After three years of marriage, your relationship will be strong and durable. That's why a third wedding anniversary gift is traditionally made from leather - it's a symbol of the resilience of your love. It’s the perfect way to show your lasting commitment while also giving your partner something they can treasure.
Luckily, leather lends itself to some fabulous wedding anniversary gift ideas, from purses and phone accessories to luggage and even homewares. However, if leather isn’t really your partner’s thing and you want something a little different, you could opt for the modern third wedding anniversary gift: crystal and glass, as a symbol of radiant beauty. From jewellery to home décor, the possibilities are endless.
To help you plan the perfect present, we’ve picked some of our favourite 3rd year anniversary gift ideas to inspire you. Take a peek through these options and we’re sure you’ll soon be getting out the wrapping paper.
- 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Wife
- 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Husband
- 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Couples
- Unusual 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts
- Modern 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts
If you're in a rush to find the perfect third anniversary gift, we've picked out the most popular presents from our edit for you to add to your basket ASAP:
- Personalised Lifetime Memory Suitcase Box - £170, Not On The High Street
- Crystal Infinity Bangle - £95, Swarovski
- Double Black Leather Bracelet - £45, Pandora
Traditional 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gift: Leather
The traditional third wedding anniversary gift is leather. This gives scope for lots of different present ideas, from accessories to homeware and many of them are super long-lasting so you and your partner can enjoy them for years. If you like the idea, take a look at some of our favourite leather gift ideas.
3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Wife
1. Leather Credit Card Slip - £125, Mulberry
For a classic leather gift that will last for years to come and be used almost every day, a purse or card slip is a great option. If you're looking for something extra special, Mulberry have a gorgeous range of leather accessories in different shapes, sizes and colours - like this fabulous credit card slip.
"Mulberry are renowned for their leather goods so your other half will be over the moon with this luxury buy," says Zoe Burke, Editor of Hitched. "It is likely not an item that they would typically treat themselves to and they always make the best gifts. Also, this one is Hitched purple, so of course I'm a huge fan!"
Pros & Cons: It is available in over 20 colours - we recommend choosing one that matches her purse or bag. This item isn't personalised but it is embossed with the designer's iconic logo and brand.
2. Heart Key Ring - £45, Aspinal of London
A good quality leather keyring is such a smart accessory and we love how this design from Aspinal of London can be monogrammed with your other half's initials. It is available in ten different colours and can be gift wrapped.
"The perfect third anniversary gift should be timeless, and like any marriage, the leather gift should be designed for longevity. Aspinal of London offers a wide range of gifts for anniversaries but a popular choice is the heart key ring as a gift that is a token of affection for a third anniversary," says the team from Aspinal of London.
Pros & Cons: The heart design is so anniversary-appropriate. The leather is durable which will minimise any damage it may get from being in a bag or pocket.
3. Double Black Leather Bracelet - £45, Pandora
If your partner isn't keen on metallic jewellery, why not buy them a stylish leather bracelet? We adore this woven leather bracelet from Pandora. It has a 4.4/5 review rating with many saying that it is such a wearable style. "This is a nice, simple bracelet for everyday wear and is great quality," says one shopper.
Pros & Cons: The strong clasp means it won't fall off and get lost, however one review states that it does take a bit of time getting used to securing it and initially you may need some help.
4. Pressed Flowers Leather Notebook - £37, Papier
With an on-trend design and in on on-trend monochrome colourway, this leather notebook is a fashionable gift for the stationery lover in your life on your third anniversary. It can be personalised with gold, rose gold or silver foiling.
It comes nestled in a presentation box and has a ribbon marker so you can easily keep your place.
Pros & Cons: It is made from upcycled leather and paper sustainably sourced from FSC-certified forests. It features 96 pages of lined paper so is best suited for writing rather than sketching.
3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Husband
5. Luxury Faux Leather Personalised Phone Case - £29.95, Klever Case
Is your other half obsessed with their phone? This personalised leather phone case can be embossed with a message in handwritten text on the front and or interior. It also handily doubles up as a wallet with room for three bank cards and a cash pouch. "All I can say is wow, the case is beautiful. The quality was incredible and the personalised message was perfect," says a reviewer.
It is not too bulky and the faux leather case is lightweight so can easily be slipped into a pocket.
Pros & Cons: The magnetic strap closure will keep your belongings safe. It is only compatible with iPhones and Samsung Smartphones.
6. Classis Men's Belt - £95, Aspinal of London
Invest in a quality leather belt your partner can wear time and time again. We love this belt from Aspinal of London available in brown and black and with a smooth or croc print finish. It is made from soft, supple and durable full-grain leather, which contrasts beautifully against the silver-tone buckle.
Pros & Cons: Luxury gift-wrapping can be added and a handwritten note.
7. Hugo Boss Leather Strap Watch - £119, John Lewis
A leather strap watch is an excellent gift for a third anniversary as it's something they can treasure (and use!) for years. This Hugo Boss watch is chic and simple enough for everyday wear, but still feels special.
"I bought this watch for my husband for our third wedding anniversary, and couldn't be happier with my purchase. He can wear it with both casual and dressy clothes and looking smart regardless!" says one customer.
Pros & Cons: The blue watch face is a unique look that pairs perfectly with soft brown leather. It is water resistant.
8. Personalised Leather Rolltop Backpack- £155, Paper High
Gifts for a 3rd wedding anniversary don't have to be completely out of the box - sometimes a simple idea is just what your partner will want. Take this leather backpack for example, which can be personalised with their initials in black, gold or silver.
It has a roomy interior so can fit many belongings but it won't feel heavy or bulky on your back. This is confirmed by a reviewer who said, "The roll-top backpack is just absolutely outstanding. I'm using it on a trip now. It can hold my 17' monster laptop, but it still rides thin on my back. The quality and workmanship exceeded my expectations."
Pros & Cons: The wide padded straps are adjustable for extra comfort. As the leather is tanned from natural dyes, its colour may vary.
3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Couples
9. Leather Picture Frame - £79, Life of Riley
Pick out a photo that means a lot to you and your partner and have it printed - you can order prints online to be delivered to your home. Put it in this beautiful leather frame and voila! The perfect thoughtful gift for your leather wedding anniversary.
Available in 6x4" or 8x10", it would look elegant on a desk or bedside table.
Pros & Cons: You'll have to spend time getting a photo printed to complete the present but it can be gift-wrapped with a ribbon so some of the hard work is done for you.
10. Personalised Leather Photo Album - £78, Be Golden
Put together a leather-bound photo album like this chic design full of happy memories from the first three years of your marriage together. If you haven't had a chance to buy a wedding photo album yet this is the ideal opportunity.
Each page has a glassine interleaf to protect your photos - leave some pages blank for next year too!
Pros & Cons: You can choose from lots of unique colours, such as peacock blue, lavender and berry red. Mounting squares can be added on for easy photo sticking.
Unusual 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts
11. Personalised Lifetime Memory Suitcase Box - £170, Meminio
Gift your partner one of these beautifully crafted memory suitcases for storing their favourite keepsakes. The boxes are made from bonded leather, so ideal for a third anniversary gift. Choose from a range of gorgeous colours and have a luggage tag monogrammed with your loved one's initials.
It has a 4.8/5 rating by reviewers with one saying, "Great product and something different from the usual."
Pros & Cons: Although you can gift this to your partner empty for them to fill, we love the idea of popping a little surprise in there too.
12. Cuir / Leather Candle - £54, Diptyque
Are we cheating with this one? Maybe a little, but Diptyque's Cuir 'Leather' candle is a lovely third anniversary gift if your partner isn't particularly keen on actual leather goods.
The scent of soft, fine leather is subtle so although being a woody fragrance it won't overpower the room. Think slightly spiced floral accents with notes of musk.
Pros & Cons: This gift won't last forever but it has a burning time of 60 hours so they'll get plenty of use out of it.
Modern 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gift: Crystal & Glass
If the traditional material doesn't work for you, crystal and glass are the modern alternatives for your third wedding anniversary. Take a look at some of our favourite gift ideas.
13. Infinity Bangle - £95, Swarovski
This gorgeous infinity bangle is a romantic gift for an anniversary. The sparkling style features a rose gold-plated chain with a single crystal alongside an infinity symbol. If rose-gold isn't their preference, you can pick silver instead and it'll look just as beautiful.
"The infinity sign symbolises everlasting love so it doesn't get more appropriate for a wedding anniversary gift," explains Rima Barakeh, Deputy Editor of Hitched. "It'll show your partner how much you value them, love, and care about them. Oh, and it'll look stunning sparkling on their wrist!"
Pros & Cons: If you're feeling particularly generous, complete the look with matching earrings too.
14. Grosseto Cut Crystal Glass Champagne Flutes - £50, John Lewis
You can't go wrong with beautiful Champagne flutes. If you include a bottle of Champagne or prosecco you had at your wedding, it would make this anniversary gift even more thoughtful.
For a romantic date night, cook your other half their favourite meal and be sure to cheers to your marriage milestone with a glass of bubbles in these flutes.
Pros & Cons: They are great value for money as they are such high quality. Several reviews praise these glasses, with one person saying, "These glasses are a lovely weight and add a special something to any celebration. The photos really don't do them justice."
15. Garden Tales Rose - £95, Swarovski
Flowers are a popular gift to show your partner affection, but why not take it a step further? With this crystal rose, you can demonstrate love in a lasting way. It's a really unique idea that we bet your partner won't be expecting.
It will sparkle with over 100 facets of red crystal that complement the gold tone plated metal stem wonderfully.
Pros & Cons: This delicate gift should be packaged with care - the glass petals are fragile.
16. Aur Mixed Gin Glasses Set of Two - £26, Oliver Bonas
If you and your partner enjoy a G&T, these gold-tones glasses will be an elegant addition to your glass collection. The goblets have a wide, round bowl so there is plenty of room for ice and garnishes - why not have a go at making some of your favourite cocktails?
Pros & Cons: Hand wash only - do not put in the dishwasher or the metallic design may fade.
17. Sunday Rain Watermelon & Mint Relaxing Bath Crystals - £6, Beauty Bay
Looking for a third anniversary gift on a strict budget? Two words: bath crystals. There's nothing quite like giving the gift of relaxation, after all. These watermelon and mint bath salts will not only look amazing on your bathroom side, they are formulated with sea salt crystals which will naturally draw toxins from the skin, leaving you soft and less stressed.
"Smells absolutely amazing! You get so much as well so it’s really good value for money. You also get a little wooden spoon to put the salts into your bath. It gives a wonderful smell to the room and feels so soft," says one beauty buyer.
Pros & Cons: They are vegan and cruelty-free.
18. Nogu Mirror with Floral Rattan Frame - £80, La Redoute
Stylish mirrors can cost a small fortune - at £80, this La Redoute rattan design is a real find. It would look gorgeous in any room of the house and add a trendy bohemian feel.
"A statement interior piece like this can instantly elevate your home décor," says Joanna Magill, Digital Writer at Hitched. "It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are searching for a third wedding anniversary gift but it will certainly be appreciated and it is something that you can both enjoy."
Pros & Cons: It is only available in one size so be mindful of this when choosing where in your home to display. The wall screws are not supplied but it is simple and easy to hang.
19. Rose Bouquet - £165, Swarovski
Does your other half love Disney or perhaps you had a Disney themed wedding day? There's something very Beauty and the Beast about this crystal rose home decoration and it'll certainly last longer than a bunch of flowers!
Crafted with 451 facets, it can be displayed with or without the bell jar and is the perfect piece to add a touch of magic to any room.
Pros & Cons: This present may not have any practical uses but it is super romantic and will look lovely in your home.
20. Elements Sculpt Two Tone Orange Glass Vase - £35, Dunelm
On the other hand, if you do want to buy flowers for your third wedding anniversary gift, add a timeless element by making this wonderfully elegant vase part of the gift. It will look totally Instagram-able when it's filled with flowers.
Pros & Cons: It is easy to wipe clean after use and will look amazing even when it is not bursting with blooms.
21. Fossil Stainless Steel Crystal Watch - £149, H.Samuel
Who doesn't want crystals on their wrist? This gorgeous crystal-studded watch will give your partner some serious sparkle. It combines both contemporary glamour with timeless vintage appeal and will look great with any outfit - whether that is in the day or evening.
If you're worried about choosing the right size to fit your partner's wrist you needn't be - "It's a beautiful watch that looks even better in real life. It is easy to change size of the bracelet to fit," explains one shopper.
Pros & Cons: This watch is best suited for those who have a silver jewellery collection, however there are no rules to say you can't mix and match your metallics.
22. Moon Cufflinks - £22, Etsy
These glass moon cufflinks would be a stylish 3rd anniversary gift. The unusual design makes them feel extra-special and we bet your partner won't already have a pair of these. Over 90% of the reviews for this present give them five-stars!
Pros & Cons: These cufflinks are minimalistic so will suit all kinds of tastes and shirt colours.
What is the 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gift?
Traditionally, third wedding anniversary gifts are made from leather to represent strength and durability. "The third year of your marriage is the perfect time to gift your partner a practical present," suggests Zoe Burke, Editor of Hitched. "Our edit includes homeware items and accessories that they can use for years to come."
If leather isn't a product your partner would want, consider the modern third wedding anniversary gift of glass or crystal. From jewellery to vases and even unusual picks such as bath salts, this idea will cater for all kinds of budgets and tastes. Plus, it'll symbolise clarity and transparency in your relationship - the perfect nod to three years of marriage.
Make sure you know what to give in the years to come by checking out our complete wedding anniversary guide, which has everything from your first to your 70th wedding anniversary covered