I am Mary, and I live in a little town called Tillson. I love to read, write, and have fun.
Wedding anniversaries are special events. Let's face it, every year you spend together not only brings you closer but proves you can still live with each other. Think back to your first wedding anniversary, what a glorious time—newlyweds celebrating a year of happiness. You've learned a little about each other, and you've come through some tough tests. As time goes on each wedding anniversary takes on its own special meaning. The tenth, the twenty-fifth, and of course the fiftieth.
You know how you'll celebrate each year but do you know how others will? Many times not. The best way you can add to their celebration is by giving them a gift. Since they've gotten to the fiftieth anniversary, we're looking at a very special gift. In this day of easy divorce and living together, fifty years of marriage is a very long time!
It may seem that I am obsessed with anniversary gifts since I've already written a piece about wedding anniversary gifts, but the truth is, I like to give gifts, and I think we need to give special attention to the gifts we choose no matter what the occasion.
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50th Anniversary Gift Ideas
So, what about the fiftieth Gift? Traditionally it is something "made of gold." Looking back over history it seems that during the Roman Empire, certain anniversaries were celebrated; the twenty-fifth anniversary was celebrated by the husband crowning his wife a silver wreath and crowning his wife with a gold wreath on their fiftieth. Crowning might not be a good idea today. However, this custom led to giving gifts to celebrate wedding anniversaries. Different cultures and religions acknowledge the Fiftieth anniversary. For example, in Canada, couples can receive a message from the Governor-General for the 50th anniversary, Catholics can receive a Papal Blessing, and so on.
The easy choices are things made of or trimmed in gold. Some examples include a gold-finished or trimmed picture frame or an anniversary plate, you know, one of those decorative plates that says "Happy 50th Anniversary". Yellow or 'golden' roses would be a nice choice for flowers or maybe a "Golden Anniversary" CD of songs from the year the couple was married?
Those are the easy things to choose. Of course, any gift you give and/or amount you spend depends on your financial situation and your relationship with the celebrating couple. If you are newly married or in a tight financial situation, you might just want to give a pair of movie tickets or put together a photo album of the couple's fifty years together. One suggestion is to make a "Golden Wish Tree," a tree branch, painted gold and hung with wishes for the anniversary couple. This concept could also be used to hang gift cards or money from other guests at a party.
More Gift Ideas
- A (one) Share in a goldmine
- A copy of a newspaper from the year they were married
- Collect photos from every one of their anniversaries and make a collage
- 50th Anniversary flower is violet...give some to plant
- Request a greeting from the White House
- Of course gold jewelry
- Bouquet of yellow flowers
Choosing the Gift
The best way to choose the gift is to think about the couple, what you know about them, what they like and of course what they can use. By the time we reach our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary most of us pretty much have what we want. What we don't need is lots of little chochkies that have to be dusted all the time! I speak with some authority since I'm celebrating my 46th Anniversary at the end of this month.
One suggestion is a Fiftieth Anniversary Throw. I don't know about the rest of you, but there are times I like to wrap up in a throw and cuddle while I watch TV. Choosing this gift might be just the right one for someone who gets chilly at night.
Everyone wears clothes, and right now tee shirts with sayings on them are at an all-time popularity high. Why not buy a matching pair of tee shirts with some cute saying about being married fifty years? I saw one that says, "After Fifty Years, She still puts up with me." Of course, you need to choose carefully. Someone who doesn't have a sense of humor might not appreciate funny tee shirts!
If the couple is religious, you might want to buy a gift that is religious. You could choose a gold Crucifix or a pair of gold rosary beads. I'm sure other religions, besides Catholic, have some symbol you could buy in gold.
You might choose to replace their wedding goblets with nice new gold-trimmed goblets to help them celebrate the occasion, or, depending on the couple, you might want to choose coffee cups trimmed in gold instead.
I could go on with gift suggestions but this is about you choosing the best gift. The best way to choose the best gift is to do it with your heart. Know the people you are buying for and find out what suits them best or better yet, a gift that has meaning for the couple. It would be nice to make your gift a memorable one that shows you care. Happy gift hunting!
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© 2013 Mary Craig
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 26, 2013:
You're welcome DDE. Glad to have helped ;)
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 26, 2013:
I have long way to go but you have enlightened me on great ideas thanks
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 20, 2013:
I'm sure you'll pick a great gift Vinaya.
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 20, 2013:
Mary, you have listed great gift ideas. I hope I will have something substantial to gift to the old couple when I'm invited for the 50th anniversary.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 10, 2013:
Its always so nice to see you Eddy. Not only do you enjoy my hubs but you bring joy! Many hubs and many years!
Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2013:
Well informed and useful too.
Here's to so many more hubs for us to share in this New Year.
Enjoy your day.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 09, 2013:
Effer, I'm going to start hanging your comments on my wall so my family can read them ;) Maybe they'll get me a gold medal for my 46th ;) Your superlatives are super....what would I ever do without you?
bdegiulio, glad you found this hub practical. It is always so difficult to know what to buy someone and when 'we' get to this age it can be especially difficult. Congrats to your parents.
How nice Janine. Tangible memories can never be replaced...but stand to remind us of the good times we had together.
Thanks for the congrats Cyndi! I'm not worried about making it to 50 as long as we live long enough ;) Congrats to your parents too! Such wonderful milestones.
Happy you liked my ideas teaches. So many things to choose from.
IM you are too kind! I may have to hang your comments next to Effer's :) Ah, you'll make it to 50....I'm sure you keep the spice in his life ;)
I hope this helps with ideas for your parent's 5oth Sunnie, and also hope they have a special day!
Sunnie Day on January 09, 2013:
Thank you for this wonderful hub. My parents celebrate their 50th this June and I want to make it very special.
Karen Silverman on January 09, 2013:
i love the thought behind this hub - a very generous soul who thinks long and hard to find personal meaningful gifts that don't have to cost a fortune.
i love the idea of a photo album with a montage of their lives together...also a fun shirt!
Divorce gets far too much attention- being married 10 years ought to be shouted from the rooftops - never mind 50...i cannot imagine..lol
will share, Mar...
Dianna Mendez on January 08, 2013:
Both our parents made it to the 50th and we hope to make it there as well. Love your idea of the throw. This would be such a warm reminder of their love. I think the 50th should be celebrated in grand style.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 08, 2013:
Congrats on your 46th anniversary and here's to many, many more wonderful years with your husband! You have great suggestions here. My parents had a "throw" when they celebrated their anniversary. They're coming up on number 55. :)
Janine Huldie from New York, New York on January 08, 2013:
We actually had quite a few who made it to 50 years in our family, including my grandparents. There 50th I will never forget and we got them the traditional wedding plate that even after they are both gone now my mom still has in her china cabinet in her dining room. So I agree you can't go wrong with that as a gift here. Thanks for sharing though and have of course voted up and shared, too!!
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 08, 2013:
Mary, great suggestions here. I have actually been to a number of 50th wedding anniversary parties so this would have come in very handy. A few years ago we celebrated my parents 50th by taking them to a resort in New Hampshire for a long weekend. It was a memorable time. But for friends and other relatives we are always looking for gift ideas and this hub will help greatly. Any couple that makes it fifty years certainly deserves something special. Great job. Voting up, sharing, etc....
Suzie from Carson City on January 08, 2013:
Til....An especially important occasion, a 50th Wedding Anniversary, can cause guests to put their heart and soul into gift-giving. Every one of your ideas are fabulous, as well as being practical and sensible......and let's face it, if you're married 50 years, you're an expert at practical and sensible!......Not to mention, dedication, tolerance, fairness, respect, consideration, communication, loyalty, negotiating, sharing, listening,......I say GOLD medals are the perfect gift!!.............UP+++
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 08, 2013:
Dear Bill, always so prompt in reading. Thank you. As I said, we are celebrating our 46th the end of this month and my in-laws celebrated their 70th this past April! Surprisingly, it does still happen, well maybe not 70th too much. Best to you.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2013:
I don't think I know of anyone even close to the 50th...my grandparents made it, and that's the only time I have been to a 50th celebration. Great suggestions here Mary....if I ever need some ideas, I'll remember this.
Have a great day my friend.