40th wedding anniversary gift ideas are traditionally ruby, but for those of you less traditional we have also suggested some great ruby inspired gifts.
Rubies are believed to bring friendship and love when given as a gift, so that makes them a pretty good gift for a couple that are celebrating 40 years of marriage.
Rubies are everywhere when you are celebrating your 40th, the traditional, modern and gemstone anniversary lists all have rubies. Your 40th on the flower list is Nasturtiums, that is the flower that is edible and even this flower has a ruby color to its petals!
The most obvious is jewelry, for women, ruby necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings and for men ruby tie pins, cufflinks and rings with ruby studs. When choosing your rubies the advice of the experts is to go with the colour that you like as there are two different opinions on what is considered best. Some think it is the darkest ruby others think it is the lighter, you choose what you like the best!
Ruby as a colour is stunning and you can find some great gifts in this shade. Ruby coloured glass, vases, plates and ornaments would all be great gifts.
Swarovski as you know have stunning crystal pieces and if you are looking for a ruby inspired gift then they have a lot of choice.
Bordeaux crystals are the red ones and are a perfect match for rubies.
We love this cute teddy bear couple and there are also ruby red roses, tulips, hearts, plus lots of jewelry and gifts for the home too.
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And it is good to know when you are in good company and celebrating your 40th anniversary puts you in the same class as Star Trek, The Doors - Love Her Madly and even the Summer of Love in San Francisco, all of which have celebrated their 40th! Finding a favourite band, song or movie from the year of marriage is a great way to add a personal touch to your gift. Ruby by The Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones and even Ruby by Kenny Rogers - keeps to the theme. But maybe not to your music taste!
For those of you who like vintage wines and ports your 40th anniversary is an ideal time to celebrate with something great. A number of wine companies will gift pack these items in beautiful gift boxes - so nice you won't want to open them! For those with less of a budget have a look at a nice bottle of Ruby Port but make sure they like it first!
Here are some lovely 40th anniversary gifts inspired by the color ruby that are gorgeous.