Thoughtful Thursday: SFF Anniversary Gifts (+giveaway of some lovely earrings!)

So here we are coming up on Valentine’s Day and thoughts, and media posts, turn to love. One of the ones we came across recently was that standby list of traditional anniversary gifts…

Of course, our thoughts, as they’re prone to do, turned immediately to wondering what would those gifts be like in some of our favorite fantasy/sci-fi worlds?

Sure, those early gifts would probably be pretty similar (paper for the first year, wood for the fifth, tin for the tenth), but what about the gifts for those oh-so-special anniversaries celebrating an impressively enduring love/bonding? What would be the equivalents of our culture’s silver (25th year), gold (50th), and diamond (60th)?

We’ve provided one possible list from Middle-Earth (we decided to stop at 60 despite knowing that some characters live centuries or more).

Middle Earth Anniversary Gifts:

25th Anniversary:
A gem from the Glittering Caves

50th Anniversary:
A crystal flagon of Ent-draught

60th Anniversary:
Mithril

Any ideas from other universes?

And to get you motivated, one random commenter will receive these lovely earrings created by chainmail artisan Lauren Braden. These intricate chainmail earrings dangle in a graceful Elfweave pattern of icy blue and silver. Measuring approximately 0.5 inches wide by 2.5 inches long, they are made from light, anodized aluminum rings that will not rust or tarnish, and won’t stretch out your earlobe with excess weight. They come in a pretty gift box.

You can follow Lauren Braden on Twitter (we do) and visit her Etsy shop (we do that, too).


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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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21 comments

  1. Bobby Berry /

    The earrings look great. I think my daughter would love them. My marriage has lasted 33 years and we are getting away for the weekend. I am not much into gifts.

  2. Matthew /

    Those look very nice, would love to give them to my special someone

  3. Melissa (My World...in words and pages) /

    Oh yes. I love these! Would be great to wear at any occasion. And to conventions! I would love to win these!

    Thank you!

  4. mary henaghen /

    Those are gorgeous earings!

  5. Sethia /

    On Roshar

    25 years:
    A Garnet Broam

    50 years:
    A Sapphire Broam

    60 years:
     An Emerald Broam

  6. Fee Roberts /

    These earrings are definitely worthy of fantasy lovers!

  7. I’m always looking for earrings that have “presence” without too much weight, so I’m immediately attracted to these. I’m thinking of gifting in the world’s I visit in books & coming up with a few ideas, but not many. On Ann Leckie’s Athoek Station (AncIllary Sword & Mercy),I’m thinking Daughter of Fishes Tea would be a good gift.
    I wonder if the Ferenghi make jewelry from gold-pressed latinum.

  8. Autocorrect is infuriating sometimes. I know worlds should not be possessive.

  9. Color me interested.

  10. Bethany C. /

    I would love these! That’s the loveliest way I’ve ever seen to proudly display one’s fanhood.

  11. Pern: green then bronze then gold fire lizards

    Raksura consort: anklet, arm band, necklace

    Raksura queen: a clutch, another clutch, and another clutch

  12. Those earrings are beautiful!

  13. My 25th anniversary is actually coming up next month! I’ll be severely disappointed now if I don’t get a gem from the Glittering Caves.

  14. Since I’m not eligible to win these earrings, I’ll be buying myself a pair, or something else from Lauren’s site. I love her bracelets, too.

  15. Those earrings are absolutely gorgeous.

  16. Leland Eaves /

    Cimmeria: a nice club, a greatsword, and lastly a battleaxe
    Melnibone: drugs to keep you alive, Moonglum, then Stormbringer

  17. Hi, I’m a new member of your site, your posts are great. I love the earings too you have chosen a lovely prize, they’re gorgeous. I’d defintely wear them.

  18. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful compliments on my earrings!

  19. Bobby Berry, you have won the earrings.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address so we can have then sent.

    I was a little late getting to this giveaway.

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