This morning I have started to think about what I should get my husband for our wedding anniversary in June. Whilst it’s still a while away, I like to be prepared, and generally our gifts are experiences rather than objects, so they take a little more planning. We married almost four years ago, in one of the most beautiful parts of England, the Peak District, at the gorgeous Peak Edge Hotel, and I like to go back and visit as often as we can. This led me to thinking about traditional anniversary gifts and how these could become travel experiences or gifts for couple who love to get away, so here is my alternative anniversary gift guide. The traditional gifts are based on UK traditions as outlined in Pears’ Cyclopaedia.
Book you and your loved one a spa break and enjoy the luxurious cotton of hotel bed sheets and dressing gowns! Losehill House bills itself as the “best kept secret in the Peak District” and has some fantastic spa day and spa stay deals. For those looking for something in the South, Cadbury House, just outside Bristol has great facilities including an outdoor hot tub!
3rd Anniversary – Leather
Our passports are the most important piece of travel kit most of us will ever own, so we need to keep it safe. For your leather anniversary, beautiful matching leather passport covers like these from TM Lewin.
4th Anniversary – Silk
For “Silk” it’s got to be the Silk Road! Explore the highlights of this historic trading route on Intrepid’s 41 day Ultimate Silk Road tour, covering China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan or if you’re short on time, visit Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on their 10 day Tashkent to Ashgabat Tour, which includes a night camping in the Karakum Desert. Either way, it’s going to be the experience of a lifetime! Intrepid are market leaders in sourcing ethically responsible travel experiences, and you can find out more about their responsible tourism practices here.
If travelling through Asia to some of the world’s most politically and geographically isolated countries isn’t your cup of tea, or even if you want a little extra gift to keep your loved one warm during that desert camp, why not treat them to a Lifeventure Silk Sleeping Bag Liner from Amazon.
5th Anniversary – Wood
If you jetted off across Asia for your fourth anniversary, why not stick a little closer to home in year 5! Center Parcs makes the ideal destination for couples, families and groups. I’ve just got back from Sherwood Pines, so expect to see more about it in the coming weeks! They have 5 sites across the UK and one opening in the Republic of Ireland later this year, in stunning woodland settings, as well as numerous European sites. There really is something for everyone on a Center Parcs holiday, whether it’s a sensory class for a tiny baby, ziplining across the lake for the adventure seekers, painting a pot for those who want a chilled out afternoon, or simply splashing around in the amazing subtropical swimming paradise. Accommodation ranges from studio apartments to luxury four bed lodges with a hot tub and games room.
6th Anniversary – Sugar
For some super special sugary treats, head to Vienna and same some café culture and the famous Sachertorte. Between cake stops, enjoy a city tour, visit the world famous Spanish Riding School and the historic Schonnbrunn Palace
8th Anniversary – Salt
30 minutes outside of Krakow is the World Heritage site of the Wieliczka salt mines. A truly breathtaking underground experience, with three different tour options, including a change to experience the mines as the miners did. The most spectacular part of the mines has got to be the Chapel of St Kinga, a huge underground church that was carved by the miners for their worship. At the end of the three hour tour, you can enjoy a meal in the unique surroundings of the Miner’s Tavern before returning to the surface via lift.
Check out my previous post here for more things to do during a trip to Krakow.
25th Anniversary – Silver
25 years is something special, so whether you want to spend time just the two of you, or celebrate with the whole family, head to Florida, an hour and a half north of Orlando is Silver Springs State Park. Here you can enjoy Florida’s first tourist attraction, a glass bottomed boat ride to see the wildlife that lies beneath the surface. If you’re feeling more adventurous, hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard to experience this magnificent natural attraction. There is camping/lodge accommodation onsite and a Holiday Inn nearby.
This would make a great day/weekend trip as part of a longer break to Orlando, and a great opportunity to escape the theme parks and get back to Nature.
50th Anniversary – Gold
If you want to treat your loved one to something special to celebrate your golden wedding anniversary and enjoy a holiday at the same time, hop on an Emirates flight to Dubai for some jewellery shopping! When you’re not shopping, explore the city on a hop on, hop off tour and use the Turbo pass to check out some of Dubai’s biggest attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. If you do splash out on some gold jewellery during your travels, or any other high value goods, remember that your duty free allowance is £390 and you will need to pay duty on goods valued above this amount when returning to the UK. See here for the full details of duty free allowances from the British Government.