Why Wood Is The 5th Wedding Anniversary Gift

May 02, 2017 2 min read 1 Comment

Why Wood Is The 5th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Why is wood perfect for fifth wedding anniversary gifts? To start, trees are a symbol of strength and wisdom. And, the thought is by the fifth year, the marriage is also developing these same traits. Wood is durable, a symbol that the marriage will be the same. So we agree wood makes perfect fifth wedding anniversary gifts!


Everyone needs a cutting board, right? The best ones are made from wood which makes them ideal fifth wedding anniversary gifts. Imagine this: a personalized cutting board with anniversary date engraved on the bottom (see details below). Add in some cheese knives voila, an excellent choice for fifth wedding anniversary gifts. Not to mention a great keepsake for the next five years and beyond.

We have etiquette maven Emily Post to thank for wood’s appearance as fifth wedding anniversary gifts. In her book Etiquette, which was published back in 1922, she assigned “traditional” gifts to different anniversary years and wood as fifth wedding anniversary gifts.

Her specific motivations around including wood as fifth wedding anniversary gifts #5 are lost to history, but I like to think it had everything to do with strength and durability over time, and the way wood weathers and becomes even more beautiful as it ages – just like a good marriage. Plus, also like marriage, wood is even more beautiful and vibrant when it is well-cared for. For these reasons, it makes sense wood made the list for fifth wedding anniversary gifts.

Is it a coincidence that wood is what we sell and also fifth wedding anniversary gifts?

The combination of wood and weddings holds a special place in my heart: my husband and I started Words with Boards during our fifth year of marriage. How symbolic is that!? The business has definitely tested our strength and durability and we are happy to say that we are still going strong, just like the wood we carve every day. So you might say we are in the business of making fifth wedding anniversary gifts!

Fifth wedding anniversary gifts special: Include a laser-engraved date on the bottom of any cutting board at no cost. You'll never forget your wedding date! No coupon code needed – just enter the date in the “Special Instructions” section when ordering.

Click here to check out other fifth wedding anniversary gifts ideas.

 For a list of other traditional gifts click here


Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

1 Response

Sheila Gold
Sheila Gold

August 29, 2018

I have always wanted to know what would be a unique 5th-anniversary gift. How I just need to decide what to say on my personalized cutting board.
AWESOME WORK and cool cutting boards and personalized gifts. THANKS!

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