Gifts for Your Parents' 30 Year Wedding Anniversary

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Gifts for Your Parents' 30 Year Wedding Anniversary
Thirty years together is worth celebrating. (30 year balloons image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Being married for 30 years is an achievement worth celebrating, especially if the husband and wife are your parents. Chances are, they've taught you about love and dedication, even if you don't fully realise it. As long as you're confident you know your parents well enough, keep their special preferences in mind when searching for the perfect 30th anniversary gift.

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Traditional

Each year of marriage corresponds to a particular traditional anniversary gift. If you like the idea of sticking with tradition, opt for gifts in this line. Pearl is the 30th anniversary traditional gift material, and you have a variety of options in selecting a gift. You could get your parents separate items, such as a pair of pearl earrings for your mom with a set of pearl cufflinks for your dad. Another option would be a decorative item for your parent's house such as pearl-plated bookends or a pearl-plated vase.

Modern

Use your parents' hobbies and interests to purchase a modern gift. If you want to stick to a semitraditional gift, you could opt for something pearl-coloured such as off-white clothing or set of new dishes. Other modern gift suggestions are matching team jerseys if they are both big fans of a certain team, golf accessories if they play the game together or a CD gift-pack of an artist or artists they love. Focus on something they can both get use out of and enjoy together.

Handmade

A handmade gift, especially from an offspring can often have deep meaning, given the time and effort that goes into it. Give your parents something you created. Use your distinctive talents to create the gift. If you're a photographer, give them a 30th anniversary portrait session where you go out and take pictures at various locations. Blow up and frame a few of their favourites. Write them a meaningful poem, paint a picture, create a scrapbook of their lives or even cook them a gourmet meal complete with a 30th anniversary cake.

Experience

If your parents are always on the go, give them a gift that focuses on a special shared experience instead of an object. Pay for a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast or even for an entire weeklong trip if you have the budget. Concert tickets, sporting event tickets and a gift token to a romantic restaurant are all experience-focused gifts. Present these in an envelope lined with pearl-textured paper for symbolic significance.

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