50th Anniversary Gifts

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Here it is: you’ve hit the half-century mark. Like a ship that’s sailed the high seas for decades, you must have braved some hellishly rough waters more than a few times. But you’ve also experienced some transcendent stops along the way that the uninitiated will never understand. And hey, now that we’re thinking about it, have you noticed you’re kind of starting to look like each other? Don’t worry, it happens to everyone after a while. Anyway, back to the task at hand. You’ve probably been thinking about 50th Anniversary gifts for a while now. We know, this is a big one. Let us humbly offer our suggestions.

One of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, Australia’s Gold Coast is one of those places we’re really going to miss when the global warming kicks in. So basically it’s now or never. The Gold Coast has so much to offer — scuba diving, theme parks, glitzy hotels, great night life, and some of the friendliest sharks on earth. Get going while the getting is still hot. And there’s never a hotter time than your 50th anniversary.

Nature pumps out some real wonders, but until she figures out how to pop out strawberries covered in chocolate and gold, you’re going to have to hit up a prime online vendor like berries.com. With their subtle champaign flavors and a little bit of disco ball glitter, these berries are perfect for celebrating one of the biggest nights of your life. So suit up Sally (or Sammy), it’s time to take a ride to Fancy Town.

If you’re considering going with gift as common as flowers, you might consider stepping it up a few dozen notches by dipping them in 24k gold. Just gather up all your extra gold, melt it in your crucible, and toss in your plants. Or just buy this Eternity Rose instead. Actually, it’s probably electro-plated not really dipped in molten metal, but you get the point.

A 50th anniversary is a big deal, so you know the king of chocolate makers is really going to bring it. Only the best and most decorated Belgian chocolate factory elves ever get to lay their hands on these beauties, so you don’t have to worry about any sweatshop truffles making their way into your gold anniversary Godiva box. And with all of the work that you’ve put into your marriage, you have the right to expect a matching commitment from a candy juggernaut.

To someone else, they may just be dots on a gold canvas. But to you, they’re a roadmap to all the memories, all the milestones you’ve reached together, and all of the times you’ve resisted breaking a vase over each other’s heads. The notes laid out on these lines are a secret code to a history that you’ve created and shared for…oh my god…half a century. Music may be the universal language, but here’s the soundtrack to a movie you’ve written all by yourselves.

One way to show the world how rich you are and how little regard you have for money is to literally eat it. Like, put gold in things, and then eat the things with the gold in them. It’s the culinary equivalent of lighting your fireplace with Ben Franklin’s face. It’s also a really sweet way to show your appreciation for the person you’ve spent the last 50 years with. A great gold anniversary gift for lovers of fine foods.

They may not have hit the big time with that one-man (or one-woman) hurdy-gurdy show they always dreamed of taking on the road, but that doesn’t mean they’ve missed their chance at a gold record. 50 years of marriage is arguably even more impressive than making a hit record, and way less likely to lead to a drug addiction or ending up on one of those reality shows. Or at least we hope so.

In truth, we’ve all got a jar of romantic memories in our brains, though they’re not always the most reliable (just ask anyone who’s ever forgotten an anniversary). So it’s always better to make sure you’ve got the hard copy. And in a digital world, real life gifts like this can feel even more special and thoughtful. There’s no limit to what you can scribble down on your memory tickets, so when the jar fills up and you go digging through this thing, expect a few surprises.

Jewelry is a classic gift, but it can sometimes be hard to know whether you’re getting the right thing. This diamond-accented bracelet watch from Anne Klein is a truly elegant timepiece, and makes a perfect accessory for outfits ranging from business casual to formal. It also won’t break the bank, though you’d never know by looking at it. The single diamond accent on the watch face adds a hint of luxury without being excessive, making this watch a beautiful, luxurious addition to any wardrobe.

Every now and then, you may get the urge to ship your mate off to Siberia. It’s a much better idea to redirect those frustrations and draft an itinerary for a joint excursion that the two of you can enjoy … together! Whether it’s a grand adventure to a distant continent or a simpler road trip perusing local haunts and treasured nooks, embarking on a commemorative journey will breathe new life into your relationship and help remind you why you’re together!

We all know that diamonds are a girl's best friend. We also know they're insanely expensive. But a savvy shopper like you understands there are ways around the hefty price tags, like cat burglary or clearance and liquidation sales. When a big retailer like Helzerg Diamonds needs to make room for updated inventory they clear out last year's stock at steep discounts. These clearance sales are a literal gold mine of amazing gifts at "prices so good they're almost a crime", with items marked down thousands of dollars. You get to look like you broke the bank, without actually doing so. And really, who cares if that diamond ring is last year's model. Diamonds are forever right? To make things more tempting, Helzerg offers financing plans as long as 36 months. Click if you dare.

A wedding/anniversary scrapbook is a great way to remember all of the events, people, unexplainable happenings, unfortunate utterances, and more that may otherwise have slipped through the cracks of the old memory banks. But making a scrapbook to commemorate your wedding and all that has come since then doesn’t have to be all about you. Why not make one that’s all about the people around you — the family, friends, and acquaintances that have reached out over the months or years to let you know how much you mean to them or make you feel special. Or just gave you cool stuff you’d like to remember. A friends and family scrapbook is just the thing to make you both feel all warm and fuzzy on your anniversary.

A signed, personalized photo frame is a great way to let a long-married couple know they aren’t the only ones who noticed how long they’ve been together. This frame comes with a custom printed photo complete with their names and a short message from you, along with a picture matting that you can cajole, coerce, or bribe all of their friends and family into signing. A thoughtful and symbolic way to make sure they’re forever surrounded by the people who care about them the most.

If you’re looking for a truly one of a kind gift, you might consider commissioning a local artist to create a unique piece of jewelry. It will not only be cherished by the lucky recipient, but it’s also a gift to the starving artist, so it will mean a lot to everyone. Remember to plan in advance for this one, custom made artwork is not created overnight.

Going grocery shopping together on a Friday night doesn’t quite cut it after a while. Hitting up the exotics aisle might feel like a walk on the wild side, but you’re going to have to add in a bit more spice than that! Test the boundaries of the relationship with an impulsive, fearless outing that just might reveal some hidden sides of yourself and your mate and elevate the intimacy factor.

Life is becoming almost infinitely customizable, so why should jewelry be any different? Think of this as your iJewelry store. Diamond rings don’t exactly come cheap, so why should you have to choose between one ring that has your favorite setting and one that has your favorite diamond? Now you get to tell them which parts to put together, just like at Burger King. The only way you’re going to get more DIY is if you grab a pickax and head out for the mines. And we all know you don’t have time for that.

Even if you’re not dogs, sometimes it’s fun to think about what life would be like if you were. One of the biggest differences is that you would have spent 350 years together by now. Take that as you will, but it is kind of a shocking number. Almost biblical, really. And to be honest, nobody should be alive that long, much less sharing a house with the same person. In other words, we’re deeply impressed.

Is our destiny really written in the stars? It probably felt like the stars aligned on the day you finally found ‘the one’ and this gift will help you to remember that moment forever. Even if you were too busy gazing into each other’s eyes to look up at the night sky, the beautiful image will always remind you of that beautiful day. You supply the date and location, and let math and the laws of physics do the rest.

Now this is a gift that will come in handy fifty years down the road when the mental fog starts to roll in! Make a conscious effort now to solidify those treasured moments that have defined your life together as a pair. Thought provoking and imaginative, this clever card game also doubles as fantasy role play where you and your honey can dream up future scenarios and then try acting them out. The fun is just beginning!

Your relationship is truly unique and there’ll be no other couple in the world that share the same love that you do. We think that commissioning a piece of art to capture that sentiment is one of the most romantic gifts money can buy. Of course, it all depends on what you choose to put on it…

Flowers are a classic gift, but they’ve got one fatal flaw: no matter how beautiful, they tend to wilt too soon. But you’re smarter than that - you like to play the long game. The Flower of the Month Club lets you automatically replenish those flowers at regular intervals so that there’s always a fresh collection in the recipient’s house. Even if you’re not a hippy, you can always employ a little “flower power” to make someone feel loved and appreciated.

They say that all m&ms taste the same, no matter the color. But after trying a bag of gold m&ms, you might beg to differ. See, these taste like commitment, accomplishment, love — all the things that you’ve been building toward for five full decades. They’re the ultimate emblem of the work that you’ve put into your most important partnership: your marriage. Alright, maybe that’s a bit of a hard sell. It is just candy after all. But they do make a clever little surprise for your golden anniversary.

You have made so many memories together and this personalized frame will help you commemorate them all. You can choose which photos to include together, or just the ones you want to include within your own name, which is a great idea unless one of you has a much longer name than the other, in which case we encourage a celeb-style blended moniker. Think, ‘Brangelina’ or, ‘Bennifer’.

There’s not many gifts that scream, ‘I love you’ more than chocolate covered strawberries. They’re an old classic, one of the ultimate recipes for romance and they make a particularly perfect present for anyone with a sweet tooth (who deserves to be spoiled but who also wants to stay healthy on the inside, just like these delicious little delicacies themselves).

Some might consider it the ultimate display of human privilege to begin claiming faraway stars just because we have a few extra dollars in our pockets. But once you realize that the universe is far bigger than you think it is, you’ll cool off a little. There’s more than enough to go around for everybody. Several billion times over. So go ahead and give someone a little piece of the cosmic pie. Nothing to get all riled up about.

Celebrating with a gourmet dinner is always a solid plan, but things can get rather awkward in a crowded restaurant when the happy couple starts playing footsie and getting handsy. No need to “get a room!” if the chef comes to you, however.

You’ve managed to waltz your way through love so far, so make sure you’re keeping to the right rhythm as you foxtrot into your future together. Whether you’re practicing a smooth samba or a sexy salsa, dancing lessons are a fantastic way to make sure you’re in perfect sync and you don’t miss a beat.

Your love is a cause for celebration and what better way to get into the celebratory party spirit than with their very own personalized whiskey barrel? Some things really do get better with age and while relationships can sometimes be one of them, whiskey is always. If they don’t appreciate it now, they will in five years when they’ll be pouring themselves some seriously luxurious liquor.

No matter how much you love each other, you know that sometimes you need a little outside help to keep things running smoothly. The Activity Book for Couples is basically a book of prompts designed to get you and your partner to talk about things you’ve probably never even considered, and have a good laugh while doing it. If your idea of “together time” has turned into watching three hours of Netflix on the same couch, this might be just the thing for you.

Your anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to stop fighting for a whole day and express your love anew (unless one of you forgets, and then it’s World War III). But as sweet as anniversaries are, they only take up one three-hundred-sixty-fifth of your time together. Imagine if you could extend that for a whole month. Well, now you can. This romantic jar contains 31 love-soaked messages, so the good feelings just keep on coming. Choose from ready-made sets with messages already included, blank cards that you can fill in yourself, or Kindnotes will custom print your personalized set and jar.

This Zimbabwean kissing lovers sculpture is like a yin-yang for people who really like to get it on. Two lovers’ faces encapsulated in stone for eternity, gazing into each other’s soul, for one brief moment not thinking about whose fault it is that the garbage never got taken out. Yes, the gods have smiled kindly upon these lovers, freezing them in a moment of carefree bliss from which they never have to descend back into the mundane world inhabited by us poor mortals.

These personalized wedding posters done up in a classic art style are unique, eye catching, and full of charm. A wedding is a one of a kind event, so why commemorate it the same way everyone else does? Hark to the past and celebrate the present at the same time.

Give the gift of beautiful views, bucket-list achievements, and especially if they’re afraid of heights, hours of entertainment for you. It veers away from cruel since it’s completely safe, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth watching them rotate between admiring the splendor and clutching the basket while praying in four languages. Especially since they only speak one.

If you’ve got one tiny little romantic bone in your body, there has to be a place in your heart for the old fashioned love letter, even if it’s the kind that makes you circle yes or no. Because really, it’s the thought that counts, and anyone who takes the time to put their feelings down on paper has to be a keeper. But paper gets lost, is easily damaged, and isn’t very convenient to carry around with you. A gold or silver love letter necklace takes that old tradition and makes it last.

A business suit is meant to signal power, competence, and trustworthiness. But now, thanks to these love letter cufflinks, it can be made to carry around little secret messages of devotion and appreciation too. Just pop open the miniature envelope, and out comes a tiny bronze letter engraved with a personalized message reminding them what really matters. Just the moral support they’ll need while watching their boss foam at the mouth about missing TPS reports for the seventh month in a row.

If you’ve ever wanted to put your mutual knowledge and understanding to the test, here’s your chance. The Quiz Book for Couples is not just a way to learn some new things about your partner (and teach them a few things about yourself), it’s a chance to prove once and for all that you pay more attention than than they do. And that your emotional intelligence is higher. That you’re more intuitive. That you’re pretty much the one carrying this relationship. Yeah, there’s some competitiveness here.

Once you’ve been together a while, you’ll probably want to inject a little creativity into your date nights. This is a great way to do that, using the prompts provided, albeit with parameters that you set yourself by filling out your own specific date night activities, instead of leaving it up to someone you’ve never met and whose mental state you can’t realistically vet. You’re in this for the long haul - don’t let date night become another boring ritual.

The ultimate in luxury sleepwear, a pair of silk pajamas is like riding first class into snoozeville. And because silk is a magic fiber, it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Besides, silkworms are the sexiest members of the insect kingdom, and when you wear the fibers they generate, some of that sexiness rubs off on you. That makes silk pajamas a perfect anniversary gift.

Take a little field trip to the spot where your two souls first collided. Revisiting the place where your journey together started will mark just how far you’ve come. You may not have known it back then, but this little slice of the universe gave birth to what the two of you share today. Go ahead, see if those butterflies start to flutter again…

There’s always room for a little nostalgia while swilling back a cold one or savoring another glass of wine. Personalized, hand-engraved couples glasses remind you of when you met that special someone who you’re now metaphysically fused with, for better or for worse. Celebrate the passage of time with every sip.

Playfulness is an essential ingredient to any successful union. Don’t starve your marriage of the joy and laughter that can sustain it for many years to come! Carve out some time for a little card game action with your favorite partner in crime and feel the buzz that you get from a little homegrown rivalry. Challenge your spouse to a game that lasts all week long, as you earn points and reap rewards by performing tasks. We bet neither of you thought that you’d be battling to do the dishes.

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Who wouldn’t want to relive their wedding day? Without all of the stress and the high 5-figure bill, of course. And what better way to get transported back to that magical day than to recreate the iconic centerpiece of the ceremony, the giant artistic sugar bomb crafted to feed an army. Your wedding cake is no doubt immortalized in dozens of high quality professional photos, but pictures never taste quite like the real thing. Recreate an edible version this year. Isn’t nostalgia sweet?

We have been informed that there couples in existence out there who met each other in beautiful, romantic places and not in the dingy back hallway of the local dive bar while waiting to pee. If you're lucky enough to be in the first group then you should memorialize that special place with this custom made puzzle.

A single red rose is a token gesture when you’re trying to win someone’s heart. Now you have that, it’s time to upgrade your flower game and we think this does the job. This crystal rose is not only beautiful, unlike a living rose it will be just as beautiful next year, and the year after that, so you never have to buy flowers again.

For centuries people have been asking for the key to a happy marriage. It’s a wonder that it took so long for someone to finally make it. Judging by the demand, they’re going to make a killing off of this. And though we have not yet held the product in our own hands, visually it fits the bill: elegant, simple, and to the point, with just a touch of sentimentality. This is the key that opens the most impenetrable of doors, the door to the human heart.

Giving the gift of roses to your love is pretty traditional, but since roses just wilt and die shortly after they’re received, they’re really not a good symbol for ever-lasting and growing commitment. These beautifully preserved roses will never wilt and require no care or water. What better way to express your eternal adoration for the love of your life?

Extend the celebration of your love for weeks, months even, with these personalized devotion vouchers. Your soul mate will revel in the chance to squeeze as much attention out of you as they possibly can—they might even try to double or triple their bounty if the rules allow for it—and you can earn extended reward points for being such a generous partner. Send your sweetheart on a shopping spree through the romance department where expiration dates never apply!

The questions in this game may seem like trivialities to some, but we all know that the devil is in the details. You better find this stuff out fast and learn how to use it to your advantage, because learning the ins and outs of your partner’s behaviors and preferences is one of the keys to keeping the peace over the long term. So don’t say we didn’t warn you. Here’s your chance to get the intel you need to win at this crazy game called love.

Ring this one up as a gift for both of you (and you can never have too many opportunities to work those in). Smooth, cool, silky satin sheets blow cotton away by any reasonable standard. After a long day of reminiscing about all the great years you’ve spent together, this is the stuff that you’ll want to come home and writhe around in. The only problem is you’ll want to stay in bed all day. Better cross a couple of weeks off your calendar just to be safe.

If your whirlwind romance feels like a blur, maybe it’s time to start sorting through the gigabytes of digital memories so you can design a hard-copy keepsake. Not only will it breathe new life into treasured snippets of time long past, but it will become a priceless memento decades from now, when you may have trouble remembering who the heck this grumpy companion lying next to you is.

Commemorate your wedding sci-fi style with this amazing 3D laser sculpted portrait. Just pick your favorite wedding photo and have these wizards turn it into a crystal encased hologram-style portrait. It’ll be just the thing to put on the bookshelf of your spaceship someday.

Surely you’ve got plenty of memories to mark the passage of time together, but it’s good to have some numbers to back up your feelings. And it’ll be interesting to see the look on your spouse/partner’s face when they’re confronted with the irrefutable evidence that yes, you really have been together for an absurdly large number of days. But even more than that, a Days Together mug serves as a reminder of the substantial investment you’ve both made. In economics they refer to it as “sunk cost,” and it’s a healthy motivator.

Shaking the 8-ball might suffice when you’re fifteen, but mature folks like yourselves need a soothsayer with a tad more wisdom under their belt. Mark this year’s anniversary with a bagful of prophetic goodies that will reveal some delightful predictions and quirky forecasts of your future together. Deliciously convincing, these classic fortune tellers will add a crunchy sprinkle of fun and uncertainty to this momentous occasion!

You’ve done so many amazing things together that you might be hard pressed for an novel idea on the next date night. Don’t panic, we’ve found the perfect solution with this gift. 52 new ideas that are sure to keep things interesting. The best part? They’ll love it so much they won’t even realize that you may have bought it with yourself in mind. We won’t tell if you won’t…

Marimos are little fluffy balls of aquatic moss native to Japan (because of course they are) that you can keep as a pet. They can live a long time if properly cared for - like 100 years - and in some cases grow in the shape of a heart. Give the rare gift that can outlive both of you.

It’s never too early to spread the love. And with this heart-shaped waffle maker, all they have to do is spread the batter, and all the love symbolism comes popping out by itself, like magic. Alas, these delicious creations are destined to be just as fleeting.

Relationships are sometimes described as a long journey that you take with each other through life, and while you both have each other to guide you, sometimes you could do with a little assistance. This outdoor sign is a beautiful and unique gift, designed to give you a little direction through the highs and lows and the fasts and slows of your love.


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