Geeky Gifts for Wedding Anniversaries Today, Tomorrow, and Forever

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People have always had problems picking out gifts to give each other (or friends and relatives) for wedding anniversaries. At least, it would seem so considering the rather detailed lists that have existed for centuries all over the world to help puzzled gift-givers in their annual purchases. And while there have been attempts to create “modern” lists, they still always seem to be a little out of touch.

That is, until now.

We at GeekDad have taken it upon ourselves to build a new list of wedding anniversary gifts for each year, using the “traditional” and “modern” lists shown at Wikipedia and About.com. While we’ve tried to stay true to the spirit of the “legacy” gift suggestions, we’ve tried hard to put a truly geeky, and in some cases futuristic, spin on them.

YearTraditionalModernGeek
1stPaperClocksDigital Media Downloads
2ndCottonChinaMMORPG Gold/Currency
3rdLeatherCrystal, GlassGeeky t-shirts
4thLinen, SilkAppliances (electrical)Comic Books
5thWoodSilverwareSmartphone
6thIronWood objectsBoard Game
7thWool, CopperDesk sets/Pen & Pencil setsTablet Stylus
8thBronzeLinens, LaceGaming Dice
9thPottery, ChinaLeather goodsGear Bag
10thTin, AluminumDiamond jewelryTablet Computer
11thSteelFashion jewelry, accessoriesHeadphones/Portable Speakers
12thSilkPearls, Colored gemsDedicated Offsite Data Back-up
13thLaceTextiles, FursLEGO
14thIvoryGold jewelryBluetooth Speaker
15thCrystalWatchesLaptop
16thTourmalineSilver HollowareTechnical Tools (computer repair, electronics, wiring)
17thFurnitureGaming Console/Accessories
18thTurquoisePorcelainSee a Space Launch
19thAquamarineBronzeAuthentic Movie/TV Props
20thChinaPlatinum4K HDTV
21stBrass, NickelAttend a Major Genre Convention
22ndCopperHome Media Server
23rdSilver plateDrone
24thOpalMusical InstrumentsVirtual Instruments/Sequencers
25thSilverSilverDesktop Computer
30thPearlDiamondGeeky Adventure Travel (Vomit Comet, Arecibo)
35thCoral, JadeJadeHome Hardwired for Gigabit Ethernet
40thRubyRubyOff-Grid Utilities
42ndImproved Real EstateTowels
45thSapphireSapphireBlue Lasers
50thGoldGoldNear-Earth Space Tourism (Virgin Galactic, Russian Space Program)
55thEmeraldEmeraldVirtual Reality Gear
60thDiamond (Yellow)DiamondBionics/Implanted Computing
65thStar Sapphire (Gray)Medical Rejuvenation
70thTemporal Correction (Fix a Past Indiscretion)
75thDiamond, GoldDiamond, GoldIntergalactic Travel
80thOakDiamond, PearlEternal Life (Ascension to Higher Plane, Brain Transplant to Younger Clone)

[And yes, the LEGO Rings are available at Shannon Conrad’s (aka rubygirl) Etsy site.]

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