For a 50th wedding anniversary, known as "the golden anniversary," unique gift ideas include a personalized map marking various places the couple has lived or travelled or a gold-rimmed plate printed with the text of the couple's wedding invitation. One could also give the couple a paid vacation.
There are a variety of websites that sell unique and personalized gifts for 50th wedding anniversaries. Etsy.com has a variety of shops that sell unique gifts for 50th anniversaries. Gifts displayed in Etsy shops as of July 2015 include personalized golden spoons, a newsprint-style piece of art featuring headlines from the couple's life, a canvas print with a portrait of the couple and hand-painted champagne flutes. MemorableGifts.com also offers unique gift ideas such as a gold- and silver-plated photo album, a personalized grandfather clock and an engraved glass plaque with a unique message for the couple.
According to the online magazine "Etiquette Guide," gifts for a 50th anniversary do not have to be gold, despite the anniversary's traditional theme. Because of the couple's age and the acknowledgement of a significant achievement in their lives, a humorous gift is generally considered inappropriate. A 50th anniversary does not mandate a gift, even when a party is held.