40th Anniversary Gift Ideas

September 11, 2013    |    By +
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After 40 years of marriage, your favorite couple knows what they like–and it’s more than likely they’ve found something to love together. Find the perfect gift by thinking about what has floated their boat all these years. For example, if a couple loves traveling, create a portrait of their adventures to date with a travel destination world map ($149.99). Each map comes with a personalized message and a set of pins and flags to mark where they’ve been. If they prefer road trips to jet-setting, there’s a U.S. version, too, complete with major highways. Here are some other 40th anniversary ideas, based on a couple’s mutual interests.


Family. Forty years is plenty of time to get the generations going. Honor a mom and dad whose kids and grandkids are the apple of their eye with a fun, shabby-chic family tree canvas ($39.99). Personalize it with a message, a year, and up to twenty-four names: one for each heart.


Music. Whether they lean more toward “Rocky Mountain High” or “Space Oddity” (two of the top-100 songs for 1973), they share a deep love of vinyl that young folks today can never understand. Give your anniversary couple the gift of groove with this funky and easy-to-read LP Record Clock ($37.99), made with vintage LPs and their original artist labels.


These clocks have their original artist labels and come in jazz, rock and pop genres.

Friends. Some couples can’t help but be the center of their social circle—and in the 1970s, a good host had a fabulous candy dish at the ready. Bring back the memories with a 21st-century twist: an attractive glass bowl filled with personalized M&Ms ($45.99) in their favorite colors, printed with names or wedding year.


Style. Know a couple who always looks put together, even after the passage of four decades? Honor their 40th, the Ruby Anniversary, with his-and-hers jewelry in the color of love: dapper David Donahue cufflinks ($195.00) for him in wine and sterling silver, and an elegant ruby necklace ($79) for her that won’t break the bank.

35 Carat Ruby Necklace David Donahue Cufflinks


Want more anniversary gift ideas? Check out our stories on Golden Gifts for 50th Anniversary celebrations; 2nd Anniversary Gifts: Modern vs. Traditional and Modern 1st Anniversary Gifts.


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