A decade of marriage is nothing to sneeze at. By now you can probably communicate wordlessly and you’ve surely found even more things to love about each other since your wedding day. So to celebrate your anniversary, you’ll want to choose a gift that shows how much you still appreciate your husband or wife.
But if you’ve been buying gifts in accordance with the traditional anniversary guidelines, you might be stumped by the prescribed ten-year options: tin or aluminum. Since we’re not ones to shy away from a shopping puzzle here at the Strategist, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find the best gifts (the lion’s share culled from our archive of expert-approved products) made from these less than romantic materials — for all types of couples. And if whomever you’re shopping for is only approaching half a decade of wedded bliss, check out our guide to the best fifth anniversary gifts for things to buy when that milestone is reached.
For the couple who likes to cook
Sure the exterior of this chef-recommended pan is stainless steel, but it’s the inner aluminum core that ensures it heats up evenly. Tony Cacace, executive chef of Oro Restaurant, tells us “It will handle everything from oatmeal and black-rice porridge for breakfast to risotto for dinner and ice-cream bases for dessert.”
For the (discerning) couple who likes to cook
For the couple who likes to cook outdoors
For the couple who likes to bake
This elegant aluminum bundt pan will create impressive-looking cakes for special occasion baking, and it’s pretty enough to keep on display.
For the couple who likes to eat
Chefs agree Maldon is one of the best finishing salts out there (Hannah Black of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis says, “it adds little pockets of flavor and texture.”) and this pint-sized tin will elevate your spouse’s workday lunch. We called it an “essential” addition to any desk.
For the couple who likes to eat dessert
For the couple who likes to eat dessert (and hot sauce)
For the couple who likes to share a cuppa
You’ll get a lot of use out of these (fortunately very durable) tinware mugs, that look like some of our favorite enamelware.
And here’s a tin of quintessential British tea to drink from your new mugs.
For the couple into umami
If you think no meal is complete without a bit of the “fifth taste,” you’ll love adding these sardines (in flavors like tomato sauce and lemon-flavored olive oil) to sandwiches, pizzas, and more.
For the hygge couple
For the couple into status scents
Branch out from Santal 33 with this highly portable, spill proof solid perfume (available in a bunch of Le Labo’s sophisticated scents) that’s a favorite of writer Kaitlin Phillips. “Massaging a pea-size amount of it onto your wrists is as innocuous as quickly applying hand lotion,” she tells us. “You won’t get any tsks from fellow passenger ladies on the subway.” We’re not 100 percent sure the sleek metallic case is made from tin, so opt for one of the brand’s candles if you want to play it safe.
One of our top 100 pens, this fountain pen has a sleek aluminum body with, as our tester writes, “straight edges for ergonomic finger placement.”