40th anniversary gift themes and ideas

Enshrouded in traditional symbolism, the 40th anniversary is known as the ruby anniversary. Here we list all the common gift themes linked with this milestone celebration so that you can find the inspiration to create an exciting anniversary gift that the recipient(s) will delight in.

Red RubyModern 40th Anniversary Theme for Gifts: Ruby

In history, the ruby has been used to enhance romance, devotion and passion. The inner fire of a ruby is thought to represent the burning flame of passion in the hearts of a couple who have been together for 40 years.

Gemstone: Ruby

Colour: Red

Floral Theme: Nasturtium, Gladiola, or **Ruby-Red Rose

Traditionally, a nasturtium has held a meaning of victory and conquest. When given for an anniversary, it signifies the loyal devotion of a long married pair.

Gladioli are symbols of beauty, strength and generosity. They also represent infatuation and admiration for another.

**The ruby-red rose is a romantic alternative for this anniversary, in keeping with the colour theme, and the symbol of eternal love that a rose represents.

Modern Anniversary Gift Suggestions

• Flower-based gifts related to this anniversary (nasturtium or gladiola), for example: plant, perfume, scented candles, bouquet of flowers, art print

• **A highly popular and romantic gift idea for the 40th Ruby Wedding Anniversary is a Ruby-Red Glazed Eternity Rose

Red Glazed Eternity Rose (signifying the red colour theme for this anniversary)

• Ruby jewellery (necklace, bracelet, ring, pendant)


Below is a video of our classic Ruby-Red Glazed Eternity Rose:

Following are next big milestone anniversaries as you head into your 4th decade of marriage:

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