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Traditional Gifts for a Fifth Anniversary

Table It

Wooden serving ware adds appeal to any kitchen. For a romantic note, find wooden pieces from where the couple honeymooned. If their honeymoon was in Hawaii, for example, consider a hand-carved salad bowl made from kamari, a native wood of the Hawaiian Islands. Another wooden gift is a large wooden fork and spoon set for serving salads or other dishes. Styles of utensil sets vary between those with ornately decorated handles, and those with a more minimalist design. You can find wooden serving ware through online companies like Forest Treasures and VanEss Expressions or local craft galleries in your area.

Box It

Even though their wedding took place five years ago, many couples enjoy receiving a wooden keepsake box to store some of the memorable items they have acquired as a couple. Some wooden boxes even feature five drawers. Use each of the five drawers for a different year of the marriage, saving pictures and scrapbook items collected during that year. Other styles of wooden boxes offer a single compartment that the couple can use for everything from anniversary jewelry, to the official paperwork pertaining to the marriage such as their vows and a copy of the marriage certificate.

Plant It

For the environmentally minded couple, consider a donation to an environmental organization like Sierra Club or a special state park the couple enjoys. If a donation feels too impersonal, try naming a tree in honor of the couple. You can also plant a tree in honor of the couple's anniversary through a donation to organizations such as Arbor Day or Tree Givers. The tree won't have a physical label connecting it to the couple, but the organization will send a decorative letter notifying them that a tree was planted in honor of their fifth wedding anniversary.

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