Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
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|Traditional Gift – France||Emerald|
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About 40th Wedding Anniversaries
Words can barely pay sufficient tribute to the incredible milestone of celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary. Well, perhaps one… as this is popularly known as the Ruby Anniversary.
The ruby symbolises love and passion, unquestionably much-needed qualities for a couple who have spent 40 years together. It is one of the most coveted gemstones of all, and within its heart is said to lie a fire that grows brighter with each passing year – just like the flame of a 40-year marriage.
How to Celebrate a 40th Wedding Anniversary
One of the flowers representing a 40th anniversary is the nasturtium, which symbolises patriotism, conquest, victory and impetuous love – all important attributes for a couple spending four decades together.
Another flower is the gladioli, a symbol of strength of character and of attracting love. Both these flowers bloom in a multitude of colours, so – whether you are the special couple celebrating your 40th, or you have been invited to a 40th wedding anniversary party – a bouquet of 40 ruby red gladioli would make a stunning and thoughtful gift.
5 Songs with Ruby in the Title
Meaning “deep red precious”, the name Ruby derives from the Latin word “ruber” (“red”). Originally the name of the gemstone, and July’s birthstone, Ruby came into wide use as a girl’s name in the late Victorian era, together with other jewel names. Patty Smyth and Rod Stewart are just two of the famous people in modern times who have given the name to their babies – and it appears in numerous top-selling songs.
- “Ruby Tuesday” – Rolling Stones: In the book “According to the Rolling Stones”, Keith Richards explained, “It was probably written about Linda Keith (his girlfriend) not being there… It was very mournful, very, VERY Ruby Tuesday and it was a Tuesday.” Or… In a separate interview in 1971, Richards said he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew.
- “Ruby Baby” – Donald Fagen: Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and originally recorded by the Drifters, “Ruby Baby” was subsequently covered by several artists including Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, who recorded a version on his 1982 solo album “The Nightfly”.
- “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” – Kenny Rogers: The 1969 version by country music star Kenny Rogers is probably the most internationally well-known cover of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, but it was actually first recorded by Waylon Jennings three years earler, and written by Mel Tillis. Its dark theme is about a paralysed World War II veteran who watches helplessly as his wife “paints (herself) up” to go out for the evening and, he believes, search for a lover.
- “Jack Ruby” – Deep Purple: Referring to the murderer of John F. Kennedy’s assassin (Lee Harvey Oswald), “Jack Ruby” was included on hard rock band Deep Purple’s 16th studio album, “Abandon”, released in 1998. In 1975, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Deep Purple as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
- “Ruby” – Ray Charles and Neil Diamond: “Ruby” was the 1952 theme song for the film “Ruby Gentry”, starring Jennifer Jones, and was later covered by Ray Charles (1960) and Neil Diamond on his “The Movie Album: As Time Goes By” (1968).
Plus a bonus track for younger music lovers… “Ruby” was also a song by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs, released in 2007 as the lead single from their second studio album, “Yours Truly, Angry Mob”, and becoming their first British number-one single.
And the marvellous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals, and crimson as a ruby was the heart.” Quoted by: Oscar Wilde
40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
Planning to host a party for your anniversary celebration? Consider having table decorations comprising both gladioli and nasturtium, accompanied by a music playlist of songs that were popular the year you exchanged your vows.
If you have never taken a second honeymoon before, the 40th anniversary is a great time to rectify that oversight. If you already have, maybe it’s time for a third honeymoon!
Bearing in mind the significance of this celebration, jewellery is always a favoured gift for the 40th wedding anniversary. So maybe a heart-shaped ruby pendant for her and some ruby cufflinks for him? Or matching eternity rings mounted with rubies…
40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 40th wedding anniversary?
Yes, 40 years is a long time, and you are both now at a gracefully maturing age, but don’t be fooled into thinking your partner is past his active days. Buy him a gift that reflects his interests and activities, and help him stay young in both body and mind.
40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 40th wedding anniversary?
Celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary with our great gift ideas. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for here, remember we have hundreds more gift suggestions to choose from on our other anniversary pages.
40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her, Parents… and Other Couples
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel and activity gift vouchers (from Red Letter Days)
- Adventure days
- Food and drink (luxury dining for two)
- Chocolate-making master class.
- Escape to the country (many locations to choose from)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Concert or cinema (you must try 3D, if you haven’t already)
- VIP foodies festival
The traditional 40th wedding anniversary gemstone is ruby.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Plan a tour of Europe’s most alluring cities, some you’ve visited in years past, and others you’ve never had the chance to explore – until now.
- If you both enjoy golf, why not head further afield, to the Bahamas to play a round on the Ruby Golf Course?
- If you prefer to stay closer to home, book a luxury hotel getaway – and enjoy a relaxing and revitalising range of spa treatments during your stay.
- Never too late… how about signing up for dance lessons together?
- Arrange a weekend away to listen to some live jazz.
Clearly, a 40th wedding anniversary is something truly special, and just about as good a reason as any to celebrate in grand style.
Hopefully, no need for you to organise a celebration party, as there’s a strong chance your children (and grandchildren?) are already hard at work arranging a surprise gathering of friends and family.
Therefore, after 40 wonderful years together, now would be the perfect time to make plans to re-visit a place that brings back treasured memories from your early days together.
Whatever you decide, this day will already be full of love and romance. So just pop the cork on a bottle of vintage Champagne and savour the remarkable experience of having been together for four decades.