Happy Anniversary Baby! [competition]

Odd Fact of the Day: The Corner Store opened for the first time on a Wednesday. That’s because it happened to be my Grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Having stuffed up their last major anniversary gift [I knitted them a beautiful emerald green rug, before realising it was their DIAMOND anniversary… duh!] I  figured it was a as good of a way as any to honour Great Nana Chris and Big Poppa Joe.
Once my thinking processes get started, they’re hard to rein in, so now  I’m wondering how in the world we came up with the official wedding anniversary “gift by year” list?

I’d really like to know who was the genius that decided you “should” celebrate with groceries for your 44th wedding anniversary? Where is the romance in that? For starters, by the time you’ve been married 44 years you’ve probably already shopped for groceries more than 2,000 times!  Sure, it’s not easy coming up with 60 different gifts, but… groceries? appliances?? porcelain?

It’s obviously time to add some Wedding Whisperer style to that list, and I’d love you to help me. Let’s come up with some creative alternatives for these oddball anniversary traditions… For instance, the first anniversary gift is traditionally paper. Wellll…. airline, concert or sports event tickets are paper, too! Or, if it MUST be groceries, how about if you shopped for those groceries in Auckland. Or Paris — yeah, THAT sounds more like it!

Here’s the list of traditional anniversary gifts. Email me with your alternatives, and I’ll add them in. Not only will you help change a tradition, you’ll get the chance to win a fantastic haircare package valued at over $80.
EDIT TO ADD: Congrats to our winner, Kelly, whose twisted sense of humour has had me chuckling on and off all day! [see below]

Traditional Gift/Gemstone/Official Modern Gift/Wedding Whisperer twist /Kelly’s version
1st: Paper /Gold/Clocks / love letter, message in a bottle, tickets for an event, vouchers, framed personal wedding vows
2nd:  Cotton/Garnet /China or bisque porcelain/ new pyjamas, parasol, beach equipment, chinese food
3rd:  Leather/Pearl/Crystal, Glass/ designer handbag, leather jacket,  optician visit, leather chaps and whip
4th:  Fruit, flowers, linen/Blue Topaz/ Appliances    [really! WHO makes up this stuff??!]  yes, appliances – (a vibrator), fruit or flower scented skin care or perfume
5 years:  Wood/Sapphire / Silverware, set of wooden stocks (for misbehaving husbands, or when the wife needs some alone time), jewellery (silver-wear)
6th:  Iron/Amethyst/ Candy Iron Man on DVD, an actual iron, candy gob stoppers
7th:  Copper, Wool/Onyx/ Desk set, linen /jewellery made from old NZ copper coins, loot bag full of 10c pieces, togas [waaay more fun than linen, then you can have a party, too!]
8th:  Bronze/Tourmaline/Pottery/fake tan bronzer, The movie “Ghost” on DVD
9th:  Pottery, China/Lapis Lazuli/ Linen, lace    [Pfft. Linen again? It’s not even like it was the hot item the first time!] sexy lingerie
10 Years:  Tin, Aluminum/Diamond/ Diamonds, brushed steel/replace old tools in the garage or kitchen, tin foil, otherwise known as aluminium foil – two birds with one stone
11th: Steel/Turquoise/ Fashion jewellery, something stolen [steal] flowers from an unsuspecting neighbour’s garden, for instance
12th: Silk or fine linen/Jade/ Pearls or coloured gems, dinner at a fancy restaurant [oysters, of course]
13th:  Lace/Citrine/ Textiles or furs, a razor and shaving cream, citronella-candle-lit dinner
14th: Ivory/Opal/ Gold Jewellery /piano lessons, white chocolate, african safari [the touristy kind, not the poaching kind]
15 Years:  Crystal/Ruby/ Titanium/eyeglasses/sunglasses, glassware, champagne breakfast, clarity, [though I’ve heard it’s in short supply this year!]
16th: Peridot/ Silverware, / cutlery/picnic set, spanish duelling swords
17th: Carnelian/Furniture/sex swing [to make a change from the kitchen table, or the couch, etc…]
18th: Cats Eye/Porcelain/ a kitten [catseye], dental work [porcelain], binoculars, cats eye contact lenses
19th: Aquamarine/Bronze/beach holiday [aqua marine+ bronzing?!], island cruise where one can enjoy both aqua, marine, and get brozned
20 Years:  China/Emerald/Platinum, their favourite platinum selling music group/singer
21st : Lolite/ Brass, nickel/ haircare [lo-lights/highlights], brass knuckles, a nickelback CD
22nd: Spinet/ Copper/ spinet: donate them an organ, the book David Copperfield
23rd:  Silver Plate/ armor
24th:  Musical Instrument/ Lounge party, concert tickets, stand outside the bedroom window holding a stereo above your head while belting out ‘your song’ from your wedding
25 years:  Silver/Silver / silver fern


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