3rd wedding anniversary gift ideas

By Stacey Donovan and Cat Hollyer on July 22nd, 2021
3 anniv ideas

Traditional: Leather

Modern: Crystal/Glass

Read on for unique ideas for giving 3rd anniversary gifts—as well writing anniversary messages and celebrating the happy occasion.

3 anniv ideas

3rd anniversary gifts and ideas for spouses

What to give


  • For a natural, casual accessory, give a bracelet of braided leather.
  • A blank journal with a leather cover is a great gift for anyone who likes to write.
  • A pair of wine or cocktail glasses is convenient for toasting your first year together.


  • Get them a leather jacket that’s as cool as they are Well, almost as cool.
  • Or surprise them with a pricey, impractical pair of shoes or or bag they’ve had their eyes on.
  • Make that glassware duo high-end—or find a crystal decanter for your favourite adult beverage.

What to write

What to write in a 3rd anniversary card

  • “I love being on the road of life with you—and I love how we always find adventure along the way.”
  • “We can have an amazing time together, whether we’re on the vacation of a lifetime or at the DMV.”
  • “Every time you walk through the front door, I still get butterflies like it’s the first time I ever saw you.”

What to write about in a 3rd anniversary love letter

  • Three things they do that make you laugh
  • Three small moments that had a big impact
  • Three new things you’d like to try together

How to celebrate

  • Write each other love letters—the more over-the-top, the better. Then store them in a leather album or portfolio because leather is the traditional third anniversary gift.
  • Take a cooking class together and learn how to make your favourite food. (Bonus: Because you’re in a class, you’ll get lots of help, so it’ll definitely turn out yummy.) Toast your marriage before you dig in.
  • Grab a backpack and boots and plan a hike or camping trip, and bring plenty of delicious eats and beverages to enjoy under the stars.

More ideas for anniversaries


3rd anniversary gifts and ideas for friends and family

What to give

  • Give leather luggage tags personalized with their names or monogram.
  • Give a gift card to a shoe store. In a greeting card, add a message: “You’ve been walking side by side for three years now…time for some new shoes!”
  • Grab a bottle of their favourite beverage and give it with a crystal bottle stopper.

What to write in a 3rd anniversary card

  • “Wishing all the love in the world to the loveliest couple we know!”
  • “Thinking back to that beautiful day three years ago…and ahead to all that’s in store for you!”
  • “So happy for you and for every amazing moment you’ve shared.”

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.