Unique and traditional gifts: 40th wedding anniversary gift ideas
This offers a collection of ideas for someone looking to purchase a special gift for a 40th anniversary.
The 40th wedding anniversary is traditionally considered the Ruby Anniversary. Gifts given for this occasion often follow with this symbolic tradition, as the couple exchanges jewelry which features this beautiful gemstone. If you are looking for other ways to commemorate the special event, you can still keep with the theme without setting foot in a jewelry store.
To start with, consider the hobbies and interests of the couple themselves. You may recall that the anniversary couple love to spend time in their garden, either relaxing and admiring their plants or working to keep the garden beautiful. A much appreciated gift to this couple might include a beautiful ruby red rose bush that they can plant and admire for years to come, a Japanese maple with its lovely red leaves, or even in a warmer climate, a ruby red grapefruit tree. If you are not sure what their garden might accommodate, most garden stores carry a large selection of gardening gloves, wheelbarrows and other accessories which you can purchase in a variety of fashion colors. Put together a basket of gardening tools with ruby red handles or add some red gloves and a red garden kneeling pad to a red wheelbarrow filled with bags of mulch, decorative stones, fertilizer or seed.
Another gift that could utilize the ruby theme of the anniversary would be a framed family tree. You can find many places now that will customize a print suitable for framing upon which you can record the couple’s family tree. Find a beautiful ruby mat and matching frame and it turns into a very special and unique gift for the occasion.
If you want to add some romance to your gift, consider making a basket that will include all things ruby red. A wonderful centerpiece to your basket would of course be a delicious bottle of red wine for the couple to share on a romantic evening for two. Search the web or local antique shops for depression glass goblets in the beautiful deep red they were once made in, or even check into some of the more contemporary stores in your area that offer wine glasses in various colors. For a luxurious treat, find a matching pair of satin pajamas in, what else, that sexy ruby red color, and top the basket off with chocolate dipped strawberries.
If ruby is simply not their color, and they are the couple that seems to have everything they could possibly want, give them something they might need but never treat themselves to. Are they the kind of couple who usually volunteers to baby sit for their grandchildren on the weekend? Give them a gift certificate for a weekend retreat to a bed and breakfast in a quaint little town near enough that they can get there with a short drive, but far enough that they feel like they have gone on a nice vacation. Do they spend their free time serving meals at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter? A gift certificate to a gourmet brunch or a fabulous dinner would be a great way not only to celebrate their anniversary but to reward them for their generosity with others.
Is there something that they might have always wanted to try but have never indulged? There are a few companies that offer hot air balloon rides, and many let you add things like a split of champagne or even a breakfast waiting for them when they descend. If they are an adventurous couple you could find something in their area that might be a bit of a challenge for them. Many places offer parasailing, sky diving, white water rapids excursions, or river tubing adventures that you could purchase gift certificates for. For an outdoorsy type couple, those would be excellent options.
No matter what gift you decide to choose, letting the couple know you are thinking about them as they celebrate their special day will be gift enough for them. To have spent 40 beautiful years together is a wonderful gift in itself and they will be overjoyed just to know that their family and friends were thinking of them on this delightful occasion.