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The Best 6th Wedding-Anniversary Gifts

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Iron — the traditional sixth-anniversary gift material — might have more in common with your marriage than you think. The same way iron is forged under superhigh temperatures, your bond has likely been strengthened by high-pressure situations (like when you first moved in together and discovered your vastly different definitions of a clean bathroom). And both are quite durable. However, iron isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to give as a gift. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best iron (or iron-related) products we’ve written about over the years that would make great gifts for your wife or husband.

Since cast iron is a kitchen staple for its ability to conduct heat and easily go from stovetop to oven, you’ll find lots of cookware on this list, but there are plenty of other options — like iron plant stands and kettlebells — if you and your spouse are more of the Seamless type. If you’re not shopping for someone at the six-year mark yet, we can still help you. We also have guides for first-, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-anniversary gifts; as well as ones for seventh-, eighth-, 10th-, 20th-, 25th-, and 50th-anniversaries if you’re looking ahead.

For the couple with a tiny kitchen

Perfectly sized for dinner-for-two, this mini Dutch oven is Strategist editor Maxine Builder’s “go-to gadget” for cooking rice, kimchi stew, braised chicken thighs, and more.

For the couple that loves to set the mood

Areaware, the maker of some of our favorite sculptural candles, also makes neat-looking candleholders. This three-in-one cast-iron style can fit a traditional taper candle — but also a tea candle or incense, simply by removing its top.

For the couple with outdoor space

This (relatively) cheap but expensive-looking table will make a patio, deck, or yard even more functional as an extra place to rest your coffee mug, wineglass, or book. In white, it also won’t clash with any patio set you might already own.

For the couple short on storage space

Besides looking cool, this iron wall ladder stores clothing, blankets, or towels if you’re lacking closet space.

For the couple just getting into cooking

If you’re starting to stock a “grown-up” kitchen, you’ll definitely want a cast iron skillet. Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo says it’s the best thing she bought in the last decade.

For the couple with a fully stocked kitchen

Even the home cooks who have everything probably doesn’t have one of these Japanese cast iron precision cookers. Builder tried one out and was impressed by how “it can draw out flavors from essentially nothing.”

For the couple that bakes their own bread

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Any serious bread baker knows the importance of a good pan to bake it in. While you can get away with baking bread in a vessel that does other things (like a Dutch oven), those who really care about their loaves will appreciate how this pan is designed for one thing: baking better bread. As Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler explains, “The pan’s design — flat bottom, domed top — basically offers a far more efficient way of baking bread the way Tartine’s Chad Robertson does by flipping his Lodge Combo cooker upside down.”

For the couple who already owns cast-iron pots and pans

What do you buy when you already own the entire line of Lodge cast-iron pots and pans? A set of nesting cast-iron bowls that can be used for serving food or just zhuzhing up your coffee table.

For the couple whose cast-iron cookware has seen better days

This handy chainmail tool, one of our favorite gifts for home cooks, simplifies the process of cleaning cast iron — which requires scrubbing it thoroughly, but not so thoroughly that you’ll lose the built-in seasoning.