The 19 Best Golden Anniversary Gifts in 2021

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Traditionally known as the golden anniversary, the 50th anniversary is a big deal. There are different ways to honor a pair reaching such an astounding milestone. When it comes to gifting, you can keep with tradition and choose gold-themed ideas, or you can go off-theme with custom presents and other items that fit the personalities of the recipients. But whether it’s jewelry, home decor, or other accessories, gold (and gold-hued products!) abound–and perfectly represent the long-standing bond that the two of you share.

“The 50-year mark certainly is a cause for a major celebration,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s Trend Expert. “Whether selecting hand-engraved jewelry, a personalized family portrait, or a bespoke piece of decor, couples should look for gifts that represent their relationship and reflect the memories they’ve made together over the years.”

Meet the Expert

Dayna Isom Johnson is Etsy’s Trend Expert and judge on the show, Making It.

Whether you’re buying for your spouse, your parents, or your closest friends, there’s a special gift out there that will touch their hearts. We’re here to help you find the perfect one.

Read on for the best golden anniversary gifts.


  • The name dates back to the middle ages in the early days in Northern Europe, where the husband would present his wife with a golden wreath or necklace on their 50th anniversary. 

  • Beyond physical gifts, think about the things you already love to do together. A wine tasting, a weekend trip to a favorite beach town, or a relaxing day at a spa are all ways to make the day special. Anniversaries are always a great opportunity to slow down and appreciate each other.

    Regardless of the gift or activity you choose, make sure to add a thoughtful note to your spouse or the couple who is celebrating. It’s a simple, yet important way to express your love and appreciation.

Why Trust Brides

If Gabrielle Rello had a penny for every time someone in her life asked her gift-giving advice, she’d be living on a private island. She has over 15 years experience writing about everything from engagement rings to bridal fashion. Her parents are also celebrating their golden anniversary this year, so she’s well versed in gift research for the special day.