[vc_row][vc_column][mpc_dropcap preset=”default” font_preset=”preset_1″ font_color=”#333333″ font_transform=”capitalize” font_align=”center” letter=”S” padding_divider=”true” padding_css=”padding-right:10px;padding-bottom:10px;padding-left:20px;” margin_divider=”true” margin_css=”margin-right:-5px;”][vc_column_text]o you’ve made it through the first 5 years of marriage and you’re looking for that ideal 5 year wedding anniversary gift, right? Well, you’re in luck because fortunately the traditional gift at the 5 year mark is a wooden one and we specialise in wood! In other words – we’ve got you covered.
Why do we give anniversary gifts?
There are a lot of theories behind the tradition of giving gifts on your anniversary which include:
- It brings good luck
- It marks a deepening of the couple’s commitment to each other
- To celebrate the passing of the years
- A time to reflect
Although traditionally it was only the ‘big ones’ like the 25th and 50th anniversary that were marked, over time wedding anniversaries have become an annual thing, but this wasn’t always the case. It was the Victorians who started celebrating the 5 year wedding anniversary around 1875 and made wood its symbol.
Why you should definitely get a gift on your 5th anniversary
The first 5 years of marriage are probably some of the toughest. For many it’s a time when we decide to embark on some of the most stressful life activities; like changing jobs (got a family to provide for now), moving house (she’s pregnant again?), and having babies (it gets easier – trust me). Me and the Mrs have been through it all – true story and you’ll be relieved to know that death, divorce and imprisonment come much later in life. Cheery.
My wife, like most women, is a true romantic. She believes that anniversaries are a great excuse for putting everything to one side, spending some quality time together and remembering our special day. I’m sure it’s just her nice way of telling me to remember to buy her a gift! She also says that the gift itself is an important part of showing how much you love the other person especially if it’s a personal one. So gents, if you’re anything like me and you often forget, find it hard to think of cool gifts then we’ve got you covered. And ladies, you’re well ahead of the game on this one – you’re probably reading this 3 months before your anniversary.
We’re Experts in Wood
Since it’s traditional to give wood as the 5 year wedding anniversary you’ve come the right place because we are self-proclaimed experts in wood. My dad was a carpenter and I – luckily – inherited his ability to make just about anything out of wood and make it look good. My wife – the other half of Jacks and Stripes hand paints my creations with amazing designs. Most are made to order so we can personalise them in some way or you can create a completely custom design by commissioning a painting.
For the environmentally conscious folk you’ll be pleased to know that everything we make is made in our Somerset workshop from reclaimed pallets or salvaged scaffold boards that would otherwise end up rotting in a landfill somewhere.
Awesome Gift Ideas
Now for the real reason you’re reading this… Here are our best selling wedding anniversary gifts to celebrate 5 years of marriage.
Say it all with this cute set of three mini hand painted wooden hearts. Customise yours by picking their favourite colours.
Pallet Picture Frame
Not only is this rustic pallet picture frame handmade from reclaimed wood but imagine how romantic it would be to include a picture from your special day. We do a range of designs and sizes so just drop us a message to find out more.
His ‘n’ Hers Wall Art
If you like wall art and are looking for an anniversary gift with a difference then this is the gift for you. These can be created in your own colours or they’re available from a our store in Coral and Olive. Check out our Good Vibes Only decor.
Wooden Keep Sake
These are the real deal! Imagine how stoked your other half is going to be when they realise you’ve actually remembered your own name and the year of your wedding. All you have to do is supply your details and we’ll get to work.
This one is obviously going to be winner on your anniversary. A little wooden token of LOVE, which has been lovingly handcrafted by us for you. Are we over doing it? This is again made from reclaimed wood and the 3D lettering is hand cut and mounted on to pallet board. Get your 3D love sign for just £20.
LOVE Typography Sign
Sticking with the ‘love’ theme – and why not – is this beautiful and rather retro looking LOVE wooden typography art sign. Available in a range of colours and hand painted onto pallet boards. We’ve chosen a cool festival or carnival typeface for this sign because after all, love is fun. Aren’t we sweet?
Family Wall Art
We’re biased but we do love this and it’s an ideal gift if your family is expanding. I know your anniversary is about the two of you, but when you have kids everything changes. Include your new additions to your family by having your own family artwork created. These are bespoke commissions so just drop us a quick note if you’d like one made for your family.
Wooden Initials for the Happy Couple
These are spectacular. We got asked to make these for someone’s wedding day but we think they would make a great 5 year wedding anniversary gift. You could hang them side-by-side as a symbol of your commitment to one another. Wow we’re really good at this.
Seriously though, they are pretty cool and all you need to do to get your own made is contact us and let us know which two initials you want making and the backing colour.
You got this
Now that we’ve established that anniversaries are important, don’t spend another year running to your local garage on your way home from work picking up a withered bunch of flowers. She’ll know. Instead, get your significant other the gift they deserve. Let us create something customised to mark your special day and make them feel special.
You’ll get massive brownie points and we can typically turn orders around within a week. So go on, give the gift of ‘wood’!