12th Wedding Anniversary

The Basics

The 12th wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of silk or linen. Silk represents luxury and beauty, while linen symbolizes the strength and warmth of the relationship. Couples often celebrate by exchanging gifts or taking a trip together. Some traditional ideas include renewing wedding vows or hosting a dinner party with close friends and family. The focus is on celebrating the love, commitment, and growth in the first twelve years of marriage.

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Traditional Gift: Silk/ Linen

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Silk and linen are traditional twelfth wedding anniversary gifts.


Silk is associated with luxury and romance. Silk is smooth, and after all the ups and downs of marriage, what better way to reassure your spouse than a silk-inspired gift like custom-made night robes, bed sheets, shirts or dresses.


Linen (also a gift for year 8) is considered sacred and is even used in church. Marriage should be pure and sacred for only the two people in it. What better way to show appreciation to your spouse than getting them a linen gift. Examples can be custom made linen aprons with your family name, clothing, pillow cases with your names or titles, oven gloves, table clothes, bed sheets, blankets or just simple custom made towels.

Modern Gift: Pearls

Pearl jewelry

A modern 12th wedding anniversary present is that of pearls. This beautiful, valuable white sphere is formed around a grain of sand inside the shell of an oyster, and is a prized object for use in jewelry.

The pearl is a symbol of perfection and incorruptibility, of long life and fertility. It is often considered a moon symbol.

Because it is formed in secret within a shell, the pearl represents hidden knowledge, and it is highly feminine. Many eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Taoism, Hindu) relate the "flaming pearl" to wisdom and spiritual awareness.

Many gifts made from or incorporating pearls are suitable for an anniversary gift, particularly for a woman. Popular jewelry includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Other things which are made from pearl and make good anniversary gifts include spoons and pens.

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Associated Gemstone: Jade

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The twelfth anniversary gemstone is jade.

Jade is a precious stone that has been used for centuries as an alternative third anniversary gift. The Chinese have believed that Jade is a protective stone and drains misfortunes from a person's life. Jade symbolizes longevity, fidelity, stability, and love.

Associated Flower: Peony

The 12th anniversary flower is the peony.