Don’t Take Any Wooden Gifts

No, there is nothing wrong with wooden gifts. Just making a joke about the old “Don’t take any wooden nickles” saying. The traditional five-year anniversary gift is wood.  Ben is tricky to buy for, especially when it comes to wooden gifts.  He already has wood working tools, and the one he wants is about $1000, so that wasn’t happening.  I considered a nice wooden cutting board like this from Red Onion Woodworks but that seemed a little too utilitarian and not so romantic.

I switched gears and started thinking of art ideas.  We always need art, right?  A quick search on Pinterest yielded a  few results, like this sweet cut out.  I’ve actually seen Julene’s amazing work before on her site and love the attention to detail.

Seriously, check out these custom pieces.

Pretty fantastic, huh.  Well, luckily, Julene has an Etsy shop to sell limited edition laser cuts.  I thought this listing was adorable.

But, it isn’t wood, is it?  Well, a wooden frame can fix that in a hurry.  Ben thought it was cute, too.

I thought about wrapping it in a faux bois paper, but ran out of time.  Oh, and, I could always swap out the backing for a piece of stained wood veneer.  I recently created a custom Family Tree cut out with a wood veneer backing.  I think it’s fabulous.

That’s the 411 on our anniversary gift giving.  Ben gave me a dinner to our favorite restaurant, sans kids.  That rarely happens.  Do you give traditional wedding gifts?  If so, what creative year gifts have you come up with?  Year six is iron.  That could be tough.

13 thoughts on “Don’t Take Any Wooden Gifts

  1. I LOVE that laser cut! We had that poem read at our wedding so I’ve been thinking about buying it for my husband for our anniversary. 🙂 Your idea of backing it with a piece of wood veneer is fantastic!

  2. Happy Anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our’s too and I had a hard time with this one – opted to use it as an excuse to buy a bench for our front porch. Iron next year, really? That is going to be difficult! Good call on the laser cut – it looks great.

  3. We hit year one in October. I bought my husband a coffee table book and he bought me a painting. Year two is cotton. Can I ask for new jeans 🙂

    1. Kati, Good call on the bench! I’ve seen people do something travel related each year, so they may go to Muir Woods or something for year 5. Yeah, doesn’t iron seem like a doozie? Oddly enough the other option for traditional is candy. Really, after six years I’ve only earned candy?!?! Hmm.

      Kim, you *might* not want to ask your hubs to pick out jeans for you. I know I wouldn’t want Ben to. Maybe nice sheets?

  4. Happy anniversary!

    We don’t really do traditional gifts. Heck, we barely do gifts at all. We went to a football game for our first anniversary (and we had just bought our house), for two year we bought the CJ-7, and who knows what we’ll do for three years.

  5. When you come to MN you must help me pick out/create art for our entire home, you have a gift! And that FAMILY cutout with the wood veneer backing is AAAAAHHHMAZING!


    1. Jen, it’s a plan! You can bet your booty on it. Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement, too! You’re such a fantastic blogger and friend! I’m a lucky gal. 🙂

  6. We do traditional gifts and find it fun to have a theme for gift giving. I got him an apple tree for the 5th anniversary. For 6th I think it is iron or wool so we went with wool. Iron is too hard. 🙂

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