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The 17 Best 8th-Wedding-Anniversary Gifts

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Bronze may go to the third-place finisher in the Olympics, but if you’re familiar with traditional wedding-anniversary gifts (or if you’re Googling them as they come up, as we do most years), you should know that on your eighth anniversary, the bronze goes to the person who’s No. 1 one in your heart: your husband or wife. Gifts made from bronze symbolize durability, a fitting tribute to mark eight years of sleeping through each other’s snoring, earnestly laughing at stories you’ve heard five times before, and, through it all, still being the only people you’d choose to spend a weekend on the couch with, watching Netflix.

Drawing mostly from our extensive archive of expert-recommended and editor-beloved products, we’ve put together a list of bronze gifts, including a bookcase for literary couples, stackable side chairs for couples who entertain, and much more. If you haven’t yet been married for eight years, we also have gift guides for milestones along the way, including first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth-, and seventh anniversaries. And if you’re looking ahead, check out our list of 10th-, 20th-, 25th-, and 50th-anniversary gifts.

For the couple that collects coffee-table books

You’ll have more than enough room to store your Phaidon collection on this two-level coffee table that Seattle-based designer LeeAnn Baker says “reads much more expensive” than its price point.

For the couple in a book club together

If you own more novels than artist monographs, this bronze bookcase lets you show off your literary taste.

For the couple that collects tchotchkes

A handsome catchall tray for displaying all the doodads and decorative objects you’ve acquired over the years. It also works for remote controls.

For the couple that’s redecorating

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Switching up your window dressings can have a huge impact on the overall vibe of your space. Modsy designer Katherine Tlapa likes that this curtain rod uses unique mounting hardware to improve an otherwise simple style. If you’re looking for curtains to pair with it, we’ve got plenty of designer-recommended picks here.

For the couple with a sense of humor

This “human dog” painting comes from Flower Home, Drew Barrymore’s delightful décor collection at Walmart. Especially lovely if you two are dog parents.

For the couple that met on Birthright

For the couple that’s always hot

If your apartment’s radiator has a mind of its own, and you or your spouse is always tossing off the covers, try this inexpensive ceiling fan, which is the best-rated model on Amazon. One reviewer claims to have had a Hunter ceiling fan “running continuously for 38 years” (in case you’re looking for something to power the next three decades of your marriage).

For the couple with a tiny bathroom

Even if you barely have room to stand in your shower, you don’t have to sacrifice your elaborate hair-conditioning and body-washing routine. Just hang up this caddy to display your precious products.

For the couple that hosts dinner parties

These bronze versions of Anna Wintour’s desk chair would look just as good around a dining table. They’re also stackable for saving space.

For the couple with outdoor space

Take a tip from actor Tituss Burgess, who uses this heater to enjoy his patio all year long. “It just makes for the most delicious outdoor parties,” he says. “It puts out so much heat. Sometimes, I’ll just sit outside under it with a blanket and read a book.”

For the city-dwelling couple

A very cool bronze table lamp that’s reminiscent of skyscrapers.

For the couple with a smart home

If you talk to your TV and your microwave, why not your garbage can? Interior designers like how this Simplehuman trash can blends in with kitchen décor, and you can open it by waving your hand or saying “open can.”

For the anti-smart-home couple

If you’re the type that doesn’t want your trash can (and who knows who else) listening in on you, here’s a tiny, Luddite-friendly can in an equally pleasing shade of bronze.

For the couple trying to tidy up

All the clutter you’ve accumulated over the years will look much nicer corralled into these bronze wire baskets than lying out in the open.

For the couple that’s never home

No matter how long you’ve been away on business (or, if you’re lucky, vacation), these faux orchids will always greet you looking fresh.

For the couple that prefers fresh flowers

The perfect vases for dressing up a bodega bouquet.

For the statement-making couple

If you’re coveting the $7,000 Serge Mouille chandelier that has been popping up in stylish Brooklyn brownstones recently, here’s a much more affordable oil-rubbed-bronze fixture with a similar modern, minimalist feel.

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The 17 Best 8th-Wedding-Anniversary Gifts