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11th Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More

Steel – which represents strength -- is the traditional materials of the eleventh anniversary. Diamond jewelry is a modern addition. Here are is your complete guide to the eleventh wedding anniversary.

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1. Steel jewelry: It doesn’t have to be gold or platinum to be beautiful and valuable. Many stainless steel trinkets are just as lovely – and handmade, to boot.

2. Steel drums: Travel to the Caribbean for some steel-drum fun.

3. Car: If your significant other is itching for a new set of wheels, your eleventh anniversary is the perfect time.

4. Bicycle: Some bikes are made of steel, so pick this up for your spouse if that other set of wheels just isn’t in the cards this year.

5. Steel Magnolias: One of the iconic chick flicks of our era.

6. Stainless appliances: Upgrade the kitchen with fancy stainless appliances you can both enjoy.

7. Stainless flatware: A new set of forks, knives and spoons are another great way to refresh your kitchen space.

8. Flask: This is a very manly gift idea for a very manly dude; he’ll love it.

9. Ice bucket: Pick up a fancy new bucket and throw a party to remember.

10. Candleholders:...or just stay home and enjoy your anniversary together.

11. Coffee pot: Is your sweetie addicted to java? Get a thermal coffee pot – or even an old-fashioned percolator – this anniversary.

12. Wine cooler: A mini fridge dedicated just to your wines is pretty brilliant.

13. Handcuffs: This whole steel tradition is the perfect excuse to get a little naughty for your anniversary.

14. Locket: Fill a steel locket with a cherished image.

15. Watch: A handsome, stainless watch is a great gift for any occasion.

16. Horseback riding: Horseshoes are made of steel, so go for a gallop together.

17. Horseshoes set: …or just stay home and play horseshoes in the yard!

18. Power or hand tools: Beef up his toolbox with some new toys.

19. Swiss Army knife: Every boy dreams of owning one of these – and probably every man does, too.

20. Sword: If he’s into collecting relics, pick up a decorative sword with historical significance.

21. Motorcycle: Is he a road warrior? Surprise him with a new hog!

22. Breakfast in bed: Is your significant other more about gestures than objects? Serve breakfast in bed on a steel tray – with steel-cut oatmeal!

23. Trip to the city: Whether it’s New York, Chicago or any other big, industrial city, take a trip somewhere that big, steel building reign supreme.

24. Cuff links: A man can never have too many.

25. Superman: Stay in and watch a marathon of the Man of Steel together.

26. Sculpture: For the art-loving spouse.

27. Chopsticks: If your sweetie is a die-hard fan of sushi, pick up an extra special set of chopsticks.

28. Wine opener: A sophisticated wine opener – paired with your spouse’s favorite wine, of course – is an impressive anniversary gift.

29. Business card case: A sleek steel business card holder is a great accessory.

30. Skis or snowboard: Ready to hit the slopes. Get your significant other a new set of skis or a snowboard, which are made partially of steel (it counts!).

Did we miss any? We want to know your ideas! Leave a comment to add to our ultimate anniversary ideas list.