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 66th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – US||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||No Traditional Gift|
|Traditional Gift – France||Jasmine|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||No Traditional Gift|
|Flower Gift||Rainbow Coloured Bouquet|
|Modern Gift||Route 66 Trip|
About 66th Wedding Anniversaries
This year, as you celebrate your 66th wedding anniversary, you will most likely be so in tune with your spouse that it almost feels like you are telepathically linked.
After 66 years living together, through thick and thin, you may also wonder what all the fuss is about. Nevertheless, only very special couples manage such a successfully long marriage. So it’s time for celebrations – even if only on a modest scale.
Gift Ideas for the Couple
In the absence of traditional symbols associated with this milestone event, you are free to consider any gemstone or precious metal if you are planning to buy gifts of jewellery this year.
Unusual gemstones make stunningly unique jewellery, so how about the sphene, which draws incoming light and transforms it into a rainbow of colours? In this way, sphene is similar to a diamond, but with a natural green or yellow-green colour. Widely considered to be one of the finest and rarest gemstones, sphene is soft and unsuitable for rings, but it can be made into exquisite pendants or cufflinks.
Bouquets of flowers always make a wonderful gift. There are no symbolic flowers or colours associated with the 66th wedding anniversary, but you could ask your florist to create a bouquet of 66 flowers encompassing all the colours of the rainbow. Now that is certain to bring an appreciative smile to the faces of your special couple.
If travel is your traditional anniversary treat, this could be the year to organise a family trip along the historic Route 66, taking in such legendary attractions as the Cadillac Ranch, a public art landmark in Amarillo (Texas). Unquestionably, this would be a novel family holiday and an exceptional gift guaranteed to create wonderful new memories for the wedding anniversary photo album.
If that sounds a little too adventurous, you can always celebrate quietly at home with a bottle of Champagne, a favourite take-away and a night curled up on the sofa watching a classic road trip movie.
Classic Road Trip Movies
Here are six of our favourites…
- Easy Rider (1969): An iconic 1960s counter-culture film centered on Billy (Peter Fonda) and Wyatt (Dennis Hopper) riding motorcycles from Los Angeles to New Orleans via the classic Route 66.
- Rain Man (1988): The Oscar-winning tale of a hustler (Tom Cruise) and his long-lost autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman) as they cross the country on what turns out to be a journey of self-discovery.
- Thelma & Louise (1991): Girl power meets outlaw in this crime-spree road trip movie, with friends Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) trying to escape their boring Arkansas lives.
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994): A feelgood comedy featuring the escapades of a group of Australian drag queens travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs to perform in the middle of the outback.
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006): The exploits of three generations of a dysfunctional family driving from Albuquerque to California so seven-year-old Olive can enter a children’s beauty pageant.
- The Bucket List (2007): A buddy comedy-drama starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, two terminally ill men undertaking a road trip with a wish-list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.