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This is a picture of the inside of the Waterford, Ireland crystal factory.

Anniversary Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

Travel lovers are addicted to travel.  Therefore, anniversary gift ideas for travel lovers should be centered around that addiction. However, there are some well-established conventions that a spouse could employ to uniquely have their loved-one remember it as a very special anniversary event. 

You could use the boring approach of buying your spouse something made of crystal for their 15th anniversary.  But considering the current low airfares, why not make this a more memorable anniversary?  Instead, take your spouse on a surprise trip to Ireland to visit the Waterford Crystal factory (and buy a memento from their showroom while you’re there).  Now that would be a 15th anniversary year to remember!

Anniversary Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers by Anniversary Year

I’ve taken the standard traditional gift guidance by anniversary year and offered some specific anniversary gift ideas for travel:

Anniversary Traditional Gift Travel Idea
1st Paper Go to the Nippon Origami Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
2nd Cotton Begin with the Yousef Cotton shop in the Saida Zeinab district on El Sadd Street (four blocks from the famous Saida Zeinab Mosque) in Cairo, Egypt.
3rd Leather Pierotucci’s leather shop in Florence, Italy (just minutes from the center of the city); watch as leather craftsmen cut and assemble bags and jackets in front of you.
4th Linen Visit the Textile Museum in Toronto, Canada (as the largest Flax producers in the world); see Niagara Falls on your way.
5th Wood Go cycling, walking, and canoeing, etc. in the extensive forests of the Ardennes region of Europe (in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France).
6th Iron Take a private summit access tour (TripAdvisor) to the top of the wrought iron Eiffel Tower and toast to your anniversary with champagne.
7th Wool, Copper For wool, go the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland, known for their wool sweaters.  Or if you choose copper, go to the Spring Temple Buddha in the township of Lushan County, Henan, China, which is the tallest statue in the world (made of copper).
8th Bronze Marinelli Bell Foundry, Agnone, Italy.  Situated half-way between Rome and Naples, the foundry started in 1339 and produces bronze portals, bells, bas-reliefs, and other artifacts.
9th Pottery Royal Delft celebrated their 365th Anniversary in 2018 and are the last remaining delftware factory in operations located between Rotterdam and Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
10th Tin Attend the National Tea Day Festival held every April in London and bring back your favorite biscuit tins you find during your trip.
11th Steel Explore views from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which used 31,400 metric tons of steel rebar.
12th Silk Take a Silk Road Tour through China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
13th Lace Visit the Chantilly Lace Museum (Chantilly, France) outside of Paris or the Museum of Costume and Lace in Brussels, Belgium.
14th Ivory (Now Banned) Now called the Year of the Elephant (since 2018) after China banned ivory trade, feel good about hunting for photo opportunities on an African safari.
15th Crystal Take a guided tour through the Waterford Crystal factory, Waterford, Ireland.
20th China Visit the newly opened (2018) Museum of Porcelain in Jingdezhen, China.
25th Silver Go see the Gangajalis Silver Water Urns (largest silver objects in the world) in the City of Jaipur Palace, Jaipur, India outside New Delhi.
30th Pearl Dive for your own pearl by going to The Farm at the Bora Bora Pearl Company, Bora Bora, Society Islands of French Polynesia.
35th Coral, Jade Ride an underwater scooter, take a mini-sub ride, sail aboard a private yacht, or swim with Minke Whales off the Great Barrier Reef near Australia to see the coral. Or visit the Jade Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica.
40th Ruby Travel to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and visit the Gem Museum and Gem Mart now that the ban has been lifted on Burmese rubies and sapphires.
45th Sapphire Take a trip to Madagascar where they have some of the richest deposits of sapphires in the world. While you’re there, go to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Isalo National Park, and Lokobe Nature Special Reserve.
50th Gold Take a trip to see the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) all in gold in Bangkok, Thailand and a relaxing dinner cruise.
55th Emerald Bogota, Colombia is the place to visit for emeralds.  While there, check out Monerrate, Museo Botero, and Colombian National Museum.
60th Diamond If you still are in good health and still love to travel, you’d have to go the Diamond Capital of the World, Antwerp, Belgium where the diamond trade in their port started over 500 years ago.

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