40th Anniversary Gifts for Parents

Anna ScanlonAugust 12, 2010


A 40th wedding anniversary is a huge milestone that should be celebrated with family and friends. Traditionally, the 40th wedding anniversary gift is the ruby, but there is no hard and fast rule that says you must incorporate the gemstone. You can be as creative as you wish in a gift to your parents, choosing to honor tradition with a ruby gift or picking something else


If you're set on going with the traditional ruby theme, you can find ruby jewelry at many jewelers and department stores. You can opt for an expensive big gemstone, or a small understated necklace or earrings. For your mother, pick a necklace, earrings, bracelet or ring that you feel suits her taste. You can buy a gift that incorporates rubies or uses rubies as the sole gemstone. Dads will also enjoy ruby jewelry for their anniversary; you can purchase cuff links with small or large ruby studs or with rubies incorporated into them.

Picture Frame

While it may seem like a bland idea, you can actually do quite a lot with a unique picture frame. You can choose to purchase one and decorate it yourself or opt for a silver or nickel frame that can be engraved with their wedding date. You can go for a large picture frame and paste in pictures from various key dates in their marriage and relationship such as pictures from their proposal, wedding pictures, special vacations and the birth of their children. To keep with the ruby theme, find a frame with red or actual ruby gemstones decorating it.

Wine Tote

If your parents enjoy the great outdoors and a great glass of wine, a wine tote is a great way for them to celebrate their togetherness. RedEnvelope offers a wine tote that comes complete with wine glasses, a wine cooler, removable shoulder strap and bottle separator. The handle is reinforced to prevent breakage. You can even choose to have their last name monogrammed on the back pocket, personalizing the gift.