Expert Advice on Top 6 Wedding Anniversary Gifts Questions!

Choosing the right anniversary gift is tough enough, now the question is how to personalize it properly and appropriately? From names, to dates and special messages it can all get a little confusing! While personalizing a special gift please keep the recipient’s preference in mind, but overall it is personal preference and just what feels and sounds right! Here are our Expert Advice and Answers to our most frequently asked questions for Wedding Anniversary Gift giving and etiquette.

Q1 – Is there specific wedding anniversary gift for each milestone?

Yes! Celebrating an anniversary milestone can be a big deal whether it’s the first anniversary or the 50th there are special traditions and new modern themes! For example, the 25th wedding anniversary is celebrated with Silver, so personalized silver anniversary plate makes the perfect gift.  Another common wedding anniversary gift is the prized golden 50th! Commemorated with the color gold, an engraved anniversary gold clock makes the perfect gift to symbolize the time spent together! You can find a complete list of wedding anniversary milestones and themes here.

Q2 – What are the specific flowers for each wedding anniversary milestone? 

Engraved 25th Wedding Anniversary Tall Jade Glass Vase50th wedding anniversary gift engraved modern glass vase with gold accents

 

Flowers are a classic way of celebrating an anniversary! For every anniversary milestone, there are specific flowers to match and that represent a theme! A great example is the first wedding anniversary is represented by carnations which symbolize lasting vows and joy for the upcoming years. Another great example is the 50th wedding anniversary, represented by yellow roses that symbolize virtue, humility and faith. For a complete list of anniversary flowers and symbolism, check out this helpful blog post. Now, that you have the perfect flowers, we have the perfect vases for any anniversary milestone!

 

Q3 – What date should a wedding anniversary gift be engraved or personalized with?

Both the wedding date and anniversary date are appropriate for an anniversary gift. It is more common to use the current anniversary date, rather than the wedding date. For example, if Joan and Bill Collins are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and got married on 7/24/1968 the date on the gift should be personalized with 7/24/2018 or July 24, 2018.

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Q4 – Whose name goes first on the wedding anniversary gift?

The order of names is usually determined by the formality of the gift and just what sounds good! You can personalize with nicknames like Mom and Dad or Nana and PawPaw or you can use more formal surnames and titles. For example, if they like to use their titles, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Collins OR less formal but totally appropriate, Joan and Bill Collins.

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Q5 – Should you engrave who the gift is from on a weeding anniversary gift?

Along with the recipient’s names and anniversary date, a lot of our anniversary items have the option to add an additional message. We find it best to keep other names and individuals omitted from the engraving to keep the focus and integrity of the anniversary gift. Adding who the gift is from in the message is a nice sentiment but can also clutter the engraving.  Best is to add it to a gift card message with a special note from you just for them!

Q6 – What is an appropriate message engraved on a wedding anniversary gift?

Remember, the message for engraving is something that will be read and displayed prominently! Forego adding your name or others individuals names, to keep the engraving classic and uncluttered. We find that appropriate messages include, short sweet poem excerpts, treasured religious passages, or even a list of their familial accomplishments make a great message. If all else fails, we have a variety of appropriate example messages on all of our Anniversary items. If you would like the example message to be used, just enter the following into the personalization “Same as example” and we will use the same message shown.

Example of personalization messages:

An anniversary is a time
to celebrate the joys of today,
the memories of yesterday,
and the hopes of tomorrow.

Love is patient, love is kind,
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

Here at Memorable Gifts, we have been in the gift-giving business for over 20 years and pride ourselves on our industry expertise! We carefully curate amazing gifts for all occasions and celebrations with original and unique designs. With thousands of satisfied customers over the years, we have learned the ins and outs of personalized gifts! How do you like to celebrate anniversaries? Do you have any special family traditions or gifts? Have you ever received a personalized wedding anniversary gift? We would love to hear how you celebrate this special occasion!

Easy Graduation Gift Ideas

Summer is coming up and that means Graduations – colleges and universities, high school and even technical school! Graduation season is around the corner and is a major milestone in many young people’s lives. It marks a turning point and a hard worked for accomplishment. Show your support of your recent graduate and celebrate their new found success with a personalized graduation gift. Whether they are starting a new chapter of schooling or gearing up for their career, we have something special for every type of graduate!

Graduation Gifts Ideas for Every Graduate 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every studious graduate has a collection of books, from novels to textbooks. A book is a very important and meaningful icon, symbolizing knowledge. Celebrate their new found knowledge with a customized crystal book plaque. Crafted from optic crystal and adorned with a silver cap charm, this plaque is sure last the test of time. This makes the perfect plaque to adorn their full bookshelves. A personalized wooden book clock makes a unique gift for any graduate. Engraved with their name, alma mater or even a special message and featuring a photo frame inside. This makes the perfect gift for any new graduate’s desk.

Commemorative gifts are always nice to give for special occasions, and can have a lot of sentimental value. A personalized pen set makes a great gift to celebrate a graduation. They can display in their new office or home as a special reminder or even use the personalized pen to make a great first impression during an interview. An engraved tea light candle holder makes a great gift to any new graduate. Adorned with the graduation cap and personalized with their name and Alma Mater, this candle holder is sure to match any home or office décor.

How do you plan on celebrating an upcoming Graduation? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the graduation ceremony, there will be so many pictures taken. Honor those special candid moments with a personalized photo wall panel, specially designed for your favorite photo. An engraved 8” x 10” wooden frame makes the perfect frame to proudly display your photo on any wall or mantle in the house. A personalized photo frame makes a great gift for those high school graduates that are moving off to college. This sturdy rustic 4” x 6” photo frame is sure to match any dorm or apartment décor and last through all the moves and parties!

Graduation is a special and exciting time for the young graduate. Celebrate and commemorate this time with a unique graduation gift. This year instead of money or gift cards, give a unique gift that will truly be cherished. Do you have any special graduates in mind? How do you plan on celebrating an upcoming graduation? Any family graduation traditions or practices?

Ways to Appreciate your Favorite Professor

Whether you’re about to graduate from college or you’ve already started your career, there had to have been key professors or counselors that helped you get to where you are now. If they were your mentor, counselor, boss or even a friend all educators deserve a thanks! What is even an appropriate gift?  Do you need to get all of your professors a gift? Here are some tips and ideas for appropriate professor gifts during graduation.

 

Office Gifts

Like all college or university professors, they are always busy and sometimes unorganized. Help keep their office nice and tidy with a personalized office or desk gift. A personalized name plate, engraved with their names and titles adds a stately feel to their office. For the especially unorganized, an engraved pen holder or desktop organizer will work wonders. A set of personalized bookends make a classic and timeless gift for any professor and is something that they are sure to use and display for years to come.

 

Personal Professor Gifts

Are you and your professor close? Like, friends or even mentor/mentee? If so, a personal gift can totally be appropriate. A personalized photo frame with a photo of the two of you from the beginning of your journey is a great sentimental gift that they can display in their office. Do you share the love for the same sports team or hobby? A pair of tickets or memorabilia can be a great gift! Even a bottle of their favorite wine and some local goodies make a great gift! Professors need fun and hobbies too!

 

Thank You Gift

 

If all else fails, an appropriate and thoughtful gift is a personalized thank you plaque. Personalized with their name and titles, you can even include a heartfelt message to them. A personalized pen set makes a great thank you gift for a professor because every time they use that pen, they will remember how they’ve helped you! Adorn the box with their name and a special thank you message to really make it a special gift. Whether they helped you graduate or were there for you when you needed someone, it is never too late to thank them!

 

Thanking a professor is a special gesture for everything they have taught and instilled in you. Some professors see you from your first year to the end of your term or even graduate program. The time and energy invested into you should be reciprocated. Do you need to give a gift to all of your professors? No, only the ones that really mean something to you and that have personally helped you. Being an educator is a thankless job, when it really doesn’t have to be. How have you thanked your professors or mentors in the past? How do you plan on thanking your professors?

Understanding Confirmation and Ways to Commemorate

The sacrament of Confirmation is a large and important step for young catholic adults further into God’s grace. With the support and help of their sponsors, they will receive the Holy Spirit and continue to live and thrive as a practicing patron. This is a milestone not only in the Catholic or Christian religions, but also for the young adult and sponsors. How do you celebrate this milestone and what is an appropriate Confirmation gift?

Symbolism and Sponsors

A traditional symbol of the sacrament of Confirmation is a white dove, signifying rebirth and grace. As the Bishop is bestowing the Holy Spirit onto the individual with perfumed sacred oil, laying of the hands and prayer, a change is happening. Sponsors are responsible for guiding the changing young adult through life, leading by example and protecting and praying for them. The role of a sponsor is very similar to the role and functions of a God Parent during baptism and sometimes is the God Parent.

What is an Appropriate Confirmation Gift?

Depending on how well you know the individual, a religious themed gift is usually the best gift. Stay away from personal gifts like perfume or clothing as this is a spiritual celebration. Jewelry for Women is also traditional, like a cross necklace or bracelet.

Rosary and Rosary Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosaries and Rosary Boxes make a great confirmation gift. Adorned with the symbol of a white dove and cross, engraved with the individuals name and special date of confirmation make this item special. What makes this item unique is the special message and words for encouragement from the sponsor or God Parent. Pair with a personalized or special rosary, this gift is sure to be used for prayer and reflection daily. Looking for a personalized rosary to match? Try The Rosary Garden for personalized rosaries with names, special color beads and icons.

Photo Frame

Help them to commemorate and remember the special day they were endowed with the Holy Spirit with a photo frame. Adorned with doves and crosses and engraved with the special date, this frame is sure to be displayed for years to come. Add their special confirmation name to truly make it a thoughtful gift!

Bible Cover or Keepsake Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To help lead a life of prayer and forgiveness, a personalized bible cover can be a great gift. Help them keep their bible safe and clean with a special bible cover, with different sizes, colors and designs there is one for every style. A personalized box, adorned with a cross and their name and special date is a great gift to keep small mementos like bibles, prayer cards and rosaries. Also this box is the perfect size to keep letters, cards and photos safe.

No matter the gift, it really is the sentiment that matters. A new chapter is starting for the newly confirmed individual and it is a path of enlightenment and prayer. Help guide them on this new path with a thoughtful and useful gift. How do you celebrate this special sacrament? What do you think is an appropriate gift? Let us know, we love hearing your ideas and thoughts!

Our Top Wedding Anniversary Gifts

A wedding anniversary is a special time to celebrate a milestone that not everyone gets to experience in their lifetime. From special First Anniversaries to Landmark 50th Anniversaries, the sentiment is always the same, true love! Every anniversary year has a special flower and style of gift, which really makes it hard to pick the perfect anniversary gift! We put together a special list that details, the traditional and modern anniversary gifts and the flowers – you can find the Anniversary Gift Cheat Sheet Here. Here at Memorable Gifts, we love celebrating love and marriage and the special bond that two people share. We have curated a unique collection specialized for all anniversary years and milestones! Here are some of our Favorite gifts!

Toasting Set 

Toast to years of love and dedication with this personalized wine glass toasting set. This set is the Perfect gift for couples celebrating any anniversary milestone and to toast many more years of happiness. This makes a great gift for couples celebrating their anniversary with a party or even just that couple who enjoy a great glass of wine. With a variety of designs and glasses, we have something for every couples taste!

Anniversary Plate

This traditional white bone porcelain tray from the Classic American China company, Lenox, is sure to impress! Our modern designs paired with the classic style of Lenox are sure to match any home décor and be displayed for years to come! With different designs and anniversary milestones, we have one for all of the special couples in your life!

Flower Vase 

Flowers, a classic wedding anniversary gift, can be boring and plain. Spruce up that bouquet with a personalized Wedding Anniversary Vase!  Personalize with their names and wedding anniversary date OR wedding date to make it a vessel they will use every time they receive flowers!

Love in the air, people are coupling up and celebrating love; Wedding Season is coming up – which also means Anniversary Season!  Everyone knows someone celebrating an anniversary from a milestone first or 50th! How do you plan on celebrating special anniversaries this year? Do you have special traditions or gifts that you like to give?