Forty years is a long time for anything to last, especially a marriage. A 40th wedding anniversary is a time to celebrate a commitment that has spanned decades of sadness and laughter, love and loss. The traditional gift for a 40th wedding anniversary is a ruby, so plan a gift basket around a rich red colour.
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Picnics never go out of style, and a fully equipped picnic basket makes a nice gift. Carefully place red glass dishes and wine goblets inside, and add red napkins, napkin rings and a bottle of red wine. Don't forget a red wine opener. For a different idea, fill the basket with ice cream accessories, such as ice cream bowls, ice cream soda glasses and a red ice cream scoop.
Create a spa basket. Pack scented red candles, bath salts, scrub brushes or loofah sponges, red his and her bathrobes or towels, and red fuzzy slippers. You could tuck in a gift card for a local spa or massage parlour for added stress relief. Other gifts to add are lotions, body wash and massage oil.
If you want something non-traditional, plan a basket that has nothing to do with red. Everyone enjoys a night at the movies once in a while. Fill a basket with microwave popcorn, cinema candy, a soft plush throw to cuddle under on the couch, and a gift card to a local movie rental store. Or include a year's gift token to an online movie rental club.
If the happy couple like to garden, create a ruby red gardening basket. Include men and women's work gloves, small garden tools and several small potted flowers that are all red. Some flower options are small red rose plants, red hibiscus, red amaryllis and red tulips. You can also add a gift card for a local plant nursery or garden supply store.
Gift baskets make a nice favour for guests at a ruby anniversary party. Keep them small; there is no reason to make them too complicated. Purchase baskets that are already red or spray paint them. Another option is to fill traditional straw-coloured baskets with red tissue paper or tie red sparkly bows around the handles. Some ideas for filler gifts are red candles, red wine glasses, small bottles of red wine, red jelly beans and red scented bath salts.
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