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If you've been married for half a century, congratulations! A 50th wedding anniversary is a huge milestone to reach.
Traditionally, anniversary #50 is known as the "golden anniversary" and is celebrated with, you guessed it, gold gifts. While we love honoring time-held traditions, we think there are fresh, modern ways to celebrate the golden anniversary too. Whether you're looking for a gift for your spouse, parent, or a special couple in your life celebrating their 50th anniversary together, we've got you covered with 25 gifts that will make them feel golden for this special occasion.
25 golden gifts to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary:
A candle that smells like love letters
Homesick love Letters Candle, available at Amazon, $34
Notes of rose petals, peonies, and sandalwood fill any room with a whiff of nostalgia, conjuring those early days of scribbling handwritten love notes.
A rose made to last
Venus Et Fleur Classic Le Mini Eternity Rose, available at Nordstrom, $57
You can never go wrong with gifting a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but Venus Et Fleur takes that idea up a notch with the Eternity Rose. This gorgeous, singular gold rose will last a year or longer and doesn't even need to be watered. Just set it down somewhere special as a reminder of your everlasting love.
A symbolic pair of studs
Bony Levy 14K Gold Knot Stud Earrings, available at Nordstrom, $198
50 years ago you tied the knot. Pay homage to that special day with a pair of chic knotted gold studs.
An indoor herb garden
AeroGarden Hydroponic Indoor Garden, available at Amazon, $147.69
Let them flex their green thumb no matter the season with this indoor herb garden. It sights right on their countertop and while small, it promises a bounty of fresh herbs and veggies.
A custom keepsake book
New York Times Custom Anniversary Book, available at Uncommon Goods, $99.95
A lot can happen in 50 years – and it did! This customized book features every "New York Times" front page on your anniversary date over the years, from the first to the 50th. It's a unique and special way to memorialize your "I do".
A tension-melting massage
Therabody Massage Device, available at Best Buy, $399.99
We know married life isn't all sunshine and roses. Show them you get it by gifting them this handheld massager to help them melt away stress and tension when they need it most.
A fresh floral bouquet
The Leo, available at UrbanStems, $85
A fresh bouquet of vibrant, aromatic flowers is always a welcomed way to celebrate a life milestone. This option from UrbanStems seems particularly fitting for a golden anniversary, as the bouquet comes with a gold vase and an aptly-named "Love Potion" candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio.
A simple but sweet frame
Personalized Goldeb Frame, available at Etsy, from $29.95
After 50 years of memories, you've likely accumulated a collection of more photos than you know what to do with. You can't go wrong with gifting a nice frame. This one can be personalized with names, a wedding date, or whatever you choose. Bonus points if you put a picture you love in the frame before you actually gift it.
A commemorative piece of artwork
Wedding Waltz Personalized Art, available at Uncommon Goods, $349
An elegant reminder of their special day, this print will surely bring a smile whenever they look at it. It has a vintage feel and can also be customized with your special wedding details.
A symbolic set of cufflinks
Knot Cufflinks, available at Charles Tyrwhitt, $99
A stylish new accessory and a subtle nod to the day you tied the knot.
A really good Dutch oven
Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Oven, available at Williams Sonoma, $250
A piece of cookware that'll last as long as your love. Le Creuset is best-in-class when it comes to high-quality, premium cookware; expect lots of delicious meals in your future.
A personalized luggage tag and passport case
Printed Leather Luggage Tag and Passport Case, available at Mark & Graham, $99
For your travel buddy, cheers to 50 more years exploring the world together with this custom passport case and luggage tag. Not only is it super practical, but it also makes keeping their belongings safe look great.
A calming blanket
Cotton Napper, available at Bearaby, $199
Weighted blankets are like a big hug in blanket form. Bearaby's chunky-knit is hefty, but breathable and perfect for providing constant pressure to help them feel calmer, fall asleep, and stay asleep.
A book filled with your favorite memories
Photo Book, available at MixBook, from $20
If their priority when it comes to receiving gifts is thoughtfulness, a photo book is a great way to go. You get to hand-pick all of the pictures on every page, so it truly feels personal. Plus, it's a keepsake they'll be able to flip through and smile from for years to come. You can find our recommendations for the best photo book services here.
A really comfy pair of PJs
Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set, available at Shopbop, $128
If they love their creature comforts, treat them to a pair of Eberjey pajamas. They are buttery-soft, lightweight, and make getting ready for bed every night feel all the more luxurious.
A low-maintenance plant
Philodendron Birkin, available at The Sill, $70
They brighten up the spaces they occupy, improve our mood, and last a whole lot longer than flowers – that's why a plant is an amazing gift for any occasion. This beautiful Philodendron is perfect for horticulturists old and new, as it's pretty low-maintenance. If that's not really their style, or you think they'd actually prefer a plant that needs some more TLC, The Sill has plenty of great plants to choose from.
A high-tech sous vide
Anova Precision Cooker, available at Williams Sonoma, $149.95
For the home cook who loves trying new gadgets in the kitchen, a sous vide will make for many delicious experiments. The precision cooker makes it easy as ever to get perfectly tender steak, juicy chicken, and crisp veggies with little effort required.
Their favorite meal from across the country
Goldbelly Food Gifts, from $39
For the food-loving partner or couple, get them a meal from one of the country's most iconic eateries. Goldbelly partners with food purveyors nationwide, making it possible to deliver local delicacies to your door. Whether it's a box of goodies from the place they had their first date, cookies from a local bakery in the city they once lived, or a dish they've just been dreaming of, a box from Goldbelly makes for a thoughtful, delicious gift.
A sweet signet ring
Initial Signet Ring, available at Etsy, from $438.74
Something about personalized items always feels special. You can't go wrong with a dainty signet ring in gold, the decided metal of the 50th anniversary. When it comes to the initial, go for their first name, your first name, your shared last name, the name of your pet or child…there are so many opportunities to make this a really meaningful piece to add to their jewelry collection.
A mug to keep their coffee hot
Ember Mug 2, available at Williams Sonoma, $149.95
Give your favorite coffee- or tea-lover the perfect vessel for keeping their beverages hot all day long. This smart mug lets them choose their preferred sipping temperature and will maintain it for 90 minutes. If they keep the mug on the included charging coaster, their drinks will actually stay hot all day long.
A comfy robe
Waffle Robe, available at Parachute, $129
If you've lived together for over 50 years, you definitely know if their current bathrobe could use an upgrade. If the answer is yes, go for the Parachute Waffle Robe. It's deliciously soft, lightweight, and comes in a few unique neutral hues they're bound to love.
A set of chic candleholders
Florence Gold Metal Pillar Candleholders, available at West Elm, $145
Celebrate the golden anniversary with something that brings a stylish hint of metal into your space. These candleholders are a surefire way to spruce up an entryway or many tablescapes to come.
A record player to dance through years of memories
Crosley Mint Cruiser Plus Bluetooth Record Player, available at Urban Outfitters, $100
Like scents and places, music has an incredibly nostalgic power. Transport yourself back to the year you first met, your first dance, or anywhere you want by gifting them this record player and throwing one of your (mutually) favorite vinyl records on.
A bowl for years of celebrations to come
Celebration Wine Bowl, available at Mark & Graham, $89.99
Together, you have so much to celebrate! This aptly-named bowl is the perfect accessory for even more celebrations to come. Fill it with ice to keep your favorite beverages cool while you're entertaining, or just leave it on display – it's really that elegant.
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