles since 2008. She is a regular contributor to "Go Gilbert!," "Scottsdale Health Magazine" and other local publications. Lacey has a professional background in hospitality management and studied journalism at Phoenix College.