Last year was our 6th anniversary – candy/iron – and I found a great gift for him. He loves candy, however I totally blanked on that option, so I focused on iron.
Search for “iron anniversary gift” and you’re bound to find anything from keychains to engraved horse shoes to branding rods for the grill to personalized railroad stakes. None of this really spoke to me. I looked and looked, and even had myself convinced a few things would be acceptable until I came across this:
It’s a “sundial garden stake” made of wrought iron.
I had many late nights with my youngest son which gave me time to look for a gift. One night I went down a rabbit hole when I started looking for iron gardening stakes and found this one from A Rustic Garden (coincidentally based out of my home state of Illinois). I wasn’t sure what I was going to find, but my husband is our in-home gardener and I thought this would be a good addition to our blossoming yard.
There were many choices – shapes, sizes, finishes – and it was hard to choose. Finally I decided to go with the globe style, natural finish (that is, no finish whatsoever). It seemed timeless and would continue to patina and rust with the weather.
This year is copper/wool. Considering we already have a set of copper mugs, and I can’t exactly claim a set of copper pots would be for him (Mr. Don’t Ask Me To Cook), I might focus on wool.