The 8 Best 40th Anniversary Gifts to Buy in 2018

Mark the very special occasion with thoughtful presents

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Every anniversary is worth celebrating, but the 40th anniversary is a big one. That’s four decades spent together (480 Months, 14,610 Days, 350,632 hours!) through the good times and bad, and you want to mark the occasion with something special.

It’s traditionally the ruby anniversary, which is a good starting point. From the gem itself to items that just incorporate the passionate ruby red color, there are some great gifts out there to mark the occasion. Whether you’re buying for the one who has stood by your side all of those years or are looking for a gift for the happy couple, here are the best 40th-anniversary gifts suggestions.

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    Best Splurge: Waterford Colleen Vase Ruby

    If you’re looking to splurge, this amazing ruby vase from Waterford is a stunning way to commemorate this special anniversary. The ruby color is perfect for a 40-year anniversary, but the vase’s timeless design will be used for many occasions for years and years to come. It stands 8 inches high and is made of lead crystal, gorgeously carved with thumbprint flat cuts and diamond cuts.

    From fresh-cut flowers to simply displaying it on a shelf, this vase is a stunning addition to any space in which they choose to display. It will serve as a gorgeous reminder of the love they share every time they look at it.

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    Best Kitchen: Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

    Your kitchen has probably had its fair share of memories over the years. And whether you've moved a lot or a little we are sure you've held onto all of your pots and pans. With this big anniversary, why not add a new addition to the family — a new Dutch oven! Your past one probably has a fair amount of dings, scratches and burnt on messes that you'd rather not show company. 

    This favorite from Lodge comes at a very affordable price for cast iron Dutch ovens and comes in a red hue to match your ruby anniversary. You and your loved one can cook up your favorite soup or stew and get cozy on the couch together. 

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    Best for Travelers: The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends USA & Canada

    For couples who love to travel, this book will fuel their wanderlust. It’s a compilation of The New York Times column, “36 Hours” in which writers provide the best things to do in a variety of locations when you’re just there for a quick trip. Perfect for those who are retired and want to set out and see the country, this book provides the inside scoop on cities and destinations in the United States and Canada. It covers everything from big cities to quaint little towns of which you’ve probably never heard and highlights everything from well-known attractions to those that are more off the beaten path.

    It also includes restaurant and hotel recommendations as well as color pictures, maps and much more. It’s as practical as it is inspirational, and it also comes in a version that covers Europe if international travel is more their thing.

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    Best Tech: Sonos One

    Whether they're into the latest tech gadgets or could care less, everyone loves music and the Sonos One provides high-quality sounding tunes through an easily accessible interface. This speaker connects through their Wifi and can play various different Sonos stations including stations by the decade, but they can also listen to the radio, podcast and if they are more tech-savvy playlists from Spotify and more.  What makes this speaker even cooler is that it is Alexa-Enabled so they can ask the speaker things like "what's the weather today", or "play Jeopardy" all through voice commands. Once they get the hang of this they'll wonder why they hadn't gotten it sooner. 

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    Best for Parties: 40th Wedding Anniversary Wine Bottle Labels

    This set of 40th-anniversary wine bottle labels is a fun way to toast to a couple celebrating the big milestone. With ruby-colored accents, each label has a separate message that ranges from funny to sentimental. They read: “40 Years, 480 Months, 14,610 Days, 350,632 hours We Still Do,” “We Still Do!,” “Cheers To 40 Years,” and “Love Is Like a Good Wine, It Only Gets better with age.”

    Each is printed on sticker paper and measures 4" x 5". You can affix them to any type of wine and brand the couple likes (wine is not included), either over the existing label or after removing it. It’s a fun, festive gift that’s sure to be appreciated or you can use them if you are throwing a big party to celebrate the big day. 

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    Best for Her: Ruby Stud Earrings

    If you want to wow her with some bling, these ruby earrings are just the thing. They come in a variety of carat sizes from .5 carats all the way up to 4 carats (weight is the combined weight of the two diamonds), and in platinum, rose-gold, white-gold and yellow-gold versions. The prices vary according to which you choose.

    The stones are mounted in a bezel setting and are simple, elegant and timeless. A pop of ruby at her ears is just the right accent for almost any outfit and for almost any occasion. The seller also guarantees the diamonds are 100 percent natural, untreated and conflict-free, so you can feel good about that too.

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    Best for Him: Cuff-Daddy Gunmetal Ruby Red Swarovski Barrel Crystal Cufflinks

    For men who seemingly have everything, these cufflinks from Cuff Daddy are a suave choice. They will add a sentimental pop of pizazz to his shirts and put a sweet reminder of his long-lasting love right at his fingertips.

    With a gunmetal finish and ruby red Swarovski crystals, these cufflinks are simple and elegant. The barrel shape is unique and is sure to make a statement with any outfit. They’re made of rhodium-plated brass and measure .63" x .38". The cufflinks come in a clamshell box that’s great for gift giving, but it also can be used for travel or to store them.

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    Best Sentimental: Photo Album

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    With 40 years under the belt, we're sure they're a lot of memories to show for it. Why not commemorate the years by making a photo album for your sweetie or loved one so you can take a trip down memory lane. Shutterfly offers one of the easiest and most affordable photo album options out there. You can customize the book as much or as little as you like depending on your time constraints. Choose from dozens of different layouts that will help guide you through how to display the photos and give you spaces to add messages or fond memories.

    In this digital age, we often forget about actually showing pictures so this gift is a great way to tie up all the years together for family and friends to ​reminisce about.