If couples stuck to tradition, anniversaries would be marked by exchanging gifts of wool and steel. Instead, commemorate your special occasion with a vacation that offers a fresh interpretation on these ancient conventions.
Instead of giving your spouse a leather wallet, for example, visit a town known for hand-crafted leather goods. After all, memories make better gifts than woolen socks and tin cups. And custom leather shoes constructed by an atelier in Oltrarno, Italy, may carry a bit more heft.
Couples celebrating their first anniversary traditionally exchange paper goods, but we're in favor of skipping town together and unwinding in the coastal town of José Ignacio in Uruguay. And if you've stuck it out for 60 years, a diamond may be customary—but an epic adventure to the impressively-preserved mining town of Diamantina in Brazil is definitely more creative.
And if you just can't imagine marking the years without fine linens or a string of pearls, consider snagging them as a souvenir. We promise, a bouquet of tulips collected in the Netherlands will be way more significant that a bouquet picked up from the supermarket florist.
That's not to say you need to travel to the capital of silk for your 12th anniversary, either.
At T+L, we're in favor of forging your own traditions—and we can't think of a better way to observe your anniversary than to pack a bag and head somewhere new. Experiencing a new destination (or planning a decidedly romantic getaway) with your partner could be the best way to keep the spark burning.