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The Best 10th 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 for all types of couples (the lion’s share culled from our archive of expert-approved products) made from these less-than-romantic materials. If you or the person you’re shopping for hasn’t been married for ten years yet, we also have guides for first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-anniversary gifts for when they reach those milestones; and ones for 20th-, 25th-, and 50th-anniversary gifts if you’re looking ahead.

For the DIY couple

The smaller version of one our favorite ladders, this aluminum-and-resin step stool from Hasegawa is as functional (for, say, hanging frames) as it is design-y. And because of its compact size, you won’t mind having it out, even when it’s not in use. Or you can use it as a (very narrow) shelf, like this Strategist contributor does.

For the couple that 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, the executive chef of Oro Restaurant, tells us that “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 that likes to cook

Nuñez de Prado

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 that likes to cook outdoors

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 that prefers to to relax outdoors

Whether you like to relax on the patio, at the beach, or even further afield, you’ll need somewhere to sit. This classic folding lawn chair has a lightweight aluminum frame that makes it easy to transport wherever your adventures lead you. It comes in a bunch of snazzy colorways, too.

For the couple that likes to host

This elegantly flared serving bowl is made from Nambé’s proprietary aluminum alloy, which is purportedly nonporous and insulating, too.

For the couple that loves to host

None of your guests will go wanting for a cold drink with this hand-hammered aluminum beverage tub, which can hold plenty of wine, Champagne, and beer — and has cutout handles that make it easier to carry.

For the couple that likes to bake

Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan

Chefs cite Nordic Ware as a favorite source of durable bakeware. The brand’s elegant aluminum bundt pan will create impressive-looking cakes for special-occasion baking and is pretty enough to keep on display.

For the couple that juices

Sure, you can get a more technologically advanced juicer. But none of those look quite as charming as this retro-style citrus juicer made from recycled aluminum cans. It would make getting that morning glass of OJ a much more fun, and elegant, ritual.

For the couple that prefers stiffer drinks

Inspired by the classic shape of a French Champagne bucket, this elegant cocktail shaker is made of steel, brass, and aluminum — and can even be personalized with a monogram.

For the couple that likes to snack

This tin full of peanuts comes from Virginia Diner, an establishment that’s been selling peanuts since 1929 (and calls itself the “Peanut Capital of the World”). Lightly salted, they’re the perfect snack to go with your brewski.

For the couple that likes to snack on sweets

After you finish these chocolate truffles (flavors include “Strawberry Romanoff” and “Sicilian Orange”), you’ll want to keep the stately tin they come in on hand for storing trinkets.

For the couple that likes to snack on sweets with heat

We recommended this tin of Tabasco-spiked dark chocolate wedges as an affordable last-minute gift because “spicy things + chocolate things = gifting success.” Given this is for an anniversary, we should mention that both chocolate and spicy foods have reputations as aphrodisiacs.

For the couple with a tiny home

According to architecture student Emily Wisseman, a floor mirror can create the illusion of more space in a tiny apartment. If you don’t have the floor space, this one can also be hung on the wall.

For the (minimalist) couple with a small apartment

Slim enough to fit in the tightest of corners, interior designer Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors calls this streamlined anodized-aluminum floor lamp a “conversation piece.”

For the couple that that’s a little bit retro

Thanks to its aluminum body, this compact fan from Vornado (which makes some of our favorite, best-rated fans) looks more like something you’d find after hours of scouring a vintage-furniture store. And don’t let its size fool you: This guy is powerful.

For the retro couple with a drafty apartment

There’s something equally old-timey about this just-as-cool-looking space heater that will warm up a chilly room in colder weather (and happens to be one of our favorite affordable bedroom pieces).

For the couple that likes to share a cuppa

Enamelware is one of our go-to cheap-but-expensive-looking styles of dishware. Each of these durable, enameled tin mugs holds up to 15 ounces, making them just as great for morning tea (or coffee) as they are for evening hot chocolate.

For the couple that likes to share a cuppa (but doesn’t need mugs)

Some quintessential British tea in a very handsome tin.

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

This woodsy-scented candle comes in a handsome tin and has notes of tea-like white florals, aged hickory, oud, frankincense, and vetiver. In other words, it’ll evoke a cozy autumnal feeling whenever you burn it.

For the couple that likes to smooch

Smith’s Rosebud Salve’s tin packaging is basically iconic, thanks to it being a favorite product of celebrities like Beyoncé and Nicky Hilton. Not only does it keep lips moisturized and smooth, but it can also be used as a balm all over the body. Gift a few and place them around the house; that way you’ll always be ready for a smooch.

For the couple that still writes love letters

One of our top-100 pens, this fountain pen has a sleek aluminum body (in a striking ocean blue) with, as our tester writes, “straight edges for ergonomic finger placement.”

For the couple that subscribes to the Criterion Channel

In an ode to the portable projector that she and her husband use for watching streaming media on a 120-inch display, writer Rachel Rosenblit says, “This aluminum cube lets me pretend I’m at the movies.” Her exact model is no longer available, but this one (which is the size of a soda can) gets rave reviews on Amazon and is also, appropriately, made from aluminum.

For the couple that bikes

This clever repair kit in a tin has everything you need to patch up a punctured tire or tighten any loose screws and joints. It includes a six-headed Allen set, a patch-repair kit, two metal tire levelers, glue, buffer, and a bone tool.

For the couple that shares an office

Made from powder-coated die-cast aluminum and steel, this desk lamp would give their shared workspace a decorative touch and brighten it too. The expert who told us about it adds that it doesn’t “look like an obvious desk lamp.”

For the couple that needs a vacation

Frequent flyers agree that Away makes some of the best rolling luggage around — and that it’s worth the price. “My suitcases get beat to hell, so I don’t mind paying a bit more for one that will last,” says writer and photographer Nicholas Gill. Away’s, he says, are “sturdy but light and have a USB charger so I can charge my phone.” A step above its standard suitcases, this shiny aluminum model will stand out on the baggage carousel.

For the vanlife couple

This cooler in the iconic shape of an Airstream trailer is made of hand-cast aluminum and can hold up to four quarts (that’s about a 12-pack and some ice).

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The Best 10th Wedding-Anniversary Gifts