If you do an Internet search for 40th wedding anniversary gifts, you will find hundreds of pages that tell you pretty much the same thing. The traditional 40th anniversary gift is “ruby.” If you want a cheaper option, go for something red – red candles, red glasses or red cards.

As I looked through these lists, I couldn’t help but wonder… does anyone really need this stuff? After all, many people in their 60s are actually downsizing. Adding more “things” to their life may not be a priority.

Looking Beyond “Red” – What are the Best 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts?

In other words, tradition is often a good thing, but, are these the gifts that people celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary really want? Or, would they prefer to expand the options beyond “anything red?”

Fortunately, we have hundreds of women in our community who have either celebrated – or will soon celebrate – their 40th wedding anniversary. As a result, we have the opportunity to ask them exactly what makes a great gift on this special occasion.

If you are close to your 40th wedding anniversary, please let us know which of the following categories make the best gifts for this milestone. If you don’t see your favorite gift idea, please add it in the comments.

Which if the following makes the best gift for a couple that has been together for 40 years? Please vote in the comments section.

Something red: red candles, red glassware, red paper or red jewelry

Something experiential: cooking holiday, skydiving, winery or brewery tour

Something travel related: a weekend getaway, cruise or glamping weekend

Something social: a celebration with friends and family, theater or comedy night out

Something practical: kitchen goods, household items, fitness accessories

Something tasty: a special dining experience and cocktail for two, chocolate making workshop

Something soothing: pamper day and Champagne lunch, spa holiday or yoga and meditation retreat

Something memorable: a photo album, filled with pictures and stories

Something hand-made: a card, scrapbook or painting

Something beautiful: flowers or plants

Something involving their passions

Clearly every couple is different and the perfect gift may not be the same for everyone. That said, I’m still really interested in your opinion about the categories.

I’d love to get your ideas! Let’s create a list of the best 40th wedding anniversary gifts. Please add your thoughts below.

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