No, you're not imagining things. You've actually made it to your fiftieth wedding anniversary. This is a milestone that not many marriages see with one out of every two ending in divorce. However, you're one of the lucky ones and now that you've made it, it's time to get your spouse an anniversary gift that's going to make an impression. It may be one of the few chances you get to really do that.

The traditional and modern gift idea for this special occasion is no surprise to anyone. You've been saving up your green stamps for 49 years to be able to afford this and now that they day has come it's time to open up that bank account, mortgage the home, sell the family jewels and whatever else you have and spring for that 24 caret bar of gold, or whatever shape it happens to come in.

The gold standard is that on which the United States currency system is based. Supposedly, for every dollar in currency that is circulated, there is a dollar's worth of gold somewhere in Fort Knox. This may or may not be true today, but gold is still the most highly sought after commodity in this world, so it's no surprise that the list makers have saved it for anniversary number 50. The question is, what can you get for your spouse of 50 years that will be worthy of all that time spent with each other.

Actually, one of the most popular gifts today for a 50th anniversary is the 50 year gift basket. This is a basket that contains a number of items from 50 years ago, or the day you were married. Common items are a CD with music from the times, a box of candies that were popular 50 years ago, A DVD focusing on events of the times, a whole book on items that you could get from 50 years ago, including the prices of those items and a number of other odds and ends. This whole gift basket can be purchased for about $100.

But don't stop there. You might as well get your spouse a gold plated anniversary plate. Yes, it's going to run you a few bucks depending on how much gold is actually used in the plating, but you can actually get one of these starting at about $20. Naturally, there isn't going to be a lot of gold in a $20 plate.

Another thing you can do is to go to the collectible shops and see if there are any items there that were made during the time you were married. Many collectible book shops will have old magazines from the era. Some of them in mint condition are worth a lot of money and you'll have to pay a nice sum to get a few of these, but it will be more than worth it.

O f course you can always go with the tried and true jewelry gifts. They make just about anything out of gold these days including bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, watches and on and on. Of course the more actual gold that is in these items, the more they are going to cost. A gold watch, something usually given to somebody when they retired from work, can be very expensive by itself.

It's a special day. One that deserves a special anniversary gift. So put a lot of thought into it, because 50 years of marriage only comes around once in a lifetime.