After your parents reached the milestone of the 25th anniversary last year, it may be tempting to let this year’s anniversary slip by without celebration, however you should still take the opportunity to show your parents how much they are cared for, even in this lull after the silver wedding has gone by. Although the 26th anniversary does not have a famous theme like the 25th, there are still themes connected with this year that can be captured in your choice of 26 year anniversary gift for parents and this will make your present more significant and even more meaningful. Here you will find some fun and traditional ideas that your parents are sure to cherish.
Is There a Traditional 26th Anniversary Gift for Parents?
Although the traditional lists created during the 1920s listed no specific theme or material for 26 years of marriage, lists created more recently assigned a gift idea for every marital year, even those that are not milestones including the 26th wedding anniversary. There is, therefore, still a theme linked with this anniversary year, even though it is not well know, and that is jade. Jade is a beautiful green stone which is generally used for ornamental purposes. There are, in fact, two types of rock called jade, nephrite and jadeite, and both have been in use since ancient times. Prehistoric site excavations have even found jade carvings of buttons, beads, adze heads and knives as well as other weapons.
Usually, however, jade is used to make decorations and ornaments with a long and illustrious history, especially in China. There is was used to make ceremonial items for ancient Chinese kings, who were even buried with ornaments made of jade and sometimes even jade burial suits. Known as the Imperial Gem, jade was prized so highly in China that it was even considered to be equal with gold and diamonds in the west. Some of the best jade today can still reach amazing sums of up to $3000 per ounce. Across southeast Asia, India and Korea, jade has also been very important historically. Jade has a number of meanings, including wisdom, luck and prosperity and it is the ideal anniversary gift as it was said to signify successful love.
Traditional Jade 26th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
There are lots of exciting and unusual options that you can select from as 26th wedding anniversary gifts for parents. While the most obvious selection is a carved ornament or sculpture made of jade for the home, there are many other fun ideas that you could choose from. Do your parents prefer useful and practical gifts? Then why not consider a jade letter opener or ashtray? Are you on a strict budget but still want to give a traditional 26 year anniversary gift? Then why not think about a jade bottle opener, wine bottle stopper or magnet for their fridge? Do your parents have a passion for gorgeous home décor? Then a pair of carved jade bookends or a decorative mantel clock would be perfect choices. Perhaps they prefer playing games? Then how about a set of jade golf tees or even a jade cribbage set?
Choose Traditional Jade Jewllery as 26 Year Anniversary Gifts for Parents
Perhaps you prefer to give each of your parents their own special and individual wedding anniversary gift? Then capture the essence of this anniversary year’s theme with jade jewellery for him and her. With its lovely colour and symbolic meaning, jade jewellery is a great choice so why not choose jade cufflinks as a stylish 26th wedding anniversary gift for him and a jade pendant, pair of earrings or brooch as a stunning twenty six year anniversary gift for her?
Choosing Green Flowers as a 26th Anniversary Gift for Parents
No matter what the occasion, a gorgeous bouquet is sure to impress and when it comes to wedding anniversaries, no couple could fail to be delighted to receive a glorious floral arrangement that is sent with love and appreciation. Although flowers are among the most popular gift choices, this should not deter you from selecting this option as a tried and tested favourite. Popular for their deep significance and great beauty, flowers are the perfect way to show your sentiments and best wishes to the happy couple on their special day. Bring happiness, light and pleasure into your parents lives on the occasion of their 26th anniversary with a lovely bouquet. Although there is no traditional flower linked with this marital year, you will simply enjoy a greater freedom to select the perfect blossoms to delight the recipients, whether that be something simple or dramatic.
You could even go for a twist on the jade theme with only green flowers in the bouquet. You could select green hellebore, zinnias, gladioli, chrysanthemums or day lilies to make up an elegant arrangement that captures the theme of the year. Green roses are another spectacular choice, and you could even select a green rose gift that will form an enduring memento of the occasion by buying a glazed green Eternity Rose. Every magnificent work of art has been produced by hand by skilled craftsmen from a single handpicked natural rose blossom, and is intricately glazed and trimmed with purest 24 karat gold. Each bloom comes presented in its own prestigious leather case, ideal for display in your parents home as a commemoration of this important time and as a reflection of your heartfelt sentiments.