25 Awesome Anniversary Gifts for Your Relationship Role Models, Your Parents

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Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated May 29, 2023
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Are your folks putting another year of marital bliss in the books? Scoop up a little something for your favorite pair to celebrate along with them. A tried-and-true route when it comes to anniversary gifts for parents is to give them something equal parts sweet and sentimental—like a personalized anniversary gift. Really though, there are tons of different ways to say "happy anniversary" to your parents. What about a functional gift that they can use every day, like a cutting board or cozy blanket? Or, you could go in a thoughtful direction, gifting goodies that reflect their hobbies and interests as a couple. To help you out, we're sharing some of our all-time favorite anniversary gifts for parents. Some are super personal, others are more practical, but all of them are worthy of your parents' love.

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The Best Anniversary Gifts for Your Parents

It's time to show your favorite duo some love. Find our very favorite gifts for your parents' anniversary below, ranging from traditional, to sentimental, to just the thing they need.

1. Etched Wine Bottle

Looking for more thoughtful anniversary gift ideas for parents? This custom wine bottle holds a California cabernet sauvignon—a lovely red wine—and serves as a treasured keepsake. The hand-painted bottle is etched with their anniversary year, names and wedding date. They'll display this pretty present for years to come.

2. News-Worthy Puzzle

How about a new puzzle to pass the time? Turn the New York Times cover from the day they said "I do" into a cute couple's activity. You already know they're a great team, so they should have no trouble tackling this parent anniversary gift together.

3. Family Story Book

Show them how much you cherish their wisdom—especially when it comes to love. Storyworth sends gift recipients a question to answer every week for a year. From there, the answers get compiled into a custom keepsake book. Choose from a list of existing prompts or write your own from scratch, then invite your parents to respond individually or as a couple. This year, they'll appreciate the chance to reflect on their relationship. Next year, they'll enjoy their finished, printed book. What a sweet gift idea for your parents' anniversary.

4. Custom Photo Print

Celebrate the moment their paths first crossed with this adorable artwork. It displays their names on intersecting street signs, plus the year they met. You can even add their wedding date for an extra-memorable parents anniversary gift. Shopping for a major milestone, like the 20th or 50th anniversary? Choose a special frame in that anniversary's color.

5. "Burning Bright Since" Candle

Get their names and wedding date printed on this cute anniversary candle. It also displays a heart-shaped map of somewhere special to them (their wedding location, perhaps?). It's a small, but seriously meaningful gift for sentimental lovebirds.

6. Sound Wave Art

Looking for ultra-personalized wedding anniversary gifts for parents? Take their song and turn it into the coolest piece of decor. This company sells stylish sound wave art that'll get all the compliments.

7. Self-Growing Garden

If your parents love gardening, but don't have the outdoor space, they'll appreciate this compact indoor smart garden. The system provides just the right amount of water and light—so your parents barely have to lift a finger. To get started, it comes with nine complimentary plant pods: three tomato, three lettuce and three basil. They'll be growing fresh fruits and veggies in no time!

8. Oil and Vinegar Set

Culinary connoisseurs will rave over this trio of premium extra virgin olive oil, Champagne vinegar and California orange blossom honey. The set is housed in aesthetically pleasing bottles your parents will want to leave out on their countertop. Plus, it comes with a brushed-gold spout for easy pouring—so fancy!

9. Personalized Cutting Board

Elevate their kitchen with this gorgeous chopping and serving board. Each piece is handmade from strong, naturally patterned olive wood. Engrave it with their names and established date, then watch them marvel over the unique live edges. Now that's a stunning anniversary present for parents.

10. Brunch Gift Basket

We're thoroughly impressed with this beautifully crafted anniversary food gift for parents. The basket is filled with eight flavorsome brunch necessities, including Mimosa and Bellini jams, Farmhouse Pancake and Waffle Mix and best of all, a Blood Mary Mixer to toast to the couple's many years together.

11. Custom Family Illustration

Searching for an adorable family-centric idea? This personalized "hobby" art celebrates the things they love about each other and their children. You can customize the print with each person's hobby, skin tone, hair color, clothing and name. It's a foolproof anniversary gift for parents from their kids.

12. Wedding Vow Portrait

Do some digging and try to find a copy of your parents' wedding vows. Then, work with this Etsy artist to print them out on paper. This anniversary present, which also features an old photo of your parents, is bound to make them emotional.

13. Set of Champagne Coupes

When in doubt, elegant glassware is a popular last-minute anniversary gift for parents—after all, they need something to toast with! We love the vintage-like, gilded design of these high-quality glasses, which they can pair with their finest bubbly.

14. Romantic Mug Sets

Upgrade breakfast in bed with these nostalgic faux-bois couple's mugs. Each cup declares their love with a tree carving-inspired design featuring their first initials and a special date. And because mugs are always useful, it's a practical anniversary gift your parents will reach for often.

15. Anniversary Sundial

If their garden is their pride and joy, consider this elegant sundial gift for your parents' anniversary. There's an on-theme color for every decade of marriage. And they'll think of you every time they look at it.

16. DIY Cannoli Kit

For parents that are big on sweets, they'll appreciate this mouthwatering anniversary gift that pulls out all the stops: a DIY cannoli kit from Boston's famous Mike's Pastry. It comes with 10 crispy cannoli shells and your choice of ricotta filling (plain or chocolate) as well as chocolate chips, pistachios and powdered sugar. Plus, it's a cute activity for the happy couple to do together.

17. Custom Record Art

Shopping for a pair of major music lovers? Help them put out their very own record. Customize this upcycled vinyl with a special anniversary message, plus up to five of their go-to jams. FYI: The gold option is extra special for the 50th anniversary.

18. Tulip Bouquet

Need help finding an anniversary bouquet? Check out one of our favorite online flower delivery services. Send this delightful arrangement straight to your parents' home. It's made of the most cheerful array of rainbow tulips—how celebratory!

19. Personalized Shortbread Cookies

These personalized shortbread cookies are the perfect anniversary gift for your parents, since you can say "happy anniversary" with every bite they take. They're handmade in California with no artificial ingredients. And they come in the cutest box.

20. Personalized Picture Frame

Framed photos will never go out of style and neither will your parents. Gift them this pretty glass picture frame that can be engraved with their names, wedding date and anniversary year. Don't forget to fill it with your favorite shot of your folks.

21. Snuggly Soft Blanket

In our opinion, a couple can never have too many cuddly blankets. But this blanket isn't your ordinary throw—it's made with 90% recycled materials to produce the softest faux fur. Choose from five stylish colorways, including Rosy Baby and Beige Bear, and get ready to hear lots of bragging from your parents about how cozy it is.

22. Hardcover Photo Book

Put together a meaningful anniversary photo book for your parents to treasure forever. First, choose the shape, size and paper, then get started on the album. You can customize this durable hardback with more than 80 text styles and multiple cover options. They'll appreciate the thought behind this unique anniversary gift for parents.

23. Coffee Subscription

Now here's an extremely good anniversary gift for parents: a gourmet coffee subscription they can enjoy together. Each month, they'll receive flavorful blends from different countries across the world. Customize the grind (whole or ground) and roast (light or dark) depending on your parents' tastes.

24. Plant Subscription

This monthly plant subscription is an airtight anniversary gift for your plant-loving parents. Each month, they'll receive an easy-to-care-for plant in a cute ceramic planter delivered straight to their door. Whether they're new plant parents or avid collectors, they'll look forward to receiving plant babies on the regular. (And for parents with animals, check out this pet-friendly plant subscription.)

25. A Bottle of Bubbly

You can't go wrong with giving your 'rents something to toast with on their special day. And Veuve is the best of the best (in a semi-reasonable price range). Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering if there are any bits and bobs of etiquette when it comes to anniversary presents for parents? Find everything you need to know below.

Are you supposed to give your parents an anniversary gift?

While giving your parents an anniversary gift isn't necessary, it can definitely be a kind gesture if you're up for it. It's not as common to give them a present every year, but for milestones like the 25th, 30th, 40th and 50th anniversaries (and so on), it is a super sweet thing to do that'll definitely be appreciated.

What should you get your parents for their wedding anniversary?

There are endless great options when it comes to what to get your parents for their wedding anniversary, but you can't go wrong with gifts that are practical (maybe they've had their eye on a fancy new toaster), sentimental (get ready for the chorus of "awww"s) or experiential (because your parents definitely need a date night after all these years). You can also glean inspiration from traditional anniversary gifts by year, meaning: presenting a present that correlates with the designated material, flower, gemstone, etc. paired with whatever year of marriage they're celebrating.

What are some good last-minute anniversary gifts for parents?

If you're wondering what to get your parents for a last-minute anniversary gift, you can't go wrong with subscriptions, gift cards or experiences. What all of these types of presents have in common is that you'll get them delivered to you digitally immediately, so you can easily forward that subscription confirmation of digital gift card email to your 'rents ASAP.

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