16th wedding anniversary gift ideas

Wax candles melted and shaped into the number 16, symbolizing the traditional material for 16th wedding anniversary gifts, which is wax.

Traditional: Wax

Modern: Silverware and silver tableware

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16th anniversary gifts and ideas for spouses  

What to give 


  • Gift your spouse a candle-making kit. You’ll have fun together and learn a new craft.
  • Not into making your own candles? That’s OK. Gift a long-lasting candle and set the mood for a romantic anniversary. 



  • Warm things up with a silver tea kettle that’s pretty enough to be left out on the counter.
  • Treat your spouse to a luxurious coffee-in-bed experience like that of a hotel with coffee service (think pitcher, cup, sugar pot) on a silver tray!


What to write

What to write in a 16th anniversary card

  • “I melt for you even after 16 years.”
  • “Our marriage is turning 16 years old! I’m just waiting for that new car to show up…”
  • “Happy sweet 16th anniversary to an even sweeter spouse.”


What to write about in a 16th anniversary love letter

  • 16 things your spouse does that make you melt.
  • 16 ideas to help you keep your love burning hot.
  • How your spouse has surprised you in the past year of marriage.


How to celebrate

  • Go on a silly date to a wax museum. Don’t forget to take photos next to your favorites!
  • Take an etiquette class together and finally learn which fork is used for which course! 
  • Take a candle-making class (watch out for hot wax).

16th anniversary gifts and ideas for friends and family  

What to give

  • Give your favorite couple wax seals monogrammed with their initials to use when sending cards. 
  • Send them a monogrammed silver ice bucket or bottle chiller to use at their next party. 
  • Gift a pretty silver serving tray or bowl for their dining room table.


What to write in a 16th anniversary card

  • “Happiest of anniversaries to a couple we hold close to our hearts.”
  • “You two have set a great example for what a happy marriage looks like.”
  • “Cheers to 16 years! Give your love the keys and drive off into the sunset.”   


Looking for more anniversary gift ideas? Check out our anniversary gifts by year page.