Ruby Gifts for a 40th Wedding Anniversary

Written by sarah mollman
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Ruby Gifts for a 40th Wedding Anniversary
Surprise your spouse with a traditional ruby wedding anniversary gift. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The ruby represents the traditional gift theme for a 40th wedding anniversary. The red colouring of the stunning gemstone symbolises the heart and love, all that a marriage should be full of. Give your spouse a traditional ruby gift to celebrate your 40 years of wedded bliss.

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Surprise your beloved spouse with a piece of jewellery featuring a ruby for a 40th wedding anniversary gift. You can choose from such pieces as a ring, earrings, necklace, pendant, bracelet, tie clip, cuff links, pocket watch, wrist watch or brooch. The jewellery can be in the shape of a heart or engraved with your wedding date, your spouse's name or a short love message.

Wine and Drinking Accessories

Give your spouse wine or drinking accessories in a ruby red colour as a 40th wedding anniversary gift. Give him a bottle of red wine from the year you were married. It could also be a bottle of the same brand of wine you shared on your wedding day. Another creative idea is to take your spouse to a vineyard for a tour, wine tasting or to even make your own red wine. Drinking accessories like wine glasses can be given in a red colour or with red hearts or designs engraved onto the glasses.

Picture Frames

Celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary by giving your spouse a romantic picture frame. Select a picture frame that has ruby-colouring to represent the traditional gift of a ruby without breaking the bank on the actual gem. Give a frame that has a quote or phrase relating to love or one that reads, "Happy 40th wedding anniversary." The frame can also be engraved with the date of your wedding and your names. Pick one of your original wedding photographs to display inside the frame.


Present your spouse with a meaningful piece of art that incorporates a ruby as a 40th wedding anniversary gift. Choose from a piece of pottery, artisan glass bowl, antique ruby glass, red crystal home decor, canvas painting or sculpture in a ruby colouring. If you are artistically talented, create your own work of art that features a red colour that reflects your relationship. Other options include hiring a professional artist to create something or purchasing the art from a gallery or retail store.

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