36th Wedding Anniversary

Thirty-six years together is nothing short of epic. My guide has some gifts and celebration ideas for your 36th wedding anniversary that hit the sweet spot between nostalgia and novelty.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 19 March 2024

Discover The 36th Year Wedding Anniversary

You’ve made it to 36 years of marriage! It’s the kind of milestone that deserves recognition, a high-five, or even a parade in your honor. Although there’s no traditional symbol for your 36th wedding anniversary, bone china is the modern gift choice. It represents your strong yet delicate relationship that has lasted all these years. If you’re looking for inspiration to celebrate this big day, I’ve got some cool ideas to share.

Traditional Gift

The 36th anniversary doesn’t have a traditional gift, but it stands out with its unique flower and gemstone. Couples celebrating 36 years together can enjoy the classic beauty of the cameo and tea rose. These symbols highlight the joy and depth of their long partnership.

We are better together - Sea Glass love birds framed gift


“We are better together”

A wonderful handmade framed unique design of a couple of love birds, including a sweet quote. The quote can be personalized for you. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes a lovely unique anniversary or special occasion gift.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional gemstone for the 36th year anniversary is the cameo

The cameo, known for its detailed carvings on a precious base, represents the deep, lasting nature of a relationship that’s lasted 36 years. Just like a cameo’s layers, a marriage of this length shows the complexity and beauty that come from years of growing together.

Traditional Flower

Tea Rose is the 36th wedding anniversary flower

The tea rose, with its delicate petals and soft colors, reflects the gentle moments of love and grace shared over your 36 year journey. Like the tea rose that opens up layer by layer, your marriage shows a similar depth of beauty – it’s detailed, rich, and grows from the shared experiences you’ve nurtured together. The scent of the tea rose fills the air, capturing the happy memories and quiet joys that make your union so rare.

Modern Gift

Bone china is the typical 36th anniversary gift, symbolizing class and resilience, just like a solid marriage. But giving it a modern touch can turn it into an extra special present. For this anniversary, think about surprising your spouse with bone china items, such as mugs or plates, customized with both of your names and the date of your wedding. The fine quality and detailed designs of bone china reflect the beauty of your enduring relationship. 

You can also consider bone china jewelry boxes or figurines to mark the occasion beautifully. Choosing bone china as your 36th-anniversary gift is a wonderful way to honor your lasting bond, just as precious as the time you’ve spent together.

How Long You´ve Been Married

36 years / 432 months / 1,878 weeks / 13,149 days / 315,576 hours / 18,934,560 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Uranus, you would have been married for 0.43 years and if you lived on Mercury 149.49 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

After 36 years, you think you’ve shared everything, but there’s always room for a little surprise. I’m unveiling a list of unique gift suggestions for your husband.

  • Engraved pocket knife – a handy, personalized keepsake
  • Personalized whisky glass with initials – make every drink personal
  • Modern smartwatch – to ensure he stays in sync with the digital world
  • Chine sports mug – with his favorite team and sport
  • Sporting equipment gift – improve his golfing, fishing, or hunting adventures
  • WWII Biplane ride – for an unforgettable experience
  • Fun t-shirt – use this print: “Just married 36 years ago”

Try this special wish:

To my darling husband,

36 years ago I married my best friend, my hero, my everything. I fall in love with you over and over again each day. Our love grows ever stronger, like finely crafted bone china passed down generations. Thank you for the laughter, joy, and memories over three decades together. I cherish our one-of-a-kind bond and can’t wait for 36 more wonderful years by your side!

Happy Anniversary! Yours Always, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Heads up, husbands! Honoring your love for your wife doesn’t always mean grand gestures. Sometimes, it’s the surprises that stick. Here are some ace gift ideas that’ll win the day.

  • Cameo brooch – an elegant addition to her collection
  • Gold charm bracelet – personalize it with meaningful charms
  • Art print coffee mug – add creativity to her morning routine
  • Art lessons – foster her artistic talents and passion
  • Concert tickets – so she can enjoy her favorite music live
  • Bone china vase with 36 roses – a classic symbol of your lasting love
  • Fun t-shirt with pet image – celebrate your day with her furry friend

Try this special wish:

My Dear Wife,

Our love is like the finest bone china – growing more beautiful and precious over 36 wonderful years. Thank you for the laughter, joy, and memories. I cherish our one-of-a-kind bond and can’t wait for 36 more years by your side!

Happy Anniversary, my darling!
Love, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

If you’re looking to pay tribute to that one-of-a-kind couple with something beyond the ordinary, stick around. I’ve got just the thing for an anniversary that’s anything but cliché.

  • Bone china figurine – a classy touch to their home
  • Bone china tea set – make their tea times a bit more special
  • Tea rose plant – brighten up their garden or indoor space
  • Concert or show tickets – get them out for a fun night with their favorite show
  • Gourmet chocolates – treat them to some seriously good sweets
  • Pair of bone china coffee mugs – perfect for their cozy morning coffee chats together

Fun Fact

Since you’ve been married:
Combined, the two of you have spent about 26.4 years sleeping. I know it just don´t seem possible!

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate your 36th wedding anniversary

At home idea:

Transform your home into a living memory box for your 36th wedding anniversary. Start the night with a takeaway meal you both love. It could be something you both enjoyed when you first got married or a new dish that you’ve recently fallen in love with. Let the smell of this familiar food fill your home and set the mood.

Next, dig out some movies from the year you got married. Rediscover the films that were popular during that special time. These movies, whether they’re well-known classics or lesser-known gems, will take you back to the year your love story started. So, sit back and let these flicks bring back all those emotions from that special year.

On a budget idea:

You don’t need to spend a lot on a special celebration. Plan a game night filled with classic board and card games that remind you of good times. Or you can prepare an affordable picnic to enjoy a day full of fun and relaxation at a nearby park. If it’s raining, set up a cozy picnic indoors, near the fireplace, for an equally delightful experience. Cap off the evening with stargazing, sharing stories about your favorite constellations, and marveling at the stars that symbolize your journey together.

An adventurous idea:

Enjoy a pottery class on your 36th year anniversary

Celebrate 36 years together with a unique adventure: a bone china pottery or ceramics class. This fun activity lets you both dive into the art of making dishes, mugs, vases, and figurines from clay.

Start by looking up local studios offering couples’ pottery classes. Choose one with great reviews that teaches you how to use a pottery wheel, hand-sculpt pieces, and glaze your creations. These workshops often include kiln firing right there.

Head to the studio for your lesson, put on your aprons, and watch as your instructor shows you how to work the clay. Next, have a go at shaping bowls on the wheel or hand-making mugs. For a bit of fun, try molding figurines that look like each other. It’s a great chance to chat, laugh, and create something together.

A luxury idea:

For your 36th anniversary, go for a luxury weekend getaway. You can book a weekend away at a boutique hotel with a rich history or a bed and breakfast full of charm. Treat yourselves to a private spa day, complete with massages for you both, and follow it up with a top-notch gourmet dinner. Relax and enjoy the luxury around you as you spend quality time together.

Whether it’s a cozy night in, an affordable outing, an adventure, or a luxury escape, these suggestions will ensure your 36th anniversary celebration is one you and your friends will remember.

Fun Fact

Roses have a vast history dating back as far as 35 million years ago, according to fossil evidence. They are believed to have originated in Asia, but their cultivation has spread worldwide over the centuries.

Common Questions about the 36th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 36th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 36th wedding anniversary is called the bone china anniversary.

Q: What is the 36th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 36th wedding anniversary gemstone is a cameo.

Q: What is the 36th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The symbol for a 36th wedding anniversary is bone china.

Q: What is the 36th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 36th wedding anniversary does not have any specific color associated with it. So, you are free to choose any color theme you wish for this year’s celebration.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 36th wedding anniversary?

A: There is no traditional gift for a 36th wedding anniversary. The modern gift for this year is bone china.

Q: What is the 36th year anniversary flower?

A: The classic flower for 36th wedding anniversary is the tea rose.

Did You Know?

Roses have long been associated with love and romance. The different colors of roses carry their own meanings, with red roses symbolizing love and passion, yellow roses representing friendship, and white roses signifying purity and innocence. 

The number of roses in a bouquet can also convey a specific message, such as a single rose symbolizing love at first sight or a dozen roses representing true love.

Cameos, in the most accurate terms are miniature sculptures not engravings.

Cameos are usually made of gemstones such as agate, onyx, or sardonyx, with two layers of contrasting colours with figures carved into one of the layers and projected over the other. Creating a multi-dimensional artwork.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UK UK No Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – US USA No Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – AustraliaAustraliaNo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – CanadaCanadaNo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – Spain Spain Silica
Traditional Gift – Germany Germany Emerald
Traditional Gift – France France Muslin
Traditional Gift – Italy Italy Silica
Flower Gift Anniversary Flower Gifts Tea Rose
Gemstone Gift Gemstone anniversary gifts Cameo
Modern Gift Modern Anniversary Gifts Bone China

Lighthearted Wishes

As our cherished couple marks 36 years of wedded bliss, it’s time to honor their celebration with love and charm.

Cheers to 36 years down, and many more years of wedded bliss to go!

After 36 years, may your hearts still skip a beat when you see each other.

May your love be as timeless as your favorite 80s playlist and as enduring as the memories it brings back.

May your love be like your smartphones—always connected, rarely out of battery, and constantly receiving software updates!

Your love will endure for eternity – just like the finest bone china!

Thank you for showing us that true love can endure just like bone china.

Wishing you a joyful 36th year anniversary and many more wonderful years to come!

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About The Author

Justin is passionate about helping couples to make their anniversary as special as possible. Justin enjoys being creative and coming up with different and inspiring ideas for couples to celebrate their anniversary in style each year.