The best fifth wedding anniversary gifts and cards

Five years is the first ‘big’ wedding anniversary, and frankly we think that’s a good excuse for some awesome presents. 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’s just hit their fifth wedding anniversary, then we’ve got you covered with our guide to some thoughtful five year anniversary gifts.

Side note: if you ask us, wood is actually a better anniversary theme than tin, which is a bit of a ‘meh’ material to celebrate ten whole years. But if you’re planning well ahead, check out our guide to tenth wedding anniversary gifts, and find out how we made the most of a wedding theme that sounds more like a can of Heinz. 

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. 

Wood working 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 wood working 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.

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.

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.


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. 

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.

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