Gathering ideas for gift giving can be tricky, especially when it comes to anniversaries. Whether you're looking to surprise a spouse or celebrate a special couple, the choices can be overwhelming. You can find inspiration by checking out the list of traditional and modern anniversary gift ideas; it's a great way to narrow the field and embrace traditional gift giving well before the milestone 25th (silver) and 50th (gold) anniversaries. Here at Fine Linen and Bath and Mulberry Park Silks, we're particular fans of the twelfth anniversary, which the traditional list recommends celebrating with gifts of linen and silk.
Memorable Twelve-Year Anniversary Gifts
Choosing a memorable 12th anniversary gift of silk or linen is easy with help from our team at Fine Linen and Bath and Mulberry Park Silks. If you or loved ones are celebrating the twelfth year of marriage, take a look at these inspired and thoughtful gift suggestions (and consider bookmarking this page for next Valentine's Day!) We've even got a few great ideas for celebrating 12 years with the modern anniversary gift of pearls with our own unique twist.
Traditional Twelfth Anniversary Gifts: Silk and Linen
A traditional gift of silk or linen is meant to symbolize purity, strength, and, of course, luxury. In keeping with wedding anniversary meanings, these linen and silk gifts are true celebrations of love that go beyond commonplace gifts like lingerie or a silk tie.
His and hers22 momme pillowcases $86+: After a dozen years of marriage, it's time to discover the luxury of silk pillowcases. Once a well-kept secret of beauty insiders, sleeping on silk pillowcases has gone mainstream due to silk's many benefits for hair and skin. Both husband and wife will wake to smoother skin and hair with fewer sleep wrinkles and less bed head! Our signature 22 momme silk pillowcases (900 thread count) are with 100% Grade A Pure Mulberry Long Strand Silk. Envelope style closure with generous 8” flap; naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mites and mold; OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals and naturally dyed with no color shading or fading.
Cheers to the happy couple! Wrap up a set of embroidered cocktail napkins from luxury linen manufacturer Sferra in Cheers or Celebrations patterns ($40 pack of four). Made from 100 percent linen, each set features four different whimsical designs that are sure to delight. Hand-thread-drawn hemstitch with mitered corners. Add a set of wine glasses, champagne flutes, or double old fashioned tumblers and a favorite adult libation for a gift everyone will love. Let the anniversary celebration begin!
Say Bon Voyage!Wherever the road takes them, they'll travel in comfort with a set of silk travel pillowcases ($37.90 for two) and charmeuse eye masks ($30 for two). Silk pillowcases are perfectly portable, optional polyester fill insert also available ($12 each). Eye masks are light-blocking and whisper soft to encourage deep, dreamy sleep. Travel pillowcases and masks and made from 19 Momme Pure Mulberry Silk, OEKO-TEX Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals and naturally dyed with no color shading or fading.
Luxury, Love, and Flowers that Never Fade! Upgrade the bath and set the theme with hugs, kisses, and roses from Anali's collection of linen guest towels ($56). Choose XOXO Linen (we love the begonia!) or Rose designs…and indulge in color-coordinated luxury with a new set of Abyss Super Pile Bath sheets in Happy Pink or Ivory ($264-$306 set of two).
An Updated Take on the Modern Anniversary Gift of Pearl
As we mentioned earlier, pearl is the modern suggestion for a 12th year wedding anniversary gift. But this doesn't necessarily mean cultured pearl jewelry such as a pearl necklace or cuff links. Add romance, luxury, and even a bit of decadence to the master bath with a 12th anniversary gift from the Mike and Ally Caviar Bath Collection ($150+)Sprinkled with a healthy measure of man-made gemstone beauty in pearl and radiant crystal, these enamel accessories are true works of art, handmade to order in the Mike and Ally's New York City studios. Choose from gold or silver trim and any of Mike and Ally's designer enamel colors. Custom colors available.
An Extra Special Gift Idea for the 12th Anniversary
We've saved the most romantic of our silk anniversary gifts for last. On your 12th wedding anniversary, recapture the magic of your wedding day with a 22 momme silk sheet set ($475) There's nothing like sleeping on pure silk sheets; they're chic, comfortable, and the very definition of luxurious. Along with being great for hair and skin, these 22 momme silk charmeuse sheets are breathable and can help regulate body temperature in any conditions year-round. Our silk sheets are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, dust and mites, and free from harmful chemicals, which makes them wonderful for even the most sensitive skin.
Did you know?
The practice of celebrating with a traditional anniversary gift has roots in ancient Rome and medieval Europe but came to popularity in Victorian times with the advent of the love match. In the early 20th century, etiquette expert Emily Post codified and formalized the practice. In the 1930s, a jeweler's association developed the “modern anniversary” list which is more comprehensive.