The 10 Best 50th Anniversary Gifts to Buy in 2018

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A 50-year anniversary is a momentous occasion! Both the modern and traditional material for celebrating your 50th anniversary is gold, which represents optimism and wealth, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with jewelry or gold-toned objects — though of course, those are good bets, too.

At five decades strong, you probably have everything you really need, so look for a gift that will bring you both joy, whether it’s a small luxury that will thrill your spouse, one that sparks an activity that you can enjoy together, or something for the house that will make life easier and more comfortable. The most important thing is to choose something you’ll really use and that will bring you closer together. Here are ten gift ideas for your 50th anniversary.

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    Meade Instruments LightBridge Mini 130 Telescope

    Enjoy even more of the night sky together with a high-powered telescope that will allow you and your spouse to see planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. This tabletop telescope can sit on a side table, patio or kitchen countertop (or move it around — it’s only 13 pounds), and the side-mounted eyepiece to allow for more ergonomic viewing. The telescope comes almost fully assembled (you just mount the view-piece and red dot viewfinder), making it easier for amateur astronomers to use right away. Reviewers call it “cool,” “”good for beginners” and “excellent value.”

    Besides a 130MM telescope this model also comes in 114MM and 82MM for all your planet gazing needs. 

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    Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle

    Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle
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    There is nothing better than getting into a bed made with crisp new sheets — and if those sheets are 480 thread-count sateen woven with long-staple cotton, the experience is truly luxurious. Elevate your nights (whether that means reading in bed, sleeping tight or rekindling your romance) with a fresh set of sheets. This bundle includes a flat and fitted sheet (that fit up to 15”-deep mattresses), duvet cover and four pillowcases for ultimate luxury.

    Available in 14 different shades, once you make the upgrade you'll see how much you needed a new set. 

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    Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

    As you anticipate a decrease in mobility in the coming years, help yourself out by getting into voice-activated technology with Amazon’s Alexa. This smart home device has an improved speaker for clearer sound, and a new design that will look aesthetically pleasing in any room of the house. Use the Alexa app to check the weather, play music, turn on the tv, or hear what’s on your calendar without pressing a button. And if one of you is hard of hearing — well, at least Alexa will listen to you!

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    Bric’s X-Travel 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner

    If you haven’t gotten new luggage since your honeymoon, this could do the trick! Available in five classic colors with free monogramming available, this roller bag has a soft polycarbonate shell, leather-look accents, and wheels that turn 360 degrees to roll in any direction. The bag is lightweight (just five pounds) and fits into most carry-on compartments — perfect for these days of baggage charges! Pair it with tickets to a destination you’ve been waiting to visit for a show-stopping gift.

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    Whirlpool 34-Bottle Wine Cellar

    Whirlpool 34-Bottle Wine Cellar
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    If your wine collection is starting to crowd your fridge, it might be time to gift yourselves a wine cooler. This narrow under-counter model can be set to your preferred temperature and includes wood rack fronts for a custom look and interior LED lighting to make it easier to read the labels on the bottles. The six shelves can be adjusted and hold up to 34 bottles of wine. Reviewers say it has a “nice design” and is surprisingly quiet.

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    BesNixon Men's A377 Sentry Watch

    Designed by a small Los Angeles-based company, this watch offers a fresh take on a classic style with a simple rose gold-toned 38mm stainless steel crown and 21mm brown leather strap, for a style that’s wearable for everyday but looks good with a suit or jacket, and it looks much more expensive than it is. Available in 13 other crown and strap combinations and water-resistant up to 330 feet. Reviewers call it “handsome” and “good quality.”

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    Gold Italian Box Heart Chain Necklace

    Chic and understated, this teeny 14k gold heart on a short 16” chain is just a little reminder of your love for each other. This wear-everyday piece can be layered or worn alone and is both sentimentally-inspired and modern-looking, a new take on an old-fashioned heart locket. Reviewers say it’s “lovely and feminine” with an “understated presence.”

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    DeLonghi Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine

    Turn sipping your coffee and reading the paper into an everyday luxury with a stylish, easy-to-use espresso machine and frother. This model uses Nespresso pods, so you don’t have to be a trained barista to operate it. The water heats up to brew your espresso in just 25 seconds, and the cup tray can be flipped up to make larger coffee drinks. The milk frother comes with it to complete the perfect cup. Reviewers “love” it and say it makes the “perfect cup” every time.

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    Ravensburger Krypt Puzzle in Gold

    Spend time solo time together with a retro past time: Putting together a puzzle. This unique puzzle (631 pieces) is all one color — appropriately, gold —with a pattern cut that’s different from your typical puzzle. Work together to enjoy it alongside a bottle of your favorite wine and a crackling fire for some old-school bonding. An added bonus, doing puzzles is great for your brain! 

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    Best for Lounging: Alexander Del Rossa Womens Fleece Robe

    Chances are, your wife’s been wearing the same bathrobe since the kids were born — time for an upgrade! This hooded, below-the-knee micro-fleece robe is super-soft and is available in twenty-three colors and patterns from classic white with navy piping to funky giraffe print. This luxurious bathrobe will make her feel cozy after a bath or over her pajamas in the morning. Reviewers say it’s “soft and warm” and “super cozy.” Available in sizes Small/Medium to XXX-Large/XXXX-Large. P.S. There is a men’s version, too!