Traditional Anniversary Presents for Your Parents

Parents are two of the dearest people in our hearts and yet finding the perfect modern or traditional anniversary presents can be so stressful! Do not fret for we have prepared a list of traditional anniversary gifts for their 20th to 50th wedding anniversaries that you can’t go wrong with.

20th – China
Usually, an antique china dinnerware set is the perfect gift for this occasion. However, if your mom already has a beautiful set, you may want to find a pretty china spoonrest that matches the design of her china plates. Or you can find picture frames in fine china with love quotations painted on them. You can place a beautiful picture of your parents together in the frame.

25th – Silver
The 25th anniversary is a milestone wedding anniversary. Therefore, the 25th wedding anniversary presents to parents must be extra special. A thoughtful gift could be a personalized silver plate wherein you can engrave the names of your parents, their wedding date and a romantic quotation that describes the kind of love and relationship that they share. You also can’t go wrong with silver jewelry, a classic his and hers bracelet or wristwatch for each of them.

30th – Pearl
Pearls are the traditional anniversary presents for 30th wedding anniversaries. As your parents celebrate their 30th anniversary, you could choose to give them a beautiful Mother of Pearl bowl, figurine, or vase. Even better, if you can find a specialty store that sells capiz wind chimes, this would surely add more beauty to your parents’ already lovely home.

35th – Coral
Since coral is the customary theme for the 35th wedding anniversaries, here are some traditional anniversary gift list suggestions. If your parents like reading and cherish their book collection, you can give them a coral bookend set. You may also opt to buy them a beautiful figurine or chess set made out of coral stone. If your mom is into colorful jewelry, you can buy her a beautiful coral necklace, chances are she won’t have that in her jewelry collection already since coral isn’t really very common. And for your dad, you can buy him coral cufflinks. The playful color will surely standout from his collection of neutral colored shirts.

40th – Ruby
The 40th wedding anniversary has the ruby gemstone associated to it. A lovely vase or paperweight in a ruby red shade would be classic option. On the other hand, you may also give them a set of monogrammed towels or pillowcases with their initials in red. Observing the red scheme will show you are thoughtful in celebrating the event.

45th – Sapphire
Sapphire jewelry is the traditional gift being given on a 45th wedding anniversary, as the beautiful blue of the sapphire is attractive on most people. Thus, you can hardly go wrong. However, if you don’t want to give another piece of jewelry again but want to stick to the theme, you may want to check out sapphire toned stained glass arts or even deep blue candles. These would be very nice decorative pieces for your parents’ living room.

50th – Gold
This certainly is the most celebrated among wedding anniversaries. Loving the same person for half a century is beyond doubt, a testament of true love. Gold is the appropriate gift for this moment as not only is gold beautiful but it is also strong and resistant to corrosion. A very thoughtful present to give to your parents is a personalized golden anniversary book, which showcases a collection of their most memorable pictures, quotations, poems, love letters, love songs, movies and other memorabilia. Of course, it would be much nicer if it was elegantly designed and wrapped in gold.

Crystal and Glass Are Now Very Popular With Corporate Awards Presentations

By far the most popular awards with companies and other associations looking for prestigious awards at their award ceremonies are quality crystal trophies, claret jugs, and other crystal items. Crystal really seems to have taken over from other awards. A good reason for this is because a lot of the awards presented have enough room for good quality engravings. These engravings often contain artwork of various types like company logos and appropriate pictures with reference to the particular award category.

Why has crystal become so popular at company presentations? It cannot just be because of the engraving potential. Something that struck me at the last event I was at where crystal awards were being presented was how good the crystal and glass reflected the stage lighting shining on them. Glistening like a table full of fallen stars, the sight was breath taking, and must have been exciting for the winning recipients as they walked up to the stage to collect their trophy. Yes the artwork was good, but there was something about the crystal decanters and claret jugs that oozed class and quality. People were genuinely impressed at how good they looked, both the people winning them and those at their tables who were not so lucky that night in picking up any awards themselves.

Pewter and silver plated tankards and salvers still look good, don’t get me wrong. But even at golf club events where tankards and salvers were the staple award for presentations, crystal trophies, and indeed crystal tankards are now becoming more dominant out of all the awards presented. It could just be a phase, or a fashion. Maybe it will slowly become less popular, and once again the various metal awards will become more fashionable.

A golf club manager explained to me once as I drank in the bar after playing eighteen holes with my business partner that crystal trophies usually comes boxed in presentation cases and have a charm and presence not found in many metal and resin awards. He told me how golf clubs had moved more towards crystal to upkeep the image of high quality at their awards evenings and competition days. I suppose when other clubs are awarding a particular type of trophy or award, it doesn’t take long for most to follow suit. No golf club wants to be seen as offering inferior awards at their functions.

Will new materials take over from the current trend of crystal and glass? Most alternatives, like gold, silver and platinum are far too expensive to be presented in large amounts at a presentation evening or sporting function. I personally think that crystal and glass will lead the way for a long time. Many products are now cheap enough for football & rugby clubs now, and many associations look to present crystal awards instead of the traditional metal and resin ones. I suppose we will have to wait and see if things change back to the traditional resin and metal items. I am quite happy if they don’t.

Presentations – What Audiences Want And What They Definitely Do Not Want

In today’s business world of ‘quality circles’ and ‘managing for excellence’, the most successful individuals are often accomplished presenters. That’s because a successful presenter is more than just a fact dispenser – he or she really knows how to communicate with their audience, someone to whom people listen. The effective speaker in business, just as in the political arena, is the one who can make people hear the facts and believe the message.

Unfortunately, public speaking is not something that comes naturally to most of us. Without prior training in the basics of timing, body language, humour, organisation and all the other skills that go into the act of public speaking, even the smartest, liveliest and most articulate individual can wither in the glare of “the spotlight”.

What Do Audiences Want?

o To feel you ‘know your stuff’

o That you look the part

o That you respect them and acknowledge their situation and views

o To find what you say links with what they want from you

o To have sufficient information to make a considered judgement about what you say (they will ‘weigh it up’)

o To be clear about any action necessary – at the end

And above all to find it understandable, interesting and a good fit with the audience and the occasion.

And In Summary: What They Most Definitely Do Not Want?

o To be confused

o To be blinded with science / technicalities or jargon

o ‘Lost’ in the structure (or lack of it)

o To be talked down to

o To be made to struggle to understand inappropriate language

o To be made to make an enormous jump to relate what is said to their circumstances

And they do not want to listen to someone whose lack of preparation makes it clear they have no respect for the audience. As with most things in life, preparation and planning is everything.

It is important to remember that as the presenter or speaker, we are there for our audience, they are not there for us – we must earn the right by proving our credibility, to be standing in front of them.

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