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25 years together? Now, that’s something special. Since saying your vows, you’ve been through so much together, making your marriage stronger than ever, and all those anniversaries are worth celebrating. Whether shopping for your own spouse or for a couple who’s marking the milestone, a 25th-anniversary gift is an ideal way to commemorate the festive occasion. But what on earth should you choose?
When in doubt, you can always consider the traditional anniversary present, which for this year would be silver. A silver piece of jewelry, a watch, or pair of cufflinks are all perfect—but know that you don’t have to take the theme quite so literally: You can also choose a silver-hued gift, like a luxurious silky pajama set or sentimental photo album. Your options are as plentiful as your memories together!
Read on for the best 25th-anniversary gifts to celebrate this oh-so-special occasion.
Voice and Sound Sounwave Song Metal Print
Remember the first song that you danced to at your wedding? Of course, you do. Now, you can have its specific soundwaves printed onto aluminum for a unique keepsake. With a cool metallic finish, the silvery hue is particularly perfect for the 25th anniversary, when silver is traditionally given.
Blue Ridge Mountain Co. 25th Anniversary Cutting Board
For a gift specific to this super special year, look to this attractive cutting board. Crafted from your choice of either maple, walnut, or cherry wood, it can be personalized to the couple’s names and wedding date. It’s almost too beautiful to use! (Although it sure would come in handy in the kitchen…)
David Yurman Infinity Earrings with Diamonds
These sterling silver earrings are perfectly on theme for the 25th anniversary—and they sure are beautiful to boot! With each featuring an infinity knot (a symbol of your everlasting love, of course) and a dainty diamond, these studs are a classic jewelry piece that can be worn for decades to come.
Mark & Graham Celebration Wine Chiller
Keep that anniversary bottle of wine or champagne chilled and ready for serving with this luxurious ice bucket. Crafted from stainless steel and completed with either a gold or on-theme silver finish, it can be laser engraved with a monogram for a personal touch. Using it every year can become a new anniversary tradition!
Uncommon Goods Custom Coordinates Wedding Plate
25 years later, you can commemorate the day you said “I do” with this keepsake plate. Handmade in the USA and complete with a beautiful compass rose design, it can be personalized with your names and the exact latitude and longitude of your nuptials or another special location, such as where you met.
Lou Lou Art Studio Minimalist Couple Portrait
We love the minimalist vibe of this unique art print—all it needs is a sleek frame! The artist offers the piece with an array of skin tones available to reflect the couple, and there are even versions of the print that include children so you can depict the entire family.
Ready for some friendly competition? A gift perfect for sharing, this all-in-one home gym takes up only a small slice of space and looks ultra-sleek. You can stream certified trainers from top fitness studios, who’ll lead you through live workouts and classes and provide feedback and motivation.
Goldbelly Main Shore Dinner for Two
There's no need to leave your state—or even your kitchen!—to celebrate your anniversary with a special seafood dinner for two. This authentic lobster bake can be shipped directly to you for the ultimate anniversary date. Included are two lobster tails, one dozen mussels, eight shrimp, eight sea scallops, and two ears of corn, all slathered in a summery, herbed lemon butter sauce.
Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker
Take your weekly pizza nights to the next level with the Crispy Crust Pizza Maker from Breville. This nifty countertop machine will have you whipping up DIY pies together in just about ten minutes, thanks to dual heating elements that mimic a real brick oven, a ceramic pizza stone, and settings for thin, medium, and thick crusts.
Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription
Enjoy an at-home dinner date every month with this pasta subscription service. Yes, a pasta subscription service! These Brooklyn-made pastas have nothing on your usual grocery store box, and you can have two new varieties sent to your home once a month for three to six months.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map
After 25 years together, you’ve probably racked up the adventures. Keep track of all your travels—starting with your honeymoon—on this customizable map. Designed and printed in the USA, it comes framed and mounted, all ready for you to use the included push pins to mark vacation destinations, where you’ve lived, and more. It can also be personalized with your names and anniversary date to make it extra meaningful.
Away The Large: Aluminum Edition
You may have shared 25 years of vacations and romantic getaways—but we’re sure that there are plenty more to come! Make sure you’re ready with a new suitcase, large enough that you both can share. An interior compression system maximizes packing space, and the aluminum shell will hold up to baggage handlers while calling to mind this anniversary’s signature metallic shade.
Artifact Uprising Layflat Photo Album
With 25 years of photos, we’re sure you’ll have some trouble selecting which ones to feature in this professionally printed photo album—but we swear it’ll be worth the effort when they flip through this gorgeous photo book! The linen fabric cover is available in an array of hues and can be foil-stamped with names or dates. (We suggest going with the silver foil to fit this anniversary’s theme!)
Nixplay 9.7” LCD Digital Photo Frame
This isn’t any ordinary silver picture frame: It’s a smart picture frame that can be used to flip through and display all of your favorite photos (after 25 years together, we know you’ve got a lot of them!). With Wi-Fi connectivity and an included app and remote control, you can upload pics easily from sites like Google Photos, social networking app Instagram, Dropbox, Facebook, and more, and flip through them to relive the memories.
What to Look For in a 25th-Anniversary Gift
There’s nothing wrong with a classic! If you want to incorporate silver into your 25th-anniversary gift, you can’t go wrong with a special, heirloom quality accessory or serving piece. For an unexpected way to slip in some sliver, consider an album with a grey or silver-toned cover. Full of photos from your years together, it’s practically guaranteed to elicit some tears!
What are some non-material 25th-anniversary ideas?
There are countless ways to celebrate your 25th anniversary, and not all of them have to include a material gift. Your celebration also doesn’t need to be big to be meaningful: Consider dinner at your favorite restaurant, ordering in for an intimate meal at home, or indulging in the same flavor of cake that you had at your wedding. Start an annual tradition, like planting a tree. Or learn something new by taking a painting, pottery, or cooking class together.
Toast with your wedding reception glasses, or plan a romantic weekend away.
But above all, just remember to take yourselves into account when planning how to celebrate your 25th-anniversary idea. Choose to do something special that you’ll both enjoy for a day you’ll likely never forget.
Should we have a 25th-anniversary party?
That is entirely up to you! With the 25th anniversary being so monumental, many couples (or the families of the couples) opt to celebrate with a bash. You can gather your friends and family to toast to the milestone and even theme your party around the silver anniversary or perhaps to the decade in which you met or said: “I do.” (What could be more fun than an ‘80s or ‘90s-themed party, after all?!) But again, how you celebrate this special day is up to you.
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