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The Best Sixth 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 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 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 managing editor Maxine Builder’s “go-to gadget” for cooking rice, kimchi stew, braised chicken thighs, and more.

For the couple short on storage space

Besides looking cool, this iron wall ladder stores clothing, blankets, or towels when 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 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 cook who has everything probably doesn’t have one of these Japanese cast iron precision cookers. Maxine tried one out and was impressed by how “it can draw out flavors from essentially nothing.”

For the couple that bakes their own bread

Cast-iron Dutch ovens are especially useful for making bread. Amazon reviewers agree this one is perfect for “crusty and chewy” no-knead bread.

For the couple unsure how to clean their cast iron

Maybe you got a cast iron pan off your registry but have been scared to use it because the cleaning process seems so intimidating (you want to scrub it thoroughly, but not so thoroughly that you’ll lose the built-in seasoning). This handy chainmail tool, one of our favorite gifts for home cooks, simplifies the process.

For the couple that obsesses over their plants

These sienna-red planters with iron legs mix Southwestern style with industrial design. Your cactus will look lovely in it.

For the couple that grills together

Strategist contributor Leah Bhabha told us this steak-branding iron was the best gift she ever gave her boyfriend. Maybe get one with your shared initials to impress summer barbecue guests.

For the couple that goes all-out on Halloween

If you’re more into Halloween than July 4th, fill this cast iron “cauldron” with candy to delight trick-or-treaters.

For the couple building a home gym

The cast-iron core gives these kettlebells their weight; the enamel coating makes them gentle on your hands.

For the couple that observes Taco Tuesday

If you make your own tortillas, you’ll definitely want this cast-iron press — the top-rated model on Amazon — that reviewers say is easy to use and can work for other flatbreads like naan.

For the Francophile couple

Chef Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec in Los Angeles says, “I wouldn’t be surprised if every single household in France had at least one or two Le Creuset products.” He uses the terrine for slow-cooking casseroles.

For the couple that likes to color-coordinate

While you’re at it, why not get a full set of matching enamel-coated cast-iron cookware from the status-y French brand?

For the couple with impeccable style

It’s not made from iron, but this literal iron is actually a favorite of illustrator Maira Kalman, a self-professed “big ironer.”

For the couple that takes brunch very seriously

Here’s a stovetop waffle iron that makes serving waffles to a crowd a breeze. Amazon reviewers like that it makes waffles with “nice deep squares.” And, they say, compared with an electric model, “you get more of a crisp exterior and soft interior with this flip iron.”

For the couple into industrial décor

This designer-recommended bed has a hand-forged steel-and-iron frame and a pleasing Victorian-era vibe.

For the couple into Instagrammable décor

With a marble top, brass-finished iron legs, and a wooden lower shelf, this part-glam, part-mid-century coffee table checks all the boxes for, as freelance writer Hélène Heath puts it, a “lovely styling opportunity.”

For the couple nostalgic for the ’60s

Fondue pots were a registry staple of the Mad Men era, but we think it’d still be fun to break one out to nosh on melted cheese (or chocolate) and dippables with a group of friends.

For the couple upgrading their window dressings

If you’ve already picked out some stylish curtains, interior designer Betsy Burnham says to stick with hardware that’s “tidy and unobtrusive,” like these customizable rods from The Shade Store.

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The Best Sixth Wedding Anniversary Gifts