3rd Wedding Anniversary

Can you believe it’s been three years already? It feels like just yesterday, you were making heartfelt promises to each other. Here’s my little guide to help you celebrate your 3rd wedding anniversary.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 27 May 2024

Discover The 3rd Year Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations on your 3rd wedding anniversary! You’ve made it past the paper and cotton stages, and now it’s time to celebrate with leather. Need a gift idea that will make your partner’s eyes light up? I’ve got a few up my sleeve.

Traditional Gift

The traditional 3rd anniversary gift is leather, which is pretty spot-on when you think about it. It’s tough and gets better with age (just like a good marriage.) Three years in, you’ve eased into each other’s lives like those once-stiff boots have softened up, and now everything fits as comfortably as a well-worn leather jacket.

Leather’s the perfect gift for your third anniversary—classic and tough, just like a solid marriage that’s seen a bit of everything. It’s like your marriage has grown from the crisp, tight fit of new dress shoes to the relaxed comfort of that trusty old recliner.

Leather’s not just for gifts; it’s got that cool factor. The cool guys in movies always wear leather. So why not channel a bit of that rebel energy? Maybe it’s a good moment to bring back some ‘just married’ spontaneity.

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.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 3rd wedding anniversary gemstone is pearl

Pearls are the traditional gemstone for your 3rd anniversary, capturing those early, pure moments, the innocent surprises, and the shared wisdom that comes with growing together.

Just as oysters transform irritating grains of sand into beautiful pearls, a strong marriage can turn challenges into opportunities to grow closer and strengthen the bond.

Traditional Flower

Traditional flower for the 3rd anniversary is the beautiful sunflower.

By year three, you’ve nurtured your marriage into something as radiant as a sunflower. That’s why the traditional 3rd anniversary flower is the mighty sunflower. and it’s not just a feast for the eyes. In fact, these sun-kissed flowers are bursting with meaning. 

They embrace the loyalty and joy you’ve cultivated. The shared laughs that echo in your memories. The unwavering warmth that promises even more adventures.

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Modern Gift

After three years, your marriage has gained clarity and sparkle. That’s why it’s the perfect modern 3rd anniversary gift that speaks volumes with crystal

Crystal represents the clear-eyed love you’ve refined together, a love that reflects the good times and growth you’ve shared. It shows the clarity that comes from really reflecting on each other to fully see who you are together. 

So, as you pick out that ideal crystal piece, remember it’s the spark of future joys and inside jokes yet to come. Here’s to the kind of clarity that turns ‘I do’ into ‘We thrive’ – with a love that’s clearly meant to last.

How Long You´ve Been Married

3 years / 36.0 months / 157 weeks / 1,095 days / 26,280 hours / 1,576,800 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.02 years and if you lived on Mercury 12.46 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Your 3rd wedding anniversary is a major milestone, and it’s the perfect time to show your husband how much you appreciate him. Take inspiration from the traditional and modern 3rd anniversary gifts of leather and crystal:

  • Classic leather wallet – Stash cash for date nights out
  • Monogrammed cufflinks – An elegant accessory for your stylish spouse
  • Personalized leather watch strap – An engraved reminder of your enduring love
  • Stylish leather belt – Engrave a loving message on the inside
  • Leather and silver bracelet – Engraved initials inside a heart
  • Leather weekend bag – For packing on romantic getaways
  • Leather Hip flask – For those cold winter walk or sporting events
  • Leather key fob – Personalized with names and marriage date
  • Cozy trip to a cabin – Snuggle and reminisce by the fire
  • Funny T-Shirt – “3rd Level Completed” slogan
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.

Try this special wish:

The years have flown by and our love has only grown stronger. You still give me butterflies and make me laugh every day.

Thank you for being my husband, my friend, and my adventure partner. Here’s to many more happy years at your side!

Your Loving Wife XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Three years of love is a leather-worthy milestone! Gift your wife a timeless piece she’ll adore. Here are some gifts to consider:

  • Stylish handbag or tote – To keep her essentials organized
  • Engraved bracelet – With your wedding date and initials
  • Handmade sea glass art – Personalized with a loving massage
  • Luxurious leather weekend bag – For getaways together
  • Personalized leather manicure set – Engrave a cupids heart and arrow
  • Modern leather purse – with RFID protection for credit cards
  • Stylish leather belt – An essential wardrobe accessory
  • Custom moto jacket – With a printed inner lining of wedding photos
  • Relaxing trip – To wine country to unwind without the kids
  • Funny Gift – Leather belt with a saucy and fun message printed on the inside
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:

Having you as my wife is the greatest joy and adventure. Your spirit and laughter fill my heart. Thank you for your kindness, patience and compassion through our ups and downs.

I look forward to celebrating today and all our special moments to come.

Your loving husband XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Three years down, forever to go! Instead of the typical gift, go for traditional leather that works as hard as you do as a couple. Here are a few ideas for gifts for both husband and wife:

  • Monogrammed leather weekend bag – For the couple’s getaways
  • His and hers leather wallets – Stash cash for special date nights
  • Engraved leather bracelets – One for each spouse to wear
  • Custom leather wall art – With their names and wedding date
  • Cozy cabin getaway – Let them reconnect without the kids!
  • Leather journal set – For jotting down their shared memories
  • His and hers crystal wine glasses – Toast to your love
  • Handy leather catch tray – Personalized with names and message
  • Crystal vase with sunflowers – Brighten their home
  • Sunflower themed photo book – Filled with pics of their journey

Your gift will remind this special couple of the laughter, passion and growth they’ve shared so far. Here’s to honoring their lasting marriage and the exciting journey still ahead!

Fun Fact

If you go to a wedding in Kenya, don’t be shocked if you see the father of the bride spitting on her dress for good luck. For the Maasai people in Kenya, spitting on someone is seen as a show of respect. Hoping not to jinx the marriage, the spit is meant in good faith.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate and enjoy the 3rd year anniversary

At home idea:

Create your own romantic ambiance at home with candlelight, music, and the company of your spouse. Start by cooking a delicious meal together. Choose a recipe you’re both excited about, and take the time to savor the dish. 

After dinner, pop on your wedding song and have a living room dance party. To finish the evening off, write each other love letters. Share three things you love about your marriage to express gratitude to each other.

On a budget idea:

Who says you need to spend a fortune to have a memorable third anniversary? You can create a scavenger hunt around the house. To start, hide clues around the house that lead to different locations, such as the bedroom, kitchen, or living room. At each location, leave a handwritten note with a clue to the next location. 

The final clue should lead to the hiding spot with a handwritten coupon book. Once your partner has found the coupon book, they can start redeeming them for free hugs, kisses, shoulder massages, and other goodies!

An adventurous idea:

Saddle up for a horseback riding adventure!

Looking for an unforgettable leather anniversary celebration? Saddle up for a horseback riding adventure! Find a scenic stable and hand-in-hand spend the day exploring trails. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a meadow, taking in the stunning views. If you’re feeling adventurous, go on an overnight horse-packing trip and camp under the stars. 

Another idea is a majestic mountain getaway. Hike through lush forests and marvel at the breathtaking views. Climb to mountain peaks and feel the exhilaration of standing on top of the world. Or, take a scenic drive along winding mountain roads, stopping to admire the waterfalls and wildflowers.

A luxury idea:

For a truly luxurious leather anniversary celebration, commission a custom bag and wallet from a local leatherworker. Or, splurge on his and hers designer leather bags from a high-end brand. You’ll both look and feel like a million bucks.

On your leather anniversary, spoil each other rotten and make memories that will last a lifetime! Cheers to three years of love, laughter, and adventures…

Fun Fact

In Armenia, Lavash on the shoulders: The mother of the groom places a loaf of lavash (Armenian flatbread) on the shoulders of the couple. This is a symbol of their new life together and their hope for a happy and prosperous marriage.

Common Questions about the 3rd Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 3rd wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 3rd wedding anniversary is symbolized by the leather anniversary.

Q: What is the 3rd wedding anniversary called?

A: The third wedding anniversary is often referred to as the “leather anniversary.

Q: What is the 3rd wedding anniversary gemstone?

A: The 3rd wedding anniversary gemstone is Pearl.

Q: What is the 3rd wedding anniversary colour?

A: The traditional color associated with the third wedding anniversary is white or jade green.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 3rd wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for the 3rd wedding anniversary is leather, and the modern gift is crystal glass.

Q: What is the 3rd year anniversary flower?

A: The traditional flower for the third wedding anniversary is the sunflower, known to be strong and robust.

Did You Know?

Leather making is an ancient art that has been practiced for more than 7,000 years

Leather can last forever if treated right (so they say).

Leather in now associated with luxury goods.

The earliest recorded leather artefacts crafted by primitive societies date back to 1300 BC

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKLeather
Traditional Gift – USLeather
Traditional Gift – AustraliaLeather
Traditional Gift – CanadaLeather
Traditional Gift – SpainLeather
Traditional Gift – GermanyWheat
Traditional Gift – FranceWheat
Traditional Gift – ItalyLeather
Flower GiftSunflower
Gemstone GiftPearls
Modern GiftCrystal Glass

Around the World

How do people from different countries celebrate the iconic third year anniversary? Let’s zoom around the globe and check out the cool, unique ways couples celebrate this day!

  • China – The 3rd wedding anniversary is known as the “leather anniversary.” Couples often exchange gifts made of soft, supple leather.
  • India – The third anniversary is called the ‘Cowrie anniversary’ here. Indians celebrate this special milestone with gifts of cowrie shell jewelry and decor.
  • Korea -Koreans celebrate the third anniversary as the “cotton anniversary,” where people exchange cotton-themed gifts to symbolize purity and new beginnings.
  • Russia – The third wedding anniversary is referred to as “кожаная годовщина” (kozhanaya godovshchina), meaning “leather anniversary.” On this occasion, couples celebrate by giving gifts crafted from –you guessed it– leather.
  • Japan – The third wedding anniversary is the “coral anniversary.” Couples give coral gifts to celebrate the lasting beauty of their bond.
  • Mexico – The third year of marriage is celebrated as the “crystal anniversary.” Crystal gifts shine as a symbol of a love that’s meant to last.

It’s quite the adventure seeing how each culture throws its own twist on celebrating three years of wedded bliss!

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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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