Great “Thoughtful Thursday” Ideas To Show You’re Thinking of Someone

Do you remember in high school during spirit week when each day had a theme? I’m still recovering from the trauma of “crazy hair day” when I straightened half my hair and curled the other half. In my mid-thirties now, I still shudder at the phrase, “wacky hat day.” 

Regardless of my thoughts on school spirit weeks, I am a major fan of other types of themed days and even subjected my family to “Field Trip Fridays” last summer. I want to share another themed day with you that has revolutionary potential: “Thoughtful Thursday.” 

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20 Tin or Aluminum Anniversary Gifts for Your Tenth Wedding Anniversary

Wow, ok give us a minute to just applaud you. Ten years?!!! Ten years. This is huge. Wow. 

Congrats. This wedding anniversary is an important one, and we want to help you celebrate it in style. We’ll share some excellent aluminum (or tin) anniversary gifts for your significant other, gifts to give to a couple celebrating their tenth anniversary, or ways to celebrate beyond your wedding anniversary gift ideas (did someone say anniversary party?). 

Year 10: Aluminum or Tin

Don’t tell my high school chemistry teacher, but I’d completely forgotten anything he taught me about aluminum and tin being different materials. They are similar elements-soft, malleable, and incredibly useful-so it makes sense that they’re confused. Aluminum and tin are both popular for their anti-corrosive qualities and the ability to recycle. 

Snooze, right? Why would we bother with aluminum or tin for this monumental anniversary? Because despite the slightly boring reputation tin might have for their years of work in the soup aisle, there’s actually some really great symbolism behind these materials. 

Durability: Both tin and aluminum are highly durable materials, making them a prime choice for outdoor tools that need to withstand rain, shine, wind, and anything else the elements might throw at it. Your marriage has withstood plenty in 10 years, and you’re still standing. Like tin and aluminum you need to be tough and durable. 

Flexibility: Tin and aluminum are prized for their flexibility. Because they are malleable materials, they can be molded, stamped, and used for customized needs more easily without compromising strength. It’s a good symbol for the flexibility you’ve developed and will need to use in the future of your strong relationship. 

Shine: Many metals are highly corrosive, meaning they succumb to progressive rust over time. Tin and aluminum are more resistant to corrosion, which is why they’re often used as plating and for outdoor materials. After 10 years, your relationship has shown that it can resist the corrosive elements of selfishness, temptation, and pride. You still shine. 

20 Tin or Aluminum Anniversary Gifts

I’ll admit I was a little worried about finding good gifts made from tin or aluminum (especially because I’m celebrating a 10th wedding anniversary this summer!) but I actually had to trim down the list because there were so many incredible aluminum anniversary ideas. Aluminum and tin are useful, which means lots of 10th anniversary gift ideas that your spouse will actually enjoy. 

We’ve broken this into his and hers, but I don’t know your spouse! Get them the gift that screams “OMG THEY WOULD LOVE THIS” regardless of its classification. 

10th Anniversary Gifts for Him

1. Aluminum camping table

I should admit upfront that I am not what you’d call an “outdoor girl” and will hopefully never have to camp again. That being said, I do enjoy being outside and this table is actually pretty in addition to being useful. Camping, dining al fresco, setting up outdoor crafts so your kids don’t destroy your kitchen... this table could do it all. 

2. Cocktail tools

Is your man an aspiring bartender? Maybe you’ve gotten into creating your favorite drinks at home during the pandemic. If they like mixing drinks, you have so many great aluminum options to level up their skills: 

3. Custom license plate

License plates are made of malleable aluminum, and a customized vanity plate can be a fun, quirky anniversary gift that thinks outside the box. Not to mention it’ll be a gift they can see and show off every time they jump in the driver’s seat. Check with your local DMV for available plates and prices. 

4. Survival kit

I already mentioned that I’m not an outdoor girl, but I have watched a lot of zombie movies and I think this might be the coolest survival kit I’ve ever seen. Part aluminium flashlight, part storage for survival tools like trail markers and water purification tablets, it’s basically a ticket for survival. Even if your spouse isn’t into the outdoors, it’s a great tool to have in your car for long or remote drives. 

5. Stamped ring

Anniversary rings or additional wedding bands are common for the 10th wedding anniversary, but that doesn’t mean they have to be fussy-or even match your original wedding set. Try a unique wood pattern or a customized word or phrase that’s meaningful to your loved one. 

6. Stamped guitar pick

This modern gift is so much cooler than a stuffy, traditional gift. A customized guitar pick for your rockstar is a sweet and timeless way to mark your tenth anniversary. You can opt for a traditional pick they can use to jam, or get a keychain or bookmark version. 

7. Vintage aluminum fan

I placed this in the men’s category simply because my husband is literally always running the fan and freezing me out, but I probably wouldn’t be as mad if it was coming from this stylish vintage fan. It’s not too big, so you can put it on a desk, bookshelf, or countertop without it being too big or tacky-looking. 

8. Wi-fi projector

This is the sickest aluminum gadget. You get a four hour battery to watch anything you want, beamed through wi-fi. It’s a little pricier, but would make a perfect couple gift and family investment. Enjoy movies in the backyard or send kids down to binge the latest cartoon series in an unfinished basement room. 

9. Adjustable laptop stand

Many Americans have made the shift to permanent remote work, so it’s a worthy investment to create a work setup that fits your needs. If your spouse wants more flexibility in their home office, this aluminum adjustable laptop stand is a particularly considerate and useful anniversary gift. 

10. Daily carries

Something your husband will wear or carry every single day makes for a thoughtful and sentimental anniversary gift-especially if it’s personalized. Try a tie clip, money clip, or this unique aluminum tactical pen for a gift he’ll treasure every day. 

10th Anniversary Gifts for Her

1. Tins

Vintage tins are so cool and so broad! There are so many incredible options for thoughtful anniversary gifts, all wrapped up in a cute and useful tin. No matter what your wife is into, you can figure out the perfect anniversary gift in a cute tin that will stand out. 

2. Jewelry

We’ve talked about jewelry at length but we are NOT gonna stop now. Jewelry can be a hit-or-miss, but if done correctly it can become a treasured heirloom. The key is to think about what your wife already wears and loves. Don’t buy her something you’ve never seen her wear, or something too fancy for her to feel comfortable wearing. If she normally wears silver-stick to silver. If she doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, consider a keychain or small charm she can display elsewhere. 

I love minimalist necklaces that can be worn daily, like this pretty aluminum pendant. Personalized stamped charms or bracelets can also make a funny anniversary gift if you use an inside joke or quirky detail. Get something that will make her smile!

3. Daffodils 

Alright, we’re getting a little off-theme here, but daffodils are just so happy! Each anniversary has a designated flower, and for the tenth anniversary the bright and resilient daffodil reigns supreme. If none of the tin or aluminum anniversary gifts are standing out, consider a bouquet of daffodils, or a daffodil print on something she loves to pay tribute to this big anniversary. 

4. A special photograph

A romantic gift for your tenth anniversary is a lovely picture of the two of you. You can lean into the ten year anniversary theme by choosing a stamped frame or, my personal favorite, a metal photo. Photos printed on metal can withstand the elements for outdoor decor, and look especially stunning with a mounted spotlight. We recommend a romantic photo of the two of you, but a work of art might be a better fit for your loved one. 

5. Ring upgrade or anniversary band

Another non-aluminum anniversary gift idea here, but it’s a really, REALLY good one. Did you know many jewelers have upgrade programs? You can bring in your wedding ring and upgrade the stone, redesign, or get an entirely new ring for a discount. After 10 years, it’s likely that your wife’s style has changed. Why not let her upgrade?

Similarly, an anniversary band is a popular choice. Diamonds are the stone of ten year anniversaries, as they score a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale. They’re shiny, timeless, and incredibly durable. (But if she isn’t into diamonds, don’t worry.) An anniversary band can stack with her engagement ring and wedding band, or you can get a right hand ring. These rings are often more funky and interesting than the demure and classic styles favored for weddings. 

6. Countertop juicer

This juicer is no joke. The retro look makes it totally worthy of living on your countertop, and the quick access for juicing a variety of fruits. And vegetables too I guess, but gross. 

7. Full length mirror

Do you have a full length mirror? And, no, the ones that hang on the back of your college dorm door don’t count. A REAL full length mirror is a grown up staple. It’s incredibly useful and a beautiful home decor item-truly a marriage of form and function. This gorgeous mirror comes in black and gold. 

8. Candles

Candles are always a pretty safe bet when it comes to gifts, and it’s easy to find one in a tin instead of glass (plus you don’t have to worry about dropping it). Choosing a handcrafted candle with a unique or personal scent is a great nod to your relationship. 

9. Apple Watch

The aluminum frame of this iconic watch makes it a bullseye for the tenth anniversary. If your spouse already has an Apple Watch, consider upgrading them to the newest model, getting a protective edge, a new charging stand, or a cool watch band. 

10. Planter

A beautiful planter is such a great gift because it’s multi-functional. If your spouse has green thumbs, they can use a planter inside or out to grow their favorite plants. If, like me, your spouse can’t keep plants alive to save their own life... fake plants exist. Go small or go big, according to your style and budget. Bonus points for swinging by a local nursery to fill the planter with soil and an interesting plant. 

Celebrating the 10th Wedding Anniversary

Ten years is exciting. You’ve come so far from the little babies who decided to make the ultimate commitment all those years ago. Ten years ago I had no idea what our marriage and our life would look like together at this point, and thankfully it’s been a pleasant surprise. Some marriages see more than their fair share of struggle and unpredictability in this first decade, and it’s possible that your ten year anniversary doesn’t look at all like you’d hoped. 

The key to this monumental anniversary is expressing appreciation for everything that’s happened-good and bad. You need gratitude for the hard things, the terrible things, the unexpected things, and the person who helped you overcome them. 

Take a trip down memory lane to remember (and appreciate!!!) the naive little people you were ten years ago. Flip through your photo album, and try to identify the things that are even better today than you could have hoped on that fancy day, in those fancy clothes. 

Our deepest congratulations and fist bumps for making it to this incredible benchmark. Here’s to another ten!

Pottery Anniversary Gifts For Your Ninth Anniversary

Pottery is the traditional 9th anniversary gift and there are so many fantastic reasons why this beautiful natural element represents the 9th year of a marriage union. These ninth anniversary gift ideas will get you from thinking beyond that iconic pottery wheel scene in Ghost to practical, heartfelt, creative anniversary gift ideas. Whether you’re gifting for your own spouse or a favorite couple in your life, these pottery gift ideas will hit it out of the park and win the day. 

Celebrating life’s special moments is what we’re all about here at Kudoboard and wedding anniversaries (particularly anniversary cards) are some of our favorite types of celebrations. 

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10 Bronze Anniversary Gifts For Your Eighth Anniversary

When you think bronze do you think of the Olympics, a bronze medal? Do you think of a bronze statue? Or, like me, do you think of golden bronzed skin, fresh from a tropical vacation? Either way, bronze is beautiful and today we are all about it as we explore some excellent anniversary gift ideas for your eighth year of wedded bliss. Now, bronze might just have you scratching your head when it comes to the gift department. Have no fear, I am here to assist. I have ten 8th anniversary gift ideas to share with you today. Get that credit card out, it’s time for some shopping, baby! 

Celebrating life’s special moments is what we’re all about here at Kudoboard and wedding anniversaries (particularly anniversary cards) are some of our favorite types of celebrations. 

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10 Copper Anniversary Gifts for Your Seventh Anniversary

Welcome to the more elevated of all the anniversary gift ideas we’ve walked through thus far. Wood? Paper? Flowers, for goodness sakes? Nah, enter copper. This shiny, natural element is an excellent conductor of heat (no seven year itch here, folks) and copper products are beautiful, elegant, modern, and the perfect anniversary gift as you celebrate 7 years of matrimony. 

Celebrating life’s special moments is what we’re all about here at Kudoboard and wedding anniversaries (particularly anniversary cards) are some of our favorite types of celebrations. 

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14 Iron gifts for your sixth wedding anniversary

Five years was kind of a big deal. Maybe you pulled out all the stops and now… you just feel a little confused about marking your sixth wedding anniversary. Should you match the celebration you had last year? Do I seriously have to keep getting them anniversary gifts, like, every year? Forever??? 

The good news is that the sixth wedding anniversary has our longest list yet for awesome anniversary gift ideas! Turns out iron, while not as fancy as flowers or fancy metals, is incredibly versatile and useful. We’ll make this easy on you. Because, yes, you do have to mark this anniversary. Unless you want to sleep on the couch, I guess. 

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10 Wood Anniversary Gifts for Your Fifth Anniversary

Half a decade. Doesn’t that sound so much more epic than “5 years?” 5 years is pretty monumental. You’ve reached a milestone in this marriage journey! 

You can celebrate your 5th anniversary any way you like, but there is something special about the traditional gift for a 5th year anniversary: wood. In our modern world many have strayed from the traditional themed anniversary gifts, but I’m going to ask you to consider returning to anniversary gifting roots (roots, like for a tree, like wood... see, it all comes together!). 

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13 Fruit and Flower Gifts for Your Fourth Wedding Anniversary

“Oh great. I get to spend money on something that won’t even last until the weekend.” - you before reading this article. 

The big four. Fantastic four. May the fourth be with you. At four years of marriage you can enjoy the benefits of comfort and familiarity, but with the added development of family. Statistically married couples are having children or thinking about having children around their fourth year of marriage. Whether or not this is where your marriage finds itself—four years is just plain fun. 

Have you sensed a theme here? Get comfortable with some fabulous, fruitful, fun alliteration, because your fourth anniversary gift is all about fruit and flowers, and we've got the best wedding anniversary gift ideas for you. 

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10 Leather Anniversary Gifts for Your Third Anniversary

The Big 3. The Trifecta. The Trinity. The Trio. The THIRD anniversary! Congrats, you two, time to bust out the… leather, baby!! Hold up, back up, slow down. Leather gear? As in, for a biker? Furniture that sticks to your legs on a hot day? Like a beautiful buttery leather European handbag? Well, that last one is a bit more my speed. 

Leather happens to be the traditional third anniversary gift. Now, before you crunch some numbers to see if you can afford a brand new leather interior sports car, please know, when it comes to anniversary gifts, it is truly about a thoughtful token.

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10 Cotton Anniversary Gifts for Your Second Anniversary

You did it. You’re officially a marriage pro. A year ago you were just little newlywed babies, but now? Two years pushes you past entry-level and into professional territory. You’ve got it all figured out, right? 

Ok, it might take a little bit longer than two years. But your second wedding anniversary is still an important benchmark to celebrate. At Kudoboard, we’re all about finding great ways to mark special occasions and show gratitude for the people in our lives. Today we’re sharing some great ideas we’ve found for celebrating your second wedding anniversary (as well as explaining the symbolism and tradition behind the cotton anniversary). 

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