9th Wedding Anniversary

Mark your 9th wedding anniversary with a celebration that reflects the enduring strength and ever-evolving beauty of your bond. Let me help you make this pottery anniversary truly unforgettable.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 27 May 2024

Discover The 9th Year Wedding Anniversary

You and your significant other have come a long way! Just as clay must be centered, molded, and glazed to achieve its full potential, you and your spouse have worked hard over 9 years to form a lasting, functional partnership. Here’s my guide on celebrating your 9th year pottery anniversary with meaningful gift ideas.

Traditional Gift

Celebrate your 9th anniversary together with the traditional gift of pottery or willow. It represents the enduring and adaptable nature of your relationship. Just like clay, you and your partner have come together to create something strong and beautiful that will stand the test of time.

If pottery isn’t what you’re looking for, there are other wonderful 9th anniversary symbols that stay close to nature. Leather and willow, both emblematic of flexibility and strength, are perfect alternatives.

Consider gifts like leather accessories, willow baskets, gemstones, minerals, cast iron cookware, or wine that’s been aged for nine years. Choosing handmade gifts is a wonderful way to show love, and it can support local artists.

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 9th anniversary gemstone is Lapis Lazuli

The blue stone Lapis Lazuli is perfect for your 9th anniversary as it is the traditional gemstone for this occasion. But its beauty is more than skin deep. Lapis Lazuli carries profound symbolism – wisdom, truth, and strength, to be precise. 

Those gold specks sparkle like the early moments of love and excitement in a marriage. This gemstone, with its captivating blue hue and unique qualities, has been cherished through the ages for its beauty and depth.

You can have the Lapis Lazuli set in gold or silver. This would make a piece of jewelry that tells a story about your bond. For men, it can be stylish cufflinks or a tie pin. Women might enjoy it as earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. 

Want to make the gift even more special? Try combining the blue Lapis Lazuli with birthstones. Or, engrave a piece of Lapis jewelry with your wedding date and initials. It’s these little things that can turn a beautiful gift into something extraordinary.

Traditional Flower

Traditional 9th year anniversary flower is the bird of paradise

The Bird of Paradise flower stands out with its vivid, striking blooms – no wonder it’s the traditional flower of celebration for couples who have completed nine years of marriage! The flower’s long-lasting quality and unique shape symbolize the beautiful significance of your long-lasting bond.

The Bird of Paradise flower starts as one stem and grows into a clump of leathery, oblong leaves. The petals form a half circle, like hands holding each other. This shows how two people in a marriage support and care for each other.

You can give these special flowers to your partner or plant them in your garden. They’ll be a reminder of all the challenges you’ve faced and the exciting times still to come.

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Modern Gift

For the 9th anniversary, modern tradition celebrates with the symbol of leather, representing resilience, durability, and the enduring strength of your relationship. Leather, with its timeless elegance and versatile nature, reflects the journey of a couple who have weathered life’s challenges and joys together, growing stronger and more beautiful over time.

This symbol embodies the warmth, protection, and sophistication of your nine years of shared love and experiences. It’s a reminder that, like leather, your bond is both practical and precious.

How Long You´ve Been Married

9 years / 108 months / 469 weeks / 3,287 days / 78,888 hours / 4,733,280 minutes. (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Uranus, you would have been married for 0.11 years and if you lived on Mercury 37.37 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

To celebrate your 9th anniversary, get creative with personalized gifts symbolizing the strength of your bond. Here’s how to surprise your husband.

  • Handcrafted pottery bowl or vase – for his favorite plants or decorations
  • Custom hand-sculpted figurines – capture your bond in a one-of-a-kind artwork
  • Ceramic painting or pottery class – learn and create something together for fun
  • Pottery kit – all the tools needed to get started making pottery
  • Bronze bottle opener or corkscrew – equip his bar with a stylish tool
  • Handmade ceramic tankard – serve his favorite brews in an artisanal mug
  • Personalized pen set – a daily reminder of your love
  • Leather wallet – add a special note or joke inside
  • Fast car experience – book him a supercar or Indy car experience day
  • Funny message coffee mug – bring humor to his morning routine


A lovely and fun handmade framed picture toasting to a wonderful ‘X’ years together, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain and the message can be pesonalized

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

Try this special wish:

My Dearest Husband,

After nine wonderful years as your wife, I find myself falling even more in love with you. I feel so grateful to have a man as kind, strong and loving as you by my side. We’ve built a beautiful life together, full of laughter and joy.
Thank you for being my rock and my best friend. I can’t wait to discover what the next nine years have in store for us!

Yours forevermore, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Show your wife how much you appreciate her with thoughtful gifts that reflect the love and beauty of your relationship.

  • Lapis Lazuli earrings or necklace – complement her style with these beautiful pieces.
  • Interlocking clay heart wall decor – hang in your home as a reminder of your love
  • Custom pottery jewelry tray – to store her special accessories
  • Linen-wrapped journal – for her memories, dreams, or daily reflections
  • Spa gift basket with essential oils – pamper her with a relaxing at-home spa day
  • A pottery vase with a bouquet of flowers – add a box of her favorite chocolates
  • Leather-bound journal – thoughtful gift for a wife who likes to write
  • Faux leather saddle bag – very trendy and stylish she will love it´s design
  • Ceramic painting or pottery class – create something together as a fun date idea
  • Funny engraved bronze bookmark – a light-hearted addition to her reading time


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.

Try this special wish:

My Beautiful Wife,

We’ve shared so many amazing memories over the last nine years. Thank you for being my partner on this journey we call life. Your smile still makes my heart skip a beat. Your kindness and wisdom inspire me daily. I’m so proud of the family we’ve built together.

I love you more now than ever before. Here’s to many more years of happiness by your side.

Love always, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

What could you give the couple to show your appreciation for their unbreakable bond? Check out these creative gift ideas.

  • DIY clay flower pots – create a unique set using your fingerprints 
  • Time married framed photo – capture their journey together in a special print
  • His & hers pottery mugs – for their morning coffee or evening tea rituals
  • Monogrammed linen napkins and towels – personalize their home essentials
  • Bird of Paradise plant – brighten their space with an exotic and vibrant plant
  • Willow sculpture – add a touch of nature to their home or garden
  • Hand casting kit – a creative way to celebrate there love
  • Willow picnic basket set – for 2 or 4 people to enjoy, you decide
  • Tickets to a concert or festival – gift a fun and memorable experience
  • Custom lyrics artwork – display their wedding song in a creative, artistic format

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Fun Fact

Traditional Japanese pottery can take up to a week to fire. This is because Japanese potters use a special type of kiln that heats the pottery very slowly and evenly.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate the 9th pottery anniversary

At home idea:

Celebrate your shared strength and adaptability with a night in that’s as warm as your love. Start by cooking dinner together – there’s nothing like a homemade meal to fuel the heart. Then, get your hands dirty with some clay crafting. Create lasting keepsakes by pressing your thumbs together in the clay. Etch sweet anniversary messages into them to seal this memory in time. Cap off the night by clinking specially engraved mugs, each sip a toast to your enduring bond.

On a budget idea:

Let’s make the most of what you’ve got. Grab some chalk or paint from around the house and get artsy. Together, head outside and transform bricks, stones, or a handy canvas into your very own love story mural. Make it personal – etch in your wedding date, initials, lines of your favorite song, or those private jokes that always crack you up.

An adventurous idea:

Another cool idea is to take a pottery-making class as a couple. Choose a workshop where you can make gifts for each other – maybe a mug, bowl, or jewelry tray. Here’s the fun part: leave a lasting impression by pressing your thumbprints side-by-side into the clay, and seal the deal with a glaze in your spouse’s favorite color. You’ll have wonderful personalized pottery mementos to cherish.

Once you’ve channeled your inner artist, relax with a soothing couples’ massage. Or, if you’re still buzzing with creative energy, take a field trip to see glassblowing artisans at work. As the sun sets, head home and cook a meal together. Use your newly crafted dishes, light some candles, and there you have it – a romantic dinner on your handmade dishes.

Enjoy a luxury lodge and relax in front of a log fire

A luxury idea:

For a luxurious 9th anniversary, book a secluded treehouse suite at an upscale vineyard nearby luxury lodge. Spend your days savoring wine tastings and exploring the quaint local towns. In the evenings, snuggle up by your treehouse’s fireplace with hot cocoa and dessert fondue. To make it even more memorable, partake in a private couples’ ceramics workshop in town and create your anniversary mementos like mugs or keepsake boxes.

Fun Fact

The potter’s wheel is some 6000 years old while the oldest known piece of pottery is over 25,000 years old, can you guess where? No, not Eygpt, it was found in a cave in China.

Common Questions about the 9th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 9th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 9th wedding anniversary is called the pottery and willow anniversary in the US.

Q: What is the 9th wedding anniversary gemstone?

A: The 9th wedding anniversary gemstone is Lapis Lazuli. It symbolizes truth and wisdom.

Q: What is the 9th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 9th wedding anniversary is symbolized by pottery and willow.

Q: What is the 9th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 9th wedding anniversary color is terracotta.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 9th wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for the 9th wedding anniversary is pottery and willow, and the modern gift is leather.

Q: What is the 9th year anniversary flower?

A: The classic flower for the 9th wedding anniversary is the Bird of Paradise, which represents loyalty, love, and consideration.

Did You Know?

There are nine planets in our solar system. (Well, nine if you don’t count Pluto.)

There are nine Muses in Greek mythology, the Muses are goddesses who inspire artists, poets, and musicians.

Lapis lazuli is said to help with communication, self-expression, creativity and is also said to be a calming and protective stone.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKCopper
Traditional Gift – USPottery & Willow
Traditional Gift – AustraliaPottery
Traditional Gift – CanadaPottery
Traditional Gift – SpainClay
Traditional Gift – GermanyCeramic
Traditional Gift – FrancePottery
Traditional Gift – ItalyClay
Flower GiftBird of Paradise
Gemstone GiftLapis Lazuli
Modern GiftLeather

Around the World

People all around the world have different ways to celebrate wedding anniversaries. These special traditions show love and respect for the lasting relationship.

Botswana: The couple and their guests engage in a traditional dance called the “setapa” on the 9th wedding anniversary. It’s believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the dancing couple.

Ghana: Here, the 9th wedding anniversary is marked with a distinct ceremony known as the “kente ceremony.” During this event, the couple exchanges gifts of kente cloth. It’s a traditional Ghanaian textile rich in history and cultural significance.

Thailand: The “rod nam sang ceremony” is a traditional event here where couples celebrate their blessed wedding anniversaries like this one.

The 9th UK copper year anniversary has a different name, check for helpful celebration and gifts ideas.

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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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