15 Year Anniversary

There’s so much focus on 10th anniversaries and 25th anniversaries. But our 15 year anniversary guide reveals that some of the most romantic symbols are reserved for the milestone that lies in between them.

We’ll fill you in on some traditional 15th anniversary gift ideas focused on roses and rubies, as well as some of the history behind this particular celebration. We’ll also share some of the celebrity couples with 15 years and counting under their belts. Who says stars aren’t people too?

15 Year Anniversary Facts

  • Anniversary Stone: Ruby, with alternatives including rhodolite garnet or alexandrite
  • Anniversary Flower: Rose
  • Modern U.S. Gift: Watch
  • Traditional U.S. Gift: Crystal
  • Traditional U.K. Gift: Crystal
Man and woman embracing

How Many People Reach their 15 Anniversary Milestone?

Forget about all of the pessimism about marriage longevity, especially in the United States. Rumors fly around about 50% or more of couples divorcing, but the numbers are more encouraging than that.

Did you know that in 2019, the divorce rate in the U.S. hit a 20-year low, with just 2.7 people per 1,000 of the total population?

So, more and more couples are well on their way to 15 year anniversaries and beyond.

Time flies when you’re having fun

Close your eyes and try to remember what things were like 15 years ago. What clothes were you wearing? What was new and hot at the movies or on T.V.? Who were the celebrities and politicians that dominated the news cycles?

Time might fly when you’re having fun, but 15 years is still a significant amount of time. So, the U.S. Census Bureau statistics demonstrating that a decade ago, more than two-thirds of married couples made it to their 15 year anniversary is significant. That’s fifteen years and still going strong.

If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re approaching the same milestone. You deserve more than a simple congratulations, as it takes commitment, communication, and cooperation.

How about commemoration and celebration?

15 Year Anniversary Gifts

If you’re well on your way to 15 years, you’ve already passed some unusual anniversaries. Pottery for the 9th, steel for number 11, and ivory on the 14th, but the big 1-5 is your year to shine.

When you make it to the 15th anniversary, you’re looking at some slam dunk gifts. You don’t have to twist and turn your ideas like pretzels to fit the mold, as you did with paper or tin.

Sticking with the 15th anniversary theme

Traditional 15 year anniversary gifts are crystal, whether you’re in the U.S. or the U.K. Your flower is the rose, and the gemstone is the ruby.

Even if you opt to go with the more contemporary U.S. anniversary, which is a watch, you’ve got plenty of options and can still be creative. There are so many different watches these days. You could take the artistic, expensive, or practical route.

Why crystal for the 15th anniversary?

There are quite a few interpretations about the dedicated anniversary symbols, and crystal is no exception.

  • Transparency with your feelings for each other
  • The transparency that also applies to how well you know each other after 15 years
  • Pure, sparkling love
  • Classically elegant and timeless

Crystal and roses scream romance, but how about the watch?

Precious time together

The modern gift for a first anniversary is a clock, signifying the beginning of time together. But as a 15 year anniversary gift, the watch can represent three things. You could come up with the most memorable card or inscription based on any of them.

  • The time that’s passed
  • A happy future
  • Staying in the present

Passionate gemstones

Not every anniversary resource lists the ruby as the 15th anniversary gemstone.

However, whether you opt for ruby, rhodolite garnet, or alexandrite, you’re still looking at a symbol of red hot passion and devotion. Even alexandrite starts as a bluish color but is red by night and candlelight.

Regardless of which symbol you decide to adopt for your 15 year anniversary gift, we’ve got you covered with some special ideas signifying your long-lasting devotion.

Celebrity Couples Who Hit the 15 Mark

You’re in good company if you’re approaching your 15th anniversary. Despite having a spotlight shining on them, some prominent celebrities have moved beyond 15 and are well on their way to their 20th anniversaries.

Robert and Susan Downey (Robert Downey Jr.)16+
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder19+
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.17+
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso16+
Pink and Cary Hart15+
Chip and Joanna Gaines18+
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon18+
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman18+

Celebrate a Sparkling and Rosy 15 Year Anniversary

You don’t have to stick to literal definitions of anniversary themes. Instead of giving crystal, you could set off on a crystal-based adventure or set aside the vase and surround yourself with roses in Morocco.

The Crystal Caves in Bermuda – Mark Twain, the famed author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, embarked on his own adventure. He was the first tourist to visit Bermuda’s Crystal Caves, formed during the Ice Age. You don’t have to spend all your time underground. But isn’t it a great reason to pack your bags and head to an island paradise?

One-hundred thousand Roses in Morocco – You don’t need convincing to plan a 15 year anniversary celebration at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Marrakech. However, if you’re sticking to tradition, which includes the anniversary rose, then the 100,000 flowers surrounding the private villas should do the trick.

Plus, if you’re up for some outdoor activities, like hiking, you can also spend a few days in the Valley of Roses. It’s about six hours away, but the aroma of potpourri and essential oils will lead you right to it.

A Crystal Cruise – It’s right there in the name. Cruises are synonymous with anniversary celebrations, so why not a Crystal Cruise?

Your 15 year anniversary will be unforgettable, as Crystal is all about luxury. You’ll eat Michelin-inspired cuisine, reserve in-suite massages, enjoy top-notch entertainment, and cuddle up together under mohair blankets. With the luxurious amenities available on board, you can probably request to have your room filled with roses as well!