Why give anniversary gifts for parents?

If you’re a thoughtful kid, your parents already know to likely expect a great gift from you on their birthdays, Christmas, and Mother’s/Father’s day. But if you really want to surprise them, why not give them a unique anniversary gift as well? 🎁  A couple’s anniversary is a special day, but it’s one more often than not neglected by their offspring. At Flytographer, we believe in celebrating your story, which includes the occasion of proclaiming one’s love officially to the world. Show appreciation for this unique bond of your parents is truly special.

Everything starts with a date. And it’s not necessarily only a wedding date that counts, but first dates, engagements, moving in together, or even the date of the first declaration one made to the other are key moments. This one is on you — if you don’t already know the most important date for their relationship, try to find out … discreetly. 🤫

Now, the question is, what meaningful gift to give? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back, as always. Here are five personalized ideas for the best anniversary gifts for parents – moms, dads, and step-parents included.

Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Cameron and their family celebrate their trip to the Amalfi coast with a family photoshoot.

1. A romantic getaway or staycation

Honeymoons don’t need to happen only once. A good vacation is always an excuse for a celebration … or is it the other way around?  🤔  Studies show that couples who travel together are happier and more satisfied with each other. The shared experience of a trip is the perfect way for them to reconnect on new levels and discover new things about one another that often go unnoticed during the fast pace of the daily routine. Needless to say, whether a weekend getaway or a far-flung vacation, time in a new place together is one of the best anniversary gifts for parents.

Photo: Flytographer in Venice. Christin and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Venice with a couple photoshoot.

Legendary romantic getaways

Real talk, life together after a number of years can sometimes become a little … boring. But romance and spark can always be reawakened in legendary getaways such as Paris, Venice, Bali, or any of these awe-inspiring locations where you can’t help but fall in love all over again. Big vacations are incredible for significant milestones, like a 25th anniversary, for instance.

For travel lovers, experiences speak louder than material things, especially if the experiences can be shared with their significant other. If paying for a giant vacation isn’t in the cards, you can offer the gift of planning of it all. You can help them to define their travel itinerary and choose sightseeing spots. 🗺 This can be as fun as the trip itself. (Well, almost!)

But remember it’s a good idea not to over-pack your folks with activities. Leave them space to explore and wander by themselves — getting a little lost in a new city can be the best way to find yourself. 😉

Photo: Flytographer in Paris. Ingrid and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Paris with a couple photoshoot.

Local “Staycation”

You don’t need to go too far. There’s always a local treasure worth exploring. Just think about your parent’s common interests or hobbies. If they’re into wine, look for a vineyard near them with a good wine pairing program. Maybe they’re the outdoorsy types. Then what about booking them a romantic lodge in the woods? 

Even in their hometown, you can gift them a staycation by booking a fantastic local experience, such as a weekend at the best hotel in town or a historical tour. A special touch would be to call the venue of choice for the celebration or their hotel in advance and tell them it’s your parent’s anniversary. Most places can prepare something appropriate for the occasion, like a small gift box, a welcoming champagne bucket, or a candlelight dinner.

Photo: Cheryl in Miami for Flytographer. LaCole and their partner capture memories together on a hometown photoshoot in Miami.

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2. Celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones

You know very well that happiness is only real when shared — with you, of course.

Family Trip

It’s your parent’s anniversary, but you don’t need to be let out of this celebration altogether. If they’re up for it, you can join them on their trip or even make it a multigenerational experience by bringing your little ones, if you have them, or your siblings and their kids. Being with close family is in itself a celebration of their union and a perfect gift. Just be sure to ask them if it’s okay to join the vacation. You don’t want to spoil the romance, if you know what I mean.

Photo: Marie in Maui for Flytographer. Caroline and their family celebrate their trip to Maui with a family photoshoot on the beach.

Throw them a party

If you’re prepping for the 25th anniversary, 40th anniversary, or 50th anniversary, you can go big. 🎉  These are such special occasions that you can throw them a really splashy anniversary party. Invite the entire family, their neighbours and friends. The key is to gather the special people that were always there throughout their relationship journey. 

Parties are an excellent opportunity to tell their story to an audience and make the couple themselves revisit significant dates, like the day they met or the day you came into their lives, for instance. And you can go very visual with these memories, using some of their videos and photographs and arranging them in a slideshow. But be careful not to go too personal and over-share. It’s a party, not Oprah’s couch, so skip details that might be inappropriate or inside jokes that no one else will get. Always focus on the positive. 📽 

A lovely party is an excellent stage for them to renew their wedding vows in a ceremony, especially if they’re reaching their golden anniversary. The renewal honours a new phase in their lives and shows their commitment for their bond to grow ever stronger.  🥂 And your parents’ big milestone? What better excuse to throw a big party?

Photo: Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer. Lucinda and their family capture memories on a trip to the Grand Teton National Park with a family photoshoot.

3. Capture their love with a Flytographer photoshoot

An anniversary is yet another opportunity to create more visual history for a relationship. It’s another stage in a couple’s lives, another important milestone. They’ll certainly want to remember how they looked and how happy they felt. Have you ever thought of gifting them this happy memory with a day filled with love and fun, crowned with a Flytographer photoshoot? 📸  👑 

With a Flytographer gift card for a first-time photo session, you can make the celebration of their wedding date memorable in a very different way.  They can use it on the very date of their anniversary and have their photoshoot in places that are backgrounds for their love story. Maybe at the place where they met, where they had their first kiss, or the proposal spot. It will be up to them to choose their meaningful locations, which is also a celebration of their story.

You might also suggest that they capture their everyday activities, such as reading on the couch, a stroll in the park, or cooking together. Small doses of love also live in the ordinary bits of our lives. We may be biased, but this is one of our personal favourite anniversary gifts for parents.

Photo: Ben in Tel Aviv for Flytographer. Suzanne and their family capture memories together in Tel Aviv with a family photoshoot.

4. Gift them a personalized photo book

Now that your parents have the beautiful photos from their Flytographer session, you can complement the gift with a stunning photo book of their experience. They make fantastic wedding anniversary gifts. 📔

When most images live on our screens nowadays, a gorgeously-designed physical book they can hold in their hands and take their time flipping pages could be just the thing that makes them reconnect to happy memories. A book also makes it fun to “show and tell” with other family members and friends. A personalized photo book is a gift worthy of a special place in their home, a piece to be admired not just by them but by everyone that comes to visit.

Order a custom Celebrate photo book to gift them something unique and eye-catching, something that really tells your parents’ story and represents how much you value them.

5. Photo keepsakes & prints

At Flytographer, we’re firm believers that the value of a gift doesn’t lie in the object but in the story it carries and the emotions it provokes.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes are always an excellent idea for gifts. They are simple objects, yet they bear the quality of personal treasures with the magical power of bringing back vivid memories. The best part? A keepsake can also be shared. 

An option that we can’t stop loving is a customized jigsaw puzzle. You can print one with a photo of your parents on it. It’s a different way for them to spend some quality time together. All they need to do is find a cozy spot to sit around with a glass of wine and have fun trying to find each other’s body parts. Er… we are talking about with the puzzle pieces, of course. 🙈

Combo up other personalized keepsakes like coffee mugs, magnets, and matching t-shirts for extra impact!

Puzzle Photo: Claudia in Lisbon for Flytographer. Mug Photo & Print: Hector in London for Flytographer. Nicole celebrates memories with her boys in Lisbon and London with keepsakes of her family photoshoots.

Picture Frames, Prints & Wall Art

Do you want to know another good way to highlight a significant memory within a couple’s romance? Put a frame on it! 🖼 A nicely designed photo frame is a stunning object that adds depth to the moment being portrayed. It can draw more attention to a meaningful photograph on your wall or side table just as it does to an artwork hanging on a museum wall. 

Photo frames come in all styles, so it might not be easy to pick one. The important thing here is to choose one that matches their decor and does not steal focus from the picture. Literally. A composition of different frames is an idea for a unique anniversary gift for the love birds. Create an elegant gallery wall in their living room or bedroom. And they’re not just for pictures. You can be creative and use meaningful things that tell stories about your favourite couple, such as their written vows or an old love note. 💌

But let’s focus on what matters: the composition of the pictures. You can print pictures from their Flytographer session or add some diversity with pictures from the beginning of their relationship. And why not combine everything with pictures of you and your siblings? You’re also part of their journey. For a nice storytelling touch, you can organize them chronologically to create the timeline of a love story. 

Photo: Conie in Playa del Carmen for Flytographer. Bianca and their partner capture memories in Playa del Carmen with a couple photoshoot.

Anniversary gifts for parents

Sometimes an anniversary card isn’t enough to express your appreciation for your parents. Gestures usually speak louder than words. Now that you’re all grown-up, it’s your chance to give something special to that special couple!

No matter where in the world they are, book a Flytographer photo session and make your parent’s next anniversary one to remember.

We bet they’ll fall in love all over again. 😍

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