15 Best Anniversary Gifts for Parents to Surprise Your Mom and Dad

Don’t you think that your parents’ love that they’ve managed to keep after long years of married life is worth celebrating? We’ve combined 15 ideas for your parents’ wedding anniversary that can suit anyone. Get your inspiration here and bring joy and affection to your loved ones. 

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1 Couple Pendants

Jewelry is always in trend. A tried-and-tested idea for a gift is couple pendants with a photo of a better half or an engraved wedding date. Such jewelry will perfectly suit a romantic couple. Choose a stylish design which will be good both for men and women. It would be great if the pendants looked modern and could be worn on a daily basis. 

White heart pendant on a gold chain

2 Personalized Family Portrait

Another interesting idea for a wedding anniversary is a custom couple portrait. A PopArtYou team will use your parents’ faces and put them into a Renaissance painting. This way your parents will look like royalties or aristocrats. This portrait will surely become an endless conversation piece for them and their friends. 

Portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes sitting with a dog and a cat hanging on a red brick wall
Portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes sitting with a dog and a cat hanging on a red brick wall
The portrait shows the royal family dressed in historical royal clothes with two dogs
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The portrait shows the royal family dressed in historical royal attires with a dog
A portrait of a family dressed in historical regal attires stands on a red table near a white vase
The portrait shows a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing on the balcony
The portrait shows a family dressed in historical royal attires along with a cat with a human body
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait

The first Universal family template for any family combination portrait

Portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing next to their dog hangs on the beige wall near the lamp
Portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing next to their dog hangs on the beige wall near the lamp
The portrait shows a family dressed in historical regal attires standing on the balcony
Portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing beside their dog hanging on a wooden wall
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait

The second Universal family template for any family combination portrait

A portrait of a family dressed in white historical royal clothes hangs on a white wall near a flower in a vase
A portrait of a family dressed in white historical royal clothes hangs on a white wall near a flower in a vase
The portrait shows a family walking in the woods dressed in historical regal attires
The portrait shows a family walking in the woods dressed in white royal clothes
Portrait of a family walking in the woods dressed in historical regal attires hanging on a beige wall
The portrait shows a large family on a walk dressed in historical royal clothes
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait

The third Universal family template for any family combination portrait

A portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing beside their cat hangs on the beige wall above the sofa
A portrait of a family dressed in historical royal clothes standing beside their cat hangs on the beige wall above the sofa
The portrait shows a large family dressed in historical regal attires standing near a large painting
The portrait shows a large family dressed in historical royal clothes standing near a large painting
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait
The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait

The fourth Universal family template for any family combination portrait

A bearded man in a gray t-shirt holds a portrait of himself with a woman dressed in historical royal clothing

3 Honeymoon Trip

Adult children can send their parents on a romantic second honeymoon trip. Send them to a tropical island if you can afford it or book them a suite in a countryside hotel with a spa where a couple can spend their weekend together. Order a luxurious dinner, aromatic therapies, hot tub sessions, a horse or a boat trip or any other activities for them that you know will bring them joy. 

Azure water of the ocean, sunset sky and houses in the water

4 Couple Photoshoot

This gift can suit practically any couple. You can choose a theme-based or a traditional photoshoot in a studio or outside in a picturesque part. Pictures will become a memorable present showing your love and attention. Children can also participate in the event, creating a perfect family photo. 

A man in a brown sweater and a red hat sits on a sofa and looks at a woman with long blond hair in a white sweater sitting next to him

5 Grand Surprise Party

You can organize your parents a surprise party that will without a doubt melt their hearts out. Think up some games involving both of your parents, for example a wedding bingo or a trivia game with questions about each other. Invite relatives and your parents’ closest friends. Request that friends and relatives impart a few pictures along to them and include compose messages looks to set them for a flashback shock. Order catering or cook something yourself, ask the guests to prepare short speeches in advance and choose romantic music for the party. You can also organize a music band who will sing their favorite couple song or you can sing it together with the help of karaoke. In case you lack time, address a professional event team and they will create a unique party for you. 

 Five people on the background of the fence and garden

6 Romantic Trifles

If the anniversary isn’t a milestone one, you can make a modest but heartfelt gift like:

- Couple T-shirts with a print ‘Together 19’ ‘Since 87’ so that the inscription could be read when your parents are side by side.;
- Order a cute image on couple mugs;
- Make a collage of their couple photos in the heart shape;
Print out and beautifully frame a family photo;
- Order a carved wooden board or an embroidery with an inscription like ‘John and Lucy Happy together since 1997’.

 Such gifts for parents’ anniversary aren’t that expensive but still will be good remembrance of the anniversary.

 Two white cups, one with a heart print, the other with closed eyes and a smile

7 Fine Cuisine

If you cook well, create a DIY gift for your mother and father’s wedding anniversary. It can be a heart-shaped cake with an inscription or even a meal. Cook your parents’ favorite dishes, lay a table with candles and let them eat these delicacies in private or together with the whole family. But please remember about your parents’ possible food allergies and make sure there are none of them in the dishes you’ve cooked. 

 Three-layer cake with raspberries on top and three white candles

8 Wine Collection

There are some delicacies that are good to share with a loved one. So, a great gift for an anniversary is a wine collection or expensive chocolates. Present your parents a tasty reason to spend more time together. 

Hand holding a heart-shaped box of chocolates

9 Subtle Reminder

For sophisticated people who don’t like to attract too much attention there’s a perfect idea how to hide their love tokens in the interior. For example, make an abstract picture with all warm words they call each other. Or use lyrics or notes of their favorite couple song and create a wall art. Another idea is to order a landscape painting of the place where they had their first date. Such secret signs won’t be comprehensible for droppers-in still staying a daily reminder of their love for the parents. 

10 Time Capsule

A great token gift for an anniversary is a time capsule. Present it to your parents at dinner and give them a suggestion to write wishes, dreams and reminiscences about their life together. Children, relatives and friends can also take part in writing these messages. Five, ten or even more years later words written there will definitely warm their hearts. 

A vintage black clock and a pink flower lie on the white book

11 Tree of Life

If your parents are quite young, give them a perennial plant as a present. It will grow and become stronger with each year of their relationship. They can tie photos or memorable souvenirs to tis branches and this way such a plant can become a true ‘heart’ of the family. 

A flower in a brown pot stands on a windowsill next to other potted flowers

12 Family Album

An ideal memento for a wedding anniversary is a photo album with photos of the most important events from a family life. You can also add children’s drawings, romantic poems and philosophic quotes about marriage in between photos. A family album can also be created with the help of a professional designer. You can choose your parents’ preferences like their favorite colors so that this album will suit them with every little detail. Such a gift can become a true family treasure as it can be kept in the family for generations.

13 Memorable Experience

It’s so easy to create great memories. Just give your parents tickets to a theatre or a concert of their favorite musician as an anniversary gift. If your parents like extreme activities, they may like a flight in a chopper over their home town or trekking in the mountains. No matter what you choose, it should be something important and memorable for them. Rich impressions and photos taken at the event will help to keep this anniversary in the family history. 

 Hands play the piano, above which the microphone is located

14 Dating for the Very First Time 

Try to repeat your parents’ first date as an anniversary party. Find similar clothes and recreate the atmosphere of the date in every detail. And if the first date was a total failure, just rewrite its playbook. Add more beauty and romance. Make this idyllic moment a perfect gift for your parents. 

 An elderly couple lies on autumn leaves on the ground and smiles, a woman holds a flower near her face, and a man hugs a woman's head

15 Special Gift from Kids

All parents love their kids and their creative work. So, if you’re able to create something with your own hands, make it a gift for their wedding anniversary. Play the guitar and sing their favorite song, write a poem about their life, collect plants and shape them in the form of a heart as herbarium, embroider a cushion, mold out couple mugs in clay. Create some physical symbol which can always remind your parents of your love. 

A white gift box with a red gift ribbon and a red rose lie on the table

Few Pieces of Advice How to Choose an Anniversary Gift

An anniversary of coupledom is a special occasion so a gift should be meaningful. In this case it’s not the price but the emotional value which really matters. Choose a gift taking the following criteria into account:

- parents’ age;
- how long they have lived together;
- whether this anniversary is milestone one or not;
- their personal preferences.

The more details you take in consideration, the more pleasant and memorable a gift will become. A young couple will be happy to get a souvenir for their long future life together while a mature couple will love something which will remind them about all happy and sad experiences they shared. If an anniversary isn’t a milestone one, you can choose something simple as a present: couple mugs with name inscriptions, ‘Happy together’ T-shirts and other trifles like this.

 Two yellow balloons, one with a smile and hearts instead of eyes, the second with a kiss smile

An idea for craftsmen is to create a gift using their knowledge and experience. If you like wood carving or 3-D printing, you can create a unique gift that nobody has ever created before you. If it’s a milestone anniversary, adult children can make an expensive gift like a couple travel, jewelry, or some sought-after antiques. Be a gift rather cheap or expensive, its main idea should bring out what a couple have in common be it hobbies, common victories, personality or other things. One more important detail is cordial regards. Add a bit of sentimentality and romantic energy will bring love magic to your gift.