50 years in love with one person. Who can even comprehend the meaning behind sharing lives together, through thick and thin, through ups and downs? What 50th wedding anniversary gifts can possibly be a token that can convey the full meaning of love, without sounding incomplete and cheesy? As I thumbed listlessly through catalogues, this was the question which occupied my mind as I was looking for the perfect symbol of affection for my wife for our 50th wedding anniversary.
Many of the gifts, like hand blown glass, were really quite beautiful, although considered standard fare for 50th wedding anniversary gifts. In the momentous weight of the occasion, the oil lamps, necklaces, and wine flutes, looked like meaningless junk! I was beginning to feel dizzy and irritated from all of the pretty sparkly things. I needed to find something better for my 50th wedding anniversary gift. The only thing I seemed to get from these 50th wedding anniversary gift catalogues was a headache.
I decided that, instead of buying her just one thing, I would rather make several 50th wedding anniversary gifts for my wife; all of which would share the same theme of the love that I have felt for her throughout the years. The first gift that I made was a handmade card, drawn in calligraphy that contained a picture of the two of us standing together in the middle. We were so young, and very much in love, when we first began dating all of those years ago. All of the other 50th wedding anniversary gifts were made from different materials.
As precisely as I could, I created one wooden carving that duplicated a figurine which she used to have until one of the kids accidentally knocked if off of the counter years ago. I saved a piece of sea glass from our honeymoon trip to the Bahamas that I made into another present. One of the last, and the finest of the 50th wedding anniversary gifts was made of stone and into the shape of two tablets inscribed with our wedding vows. This was a touching reminder of the eternal bond which we share.
I decided that with 50th wedding anniversary gifts, like with all presents, are the best when made from the heart and your own two hands. Fortunately, my life has been spent working with my hands. This can be tough if you happen to have no craft or artistic skills. Fortunately I can do carpentry as well as paint, carve, and sculpt. I am now in my seventieth year and have become a jack of all trades, although only a master of a few. So I decided that no matter how meticulously crafted, all of the 50th wedding anniversary gifts in those catalogues and on the internet would be worthless compared to any token of my true affection to my wife.