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9th Wedding Anniversary: 20 Willow, Pottery and Leather Gift Ideas

Celebrate nine years of marriage with one of these traditional or modern 9th wedding anniversary gift ideas

Two open books featuring a monogrammed heart-shaped corner bookmark on each page.

Two open books featuring a monogrammed heart-shaped corner bookmark on each page.

If you’re celebrating your 9th anniversary, then congratulations – nine years of marriage really is something to celebrate, and to show your partner just how much you appreciate them, you might want to give them a special 9th wedding anniversary gift. 

If you’re looking to keep things traditional with your anniversary gift idea, look to willow, which – just like marriage – is known for its strength and flexibility. Or perhaps your partner would prefer a pottery themed present? From the sweetest ceramic espresso cups to creative clay moulding classes, there are so many great ideas to choose from.

Alternatively, you might want to go for the modern gift option, which is leather.

To help you in your search for the perfect anniversary present, we’ve put together our edit of the best 9th wedding anniversary gifts in willow, pottery, and leather. Whatever their taste, you’re guaranteed to find something they’ll love. Spoiler: yes, that Ganni handbag they’ve had their eye on is in here, too! 

9th Wedding Anniversary Symbols

  • Traditional 9th Wedding Anniversary Gift: Willow and pottery - or copper if you're following an old UK tradition!
  • Modern 9th Wedding Anniversary Gift: Leather - although this is the traditional anniversary gift for three years of marriage as well.
  • 9th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli, or tiger's eye
  • 9th Wedding Anniversary Flower: Poppies or birds of paradise are the traditional flowers for nine years of marriage, but a rose can also be used as a 9th anniversary symbol.

Traditional Willow and Pottery 9th Anniversary Gifts

Willow is durable yet flexible, two qualities you will undeniably need in your marriage. Pottery, on the other hand, is fragile, but when moulded and looked after will last a lifetime. If you want to give a nod to either of these traditional sentiments, take a look at our favourite willow and pottery gift ideas.

1. Double-Lidded Two-Person Picnic Basket – The Colourful Garden Company

A monogrammed willow picnic basket pictured on a blanket alongside picnic foods.

From lovely long lunches to romantic evening soirées à deux, alfresco eating is, without doubt, one of the joys of summer and a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. They’ll be able to pack up everything they need in this gorgeous willow picnic basket complete with faux tan leather fixings, which can be personalised with up to three initials.

  • Delivery: From £4.95, 2-3 working days
  • Expert take: Inside you’ll find everything you need for your dream picnic, including two porcelain plates, wine glasses, cutlery and a cork screw and zipped chilled compartment – perfect for that bottle of celebratory fizz.

£114 | Shop Now

2. Willow Heart Hanging Decoration – Clem & Co

Three grey-wash willow heart decorations hanging on a while wall. They're in varying sizes.

These hanging decorations from Clem & Co have been crafted from willow branches that have been manipulated around a metal frame into the most adorable heart shape. The grey wash finish means they’ll work with most interior décor, and they look great hanging over a mantlepiece or on the back of a door. Choose from two sizes.

  • Delivery: £3.99, 5-7 working days
  • Expert take: The five-star reviews on this item speak for themselves. “This heart looks absolutely beautiful on my dining room wall. It is really well made and a lovely colour,” says one. 

From £9.75 | Shop Now

3. The Aromatherapy Luxury Gift Hamper – Great House Farm Stores

An open willow gift hamper with three luxury candles in clay pots positioned in front of it.

Why choose between the traditional 9th anniversary gifts of willow or pottery when you can have both? Inside this stylish wicker hamper – which can be reused for everything from picnics to storage – you’ll find three of Great House Farm Stores’ luxury refillable coconut wax candles from the brand’s aromatherapy range, all housed in the most beautiful artisan-made ceramic vessels.  

  • Delivery: Free, 2-4 working days
  • Expert take: Choose which three scents you’d like from a range to make this gift really personal to your love. The heavenly hand-poured scents include Calm (a delicious blend of orange blossom, chamomile, geranium and rose geranium); Heal (rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, and vetiver); Energise (orange, clary sage and peppermint) and many more.

£176 | Shop Now

4. &Klevering Platter De La Mer – Not Another Bill

Three colourful hand-painted seafood-themed platters positioned on a table.

Tablescaping has certainly become something of an art form in recent years and colourful, covetable crockery like these hand-painted platters from &Klevering will make an impact and showcase their fun side.

  • Delivery: £4.95, 3-4 working days
  • Expert take: Serve up your very own seafood feast for a 9th wedding anniversary to remember – they’ll be transported back to your honeymoon destination in no time.

£45 | Shop Now

5. Trio of Willow Wands Gift –

A trio of willow wand plants in a blue container.

Love the idea of gifting a living willow gift? You might not have the space to plant a full-sized weeping willow, but this trio of willow wands can be planted as a beautiful living sculpture in your garden or in a container on your balcony.

The stem height is fixed, so only the glorious dark green crowns will flourish (and they will do so pretty quickly!). You can trim down to any desired shape or size if you fancy turning your hand to a spot of topiary, too.  

  • Delivery: £6, up to five working days
  • Expert take: Note that these beautiful trees are delivered as hardwood cuttings without a container and need to be planted within three days, so you’ll need to purchase a pot beforehand if you plan on placing anywhere other than in your garden.

From £57 | Shop Now

6. Artfully Walls To Have To Hold Orange Wall Art – Anthropologie

An art print featuring the image of a clay pot created using a mosaic technique in terracotta, grey and black. The words

For an alternative take on a pottery gift – and if you really feel like splashing out on something special – we adore this To Have To Hold statement print from artist Julianna Chioma and Footing Body Studio – an open-ended art project that focuses on everyday objects within the home.

  • Delivery: Free, up to two weeks
  • Expert take: This stunning artwork comes framed in black wood and printed on museum-quality fine art paper.

£448 | Shop Now

7. Pottery Experience Day for Two – The Indytute Experience Days

Image of a group of clay pots and pottery wheels showing the inside of the studio

If you feel like your partner has everything they could want, then an experience gift for your 9th wedding anniversary could be the perfect choice. This hands-on, East London-based Pottery Experience Day for Two means you could both be celebrating while getting to grips with a pottery wheel creating your very own masterpieces to take home and treasure.

  • Delivery: Free, instant
  • Expert take: The intimate two-hour sessions are perfect for beginners and include the option to get your clay pots fired on the day.

£105 | Shop Now

8. Espresso Cup Gift Box – Potterbeans

Two clay espresso cups and two tins of coffee atop a gift box

Those who caffeinate together, stay together – right? Whether they’re a budding barista or the art of making each other coffee every morning is your love language, they’re sure to appreciate this gorgeous set of clay stoneware espresso cups from Potterbeans complete with your choice of single-origin coffee for your 9th wedding anniversary.

  • Delivery: £4, 2-4 working days
  • Expert take: From the coffee varieties and the grind, to the colour of your espresso cups, we love how this gift can be personalised to suit your partner. Each cup is hand-thrown and decorated by resident potter Lucy Brown at her studio in Cornwall, so there could be slight variations in size and colour – which we think only adds to their charm.

From £23 | Shop Now

9. Faux Willow Bud Sprays – Marquis & Dawe

An arrangement of faux willow stems in a large grey vase.

It’s hard to go wrong with a statement flower arrangement as a wedding anniversary gift, but looking specifically for willow can be tricky at certain times of the year. Faux could be the way to go, and this gorgeous bunch of fluffy, life-like cream and white stems from Marquis & Dawe are some of the best we’ve found.

  • Delivery: £3.99, 3-4 working days
  • Expert take: These bud spray stems are perfect for mixing and matching with other foliage, such as eucalyptus, so you can change up your arrangements to suit the season. Each one measures around 80cm in length, and you’ll get six stems for £55.

£55 | Shop Now

10. Willow Pottery Nesting Bowls – Toast

Three different sized terracotta serving bowls on a table

Yes, you read that right. These gorgeous terracotta serving bowls from Toast have been handcrafted by traditional ceramics company Willow Pottery – so it’s written in the stars! Crafted from terracotta clay, these beautiful bowls have been hand-thrown to tapered shapes and finished with a glossy glaze so pretty that you’ll want to keep them on show at all times.

  • Delivery: £3, 3-4 working days
  • Expert take: If you’re looking to up your hosting game, this bowl set is the perfect way to do so. The largest bowl is the ideal size for sharing salads and/or as a fruit bowl, while the smaller bowls are great for nibbles.

£75 | Shop Now

Modern Leather 9th Anniversary Gifts

Leather is the traditional option for 3rd anniversary gifts – but the modern choice for couples celebrating their 9th anniversary. From sentimental trinkets to iconic handbags, here’s our pick of the best leather present ideas.

11. Personalised Leather Heart Keyring – Not Another Bill

A red heart-shaped leather keyring that reads

Useful, unique and a constant reminder of your marriage wherever you go, a personalised keyring like this leather heart version from Not Another Bill makes a great gift. This design has a soft milled texture with a smooth edge and stitched detailing, which makes it feel much more expensive than its £21 price tag.

  • Delivery: £4.95, 3-4 working days
  • Expert take: Choose from red, black, blue, or silver and personalise with up to five characters in gold or silver foil, or have it blind embossed.

£21 | Shop Now

12. Panama Notebook – Smythson

A green leather-bound notebook with a gold snail motif on the front from Smythson

In the world of luxury leather gifts, Smythson of Bond Street reigns supreme and we adore the brand’s latest selection of playful, garden-inspired notebooks for the partner who’s forever putting pen to paper. With its gilded-edged featherweight paper, smooth leather cover and cute snail motif, we can think of no better gift for the stationery obsessive in your life than this pocket-sized pal.

  • Delivery: £5, 2-3 working days
  • Expert take: Colour variants include the brand’s signature Nile blue and a lemon hue, with toadstool and strawberry motifs.

£60 | Shop Now

13. Personalised Leather Corner Bookmark – HurleyBurley

Two open books featuring a monogrammed heart-shaped corner bookmark on each page.

For an affordable 9th wedding anniversary gift that works as a standalone token or as part of a larger present, this heart-shaped corner bookmark is the perfect way to show a bit of literary love to the bookworm in your life. Crafted from Italian leather, it slots over the corner of the page you wish to mark.

  • Delivery: Free, 4-5 working days
  • Expert take: Personalise this sweet gift by choosing from a wide range of bookmark colours, foil colours and including up to three initials.

£12 | Shop Now

14. Tom Ford Ombré Leather Eau de Parfum (50ml) – John Lewis

A black bottle of Tom Ford's Ombre Leather eau de parfum with black and white label

As if a luxury Tom Ford fragrance wasn’t enough of a gift already, this deeply textural unisex scent is (rather aptly) reminiscent of floral leather and spices for a cool twist on the modern 9th wedding anniversary present.

  • Delivery: Free, 2-5 working days
  • Expert take: With notes of rich black leather, floral patchouli, vetiver, and jasmine alongside amber and moss, this is the perfect summer-into-autumn scent.

£106 | Shop Now

15. Ganni Bou Recycled Leather and Faux Leather Bag –

An oyster grey coloured handbag with twisted handle detail and a crossbody strap.

Made from environmentally friendly recycled leather and a faux leather alternative, Ganni’s iconic Bou bag may have been on their wish list for some time now. Perfect for everything from the office to dinner, the peppy, hexagonal design is available in a wide range of prints and colours (including pink and leopard), but this neutral oyster grey hue has our heart.

  • Delivery: Free, 2-3 working days
  • Expert take: The option of the crossbody strap or the twisted-detail handles means you can take this bag from day to night in an instant. 

£345 | Shop Now

16. Leather Laptop Case – Aspinal of London

Image of a leather laptop case in burnt orange with gold-foil monogram

The perfect 9th anniversary gift for the partner who’s forever carrying their laptop around, this luxury leather laptop case comes in a gorgeous burnt orange hue and can be customised with up to four initials.

  • Delivery: £4.95, 2-3 working days
  • Expert take: As with all Aspinal of London products, this stylish laptop case is crafted from the dreamiest butter-soft fabric and bespoke gift wrap options are available.

£250 | Shop Now

17. Leather Watch Box – Life of Riley

Image of a brown leather watch box with chrome clasp on a table. It is open with a watch inside.

If your love is an avid watch wearer, they’ll need somewhere swish to store their timepiece, and this smart leather box complete with chrome clasp does just the job.

It’s pretty generous in size, so you could even fit some cufflinks, collar stiffeners and/or shirt studs in there, making it a pretty indispensable piece of kit for your partner's wardrobe or bedside table. You can personalise this box with up to 16 characters and even include a gift-wrapping option, too.

  • Delivery: £5.95, up to five days
  • Expert take: This leather watch box has tons of five-star reviews: “An exceptionally well-made leather box and a great price. Will hold two watches easily,” says one happy customer.

£49 | Shop Now

18. Leather Key Organiser – Carl Friedrik

Image of a light brown leather key organiser with gold button detail, and keys poking out

For a modern 9th wedding anniversary gift that delivers the epitome of everyday luxury, this stylish leather key organiser from Carl Friedrik is the one. It’s a slim leather pouch that neatly carries up to six keys – the perfect solution to loud, scratchy and annoying keychains. There’s a hole at the bottom of the fold so it works for car keys and Apple AirTags, too.

  • Delivery: Free, 4-5 working days
  • Expert take: This product has some great reviews: “Firm but buttery leather for all lengths/key sizes. Brass finishing is high quality and robust. Perfect quiet luxury,” reads one.

£65 | Shop Now

19. Personalised Distressed Leather Photo Album – Paper High

Image of a bright purple leather photo album on a table with the words

Since you now have nine happy years behind you, why not print out some of your most memorable moments together and put them in an extra special leather-bound photo album? This distressed design from Paper High comes in a wide range of vibrant colours and can be personalised with your own special message in gold, silver or black.

  • Delivery: Free, 3-4 working days
  • Expert take: Each album holds up to 120 standard 6” x 4” photos and features acid-free, sustainable khadda paper crafted from recycled cotton interleaved with tissue paper to protect and preserve your memories. You could also use this as a scrapbook.

£32.95 | Shop Now

20. Mini Boho Leather Backpack – Scaramanga

A mini brown leather backpack with vintage-style brass buckles.

A staple for everything from festivals to city breaks, dog walks to shopping trips, this gorgeous boho-style backpack from the quality leather experts at Scaramanga is the ideal size for storing daily essentials and can feature an embossed leather tag personalised with a meaningful symbol of your choosing or their star sign.

  • Delivery: £5, 2-4 working days
  • Expert take: The distressed brown leather and antique-style brass buckles make this a timeless choice and an everyday essential that will go with everything.

£95 | Shop Now

What is the 9th Wedding Anniversary in the UK?

Pottery and willow gifts traditionally represent the 9 year wedding anniversary in the UK. The modern gift choice for a 9th wedding anniversary is leather – it’s durability and strength are said to perfectly reflect that of a nine-year marriage.

Copper has also been known to be associated with nine years of marriage, though it’s typically more of a symbol for the 7th year, while other alternatives include the deep-blue gemstone lapis lazuli, as well as poppies and bird of paradise flowers.

What is the Traditional Gift For a 9th Wedding Anniversary?

Willow and Pottery are the two traditional symbols and gift ideas for nine years of marriage.

Willow – a material that is known for being both flexible and strong, much like how marriage should be – can be woven to create beautiful pieces that last a lifetime, and represents the teamwork and harmony required in a relationship.

Pottery represents the fragility in a marriage but the painstaking process of moulding and shaping something from scratch – much like your relationship – results in truly beautiful works of art.

Don’t miss our complete guide to wedding anniversaries, so you know which one you have coming up next!