Thoughtful 25th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
The silver wedding anniversary (25 years) is a big milestone for any couple to reach. The chances are that by the time you’re picking out 25th wedding anniversary gifts for your parents, aunt, and uncle, or friends, they’ll already have lived a full life with many ups and downs. They’ll most likely have children of their own, and possibly grandchildren. One thing is for sure – they won’t need any help setting up home together at this stage!
The silver wedding is a special anniversary and many couples choose to mark it with a family celebration, a trip, or other events. You’re most likely looking to find a special, memorable gift that is suitable for the occasion. Here are some ideas for thoughtful 25th-anniversary gifts, to get your creativity flowing.
1. A time capsule
25 years is a significant milestone. Why not mark it with a time capsule containing reminders of the year they got married? You might include:
- Copies of newspapers from their wedding date
- Memorabilia about popular TV shows or movies from that time
- Pictures of their wedding day
- A star chart showing the sky on the day they got married
- Fun reminders of their honeymoon destination such as a keepsake, or a gift certificate to a restaurant that serves similar cuisine to their honeymoon location
- An “on this day” list of significant events and/or fun trivia about their wedding date
Package your time capsule in silver paper and add a silver bow to keep with the theme.
2. A photo album of treasured memories
After 25 years, your family or friends are sure to have many, many pictures of their time together. You can even enlist their own kids and friends to help you procure a collection of pictures. There are so many occasions worthy of remembering:
- Their wedding day
- The birth of their children
- Family celebrations such as graduations
- Special nights out at concerts or shows
- Completing a course of study
- Memorable trips they’ve taken
- The birth of a grandchild
Display the photographs in a silver-colored album. Add printed backing paper, elegant stickers or stamps, or even ribbon accents to the pages for something a little extra special.
3. An anniversary picnic or garden party
Choose a picturesque location nearby, or even hold it in your own garden if you have space. When it comes to décor, you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Keep it straightforward with comfy outdoor seats and thick rugs to sit on, or go glam with a trestle table draped in a silver cloth and covered in flower arrangements. Add some candle lanterns or string lights in the nearby trees for an extra touch of romance.
Serve up things that you know both parties enjoy – and be sure to serve them on silver colored paper plates and from silver colored paper cups!
4. A quiet night in
If the happy couple enjoys quiet time at home together, why not put together a gift hamper for a quiet and relaxing night in?
Make it luxurious by including some engraved crystal glasses, or even some silver champagne flutes or a silver wine bucket.
Include some favorite beverages, and some artisanal snacks such as fancy flavored popcorn, locally handmade cakes or sweet treats, or a good quality cheese board with a range of cheeses.
For an extra special touch, why not include DVDs of some movies that were released the year they got married? Package your hamper together with silver paper and ribbons for the perfect finishing flourish.
5. A “Now” and “Then” silver photo frame
Now and then photo frames are a lovely gift for a couple who have been married for a decade or more – especially for a special anniversary such as the silver wedding anniversary!
You’ll find many lovely styles of photo frames online. Of course, the perfect choice is a silver one. Some simply have space for a “then” and “now” photograph, but why not splash out on a personalized one that includes the couples’ names and their wedding date?
Place a picture from their wedding in one of the spaces in the frame, and fill the other with as recent a picture of them as you can find.
For an extra special gift, why not book them a studio portrait session so they’ll have a beautiful professional picture for their “now” photograph?
6. A night out
Chances are that by now the couple has everything they need for their home, so why not treat them to a memorable night out instead?
Start with a gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant you know they’ll enjoy. Even better if it’s a place that’s special to them, such as the place they went on their first date, or where they got engaged.
Follow up with tickets to an event, show or concert that you know they’ll both enjoy. This could be anything from a concert by a favorite band, so winter ice skating in the park or an exhibition at a local museum. Don’t forget a silver envelope for the tickets!
Try out some of these ideas for an extra-special silver wedding anniversary gift that they’ll never forget.
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