22nd Wedding Anniversary

Explore delightful 22 year anniversary gift ideas! From timeless classics to modern surprises, my guide will tell you how to mark just over two decades of love.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 28 May 2024

Discover The 22nd Year Wedding Anniversary

So, how do you celebrate a love as strong and beautiful as… well, copper? That’s right, the 22 year anniversary is called the Copper Anniversary. Copper is a symbol of strength and flexibility, which pretty much sums up what a 22-year-long relationship is all about. But forget the standard flowers and chocolates (unless they’re dipped in copper, of course!). I have some cool 22nd wedding anniversary celebration and gift ideas to surprise your better half.

Traditional Gift

The traditional gift for the 22nd anniversary is copper. Just like this metal, your relationship has been flexible yet resilient, adapting and growing through time while holding its ground.

But this anniversary isn’t just about adding another year to your tally. It’s a chance to honor a love that’s stood firm through thick and thin. It’s about taking a moment to look back on all the laughter you’ve shared, the highs and lows you’ve braved together, and the devotion that keeps your bond as strong as ever. No matter how fast or slow the years have gone by, this anniversary reminds you to be grateful for every day you have spent together.


Handmade framed design of a couple in love, all made with pebbles and genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This can be pesonalized with your own message and makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or wedding gift to give to a loved one.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 22nd year anniversary gemstone is the spinel

The 22nd year anniversary is traditionally marked with the spellbinding spinel. It’s got this amazing inner sparkle and comes in some seriously eye-catching colors, from rich red to pretty pink and even bold, fiery orange.

The spinel might not be as famous as some other gemstones, and that’s part of its charm. It’s not something you come across every day. Just like a marriage that’s thrived for 22 years, it’s rare and extraordinary.

Life has probably thrown you a few curveballs, but here you are, still standing, still together. The spinel embodies this kind of resilience and enduring love. So, whether you’re gifting a spinel as a polished stone or a piece of jewelry, it will make this day more special.

Traditional Flower

Mixed flowers bouquet for any anniversary

As for flowers, the 22nd anniversary calls for a mixed floral bouquet. Each flower represents a part of your journey. 

For instance, bright gerbera daisies stand for happiness and sticking together, no matter what. The scent of lavender and rosemary brings back sweet memories and shows how much you value your bond. Elegant irises symbolize the wisdom and courage you’ve gained from facing life’s challenges together. Copper-colored roses show how love can be flexible, whereas orchids highlight the respect you both have for each other.

Tied up with copper ribbon, this bouquet is a special gift that shows how strong your marriage is after 22 years.

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Modern Gift

Copper is a special metal that represents a marriage lasting 22 years. It shows how love can change and still stay fresh over time. That’s why copper is also the modern gift for this milestone. Copper pipes represent steady love, while polished copper bowls show the richness and depth two people gain from sharing their lives together. 

Couples can celebrate their bond with special copper gifts. For example, you can wear copper bracelets with details about your relationship engraved on them. You can also melt your wedding rings to make a copper flower. Another idea is to have a statue made from copper that memorializes your love. For photos, use frames with copper accents to make them special.

How Long You´ve Been Married

22 years / 264 months / 1,148 weeks / 8,035 days / 192,840 hours / 11,570,400 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.13 years and if you lived on Mercury 91.36 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Celebrating 22 years of marriage calls for a special gift for your husband. Here’s some unique 22nd anniversary gift ideas to make this anniversary memorable.

  • Copper bracelet with spinel accents – stylish and elegant wrist accessory
  • Copper rollerball pen gift set – for the man who values the written word
  • Engraved copper bracelet – a personalized piece that carries your love with it
  • Copper-colored tie and pocket square set – to refine his style at formal events
  • Personalized copper cufflinks – designed with his initials
  • Golf lessons with a local pro – improve his swing and love for the game
  • A funny visor hat with colored hair – bring humor to his casual days
Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

My dearest, our love has matured like copper yet still carries a vibrant glow. You’ve been my sturdy oak through life’s storms and my dancing partner during sunny days. Our fingerprints are engraved on each other’s hearts.
I’m endlessly grateful for the family we’ve grown and the wrinkles we’ve earned together. Here’s to 22 years of partnership and many more to come! You still take my breath away. XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Congratulations on reaching 22 years of happily ever after with your wife! It’s time to show your appreciation with a special and meaningful gift.

  • Spinel necklace with intertwined hearts – mark your connection with this elegant piece
  • Copper cuff with the wedding date and names – to immortalize your special day 
  • Beautiful copper vase with a bouquet of flowers – brighten her day with a burst of color 
  • Personalized copper trinket box – a charming and customized storage solution
  • Pressed floral arrangement with copper frame – preserve the beauty of flowers 
  • Engraved copper garden tools – encourage her gardening passion 
  • Fun “Just Married 22 Years Ago” Apron – spice up cooking with some humor
sea glass love birds


A wonderful handmade artwork displaying two birds in love and a heart shaped balloon, all handmade with sea glass and pebbles. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artists from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain. Personalized for you.

The perfect frame for an Anniversary or wedding gift.

Try this special wish:

My darling, our bond has only grown stronger through both laughter and tears. Your love lights up my life like a perfect spinel. You still give me butterflies after all these years. I’m eternally grateful for the memories we’ve made and the future we’ll continue building hand-in-hand. Thank you for 22 incredible years as my best friend, lover, and partner in everything. I fall more in love with you every single day. XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Cherish the happy couple with a gift that will remind them just how strong their love is!

  • Monogrammed copper pots – cook together with personalized kitchen essentials
  • Copper kitchen utensils – enhance their culinary experience with quality tools
  • Personalized copper photo frame – to capture their memorable moments 
  • Copper chalice set – for those magical garden gatherings under the stars
  • Hammered copper wine cooler – keep their favorite wines at the perfect temperature
  • Copper sculpture or figure – choose something that reflects their taste

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Fun Fact

Spinel is seen in a wide range of colors: red, lavender, violet, blue, green, brown and even black.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate your 22nd wedding anniversary

At home idea:

Invite your closest friends over for a relaxed indoor picnic. Start off by mixing Moscow Mule cocktails – ginger beer, lime, and vodka in copper mugs. Then, get the food ready. Roast some potatoes with rosemary, prepare a creamy spinach-artichoke dip, make crispy cheddar chips, and wrap up some salmon on copper platters. For dessert, bake an indulgent chocolate cake decorated with edible copper metallic dust. 

During the party, let your friends give a toast and share memories about you two. When everyone’s gone home, slow dance together in candlelight. Read those love letters again, laugh, maybe cry a little, thinking about the good and tough times from your 22 years together.

On a budget idea:

Head to a scenic local park for a romantic nature walk! While you’re walking, take turns reading homemade anniversary poems to each other. Also, keep an eye out for any copper-colored objects such as leaves, acorns, or even pennies. Pick them up and use them as markers to represent special memories you’ve shared throughout 22 years of marriage. 

After your walk, find the perfect spot with a beautiful view to enjoy a picnic lunch together. Take this time to recall the funny moments and special memories. To wrap up the day, head to a craft store. Spend under $20 to make DIY copper bracelets or picture frames.

An adventurous idea:

For some adventure, book a murder mystery weekend getaway at a cozy bed and breakfast. You’ll join other couples and get an exciting character role in a copper-themed whodunit. The fun starts as you kayak along a beautiful river, hike trails, or ride horses, all while hunting for clues. 

As night falls, the plot thickens. You both have to dress up for themed dinners where you’ll role-play, improvise, and dive deeper into the mystery. The weekend wraps up with a masquerade ball where you can toast to your detective skills. Don’t worry, there’s no pressure to solve the case. The real prize here is the experience and the memories you’ll create together.

Enjoying a river boat cruise and gourmet lunch

A luxury idea:

For an indulgent anniversary celebration, book seats at a luncheon river cruise. As you sail along the river, take in the panoramic views. Lunch isn’t just any meal; it’s a gourmet multi-course delight. You’ll savor dill salmon, roasted potatoes, and grilled asparagus. And for dessert, a decadent chocolate cake. 

Raise a glass of champagne and toast to the 22 wonderful years you’ve spent together. Exchange letters filled with memories and love. Post-lunch, find a cozy spot on the deck, pull over some blankets, and take an afternoon nap. When you wake up, there’s live music and dancing to look forward to. Capture photos together on the bow with the wind in your hair.

Fun Fact

One of the most famous spinels in the world is the Black Prince’s Ruby, the 170-carat gem that adorns the U.K.’s Imperial Crown, along with the Timur Ruby, also part of the British crown jewels, is actually a 361-carat polished red spinel. The Black Prince’s Ruby is the largest uncut spinel in the world, and once decorated King Henry V’s helmet during battle.

Common Questions about the 22nd Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 22nd wedding anniversary called?

A: While there’s no traditional name for a 22nd wedding anniversary, it’s often called the copper anniversary due to the modern gift theme.

Q: What is the 22nd wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 22nd wedding anniversary gemstone is called spinel.

Q: What is the 22nd wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 22nd wedding anniversary symbol is copper.

Q: What is the 22nd wedding anniversary color?

A: The color for the 22nd wedding anniversary is verdigris, a shade of green. You get this color when copper weathers over time.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 22nd wedding anniversary?

A: The modern gift for a 22nd wedding anniversary is copper. It can include garden furniture, pots, and copper-colored ties/jewelry.

Q: What is the 22nd year anniversary flower?

A: The 22nd wedding anniversary flower is a mixed floral bouquet.

Did You Know?

The phrase “catch-22” comes from the 1961 novel by author Joseph Heller.

What does “catch 22” mean? This phrase means a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

In 2008, a world record was set for “the most people riding a skateboard” with 22 people appearing in a Weezer video.

A million dollars in $100 bills would weigh almost around 22lbs (9.979kg).

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UK UKCopper
Traditional Gift – US USACopper
Traditional Gift – AustraliaAustraliaCopper
Traditional Gift – Canada CanadaCopper
Traditional Gift – Spain SpainCopper
Traditional Gift – Germany GermanyBronze
Traditional Gift – France FranceBronze
Traditional Gift – Italy ItalyCopper
Flower Gift Anniversary Flower GiftsMixed Floral Bouquet
Gemstone Gift Gemstone anniversary giftsSpinel
Modern Gift Modern Anniversary GiftsCopper

Lighthearted Wishes

We can’t believe it’s already been 22 years since your wedding day! Reaching such an amazing milestone in your marriage deserves a huge congratulations.

Wishing you a very happy copper anniversary! Stay shiny and glowing!

22 years of wedded bless – we love you two to pieces!

Here’s to 22 more years of cuddles, laughs and romance!

You still look at each other like swooning newlyweds – stay sweet!

Your love will never tarnish – happy 22nd anniversary!

Congrats on 22 years – you both deserve a medal!

We feel so lucky to have witnessed your epic romance unfolding over the last 22 years. Here’s to many more happy decades together!

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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