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The Best 10-Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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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

All-Clad 4212 Stainless Steel 2-Quart Saucier

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

Nuñez De Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tin

Home cooks with a taste for the finer things will appreciate this tin of olive oil from Spain that has “hints of grassiness, almonds, and butter,” according to James Beard Award–winning chef chef Jonathan Waxman.

For the couple who likes to cook outdoors

GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist II Cookset

If you and your partner enjoy camping, this set of insulated aluminum cookware lets you enjoy some of your favorite meals from the comfort of your tent.

For the couple who likes to bake

Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan

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

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes Pinch Tin

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

Louis Sherry Orchid 12-Piece Chocolate Truffle Tin

Even after you finish these chocolate truffles (flavors include “Strawberry Romanoff” and “Sicilian Orange”) you’ll want to keep the classic box around for storing trinkets.

For the couple who likes to eat dessert (and hot sauce)

Tabasco Tin Spicy Dark Chocolate Wedges

We recommended this tin of Tabasco-spiked dark chocolate wedges as an affordable last-minute gift because: “Spicy things + chocolate things = gifting success.” It doesn’t hurt that both chocolate and spicy foods have reputations as aphrodisiacs.

For the couple who likes to share a cuppa

Red Co. White Distressed Enamelware Tin Coffee Mugs with Red Rim

You’ll get a lot of use out of these (fortunately very durable) tinware mugs, that look like some of our favorite enamelware.

Harney & Sons Black Tea English Breakfast

And here’s a tin of quintessential British tea to drink from your new mugs.

For the couple into umami

Black Tie Mercantile Bela Portuguese Sardines 4-Flavor Variety

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

Muji Tin Candle — Green Log Fire

According to Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton these candles “smell wintry and the right kind of smoky and woody,” and are a dupe for the much more expensive Diptyque Feu de Bois.

For the couple into status scents

Le Labo Labdanum 18 Solid Perfume

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.

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen

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.”