8th wedding anniversary gift ideas

8-anniv-ideas Illustration of a turquoise vase (the traditional 8th anniversary gift is pottery) with a floral pattern shaped like the number eight (for the 8th anniversary) on a table. The vase is filled with flowers in a variety of colors.

Traditional: Pottery/Bronze

Modern: Linens/Lace

Read on for unique ideas for giving 8th anniversary gifts—as well writing anniversary messages and celebrating the happy occasion.

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8th anniversary gifts and ideas for spouses  

What to give


  • Set a flowering plant in a pot out on the front step to greet them on the morning of the anniversary. Tuck a romantic card in the foliage.
  • Find a gift from a local pottery shop or clay guild.
  • Give something lacy. (Probably not a handkerchief.)



  • Buy a ceramic sculpture for the front yard or garden—or, if you share a sense of humor, a gnome couple.
  • Commission a special sculpture, container or serving piece from a local potter.


What to write

What to write in an 8th anniversary card

  • “Loving you never gets old. Every day some new aspect of your personality reveals itself and surprises me in the best way.”
  • “Thank you for all the ways you show your love—all the thoughtful, incredible ways you care for me.”
  • “How is it possible that you’re even hotter now than when we first met? Just HOW?”


What to write about in an 8th anniversary love letter

  • What our marriage means to you now, in this moment
  • Eight ways you’ve changed for the better
  • Eight things you love doing together


How to celebrate

  • Think about eight of your favorite places around where you live, then create a scavenger hunt that leads your partner to each spot.
  • Find a place where you can paint pottery together. Pottery is a traditional eighth anniversary gift. If you’re feeling really adventurous, sign up for an eight-week pottery class.
  • Hire a musician you know to surprise your partner with a song.

More ideas for anniversaries

8th anniversary gifts and ideas for family and friends  

What to give


What to write in an 8th anniversary card

  • “It’s such a joy to watch your love grow through the years.”
  • “You two definitely still have some new-relationship vibes going on, even though it’s been eight whole years!”
  • “Wish we could celebrate with you, but we’re sure you’ll be pretty busy, wink wink.”

Stacey Donovan has been a writer and editor at Hallmark for more than 20 years. She also writes romance novels (under a pseudonym), and has collected a wealth of obscure knowledge in the process.