47th Wedding Anniversary

Making it to 47 years of marriage shows remarkable commitment and adaptability. My guide will list some impressive gifts and celebration ideas for your 47th wedding anniversary.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 29 May 2024

Discover The 47th Year Wedding Anniversary

Forty seven years in, and you both are still not over each other. You guys have basically nailed the art of sticking together – through bad hair days and even worse cooking disasters. That’s like binge-watching the longest, craziest series ever, but in real life. This milestone is proof of your strong relationship, built on endless support and love. My guide will reveal the coolest ways to celebrate your 47th wedding anniversary.

Traditional Gift

Couples mark this occasion with gifts that mix tradition and imagination. Books are a popular choice as they reflect the shared journey and wisdom you’ve gathered over the years as a pair. Whether it’s through beloved novels or short story collections, books have a way of bringing you two even closer. Then there’s amethyst, the gemstone for this year. Its purple shades reflect the deep, sometimes mysterious bond you share, urging you to keep that connection strong. This anniversary celebrates the lasting beauty of love powered by stories and dreams shared over nearly five decades.

Sea glass together beautifual place


“Together is a beautiful place to be”

A framed, handmade design of a family of birds made with genuine sea glass. Message reads “Together is a beautiful place to be”. The sea glass is collected by the creator from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes a lovely and unique anniversary gift..

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 47th anniversary gemstone is the amethyst

The 47th anniversary is traditionally linked to the amethyst. Its beautiful purple shades, from dark violet to light lavender, make it special. This gem represents the deep connection and strong bond you share after years together. The amethyst stands for the clear and strong love you’ve built, showing how well you understand and support each other through life’s journey.

Traditional Flower

Camellia flower is the traditional 47th anniversary flower

For your 47th anniversary, the camellia is the perfect flower to mark the occasion. Its beauty is simple yet strong, just like the love you share. With colors ranging from soft pastels to bright shades, the camellia reflects the many feelings and experiences you’ve had together over the years. Your journey, like this flower’s blooming petals, has been full of grace and beauty. It’s a path lined with precious memories and a love that grows more vibrant with each year.

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Modern Gift

Giving books is a thoughtful way to celebrate your 47-year-long bond. Every book is a little adventure waiting to happen, packed with insights and sparks of inspiration that echo your own journey together. Whether you’re into the classics that have stood the test of time or the latest page-turners that everyone’s talking about, books are a shout-out to how solid and rich your connection really is. As you flip through those pages, you’ll find yourselves revisiting all those moments – the laughter, the tears, and the special memories that have stitched your life together.

How Long You´ve Been Married

47 years / 564 months / 2,452 weeks / 17,166 days / 411,984 hours / 24,719,040 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.29 years and if you lived on Mercury 195.17 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Struggling to find that perfect something for your husband? I’ve scoured the corners for cool gift inspirations tailor-made for moments as grand as these.

  • Sports team history book – relive epic moments and games
  • Luxury pen set – make signing his name a statement
  • Book reading lamp – for his late-night reading sessions
  • Toolset or new tool bag – upgrade his DIY toolkit
  • Classic books set – enrich his library with timeless literature
  • Golf lessons with a pro – sharpen his golf skills on the green
  • Book of funny sporting bloopers – guarantee him a good laugh
Cocktail Art Anniversary CelebrationSea Glass


“Why limit happy to one hour”

A wonderful and fun, framed unique design of a selection of drinks with a quote that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

My Dearest Love,

As I reflect on our 47 blessed years together, my heart overflows with gratitude for you. You are my sustenance, my steady anchor through life’s tides. Our love has penned the most wonderful stanzas upon the pages of time.

Hand in hand, we’ve climbed mountains and wandered valleys, weathering storms that threatened to tear us apart, yet emerging more united. Even when gales roared, your love guided me home.

Your eternally smitten wife. XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

If you’re aiming to truly impress the lady who’s seen all your layers, I’ve got some unique ideas that hit right in the feels without falling into the cliché trap.

  • Amethyst pendant necklace – adorn her attire with a classic piece
  • Amethyst Bracelet – a little elegance she can wear every day
  • Silver heart bookmark – for her literary escapes
  • Camellia-shaped earrings or brooch – nature-inspired jewelry for her floral outfits
  • Set of bestselling books – fuel her reading adventures with stories that grip the soul
  • Home spa gift set – who needs a spa day when you can bring the spa to her?
  • A fun bobblehead of her – laugh and love with a mini-her


Handmade framed design of a couple in love, all made with pebbles and genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This can be pesonalized with your own message and makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or wedding gift to give to a loved one.

Try this special wish:

My Daring Dream Weaver,

From the moment you lassoed my heart all those years ago, you’ve kept life feeling like a grand adventure. With your radiant spirit and mischievous grin, you awaken the world around us with vibrant hues. Side by side, we’ve wandered down paths yet unexplored, hand in hand as partners discovering life’s whimsies.

On this 47th anniversary, I wish for us decades more of chasing sunbeams, dancing among the raindrops, and reveling in the magic we’ve created together. You are the butterflies in my soul, the stardust that makes my nights shimmer and glow. Here’s to many more escapades with my eternal sweetheart and partner in whimsy!

Endlessly Enchanted, xxx

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Finding a special gift for a couple celebrating their 47th year of marriage can be tricky. I’ve managed to round up some fun and original ideas just for them.

  • Animal-themed bookends – adorable reminders of their favorite animals 
  • Board game – spark fun, competitive nights at home
  • Book tokens – freedom to choose their next great read together
  • Camellia plant – add a bloom of color to their garden or home
  • Food hamper – indulge in gourmet treats on a cozy night 
  • Two tickets to a show – enjoy a memorable evening out together

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Fun Fact

Since you’ve been married:
Combined, the two of you have spent about 35.5 years sleeping zzzzz
You two have had about 171,660 dreams
The two of you have spent around 55.00 months eating and drinking and eaten approx 93.9 tons of food.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate the 47th wedding anniversary

At home idea:

Dust off that chess or checkers board you’ve been keeping in storage – tonight’s the perfect time to bring it out. Set the stage for a cozy night with some candles for a soft glow, comfy seating, and a cozy blanket to snuggle under. Then, choose a selection of wines, from deep reds to light whites, and line them up with some nice glasses on a well-prepared table.

As you play, take turns diving into your strategy, but keep it light and fun. Enjoy the wine, talk about what makes each one special, and share some laughs and stories along the way.

There’s no rush. Let the evening roll on at its own pace so you can focus on enjoying the moment and each other’s company.

On a budget idea:

Invite your book-loving friends over for a cozy book swap night. Make your living room a comfy spot for reading, with plenty of seats and books everywhere.

You can ask everyone to bring a book from their collection to exchange. Once guests arrive, set up the books on a table for easy browsing.

Start the evening by having each person introduce their book. This gets the excitement going and helps people pick what they might want to swap.

Also, offer simple snacks and homemade lemonade to keep the energy levels up. As the night moves on, you’ll find everyone chatting away, bonding over their favorite reads. By the time they head home, they’ll not only have a new book to read but also great memories from the evening.

An adventurous idea:

Enjoy a audiobooks road trip

Hit the road and make refreshing memories on this anniversary. You can kick your road trip into high gear with a little help from today’s tech. Before you even pull out of the driveway, load up your smartphone or tablet with a bunch of audiobooks. Mix it up with some mystery, drama, or even a couple of those life-changing memoirs. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can play them right through your car’s speakers.

As you drive through beautiful landscapes and visit quaint towns, use travel apps to uncover local spots and attractions you wouldn’t want to miss. Keep your phone camera ready to capture and share your experiences on social media, letting friends and family join in on your adventure from afar.

When the day winds down, find a cozy place to stay with hotel booking apps or websites. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep before the next day’s explorations.

A luxury idea:

Plan a luxury literary escape by heading to some of the world’s most prestigious book fairs, like the ones in London, Frankfurt, or America. Pick a fair that grabs your interest and matches your reading tastes.

After choosing your book fair, book a luxurious hotel close to the event. Go for a five-star hotel that offers top-notch amenities and excellent service and is just a short walk from the fair. Enjoy a lavish suite with breathtaking views, soft bedding, and stylish decor for a truly opulent stay.

The book fair is where the magic happens. You’ll be wandering through aisles filled with the latest reads, getting your books signed by authors, and maybe even striking up conversations with people who are just as passionate about books as you are. 

But hey, it’s not all about the books. Your hotel is part of the experience, too. This is your chance to live it up with spa treatments, lazy poolside afternoons, and dining that’ll make your taste buds sing. You can unwind in the evenings with a glass of champagne or a specialty cocktail at the hotel bar.

Fun Fact

Camellia sinensis is usually called ‘tea plant’, as it is the most common plant in the world to be used to make tea, usually from young leaves that can be made into green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea and other types of tea.

Common Questions about the 47th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 47th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 47th wedding anniversary does not have a name associated with it.

Q: What is the 47th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 47th wedding anniversary gemstone is called amethyst.

Q: What is the 47th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 47th wedding anniversary does not have a symbol.

Q: What is the 47th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 47th wedding anniversary does not have a specific color.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 47th wedding anniversary?

A: There is no traditional gift for the 47th wedding anniversary, while the modern gift is books of any genre.

Q: What is the 47th year anniversary flower?

A: The 47th wedding anniversary flower is the camellia. It symbolizes love, affection, and admiration.

Did You Know?

Camellia bushes can live up to 100 to 200 years, although the oldest living camellia, planted in 1347, can be found in China’s Panlong Monastry.

Sacramento, California is nicknamed the Camellia City.

The Camellia is Alabama’s state flower

The fear of running out of something to read is called Abibliophobia.

The best-selling novel of all time is Don Quixote, with 500 million copies sold since it was first published in Spanish in 1605 and 1615.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – USNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – AustraliaNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – CanadaNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – SpainAmethyst
Traditional Gift – GermanyCashmere
Traditional Gift – FranceCashmere
Traditional Gift – ItalyAmethyst
Flower GiftCamellia
Gemstone GiftAmethyst
Modern GiftBooks

Lighthearted Wishes

From sharing a passion for adventure to perfecting the art of lighthearted banter, their relationship is a shining example of what it means to be partners in crime (and in life). As they celebrate an incredible 47 years together.

Here´s some wishes Shakespearean-style:

Hark! Upon this merry occasion of thy 47th anniversary, I doth send thee hearty felicitations! May thy love blossometh like the fairest rose, and thy laughter ringeth through the halls of time!

What magic admixture alchemized their marry’d life? That their ardor stands so valiant against all woe and strife? Forsooth, ’tis a bond the poets oft’times fail to craft, But by heav’n’s good grace, these turtledoves hath quaffed.

Hear ye, hear ye! Let all the world rejoice upon this 47th anniversary! To the couple whose love doth rival that of Romeo and Juliet, I doth offer my sincerest congratulations and best wishes.

Huzzah to the valorous knights who’v’e braved amor’s battlefield! Forty-seven long years their twin hearts were steeled. Now let laurel wreaths of rev’rence deck their bonnie brows, As this court doth celebrate their never-ending vows.

What revelry dost thou bringeth to this merry occasion! Happy 47th anniversary, dear friends! May thy love story be writ upon the annals of history, a tale of passion, devotion, and undying affection.

Oh, how the stars doth twinkle upon this wondrous day of celebration! Forty-seven years hath passed in the blink of an eye, yet thy love doth shine brighter than the sun at noon.

These lighthearted wishes, penned in the style of Shakespeare, doth conveyeth my heartfelt congratulations to the celebrating couple on their 47th anniversary. I hope you enjoyed them!

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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