A Romantic Anniversary Story

True Story. A man walks into a shop looking for an anniversary gift for his wife of 10 years. He has a plan. He usually starts thinking about the gift 3 – 6 months before the date, just to be sure he gets it right. And there are very strict criteria to be met. He and his wife follow the traditional anniversary gift calendar. For the 10th Anniversary this is tin, and our beautiful hand crafted Mexican Tin Mirrors have caught his eye.

I love this story because of the care and thought involved in choosing a gift. By sticking to the calendar they are challenging each other to put the thought and selection above the price or convenience. It’s very romantic!

So, if you have a wedding anniversary coming up and need an idea, maybe this traditional list and our own interpretations will provide some inspiration……(although all our suggestions are available in store they are not all online)

1st Paper Antique Paper Storage Boxes featuring hand painted birds

2nd Cotton Recycled Sari Throw hand stitched by women in the slums of Calcutta.

3rd Leather Leather carpet made in India from goatskin leather off-cuts

4th Fruit, flowers Thurlby Herb Farm perfume satchets – made in Western Australia

5th Wood Wooden Stamps hand carved in India for fabric printing

6th Sugar Organic Chocolate

7th Copper, wool Copper and Stainless Steel serving bowls – handmade in India

8th Bronze, pottery A stunning Talavera Plate

9th Pottery, willow Hand painted Mexican Day of the Dead Feature Tiles

10th Tin Handcrafted Tin Mirror made in Mexico

11th Steel Wall sculpture; Handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums

12th Silk, linen Kimono Brooch handmade in Australia from vintage Kimono Fabric

13th Lace

14th Ivory

15th Crystal

20th China

25th Silver

30th Pearl

35th Coral

40th Ruby

45th Sapphire

50th Gold

55th Emerald

60th Diamond

Ok maybe I am being overly sentimental but why not? My own man is very romantic – next year is our 20 year wedding anniversary. I’m thinking laterally – maybe a trip to China??

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