According to the “Traditional Anniversary Gift” list, the 5th wedding anniversary is symbolized by wood. This means that if you want to follow tradition you’ll need to give a gift of wood for a 5 year wedding anniversary.

Although it’s been five years since you said “I Do” and got married it seems like just yesterday. The first anniversary is significant and some would consider it a milestone, but the 5th anniversary is the first of the milestone anniversaries and is cause for celebration. The celebration can be as simple as a quite dinner for two and an exchange of traditional wood gifts or it can be a party with friends, family and extravagant gifts or anything in between. The main thing is that this milestone deserves some type of observance.

As far as gifts for a fifth wedding anniversary, tradition states that gifts should be wood. Though there are no rules or law that states you must follow tradition, but it can be fun and very romantic following the traditional anniversary gift list. The representative materials for each of the anniversaries like paper for the 1st and wood for the 5th etc. was created long ago thus the reason for some of the materials is not known.

There are a considerable number of theories as to why some symbols were selected for certain years. There are probably dozens of theories as to why wood is the fifth anniversary. Quite a few of these theories are variations centered around the statement “a five year marriage is strong and durable like wood”.
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