28th Anniversary Gifts: Best Ideas (Traditional & Modern)

So what options are there for a 28th wedding anniversary gift? Really?

Often when we think of special anniversary celebrations with themes and unique gifts, we aren’t thinking of the in-betweeners (that’s not really a word, but you know what I mean).

We tend to only think of the big numbers — the 10, 25, 50 years of marriage — as being important enough to receive such catered gifts. 

But what if I told you that most years (milestones and in-betweeners alike) have their own themes? And that the 28th year of marriage is no exception?

Yup, it’s true! So we’ve prepared this list of the very best 28th anniversary gifts we could find.

Whether it’s you and your honey bunny’s anniversary, or that of your family members or dearest of friends, scroll on for some wonderful ideas for traditional and modern 28th wedding anniversary gifts!

All About the 28th Anniversary

A lot can be accomplished in twenty-eight years. You may have spent these years together raising a family, building a business or brand, traveling the world, or all of the above!

But honestly, kudos to you if you’ve dedicated your time and energy to any one of these.

As a couple who has striven alongside one another for nearly three decades, well, you deserve to be celebrated on such a special occasion!

Through the laughter, tears, long days, and even longer nights, you’ve stood by your love and commitment to one another.

Let’s make a 28th year wedding anniversary celebration that’s just as special as your relationship.

This is part of our series on Anniversary Gifts by Year.

How to Pick a Thoughtful and Unique Anniversary Gift

When it comes time to celebrate the couple whose love you love, you want to get them something they’ll be able to use and enjoy for years to come. Or you could treat them to something special like an experience for their senses!

First and foremost you want to think about whom you are shopping for.

Do they enjoy travel? Or are they homebodies? Do they love to get dressed up and go out to eat at nice restaurants? Or do they prefer cooking together at home? Do they have any particular hobbies or interests?

Always start with your recipients and go from there. And remember, the fact that you are taking the time to find something special to celebrate them is a gift in itself! We’re sure they’ll love whatever you decide on.

28th Anniversary Themes and FAQs

Contrary to popular belief, almost every anniversary year has a special theme.

These themes can include a special color, gemstone, flower, metal type, and much more. They also provide creative ways to give a heartfelt and meaningful gift to the special couple. 

There is usually a modern gift theme as well as a traditional gift theme, so you’ll always have lots of options to choose from. Let’s take a look!

What is the Traditional 28th Anniversary Gift? The Modern?

So what is the gift for 28 years of marriage? In this instance, both the traditional and modern 28th year anniversary gifts are orchids.

Why are orchids the traditional & modern 28th anniversary gift?

Orchid plants are highly coveted, and are both exotic and graceful. They represent love, beauty, and strength as well. Fitting, huh?

There is also great diversity in the orchid family, with over 28,000 different orchid species identified.

We think that makes them a great gift idea, as you can find one as beautifully unique as your special couple.

What is the 28th wedding anniversary gemstone?


Why is amethyst the twenty-eighth anniversary gemstone?

They say amethyst’s energy is at its highest when coupled with loving relationships.

Amethyst has also been known historically to represent peace and unity, which is certainly fitting.

If you’ve been together for twenty-eight years, chances are you’ve developed a unique unity between the two of you, making amethyst the perfect choice.

What is the 28th anniversary flower?

Like the themed gift, it’s orchids! 

What is the 28 year anniversary color?

Do the the nature of the most prevalent amethysts and orchids (though they both come in many, many varieties and colors), the 28th anniversary color is lavender. 

Even if the gift you give isn’t lavender, it’s a great idea to incorporate it in some way, be it a ribbon, gift wrap, or even the card!

10 Best Twenty-Eighth Anniversary Gifts

These are our very top gifts for the special couple on their (or your) anniversary occasion.

Many incorporate the orchid theme, while others are a nod to it with their color or materials. Let’s get to it!

1. Experience for Two

With Giftory.com you can create a unique, exciting experience for the special couple and give them a gift they’re not likely to forget.

They have every type of experience you can imagine, and options in all fifty US states. From sailing away into the sunset on a tall ship like the one pictured above, to true crime tours, to taking floral arrangements or cooking classes…

Like we said, pretty much anything you can imagine. What a fun and original gift idea!

2. Live Orchids

When in doubt, start here with a blooming, blossoming perfection: live orchids! This species of orchid is called the “Grand Majesty,” and we can see why.

Apparently, they smell as incredible as they look, and you know that will be amazing because they look divine. Your spouse or close friends will be entranced!

3. Amethyst Crystal Heart Tree

This beautiful, amethyst crystal heart tree will light up any room instantly! A wonderfully romantic gift, this would be amazing for your sweetheart on your 28th anniversary. 

Made with care and precision, this heart sculpture is like a work of art — not only for your living room space, but for your own hearts as well. This pretty tree is definitely one of our most unique 28th anniversary gifts.

4. Lavender Harvest Happy Hour Set

Let them celebrate this special occasion with a delicious happy hour set crafted with delightful lavender.

Sweet, floral simple syrup, salts, and sugars allow them to infuse their favorite beverages with the freshness of this delicious herb that’s been taking the culinary world by storm.

Comes boxed and ready for gifting, and includes a special cocktail recipe as well as a copper jigger for the perfect beverage experience.

5. Engraved Cutting Board

Personalize this wonderful cutting board however you like! There’s no wrong way. Consider the happy couple’s names and wedding date, or get even more personal with “Best. Wife. Ever.” or “The Johnsons, Established (year),” or “My Favorite Wife Got Me This Cutting Board.”

It will last for many years to come, and is sure to become a favorite kitchen item in no time. 

6. Willow Tree Anniversary Sculpture

This beautiful sculpture from Willow Tree would make a perfect 28th anniversary gift.

Delicately crafted and hand painted, each of these figurines is so wonderfully unique, just like them! A gift they are sure to cherish for many, many years.

7. Lavender & Amethyst Gift Set

Lavender AND Amethyst in the same wonderful gift set? Yes, please and thank you!

This fantastic set is geared towards stress relief and is perfect for the busy couple that always seems to be on the go.

With soothing bath salts, the flicker of a lovely soy wax candle, and an essential oil roller, they’ll be slipping into another (more relaxing) dimension before they know it.

8. The Adventure Challenge

Scratch off adventure date nights? Yes, please! No longer will you find yourself asking, “What do you want to do?” only to hear, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” 

These clever packages take all the guesswork out of Saturday evening, and give you so many fun, sexy, and clever little outings. You’ll look forward to date nights each and every week! 

9. Amethyst Pentatonic Wind Chime

This beautiful, melodic wind chime will bring them so much joy every time they hear it ringing in the breeze. It’s minimalistic, modern design is a nice change from more traditional chimes as well.

A little thoughtful gift that really packs a punch! Each time they hear it, they’ll think of you and we think that’s a win-win when it comes to gift giving. 

10. Amethyst Coasters

These gorgeous, natural amethyst coasters would look so lovely in their home.

Each coaster is made of raw, cut, and polished Brazilian Amethyst stone, and the edges are gilt by hand creating a one-of-a-kind piece that is a functional work of art.

Traditional & Modern 28th Anniversary Gifts (Orchid)

All of these twenty-eight year anniversary gift ideas are themed around orchids, so they are a perfect way to celebrate with the happy couple this year.

While it might seem restrictive at first thought, the theme can be incorporated into a meaningful gift in so many different ways, and we’re here to show you just a few of our favorites!

11. Orchid Silhouette Print

This pretty print comes in black or green. It will look stunning on a family wall of portraits, in your home office, or in the lobby at work. It has a modern vibe but is still classical, warm, and welcoming. 

You can even add an Italian, handmade frame in the wood of your choice! If your couple is sophisticated and modern, this artwork is an easy choice.

12. Orchid Stained Glass

This gorgeous stained glass piece is handmade in the Tiffany tradition (not with painted glass or colored clings), and features our flower of the hour — lavender orchids!

The pretty colors and shimmering lights will bring an elegant touch of beauty to any window or display area. 

13. Blue Orchid Flower Trinket Box

For a gift that is truly unique and will wow the recipient, look no further than this pretty orchid trinket box!

It is as stunning as she is, but hey, don’t forget about him. A place to put his own necklace or cufflinks might be so appreciated!

This is truly a one-of-a-kind and thoughtful present for your loved one. 

14. Plant Them An Orchid Garden

Plant Them a Orchid Garden

Go all out with how much you love them by planting them an orchid garden of their very own!

If you have a green thumb and love to plan ahead, this gift really is the gift that keeps on giving long after they’ve “opened” it. 

So thoughtful and sweet — go, you! You’ve just become the best gift giver in the land. (There should be a sash or a crown or something, right?) 

15. Orchid Lego Building Set

Okay, they really DO have a Lego set for every occasion! We’re blown away by the dainty prettiness of this orchid Lego building set. How much fun will it be to build?

You can rearrange however you like, making this orchid truly exquisite — not to mention, completely unique! Afraid of flowers that wilt and die? This is a much more fun option that will last literally forever! 

For any building enthusiast or kids at heart, these sets make great 28th anniversary gifts.

Related: Complete List of Lego Architecture Sets

16. Orchid Paperweight

For the home office or the spouse who works a lot a great paperweight is worth, well, its weight!

These sweet orchid styles are just right for 28th anniversary gifts, and are great when you want something practical and functional, but still pleasing to the eye.

And they’re actually made with real preserved orchids! How beautiful.

17. Exotic Orchid Puzzle

Puzzle lovers, we’ve got you! This exotic orchid jigsaw puzzle will delight puzzle enthusiasts with its vibrant colors and 1000 pieces.

As a puzzle lover myself, I always, ALWAYS go for the 1000 piece puzzles. 

They’re challenging, but don’t make me feel hopeless! Maybe include some puzzle glue for the option of displaying this beautiful orchid bouquet on the wall after putting in the last piece. 

18. Red Orchid Ornament

Handmade and trimmed with real gold, this beautiful and stunning red orchid ornament is a wonderful gift for the 28th anniversary.

Each one is just the teensiest bit different making yours one-of-a-kind. A pretty little keepsake to remember this year, and how special it was for the both of you! 

19. Maintenance Free Orchid Terrarium

They had me at the words, “Maintenance free!” This girl doesn’t have a green thumb to save her life.

If they’re anything like me and there are no green fingers or thumbs in sight, this adorable orchid terrarium is just the thing to bring some nature and blooms into their life. 

It’s handmade and doesn’t need any water, light, or food. Say whaaaaaa? *scampers off to buy two.*

20. Hand Painted Orchids Wine Glasses

Let them toast their 28th anniversary in style with these pretty, hand painted orchid wine glasses! A wonderful way to say ‘Happy Anniversary’ that won’t wilt, die, or get eaten up like some other anniversary gift options. 

So pretty, with the dainty orchid motif and the pops of bright purples. Pair with their favorite (or local) bottle of wine for a just-right present. 

Related: Best Flower Gifts for Nature Lovers

28th Anniversary Gifts for Her

Now we’re getting down to the specifics! If you’re looking for a 28 year anniversary gift for your wife, daughter, sister, or even your bff, then you’ve arrived!

From the elegant to the essential, she’s guaranteed to love one of these beautiful presents.

21. Amethyst & Gold Minimalist Bracelet

She’ll love this amethyst and gold minimalist bracelet simply because of how gorgeous it is!

Personally, I can’t wait for my own 28th anniversary to helpfully nudge my husband in this direction…

The simple design means it goes with just about any outfit, from casual jeans and a tee to a little black dress. 

22. Customized Music Box

Watch her eyes light up with pure delight when she sees this absolutely stunning music box. Her excitement will only increase tenfold when she realizes it plays her favorite song!

Crafted by hand in Italy and inlaid with beautiful floral motifs, you can choose from Music Box Attic’s extensive song list or have a custom song module outfitted if her special tune isn’t available.

23. Personalized Photo Keychain

This keychain is lovely enough to look at even before you unsnap it and see the delightful photos inside!

For the woman on the go (who perhaps is always misplacing her keys), this gift is touching and totally practical. 

It’s romantic but also functional, which is a win-win. She’ll love seeing which photos you hand-picked for this unique and sweet keychain. 

24. Ultra Plush Robe

Wrap her up in decadent softness and plush luxury with a robe like this one! She’ll love having Sunday brunch with you, all hugged in ultra-plush fabric. 

Movie night, couple’s spa dates, romantic getaways, walking out to the hot tub together…

She’s going to find this absolutely irreplaceable in no time at all! 

25. Sterling Amethyst Earrings

These stunning, artisan crafted earrings will delight and dazzle! She’ll love the touching thoughtfulness behind this gift, and will love wearing them on special date nights, or even on the daily.

Their antique style is so classy and is sure to elicit a lot of compliments from everyone around her.  

26. Truffles Gift Box

Some bubbly champagne and some decadent truffles? This is a gift box that will melt her heart (and maybe get you some kisses). If you’re lucky, she might even share!

There’s a reason why chocolates and a grown-up drink are just a classic gift for her — they’re a sure way to her heart. Just don’t forget to add the champagne in the gift bag!

28 Year Anniversary Gifts for Him

If you’re looking for a unique 28th anniversary gift for your husband, brother, son, etc., then this is a great spot to find one!

We’ve got a great collection of 28-year anniversary gifts for him that go beyond the usual — you know the ones we’re talking about. The tie? The new baseball cap? The gift card to his favorite sporting goods store?

Those aren’t bad gifts by any means, but if you want something a tad more special, well, keep scrolling. We’ve got you.

27. Amethyst & Obsidian Ring

A beautiful way to remind him on a daily how much you adore him.

Easy to change out for his regular wedding band (and give it a much needed break), this incredible ring is attractive yet still manly enough for him to proudly show his friends.

Handmade of durable Tungsten and channel set with obsidian and amethyst, it’s a stunner he’ll be proud to sport.

28. Personalized Grand Bouquet

While he might like flowers, they probably aren’t high on his list of ‘Favorite Gifts Ever.’ Besides, not every guy likes the pressure of keeping something alive! If this describes your man, he is going to go bananas for this personalized grand bouquet! 

Nothing to make him sneeze or wilt petals on the kitchen table: instead he will be surrounded by tasty jerky, delicious treats, and the best booze all packaged in the most clever way by the geniuses at Man Crates. 

29. Tree in Their Name

If he’s just plain impossible to shop for (I know the pain, I have one of those guys myself!) then planting a tree in his name is the way to go. 

He’ll love knowing somewhere there’s a beautiful sapling growing into a strong tree. All because he exists and you love him! A fun and unique way to show you care — and there’s no wrapping or plastic to throw away. 

Related: Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

30. Engraved Leather Belt

Keep his britches up in style! This engraved leather belt is a surefire way to make him happy. After all a good belt is hard to find, am I right?

But this one, made of genuine leather, will take the cake. Engrave the tip with his initials, and the inside with a special or funny message!

You can be as cheeky as you like with the engraving, too, so don’t be afraid to have some fun with it. 

31. High-End Chess Set

For the game lover, this high-end chess set aims to please! He’ll love challenging you or the kids and grandkids to one of the most beloved games of all time. 

Super well made and so handsome to look at, this is one board game that won’t get stuffed in a cupboard, but instead will stay out all the time to add to the decor! 

28th Anniversary Gifts for Couples

A 28th wedding anniversary is such a special celebration for your favorite couple, and — rightly so — you want to get something wonderful for the two of them together!

These particular gifts are targeted toward them as a couple, rather than individual presents.

32. Luxurious Comforter

Gift them the gift of a little luxury with this incredible, lightweight comforter from Luxome.

Perfect for keeping your happy sleepers comfortable all year round, this beautifully quilted blanket is thermal regulating and has a 100% natural bamboo fill.

Available in five beautiful colors that are sure to compliment their decor.

33. His & Hers Amethyst and Onyx Bracelets

These His & Hers bracelets would make the best anniversary gifts.

Handmade of beautiful Onyx and Amethyst with steel accents, their effortlessly elegant style will easily be incorporated into any wardrobe.

Each bracelet set comes together in a gift box, ready to be gifted to the special couple.

34. Personalized Wooden Bottle Opener

This wooden bottle opener is so sturdy and functional! It’s going to be a favorite addition to any kitchen or back porch in no time at all.

You can have it personalized however you like, from clever and witty to sweetly sentimental. We love the look of the rustic wood with the iron opener — it’s a real crowd-pleaser! 

35. Together is the Best Place to Be Blanket

It’s cute because it’s true! Together really is the best place to be. This snuggly, plush blanket will be a favorite addition to their stay-at-home date nights. 

Perfect for cuddling while watching movies, or sharing on the porch swing on cool autumn nights, this blanket will be much appreciated for years to come. 

36. Personalized Throw Pillow

Transform their couch, porch swing, or bed with a pretty and personalized throw pillow like this one!

The simple design is very farmhouse and would look great in anything from a cabin in the woods to a beach getaway house. Or even just a suburb in a cul-de-sac.

Totally classic and won’t go out of style! 

37. Chocolate Subscription

If they’re chocoholics, they’ll love this amazing chocolate subscription! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving all year ‘round (but better than the Jelly of the Month Club, right Cousin Eddie?).

This subscription will delight them and fill their bellies with the best and most decadent of chocolates. 

38. Round Family Name Sign

This botanical sign will instantly bring the family home together in a unique way! Hung outside or inside, the delicate botanical etching and raised calligraphy really catch the eye. 

The style blends in beautifully with any decor, and we love the size (although you can personalize that, as well). You can even pick your own stain color for the wood! 

Related: Personalized Gifts for Couples

Unique 28th Anniversary Gifts

This selection is comprised of the type of gifts that make them say, “Wow! That’s so cool!” Or even, “I never thought something like this existed!”

For something that will delight and excite the sweet couple, we’ve got some fantastic picks for you.

39. Anniversary Journal

There’s nothing more important than preserving your memories, unless it’s thumbing through them together on your anniversary!

This beautiful hardcover book is an instant classic for your coffee table. It’s completely unique to you and your love story, from the first page to the last.

From custom pages to record memories and prompts to guide romantic reflections, to photo pages and elegant envelopes for additional mementos of your time together. This elegant book is just so special.

A wonderful gift for your spouse, or to give to your friends as they celebrate twenty-eight amazing years together. 

40. QR Code Song Desk Art

Talk about modern romance! This amazing QR code song art is one for the record books when it comes to a gift! Your spouse will be blown away by the thoughtfulness of this lovely work of art.

It’s also strikingly contemporary so it will blend right in with even the most modern of decors and styles. 

You can pick your colors, your photograph, and even your song (or personal voice message) to make it truly one-of-a-kind. 

41. Star Registration

For the stargazers, the dreamers, and the young-at-heart this amazing gift of a star registered in their name simply cannot be beaten! 

What’s more romantic than sitting under a blanket of heaven’s stars with your honey bear? This is one gift that they/he/she will be raving about for years to come. 

42. Personalized Couple’s Portrait

Take a favorite photograph (Wedding comes to mind! After all, it is an anniversary.) and turn it into a real work of art with a professional portrait.

So adorable and whimsical, the style is just lovely and will make everyone who sees it melt. Such a fun gift idea, and affordable too! 

43. Personalized Ice Cream Delivery

Give them both what they secretly crave. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

This clever, personalized ice cream delivery will surprise and delight them with its yummy selections of flavors and witty labels (you can create your own!)

44. Amethyst & Gold Cheese Board

What’s yummier than a cheese board? We’ll wait… Okay, now we can agree there is NOTHING yummier than a cheese board!

But you can make it even more lovely to look at when you plate it all on this beautiful amethyst and gold board.

A keeper, for sure! Just toss in some local cheese or meats for an instant charcuterie board that they will swoon over. 

45. Orchids Carved Lantern

What a lovely lantern! I never knew I needed one. And now? Let’s just say I’m bookmarking this page!

 A pretty way to pay tribute to their 28th wedding anniversary, it’s totally functional and useful but also just a dainty and picturesque way to spruce up your decor.

You can pick out your size and even include an LED light for instant ambiance. 

46. Personalized Picture Frame

Commemorate their wedding day with a copy of their favorite photo and some personalization! This pretty picture frame strikes all the right notes and will be a hit for the happy couple.

A classic gift for a classy couple! It’s handcrafted with a string of pearls, making it both romantic and timeless. 

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