Wedding anniversary gifts for parents

Written by alan kirk
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Wedding anniversary gifts for parents
Gifts should be customised and something the couple can use together. (gift image by Olga Struk from

When parents celebrate an anniversary, it's not just a celebration for the parents but for the entire family. Many types of wedding anniversary gifts can be bought or made for parents that are a celebration of the family they created. These gifts reflect the thought and effort that went into giving the gift. Choosing a gift for parents that involves the whole family personalises the event for the parents even more.


The best anniversary gifts for parents are ones that don't involve overspending, which can make parents uncomfortable and worried. Parents usually know the financial status of their children. Children who compete with a sibling when buying a gift are only creating financial problems and tension.


An anniversary gift for parents should fit into two categories: customised, and something they can use together. The best anniversary gifts for parents are not a "traditional anniversary gift" but a gift geared specifically to the parents. The gift is celebrating their time spent together, so it has to be something they both will enjoy.

Family Celebration

One of the biggest accomplishments of parents is raising children. When choosing a gift for them for their anniversary, some siblings decide to buy a gift that involves the entire family--such as a special family vacation, cruise or beach vacation. This way, the family can be together with their parents to celebrate everything they have done over their years of marriage.

A Party as a Gift

Gifts don't have to be physical items. If this is a milestone anniversary such as a 25th or 50th wedding anniversary, some choose to throw a party. The guest list should include all family members who have been close to them over the years, as well as close friends if the budget allows it. Siblings can chip in on the cost of the party. Some choose a catered event, possibly at a country club or catering hall. If the parents are active in social groups such as the Elks, American Legion, VFW or other organisations, it's sometimes possible to use the organisations' meeting halls or catering facilities.

Family-Themed Gifts

One option is a family photo created for the parents and done by a professional--or even a painting created by a professional using a family photograph as the image to be painted. Another gift that makes a nice family themed gift is transferring old videotapes of family events to a DVD. If the parents don't have a DVD player, the player can be included as part of the gift.

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