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50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Parents

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We have lots of 50th wedding anniversary gift ideas for your parents, with lots of ways to include gold as part of their celebrations.

  • One really easy way to add gold to your gifts is to make sure you wrap everything in gold paper. This works really well if you have put together a gift basket for your Mom and Dad too.
  • And remember gold gifts don't have to be made from real gold, there are lots of gift ideas that are the color of gold too.
  • Plus, don't just think gold for your gift, think about what you know your parents will love, we have put together some of our favorites to give you ideas.

Golden Flowers

50th anniversary roses for your parents

Anniversary flowers are a must but they don't last for very long unless you send these gorgeous roses from JustPapeRoses.

They also have gold roses made in lace too.

Both are equally lovely and the paper roses you can personalize too.

Choose to send a single Golden Rose or a Bouquet of Golden Roses.

Gold Jewelry

If you would go for tradition, gold is the gift to aim for. Ask yourself if your mom and dad need any piece of gold jewelry. Your mom may want a nice gold necklace or bracelet. Your dad may want to replace his old watch. However, there is really no need to go overboard on your budget, 50th wedding anniversary gift ideas do not have to cost the earth. It is good if you have other siblings then you can pool your resources and buy a nice expensive traditional golden gift for your parents.

If you are a lone child and can't afford expensive gold, you can settle for something golden in color, like a gold scarf and necktie. If your parents are coin collectors, these are great gifts too. Other options for golden things are brooch, cuff links, rings, pendant and earrings.

Golden Scrapbook

The meaning of golden here simply means special.

You do not have to be limited by gold things for traditional 50th wedding anniversary gift ideas for parents.

  • You could put together a story of your parents' married life through pictures and notes.
  • You can make a big scrapbook project for this idea and ask the help of everyone in the family and your parents' friends for pictures of your parents from the time they were dating up to the present. 
  • The pictures could be old and faded but technology will take care of that. Make small notations on each picture quoting your sources for more authenticity. Write the notes in gold ink. 
  • Have the scrapbook hardbound in golden special paper. 
  • Make the scrapbook a labor of love. This could be a perfect traditional 50th wedding anniversary idea for parents.
We have found lots of gold colored scrapbook albums, gold papers and all the lovely extras at Amazon

Personal Canvas

personalized canvas for your parents 50th anniversary

If you are looking for a very personal gift, how about a canvas with key dates from the past 50 years?

You could have dates of when they met, their 1st date, when they were married, when children arrive, right up to their 50th anniversary.

There are some lovely canvas designs to buy at:

Golden Family Portrait

When was the last time you and the whole family sat down for a portrait?

Why not have an informal family picture taken by a professional. Don't let your parents know that the photographer is a pro and is all set on taking candid pictures of the family to make a photo album. You can pick the most beautiful shot of the family and have it framed in gold. You can help hang the picture in your parents' house. You can also frame smaller family pictures and set them on top of a console or a piano or anywhere convenient.

Golden Family Quilt

Call all of your mom's friends who are handy with needles and together make a quilt.

  • Each patch should be done by family and friends. 
  •  You can use significant cloths for the patches to make the anniversary quilt meaningful and not just beautiful. 
  • The patches can tell a story or represent parts of your parents' married life. Make use of technology. 
  • Have your parents' images transferred into a piece of plain cloth and make that piece the center of the family quilt, you could use images from their wedding day and as they are today.

You can buy photo transfer paper at Amazon which you use in your own home printer. Then you use an iron to iron the transfer on.
  • It just shows that 50th wedding anniversary gift ideas don't have to be made of gold!

More Homemade 50th Wedding Anniversary Ideas

50th anniversary gift for parents

Personalized Anniversary Throw

If you would prefer to leave the sewing to the professionals how about this lovely personalized 50th anniversary throw?

Add your family name and the year that they were married.

My mother-in-law had a throw just like this, always draped over the back of her favorite chair.

More details on this one here ...

Golden Gifts

A couple celebrating their 50 years together is in that state where they don't even want to receive gifts. At their age, they don't want small trinkets that they won't even use.

Why not give a gift of love?

  • Make little coupons and label them as passes for taking them to the movies, treating them to dinner, cooking their favorite meal and doing errands for them. 
  • Try to find out what will make their lives a little easier. If you can give it to them, do so.

A gift of gold doesn't have to be made from gold, there are also beautiful 50th wedding anniversary flowers that are beautiful and golden!

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What anniversary gift are you planning? We would love to hear!
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