My 25th wedding anniversary will be here in a few weeks. Apart from those periodic stretches when my husband and I hate each other, we have a blissful marriage. Still, I am dreading the upcoming event because it will require an exchange of gifts. What is there possibly left to give when you’ve been married for 25 years?

Think about it — in a marriage, there are four major gifting-giving occasions a year: birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas or its related commercialized religious event. I’m omitting Mother/Father’s Day under the assumption that the children take care of that (which, of course, they don’t), and the one-time events that might require gifting: promotion, completion of a graduate degree, child’s bar mitzvah. For the last of these, custom has it that a husband is supposed to give his wife “a good piece of jewelry” (my husband, it should be noted, was… More…