Every year your parents stay happily married calls for celebration, but some deserve extra praise and special gifts. Certain themes and symbols are associated with milestone anniversaries, especially those in which couples are married for 25, 30, 40, or 50 years. A great anniversary gift for your parents will keep with tradition and center around those specific symbols. (However, if you prefer to give your parents a gift that keeps on giving, consider selecting one of the best subscription boxes for couples.)
Want to stick with tradition? Here are the themes associated with the milestone anniversaries.
25th Anniversary: When a couple has been married for 25 years, spoil them with a gift that includes silver, green garnet, or irises. Considered a precious metal, silver is the symbol of the 25th wedding anniversary because it shines as bright as the couple who has shared so many years together.
30th Anniversary: Traditionally, the best gifts for your parents' 30th anniversary are ones that showcase pearls because, like a marriage, pearls start small and grow into something beautiful over time. The color green and lilies also traditionally symbolize this milestone occasion.
40th Anniversary: Rubies represent protection and passion, so it is no surprise that they celebrate 40 years of wedded bliss. Just like these precious stones, a fire burns within couples who remain happily married for four decades.
50th Anniversary: Fifty years of marriage is an accomplishment and a testament to the love your parents share. Capture the essence of the golden anniversary by giving them a gold gift that shines as bright as their love.
60th anniversary: Celebrate your parents 60th wedding anniversary with something as strong as their bond; diamond gifts are given for this anniversary because, like a marriage that spans six decades, they can’t be broken.
Now that you have gift ideas for your parents anniversary, check out some gifts we have chosen for each milestone anniversary — or any anniversary in between. Keep scrolling to shop FIRST's picks for the best gift ideas for your parents' anniversary!
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Celebration Anniversary Gift for Parents
Where to buy: $59.99, Amazon
Let every occasion begin with a beautiful cheese plate that provides space for accompaniments, like crackers, olives, and nuts. Bambüsi's bamboo cheese board, which includes a cutlery set, wood charcuterie platter, and serving board, gives the gift of celebration. Designed with a slide-out drawer that contains four stainless steel knives and a server set, this chic platter gives the happy couple a reason to celebrate and entertain in style. The tray is made of handmade, non-porous materials. In addition to serving as a crucial piece for entertaining or picnics, it makes a great dinner tray any day of the week.
Reviewer Lizbeth Gallagos writes, "Finally had the opportunity to use this last weekend. It's so cool and amazing. I was able to place 3 different types of crackers, 2 small containers of dip, cheese squares and salami on the top area. Trust me, it's pretty spacious. The bamboo feel really sturdy and when it came to wash it, I used very little water and finished it off using bounty brand napkins. I reccomend this product if you love to host parties and/or if you just simply enjoy placing some cheese and crackers out to munch on."
Personalized Anniversary Gift for Parents
Where to buy: $23, Amazon
This personalized print from Cedar Home Keepsakes's "Tree of Love" Collection is great for any family occasion, but it's especially heartwarming for anniversaries. Simply provide your family's name and the year of your parent's wedding, and they'll do the rest. You can choose from a variety of colors to match your family's aesthetic.
Amy T says, "The print arrived three days earlier than expected and was so beautiful. The paper used is heavy, very high quality. It was packaged professionally and with great care. Angela was wonderful to work with and was in frequent, timely email contact with me through the whole process. It was a 25th anniversary gift for some friends of ours. They absolutely loved it...called us immediately as they hung it on their wall. I cannot say enough good things about the print and the whole shopping experience. I'll definitely buy this pretty print again for friends and family."
Fun Anniversary Gift for Any Milestone
Where to buy: $25, Amazon
Allow your favorite couple to get to know each other better with “Couples: Questions to Start Great Conversations” by TABLETOPICS. This is a game that allows happy couples to get to the root of thought-provoking questions while having fun. Buy a gift that is entertaining for any couple, no matter how long they have been married.
Kathy P says it's her favorite gift for new couples and old couples alike. She writes, "This little cube of questions could seriously save a marriage. It's my new go to gift for engaged couples. My husband and I have really enjoyed going through the questions together. We can spend an hour or two just answering a few of these questions. It's great for long car rides or road trips. Questions are compelling. I've been married for years, and I'm now learning new things about my husband I never expected. Though pricey, it's definitely worth it. Such a nice change from stale conversations, especially if you've been married a long time."
Anniversary Gift for Wine-Loving Parents
Where to buy: $42.95 (originally $49.95), Amazon
Sit back and savor the flavor of your favorite wine with this wine decanter by Le Chateau. Made from 100 percent lead-free, hand-blown crystal, the Le Chateau Wine Decanter is a simple and elegant gift. It's perfectly designed to hold an entire bottle of wine, so all of the wine can be aerated perfectly.
Charles J. says, "This decanter is a true work of art. It is beautifully crafted and flawlessly designed. I have used it twice and it performs perfectly. In both beauty and function, it is worth twice the price that I paid."
Best 25th Anniversary Gift for Parents' Silver Anniversary
Where to buy: $25.49, Amazon
Allow your parents to toast their marriage with Hortense b. hewitt’s 25th anniversary champagne flutes. The set of two glasses features "25th Anniversary" in silver lettering, and each flute holds about six ounces. Nothing says celebration like a champagne toast — at a 25th anniversary party or a quiet night in!
A satisfied reviewer writes, "Very nice quality glasses, perfect for toasting our 25th Wedding Anniversary! Looking forward to using them all year long."
Best 30th Pearl Wedding Anniversary Gift
Where to buy: $99.95, Amazon
Help your parents celebrate 30 years of marriage with this breathtaking sundial by The Metal Foundry Ltd. Expertly crafted by hand, the sundial is made of high-quality cast brass and fully lacquered for protection. The three-inch tall sundial, which has a beautiful antique white background that complements the polish brass detail, is marked with “Happy Anniversary,” “30 Wonderful Years Together,” and “Pearl Wedding Anniversary."
David R. Hamrin says, "I [bought] this sundial as a present for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was a surprise for my wife, and we both love it. We don't use it to tell time, but it's a good way to reflect upon how great it has been to make it to 30 years. Hope we have 30 more!"
Sweet 40th Anniversary Gift for Parents
Where to buy: $49.97, Amazon
Get a 40th anniversary wall plaque that is engraved with a breakdown of the days, weeks, months, and years that your parents have been together. This cherished keepsake, which is designed exclusively by LifeSong Milestones, can be displayed on a wall or on a table. A happy reviewer says, "We love this plaque. It hangs in our bedroom, and it makes me smile every morning."
Golden 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
Decorated in gold hearts and the words “Golden Anniversary” and “50 wonderful years,” this set of ceramic mugs by Haysom Interiors makes the perfect gift for your parents. The mugs, which come in a gorgeous presentation gift box, are a present the happy couple can use every day. In addition to being beautifully-designed and crafted, they are dishwasher and microwave safe. A happy Amazon reviewer says, "This was a gift for a friend for her 50 wedding anniversary. I wanted something she would keep as a memento. All I came across was frames, frames.... This was a useful and different gift. And the box it came in was also a keepsake — as the couple told me. They display the mugs and use them for morning coffee. The perfect gift!"
Best 50th Anniversary Gift for Parents
Where to buy: $60.99, Amazon
Give your parents a gift that measures up to their milestone anniversary. The Precious Moments “We Share a Love Forever Young” figurine captures their 50 years of love and devotion. Sculpted of the finest bisque porcelain and meticulously hand painted, this figurine honors the couple and celebrates how their love has grown over the years.
Nellie Lyman writes, "I gave my friends several gifts for their 50th Wedding Anniversary, but THIS one made my friend cry. Precious Moments products are always lovely, but this one was particularly sweet, and it was bigger than I had expected. I'm so glad that I bought this piece. It was worth every penny."
Diamond Anniversary Gift for Parents
Where to buy: $28.99, Amazon
Give your parents the gift of a Personally Yours Diamond picture frame, which will add charm to their home decor. The picture frame is made in the US, and it has a diamond anniversary poem with an opening for you to add your own picture. Tamra Gonzalez says, "This frame was wonderful, just the right gift for a 60th anniversary. My aunt and uncle loved it, and the guest at their anniversary party were very impressed with it."
Cute 60th Wedding Anniversary Gift
Where to buy: $36.99, Amazon
Jubilee Celebrations by Wellhaven’s sofa throw is a great gift to display at an anniversary party or at your parent’s home every day. It displays the words, "60th Anniversary," alongside the words, "Celebrating the diamond jubilee of a love that was meant to be.” Made of woven cotton, it is durable and machine washable.
Crystal writes, "This is a very hard to find 60th anniversary gift that is practical and beautiful. The blanket was highly well received! I only hope that I get to see another couple hit their 60th anniversary so I can buy this again!"