What gift is appropriate for a 50th wedding anniversary?

Answer

Though it can change depending on location or family traditions, the traditional gift for a 50th anniversary is something made of or including gold. Gold jewelry, a gold photograph frame or mementos are all common gifts for a couple's 50th anniversary.

The 50th anniversary is even referred to as the “golden anniversary" by many. This practice may have originated in Germany, where a wife was gifted with a silver wreath on the anniversary of her and her husband’s 25th year of marriage and a gold wreath on their 50th anniversary. There have been some adjustments and additions over the years, but the custom for the 50th anniversary has remained associated with gold across many nations and traditions.

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