If your parents are soon to be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, they deserve to receive a memorable gift from their offspring. Ruby is both the traditional and modern theme for this significant occasion. They have reached yet another important milestone in their relationship, and it’s certainly worthy of a gift that is meaningful, and one that serves as a celebration of their accomplishment. After four decades of married life, they’ve shown their love, trust and commitment to each other. A ruby-themed gift will be appropriate for such an event, but it’s not vital that you follow a recognised theme. 40th wedding anniversary gifts for your parents should be gifts that they can enjoy together and that leave a lasting impression.
Tips on buying 40th anniversary gifts for parents
If you’re wondering where to start, and what you should be thinking about, let’s start with some helpful tips.
- Decide on their style and personality
It shouldn’t be all that difficult, after all you’ve known them all your life. It is however, a vital part of picking the perfect gift for your beloved mum and dad. If, for example, they aren’t that keen on water, a cruise to the Bahamas might be more of a trial than an enjoyable experience. If you decide to give them a dinner service, they might find it a little odd if they’ve not had a dinner party in years.
Talk with your brothers and sisters, to get a better feel for the kind of gifts they’d like. Sit down and have a brainstorming session, and you should be able to come up with a few great ideas to pick from. Tell your siblings what you’ve decided to buy, as you don’t want to double up for such an important celebration.
- Set yourself a budget
It’s always good to set a budget when looking for gifts. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself picking a gift that is far out of your means. It might be your parents 40th wedding anniversary, but we’re pretty sure they wouldn’t appreciate you taking out a second mortgage. If you like the idea of an expensive gift, see if you can get your sibling to pitch in. Setting a budget will also serve to narrow the field. Let’s face it, there are so many choices you’re going to need some help reducing your options.
Ideas for your parents ruby wedding anniversary
So you’ve thought about the kinds of things your parents like doing and set yourself a budget, it’s time to give you some ideas for ruby wedding anniversary gifts for your parents.
40th wedding anniversary gifts for parents with a ruby theme
How about matching watches as ruby wedding anniversary gifts for your parents? They come in a variety of styles to suit many different tastes. If finances allow, there could be rubies marking the hours, or at the very least red crystals. On the back of the watches is the ideal spot for a touch of personalisation, with a short message of your affection.
We’re obliged to mention once again picture frames. A ruby-encrusted frame that has a picture of the happy couple placed inside. Of course, it doesn’t have to be real rubies, as a heart-shaped frame with red glass or red crystals as the detail will more than fill your parents hearts with pride.
There are many different styles of glassware appropriately coloured red. Maybe they’d prefer engraved champagne flutes or wine glasses for their celebratory bottle of the good stuff. There are also red coloured artisan vases and stemware, which would be the perfect place to display a bouquet of red roses.
40th anniversary gifts for parents that are sentimental
It’s always good to add some sentiment to such a memorable occasion. Get in contact with friends and family members and ask them to write down their fondest memories of your parents. Not forgetting to add yours of course. Have these special memories bound in a book, or make them into a collage and add some sentimental photographs.
An excellent alternative is to have people send in video messages; that can be compiled into a short film. Includes photographs of your parents taken throughout their years together, along with photos of their wedding day.
A 40th anniversary is deserving of a unique experience
One last idea that we thought was worth mentioning was to buy your parents an experience day. Send them up in a hot air balloon for a romantic trip in the sky. If they’re sports fans then why not buy them tickets to a match, or rent a box at an important sports event? Get together with some of your other family members and club together to send them off on a long-awaited cruise. Some of the cruise operators even offer special rates, rooms and packages for anniversary couples.
Maybe it’s about time they enjoyed a second honeymoon or their first one come to that. When they first got married they may not have been able to afford an expensive honeymoon, so treat them to one now instead. If you ask around you might get an idea of a place they’ve always longed to visit.
However you choose to celebrate your parent’s wedding anniversary make sure you give them a day to remember. Whether that involves inviting lots of people, or setting them up for a romantic evening together depends on their taste. We’re sure that whatever you plan it will be a special day for the happy couple concerned, and will show how much you still care about them, even after all these years.