A Guide to 50th Anniversary Gifts
A fiftieth wedding anniversary is an occasion worth marking with a well-considered gift. Whether it’s your anniversary or the golden couple are family or friends, finding the perfect gift has never been more important.
Online shopping has dramatically increased the number of unique gift options available to you, but you may still be unsure of where to look first. We’ve put together this detailed collection of resources and lists to help you find the best 50th wedding anniversary gifts available in the UK.
What Is the Theme for 50 Years of Marriage?
Whether you follow the traditional or modern list, a 50th wedding anniversary has a gold theme. At first, it might sound expensive, but with a little creativity, gold provides lots of opportunities for affordable gifts and some stunning party decorations.
50th Anniversary Traditions
Often associated with grandeur and luxury, gold is a non-corrosive metal that has come to represent the lasting love of a couple celebrating fifty years of marriage. The gold theme is thought to come from Ancient Rome where there was a tradition of celebrating the fiftieth year of marriage by giving the bride a wreath made of gold.
Many years later in the 18th century Germany, a similar tradition continued with husbands presenting their wives with a gold wreath on their fiftieth anniversary. Recently, the list of gifts and celebrations has expanded to include new themes for each year but the use of gold for the fiftieth year still persists.
What Is the Flower for the 50th Wedding Anniversary?
Violets and yellow roses are the official flowers of the fiftieth wedding anniversary. According to Petal Republic, violets symbolize innocence, everlasting love, modesty, spiritual wisdom, faithfulness, mysticism, and remembrance. Yellow roses represent joy, warmth, friendship, care, lasting bonds, remembrance and appreciation.
How to Celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary
Being married for fifty years is rightly seen as a reason for celebration so it’s become traditional to mark the golden wedding with a party or small get-together. Wedding anniversaries from one to forty-nine years are often seen as private events remembered only on a small scale among family and one or two close friends. However, the golden wedding Is a momentous occasion used to reminisce on fifty years of memories and to toast the golden couple.
That being said, each couple will likely put their spin on how they want to celebrate the occasion. Some people keep it small, others go for grand parties while a few prefer to raise a glass in the comfort of their home.
Find out more by reading: 50th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas.
Appropriate Gifts for a 50th Wedding Anniversary
It is usually expected that you will bring a gift to a 50th wedding anniversary. Some people will request ‘no gifts’ on the party invitation but otherwise, a small present is appropriate.
Any gift can be suitable for a golden wedding celebration as long as it meets any suggestions the couple have made or has a connection to their likes and interest.
If you’re not sure what to get, here are some general ideas to get you started:
A hamper is a great way to turn small affordable gifts into something extraordinary. Who doesn’t love opening lots of individually wrapped, personally selected items? You can buy hampers prefilled with all sorts of themed goodies, but it’s even better if you have the time to choose everything yourself.
You could go with a general hamper and fill it with small gifts you know the couple will love. It can easily be adapted to the gold theme by using gold wrapping and adding a couple of gold-themed items. This is a perfect way of having a gift that works for both people; choose a few gifts with each in mind and then some as joint presents.
A subscription box can cater to most tastes and interests. They’re usually selections of mystery gifts that can either be bought as a regular subscription or singly. They offer many of the benefits of a hamper, but someone else picks the items and packs them for you.
The range of subscription services available today is vast, many are linked to particular interests so you’re bound to find one that will suit the bride and groom. Although you may prefer to opt for a one-off box, if you purchase a subscription you’ll be giving a gift that will bring new joy and surprises every time the next one arrives.
Fifty small gifts
Buying fifty smaller items is a great way to link your gift to the theme of the celebration. You could get lots of different items, or you could stick to one type. For example:
- Fifty mini spirit bottles
- Fifty craft beers
- Fifty small wine bottles
- Fifty decorative candles
- Fifty bath bombs
- Fifty posh chocs
Because there are several gifts involved and possibly a large amount of wrapping, this is an excellent opportunity for you to team up with other people. If you have other friends looking to buy the couple a present why not join forces and create a unique gift of fifty items.
If you choose to go for one item repeated fifty times, make sure it’s something that both the bride and groom will enjoy. If necessary you could even split it and do 25 items for the bride and 25 for the groom.
Maps provide an excellent opportunity to create a genuinely unique gift. Most couples have a few treasured locations that have a special meaning to their relationship. For example, it could be the area they got married, a favorite holiday destination, or even the town where they live.
You could use a map of one of these places to make the ideal personalized golden anniversary gift. Maps are easy to find and can easily be framed or used to embellish other items. You could frame them in gold, include them in a unique print or emboss them onto coasters.
Photos can make an incredibly personal gift and you’ve now got more options than ever before to turn them into something exceptional. You could choose a shot of the happy couple, or of a memory you share with them.
If you don’t have a suitable picture of them, you could one of something they’re interested in, such as favourite locations, pets or hobbies. Once you’ve found the right image you’ve just got to find the best way to present it. You can choose from large canvas prints, photo books, mugs, notebooks and even jigsaw puzzles.
Best 50th Anniversary Gifts
We’ve trawled the internet, visited hundreds of online shops and searched through thousands of gifts to bring you golden wedding gifts that will impress:
Adding your own text or image to a present is a great way of making it stand out from the rest:
- A Golden Wedding Rose in A personalised Crate
Yellow roses are one of the official flowers for 50th wedding anniversaries and this one is a variety specifically named ‘Golden Wedding’. This set from Not on the Highstreet is my absolute favorite personalized gift, the rose plant would even be excellent on its own but this set gives you the option of adding chocolates, a bottle of bubbly and even a personal message on a small plaque.
- A Historic Newspaper
A newspaper from the date of the wedding is a great way to commemorate the occasion. Several companies offer genuine original copies that come with certificates of authenticity and a dedication slip with space to add your message. You could present it as it is, have it framed in gold, or pair it with a bottle of Tattinger champagne.
- A Customised Board Game
Board games are a great way to pass the time and have fun with your friends and family. Now you can add a personal touch to a game and turn it into a unique gift. On Etsy there are lots of games, including Monopoly, Guess Who and Connect 4 that can be embellished with names, messages and pictures. This is one of those gifts that’s great fun and is unique enough that hopefully, no one else will think of it.
Explore more customizable gifts by visiting our list: Personalised Gifts for a 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Buying a practical gift that the happy couple might actually want to use is a great way to ensure that it’ll be remembered for many years to come:
- A Professional Knife Set
A well-made knife can make a vast difference to your cooking and if you keep it sharp it can even reduce accidents. This three-piece set from Zwilling features easy-grip handles and ice-hardened steel blades. They’re made in Germany and you get one larding and garnishing knife with a 10 cm blade, one meat knife with a 16 cm blade and one chef’s knife with a 20 cm blade.
- A Bluetooth Tracker Tile
Keys, remotes and other fiddly items need no longer go missing with these handy Bluetooth tracking tiles. You’re not going to find a present more practical than this; Simply attach a tile to any item that regularly gets lost, then when it’s missing log on to the app on your phone and activate it to make the tile ring. They can also be used to find a missing phone, just press the button on the tile to activate a loud tone on your phone.
- A Solar Phone Charger
The more dependent we become upon portable technology like mobile phones, the more reliant we are on batteries. This 28watt solar charger will give your phone or other small device several hours of charge just from solar power. It’s convenient and exceptionally practical, particularly if travelling or on holiday.
Discover more practical gifts here: Practical Gifts for a 50th Wedding Anniversary
Not everyone wants to take their golden wedding seriously, if you’re looking for a present for a couple who love a laugh then these gifts will be just what you’re looking for:
- Matching Aprons
Aprons can come in a broad range of amusing designs and they’re ideal for a couple because they often come in matching pairs. Whether you want the golden couple to look like superheroes in the kitchen or just display another funny quote, aprons are guaranteed to get a giggle and promise hours of fun at meal prep times.
- Novelty Toilet Roll
Available on Etsy, this has got to be one of the most unlikely 50th anniversary gifts, but it’s just quirky enough to get a few belly laughs. You can have it embroidered with any design you like or go for the fancy 50th-anniversary options. A great way for the golden couple to treat their ass to a touch of class!
- Novelty T-shirts
T-shirts are an ideal gift at any age. Numerous websites will let you create your own designs or choose from a range of funny sayings and images. If you’ve got any embarrassing pictures of the couple now might be the time to dig them out.
If not, you can always go with something simple like this ‘pain the ass’ design, or get designs themed on the couple’s likes and interests. There are a few predesigned 50th-anniversary designs, like this one on Red Bubble, but they can be hard to find.
Discover more funny gifts here: Funny 50th Anniversary Gifts
If you’re a bit unusual, you’re buying for an unusual couple or you just want to find something that’ll stand out, we’ve got just the thing for you:
- Custom Retro Picture Viewer
This Retro red picture viewer comes with a customised 3D picture reel. Have your favourite pictures of the golden couple printed onto the reel to make the ideal novelty keepsake. If you had one of these great toys when you were young you’ll know how much fun they can be. It’s worth buying this gift well in advance because at first, you’ll receive the picture viewer and instructions on how to order your custom reel. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time to create and receive the reel before you gift it.
- Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle
If you’re buying for someone who loves murder mysteries, this murder mystery jigsaw puzzle is just what you’re looking for. It puts a new interactive spin on a classic mystery and invites you to find clues and solve the murder as you build the puzzle. Even the picture on the puzzle is a mystery, with nothing revealed on the box itself. This isn’t your standard anniversary gift but it’s all the better for that.
- Hand Casting Kit
This incredibly personal hand casting set is a great way to create a stunning keepsake to be treasured for many years. What better celebration of 50 years of marriage than a 3D copy of the golden couple’s clasped hands. The kit contains everything you need and once complete it will set in less than 5 minutes. This isn’t a tricky plaster of Paris set it uses colour changing chromatic alginate to cast the hands and high-quality stone plaster to capture every detail.
Discover more unusual gifts here: Unusual Gifts for a 50th Wedding Anniversary
If you want to celebrate your own anniversary, the anniversary of a loved one, or surprise your friends with a generous gift then sticking with tradition is an excellent choice:
- Gold Plated Coins
Gold plated coins are surprisingly affordable and can be carried inside a wallet or purse as a treasured memento. You can either go for a coin like this engraved fifty pence piece, or you can get a token like this 24ct gold disc.
- Gold Plated Pen Set
Not only does a gold plated pen meet the criteria of the gold tradition, but it’s also ideal for those who prefer to put pen to paper instead of tapping their shopping lists into an app. This pair of gold plated Stratton rollerball and ballpoint pens is just the gift for the golden couple who still love to handwrite lists and letters. They’re exceptionally well presented and are so much more than your average pen.
- Gold Preserved Rose
A gift of flowers is a great way to mark an anniversary, but they don’t last for long. However, this particular rose has been electroplated with 24ct gold to produce a unique keepsake that will never wilt. It comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. Every care has been taken to preserve all the petals and create a gift that can be treasured for many more years.
Discover more traditional gifts here: Traditional Golden Wedding Gifts
Gifts for Friends
Celebrating a friend’s golden wedding anniversary is a joy but one that comes with the responsibility of choosing a thoughtful present:
- Caithness Glass Gold Heart Paperweight
This handmade crystal paperweight from Caithness Glass features a gold background with a small heart in the centre. It’s only about 2.5 inches high; it’s small but perfectly formed. It’s also ideally sized for being placed on a sideboard or bookshelf as a reminder of fifty happy years.
- Golden Wedding Engraved Clock
This wooden mantelpiece clock has been specially designed to be a golden wedding gift. The wooden body is cream with the clock face picked out in gold. You can have your own message added in black lettering onto the front. Surprisingly affordable, this clock is a pleasing combination of functional clock and delightful keepsake.
- 50th Anniversary Keepsake Frame
If you’re looking for something simple yet effective, this keepsake frame is ideal. Featuring space for two pictures, one of the wedding day and one of the golden anniversary, this can be given on it’s own without adding the pictures. However, if you prefer you can always take some appropriate photos and fill it before wrapping.
Find more inspired gifts for friends here: 50th Anniversary Gifts for Friends
Gifts for Family
Finding the right anniversary gift for family members can be harder than buying for a friend; there’s significantly more pressure to find something that represents how well you know them and how much you care:
- Anniversary Book
This is a great way to collect and present pictures, treasured memories, or keepsakes. You could collect family photographs or include favorite anecdotes and tales from the 50 years of marriage. It’s ideal as a gift from just you or you could make it as a collaboration with every family member adding something special. This could give the couple something to enjoy for many years to come and stimulate thoughts about all the happy times they have shared together.
- Family Trees
Family trees are a great visual way to celebrate a golden milestone with members of your family. They’re very personal and can be turned into beautiful keepsakes or plaques that display the roots and foundations of a relationship.
Family tree gifts come in many different forms, including:
- Wooden trees engraved with names
- Framed family trees
- Ornamental plaques
- Golden family trees
- Photographic family trees
- Wedding Anniversary Photoshoot
A photoshoot is a gift that most couples are unlikely to buy for themselves but would be ideal for marking the special occasion. Not only can it be great fun, but it will also create a set of images that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Many photographers offer packages that are a complete experience to rival any day out. Or you could even arrange for photos to be taken at the anniversary party itself.
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