17th wedding anniversary gift ideas

The number 17 has been cut out of a piece of plywood, with woven caning and fabric patches showing through underneath the cutout numbers, symbolizing the traditional 17th wedding anniversary gift of furniture.

Traditional: Furniture

Modern: Furniture

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17th anniversary gifts and ideas for spouses  

What to give


  • Furniture isn’t cheap, but thrifted furniture can be more affordable! Find a piece of furniture at a thrift or secondhand shop to update your home. 
  • Camping chairs count as furniture, right? Gift your spouse a camping chair and take a trip to a nearby pond or lake to watch the sun set. 



  • Treat yourselves to a new mattress. There’s nothing more romantic than a cozy, comfy bed!
  • Commission a custom piece of furniture—like a work desk, side table or bookshelf—to be made for your spouse by a local woodworker or craftsperson. 


What to write

What to write in an 17th anniversary card

  • “Like a kitchen table made by an expert craftsman, our love is sturdy, solid and will last forever. Except you’re sexier than a table.”
  • “17 years in and our love has never been better.”
  • “Happy anniversary to my friend, lover, biggest fan and confidant.”  


What to write about in a 17th anniversary love letter

  • 17 things your spouse does that make you laugh.
  • What you loved most about your wedding day 17 years ago.
  • 17 reasons why your marriage is cooler than anyone else’s.


How to celebrate

  • Turn a furniture shopping day into a special occasion with a celebratory brunch beforehand and an adult beverage to cheers with afterward.
  • Take a woodworking class together at a local shop.
  • Head to a local coffee shop and complete newspaper crossword puzzles over cups of joe.  

17th anniversary gifts and ideas for friends and family  

What to give

  • Send a gift card for a furniture store to let your favorite couple pick out something they love. 
  • Gift a pair of fun throw pillows to accompany their comfy couch.
  • Your time and talent are the most priceless gifts, so offer to help move furniture or unload a new piece the next time the couple needs it. 


What to write in a 17th anniversary card

  • “Happy 17th anniversary to the couple that makes me believe in love.”
  • “Happy anniversary to our favorite couple…from your favorite couple. You don’t have to say it. We already know it’s true.”
  • “Enjoy this special day celebrating 17 years of true love.”


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