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Ten 50th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Parents

by Louise W. Rice
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Parents are precious. They are the reason you are here; they’ve dedicated their lives to you, and now, their 50th anniversary is around the corner! Isn’t that just wonderful? It’s enough to lift your spirits and…put you in a panic mode over what gift you’ll pick for them. Well, worry not; you are in the right place to find the top ten 50th anniversary gift ideas for parents.

Of course, all couples are different. Some love chocolate, others enjoy a nice glass of champagne, but there is one thing that brings a tear to all parents’ eyes — memories.

DIY Sentimental 50th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Parents

The best gifts come from the heart, they say. In other words, you don’t have to buy something expensive for it to be special. Consider the following ideas:

1. Photo Collage

What better gift than a personalized collection of your parents’ favorite memories throughout the years? Trust me; such a gift is worth far more than money can buy. And the best part is, you don’t even have to make it perfect! The point is for it to depict your mom and dad’s love and happiness. You’ll only need two things:

  • Photos of your parents
  • Collage frame or hanging photo display.

Pick the best photos you can find, and choose the display method — you can glue them to a wooden panel, put them in a premade collage frame, hang them on a photo display, etc. It’s completely up to you. The more original you are, the better.

When the collage is ready, use some fancy wrapping paper to give it a finishing touch, and voilà — your anniversary present is ready to put a smile on your parents’ faces!

2. Family Album

If you have too many photos and can’t decide on which ones to use for a collage and which ones to leave out, why not put them all in a family album? You can choose a theme for each page, customize everything, come up with heartwarming messages; the possibilities are endless!

3. Video

Do you have hundreds of videos of family trips, birthday parties, Christmas Eve dinners, etc.? How about combining them in one, heartwarming video?

Isn’t that hard, you might be thinking. The answer is no; you certainly don’t have to be a tech expert to create a unique montage. In fact, there are free apps, like Magisto, that can do all the editing for you.

Just pick your favorite videos, run them through the automatic software, and your gift should be ready in minutes.

Thoughtful 50th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Parents

If you don’t have much time at your disposal, but you want to get your parents something memorable, you still have options:

4. Personalized Champagne Flutes

Do your parents enjoy a nice glass of champagne every now and then? If yes, why not get them personalized champagne flutes? They are elegant and highly customizable. On top of that, price-wise, there are hundreds of options on the market, so you don’t have to break the bank to make your parents happy.

5. Custom Plates

Another great gift idea is a custom 50th-anniversary plate. It will be an amazing asset to your mother’s plate collection, and you can always customize the packaging so that your present is unique.

6. Cheese Board

If your parents are dieheart cheese lovers, a premium cheese board might be the perfect present for their anniversary.

To take your gift to the next level, you can buy their favorite cheeses, some fruits and honey, and arrange the board for them.

If you’re not sure how to do that or what products to use, you can watch some YouTube videos that explain the process from start to finish.

Other Great 50th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Parents

Apart from physical gifts, you can get your parents other things that could make them even happier:

7. Tickets to an Event

One of the best things you can gift anyone is…an experience. Buy your parents tickets to a musical, concert, sports event, or anything else they might like. Spending the evening listening to their favorite musician live will certainly be a memorable part of their 50th anniversary.

On a side note, if you’ve chosen to get tickets to a sporting event and you know there will be a ‘kiss cam,’ you can talk to the organizers and tell them it’s your parents’ anniversary. They might be able to show them on the screen!

8. Spa Vouchers

Who doesn’t like being pampered? If you know your mom and dad will appreciate a carefree day at the spa, you can buy them vouchers for their special day.

The best thing is that vouchers are highly customizable. You can include only the things your parents will enjoy — a massage, sauna, beauty therapy, swimming sessions, etc.

9. Wine

Many people have a wine collection in their homes. If your parents are into that, you can buy them a bottle of fancy wine they will be able to display or enjoy.

Another great gift for wine lovers is a wine cooler. You don’t know how handy those are until you get one; trust me…

10. Trip

The last, but certainly not least impressive gift idea I’ve included is to pay for your parents to go on a long-desired trip. If the financial factor is of no concern to you, you can treat your mom and dad to a well-deserved vacation.

You can ask them weeks or even months before the anniversary if there is a place they want to visit and organize the whole thing in advance.

If your parents can’t think of a desired destination, you can buy a trip voucher from a travel agency. That will allow them to choose where they want to go on holiday themselves.

To Sum Up

Your parents’ 50th anniversary is one of the most special days of their life. It is a symbol of their love, and you — as a part of that love — should be there to celebrate with them.

In fact, your gift is not even that important; it is just a formality… You will make your parents truly happy by being present and sharing that monumental day with them.

Still, I hope my top ten 50th anniversary gift ideas for parents inspired you to look for something thoughtful and unique; your mom and dad deserve it!