Are you still thriving as a couple after 50 years of marriage? Now, that’s something worth celebrating. Known as the “golden anniversary,” this milestone is marked in both traditional and modern fashion with, unsurprisingly, gold.
Gold is a luxe material that's worthy of your bond together and makes for a thoughtful and enduring gift. Whether you go for a delicate bracelet or pair of gold-rimmed sunglasses, the classic 50th-anniversary emblem will be sure to make a statement.
You can’t go wrong with gifting in gold, but there are lots of other great ways to mark the occasion. With 50 years together, you’ve likely shared a wide range of fun travels and special memories. Commemorate these times with a personal gift, like a photo book of your global adventures or a custom record wall art displaying your favorite songs.
Read on for the best 50th-anniversary gifts.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Metallic LP Record
This gift is sure to be a smash hit with your partner. Commemorate up to five of your favorite songs from your marriage on this aluminized gold recycled record, which will be displayed in a floating frame to make a statement on the wall. A must for inclusion: the song from your first dance.
Price at time of publish: $168 for platinum record on black mat
Mejuri Crossover Hoops
Subtle and classic, this set of crossover hoops won’t go unnoticed but also won’t go over the top. Made of 14-karat solid gold, these are quality earrings that promise not to oxidize or discolor. They’re ideal for the minimalist woman with a refined, sophisticated sense of style.
Mixbook Modern Travels Photo Book
The adventure-loving couple can now document all their travels over the past 50 years. This photo book is fully customizable, allowing you to choose everything from the layout and backgrounds to semi-gloss or pearl paper to softcover or leather covers. You can decide just how big the book will be and just how many pages will go inside it.
Price at time of publish: $20
Geopersonalized Custom Engraved Keychain
Your spouse will carry a sweet reminder of you around all day with this slender keychain. Personalize it with something special, whether it’s a meaningful message, the date of your anniversary, or their monogram. At just 1.5 inches long, it’ll fit right in with the rest of the keys.
Price at time of publish: $32 for single side engraving
Cufflinks, Inc. Tartan Engraved Cufflinks
Plaid goes for a spin in these tartan engraved cufflinks. Made of stainless steel with a gold tone plate, they have a more striking, contemporary feel than your standard colorful checked pattern. They’ll pop against any shirt, but we especially love them paired with a lighter hue like a sky blue.
Price at time of publish: $89
Digital Board 50th Anniversary Personalized Newspaper
Chances are things have changed in the world since you said "I do" five decades ago. Take a trip down memory lane with this custom newspaper "front page". In addition to your wedding details and favorite photos, it also highlights significant events and pop culture of the era when you were wed.
TRNK Hand-Blown Diamond Whiskey Decanter
Now, this is a showstopper whiskey decanter. Hand-blown, the smoked glass features a diamond texture for an elevated look, housing whiskey’s amber color with a light smoky hue. Its most striking touch, though, is the 24-karat gold leaf stopper for a look of utter decadence.
The Painted Press Personalized Skyline Jewelry Dish
Keep your rings in something meaningful, like this personalized jewelry dish. Send in a picture of a skyline that holds significance to you as a couple, whether it’s where you first met or got married, and watch it transform into a liquid gold silhouette with the first letters of your initials underneath.
Price at time of publish: $27
Homesick Love Letters Candle
If the two of you wrote love letters back in the day, take a trip down memory lane with a love letter-scented candle. It’s made from a natural soy wax blend that’s free of toxins. Rose petals, peony, and jasmine soften notes of lemon, sandalwood, and red plum—perfect for a romantic night in.
Price at time of publish: $38
Bearaby Cotton Napper
Weighted blankets are a sleep time game-changer, especially when they’re the Bearaby Cotton Napper. Unlike other weighted blankets that are typically filled with materials like plastic pellets or beads, this design is made of organic cotton weaved into a soft, chunky, and breathable knit that will lull you right to sleep.
Price at time of publish: $199
Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask
Sometimes blackout curtains just don’t cut it for a good night’s sleep in the dark. That’s where a luxurious, silk mask comes in. Made of long fiber mulberry silk and non-toxic dyes, the Slip mask is less absorbent than other fabrics, meaning it won’t soak up any face moisturizer or overnight conditioner. Get it in gold to go with the anniversary theme!
Price at time of publish: $50
AromaTech AroMini BT Essential Oil Nebulizing Diffuser
Help boost your and your partner’s well-being with a sleek metallic gold diffuser. With the AaroMini BT, you can control scent diffusion and run time via your smartphone. Made of recycled aluminum, it disperses essential oil molecules across 1,000 square feet without leaving behind any residue.
Price at time of publish: $349
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask
At-home spa days are the best, especially when they include a soothing face mask. This one actually includes 24-karat gold, plus colloidal gold, which is known for cell regeneration and restoration. It also contains caffeine, which helps tighten and brighten the skin. It’s basically luxury in a jar.
Price at time of publish: $85
Ray-Ban 58mm Aviator Sunglasses
Everyone needs a nice pair of sunnies. Ray-Ban’s 58-millimeter aviators are a classic, with gold metal framing to boot. They offer 100% UV protection and gradient glass lenses, while non-slip nose pads will prevent them from sliding off on a hot, sweaty day. Perfect for everything from walking the dog to a day at the beach.
Price at time of publish: $176
Plum House Gallery Personalized Grill Set
For the grillmaster, a personalized grill set will be a delight. There are six chrome grilling utensils inside, from a ridged turner and tongs to a fork and marinade brush. Make it extra special by laser engraving your spouse’s first or last name onto the box made of bamboo.
Price at time of publish: $35 without engraving
Crate & Barrel Primrose Gold 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set
After all these years, treat yourselves to a new set of plate ware. This stoneware set exudes rustic elegance with a speckled ivory glaze and gilded edges, dreamy enough for dinners on the porch. A set of four mugs, salad plates, low bowls, and dinner plates are all included.
Price at time of publish: $360
Uncommon Goods Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo
These sweetheart glasses are a perfect marriage of a couple’s love for wine and beer. Choose between a set of wine glasses, a set of pilsner glasses, or one of each. They’ll come hand-engraved with your initials and anniversary date in an adorable carved tree design.
Price at time of publish: $85
Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Core Sheet Set
Nothing beats sliding into an inviting bed at the end of the day and after 50 years of marriage, you both deserve the best to sleep in. Made of cotton and Himalayan cashmere, these sheets will help with that. They feature a diagonal weave that’s both breathable and brushed for softness, so you’ll both fall asleep easily.
Price at time of publish: $299
Pottery Barn Metal Rope Frame
Choose a few golden frames and place some of your favorite photographs in them for a sweet and personal gift. These elegant frames feature a modern rope-like design and can be displayed vertically or horizontally. We love this idea for freshening up the mantle or nightstand.
Price at time of publish: $30 for 4x6"
Olivia Shih Liquid Gold Cuff Bracelet
Timeless, understated, and chic, this gilded gold cuff bracelet goes with everything, from a pantsuit to a casual sweater. It comes in three different sizes, and make sure to order it well in advance. Since it’s all made by hand, it ships in three to four weeks.
Price at time of publish: $590
Roma Large Weekender
We’re going to bet that after years of use, your spouse’s favorite getaway bag has worn a bit thin by now. Enter the Roma Weekender, which is perfect for short trips. Waterproof and lightweight, its minimalist design features a camel-colored look and two cotton handles, one short and one long, and adjustable.
Price at time of publish: $249
For something truly heartfelt and special, the Personalized Metallic LP Record is our top pick. If you’re going for gold, you can’t go wrong with a timeless piece of jewelry like the Liquid Gold Cuff Bracelet, or a gold accented gift you’ll both enjoy, such as the Primrose Gold 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set.
What are some creative and unique anniversary ideas?
Half a century is something to celebrate, so why not renew your vows? It doesn’t even need to be a big party, but a special elopement between the two of you. Or you can opt for a thoughtful homemade gift, like putting together a slideshow or movie documenting your time together.
Of course, a party with friends and family is always a great idea to celebrate the occasion. Or, you can opt for a special dinner at home or a return trip to a place that holds special memories for both of you. Whatever you choose, make sure to give your spouse a heartfelt card expressing your love and appreciation.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She thinks 50 years of marriage is pretty impressive and that you can’t go wrong buying anything in gold.