30 Nov Traditional 3rd Anniversary Gift Guide
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It’s day three of our week of love and marriage here on The H is For… as I prepare to celebrate my 5th wedding anniversary with F this weekend. I’m excited to reach and celebrate this milestone, but I’m also in awe that we’re already here! If the first 5 years flew by this fast, the rest of our life together will be here and gone before I know it! Today is day three, so I’m sharing my favorite traditional 3rd anniversary gifts and recapping our third year of marriage!
I’m really into the traditional anniversary gifts. I think it’s fun to give a gift that falls in line with the traditions kept by happy marriages everywhere over the past 50 years. To me, it’s a reminder of the accomplishment you’ve experienced in committing another year’s-worth of life to your spouse, and a reminder that your commitment to and love for one another are nothing compared to what they will be this time next year and the next year and 1o years from now. The traditional 3rd anniversary gift is leather. I remember I gave F a leather wallet and he gave me a new pair of shoes! Our third year was an incredible time in our marriage. Our relationship changed in ways I never knew possible.
The third year of our life together began in a very solemn way. F was living and working in Ohio, we had just lost his uncle and then we lost his grandmother. When Christmas came and went and the new year began, F and I were not ready to say goodbye again. He only stayed in Ohio for another month and decided to come back home. That Spring was so much fun. We enjoyed being with each other every day again. We celebrated as my younger sister got married. We chaperoned a senior trip to Cabo for my other sister. We got to workout together again and spend time with our community of friends! We were finally able to begin looking for a church home again [it’s kind of hard to go to church together when you’re living in two different states] and we started planning a trip to Spain together for the following Summer.
In May, everything changed. WE WERE HAVING A BABY! The moment I saw the result on the pregnancy test, our relationship transformed in a way I couldn’t imagine. F cared for me and supported me throughout the entire pregnancy. We were excited together. We were scared together. We were in it… together. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner to experience it with. We announced our pregnancy while in Boston over the fourth of July. We celebrated the wedding of two of our best friends in Philadelphia and we prepped the nursery, sat through the ultrasounds and took the birthing classes. He held my hand through the whole pregnancy and we felt at the time as if those were the moments worth marrying for!
Back to the traditional 3rd anniversary gift guide… Leather was an easy one, so I got creative and added the cologne. It has a hint of leather in the scent! Take a look at the the options above and more here:
For more traditional anniversary gift ideas by year, check out these posts: