There are many colors, items and themes that are traditionally used to represent the 4th wedding anniversary. Here we provide some of the most common, but we encourage you to feel free to mix and match ideas to find an ideal gift that perfectly reflects the tastes of your special someone, while expressing your true sentiments.
Traditional 4th Anniversary Gift Theme: Fruit/Flowers (US); Linen/Silk (UK)
During the fourth year of marriage, flowers represent the growth and blossoming of the relationship, and subsequent ripening as symbolized by fruit. Flowers nurture the soul, and fruit nourishes the body, hence, the expanding commitment and nurturing love of the couple is signified.
In biblical times, garments crafted from fine linen represented truths from the Divine, given that fine linen worn by holy figures was of the purest white and also lustrous (eg, angels in the bible are described as wearing fine white linen), hence, the symbolism of truth, honesty and purity in a marriage.
Silk signifies different concepts. It is connected with items that are sensuous and treasured, hence, the beauty and elegance of the love between two people, and the comfortable flow and connection between them. The saying “as smooth as silk” further represents good times ahead in the relationship.
Modern Gift Theme: Appliances (electrical)
Appliances symbolize the everyday practicalities and the settled nature of the relationship.
Gemstone: Blue Topaz
Alternative Gemstone: Blue Zircon; Amethyst
Color: Blue; Green
Flower: Geranium; Hydrangea; (Substitute: Blue or Green Rose)
Despite the fact that there are some negative connotations associated with the geranium, (ie, stupidity & folly), the more positive and meaningful symbols of the geranium related to marriage are comfort and gentility of a true friend.
The hydrangea also has some negative meanings associated with it, such as frigidity, vanity and heartlessness. However, the more positive symbols of this flower related to a stable marriage include gratefulness, ‘thank you for your understanding’, pride and appreciation.
Popular Traditional Gift Ideas
• Floral-scented items such as candles
• Basket of fruit and/or fresh flowers
• Floral stationery or paperweight
• Floral-print posters
• Garden tools
• Books about flowers
• Silk/linen bedding (eg, sheets, pillow cases)
• Silk scarf
Popular Modern and Other Gift Ideas
• Any electrical household appliance (eg, TV, coffee machine, fridge)
• Blue topaz jewelry (eg, bracelet, necklace, earrings, ring)
• Blue zircon or amethyst jewelry as alternate gemstones associated with the 4th wedding anniversary)
• Floral-themed gifts involving the geranium or hydrangea (eg, art print, scented products such as candles or perfume, plant)
• Fresh bouquet of geraniums or hydrangeas
Here is a video of our Light-Blue Glazed Eternity Rose
Below are the next 5 anniversary years so you can plan and coordinate your gifts over the coming years: