50th Year Anniversary Gifts Your Spouse (or Favorite Couple) Will Love

Looking for the perfect 50 year anniversary gift for your spouse or favorite couple? These are the best gold anniversary gift options to give and receive.
by Kelli Acciardo

Making it 50 years as a couple is an incredible accomplishment—and one that should be acknowledged and celebrated with meaningful gifts. While the traditional 50 year anniversary gift is gold, there are countless modern takes on the luxurious theme, and even plenty of non-gold items worthy of a place on this list. See below for the best 50 year anniversary gift ideas.

What Is the 50 Year Anniversary Gift?

Traditional: Gold

Traditionally, gold was given as the 50th anniversary gift since it’s the most timeless and treasured metal, and it symbolizes love, compassion, courage, passion and wisdom. And considering this milestone anniversary is a biggie (half a century together is very impressive!), celebrating long-lasting love with a classic gold gift such as jewelry, home décor items or a framed picture of the two of you is a good way to go.

Modern: Gold

While gold is still the modern take on the 50th anniversary gift, there are many more ways this can be interpreted. Gift options to give your spouse or favorite couple could be cool clocks, pens or servingware sets.

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50 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

Choosing the right 50 year anniversary gift for your wife can be overwhelming, to say the least, but we’ve narrowed the countless categories and present possibilities to five she’ll absolutely love (that don’t even need to involve gold).

  1. Leather brown bag

    Looking for the perfect 50th anniversary gift she’ll use every day? A super soft leather bucket bag is both timeless and utilitarian.

    Stella & Dot Covet Sunday bag, $248, StellaDot.com

  2. Coral wool and cashmere scarf

    After 50 years together, cashmere is just as desirable as a wedding anniversary gift as gold. This scarf comes in several different colors, so finding her most flattering shade will be easy.

    Nordstrom tissue weight wool & cashmere scarf, $99, Nordstrom.com

  3. Gold drop earrings

    She’ll think of you and your wedding anniversary every time she wears these delicate drop earrings.

    Jules Smith Ari threader drop earrings, $45, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  4. Coco rose luxe hydration trio skin set

    Keep her feeling pampered and relaxed all anniversary long with this limited-edition set of nourishing coconut and rose beauty products.

    Herbivore Botanicals coco rose luxe hydration trio, $39, Nordstrom.com

  5. Grey leather jewelry box

    A luxe (lockable) jewelry box with suede-lined compartments will keep her beloved items from the last 50 years tidy and safe.

    Pottery Barn McKenna leather jewelry box, $199, PotteryBarn.com

    50 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

    Even though 50 years together is a feat worthy of celebrating with gold, there are plenty of other suitable gift ideas as far as tech, home and accessories go. Find the best 50th anniversary presents he'll love, below.

  6. Brown leather bifold wallet

    You can never go wrong with a classic leather wallet as a 50th anniversary gift for him. This Cole Haan hinged bifold style is one of their top sellers for a reason.

    Cole Haan Washington Grand hinged bifold wallet, $130, ColeHaan.com

  7. Stainless-steel 4-piece BBQ tool set

    Your number-one griller will definitely appreciate this must-have set that comes with its own carrying case, so he’ll never lose another tool again.

    Williams Sonoma stainless-steel 4-piece BBQ tool set, $80, Williams-Sonoma.com

  8. Silver wireless headphones

    Still stumped for the ultimate 50th anniversary gift? Bose’s latest headphones with Bluetooth technology will stay put thanks to weather- and sweat-resistant construction—and three pairs of StayHear+ tips in small, medium and large.

    Bose SoundSport wireless headphones, $150, Nordstrom.com

  9. Lowe's gift card

    If he's still spending hours in the home improvement department at Lowe's after 50 years, he's definitely going to welcome a gift card there as a token of your appreciation for all that he does around the house.

    Lowe's classic gift card, Lowes.com

  10. Black men's wool loungers

    Your relationship has stood the test of time, but we're pretty sure his slippers haven't. Upgrade them to a pair of wool loungers that are stylish as they are comfy on your 50th wedding anniversary.

    Allbirds men's wool loungers, $95, Allbirds.com

    50 Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Them

    Your favorite couple (or your parents!) deserve to be recognized with love and good taste on their 50 year wedding anniversary. So treat them to one of these thoughtful and covetable gifts (that aren't only gold related), and they'll be showing their gratitude for years to come.

  11. Bottle of rosé

    Let them cheers to 50 years with a rosé from Provence that has hints of strawberry, rose and herbs.

    Fleurs de Prairie rose cotes de provence, $18, TotalWine.com

  12. Plastic champagne bucket and glass set

    A beautiful champagne bucket and monogrammed stemless glass set is a classy anniversary gift for any couple toasting to 50 years, but it's also a smart gift since it's made out of plastic (aka durable for outdoor soirées and uneven surfaces).

    Mark & Graham outdoor champagne bar set, $79, MarkandGraham.com

  13. Lemon and verbena soy candle

    Candles always set the mood for romance, so gifting them this lemon and verbena scented one will definitely reignite their spark.

    Elyse Maguire sunset soy candle, $38, ElyseMaguire.com

  14. Nude cotton throw

    A gauzy cotton throw is a must for any cozy living space, and a 50th anniversary gift they'll get tons of use out of.

    Parachute cotton throw, $149, ParachuteHome.com

  15. Crystal vase

    A suitable 50 year anniversary gift might be gold, but this stunning crystal vase is right up there with the crème de la crème of home décor items.

    Scully & Scully William Yeoward Debbie vase, $210, ScullyandScully.com

    Gold Anniversary Gifts for Her

    If you don't want to go with the traditional (or modern) gold anniversary gift for her, you’ve come to the right place. A monogrammed gold ring, diamond and gold necklace, gold watch and gold tennis bracelet won’t disappoint on your 50th wedding anniversary.

  16. Gold pinky signet ring

    When it comes to you, she wears her heart on her sleeve, but let her wear her initial on her pinky in the form of this chic 14k yellow gold signet ring.

    Sarah Chloe monogrammed pinky signet ring, $108, NeimanMarcus.com

  17. Gold diamond necklace

    Diamonds and gold? Now that’s really taking the 50th anniversary present to the next level. This diamond solitaire yellow gold necklace is basically the little black dress of jewelry.

    Vrai & Oro solitaire diamond necklace, $335, VraiandOro.com

  18. Women's gold watch

    Nothing says “I love you” after 50 years like a gold timepiece. PS: This Tory Burch style also has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face.

    Tory Burch Collins bracelet watch, $275, Nordstrom.com

  19. Women's gold sunglasses

    Seeing as how you’ve made it 50 years, a fashionable pair of frames seems like a fitting anniversary gift. The connection won’t be lost on her, trust us.

    Ray-Ban Erika metal lenses in gold brown radiant, $163, Ray-Ban.com

  20. Monogrammed gold compact

    A monogrammed gold compact is a 50 year anniversary gift as unique as she is.

    Mark & Graham city compact in gold finish, $25, MarkandGraham.com

  21. Gold crystal tennis bracelet

    A tennis bracelet is a no-brainer anniversary gift idea—but for 50 years, it has to be glittering gold.

    Swarovski crystal tennis bracelet, $99, Macys.com

  22. Yellow gold Love Ring

    The love of your life deserves a Cartier Love Ring, don’t you think?

    Cartier Love Ring in yellow gold, $1,650, Cartier.com

  23. Dubai gold perfume

    Make sure she knows she’s limited-edition, just like this gold-plated perfume bottle that’s only available at Saks.

    Bond No. 9 New York Dubai gold perfume, $550, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  24. Gold vase

    A gold vase is definitely a 50 year anniversary gift she’ll adore, but probably not an item she would buy herself.

    Anthropologie goldshine vase, $16, Anthropologie.com

  25. Gold knot earrings

    Expand her current roster of earrings with these gorgeous gold knot studs that signify when you first tied the knot.

    Blue Nile petite love knot earrings in 14k yellow gold, $150, BlueNile.com

    Gold Anniversary Gifts for Him

    If you really want to show him how much you care on your 50th wedding anniversary, you’ll consider one of these gold anniversary gifts that'll get the message across instantly. Below, find our top picks for 50 anniversary gifts for him.

  26. Men's engraved tie bar in 14k gold vermeil

    Get him an engraved gold tie bar as a 50 year anniversary gift that he’ll be able to wear on fancy date nights with you.

    Zales men's engraved tie bar in 14k gold vermeil, $119, Zales.com

  27. Men's metal sunglasses in gold satin

    Show him he has a heart of gold on your 50th wedding anniversary by giving him snazzy gold sunglasses.

    Oakley Holbrook metal shades in gold satin, $163, Oakley.com

  28. Men's gold-tone dress watch

    The guy who's constantly punctual (or even a tad bit late from time to time) can always benefit from a gold watch to dress up his best suit.

    Citizen eco-drive men's gold-tone dress watch, $225, JCPenney.com

  29. Black and gold cufflinks

    Gold and black enamel cuff links are the ideal 50 year anniversary gift for the man who collects them.

    Banana Republic gold and enamel cuff links, $40, BananaRepublic.com

  30. Black and gold ballpoint pen

    Writing love letters will come easy to him once he has this classy ballpoint pen to do so.

    Montblanc Meisterstück gold-coated classique ballpoint pen, $420, Montblanc.com

  31. Men's textured money clip in 14k gold

    After 50 years, the quintessential gold anniversary gift for him is a 14k gold personalized money clip. Sure, this clip is a bit of an investment, but one he’s worth.

    Zales men's textured money clip in 14k gold, $1,999, Zales.com

  32. Crystal decanter with matching gold-trimmed tumblers

    If he’s a whiskey or scotch lover but has never splurged on a posh crystal decanter with matching gold-trimmed tumblers, now's the time to splurge on a set for his 50 year anniversary gift.

    RCR Opera collection 7-piece whiskey set, $200, BedBathandBeyond.com

  33. Gold leaf upcycled beer bottle glasses

    Upcycled glass and 23k gold leaf beer glasses? We’re pretty sure any guests he has over will be super impressed by those. (Just like he’ll be with your gold wedding anniversary gift.)

    Uncommon Goods gold leaf upcycled beer bottle glasses, $56, UncommonGoods.com

  34. A world-glass champagne for a world-class guy. The gold ace of spade bottle only adds to the over-the-top factor.

    Armand de Brignac ace of spades gold brut, $310, WoodsWholesaleWine.com

  35. Gold vanity tray

    Help him stay organized (in an upscale way) with a gold vanity tray that will hold his colognes and other odds and ends.

    The Container Store gold vanity tray, $10, ContainerStore.com

    Gold Anniversary Gifts for Them

    If you’re shopping for 50 year anniversary gifts that incorporate the traditional or modern theme of gold, look no further than these photo frames and decorative extras that will show your favorite couple celebrating 50 years how much they’re loved.

  36. Golden photo cube

    Put their love on display in a gold photo cube filled with the sweetest photos of them.

    Shutterfly golden love photo cube, $35, Shutterfly.com

  37. Gold mirrored tabletop tray

    A mirrored gold tabletop tray is sure to be a crowd-pleasing 50 year anniversary gift for your loved ones.

    World Market gold mirrored tabletop tray, $30, WorldMarket.com

  38. Gold pineapple bookends

    Help them keep the books they’ve bought together over the years displayed in a cute way via gold pineapple bookends.

    Willa Arlo Interiors glam pineapple bookends, $165, Wayfair.com

  39. Gilt picture frame

    Want to incorporate gold into your 50 year anniversary gift? Get them a gilt frame to mount in a special place in their home.

    Pottery Barn Eliza gilt picture frame, from $29, PotteryBarn.com

  40. Gold Moscow mule mug

    Even if they have all the bar and stemware a couple can aquire over 50 years together, they probably don’t own a set of gold Moscow Mule mugs, but they’ll be happy they do now.

    Crate & Barrel gold Moscow Mule mugs, $20, CrateandBarrel.com

    For more of the best anniversary gift ideas for all the major milestones, check out our comprehensive guide to anniversary gifts by year.

  41. Traditional & Modern Anniversary Gifts by Year

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