Did you know that every anniversary has its own traditional anniversary gift? With each year, the value of the gift increases and is meant to represent the strengthening of a couple’s union over time. And while you may be a long way off from the traditional fiftieth wedding anniversary gift (gold), or the sixtieth (diamonds), those single-digit years, when marriages are still in their infancy, and still special and important. Every year is a cause for celebration, no matter how much time has passed.
What Is the traditional three-year anniversary gift?
By the time you reach your three-year anniversary, the traditional gift is leather. It’s stronger and tougher than the first anniversary gift (paper) and the second anniversary gift (cotton), but it’s still flexible. “The well-loved leather will age beautifully and take on patina, scratches and scars — like the best relationships do,” Clare Vivier, fashion designer and founder of Clare V., tells Good Housekeeping. “A leather item that’s monogrammed or hand-painted is a thoughtful gift.”
The best three-year anniversary gifts:
Whether you’re looking for gifts for men or gifts for women, these are the best third anniversary leather presents, from everyday belts and slippers to luxe key and passport holders. There are some vegan leather options in there, too, if you don’t want to go the real route. After you take a look at these, all you have to do is worry about what to write in the anniversary card.
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Unisex 3-Year Anniversary Gift
Leather Charger Roll Up
Keep organized (and classy) with this leather charger roll-up from Mark & Graham, which ensures they’ll never misplace their essentials again. It comes in seven different colors with an option for personalization.
Unique Photo 3-Year Anniversary Gift
Leather Keychain With Photo
Choose from eight different colors and pick any personaliztion you’d like. Then, all you have to do is send this Etsy seller your favorite photo for a truly special present. “This came out perfectly. Such good leather. Got it for my 3 year anniversary for my husband and I can’t wait to give it to him. Everything was great quality,” one reviewer wrote.
Modern Meets Traditional 3-Year Anniversary Gift
Custom Map Gift
You pick the country, island or state that means the most to you two, and it will be engraved on genuine, 100% real vegetable leather and place in a dark brown frame.
Personalized Leather Cufflinks
Whiskey Glasses With Leather Wrap
The personalized leather grips on this set of four top-notch whiskey glasses are sure to turn heads at your next soirée. Just be sure to toast your partner.
Every wardrobe needs a simple crossbody bag that is both functional and stylish. This leather Madewell version checks both boxes and comes in two vegetable-tanned leather colors: English saddle and true black.
Does your spouse always empty out their pockets at the end of the day into an amorphous mass on the dresser? This leather valet tray is the perfect addition to their drawers, nightstand or bathroom counter and will hold all their valuables until they’re ready to pick them back up in the morning.
Creating the perfect work-from-home desk is no easy feat but this leather mouse pad might help. The natural cork lining keeps it in place and gives just the right amount of cushion.
Pendleton Roll-Up Chess & Checkers Set
Travel shouldn’t stop you from playing your favorite games. This leather Pendleton roll-out is perfect for picnics, car rides, camping or any place where a traditional board game is too hard to lug around.
Plan a posh picnic with this double wine tote bag, which has enough room for a red and white option. It features reinforced handles for comfortable carrying, and you can add ersonalization for an extra $20.
Song of Ice and Fire Series
Your partner might have a dog-eared copy of their favorite book somewhere at home, but do they have a leather-bound version? Worthy of any true bibliophile, these five leather-bound volumes from fantasy author George R. R. Martin include all of their favorite tales.
Faux Leather Carry-On Duffel Bag
Not so into real leather? This duffle is made with vegan leather that’s not only as buttery soft as the real thing, it’s durable as well. The roomy main compartment features a zipper pocket and dual open slip pockets, leaving plenty of room to store any other needed belongings.
Leather Cord Keepers with Button Stud Closure
Sure, these little cord keepers are tiny, but they’ll make a big impact in her life everytime she finds her phone chargers and USB cables neatly in her bag instead of all tangled. Plus, they are handpainted for added touch.
Best 3-Year Anniversary Gifts for a Husband
Grant Leather Toiletry Bag
If you’re planning an anniversary weekend getaway together, you’re going to need a toiletry bag. This pebbled leather bag from Pottery Barn is sleek and stylish but still has tons of room for all of your essentials. You can also add a monogram.
Best 3-Year Anniversary Gifts for a Wife
Kate Spade Staci Leather Passport Holder Black
Maybe it’s time for another honeymoon? They’ll keep their passport safe with this leather option from Kate Spade, and look chic every time they flash it in front of the TSA.
Blush Vegan Leather Folio
They’ll enjoy stylish organization on the go with this beautiful, high-quality vegan leather folio. With five storage pockets, one pen loop and a secure magnetic closure, this folio is perfect for carrying all their writing materials and then some.
Make baggage claim a little less stressful with these designer bag tags. It comes in three colors, including the familiar Clare V. double stripe.
This vegan, cruelty-free case is perfect for stashing earbuds for easy finding — because those things are easier to lose than your house keys.
Leather Wrapped Concrete Tealight Holder
You can never have too many candle holders, and these leather-wrapped ones are the perfect addition to your collection. Candlelight can turn any occasion into something special.
Upgrade your home décor with these leather coasters from M.M. LaFleur. They add an extra something special to your home bar setup, especially if you fancy whiskey.
Commuter Leather Chronograph Watch
Kick it old school with this leather analog watch from Fossil. It helps tie any outfit together for a polished-but-casual look.
Gold? Silver? Try a leather bracelet on for size instead. They can wear it stacked or solo for the perfect finishing touch to any look.
Sure, you could use a regular plastic measuring tape, but imagine how cool it will look to pull out this sleek leather version. And it fits easily into your tool box, pocket or purse.
Forget those foam koozies! These leather versions are the real deal. Sport them at your next barbecue and keep your cans extra cold for an extended time outdoors.
Eton Leather Picture Frame
Display your wedding portrait in this luxe, full-grain leather picture frame from Perigold. The forest color option is a nice departure from the typical black or brown leather.
Keep cozy with a pair of cashmere-lined leather gloves from Land’s End. Bonus: They’re touchscreen compatible, so they work on phones and tablets. It might be a very practical gift, but who doesn’t love a nice fitting pair of gloves for cold days.
Leather belts are a fashion staple, and this one from L.L. Bean is no exception. It’s English made and goes well with a favorite pair of chinos, jeans or casual pants.
These leather slippers pair classic good looks with all-around comfort. Smoking jacket and ascot not included.
What can you store in these perfect little, leather, drawstring pouches? Just about anything. Use them for storing jewelry when traveling, toting around wires and chargers, or your favorite makeup.
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