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Special 30th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Mom and Dad

Updated on July 5, 2013

Delight Your Mom and Dad with a Wedding Anniversary Gift to Remember

If your parents were married in 1983, congratulations! They should be rewarded with a nice, appropriate, gift. Thirty years is a long time. Only about half the couples married back then are still married to each other. Your folks are special. They beat the odds and are certainly deserving of the best wishes and congratulations they'll receive for reaching this milestone.

Wedding anniversaries are traditionally symbolized by various things. In the U.S. and U.K. the thirtieth wedding anniversary symbol was and is the pearl. In the late 1930s a national jewelers trade association in the U.S. compiled a list of precious and semi-precious stones to symbolize wedding anniversaries. Because it was widely promoted, not surprisingly by jewelers, it was widely adopted and diamonds also came to represent 30th wedding anniversaries.

Crystal Personalized Champagne Flutes - Pictured above

Fortunately these suggested anniversary gift lists are not etched in stone. While jewelry is nice not everyone is an aficionado. Practical and fun gifts are also appropriate to the occasion. The actual best 30th anniversary gift depends on the recipient. Mom may like a pearl necklace but she may prefer a new smart phone, a pad computer or a couple books. Its almost certain dad will not want a pearl necklace or diamond earrings. Think tools, electronics or something for the house.

Memories of Our Wedding Anniversary Book

Nostalgic Anniversary Gifts for Mom and Dad

Happy Sentimental Gifts

Most of us become a bit nostalgic on anniversaries. We love to recall the "good old days"-at least the good times aspects of those long gone days. The movies we saw and liked and maybe a one or two that were so bad that, try as we might, we can't forget.

The music we listened to that so often brings back poignant memories. Giving mom and dad the soundtracks of some of their favorite films of thirty years ago is sure to bring a smile.

Picture frames that will hold a selection of old school pictures from your childhood will remind them, and you, of things long past. Speaking of pictures, if you have a party for your parents 30th anniversary take lots of pictures and bind them in a memory album. They'll treasure it always.

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Popular Techie Gifts for Parents

Great gadgets they will adore

Couples married in the early 1980s began their married lives as the electronic era started to mature. Computers began living in regular homes, the internet and email ceased to be major mysteries. Many of these folks embraced technology then and by now have become very reliant on the web and instant communication.

For many computers, pads, smart phones and e-readers are a way of life. Good electronic gadgets enable them to keep up with distant friends and family. Do research, shopping or entertain themselves while traveling, commuting or suffering an interminable wait in the doctor's office.

Here are a few suggestions for your tech-savvy parents. Because everyone's situation is different one size does not fit all. For the avid reader a Kindle reader makes sense. The chronic talker may wish a spiffy new smart phone which will permit them to also send text messages and send and receive emails.

If mom and dad take a lot of road trips a new GPS unit may be just the thing. Sometimes it's more affordable to replace a GPS unit than pay to date the maps on an older one.

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For Parents Who Are Not So Techie!

How Computers Work (9th Edition)
How Computers Work (9th Edition)

Great book if they want to find out about computers or if your Mother or Father is looking at jobs involving computer work.


30th Wedding Anniversary Collage Picture Frame

Gardener Folding Chair with Tools

6-pc. Gardening Seat And Tool Set
6-pc. Gardening Seat And Tool Set

Are your parents into gardening? Garden lovers will really appreciate this gift.


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Pearl Anniversary Gift Ideas for Mothers and Fathers - Prime Gift Ideas

Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Set
Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Set

Pearls and, as mentioned earlier, diamonds are the traditional 30th anniversary gifts. From earrings to rings, necklaces - full string or pendant-there are a wide variety of jewelry items suitable for gifts. They don't have to break your budget either. Cultured pearls and synthetic diamonds look, to all but an appraiser, like the real thing. So long as it's tasteful no one will care if it's real or man-made.


Great Ideas for Gifts Cards for Moms and Dads - Help Ma and Pa Treat Themselves or Select Their Own Gifts

Some parents are impossible to shop for. But, so are some children. It balances out. For the hard to accommodate a gift card may be the best choice. It's not nearly as personal as actually spending time on the selection of that special gift, but when all else fails.

Gift cards are available for almost all retailers, restaurants and specialty shops. If dad is into home improvement or DIY stuff a card from a major home center may be the ideal gift. If mom is a crafter, golfer or pet lover there's a gift card that will serve her well.

Amazon eGift Card - Love
Amazon eGift Card - Love

When it comes to gift cards the only real size or color concern you'll have is how much you wish to spend. One size truly does fit all.


Can You Suggest a Good Gift Idea for Parents 30th Wedding Anniversay?

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    • endamclarnon profile image

      Enda McLarnon 

      4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      I was looking for a gift and some great ideas here

    • barberrela profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @mariacarbonara: They are one of my favorites.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      The flutes are beautiful

    • Fridayonmymind LM profile image

      Fridayonmymind LM 

      5 years ago

      I like the 'doing' things ideas - like Sunday Brunch or visit to a Day Spa.

    • Wedding Mom profile image

      Wedding Mom 

      5 years ago

      Your ideas are so comprehensive. I was thinking of gift cards too.

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great ideas!


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