The best fifth wedding anniversary gifts and cards

Five years is the first ‘big’ wedding anniversary marking half a decade married, and frankly, we think that’s a good excuse for some awesome presents.

But let’s be real, not all of us are great gift-givers, are we? Not to worry, because here at thortful, we’re pretty much pros in that department and have come up with some fifth wedding anniversary gift ideas for you.

What is the 5 year anniversary material?

The five year wedding anniversary is marked by the traditional gift of wood, symbolising durability, growth, and strength.

It might not be the most exciting of materials, but there are some lovely wood anniversary gifts for your spouse. And wood-n’t you like to find the perfect wood anniversary gift? We’re sorry. No, really. We’ll see ourselves out.

Bad puns aside, if you’re looking for inspiration for wood wedding anniversary gifts for your spouse, or for a special couple who’ve just hit their fifth wedding anniversary, then we’ve got you covered with our guide to some thoughtful five year anniversary gifts.

Wood anniversary gift for him

Buying gifts for guys can be hard work (we all know it’s true). But the wood theme for your fifth wedding anniversary can help to spark some great ideas – here are a couple of great suggestions for wood anniversary gifts for him.

Engraved cutting board

If your husband can often be found in the kitchen creating culinary showstoppers, then pick wood anniversary gifts for him that are going to help in his quest to become an amateur chef. How about a beautiful gift that will take pride of place on your countertop, like a custom cutting board? We like this personalised engraved cutting board from Personalised Gift Box. Useful, stylish, and bang-on theme? You’re welcome. 

Woodworking course

Not the usual suggestion for a gift, but we think this could be a really great fifth wedding anniversary gift – and it’s definitely sticking to the ‘wood anniversary’ theme. If your husband loves a bit of DIY in the house or enjoys working with his hands, sign him up for a woodworking course. He can carve, whittle and sand to his heart’s content – and you never know, it could spark a passion for a fun new hobby.

A hobby that would also be ideal for when you need a new set of shelves. That’s what we call practical present-giving. Craft Courses UK has a list of upcoming workshops you can book as a gift.

Engraved 5th anniversary cufflinks

Cufflinks are always a great gift idea for men, but if you’re looking to opt for something a little more unique (and want to keep things in line with the wooden theme) you could get these engraved 5th anniversary cufflinks courtesy of The Gift Experience.

Plus, next time he’s suited and booted for a special event, he’ll get all sorts of compliments on them!

Personalised hammer

If you always find your husband pottering around the house or in the garden ‘fixing’ things (or at least that’s what he says) then a personalised wooden hammer would make the perfect wood anniversary gift for him.

Now he can go about tinkering like he’s a real handyman. We’d just maybe recommend keeping a close eye on what he’s messing with in case it goes wrong, is all.

Wood anniversary gifts for her

Wood might not sound like the most romantic material for a gift for your wife – and it might feel a bit lacklustre when you compare it to the sparkling heights of silver, gold or ruby anniversaries when you can get really blingy with the gifts. But you might be pleasantly surprised at some of the thoughtful wood anniversary gifts for her – here are just a couple of our best ideas.  

Escape to a log cabin

Sweep your wife of five years off her feet with a trip to a romantic, secluded log cabin. It’s wood-themed but definitely a lovely twist on the usual presents she might be expecting – and she’s sure to be delighted to have some dedicated time just the two of you. If you can swing a log cabin with a hot tub for a romantic night under the stars, then frankly, we think you’ve won your fifth wedding anniversary.

5th wedding anniversary gifts

Personalised wooden keepsake box

You could just get your wife a wooden jewellery box or a music box, but you only get to celebrate five years together once – so go one step further with a sweet gift that’s filled with memories. Gather together keepsakes from your years together, like cinema tickets, photographs of the two of you, trinkets from holidays together, confetti or champagne corks from your wedding, and arrange them in a beautiful wooden box.

You can find some beautiful personalised wooden keepsake boxes – we like this pretty botanical box from Sunday’s Daughter. Your wife is sure to be speechless when she opens this beautiful and thoughtful fifth wedding anniversary gift.

Wooden bed tray

Why not make your wife feel like a true queen on your anniversary with some breakfast in bed served on a rustic wooden bed tray.

Whether you go all out and whip up a full English or quickly pull together something from what you have in, this wooden bed tray is part of a perfect way for her to wake up making it a great fifth anniversary gift. (Not only that, but it most definitely falls within the wooden material category we might add.)

A bottle of sandalwood perfume

Okay, okay, so we get that this is sort of a loose link to make but if you know that your wife enjoys a lovely smelling perfume then a sandalwood option is a great fifth anniversary gift idea for her. There are honestly so many to choose from at all sorts of price points including Chanel’s Coco and Le Labo’s Santal 33.

5 year anniversary gift for a couple

Gifting anything to two people is a bit of a headache – finding something they’ll both like, that won’t stick out like a sore thumb in their home or end up relegated to the attic? Nightmare. But fear not – we’ve racked our brains and scoured the internet to come up with some fabulous five year anniversary gifts for couples.

Wood anniversary print

A tasteful bit of wall art is bound to go down well – choose wisely, and you might even make it into a coveted spot on the living room wall.

And as far as prints for 5th wedding anniversary gifts go, you can’t go wrong with this stylish choice from Design by Eleven. This smart design with five slices of wood symbolises five years of memories, it can be customised to make a special gift, and the smart minimalist design will look great on any wall.

Personalised champagne gift box

A special anniversary calls for something sparkling – and we can heartily recommend a bottle of sparkling wine from our friends at Nyetimber, available with any card from thortful.

But if you’re looking to really nail the ‘wood anniversary’ theme, then find a wooden box you can have engraved and present a bottle of bubbly to the happy couple – Getting Personal has a lovely customisable option. For bonus ‘oh, you’re so thoughtful!’ points, make sure you buy the same brand that was served on their wedding day. 

Wooden coasters

Does the couple in mind enjoy entertaining and having people over often? If so, then some wooden coasters are not only on theme, but are practical too!

These days is there anything better than a present that you can actually use and don’t have to worry about whether it’ll be regifted or not. For some inspiration on what sort of options you can pick from just take a look at these quirky wooden button coasters from Sass & Belle.

Wooden chess set

If you’re looking for something a bit different, why not treat the couple to a charming wooden chess set. This is a great fifth wedding anniversary gift (especially for those that are a bit more introverted) as it gives the couple something to do on weekends and cold nights and really is a true test of logic. They won’t be able to stop playing on their journey to becoming a ‘grandmaster’ of the game.

Fifth wedding anniversary cards 

Accompany your thoughtful wood anniversary gifts with a perfectly thortful card to match! Here are a few of our favourites from our fantastic card creators – for more inspiration, make sure you check out our full range of fifth wedding anniversary cards.

Cards by: Harriet PophamDottie Mottie | Kerry Stewart | Brogan Thomas Designs | Purple Tree Designs | TeePee Creations

Celebrate one of the first big milestones in your marriage with these thoughtful 5 year wedding anniversary gifts. If you’re looking ahead at years to come, then we also have some great gift guides for silver wedding anniversary gifts and ruby anniversary gift ideas. For more great lifestyle guides and inspiration, check out the thortful blog.