Being married for a quarter of a century, is a very special thing in these times of failing marriages and wafer-thin relationships. So whether you are celebrating your own twenty-fifth wedding anniversary or wishing to congratulate a very special couple, here are a few wonderful gift ideas to mark this momentous occasion.
A silver plate
Silver is both the traditional as well as the contemporary gift, for a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. A classic gift on this occasion, would be a silver salver with the couple’s names and date of wedding engraved on it. If you intend it as a gift for another couple, you could also put down the names of those making the gift. On the other hand, if you are giving it to a spouse, you could personalize it by engraving a few lines of your spouse’s favourite love poem or love song.
What better way to surprise your spouse of twenty-five years, than to present him or her with an exquisite piece of sterling silver jewellery! Watches and bracelets are some timeless gift ideas for husbands, while wives can be spoilt with silver pendants, earrings and necklaces. If you wish to gift each other identical pieces, you can go for a customized set of pendants, with your initials intertwined or set with miniature portraits in the manner of nineteenth century lovers.
Bouquet of flowers
Just as silver is the conventional gift for a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, so is iris its traditional flower. A bouquet of fresh, delicate-coloured irises can work wonders to set the mood for a long day of celebration. If you happen to know the favourite colour of your spouse or the couple for whom the bouquet is intended, so much the better. You could even personalize the bouquet by writing their names in silver ink or silver glitter.
Book a vacation
This would make a great twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift idea for the two of you, or a couple to whom you are close, like parents or a sibling and his/her spouse. Book a vacation to a romantic getaway, for the celebrating couple but make sure there is a hint of the occasion in the destination. You could choose from Silver Springs in Florida and Maryland or the Silverstrand Beach in California and Ireland. For the more adventurous, there could be even a guided excursion to a silver mine. Whatever the destination, the main idea is to do something new and fun together.
Silver photo frame
This is yet another classic twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift and is particularly suited for those who are sticklers for tradition. If presenting it to a couple, you could again personalize it by having their names and wedding date engraved on the border, in a pretty motif like vines or flowers. If you decide on this gift idea for you own spouse, make sure you have it framing a favourite wedding photo. And if the design permits, you could even add a romantic message for your beloved.
If you are looking to gift your spouse something different yet romantic on your silver wedding anniversary, why not make a compilation of twenty-five of his or her favourite songs. Assuming this is the twenty-fifth year of your marriage, you must have exchanged vows in 1984 or thereabouts. So get hold of the biggest hits of those times like Wham’s “Careless Whisper”, Stevie Wonder’s “I just called to say I love you” or Dan Hartman’s “I can dream about you”, burn them on CD and gift it to your spouse. Your gift will not only refresh the memories of your early married life, but may even lead you to spend the rest of the evening in each other’s arms and dancing to the songs.
A personalized photo album
Put together a photo album which highlights twenty five years of being together. If you are doing it for a dear couple like your own parents, or a spouse’s parents, involve the whole family in the project. Include photos of family trips, birthdays, first days at schools, picnics graduation days, down to present times like weddings of children and birth of grandchildren. However, if you intend the gift for a spouse, be more personal and add photos as well as other memorabilia of your romance, like an old scarf or love-letter.
Gift an experience
An innovative but a hugely entertaining gift idea for your spouse on your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, would be to book tickets to a performance they enjoy. Get him or her bookings for the theatre, a music concert, a movie, a football game or whatever they like best. Wrap the tickets in a silver paper or place them in a silver box and get ready to surprise your spouse. He or she will not only be thrilled to have done something they enjoy, but will be more pleased to have done it with you on your special day.
A wine box
This makes an ideal twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift for connoisseurs of wine and other exotic liquors. Choose your spouse’s favourite wine or select an expensive champagne to go in the wine box, and watch the evening sparkle with happy memories and good cheer.
A surprise party
Plan a surprise wedding anniversary party for your spouse or a special couple, and you can be sure it will be an evening to remember forever. In keeping with the theme, decorate the party venue with silver coloured sparkles and sprinkle flowers, cards and balloons with silver glitter. Set the table with a silver paper tablecloth and rent dinnerware with a silver trim. The anniversary cake and party eats can also have similar decorations. At the end of the party, guests can take back return gifts covered with silver wrapping paper.
The twenty-fifth wedding anniversary is the first of the major anniversaries and is rightly associated with silver, a precious metal known for its sheen and durability. So here’s hoping that these gift ideas will give you some excellent reasons to celebrate this milestone wedding anniversary and ring in another twenty-five years of togetherness.