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The Best 50th Wedding-Anniversary Gifts

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Whether you’ve spent the past half-century traveling the world together, growing your family, or supporting each other’s career and life goals, reaching your 50th wedding anniversary is a major accomplishment. You’ve likely encountered highs and lows over the years but figured out how to handle whatever comes your way while keeping your bond strong. And we think that’s worth celebrating with a great gift.

Since it’s known as the “golden anniversary,” it’s no surprise that the traditional gift for the 50-year mark is gold. To help you find the perfect gift for your husband or wife or a special couple in your life, we’ve combed through our extensive archive to find the best gold things (as well as less expensive gold-tone and gold-plated options) we’ve written about here at the Strategist. And if your 50th anniversary is still a few decades away, we’ve also compiled gift guides for milestones along the way, including first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, tenth, 20th, and 25th anniversaries.

For the couple that tells time the old-fashioned way

Leave the phone checking to millennials and Gen-Zers. These analog watches keep the time on your wrist, right where you like it. The oversize men’s Nixon style has a “simultaneously understated and bold ’70s vibe,” while tiny crystals add just a bit of sparkle to our gold-tone women’s watch.

For the couple with advanced style

While our Resident Cool Guy Chris Black is known to have expensive taste, he’s also a wealth of knowledge on inexpensive products that look way fancier than they cost. One is this affordable, high-quality men’s belt with a gold buckle from Maximum Henry, a New York–based brand that Chris says “makes classic belts in a myriad of colors and styles that all come in around $200.” For wives, try these even less expensive gold earrings (which are actually designed for babies) recommended by writer Alice Gregory, who calls them sweet and delicate. If those aren’t exactly her style, we also like these affordable (but expensive-looking) hoops from Walmart.

For the minimalist couple

If you’ve been eyeing a Serge Mouille chandelier but can’t stomach the $7,000 price tag, this gold-accented fixture is another designer favorite that’d be perfect for a contemporary space. “It’s very modern, and large enough to engage a super-open loft,” says designer Orlando Soria.