Wedding anniversaries and gifts that grow

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Posted On July 31, 2014 / Posted In Happy Occasions , Present Perfect / Tagged wedding anniversary gifts, present perfect, the best gift

Images by Rochelle Coote

Ive got a rather unusual wedding anniversary-gift story on the Present Perfect series today. It’s unusual and beautiful, just like the person sharing it. Rochelle Coote and I have been following each other’s blogs for a while but it wasn’t until The Hive European Blogging Conference in May this year that we met in person. Rochelle is one of the sweetest people I’ve met.  

Beautiful inside out, she is always on the lookout for good in others. That’s why it didn’t come as a surprise that her most favourite gift is special and beautiful, just like her. If you’d like to know a litlle bit more about Rochelle, check out her blog. Passionate about all things vintage and home interiors, she blogs about  her life in Denmark and about her quest for creating things at Danish Exchange.

why the fig tree is a perfect gift for the 5th wedding anniversary

“I have received many a special gift in my life.  I think I am rather lucky to have many friends and family that are pretty gifted (pardon the pun) in giving gifts.  One gift, however, does stand out. One my husband gave me for our 5th wedding anniversary. 

The traditional 5th wedding anniversary gift is wood and though many a husband may have given a wooden bowl or chair perhaps, mine gave me a fig tree! At the time, we were living in the United Kingdom in a small maisonette and I knew that we would eventually move to a larger home.  So I kept it potted and when we moved two years later to our house, we planted it in our back garden.  

want a creative and special wedding anniversary gift? Try the fig tree!

Little did we know, at the time, that two years later we would move yet again, but this time to another country.  Sadly I had to leave my fig tree behind when we moved to Denmark. This summer we spent a couple of weeks in England to visit friends and show our boys the big city of London.  We used the opportunity to pay a visit to our old home and I couldn't wait to see how the little fig tree was doing. It has flourished...I was so pleased to see that! Ten years on and it is carrying loads of figs and no one is happier than the tenant harvesting them. 

That fig tree was and still is one of the most romantic gifts I have ever received.  It's a sign of our love that will grow and bear fruit for a lifetime to be.”

A sign of our love that will grow and bear fruit for a lifetime to be. What a beautiful thought....couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for sharing your gift story with us Rochelle, it’s one-of-a-kind!

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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Adrian M

12/08/2014 at 10:05

I'm from the United Kingdom too and I was thinking of getting some plants/trees for the backyard. And I have a biggie anniversary looming. Now I know what to get for my wife!


The orange gift bag

12/08/2014 at 11:38

Another romantic and thoughtful husband! Go for it, I'm sure your wife will love it Adrian.


12/08/2014 at 09:46

What a lovely gift, I'd never have thought of that. You have a very thoughtful husband Rochelle!


The orange gift bag

12/08/2014 at 11:37

Thanks for your comment Susan. I'm sure Rochelle agrees:-)


31/07/2014 at 18:38

Dearest Sarita, thank you for your kind words and asking me to share my story.....


The orange gift bag

31/07/2014 at 19:07

It was my pleasure Rochelle!