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Traditional 13th Anniversary Gifts of Lace or Textiles for 13 Years of Marriage
Lace is the traditional suggested gift for the 13th wedding anniversary gift. Textile is suggested from the modern gift list.
Consider a different take on lace... a lacy sterling silver necklace. Or give your partner a sexy silk kimono or cotton yukata from Japan. These imported textiles are exotic and sophisticated!
The Traditional Anniversary Gift List suggests lace for a 13th Anniversary. Lace is a fabric made of a delicate, open weave pattern. A very feminine fabric, it's used in alluring clothing, as well as very traditional table settings (such as doilies under drinks or the edges of cloth napkins).
An entire garment can be made of lace. Or it can be used sparingly on the fringe to dress something up. Because it's more delicate than tightly woven cloth, its use helps make things special. The symbolism for a 13th anniversary is most likely that combination of delicacy and beauty.
The Modern Anniversary Gift List suggests either textiles or furs as appropriate gifts for a 13 years of marriage. Textiles (woven fabrics) are an inherently flexible material, both literally and figuratively. The choice if textiles was probably based on practical considerations, since it can embellish the home or the body, in a wide variety of prices and designs. Depending on the choice of material, weave, coloring, and design, it can be plain or decorative, subtle or ornate. Textiles cover a broad range of potential gifts, from curtains to clothing.
Furs have associations with warmth and high style, whether used for trim or as a full coat. Though the lure of natural fur coats may be more in question today, the beauty remains.