In previous years we kept our anniversary gifts fairly simple but this year I knew I wanted to give my husband something special for this milestone. Having just celebrated his birthday and Father's Day, I was feeling a bit stumped when it came to choosing his anniversary gift. I wanted to get him something symbolic and sentimental - not necessarily expensive or luxurious though. I knew there were symbolic gifts for every anniversary and thought that would be a good place to start (see infoplease.com for a complete list). The gift for five years is "wood". Kind of a tricky one in my opinion. I was recently in Chicago and was fortunate enough to stumble upon Stitch - an amazing designer furnishings and accessories boutique in Bucktown. There I found various cool "wood" options including clocks, bottle stoppers, and coasters; however, my favorites were their wooden boxes. They come in a variety of sizes, wood types and finishes and to say they are gorgeous is an understatement! Each box is unique, finished with a high gloss lacquer, suede lined and hand made in Italy. They are stunning yet very masculine at the same time. I ended up choosing a small and simple box with a dark finish.
My husband absolutely loves it! He likes to empty his pockets as soon as he gets home from work and now he has a nice place to keep his things until morning. I love that it is a beautiful piece of home decor that will always remind both of us of this milestone. It was the perfect five year anniversary gift if I do say so myself! If you are engaged and don't want to wait five years to give one of these beauties to your man, consider giving one as a wedding gift or even as a thank you gift to your groomsmen!