50th wedding anniversary

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    Aug 25, 2008 1:01 PM GMT
    I'm going interstate in a couple of weeks for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. It's an amazing achievement but I'm totally lost as to what is an appropriate gift to get them. I'm not really close to them, the whole gay thing has always been a barrier, my mum's a Jehovah's Witness so we've never celebrated or exchanged gifts at Xmas, birthdays etc. Any ideas greatly appreciated. icon_question.gif
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    Aug 25, 2008 1:28 PM GMT


    That's wonderful, and this is what you can do, if you move quickly. In the US, the president ( that's right, him) will sign a letter congratulating your parents for 50 married years or more. Not sure if two weeks or so is enough time, but worth it. Even though you may not enjoy this particular man in charge, your parents might appreciate the formal recognition.

    50th is traditionally gold. Any brothers and sisters? What you can do is pool your resources and buy them these: Find out what the traditional birthstone for the month they were married is. Get Mom a small gold locket with the stone inset- it can be real tiny. Get Dad a gold tie tack with the same stone embedded, once again the stone can be very small, as it's the symbolism that counts. These are keepsakes, not necessary to wear.

    We both wish them all the best and much more in the way of continued years together!

    -D & B

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    Aug 25, 2008 2:08 PM GMT


    .... and this is why, in case anyone wonders, it's a good idea to check profiles when answering a posted question.

    You're in Australia!

    So, contact the Governor General and HE will send this congratulatory letter to your parents.icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    jrsmelb saidI'm going interstate in a couple of weeks for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. It's an amazing achievement but I'm totally lost as to what is an appropriate gift to get them. I'm not really close to them, the whole gay thing has always been a barrier, my mum's a Jehovah's Witness so we've never celebrated or exchanged gifts at Xmas, birthdays etc. Any ideas greatly appreciated. icon_question.gif

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If your mother doesn't do gifts, dont do gifts. This is all for them, not you. Let your attendance be the gift. Is that a possible solution.
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    Yeah, well, there's no place like Rome. I was thinking of just writing something personal, but afraid it might end up tinged in bitterness! And thanks to the suggestion above about the letter from the GG, I was already on the ball with that one and organised it a few weeks back.
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    Send them on a trip, a weekend one or something longer....
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    Easy- Gift Certificate... anywhere
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    I weekend getaway somewhere. Get them a hotel, maybe dinner reservations and certificate!

    Definitely try to make it something special. Its an awesome acheivement!
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    When you get there, announce to them that you've brought your children there to meet them. Then whip out a vial of sperm and just explain that they're just looking for an egg, but they still love their grandparents. That should get you over that gay thing with them.
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    Aug 25, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    Religious folk love guns , get them a matching rifle set ! Perfect
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    Aug 25, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    dodgy saidReligious folk love guns , get them a matching rifle set ! Perfect


    Gold rifles, now that would be perfect, AND anniversary-appropriate. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    After 50 years, they need nothing, I'd get them a real nice card, and take some time to write how much you care for them. Despite the struggles between you, that you're proud of their life and marriage and that you're happy to have parents that provided for you throughout your growing up years.

    I'm guessing that even though they don't agree or have struggles with your being gay, you're still their son and they love you. It will probably mean more to them than any trip, gift card or shotgun.

    Good luck, go with an open heart and hopefully it will be a new beginning of a re-established relationship.