The 9th anniversary is always a wonderful occasion to give or receive an anniversary gift. This special time-honored gesture reminds couples that their relationship has “really blossomed.” It's a meaningful symbol of the commitment and love that still exists. And, it's a perfect opportunity to remind the special people in your life just how much they mean to you.
The classic gift for the 9th anniversary is a picture of the couple. It's a nice, light reminder that lovely things do come from simple beginnings, made even more so when presented in a beautiful picnic basket. It gives you a good excuse to choose some really fashionable kitchen accessories and homeware. And, the perfect picnic basket is the perfect place to share your picnics with friends and family.
In most traditional anniversary gifts for women, flowers are the usual. You might be surprised to find out, though, that the men aren't so monolithic when it comes to their tastes. In fact, many men prefer a less formal way of showing affection. Why not select a classic wooden wine holder with a metal wedge? Or a stainless steel platter with a wooden bowl for a less formal gesture?
Another choice for a more rugged but still classic 9th anniversary gift is a solid wood, perhaps some sort of birdcage or bonsai, with a beautiful piece of fine art on its surface. A gift certificate for a day of archery might be a nice touch. When it comes to gemstones, the classic choice is still the gemstone. Whether it's pink topaz, garnet, an emerald or sapphire, any gemstone will say adieu to the stresses of modern living. A traditional nine year old boy might appreciate his first real set of keys, yet he'll be overjoyed to receive a beautiful key chain.
For a woman who loves jewelry, her very best friend would be a beautiful pair of earrings. This is actually a great gift idea for a husband, as well, since he can use them both for gardening and spending time in the garden. Another 9th anniversary gift idea for a wife is a set of long, curvy scissors. For a man, a watch is always welcome, but if you really want to surprise your spouse, why not give him a pair of trendy running shoes?
One thing that is certain with most any anniversary gifts, whether they are given formally or simply for a jubilee, is that they must be handmade. If you are lucky enough to live in a crafty household yourself, you could make your own gift basket full of things like herbs, spices, cheeses, fruits, and other foodstuffs. If you are less lucky and have to buy your spouse a gift, you'll have plenty of options. You can go the traditional route and put together a gift basket filled with flowers, nuts, crackers, and cookies that would be a perfect complement to a traditional hamper. Or, you could choose something more unique by putting together something like an herb kit, cookbook, coffee maker, or even a bottle of wine.
Of course, one of the best anniversary gifts that you can give is a wonderful little bit of pottery to show off to your sweetheart. When you get to this part of the process, it's a good idea to know exactly what your spouse likes so that you do not spoil your surprise by picking something that they might not appreciate. For example, if they prefer contemporary and modern pieces, a coffee pot or ceramic mug would be a wonderful gift. On the other hand, if they prefer something that has a bit of vintage flavor to it, a tea pot or a vintage-look ceramic mug would be lovely.
Another nice touch that can really add to the personalised ceramic coaster is to add a personal message to it. You can use a nice piece of handmade paper and use some fancy calligraphy to spell out a short message, or you could print out a pretty phrase that would make for a lovely anniversary card. If you want to make a gift a little bit more personal, you can always choose something that will have significance only for the two of you and put it on the potter's wheel. The key is to steer away from something that would make a great present for someone else and instead, choose something that would make a lovely keepsake for the two of you.