As your loved ones approach their 45th wedding anniversary, it is time to celebrate with friends and family their huge achievement in attaining this milestone in their marriage. What better way to make the date truly significant than by surprising the pair with a meaningful and heartfelt gift that fully conveys your sentiments of joy and appreciation?
Cost is never the important factor when choosing special 45th anniversary gifts for your loved ones, it is instead the thought and love behind each token that will truly touch the hearts of the recipients.
45th Wedding Anniversary Gifts Traditions
While today we consider the 45th anniversary as a major milestone in a couple’s marriage, amazingly it was not widely celebrated until the late 1930s. In fact, Emily Post’s etiquette book published in 1922 made no mention of the 45th year of marriage as a milestone year worthy of extra celebration, and it was not until the official list of 1937 was drawn up that the 45th anniversary was linked with sapphires.
Ever since, 45 years of marriage has been marked with the giving and receiving of gifts that incorporate the theme of these precious gemstones.
Interesting Facts About Sapphires
Sapphires are thought the be the most precious blue gemstone and are naturally occurring in rock formations, although some are now synthetically manufactured. The third most hard-wearing mineral, they are a perfect reflection of the durability of a 45 year long marriage. Sapphires are mined in various locations throughout the world, although the best are considered to come from India and Sri Lanka. Found in many colours from blue and pink to yellow, green, orange and even brown, they are most commonly found in decorative items and beautiful jewellery, although there are some less obvious uses, for example in the production of windows for armoured vehicles and in the manufacture of hip replacement joints!
Floral 45th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
Ever popular as an anniversary gift, flowers are always much appreciated. The ideal token of esteem whether given by a husband to his wife or by a child to their parents, the 45th anniversary year is associated with the beautiful blue iris which makes a wonderful floral arrangement or bouquet for this special occasion. Any blue blossoms would capture the theme of this happy event reflecting the radiance and brilliance of the gemstone sapphire.
For a long-lasting and elegant floral gift, why not give a stunning blue glazed rose? This symbolic token is created by experts using a complex process that takes 3 months to achieve perfection. Picked individually by hand and trimmed with the purest 24 karat gold, each artwork is completely unique and can be displayed forever as a magnificent symbol of the 45th wedding anniversary.
Classic Sapphire 45th Anniversary Gift Ideas
If you are searching for excellent 45th anniversary gift ideas for your wife, sapphire jewellery is not only the obvious choice, but also one of the most meaningful and appreciated. Whether she would prefer a pretty pendant or an elegant ring, a pair of stylish earrings or an ornate bracelet, there are items to suit every lady that will act as an enduring and beautiful reminder of this happy day.
Ideas With a Blue Theme for 45th Anniversary Gifts
Sapphires don’t come cheap, so if your budget cannot stretch quite so far, why not consider adopting a blue theme instead? Inexpensive blue trinkets will still perfectly embody the theme and tradition of the occasion while being easier on the pocket.
Elegant blue ceramics or stylish glassware can decorate the marital home for many more happy years and will also fulfil a practical purpose as well as enduring as a long-lived reminder of their 45th wedding anniversary.
Fashionable accessories such as scarves, belts or gloves are other options for low cost yet pretty gifts that reflect the anniversary theme, while personalized gifts are the perfect way to add a personal bespoke touch to any 45th anniversary gifts.
A hand-painted personalized commemorative plate is a wonderful memento of this milestone year, while decorative blue pillows featuring the couple’s names and anniversary date in elegant embroidery will adorn the couple’s home for a long time to come.