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The Best 3rd Wedding-Anniversary Gifts

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By the time you reach your third wedding anniversary, you’ve likely survived a few Thanksgivings at the in-laws, perhaps an ill-fated beach vacation where it rained every day, and the occasional debate over what cleaning the kitchen actually entails. In other words, you’ve embraced your marriage’s flexibility and durability — two qualities also found in leather, the traditional third anniversary gift.

To help you find the perfect present, we’ve combed through our archive to find the best leather gifts for all types of spouses, from hiking boots for outdoorsy wives to jackets for style-savvy husbands. If you haven’t been married for three years yet, we also have guides for first and second anniversary gifts, as well as ones for fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, eighth-, tenth-, 20th-, 25th-, and 50th-anniversary gifts if you’re looking ahead.

For the frequent-flyer couple

Never lose your luggage again with these luxe croc-print tags recommended by writer Bridget Arsenault, who tells us, “The gold hardware makes them stand out from other all-black tags.” They come in a set of two, so you can each use one.

For the frequent-flyer couple (with elaborate skin-care routines)

It’s marketed as a men’s Dopp kit, but we think this sleek leather toiletry bag (with a rubberized bottom for protection against wet countertops) would work equally well as a makeup case or shaving kit.

For the stylish couple

While a good one won’t come cheap, a classic leather jacket will instantly up the cool factor of any outfit. Former Strategist deputy editor Jason Chen says that after buying his Schott motorcycle jacket, “I was practically living in the thing.” We also like the shearling-lined Arrivals jacket that’s similar to (even more expensive) jackets from the likes of Helmut Lang and Acne.

For the couple with a summer house

$495

Another pricey-but-worth-it gift, this classic duffel bag (a favorite of our columnist Chris Black) is rugged enough to handle being tossed in the trunk or on the luggage racks of the Long Island Railroad on the way to your summer rental. And it’ll only look better with age.

For the couple with a home office

If one or both of you work from home, whether permanently or only during the pandemic, this ergonomic office chair (“it has provided continuous comfort for my back, and my productivity has increased since switching,” according to one Amazon reviewer) will make your office hours more pleasant — and likely cut down on back massage requests.

For the couple who go on long walks together

A go-with-everything wardrobe essential, white leather sneakers are an ideal gift for your fashionable spouse. Blogger Soraya, of Soul of Soraya, loves this Frye style because of its “versatility and perfect fit,” while Jake Woolf, a former GQ staffer, says the classic Stan Smiths are “pretty unimpeachable style-wise.”

For the couple who go on long walks together (in the snow)

Cold weather is no excuse to stop your romantic strolls. Take a cue from the Strategist team with these durable winter boots. Senior editor Anthony Rotunno calls the men’s style his “blizzard Red Wings,” and writer Liza Corsillo says the suede-and-leather Sorel boots are “what I wear when I want to stay dry and cozy but also look like an apres-ski influencer.”

For the couple who love their coffee table

Celebrate your mutual dislike of water stains with these monogrammed leather coasters.

For the couple who like to drink wine in the park

With this leather wine-bottle holder — which comes with a stainless-steel bottle opener and a leather carrier handle — you can bike (or walk) to the park for a nice date with your favorite Beaujolais in tow.

For the couple with limited space