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 90th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Stone|
|Traditional Gift – US||Granite|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Granite|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Granite|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Granite|
|Traditional Gift – France||Granite|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Granite|
|Flower Gift||Purple Flowers|
|Gemstone Gift||Diamond and Emerald|
|Modern Gift||Engraved Marble and Granite|
About 90th Wedding Anniversaries
You are now in truly exalted company as you celebrate your 90th wedding anniversary. So how rare is this celebratory event? According to Wikipedia, the longest marriage recorded (although not officially authenticated by Guinness World Records) was between Karam and Kartari Chand, who married in 1925 in a Sikh ceremony in India when the country was still under British Raj rule.
In 1965 they moved to Bradford (West Yorkshire), where they celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary on 11 December 2015, when Karam was 110 (born 10 November 1905) and his wife 103 (1 November 1912). They have both since passed away: he in 2016 (291 days later) and Kartari in 2019.
At the time of their 90th wedding anniversary, they had eight children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and lived with their youngest son Paul, his wife and two of their four children.
“To be aged 110 and to be so healthy is a huge milestone for anyone,” Paul told the Metro newspaper. “We are still trying to come up with names for what you would call a 90th anniversary, as it is such an achievement. I am also proud of my whole family for helping us keep my parents in such good health. It is a blessing to have them still around and to have them still telling me what to do.”
Speaking to the Express, Karam said, “It is a blessing to have been married and to have lived this long. Life and marriage is all about happiness; it is what is most important. We are happy to have been able to enjoy this day with our family. Occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays see our family come together and that makes us very happy.”
Gift Ideas for the Couple
Traditionally, in fact, this has become popularly known as the Stone or Granite Anniversary – presumably in recognition of how remarkably solid such a long-lasting relationship has been – while the two commonly associated gemstones are diamonds and emeralds.
So the big question is: how to celebrate this sublimely momentous event with a couple who by now probably have all the material objects they need and desire, and who would not be particularly keen to travel too far from the comfort of their home.
Simple, really… it’s party time, obviously bearing in mind their advanced age and any mobility restrictions. Gather the extended family and friends together, and perhaps even invite elderly celebrities they have admired over the years. Bear in mind, however, that if the latter accept the invitation they will be accompanied by an even brighter media spotlight, so make sure the celebrating couple are not too overwhelmed by all the attention.
It is likely that you will find more people than expected wanting to attend such a rare historical event (especially if the TV cameras are present) and you will need to be disciplined when it comes to selecting and finalising the guest list.
There are no traditional flowers for this anniversary, but purple bouquets are always fitting for such a grand celebration – and an attractive bunch of purple roses would certainly look striking.
Similarly, there are no set traditions for the party celebrations, so you could plan the event around themes that highlight all the incredible global inventions and achievements that have been documented since the day of their wedding. With a special emphasis on the moments and times in history that have particularly impacted and reflected their lives together.
In a way it seems almost unreal to contemplate someone celebrating their 90th wedding anniversary. But you just need to suspend belief and focus all your efforts on ensuring this exceptional couple are the centre of attention and enjoy one of the most memorable days in their phenomenal lives together – nine decades, no less.