Cheap Anniversary Gifts for Parents

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Each wedding anniversary is a testament to the survival of a marriage and should be celebrated accordingly. You can honor your parents’ commitment by offering thoughtful and inexpensive gifts such as private film screenings of old family films, gift vouchers, personalized picture frames, country drives, and mix CDs or mix tapes.

Movie Showings

  • Host a private film screening, showing a movie that has significant meaning to both of your parents. If weather permits, host an outdoor viewing party using a projector borrowed from the public library; precede the movie with a surprise showing of a short film put together by you and your siblings using old video footage from the first years of their marriage. Present this film to them at the end of the night in a gift basket along with season passes to their favorite movie theater.

Gift Vouchers

  • Vouchers are certificates that entitle your parents to goods or services they might need, and they can be either practical or personalized. Practical vouchers might include trips to a health resort or to their favorite restaurant, while personal vouchers might come in the form of tickets that they can hand in to you and your siblings at will, entitling them to back rubs, yard-cleanings, drives to the store to purchase groceries, or time with their you or the grandkids.

Pictures and Photo Frames

  • Give a personalized photo frame with the names of both parents engraved on the top or at either side. Depending on the style of frame, you can insert a single picture or multiple pictures, depicting their relationship at different stages of life and including various friends and family members. Digital photo frames are another inexpensive way to include several photos within the same frame, as they can be programmed to display multiple pictures in succession.

Musical Gifts

  • Create a mix CD filled with songs that reflect your parents' love for each other and their family, including songs that have been important to them at each stage in their relationship. If they have the technology to play it, consider giving it in the form of a mix tape as a callback to earlier times. Offer to take them for a drive out into the country where they can sit in the back and enjoy the music and the scenery without interruption.

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