Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
Below is a list of both traditional and modern gift materials, as well as classic flower and gemstone symbols, which mark a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – US||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – Australia||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – Canada||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – France||Gold|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Gold|
|Flower Gift||Yellow Rose|
- About 50th Wedding Anniversaries
- How to Celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary
- Common Questions About the 50th Wedding Anniversary
- 50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
- 50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
- 50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and Parents
About 50 Year Wedding Anniversaries
The 50th wedding anniversary, officially known as the Golden Wedding Anniversary is one of the most venerable milestones in married life. And rightly so, as it is a rare celebration for any couple.
Appropriately, the 50th wedding anniversary symbol is gold… beautiful, strong and resistant to corrosion. All qualities that are essential for a marriage to last for 50 years…
How to Celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary
This golden anniversary has been celebrated for hundreds of years, and today remains a poignant statement about the gift of married life.
It is important not to let your 50th wedding anniversary become caught up in everyday life and routine, or be overwhelmed by plans your friends and families might be making for a big to-do. Make sure you and your spouse also enjoy some personal and quality romantic time alone.
If you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate your parents’ or grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, you should (of course) do your absolute best to make it a truly memorable occasion and an opportunity to show how much you appreciate and admire them.
Family members could make a DVD slideshow of the couple’s years together. This doesn’t require any substantial financial outlay, and any couple married for 50 years would love to gather with their family and friends and re-live the treasured snapshots of their marriage.
One excellent idea would be to begin the show with pictures of your parents as children, and work your way through births, holidays, family celebrations, etc., to the present. Also make sure to include some of their favourite songs over the years – and decades.
Tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage. The Queen has that quality in abundance.” Quoted by: Prince Philip
50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her, Parents and Grandparents
Anniversary gifts of gold jewellery or flowers are both symbolic of 50 years, with the traditional flower being a yellow rose – symbolising inner joy, light and happiness.
The beauty of a long prosperous marriage – of friendship and true love – is also symbolised by the violet in some cultures. Modesty, humility and faithfulness… “I’ll always be there.”
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Q:What is the 50th wedding anniversary called?
A: The 50th wedding anniversary is know as the Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Q:What is the 50th wedding anniversary gemstone?
A: The 50th wedding anniversary does not have a specific gemstone as such, however Gold would be associated with this special anniversary, gold is a valuable soft metal used to make jewellery, coins etc, and formerly used in a system in which the value set the price of currency.
Q:What is the 50th wedding anniversary symbol?
A: The 50th wedding anniversary is symbolised by Gold, is also associated with love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom.
Q:What does the 50th wedding anniversary mean?
A: The 50th Gold wedding anniversary means love and compassion but also wealth and riches, through history it has been used as currency, jewellery and grandeur, prosperity, as well as sparkle, glitz, and glamour.
Q:What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 50th wedding anniversary?
A: The traditional gift for a 50th wedding anniversary is Gold, with the modern gift also being Gold.
Q:What is the 50th year anniversary flower?
A: The 50th wedding anniversary flower is the Yellow Rose, often given to loved ones as a way to bring joy and cheer.
50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 50th wedding anniversary? Here are some of our own, hand-picked gift ideas which may help you chose that perfect present for your husband:
Our anniversary suggestions offer a variety of gift options, and most of them can be purchased for him, her or the celebrating couple. Below are some further gift ideas that we’ve hand-picked to help you find the ideal gift:
50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 50th wedding anniversary? We’ve selected some great gift ideas below to help you find that pefect gift for your wife. Check them out:
Still haven’t found the ideal gift? Check out some more of our suggested anniversary gifts below. We hope you’ll find something that you think your partner will love!
50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Parents, Grandparents… and Other Couples
When you parents or grandparents get to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, you feel it’s difficult to know what to buy them as a gift. After 50 years of buying gifts for them, what else is there to buy? We’ve chosen some gift ideas which you can see below which we hope will help you to find the perfect gift for your parents or grandparents.
Further Golden Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
Still can’t quite decide what to buy? Here are just some additional ideas to think about that maybe you and your partner can enjoy together:
- Luxury afternoon tea for two
- Relaxing spa day at a boutique hotel
- Wine tasting and vineyard tour
- Vintage car drive through the countryside
- Scenic train journey with lunch
Something Different & Unique
- If you have not yet enjoyed the ultimate train journey, now is the perfect time to pack your finest outfits and board the Venice Simplon–Orient Express.
- Visit Champagne-Ardenne, one of four French regions which the 50th parallel north passes through, and savour an exquisite anniversary meal… obviously accompanied by the famous local sparkling wine.
- For something a little more exotic (and further afield), you could book an anniversary holiday in Colombia – the most recent country (according to latest UN figures) to reach 50 million in population.
- Arrange a luxury boat cruise together or with friends around the Mediterranean or Caribbean, and set sail on the holiday of a lifetime.
Famous Couples Who Have Celebrated Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
As you celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary this year, you will be in some seriously illustrious company. Arguably, the most famous and enduring marriage is that of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who shared their wedding vows on 20 November 1947 – and enjoyed golden wedding celebrations in 1997.
Other couples who have also celebrated 50 years of married life together (some sadly no longer with us) are:
- Alma Reville and Alfred Hitchcock: 50th wedding anniversary – 2 December 1976
- Barbara and George H. W. Bush: 6 January 1995
- Angela Lansbury and Peter Shaw: 12 August 1999
- Anne Buydens and Kirk Douglas: 29 May 2004
- Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman: 29 January 2008
- Prunella Scales and Timothy West: 26 October 2013
Now is the time to enjoy your own remarkable anniversary milestone, and cherish the memories of the past 50 years.
About The Author
This page has been written by Justin Aldridge. Justin is passionate about helping couples to make their anniversary as special as possible. Justin enjoys being creative and coming up with different and inspiring ideas for couples to celebrate their anniversary in style each year.