The 19 Best Iron Birthday Gifts of 2022

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We all love a theme, especially when it comes to gift giving. If you’re celebrating your sixth wedding anniversary, it’s time to start thinking about iron, as it’s symbolic of your sixth year together. The iron symbolizes strength, honor and trust in your love, as well as the “ironclad” life (we had to) that you have built together.

The practice of giving a specific gift for each birthday dates back to Victorian times. By now, you may have purchased paper, cotton, leather, linen, and wooden gifts for your first five years of marriage.

“Anniversary gifts allow the couple to share an emotion,” says gift expert Marisa Lytle. “The stories behind these traditional materials help guide this emotional connection that is celebrated on every anniversary.” Sentiment and symbolism make the practice of gift giving all the more special.

Meet the expert

Marisa Lytle is a gifting expert and vice president of consumer engagement at DEMDACO.

Read on for the best iron gifts.

What to Look for When Buying Iron Birthday Gifts


When selecting the perfect iron anniversary gift, Lytle says there are a few things to consider. “Keep it interesting – tool sets are useful but not very meaningful – unless of course you like doing DIY projects together,” she explains. “Choose a piece with a certain feeling attached to it rather than a purely functional item.”

conversation starters

“Choose something that creates a conversation,” says Lytle. “Wall art is especially nice because the sentiment is usually obvious, and it can be displayed somewhere where it reminds a few of the occasion every time they see it.”


  • “A sixth wedding anniversary is traditionally called the Iron Anniversary because it symbolizes the strength of a couple’s relationship and the strength of each partner,” Lytle explains. “For a sixth anniversary, it is traditional to give away products made with iron or iron accents.”

  • “A versatile gift option for an iron birthday for men or women is to serve platters,” says Lytle. “These trays can be dressed up with treats the couple can share on their anniversary, filled with snacks for movie night or game day, and displayed to hold keepsake decorative items”

  • “Wall art with iron accents is a great gift option and an everyday reminder of a birthday milestone,” she says. “Iron vases are also conversation pieces that would make statements that would be even more stunning filled with floral arrangements.”

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer, Jessie Quinn is a bridal-obsessed lifestyle journalist with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism. At Brides, she covers everything from jewelry to wear on your wedding day to the best invitation options. Jessie considers gifts her love language and finds great joy in finding the perfect gift for her loved ones.

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