Golden Wedding Anniversary Gifts - Ideas for Presents to Celebrate 50 Wonderful Years
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The custom was celebrated by presenting the wife with a silver wreath for the 25th anniversary, or a golden wreath for the 50th year together. This was done to recognize the long years together as well as their good fortune, and the fact that they have lived in harmony with one another. Gifts vary in different countries, but the meaning of the milestone is fairly common.
Though the 25th and 50th were first to be celebrated by the late 1930s - in Europe and in the US, people had began to celebrate the 10th, 20th and 70th anniversaries as well. Over the years, society has decided what gift should go with which milestone, celebrating the union of two people who are sharing their lives together. They are, after all, representative of the timelessness of love rekindled each year; the 50th year together being no different.
The golden anniversary is a great opportunity to get the entire family together - and perhaps a few close friends, too. Coupled with a surprise element, the gathering can be a great golden wedding anniversary gift as well.
This is especially true if the food is fine and the invitations and decor is indicative of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Include balloons, candles and centerpieces, all fitting the theme, along with table settings. Rent or borrow the china and crystal, toast with champagne, and trim everything in gold. Present an album, also trimmed in gold, which the guests have contributed to. End the evening with a vintage or premium golden, sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay.
Another great idea for the 50th wedding anniversary is to renew your marriage vows with loved ones all around, or plan a picnic with gold-colored paper plates, cups and other 50th wedding anniversary items. Again, a toast to the couple, to the past 50 years, and to the ones to come, is in order. Such a celebration can make a very meaningful golden wedding anniversary gift indeed.
Gift baskets are always a great idea, and can be possible golden wedding anniversary gifts, too. Have everyone invited bring something just big enough to accompany another 10 to 15 such presents and fit comfortably within the basket.
Because people in their late 60s and 70s are downsizing, may not get out much, or are no longer into jewelry as they once might have been, consider golden wedding anniversary gifts such as purchased tickets for an appropriate movie, desired seats at a sports event, tickets to a concert performed by a band the couple enjoyed from years gone by, books or magazines enjoyed by both, or several prepaid trips to a spa specializing in older couples. Wrap the basket in clear gold tinted plastic and tie with a glittering gold ribbon.
Traditional gifts of gold are given for the 50th wedding anniversary because the metal has long been associated with optimism, beauty, wealth and strength. Besides gold, violet also represents the 50th year and can play a part in golden wedding anniversary gifts, too.
Purchase a double photo album fashioned especially for the 50th anniversary (perhaps gold trimmed in violet, red and blue). Put a picture of then and one of now side by side and present with a book commemorating the year they were married as well as a CD of music from the same era. That would be a golden wedding anniversary gift with a nice and personal touch.
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