It takes a strong bond and a whole lotta love for a married couple to stay together for more than half a century. Whether you’re celebrating your 55 year anniversary with your partner, or you want to spoil your parents on their special day, you’ll find 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas right here!
Some of the items in our list were inspired by the traditional gift for the occasion, and others were chosen because they offer unforgettable indulgence. Use our ideas to find the perfect present.
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- What Is The 55th Wedding Anniversary Gift?
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What Is The 55th Wedding Anniversary Gift?
Traditional Gift – Emerald
According to the list of anniversary gifts by year, the only gift linked to the 55th wedding anniversary is emerald. For more than 4,000 years, humans have been enchanted by the rich green hues of emerald. The precious stone’s beauty and hardness make it ideal for use in jewellery, which is where most of the world’s mined emeralds end up.
Since ancient times, the green gemstone has been associated with love, beauty, loyalty, life, wisdom, and good fortune. The durability and love symbolism of emeralds make them an appropriate 55th wedding anniversary gift.
Colour – Emerald Green
Emerald green is the traditional wedding anniversary colour associated with the 55 year anniversary. The colour green creates a calming, creative, and healing atmosphere. It also symbolises abundance, prosperity, growth, and vitality.
Flower – No Traditional Bloom
In the UK and US there’s isn’t a wedding anniversary flower in particular for the 55th anniversary. Inspired by the traditional gift and its colour, some people choose arrangements that showcase green foliage. Others are inspired by the French tradition of giving orchids on the occasion.
55th Anniversary Gifts For Parents
Help make your parents’ 55-year anniversary an amazing occasion. Use our 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas to find something unique.
Absinthe And Accessories
Far from being a hallucinogenic potion, absinthe is a refreshing herbal aperitif that has been enjoyed by the likes of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, and Ernest Hemingway.
If your parents enjoy an evening tipple, wow them with a gift of premium-quality absinthe as well as the accessories used in the famous water-dripping ritual. We recommend Green Velvet VAL. 340 – Fée Verte, which is distilled using wormwood, aniseed, fennel, and lemon balm in Switzerland. As far as accessories go, we love this set of a carafe, two Pontarlier-style glasses, and two Croix II spoons.
Suckling Pig Feast
Celebrate your parents’ anniversary by indulging them and a few family and friends with a suckling pig feast with side dishes and wine pairing at award-winning Spanish eatery, Camino. They’ll enjoy welcome drinks, starters of charcuterie platters and artisanal breads, the main course paired with wine from Rioja, and a selection of sides. It’ll be a meal they won’t forget.
A Weekend Break In Cambridge
Give your parents the chance to spend a weekend in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. They’ll love the chance to celebrate 55 years of marriage by spending a couple of days in Cambridge. There, they can enjoy a tour of the city, Michelin-starred dining, and luxurious accommodation.
55th Anniversary Gifts For Him
He has been part of your life for 55 years. Celebrate your love for him, and his for you, by giving him a gift he’ll treasure. Let our gift ideas help you find something wonderful.
Classic Car Full-Day Driving Trail
If he has a love of classic cars, let your 55th wedding anniversary gift give him the chance to get behind the wheel of one and take it for a spin.
Join him in his choice of one of three vintage cars on a full day driving trail through the Cotswolds, Malverns, or toward the Welsh border. Each route offers amazing views, opportunities for photos, and the chance to enjoy lunch in a gorgeous restaurant or quaint pub.
If you would like to be strictly traditional by giving him a gift that includes real emeralds, these sterling silver and emerald cufflinks are just the thing. They’re attractive, understated, and can be personalised with an engraving of a monogram or his initials. He’ll adore this stylish addition to his wardrobe.
Alligator Bifold Wallet
Looking for 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas inspired by the colour green? We think this alligator leather bifold wallet by Bottega Veneta is gorgeous! The elegant design includes several card slots, note compartments, and slip pockets. It oozes luxury and style.
Vintage Emerald Tie/Lapel Pin
The gift of a vintage emerald tie or lapel pin is a fantastic way to spoil the man who doesn’t mind adding a few old-school elements to his look. There’s no shortage of dealers in antique and vintage clothing and accessories, and according to Google, a surprising number of them have such pins in stock. One of our favourites is this 18-carat yellow gold vintage pin set with an oval emerald and 12 brilliant cut diamonds.
Premium Gin Tasting Masterclass
Does he enjoy a good G&T?
Why not give him a 55-year wedding anniversary gift that caters to his tastes. He’s sure to appreciate a premium gin tasting masterclass at a fabulous gin bar. There, an in-house expert will guide him through an experience that includes several gins from the bar’s incredible collection.
Premium Lobster And Steak Menu
Are you married to a foodie? Choose a 55th wedding anniversary gift that offers him a chance to indulge! For a truly memorable meal, head to Mac & Wild, where surf & turf is taken to the next level. He’ll love the atmosphere inspired by the Scottish Highlands, but he’ll agree that the real highlight is the menu of premium lobster, steak, and sparkling wine.
55th Anniversary Gifts For Her
She has given her love to you for more than half a century. Make sure she knows that you’ve valued every minute of it. Be inspired by our 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas.
Russian Spa Experience
A spa experience always makes a wonderful wedding anniversary gift, but why settle for the usual facial, massage, mani, or pedi, when you can treat her to something completely different?
Give her the chance to enjoy one of Russia’s oldest wellness treatments – the banya. Take her to Banya No.1 in London, where the unique parenie treatment awaits. You’ll both leave feeling detoxed, reinvigorated, and ready to enjoy the rest of your anniversary celebrations.
Gold And Emerald Ring
If you want to take a traditional approach to your 55-year anniversary, give her a gift of jewellery that incorporates one or more emeralds. We adore the Panthère de Cartier ring in 18-carat yellow gold. Shaped like a panther’s head, the ring is set with emeralds, onyx, and 137 brilliant cut diamonds. It’s a gift that’s as exquisite as she is.
Emerald Green Vase
If you’re looking for emerald green 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas that don’t involve gemstones, a decorative object may be the perfect option.
We think the hand-blown Verso vase from Villeroy and Boch is gorgeous. She’ll love it with or without blooms, although if you really want to delight her, give it to her filled with fresh flowers and green foliage.
Private Art Masterclass
Does she enjoy expressing herself creatively? Treat her to a private art masterclass with designer Marlene Huissoud for her 55th wedding anniversary. Marlene will guide the two of you in making artworks using propolis gathered by honeybees and a natural glue-like substance extracted from silk fibres. Your wife will cherish her work as a reminder of a day spent celebrating your love and your lives together.
Apple Watch Hermès
Spoil her with a gift of the Apple Watch Series 6, but don’t go for the standard edition. It’s her 55-year anniversary, so choose something with a bit more pizzazz.
We recommend the Apple Watch Hermès, which features a silver stainless steel case polished to a mirror-like finish, and an Attelage double tour made from handcrafted leather. The combination brings together the smart watch’s cutting-edge features and the iconic designs of Hermès.
Private Foodie Tour Of London
If she’s a foodie, give her a 55th wedding anniversary gift that will make a lasting impression. Let her join celebrity chef Celia Brooks for a private foodie tour of Marylebone Village, Kensington, Portobello Road, or Covent Garden. She’ll also receive a signed copy of Celia’s cookbook.
Five and a half decades of togetherness certainly deserves to be celebrated in style! These 55th wedding anniversary gift ideas should make it easier to find something wonderful for your husband, wife, or parents, marking the occasion memorably.