Linen Gifts for Your Fourth Wedding Anniversary
By the time your fourth wedding anniversary comes around, you've really gotten into the rhythm of married life. It's no longer a surprise to hear your spouse refer to you as "husband" or "wife," you've purchased your first home together, and maybe even expanded your family with a child. Now it's time to celebrate the last four years of bliss with a gift that's as significant as your time together.
But what should you give your spouse? That depends on who you ask. While linen is the traditional fourth anniversary gift, modernist have begun to include fruit, flowers, and appliances as part of this year's acceptable present categories. Since you probably don't need help choosing something that falls into one of the latter three categories, we focused our efforts on helping you find linen gifts your partner is sure to love. Plus, linen feels like a pretty significant representation of your marriage thus far. It's a fabric that's woven together from fibers of flax, just like your union was created from your shared experiences.
If you want to give your husband or wife a traditional linen gift but are at a loss for where to start looking, we're here to help. We created a curated list of 20 linen gifts that are sure to make even the choosiest partner smile. One of our favorites? A linen-bound coffee table book with every New York Times headline from the date you were married up to your latest anniversary. Cozy linen bedding, a luxurious robe, and everyday essentials like t-shirts and baseball caps are all on our list, too.
Here, find some of our favorite linen gifts to help make your fourth wedding anniversary especially memorable.
Newspaper Cover Keepsake Book
These keepsake anniversary book is one you'll cherish for years to come. Simply plug in your wedding date and The New York Times will compile every front page from the day you were married to your most recent anniversary. With the linen cover, it makes a great fourth anniversary gift, but don't worry that it won't feel robust. The Times will pad the rest of the book with iconic covers from past events.
The New York Times Anniversary Book, $130, nytimes.com
You may have gotten brand-new bedding at your bridal shower, but that was four years ago now. Upgrade to ultra-soft washed linen for a bed you'll dream of going home to.
Restoration Hardware Vintage-Washed Bedding Collection, from $79, restorationhardware.com
This casual, breathable baseball cap will be her go-to all summer long.
Madewell Linen Baseball Cap, $26.50, shopbop.com
Heirloom Wedding Album
Has your spouse been nudging you to help put together a wedding album? Then surprise him or her with the finished product. This company specializes in fine art printing, so you know your photos will look amazing.
Heirloom Bindery "Heirloom" Wedding Album, from $1,750, heirloombindery.com
Cheerful Linen Napkins
Dining at home should be just as elevated as dining out is—especially for an anniversary dinner. These napkins, printed with "Bon Appetit," will encourage you and your spouse to spend more time cooking at home (or, you know, ordering in).
Terrain "Bon Appetit" Napkin, $18, shopterrain.com
You can't go wrong with the classic scent of clean sheets. Gift your spouse one of these candles to instantly upgrade your bedroom.
Maison Balzac for In Bed "Clean Sheets" Candle, $49, inbedstore.com
We don't encourage taking the easy way out, but if you know your spouse has been eyeing a present that's decidedly not made of linen, wrap it up in a box made of the material. Cheating? Maybe. But it's what's on the outside that counts—in this case, at least.
The Container Store "Bristol" Storage Box, from $24.99, containerstore.com
For a great gift that also does good for the environment, consider these reusable kitchen towels. Made in the USA, these absorbent linen towels only get better with age, kind of like your marriage.
Old World Kitchen Dish Towel, $25, poldersoldworldmarket.com
These American-made notebooks are great for everything from jotting down daily reminders to writing out your weekly grocery list. The pretty linen cover doesn't just make it a great fourth anniversary gift; it also makes them especially durable.
Shinola Large Journal, $24, shinola.com
This oversized linen PJ shirt is about to become her new favorite. Pair it with breakfast in bed for a fourth anniversary she won't forget.
Sleepy Jones "Marina" Pajama Shirt, $168, sleepyjones.com
Remind your partner to always look at all the good in your lives together with this gratitude journal (it's linen-bound!). Gift it blank so he or she can fill in the responses, or share how grateful your partner makes you each day by working on it in the 100 days leading up to your fourth anniversary.
100 Day Journal Gratitude Journal, $22.95, etsy.com
For special occasions, you'll both reach for these eyelet linen napkins when setting the table.
Coyuchi Eyelet Napkins, $58 for four, coyuchi.com
Upgraded Oven Mitt
If the way to your partner's heart is through his or her stomach, make time spent in the kitchen a little nicer for both of you with a brand-new set of oven mitts. Cooking novices and pros alike will love the look.
Crate & Barrel Chambray Oven Mitt, $12.95, crateandbarrel.com
Striped Throw Blanket
Maybe you just bought your first home, or else you're ready to redecorate the space you already have. Either way, your wife will appreciate this pastel-hued blanket since it'll go with anything.
Ralph Lauren "Reilly" Throw, $355, bloomingdales.com
Give him the gift of comfort by way of this ultra-luxe linen robe. Order a matching one for yourself so you two can turn your next Saturday night in into a hotel-like experience.
Coyuchi Men's Robe, $248, coyuchi.com
Softer than his favorite worn-in t-shirt and far better looking, he'll reach for this lightweight wardrobe staple every single weekend.
Rag & Bone "Owen" Men's Tee, $135, eastdane.com
Workwear doesn't have to be boring. Help him get excited for a day at the office by wrapping up this unstructured linen suit jacket for year four.
J. Crew "Ludlow" Men's Suit Jacket, $168, jcrew.com
If you're gifting him a fancy new suit jacket, you might as well finish the look with a pocket square, too.
The Tie Bar "Binary Border" Pocket Square, $10, thetiebar.com
Whether your partner chooses to use it for cooking or gardening, this linen apron will make even the most menial of household tasks a little more exciting.
Terrain Rustic Apron, $108, shopterrain.com
Reduce your spouse's carbon footprint by wrapping up a reusable linen tote this anniversary. It's perfect for grocery shopping, but could also be used while traveling or hitting the beach.
Shop Fog Linen "Themis" Tote, $90, shop-foglinen.com