Reaching a 50th anniversary celebration is certainly a feat. With an Amreican divorce rate of 50 percent of all marriages, reaching 50 years of wedded bliss is something to be celebrated. If you know a couple who is coming up to their 50th anniversary or if you're are coming up on your own 50th wedding anniversary, you may want some ideas of what to give on that momentous occassion--here are some to choose from.
Each anniversary has a traditional theme. For traditional gift ideas by year, see the index found in the Resources section below. The 50th anniversary is considered the Gold anniversary, so gold-themed gifts are always appropriate. There are plenty of gifts that you could give that have a gold theme; jewelry is obviously a very popular choice, but you could also give gifts wrapped in gold, give china with gold trim, print a poem with gold ink or throw a lavish party with gold decorations for the couple.
Of course, you don't have to stick with the traditional gold theme while giving gifts for a 50th anniversary. Perhaps your family would like to pool together to give the couple a vacation. Cruises are especially good for elderly couples, where they can relax and enjoy themselves. You may want to give a photo collage of their relationship that you've framed and had the members of the family sign. You could also make a CD with songs from the year they got married on it for them to listen to and reminisce. Take into consideration the personalities of the couple: Are they adventurous? Do they value their family most of all? Do they like extravagant gifts? Choose gifts that suit them as a couple.
Think "outside of the box" when planning a 50th anniversary gift. You could request a letter from the White House to the couple to be presented on their anniversary (see Resources below). You could also create a time capsule for the couple to represent the date they got married; include things that happened on that particular day in history, pictures and offbeat facts about the wedding day (see Resources below). Think creatively to deliver a memorable 50th anniversary gift that the couple will love and appreciate.
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