50th wedding anniversary gift ideas???

  1. For my inlaws....we want to get soemthing really special ...Im thinking a nice Lalique piece of some sort that we can get something ingraved on and have on an elegant stand or something...Im kind of at a loss....any ideas???
  2. Are they into watches? How about an elegant or sporty or classic, etc (depending on their personality) set of matching watches? You know, where they have the larger face for the mens and smaller face for womens. That way, they can wear them together, without looking too matchy matchy and be also be reminded of you guys.

    I just thought of this b/c DH has recently gotten into expensive watches....

    Oh, and perhaps you can get it engraved as well.
  3. GREAT idea...but we are all into our rolex watches and selfishly...I really do not want to replace thiers! (now a new one for me.... lol...)
  4. Ooh! Whats the rule on anniversary gifts again? Just out of curiosity. Isn't it like on the 25th you give silver or something?

    Sorry Sunshine, I'm terrible at gift ideas. . .Maybe lockets? Or compasses, sort of like a symbolic thing about their 'journey' in life :/ I know that's corny, I cant really think of anything.
  5. How about a scrapbook filled with photos and rememberances from family and friends? Or getting their original wedding party (bridesmaids and ushers) back in one place again? Or maybe flying in a family member or friend who couldn't be there otherwise?
  6. That would be sweet. Maybe if you still want to do the engraving thing, you could get the frame engraved.
  7. We are actually flying in to be with them so a scrap book idea would be a good thing to get cracking on!!! THank you for the ideas!!!!
  8. what about getting one of their wedding photos framed and refinished?
    on my parent's 25th I got the movie reel of their wedding and i had it copied onto a VCR tape .. it was nice to see the people there :smile: they hadnt seen the wedding movie since they got married so it was teary night :smile: it was amazing!!
  9. his angel I was about to suggest the same thing! My mother in law had her parent's wedding photo digitally redone by a professional and it looked great! Sunshine maybe you can have their pics redone and put them in a fabulous album?
  10. Maybe an old pair of antique crystal or silver goblets for their celebration! They can toast their 50th with them. A really old pair would be fun to search for, sometimes you can find ones with heart motifs.
  11. Sunshine, congrats to your inlaws.

    Some good ideas suggested so far. As usual, I depend on google and yahoo and like some of the suggestions on eHow.


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  12. Maybe you can a painting done of their wedding photo.
  13. What about a professional family portrait? Just a thought. Although I also really like the idea of having a special dinner for them with all of their bridal party and best friends. What a wonderful occasion to celebrate with friends and family. Of course, a champagne toast is definitely in order!
  14. My parents celebrated their 50th in November. They didn't want anything, so the kids all chipped in and we got them the honeymoon suite in the hotel they had their honeymoon in. It was in Manhattan, and when the hotel found out about it, they comped my folks Champagne and a dinner. We got them 2 nights in the city, an Opera ticket, a wonderful second dinner at a restaurant (gave them money for it), and a Limo to take them back and forth from NJ to NYC. They loved it.

    We also gave them pin money for shopping and expenses. They didn't want a party- and mom had re done the pictures a few years back - so those ideas were taken. They had a real nice, and mom said "romantic" time.
  15. you guys are the BEST!!!!! Many thanks!