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The 40th anniversary gifts are traditionally marked with ruby. Sure, you can go the traditional route, but no need to feel limited. The perfect gift for your sweetheart will be one that's thoughtful, personalized, or just practical for every day life.
Here are the best 40th anniversary gifts.
Macy's Certified Ruby (3/4 ct. t.w.) Button Stud in 10k Yellow Gold
When the traditional 40th anniversary gift is ruby, naturally a pair of ruby earrings have to be an option for the woman who loves a bit of sparkle. Though the gem is vibrant, the small cluster studs are still modest and classic. The 10k gold prongs also add a timeless feel. These are easily a pair of earrings that can be worn on a daily basis or on those special nights.
Luna Bean Keepsake Hands Casting Kit
This kit includes everything you'll need to make your own one of a kind keepsake. The hands casting kit features powder, stone, sandpaper, and easy to follow instructions. The eight inch wide bucket easily fits both hands and after about three minutes, a molding of your intertwined hands is revealed. This is an easy, quick activity that reveals a finished product that can last for years to come.
Cuff Daddy Mens Swarovski Crystals Cufflinks and Studs
For men who seemingly have everything, these cufflinks from Cuff Daddy are a suave choice. They will add a pop of color to his shirts, but also act as a sweet reminder of his long-lasting love. 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 look.
Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses
Maybe your sweetheart has received their fair share of roses over the years, but this bouquet from Venus Et Fleur is different and absolutely remarkable. The brand is known for their eternity roses which can last up to a year. That's right, the real roses, which are specially treated, remain vibrant and beautiful for a year. The Large Square bouquet includes 42-49 roses and you can choose the color of the chic box they're stored in.
Pottery Barn Grant Leather Watch Box
A classic watch box is essential for anyone who wants to keep their precious timepiece stored or just anyone who needs to organize their life a bit better. The leather box is available in black or brown and with three or five slots. The suede lining keeps all watches, or even bracelets, securely stored away. Make this gift really stand out by monogramming the glass top.
Apple Watch Series 6 Silver Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle
The Apple Watch does it all, from the basics you'd expect from a phone (making calls and sending texts) to monitoring vital health functions. This is the perfect gift for someone who wants to track their sleep, workouts, or even blood oxygen levels. Select the band size (small to large) and even the color of the band and case. Maybe ruby, to signify 40 years?
Uncommon Goods The Personalized Anniversary Journal
Forty-plus years together means there are surely some memories and this personalized anniversary journal helps you note many of them. The binded book features close to 300 pages with enough room to write memories of each of your years together, up to the 60th anniversary. There are a few writing prompts and even room to add your favorite photos.
Etsy Custom Handwriting Signature Bracelet
Sentimental gifts will forever illicit an "aww" or at least a smile from the person you love. And this custom handwriting bracelet from Etsy is seriously aww-worthy. The bracelet features an oval disc (bronze, copper, or silver) and the text is a replica of your actual handwriting. This can be "I love you" or a short phrase of your choosing.
Etsy Personalized Lyric Photo
Maybe it was your first dance as a married couple or the song that was playing during your first kiss. Whatever you choose, this wall decor is the perfect way to display the lyrics of a song that hold special meaning. The words, which can be lyrics or even wedding vows, surround a photo of your choosing. Opt for your frame color (black, white, or barn wood) and hang the 8.5 x 11-inches or 11 x 14-inches art in your favorite room.
Macklin Bath & Home Bamboo Tray and Bath Pillow Combo
The gift of relaxation is absolutely priceless. Encourage your sweetheart to unwind with this bamboo tray and pillow from Macklin Bath & Home. The tray is made of sturdy, 100 percent bamboo and fits tubs up to 43 inches wide. With a book or magazine holder, slots for wine, a phone, or even a candle, this tray keeps everything secure. And the pillow provides amazing neck support.
Uncommon Goods Rememory Game
This game is great for couples to play together or even get the entire family involved. Rememory helps you remember fun, interesting, beautiful events and with special people that you may have forgot. Players pull cards that give them prompts of certain people or time frames and they share the moment. This is one game that isn't about winning or losing, but just reminiscing and having a blast.
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This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.