After the simplicity and softness of cotton (2nd anniversary theme), the reward for another year is that perennially tough, protective and achingly cool substance… leather! Marlon Brando's leather jacket in The Wild One. Connolly leather hides in a classic Bentley.And just maybe this durable, protective material is emblematic of how you protect each other from external challenges to your relationship?
There are smart leather products for all occasions (and what you do in the privacy of the marital home is up to you!). Also, unlike some themes, there are lots of opportunities to buy for men (despatch bags, braided leather bracelets).
For women, a Lily Gardner embossed clutch with lace print lining hits that sweet spot between utility and glamour.
Cool leather wallet
Top Gun leather jacket
Upmarket briefcase, travel or laptop bag
Placemats and coasters
New shoes – and don’t forget suede…
Unlike the rawhide toughness of leather, this theme highlights the delicate and potentially fragile nature of all relationships. They need care and to be protected! But glass and crystal items are also usually glittering and brilliant beauties.
Crystal glassware – perhaps some wine glasses or whisky tumblers
A glass-blowing experience
A trip to Waterford Crystal in Ireland
Lily Gardner Swarovski crystal pearls
Isn’t it totally amazing that a bit of grit sneaking into an oyster can be turned into a beautiful iridescent pearl? Concentric layers of calcium carbonate never looked so good! Well, what must be a pain in the bum for a mollusc is a godsend for present buyers. Pearl jewellery comes in all shapes and designs, not just simple spheres. Lily Gardner’s long graduated pearl earrings are a perfect example.
If you are looking for an alternative stone as a 3rd anniversary gift Moonstone is intriguing. Moonstone’s name is derived from its pearly and opalescent sheen, or schiller, caused by light diffraction across its surface. The Romans admired moonstone, believing it to be derived from the solidified rays of the Moon. More recently it became popular during the Art Nouveau period, with Lalique using it in much of his jewellery.
Any jewellery featuring pearls, jade, moonstone, or crystal: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
A bouquet or a pot of fuchsias or sunflowers
Presents with a flower theme : sunflower is a really popular flower design and appears on stationery and cards. If you have bought a pearl themed gift already, add a card with a sunflower might show extra though? What about an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance.
Gifts with a floral motif (eg handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear)