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01-06-2009, 11:36 PM
My parents will have been married for 30 years this August. I would like to get them something special as 30 years is practically unheard of now-a-days.

Remember that I'm graduate student and don't have loads of money, but I would like to get them something special. Any sort of trip is out of the question (due to mom working, etc.), but I'm totally open to hearing what others think.

02-06-2009, 09:41 AM
You could get them a photo-canvas of a picture of the two of them? :unsure:

02-06-2009, 11:24 AM
Hmmmmm, what do they like to do? Do they collect anything? Do they have any photos from their wedding? Perhaps you could riff off of Josh's idea and have a "then and now" collage sort of creation done (or you could make)?

I'm guessing you want something more permanent than a lovely dinner?

02-06-2009, 11:35 AM
i agree with both Josh and Tink!

or how about a trip somewhere nice for a special picnic lunch, i don't know what you have around your way but I'm thinking a nice park or garden area something which is free then you just have to get a yummy picnic

02-06-2009, 11:36 AM
I don't really have access to their wedding photos. After I was little and put some crayons on the book, I have not been able to be near it since.

A dinner would be nice, but there are no nice places in their area.

02-06-2009, 11:44 AM
Perhaps you can use pictures you already have... do you have your own child-hood pics in your house/apartment? Perhaps there are ones you could use from there. The only problem with using 'old' photos is that often the quality goes a bit rubbish when you print them oh-so-large. :unsure:
Perhaps it is easier to get them both seperate smaller gifts. I know when it was my parents anniversary it was hard to pick something they could both enjoy so in the end went with seperate gifts.

02-06-2009, 11:46 AM
I definitely don't have those kinds of photos here Josh, but I may be able to get a decent when they visit in July as their anniversary is in August.

They do love movie and Red Lobster, so I thought with you guys' suggestions that I could buy movie tickets, a gift certificate for Red Lobster.

02-06-2009, 02:52 PM
Maybe when they come and visit you they could go to a movie and when they come back, you can have a gourmet meal waiting for them. Table all presented nicely with candles etc....then you leave them to enjoy it.

02-06-2009, 02:52 PM
I like the movie and dinner idea too. My parents wouldn't want a huge fuss made (they'll be married 39 years in Nov).

My sister went to one of those pottery places where you can paint the objects and made them an anniversary plate. ahem I will admit to laughing a lot when I noticed that the year of marriage was a month after I was born. My poor sister swears she checked it but obviously not.....unless my whole childhood has been a lie :tongue:

02-06-2009, 04:47 PM
Here are a few suggestion of what Ive given my parents... maybe they dont all apply, but you might get some more ideas billie :)

Concert tickets
Theater/ballet tickets
A photobook from Shutterfly, it was really easy to make and I just put ALL the pics I had with them and Tatiana together...
A plate that reads "Grandparents house" which they hung on their garden

07-06-2009, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Who knew it was going to be so difficult.

10-06-2009, 06:59 PM
Gee Billie, what they really want are grandkids..hehe:point: JK

:nono: I know, sorry, get that school thing all out of the way and maybe someday..

Anyhow, I really really like the idea of you taking the time to put together old photos into organized albums. Even scanning and putting together some sort of powerpoint presentation for them. We just got some of my MIL's photos from her estate and wanted to get them together, how nice it would have been to have the box of pictures organized for her.

10-06-2009, 07:06 PM
:laughhard: Kids...yeah right....they have already accepted that they will never be getting grandkids from me.

I love the idea of the photos, but I don't have access to any older pictures. They are all in their house....somewhere buried deep within the basement.

10-06-2009, 07:13 PM
Dinner and a movie is nice. Is it something they would normally do? Do they drink wine? Maybe a nice bottle?

Have they been in the same area or house for awhile? Maybe a drawing of thier house or neighborhood landmark. You could even take one of your wonderful pictures when you are home in July and have it framed for them. (sorry, thought you said you were going home not them coming to you.)

Do they have old videos or pictures of you and your family? What about a gift card to have them put onto dvds?

10-06-2009, 07:18 PM
They are actually coming here, I think for about 4-5 days (I hope I survive ;))

They have lived in that house for a little over 10 years, but I don't think they really like it. But, yes I could take a picture of them while they are here and then get it blown up to a nice size and then framed. Or made into something (walmart says they can turn pictures into about a billion things). That would be nice.

10-06-2009, 08:02 PM
FD, you should take advantage of being a student and knowing students. I'm sure some starving student artist could commision a picture for you!

11-06-2009, 12:01 AM
:lol: All my fellow students are psychology students....we'd probably just sit around and analyze why I want the picture.

11-06-2009, 05:55 PM
:lol: All my fellow students are psychology students....we'd probably just sit around and analyze why I want the picture.