If you’re shopping for a 40th anniversary gift, you’re probably shopping for someone either on the cusp of 60 years old or older. We created this list with the age of the recipients in mind in terms of style. We’ve also found gifts that are sentimental, thoughtful, and have some element of ruby, which is the traditional 40th anniversary gift.
If you’re shopping for a woman, ruby jewelry is an easy way to incorporate the traditional anniversary gift. Ask yourself a few questions before you get to shopping. Does she like gold or silver more? Does she wear statement jewelry or is her style simpler? If you’re shopping for your wife, you probably have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Men are a little bit tricky to shop for, but there are still some awesome options. Cufflinks, ruby red ties, or even a ruby red car (if you want to get extreme) are all awesome ideas.
Shopping for a couple? Consider ruby red home decor items, a case of red wine, or even a wine tasting that the couple can enjoy together. Shop below for our favorite 40th anniversary picks.
1. 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift Print
You can deliver on a thoughtful and sentimental gift without having to pay much at all with this personalized 40th anniversary print. The print is fully customizable in terms of both color and text; however, we love the example above, designed with a ruby read text. We recommend having family and friends sign the back of the print before framing it for an even more sentimental touch. The print doesn’t come with a frame, so you’ll want to purchase one here based on the size of the print you choose. This one can be ordered in 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20.
Price: $14 and up depending on size
2. Gold-Plated Ruby Lotus Three-Charm Necklace
This piece of jewelry goes beyond simple aesthetic, designed with sacred symbols that are meant to be both inspirational and energizing. The lotus charm symbolizes new beginnings and infinite potential, while the ruby symbolizes passion, integrity, and prosperity. If you’re shopping for a spiritual person, we love the idea of purchasing a unique piece of ruby jewelry like this for your 40th anniversary.
3. Ruby & White Sapphire Yellow 10k Gold Halo Ring
It may have been a while since you’ve purchased a sizable piece of jewelry for your wife, and there’s no better time than an anniversary to wow with a gorgeous ruby ring. This piece is perfect for special occasions, a true statement piece. The rubies are surrounded with white sapphires, which are less expensive than diamonds and help to keep costs down. If you do have the budget, shop tons of options from GemsNY with rubies and diamonds in their design.
4. Gold-Filled & Sterling Silver Double-Chain Pendant Necklace
If your shopping for someone with simpler taste, this ruby necklace can be worn almost daily. It’s designed with a thin chain that allows the ruby stone to stand out, perfect for a 40th anniversary gift. The longer necklace measures 32 inches and features gold-filled and sterling silver chains with eight faceted crystal stations. The natural ruby is also a great option for someone with a more casual style. If the above pieces of ruby jewelry aren’t her style, you can browse many other options here.
5. Brody Spring Garden Large 9″ Tall Glass Vase
Shopping for a couple? If so, then jewelry that only one person can wear probably isn’t the best option. Luckily, ruby is a gorgeous deep red hue that’s used in many pieces of glassware like this beautiful glass vase. There isn’t a specific flower associated with the 40th anniversary, so you can fill this vase with any flower of your choosing before gifting it. The vase itself creates a beautiful centerpiece for any table, measuring 9″ tall, 2-3/4″ wide at the top.
6. Mikasa Cheers Ruby Wine Glass
Wine related gifts are a great gift for just about any occasion (we even put together an entire post on the best gifts for wine lovers), anniversaries included. Since red wine itself does have a ruby-like color to it, feel free to grab your favorite bottle to add to this gift or any other on the list. Each glass in this set is precision-etched with a different coordinating design, holding 16-ounces each. Shop alternative ruby red wine glass options here.
Price: $34.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
7. 40th Wedding Anniversary Beer Bottle Labels & Beer Carrier
Some guys would rather be gifted a six-pack of their favorite beer over any extravagant and expensive gift. While we appreciate a simple guy, there’s still a way to make a six pack appropriate for an anniversary. If you do want to amp it up a notch, pair this gift with something else a little bit more serious and sentimental. The set comes with six bottle labels and four additional stickers for decorating the kraft paper carrier. For the best results, put the stickers on the cans prior to refrigeration.
8. 40th Ruby Anniversary Double Picture Frame
Photographs are a key to the past, preserving memories and serving as a reminder of really special times. Framed photographs are great gift options and easy to execute if you’re short on time or working with a smaller budget. This frame is made just for a 40th anniversary, with space for two photographs that will honor the occasion. One frame is meant to showcase a photo of a couple on their wedding day, with second space for a more current photograph. There are quite a few 40th anniversary frames available at a similar price point. Check them out here.
9. 40th Anniversary Paperwrap Photo Album
Similar to the frame above, this photo album is decorated with the traditional 40th anniversary color ruby red and holds a number of standard 4×6 size photographs. If you’re gifting this to a couple, try to dig up some photos that they might not have seen before and that span several years to make the gift a really impressive surprise. This is another gift that doesn’t cost much, involving just a little bit of creativity and time.
10. Round 6mm Red Ruby 14K Yellow Gold Stud Earrings
If you’re shopping for someone who isn’t flashy enough to sport a ruby ring or necklace, ruby stud earrings might be more in tune with their style. These simple studs are perfect for a 40th anniversary, and can be worn both casually or for a special occasion. The ruby stones are 2.10 ct. each, a noticeable size. The setting is made from high quality 14K yellow gold. We love the contrast of these two tones especially during the holiday season.