It can be difficult to decide on a gift for your parents 45th wedding anniversary. Although not traditionally a milestone anniversary, 45 years of marriage is still a cause to celebrate. From personal handmade items to arranging a surprise celebration, there are lots of ways to say congratulations. How you ultimately decide to honour them will depend upon your budget and your parents' tastes. What matters is the love you have put into buying, making or arranging something to honour them.
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A homemade gift shows that you care. Create a scrapbook by filling it with memories of your parents marriage. Phone friends of the family, aunts and uncles and ask if they have any old photographs before or after your parents were married. You may be surprised at what turns up from old wedding invitations, guest lists or candid photographs. Ask family to write small messages of congratulations, funny stories or poems that you can include in the book. You will need to start creating the scrapbook several weeks before the anniversary; the more you include the better the finished result will be.
Surprise Family Meal
Instead of buying a gift from a store, arrange to get the whole family together for a surprise meal to celebrate. This can be done either at a restaurant or at home. Ensure you give guests plenty of notice so they can make themselves available, or even offer to help if you will be cooking at home. Arranging a surprise celebration is a lovely gesture to celebrate an anniversary. Have someone set up a video camera to film their reactions and ask guests to record quick messages. After the meal has passed the footage can be put onto DVD for your parents to have as a keepsake.
Rather than putting an old photograph into a nice frame, commission a painting instead. This can be done by giving an artist a photograph of your parents and given to them as a surprise. You may wish to give an artist a photograph of their wedding day or a more recent image. There are lots of choices when it comes to art, from a nice oil painting which can be hung in the living room to a funny caricature which will produce some laughs.
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