The Best 55th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Wow Your Spouse, Parents or Pals

We've found traditional and alternative gift ideas to help commemorate the emerald wedding anniversary.
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Updated Jun 13, 2023
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What an incredible milestone! You and your spouse or a couple you know are celebrating 55 years of marriage, a rare and remarkable accomplishment that deserves to be recognized. If you're in search of a really special 55th wedding anniversary gift for your parents, friends or spouse, you've come to the right place. Whether you want to wow your loved one with a traditional themed present or be more inventive with a unique alternative, we're here to help you find the perfect 55-year anniversary gift for him, her or them.

In this article:

Traditional 55th Anniversary Gifts

The traditional 55th anniversary gift is the emerald, a dazzling green gem that symbolizes true love and eternal commitment. This precious stone also represents rebirth and good fortune, suggesting that a couple can achieve great things by learning and growing together. (A fitting tribute to a 55-year union, wouldn't you say?). For the 55th marriage milestone, emerald is the modern anniversary symbol and color, too, leaving you lots of room to get creative with your gifting. From fine jewelry to green-colored bedding, our round-up includes a host of options fit for the emerald wedding anniversary.

Personalized Family Tree

If you're shopping for a 55th wedding anniversary gift for your parents, consider a beautiful keepsake honoring the family they've built together over the last five decades. This wire tree sculpture with on-theme green beads is personalized with their family name around the trunk and loved ones' names hanging from the branches. Whether they display it in their hallway or living room, they'll be delighted to have this unique piece of art showcased in their happy home.

Emerald Glass Vase

An elegant vase is always a winning gift, particularly if your spouse or favorite couple loves to display fresh flowers in their home. To make this idea special enough for a 55th wedding anniversary, opt for this trendy (and on-theme) emerald green vase. Made from mouth-blown glass, this cleverly designed vessel features a removable top that can be flipped to fit everything from a single stem to a big bunch of blooms. You can even pack it full of flowers before gifting it so they can see it in all its glory.

Emerald Picture Frame

It's hard to beat an elegantly framed photograph, especially in today's increasingly digital world. If all your parents' favorite snapshots are stuck on their phones, why not get creative and present them with a printed photograph in this simple emerald frame? It's made from shiny gold-tone metal and vibrant green enamel, which will elevate any picture to mantle-worthy status.

Emerald Wine Glasses

Time to say, "Cheers to 55 years!" However your parents or friends decide to recognize their emerald wedding anniversary, they'll love having this pair of elegant wine glasses on hand for a celebratory sip. They're made from brightly colored green glass in a simple silhouette for glassware that feels both timeless and modern. To make this gift even better, add a bottle of their favorite wine or bubbly so they can test them out immediately. Champagne, anyone?

Emerald Teardrop Necklace

You really can't go wrong with dazzling gemstone jewelry for the emerald wedding anniversary. This elegant teardrop necklace is made from a lab-grown emerald and set in lustrous silver recycled metal, resulting in an accessory that's both beautiful and environmentally conscious. Make sure to plan a special anniversary date so your spouse can flaunt their new bling right away.

Silver Watch with Emerald Face

A stylish watch is always a good go-to gift, acting as a sentimental nod to all the good times you and your partner have shared. (And, after 55 years, there are probably a lot of those). If you want to treat your spouse to a new timepiece, this silver watch boasts a luxe emerald green face for a perfect tribute to your 55th wedding anniversary. We have a feeling a sleek accessory like this will elicit plenty of compliments on your next outing together.

Emerald Bedding Set

Bedding is a great choice for the couple who has everything—we all need something to sleep on, right? This luxurious duvet set will make any room feel opulent without breaking the bank. The rich emerald green tones, coupled with the soft, velvety fabric, make us think of royal boudoirs from centuries past. It includes one duvet cover and one or two shams, depending on the size. We bet the lucky couple will be happy to curl up under this warm, soft blanket once temperatures drop.

Emerald Forever Rose

The only thing more romantic than a single rose is one that will last forever! The Forever Rose takes real roses at peak bloom and preserves them in a durable lacquer as a symbol of true, eternal love. This verdant bloom is topped with a glossy emerald finish and 24K gold to match the 55th wedding anniversary's traditional color and material. To really up the ante, have the stem engraved with a custom message to show your spouse just how much you cherish them.

Emerald Leather Purse

If you fancy splurging on your other half, this designer leather purse is destined to delight. Designed by Yves Saint Laurent, it features the brand's iconic logo in gold against rich emerald green leather for a thematic take on a timeless accessory. The simple envelope structure and snap-button closure accentuate the mock-croc fabric for a statement bag they'll be happy to rock on any special occasion. Bonus: The heirloom-like quality of this piece means it can be handed down to future generations.

Botanical-Inspired Mugs

This set of botanical-inspired mugs is a foolproof choice for anyone who appreciates nature's beauty. It includes four sturdy tankard mugs embossed with a colorful butterfly motif on the exterior and featuring a dark emerald green glaze inside. They're perfect for tea, coffee or cocoa and we bet your parents or friends will reach for these the next time they want to wind down with a relaxing sip.

Emerald Anniversary Plate

Shopping for your parents or grandparents? This commemorative anniversary plate will make a fitting tribute to their 55-year marriage. Crafted from fine bone china and trimmed with two elegant gold rims, it displays the details of their emerald wedding anniversary at the center around two interlocking green hearts. Whether they hang their personalized porcelain on the wall or add it to their china collection, they're sure to appreciate this thoughtful keepsake.

Emerald Green Packing Cubes

If you and your spouse like to get away often, this practical gift will take the pain out of packing for your next trip. This set of four packing cubes is ideal for separating toiletries, tech and clothing for easy access to all the essentials. They're made from durable, water-resistant fabric in a rich emerald green and divided into four labeled categories: Baubles, Rituals, Essentials and Washables. Even if your spouse doesn't travel frequently, they can still use them to organize a messy closet or get clothes ready for laundry day.

Emerald Green Tie

Celebrating your emerald wedding anniversary with a lavish party? Make sure your partner looks the part with this elegant green tie. The rich emerald green tone is amplified by a subtle herringbone pattern, all woven in luxurious 100% silk. Pair this bold accessory with a matching pocket square to make your spouse's formalwear really shine.

Emerald Green Nightgown

If your spouse has worn the same pajamas for the last few years, it may be time to give their bedtime wardrobe an upgrade. This button-down nightgown is made from soft modal fibers that regulate temperature to help your love get a peaceful night's sleep. The softly draped silhouette is super flattering, while the ivory piping details add a stylish finish to the on-theme emerald green. You can even have it monogrammed for a personal touch that'll leave your partner feeling like a million bucks.

Emerald Green Laptop Sleeve

Whether you're gifting a tech-savvy spouse or app-happy parents, this emerald green laptop sleeve is a practical present they'll actually use. Handcrafted from full-grain leather, this handy bag is ideal for safely storing a laptop, tablet or any other electronic device. It's also a great place to keep USB cables and chargers (so no more panicking when the battery is about to run out!). Have it personalized with their name or monogram for an extra special finish.

Unique 55th Anniversary Gifts

If emerald anniversary gifts don't appeal to you, there are a couple of other 55th wedding anniversary symbols to consider, like the flower and gemstone. The calla lily is the official anniversary flower for 55 years of marriage, a distinctive trumpet-shaped bloom that signifies devotion and magnificent beauty. Surprisingly, the designated gemstone for the 55th anniversary is not emerald but alexandrite—an unusual stone that changes colors depending on the light. This rare gem is said to bring luck, positivity and good fortune to those who wear it, making it a great choice for thoughtful and romantic gifts. Themed anniversary presents aren't the only option, though, which is why we've included some great alternative anniversary gifts that break with tradition. There's something for everyone on our list, from personalized luggage and delicious chocolates to fun puzzles and sentimental wall art.

Newspaper Anniversary Book

If your parents or friends have enjoyed reading the newspaper together over the last 55 years, here's a creative anniversary gift they'll love. This leather-bound book is filled with the front pages from The New York Times from their wedding date every year through their most recent anniversary. They'll have so much fun looking back in time and reminiscing about all that has changed since they walked down the aisle. (Psst: If the text looks too small, you can add a magnifying glass to your order so they won't miss a thing).

StoryWorth Subscription

There's no doubt that your favorite couple has accrued plenty of great stories from their 55 years of marriage. Turn those personal anecdotes into a beautiful keepsake book with a subscription from StoryWorth. Each week, they'll receive an email with unique questions to answer, like what their fondest childhood memory is. At the end of the year, all their stories will be bound into a memory book, creating a touching and meaningful 55th-anniversary gift that ensures their love story lives on for generations to come.

Monogrammed Carry-On Luggage

Calling all travelers! Whether you're going uptown or out of state, a new set of luggage will add some style to your next adventure. This chic monogrammed suitcase is a gift your partner will be delighted to open, especially if there's a ticket to your next trip stashed inside. The durable polycarbonate shell is lightweight yet sturdy, while the oversized 360-degree wheels make navigating airport terminals a little bit easier.

Calla Lily Candle

If you're looking for a thoughtful (and beautiful) gift for the light of your life, this scented candle is a winner. The lid is decorated with the calla lily, the 55th anniversary flower, while the soy wax is infused with the sweet aroma of orange blossom, lily and lotus. Once lit, your spouse can enjoy the delicate floral fragrance and set the scene for a relaxing night in. It's a striking showpiece that'll add an elegant touch to any nightstand, coffee table or sideboard.

Tree Ring Anniversary Art

Love grows and matures over time (especially 55 years!), so what better way to honor a long-lasting relationship than with a meaningful piece of art? This heart-shaped wall hanging is modeled off a cross-section of a tree, with the rings displaying eight significant moments that the couple has shared over the years. You can include everything from their engagement and wedding day right up to their 55th anniversary for a sweet, thoughtful gift that showcases their unique journey.

Bouquet of Calla Lilies

Imagine your partner waking up on the morning of your anniversary to this stunning bouquet at the breakfast table. It's designed with white calla lilies (the 55th wedding anniversary flower) and romantic red roses—a gorgeous combination that's as perfect as you two are. They'll be delivered straight to the door, so all you have to do is distract your other half while you get them all set up. There's even an option to add a vase and some candy if you want to win even more brownie points.

Crystal Photo Cube

Sentimental photo gifts are always a good idea, especially for a milestone as huge as the 55th wedding anniversary. If you're gifting your parents or friends, this crystal photo cube will help them relive all the magic of their wedding day over and over again. Your chosen snapshot of the lovebirds is displayed on a light-up base alongside a personal engraving with a thoughtful message, like "Happy 55th Wedding Anniversary."

Purple Alexandrite Earrings

Take inspiration from the 55th anniversary gemstone (alexandrite) with this pair of colorful drop earrings. They're made from hand-cast resin filled with glittering purple alexandrite stones suspended from highly polished bronze hooks. With ear candy that looks this good, don't be surprised if your spouse wants to show them off right away (at your anniversary party, perhaps?).

Custom House Portrait

There's no place like home, and a couple who have spent 55 years building one together probably knows that better than most. This custom digital illustration is a lovely way to honor the house they've loved and lived in for over five decades. Simply submit a photo of their home for reference before receiving a watercolor printed rendition of it. Note: The artwork comes unframed, so you may want to include some extra time to pick one up to complete this sentimental anniversary gift.

Personalized Anniversary Blanket

If you're still not sure what to get your parents or friends, consider a woven blanket that'll keep them cozy when the evenings get chilly. This fringed cotton throw is embroidered with the couple's names, anniversary year and the number of years they've been together for a personalized anniversary gift that'll warm more than just their hearts. Choose from a wide range of embroidery thread colors, including emerald green, for a subtle nod to the 55th anniversary theme.

Watercolor Paint Kit

One of the best things about getting older is having more free time to spend on hobbies and leisure. Whether your spouse is a budding artist or a talented pro, they'll love this handy watercolor kit. Great for on-the-go, it includes a sketch pad, a palette of 16 bright paints and a water pen brush that activates the colors in seconds. The compact vegan leather case keeps everything together so they can carry it with them to the park, cafe or even just the backyard. Bonus: The color sheets and sketchbook are refillable for a practical anniversary gift that can be used time and again.

Hometown Map Puzzle

Have your parents or grandparents lived in the same location since their wedding day? Here's a fun and engaging way to celebrate their hometown—a 400-piece jigsaw puzzle custom-made to look like a detailed map of the area. Include their address and zip code when ordering, and the makers will incorporate the surrounding terrain into a one-off design, with the precise home location represented by a house-shaped puzzle piece. Once they have completed the puzzle, we suggest framing it to create a display-worthy keepsake of their awesome abode.

Chocolate Gift Set

We can't resist an edible anniversary gift, especially when it's covered in layers of delicious chocolate. This decadent gift set is the perfect choice for anyone with a sweet tooth, whether that's your spouse, parents or close friends. The four-tier tower of boxed treats is brimming with everything from chocolate pretzels and graham crackers to drizzled caramel corn and white chocolate bark for a 55th anniversary gift that (almost) looks too good to eat. Yum!

Woven Bird Nester

If your parents or grandparents love to pass an afternoon watching birds come to their garden, they'll love this colorful bird nester. This handmade creation is woven by artisans in Bangladesh who use fabric from recycled sari cuttings to make every piece unique. The strong inner frame helps the nest hold its shape, providing shelter for any feathered friends that stop by to roost. It's a fun and quirky 55th anniversary gift they'll treasure on those bright spring mornings.

Gold Vermeil Bracelet

Glamorous gold jewelry doesn't always have to cost the earth, which is why we love this timeless chain bracelet from Mejuri. It's made from gold vermeil (a thick layer of 18K gold over sterling silver, FYI) for a budget-friendly alternative that looks every bit as elegant as a solid gold bracelet. With this everyday accessory on their wrist, your love will be reminded of all the golden years you two have spent together (and all the ones still to come!).

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