40th Anniversary Ideas

Amy Cunningham

Your 40th anniversary celebrates love, not only because of 4 decades together, but because of the red colored ruby, the traditional and modern anniversary gift idea. While jewelry always works well as an anniversary gift, creative gifts of red will work well for the 40th anniversary as well. The key is a gift of love.

Traditional Gift: Ruby

  • Any type of ruby jewelry for her.
  • Quality cufflinks with a ruby encrusted on them would work well for him.
  • A bottle of red wine.
  • A bouquet of ruby red roses.
  • A bouquet of her favorite flowers in a ruby red vase.
  • Ruby colored glassware and a bottle of wine.
  • Ruby red candle sticks to light as you enjoy a romantic dinner.
  • Spend the afternoon picking ruby red fruit such as grapefruits or apples.
  • Any romantic gift idea that has a ruby red color to it.

Modern Gift: Ruby

  • The same gifts as the traditional list would work here.

Romantic Ideas

  • Give her 40 roses (or whatever flower you used in your wedding) to celebrate 40 years.
  • Relive the past, watch your wedding video again, look at your wedding album together, and reflect on the last year.
  • Match the number of gifts to your anniversary: Give him/her 40 small gifts for the fortieth anniversary.
  • Give them a 40th anniversary gift basket full of gifts from their anniversary year.
  • Create an anniversary time capsule!

Homemade Gift Ideas

  • Anything red works here. Create a floral arrangement of only ruby red flowers. Design a mosaic using only ruby red shades of tiles. Your mosaic could be in a design to represent your spouse.

Flower: Nasturtium


Gemstone: Ruby