If not for our parents, we wouldn’t be here! There is no better time to remind them that you appreciate them than their yearly anniversary. It’s a special event that only grows in sentimental value as they get older, and with some planning you can enhance it for them. It’s not about the physical gift, but the sentimental thought that it carries. Here are 5 great ideas that range in price to let them know how you feel.
If you live far away or can’t make it home enough, a digital photo frame can be the answer to the perennial question “When are we going to get more pictures of the kids/wife/pets/band/house?” There are several types of digital photo frames that you can get. Basic ones come with a slot for you to insert a micro SD card from your camera. You can just switch it out every time you head home. Some have storage already built in so that you only have to hook it up to a computer. However, the crème de la crème is the Kodak Pulse. You can email new photos to this frame and update it from anywhere! This will let you update the photos anytime you have a new event.
China and glassware are popular items for anniversary gifts. There are certain trends that have been designated for each year, and many designers have their own line if you are looking for a perennial gift. Wedgewood is a top manufacture of china and glassware. If you can find a local glass blower, they may be able to make a custom item that will have hometown sentimental value. A great way to give them is to have a dinner to celebrate them and to use the new glassware to toast at the end.
If your parents have a favorite restaurant in town, make reservations for them! If you want to go above and beyond, you can plan out the whole evening. Call ahead and ask if you can get a copy of the menu. Plan a 4-course meal out for them with drink pairings. Spend some time on deciding what foods could go with what wines. If you want to go even further above, send a card ahead of time to be placed on the table. Pay for everything in advance so all they have to do is show up and enjoy the night with each other!
If you have an extended family in town, get everyone together for a Sunday afternoon celebration. You can celebrate at your home, or at a local park. Ask everyone to bring a family dish you always ate together, and prepare a short story about your parents ahead of time. When you sit down to eat a true family meal, you can each share your memoir and celebrate with your parents.
If you are looking to go for gusto with our parent’s anniversary, plan a trip for them. You can plan an entire trip and itinerary from the comfort of your home. Look at going local with a weekend at a B&B, a cruise if your parents are into the open water, or send them on a trip abroad! The possibilities are limitless. Think about a place they shared a special moment, or a region they have always dreamt of spending time in.