49th Wedding Anniversary

Find the standout 49th wedding anniversary gifts in my guide that pave the way for your golden jubilee celebration. Let’s make this year count!

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 29 May 2024

Discover The 49th Year Wedding Anniversary

Who says you have to wait for the 50th to pull out all the stops? Every year is precious and deserves its own spotlight. So, in this guide, I will explore some heartwarming 49th wedding anniversary gifts and celebration ideas that show how much you value every moment spent together.

Traditional Gift

For the 49th wedding anniversary, there isn’t a traditional gift. However, modern ideas suggest giving luxury items, showing the wealth of experiences gathered over almost 50 years together. Another timeless option is the purple orchid, which represents beauty, admiration, and deep respect that reflects the lasting love of the couple. These gifts beautifully mark this significant anniversary.

Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and 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.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 49th anniversary gemstone is zircon

After 49 years of love and dedication, the gemstone that stands out is zircon. Unlike cubic zirconia, zircon represents true beauty and authenticity. Zircon comes in an impressive range of colors, from deep red to calming blue, symbolizing multiple experiences and memories you’ve built together over nearly five decades.

Traditional Flower

Traditional 49th year anniversary flower is the purple orchid

The purple orchid is the go-to flower for a 49th anniversary. These flowers are both delicate and strong, embodying the lasting love and respect between you two. Their royal purple petals carry stories of dreams fulfilled, obstacles overcome, and many treasured moments. Just like the couple celebrating, purple orchids are elegant and full of grace, with a fragrance that adds a magical touch to their special day.

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Modern Gift

Luxury goods are the modern gift choice for this anniversary, inviting you both to some high-end elegance. These gifts represent the ultimate in luxury and richness, which is perfect for marking almost fifty years together. Whether it’s classic jewelry, a custom designer piece, or an extravagant experience, luxury gifts take the celebration up a notch. They’re a way to spoil each other and reflect on the deep love and partnership they’ve built.

How Long You´ve Been Married

49 years / 588 months / 2,556 weeks / 17,897 days / 429,528 hours / 25,771,680 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Jupiter, you would have been married for 4.13 years and if you lived on Mercury 203.48 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

If you’re stumped on finding that one gift that whispers of the decades spent by each other’s side, I can help you. Here are some gift ideas that’ll get you thinking in the right direction.

  • Cashmere scarf – keep him cozy and stylish
  • Latest Apple smartwatch – stay connected wherever he goes
  • Personalized leather wallet – hold memories with every dollar spent
  • Courant Catch:3 Charging Tray – to simplify his charging routine 
  • Gold Neck Chain – boost his style with a classic accessory
  • Funny t-shirt – use this: “After 49 years, all I got was this t-shirt”
We are better together - Sea Glass love birds framed gift


“We are better together”

A wonderful handmade framed unique design of a couple of love birds, including a sweet quote. The quote can be personalized for you. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes a lovely unique anniversary or special occasion gift.

Try this special wish:

My dearest husband,

After 49 years of marriage, you still give me butterflies. Thank you for the laughter, the joy, and for growing old together. You’re my best friend, my partner, my everything. I love you more each day.

Happy Anniversary!

All my love, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Your 49th anniversary is another reason to show her she’s your world. I’ve some gift suggestions below to make this day memorable beyond words.

  • Blue zircon and silver tennis bracelet – to make her shine
  • Designer bag or shoes – give her the luxury she deserves
  • Silk gown – make her feel like royalty every night
  • Luxury skincare or beauty set – pamper her with self-care essentials
  • Cashmere jacket – keep her warm with softness that hugs back
  • Fun pair of sloggers garden boots – keep her mud-free in the garden


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 darling wife,

Forty-nine years ago I made the best decision of my life – marrying you. Thank you for the memories we’ve created, the family we’ve raised, and for being by my side through it all. My heart is fuller and my life is better because of you.

Happy 49th Anniversary, my love!

Yours always, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

For those landmark 49 years together, finding the right way to acknowledge that love and dedication isn’t always straightforward. I’ve handpicked some gifts to honor the incredible legacy of any couple.

  • Gourmet food hamper – spice up their date nights with top-notch flavors
  • Luxurious scented candle – fill their space with warmth and exquisite scents
  • Premium wine or spirits – toast to their enduring love with a fine bottle
  • Chocolate and wine pairing – Let them explore decadent flavors together
  • Handmade glass vase – to hold your flowers
  • High-quality kitchen gadgets – make their culinary adventures easier and enjoyable

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Fun Fact

Since you’ve been married:
Combined, the two of you have spent about 35.9 years sleeping
You two have had about 178,970 dreams
The two of you have spent around 57.3 months eating and drinking
The two of you have eaten about 97.9 tons of food 

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate a 49th wedding anniversary

At home idea:

For your 49th anniversary, consider creating a memorable day at home by ticking off items from your “couples bucket list.” Start this adventure by thinking about what you both love and dream about. This could be the perfect time to learn something new or dive into a hobby together.

It might be a cooking class to try making gourmet dishes together or tackling that DIY project you’ve been putting off. Don’t worry if you haven’t made a bucket list yet. Today’s the perfect day to start. Take some time to brainstorm ideas that thrill you both. Your list can include anything from outdoor adventures to cozy indoor projects.

After choosing your activity, jump in with both feet. For instance, you can try painting, learning a new language, or getting into gardening. Enjoy discovering and growing together.

On a budget idea:

Enjoy a budget-friendly anniversary by taking a self-guided walking tour. Pick a neighborhood or historical area and use online resources or guidebooks to find your way. Now, wander at your own pace, visiting landmarks or stopping at cafes whenever you feel like it. Take in all the sights and sounds, chat with locals, and enjoy discovering new things together. This simple, leisurely adventure allows you to create special memories without spending a lot.

An adventurous idea:

Stargazing, tick this one off your bucket list

Go for a cosmic adventure by taking a private tour of a high-tech observatory. You can step into another world where the universe’s secrets are right there for you to see, thanks to some amazing telescopes and astronomers who really know their stuff.

Walking into the observatory, you can feel the excitement bubble up. You’ll see distant galaxies, bright star clusters, and maybe even hard-to-spot planets. It’s like watching the grand ballet of the cosmos, with each celestial body revealing the universe’s immense scale.

Your experience goes beyond just looking at the stars. You’ll have conversations with astronomers who can explain the wonders you’re seeing. They’ll talk about how stars are born, the mysteries of black holes, and the intricate details of nebulae. Every new piece of information will expand your understanding of space, leaving you amazed by its infinite complexity.

A luxury idea:

Celebrate your 49th anniversary with something truly special, like an exclusive Dinner & Show Riverboat Cruise. Get on board a beautifully prepared riverboat for a night filled with dining and entertainment. You will enjoy great meals from top chefs and watch live performances.

While the boat sails, the night’s atmosphere makes everything feel even more intimate. Every dish and show is part of building unforgettable memories. Then, there’s the night sky above, full of stars. The gentle flow of the river and the magic of the evening will pull you both into a deeper connection.

Fun Fact

Zircon stands as Earth’s oldest known mineral, with a rich history dating back eons. These remarkable gems showcase a diverse spectrum of colors, ranging from serene blues and delicate pinks to radiant yellows and pristine colorless varieties.

Common Questions about the 49th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 49th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 49th wedding anniversary does not have a name associated with it.

Q: What is the 49th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 49th wedding anniversary gemstone is zircon. It should not be mistaken for cubic zirconia, which is a synthetic gemstone.

Q: What is the 49th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: There is no traditional symbol for a 49th wedding anniversary.

Q: What is the 49th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 49th wedding anniversary doesn’t have a specific color.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 49th wedding anniversary?

A: While there is no specific traditional gift for the 49th wedding anniversary, the modern gift suggestion is luxury goods. You can celebrate this milestone by indulging in a luxurious meal or a memorable trip.

Q: What is the 49th year anniversary flower?

A: The 49th wedding anniversary flower is purple orchids. These flowers are a thoughtful way to express respect and admiration for your loved one.

Did You Know?

The zircon crystals from Australia’s Jack Hills are believed to be the oldest thing ever discovered on Earth.

Zircon is sometimes looked upon as a cheap diamond simulant, but in actuality it can be a valuable gem.

In the realm of symbolism, orchids reign as icons of luxury, beauty, and resilience. However, it’s important to note that within the vast orchid family, various types and hues can convey distinct messages, adding depth and nuance to the sentiments expressed through these exquisite blooms.

An orchid can bloom for two months or more and can continue to bloom year after year when cared for properly.

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 – SpainZircon
Traditional Gift – GermanyCedar
Traditional Gift – FranceCedar
Traditional Gift – ItalyZircon
Flower GiftPurple Orchids
Gemstone GiftZircon
Modern GiftLuxury Goods

Lighthearted Wishes

Wow, 49 years of wedded bliss! You two are an inspiration to us all. Your love and commitment to each other over nearly five decades is amazing. We’re so happy to celebrate this anniversary with you.

May your love continue to grow stronger and your bond grow deeper with each passing year. Cheers to 49 years!

Wishing you many more years of joy, laughter and romance together! Stay sweet!

May the laughter you share only continue to grow heartier, the adventures wilder, and the romance sweeter with each coming year.

Cheers to 49 years of laughter, adventures, hugs and kisses!

49 years of being each other’s biggest fan and supporter – that’s true love right there!

You make marriage look so easy – congratulations on 49 magnificent years together!

We are so delighted to be celebrating your 49th wedding anniversary with you. May you be blessed with a lifetime more of the love, joy and companionship you share. Happy anniversary!

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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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