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Fifty years together as husband and wife is a rarity — think about it: that's half a century! Chances are, you've spent the larger part of your life alongside your partner and it hasn't always been easy. Your husband or wife deserve a special gift that reminds them how special they are — and it should be something that makes 50 years stand out among previous anniversaries. To help you find the best 50-year anniversary gifts to celebrate your golden year, we've combed the internet and taken recommendations from our gift experts.
Whether you're shopping for her, browsing for him or hunting for a present for the long-lasting couple (like your parents or best friends), there's a present on this list that'll impress. For your fiftieth, the traditional and modern gift is gold, which gives you tons of gift-giving options that don't have to carry the price tag of the real deal. Gold represents prosperity and strength, something you've proven you have together over many years. We've also sprinkled in presents with yellow roses, the anniversary's flower, that are equally as inspired. And don't worry, we've included gold-themed gifts under $100 and even some gifts under $50 to keep your budget on track.
50th Anniversary Symbols
Flower: Yellow rose
Keep reading to learn the symbolism behind these presents and to find a unique gift for your forever love. We promise that there's something on this list that'll cue the happy tears, and remind them why they've stuck it out with you this long.
Gold Rim Champagne Glasses
Crafted from crystal glass, these elegant, gold-rim champagne flutes are perfect for an anniversary toast. The pair arrives in a luxe gift box, alongside a greeting card you can personalize to your recipients.
Gold Personalized Bookmark
Your favorite book lover will adore this personalized bookmark crafted from brass. It can be engraved on one or both sides — simply add his or her name, then select your desired font and choice of ribbon.
She'll never know this beautiful tennis bracelet costs under $20! It comes in a gold-plated finish to celebrate your anniversary, with cubic zirconia gems in a box chain design that can be dressed up or down.
50th Anniversary Frame
After 50 years together, you've likely accumulated tons of frame-worthy photos. Display your favorite with this gorgeous metal frame, which features a shiny gold finish and the phrase "50th Anniversary." It will fit standard 4 by 6-inch photos.
Hand Casting Kit
This hand casting kit comes with everything you'll need to make the perfect impression for your 50th. The best part? It's an experience you can share together that'll also produce a physical gift as a memory.
Glass Angel With a Preserved Rose
She'll always have an angel to watch over her with this precious glass figurine filled with preserved yellow roses from Ecuador. The flowers will last three to five years without care, and they come in an array of colors (try her favorite, if you're not feeling traditional).
You might have run off into the sunset together over 50 years ago, but this LED lamp will remind you both of that special day. It doubles as a nightlight and has a touch-control sensor, so they can simply tap the gold figurines to turn it on and off.
These aviator sunglasses will never go out of fashion, making them a modern 50-year anniversary gift for him. Their gold rims are a nod to tradition and they'll protect his eyes in style.
Real 24K Gold Dipped Rose
While this gift might seem a little pricey, hear us out: it's absolutely perfect for your 50th. It's the traditional flower dipped in 24K gold for a memory that'll last forever, just like your love. If you're willing to splurge, the blooms are also available with a heart-shaped vase.
Glass Cups With Straws
They'll love enjoying their favorite drinks on the go with this pair of his-and-hers glass cups, which include a bamboo lid and glass straw. It's a thoughtful gift they can actually use, together.
50th Wedding Anniversary Plate
Adorned with 24K gold foil, this 50th anniversary plate (which includes a slate) will look stunning displayed on a console table — but it's also dishwasher-safe. It comes printed with a sweet message that honors all the years you've spent together.
Gold jewelry is all the rage and chunky hoops are leading the way, making them an ideal gift for a 50th anniversary. These gold-plated earrings are perfectly on trend, but still versatile enough for everyday wear.
Birth Month Necklace
She'll never want to take off this beautiful birth month necklace, which is gold plated and engraved with a rose. You can even pick one up for her birthday, too, since we promise she'll wear it all the time.
After 50 years, it might feel like you've been together since the beginning of time, but who's counting? This beautiful quartz clock will count the minutes, hours and days you spend together.
This year, skip the fresh flowers – instead, invest in a galaxy rose that'll never die. This striking crystal rose is protected by a glass dome and surrounded by a string of LED lights that creates a unique galaxy effect.
Ceramic Jewelry Tray
If she's constantly losing earrings, bracelets and rings, this ceramic jewelry tray makes a pretty and practical gift. It has gold trim and it's engraved with her initial for a personalized touch.
50th Anniversary Night Light
This unique 50th anniversary nightlight is too cool to pass up. Not only does it come with a "marriage countdown" that might cue the happy tears, it creates beautiful lighting with its soft LED glow, too.
50th Anniversary Sundial
Made from solid brass, this sundial is a great 50-year anniversary gift for the spouse who loves to garden — not to mention, it pays tribute to your "golden anniversary." They can mount it outdoors or use the included stand to display it on an outdoor shelf.
Yellow Rose Crystal Figurine With Vase
Roses symbolize eternal love, which you've nearly achieved after 50 years together. Encourage her to display this crystal yellow rose figurine in a sunny spot and you can both watch it catch the morning and afternoon light.
Men's Gold Plated Watch
A gold-plated watch, especially this minimalist design, will always be in style. It's waterproof, so he can wear it at all times — a constant reminder of you. Overall, online reviewers are raving over the quality and appearance, especially given the price point.
What is the traditional 50-year anniversary gift?
Gold. Gold symbolizes strength and prosperity, something you've built together over the years.
What's the modern 50-year anniversary gift?
Gold is both the modern and traditional gift, along with a classic yellow rose.
What's the meaning behind other 50-year anniversary symbols?
Gold symbolizes success and achievement, as well as prosperity and strength.
Yellow roses represents joy and caring, as well as friendship.
Looking for more great anniversary gifts?
If you need more inspiration, we've got other anniversary gift guides for you to browse, each with their own traditional and modern themes, motifs and symbols.
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