Feb 27 2010
Selecting an anniversary gift for your parents should be easy. Who knows your parents and their interests and personal preferences better than you do? The challenge when buying anything but especially and anniversary gift for your parents is the fear of rejection. Somehow most of us spend our whole lives trying to live up to what we believe our parents expect of us. The irony is in most cases our parents are happy with whatever we do and an anniversary gift is no exception.
Keep in mind it is the thought that counts. The fact that you remembered the anniversary and care enough to honor your parents with an anniversary gift is what will be appreciated and treasured by your parents not the cost of the gift or the nature of the gift.
That said it is probably a little awkward to get our parents a sexy or romantic anniversary gift so let’s focus on sentimental gifts, gifts we know our parents desire or will treasure and gifts that will have a special meaning to our parents.
Anniversary Gifts that Celebrate the Memories
My favorite personalized anniversary gift is the Memory Lane Print which the artists will personalize with locations and events from your parent’s life. To see this print and the options available to personalize it go to the website www.yourmemorylane.com.
Another simple but great idea is a personalized coffee mug with a favorite picture imprinted on the mug. The website www.cupsandstuff.com/ will not only put the picture on a mug but if coffee is not your parent’s thing you might choose to put the picture on a mouse pad or set of coasters.
Of course there is always a scrapbook or video slide show you can make from all those photos your parents have stuffed in boxes in the closet. The scrapbook is a great way to celebrate memories and all you need is a great scrapbook cover, some markers and maybe a little ribbon or fabric and you are on your way.
If you folks would enjoy a digital version of their memories you can digitalize their old pictures yourself or send them to www.scanmyphotos.com/ who will digitalize the photos for you. There are many software products that will help you make a video slideshow or photo collage. One of the more popular photo slideshow software products is www.slideroll.com/. You could also check out www.photo-to-dvd.com/ another software option.
Bed Bath and Beyond has a handsome set of ten black frames of varying sizes that would make a great wall collage of photos. You can see these frames and others at www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=16761338.
A great gift for mom is a charm bracelet with charms representing meaningful events and times in your parent’s life. You can find gold and silver charm bracelets and a selection of charms on the website www.classic-charms.com/.
There are also the unique bracelets made by Pandora which if you have not seen you need to check out at www.pancharmbracelets.com/.
Anniversary Gifts that Fill Your Parent’s Wish List
There are two categories of wish list gifts. Things that you are aware of that your parents have always wanted or talked about and trips your parents have always dreamed of taking.
Jewelry, China, Glassware
Jewelry is a popular choice for an anniversary gift. Emily Post has designated a gem for each anniversary year. But diamonds and pearls are always popular. Your choice of jewelry gifts is endless and depends primarily on your parent’s desires and tastes. It does not have to be a gem it could be a gold or silver necklace, bracelet or watch.
If you know your mother has always wanted a pearl necklace for example you can find a beautiful variety of cultured pearls online at www.mikimotoamerica.com/. Mikimoto was one of the originators of the cultured pearl process and still produces some of the finest cultured pearls today. On their website you can find pearls of all colors and pearl strands of all lengths, pearl earrings and rings.
If diamonds, emeralds or rubies are the jewelry gift you are looking for you can find classic designed jewelry choices for necklaces, bracelets, rings and more on www.twin-diamonds.com.
If you are more interested in unique handcrafted jewelry try www.handmade-beaded-gemstone-jewelry.com for some beautiful anniversary gift choices.
Wedgewood is the top of the line fine china manufacturer. If you are looking for serving dishes a vase or an entire set of fine china you will find beautiful patterns on the Wedgewood website at www.wedgwoodusa.com/index.asp. This site also offers classic wineglasses and other stemware.
If your parents would appreciate colorful and unique glassware check out the hand blown Mexican glassware on www.mexicanbubbleglass.com/. You can find intriguing hand blown glasses, hand turned wooden bowls and cups made of polished cow horn at www.jelldragon.com/glass.htm if you want to get something really striking and unique for your parents anniversary gift.
This day in age the internet makes the exploration of trip offers and booking or trips from the comfort of your home an easy task. Maybe your parents have always talked about a cruise. You can go directly to the cruise line sites if you know which type of cruise they are interested in or you can go to www.cruisesonly.com/ to see cruises to destinations all over the world or to search by cruise lines for cruises.
Maybe your parents have always wanted to go to Paris or London or a Caribbean Island; you can look for package trips and special deal vacation offers on most airline websites or you can check out www.expedia.com or www.orbitz.com to see what is available. If you decide to book your own arrangements, after you have set your trip dates you should visit www.tripadvisor.com to see what accommodations are available and to read reviews of the establishments listed. You need to either work with your parents to plan the trip or be very certain you understand the length of the trip they are prepared to take and any other special accommodations they may need to be comfortable and have a wonderful experience.