The traditional symbol of the 40th wedding anniversary, in the United States, is the lovely red ruby.
A piece of jewelry containing ruby can only be an appropriate gift for your wife that she will surely love.
Here are some ruby gift ideas:
There are plenty of websites which offer ruby jewelry. For example this one has a great ruby items collection. Also, this website sells wonderful ruby jewelry at great discounts. You can find beautiful ruby items here, here and here as well.
If you wish to surprise your beloved one with a more exotic gift, you can take him or her on a trip to a ruby mine, like the one in Cherokee, North Carolina.
Also, if you cannot afford offering a ruby item to your spouse, you can still respect the 40th wedding anniversary theme, by gifting something red, such as:
The modern symbol of the 40th wedding anniversary is Garnet. This is not a versatile material, so the only recommended gift containing garnet is jewelry. Just like in ruby’s case, garnet can be turned to wonderful necklaces, earrings or bracelets and it is most likely to be an appreciated gift.
If none of these gift options appeal to you, then you can try offering something that relates to the number 40, such as 40 flowers or 40 French chocolates.
The traditional flower for the ruby wedding is the pretty Nasturtium.11