40 Anniversary Gifts for Parents


Anniversary celebrations are always special because they mark a milestone that’s not easy to attain. And when commemorating the number of years that your parents have been married, you need to get gifts that reflect this momentous accomplishment. It can be daunting to figure out the best gifts and that’s why we’ve curated this gift list to make it easier for you. 

Choosing the best anniversary gifts for parents

“Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it’s only paper. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last.” The author of this quote is unknown but the sentiments expressed herein are spot on. So when you have a couple — such as your parents — who have battled the odds and continue to be happy together; you need to celebrate them. Anniversary gifts for parents take on greater significance when you consider the magnitude of what you are celebrating.

So choose gifts that celebrate your parents not as individuals but as a unit because it takes team effort to make a marriage work. Pick gifts that honor their friendship such as the ‘couple’s friendship’ matching bracelet set; consider gifts that reflect their collective achievement such as the ‘then and now’ double picture anniversary frame and do not forget, gifts that celebrate their enduring love such as a cozy fleece blanket which they can snuggle under together and that has details of their love story.

How we identified the best anniversary gifts for parents

We identified that one of the lasting hallmark of any great marriage is friendship and that psychologists consistently recommend married couples work at building a great friendship. As this write-up in the peer-reviewed PsychCentral newsletter says: “Friendship is one of the characteristics of a happy and lasting marriage, as well as the foundation of a healthy marriage. Couples that are friends look forward to spending time together, and genuinely like one another. Their activities and interests actually become enhanced because they have their favorite person with whom to share their life experiences.”

We considered that the reason you get to celebrate your parents’ anniversary is because there are things they have been doing over the years to keep their friendship alive and their marriage working. We selected items that’ll help them continue to strengthen their friendship and we know spending time together is a key component. So we chose items that’ll enable them to hang out together and spend some quality time with each other such as a pair of reclining lounge chairs, the ‘Mr and Mrs’ terry bathrobes that they can wear when lazing around the house, and the large wicker hamper that will come in handy when they want to go for a picnic.

Tips for buying the best anniversary gifts for parents

  1. Give them functional gifts
    Items that mom and dad can use as part of their day-to-day activities will be well received. Consider getting them something like the latest make coffee maker or a dishwasher-safe cookware set; home entertainment units are also good gifts you can consider.
  2. Consider their health
    Your parents are not getting any younger and we know you want to have them around for a long time. Give them gift items that will encourage them to adopt healthy living such as a health-pro cold press slow juicer or an air-fryer oven.
  3. Improve their quality of life
    With age comes the challenge of aches and pains that just won’t go away. Consider gifts that’ll help them manage their symptoms such as the heat foot and calf deep massage gadget that will help to take care of any aches or pains they currently have.