Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Present Suggestions

This section holds information and suggestions built up over a decade. On this page we share some general hints together with links to retailers offering relevant products and services. The traditional fourth commemoration gift is linen, the modern alternative is electrical appliances and the flower most closely associated with the anniversary is Hydrangea. Follow this link for our main gift page.

The Fourth - Linen Or Appliances

In common with all of the first ten themes, traditionally the occasion could be used to help create a fully equipped home for the newlyweds (even after four years). The linen present was often given on this basis, I have had relatives who in the dim and distant past would hold back a linen gift for a young couple in the family, advising them they would be receiving it on their fourth commemoration. On occasion these gifts were given in advance of the actual date if the need was great.

Going further back, fruit and flowers were also sometimes an option on the fourth. I don't know why; I'd be interested have your feedback on the reasons behind this.

Economic realities and traditions are much changed since those days and presents tend to provide luxuries rather than essentials; or is it perhaps that yesterday's luxuries are now today's essentials?

Modern or Traditional Presents?

This choice very much depends on the needs of the people/person you are getting the gift for. There is a limited number of linen products on the market; linen clothes, table and kitchen linen and one or two other uses for the fabric. If you know the person well enough clothes can be purchased. Household electrical appliances are a much more exciting alternative, particularly if you know an item of equipment is needed or wanted.

If money is no object then the sky is the limit, but if you are on a budget you'll need to do a little research and find out what gift would be welcome. I know of a couple who received a budget bread maker for their 'fourth' and were overjoyed, good quality juicers, toasted sandwich makers and coffee machines are all really popular gifts at the moment. If you're not impressed by our suggestions here, you can try a 'linen gift' search on Amazon.

John Lewis Linen Anniversary Presents

Some of our suggestions for wedding anniversary gifts below, most links lead to the John Lewis website (still never knowingly undersold). Prices quoted for information purposes only, and correct at the time of writing.

John Lewis Kitchen Linen

Kitchen Linens

There's a great selection in this category, tea towels, oven mitts, aprons and much more, something for every budget.

Kitchen Linens

Cushions

Wide choice, prices at John Lewis ranges from £12 to nearly £200.

Cushions

Women's Trousers

If you know the person well you might want to suggest this before you buy, clothing can be tricky but if you get it right can make an excellent present.

Women's Trousers

Linen Jackets & Coats

Some really beautiful items here, make sure you know what the recipient wants.

Linen Jackets & Coats

Men's Shirts

John Lewis sale items start at about £12.50 and go up to above £150.

Men's Shirts

Linen Dresses

Sale items from under £20, an exquisite Ralph Lauren number for under £200.

Linen Dresses

Linen Tops

Half price sale at the time of writing, items from £12, wide choice available.

Linen Tops

Tablecloths

Fantastic range and value at John Lewis. Napkins from under £2, runners from £10 and table cloths from £15.

Table Linen & Tablecloths

Linen is the widely followed theme for 4th anniversary presents. Kitchen appliances or other electrical goods and televisions, Coffee machines are extremely popular modern alternatives.

John Lewis Appliance Gifts

Laundry Appliances

Laundry Appliances

Dishwashers

Dishwashers

Cooking Appliance

Cooking Appliance

Refrigerations

Refrigerations

Food & Drink Preparation Appliances

Food & Drink Preparation Appliances

Health & Personal Care

Health & Personal Care

Toasters

Toasters

Irons

Fourth Linen Anniversary Presents - Irons

Cards

Cards

Flowers - Hydrangea

Flowers

Chocolates

Chocolates

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Your Feedback & Comments

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