February 14, 2015

Destinations to choose for 15 anniversaries!

We all know that the first anniversary is paper but good luck trying to get away with writing sweet nothings into a Hallmark card and feeling smug.

I’ve taken the whole anniversary meaning a step further and have picked appropriate destinations that will really knock the socks (or other items of clothing, ahem) off your love.

Here are my suggestions for destinations by anniversary to score you more Brownie Points than you could ever spend:

1st Year

Paper = Japan. Where else but the land that perfected the art of paper folding for your first anniversary? And if you employ Uncle Google early enough I’m sure you will be able to find some whiz kid in Japan who can whip you up an impressive origami love design to bring home as a keepsake.

Anniversary in Japan

Pic Flick/origami48616

2nd Year

Cotton = USA. And more specifically the American South where cotton plantations blanketed the land as far as your cotton-pickin little soul would have been able to see. Take your love to Natchez beside the Mississippi to Frogmore Plantation and you can even pick the cotton and pretend you’re one of Rhett Butler’s slaves. Or maybe not.

cotton anniversary

Frogmore Cotton Plantation

3rd Year

Leather = Argentina. I am doing my research on what the weather is like in Argentina as we speak because I’m heading over there in a couple of weeks to check out all the sights and sounds (and eat steak!) in Buenos Aires ahead of Air New Zealand’s direct flights there commencing in December 2015. Known for their beef, I’m picking this spot for your 3rd anniversary.

Buenos Aires

Tango on the streets of Buenos Aires (after you’ve had your steak) Pic Flickr/Pit Thompson

4th Year

Linen = Ireland. You can’t beat snuggling into a sumptuous four-poster draped in fine Irish linen and where better to do that for your 4th anniversary than the Green Isles themselves? Linen is woven flax and while Ireland now relies largely on imported raw materials, the machinery and techniques have been around since the monks first started weaving here in the 13th century. You can also read my post here about my 5-day road trip from Dublin to Galway.

Ireland 4th anniversary

The Irish Linen Centre. Pic Flickr/Tomislav medak

5th Year

Wood = New Zealand. And more specifically, the Kauri Coast of Northland where the mighty 2000-year old Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest, stands. See my post here on our stay at Waipoua Lodge on the edge of Waipoua Forest and why this would make a fabulous 5th anniversary present.

Wood anniversary holiday

The mighty Tane Mahuta in Waipoua Forest. Pic Flickr/itravelNZ

6th Year

Iron = New York. Iron ore is mined all over the world, but I reckon your 6th anniversary should be spent in New York just so you can take a selfie in front of the Flatiron building on 5th avenue. The building is not actually made of iron, but its triangular shape reminds people of an old fashioned steam iron, thus its name. Read this post on my tips for how to do New York on the cheap.

Iron anniversary

The Flatiron Building. Pic Flickr/Anurag Yagnik

7th Year

Wool = New Zealand (again). This time you should take your Valentine to the Wairarapa in March to attend the national Golden Shears sheep shearing event. But if you don’t think this will earn you many Brownie Points, then staying in cute Greytown and spending a day wine tasting in Martinborough should fix that!

Wairarapa holiday

But the surrounding towns and wineries are good! Pic Golden Shears

8th Year

Bronze = Paris. Rodin’s bronze statue The Thinker has been cast multiple times, out of multiple materials and in multiple sizes, but the original is cast in bronze and is now at the Rodin Museum in Paris. I’m just sorry you have to wait 8 years for an excuse to visit the City of Love!

Bronze anniversary gift

Rodin’s The Thinker. Pic Flickr/Joe deSousa

9th Year

Pottery = Greece. I was going to suggest Temuka for your pottery anniversary, but that would just be mean. Instead, take your love to the birthplace of earthenware: Greece. The potter’s wheel can be traced back to 3000 BC, built to ensure the irksome odd shaped pottery vessels that hand crafting produced would no longer cause such grief. Greek vases have been around since the 6th century BC.

9th anniversary gift

9 years and you need to be in Santorini! Pic Flickr/Klearchos Kapoutsis

10th Year

Tin = Indonesia. Tin mining has waxed and waned over the years and China just about pips Indonesia at the moment, but if you need an excuse to get your Bali on, then your 10th anniversary in Indonesia would be perfect. Book one of those villas with your own private pool and a butler and if you still need to find some tin, go buy a Bintang in a can!

10th anniversary vacation Bali

This is my kind of holiday! Villa Bewa in Seminyak

11th Year

Steel = Philippines. The largest steel church in the world is in Manila. San Sebastian Church was completed in 1891 made from prefabricated steel sections shipped over from Belgium and reportedly designed by Gustav Eiffel (of the tower fame). I was in the Philippines last year and things to do for your 11th anniversary run from visiting community projects to help alleviate poverty to scuba diving and snorkelling in the islands. Here are my posts>>

Steel cathedral Philippines

San Sebastian, the steel church in Manila, is just one of the amazing things to see here. Pic Flickr/Quadell

12th Year

Silk = China. There are many countries where silk worms are busy creating the favourite fabric, but I visited a silk factory in Shanghai and watched the entire process from cocoon to duvet inner, so my pick for your 12th anniversary is China! Here’s my post on the best shopping tour EVER that I did in Shanghai.

Shanghai shopping

If you shopping on your holiday, then you’ll love a tour in Shanghai! Pic Flickr/SF Brit

13th Year

Lace = Malta. I went to Malta when I was about 20 on a whim from London, where I was living, and there I met a lady sitting in front of her home making lace and selling her wares. Turns out lace making in Malta has been a big industry for centuries, so make sure you pick up a gorgeous piece to bring home. Or frame it.

Malta for lace

You’ll find all sorts of artisans working from their houses in Malta. Pic Flickr/Berit Watkin

14th Year

Ivory = South Africa. Of course today ivory is illegal (thank God), but as this post isn’t about giving pieces to each other, I’m putting South Africa on my list for your 14th anniversary so you can head out to one of the incredible Big Game parks and see a majestic elephant in all his tusk-laden glory. I visited Pilanesburg Game Reserve and stayed at Sun City Resort. Such fun!

ivory anniversary gifts

Give the best ivory gift ever! Pic Flickr/William Warby

15th Year

Crystal = London. I’m picking London so you and your love can head to a football game at Crystal Palace and woop it up! Located in London’s South East, there’s not a lot of other reasons to come out here, so once you’ve cheered for the boys in red and blue, head back to the city for the rest of your 15th anniversary celebrations!

15th anniversary crystal

Is this your kind of crystal anniversary gift?!

16th Year

Wax = Thailand. Wax! You have to wait 16 years to get a candle for your anniversary? I think not! Head to the annual candle festival in Thailand in Ubon Ratchathani, North East Thailand. Held in July each year, it marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent where candle carving skills are also on show. Enjoy the procession of candles on floats and look out for the one sent from the king.

16th anniversary gift

Get some culture on for your 16th anniversary. Pic Flickr/MissBossy

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Got any other suggestions? Feel free to comment below!

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About Megan Singleton

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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