Have a happier anniversary with fresh gift ideas that keep an eye on tradition.
Anniversaries can be a gift-giving minefield, as presents are meant to both reflect your love and help build your home for the future. That’s a lot of pressure.
Perhaps that’s why traditional gift themes were created — to help narrow the selection a bit. But times have changed from when every couple had a full set of china in a hutch, or a grandfather clock in the living room. So here are some modern takes on the classic annual anniversary gifts to use yourself or to spark some fresh ideas.
Ask Siri what time it is and she’ll answer via the Apple Homepod ($349 at apple.com), Apple’s answer to voice-controlled home devices such as the Amazon Echo. Oh, yeah, it also plays music (really well), controls smart home devices, provides news updates and will surely have a million apps by the time it rolls out in December.
You may already have a china set from your wedding or a relative (or don’t need one at all). Instead, up your everyday dishes with the Eva Zeisel Granit Dinnerware Set ($108 for a five-piece place setting at dwr.com), which have a sensuous shape cast from white stoneware.
Already have nice plates for home? Go a more rugged route with the locally made MSR 2-Person Mess Kit ($35 at REI and msrgear.com) for romantic campfire dinners for two. The set includes color-coded nesting bowls, mugs and utensils in a carrying bag.
Give the gift of art and utility with local artist Granite Calimpong’s Goblets ($250 each at Vetri Glass, downtown; or contact Calimpong through his website granitecalimpong.com). The exquisite handmade goblets are meant to be displayed and come in a range of soft and dramatic hues.
Squash all morning arguments with the Cuisinart Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffee Maker and Single-Serve Brewer ($199 at Sur La Table), which lets you brew a big pot the old-fashioned way, or get a quick single via a K-cup or the included reusable filter cup.
Looking for a very of-the-moment appliance? The LEVO Oil Infuser ($200 at levooil.com) infuses oil or butter with the herb of your choosing, with no additives or emulsifiers needed. You control the strength, temperature and, of course, the ingredients.
Replace a hodgepodge of silverware with Michael Wainwright’s Manhattan Platinum Flatware ($90 for a five-piece setting at anthropologie.com), stainless silver pieces with almost jewelry-like looks.
Or invest in a set of great chopsticks, such as the Hank Nomi Chopsticks ($32–$33 at hankbyhenry.com), handmade in Portland from cherry or walnut and topped with a splash of color.
By now, your kitchen may be all set, so move your gifts into the living room with the Blu Dot Turn Coffee Table ($699 at bludot.com), made from solid acacia wood with a rich, lived-in finish.
Keep the light burning with Ladies & Gentlemen Studio’s Spun Pendant ($550 at ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com), designed in Ballard. A brass shade pairs with copper and maple details and an exposed bulb in the sophisticated, minimalist design.
Has your family grown? Make your bed a refuge with decadent new bedding such as the Coyuchi Relaxed Linen Queen Sheet Set ($398) and Duvet Cover ($398, both at coyuchi.com), which get softer and look more lovely the more they’re used.
Like your love, Seattle artist Francine Moo-Young’s Ceramic Planters ($75–$120 at shopmoo-young.com) get better with age. The handstitched leather wraps will darken with use and obtain water spots, telling a story of passing time. Get 15 percent off Moo-Young’s work in June with discount code SEATTLEMADE.
Celebrate work successes with the Orox Leather Nuntius X Messenger Bag ($950 at oroxleather.com), a roomy all-leather bag handmade in Portland. The heritage piece is big enough to hold a 17-inch laptop and has shoulder and chest straps.
10th: Diamond jewelry
If a big rock isn’t her style, opt for diamonds with understated elegance, like on LilyEmme Jewelry’s 14K Gold Pavé Diamond Teardrop Earrings ($700 at lilyemmejewelry.com). The satin finish makes them appropriate for day or night, and the conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold will match her sustainability ethos.
Before we were a tech city we were a jet city, and the Tiffany & Co. Airplane Cuff Links ($325 at tiffany.com), in solid sterling silver, celebrate our aeronautical heritage with whimsy and style. No diamonds, but they still add plenty of shine.