08/06/2016 11:24 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

A Guide To Traditional Anniversary Gifts (And Modern Alternatives)

A 50th wedding anniversary could be a trip to the Gold Coast.

What is this? An anniversary gift for ants?
What is this? An anniversary gift for ants?

While the number of divorces in Australia is decreasing (maybe true love really does exist!), having an anniversary is always reason for celebration.

The first year means you've accomplished 365 days of holy matrimony and with that comes the gift of paper. Your beloved might not jump for joy over a ream of white Fuju Xerox A4, but there are fun ways you can get creative. Write them a series of love notes or clues leading to a bigger gift, or consider art in the form of a limited edition print. Foreign currency or plane tickets are also a fun way to announce an adventure you've booked.

A map and plane tickets would be a pretty fun way to celebrate one year together.

Strangely, the 6th year is celebrated with sugar and iron. Your partner's favourite sweet treat is an obvious choice (or maybe Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar cookbook if they are on a health kick). Gift a clothes iron at your own risk, or interpret iron as metal and head off to a rock concert.

20 years together means it's time for china! If you've accumulated enough crockery over the years to host a tea party for the Mad Hatter, consider going to the country instead. If you don't want to travel, a nice Asian meal out could be the trick.

Take a look at the below infographic to learn what each anniversary is represented by, as well as some modern day alternative suggestions.

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Infographic created by Parrot Print

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