Celebrating 40 years of marriage is no small feat, and when your parents reach this milestone, it provides an opportunity to honor them with a special gift. Skip the conventional photo album or ruby jewelry and think of a present that will surprise them. Even if you're on a budget, a thoughtful gift tailored to your parents' personalities is something they'll remember fondly.
For parents who have all the material items they need by the time they celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, a surprise vacation with the family is ideal. Consider your folks' areas of interest; perhaps they'd enjoy a laid-back weekend of camping or would prefer visiting a new city for a sporting event, music festival or some dining and shopping. Whatever the case, recruit the help of siblings, cousins and other relatives and pool your money to book a memorable getaway.
A 40th wedding anniversary celebration is the ideal opportunity to get together with your siblings and buy your parents that special item they've coveted for a long time, provided your collective budgets are big enough. Depending on your parents' interests, potential items include a large new television, a high-end set of camping equipment, or a top-of-the-line barbecue grill. Dance lessons at a professional studio makes an experience-based gift, and paying for a backyard overhaul, including a new deck or swimming pool, is also suitable.
If you're not in the financial position of being able to spend a significant amount of money on an anniversary gift, turn to something affordable and homemade. For those who are creative, write and present a poem, song or short letter in which you thank your parents for showing you the value of marriage. Accomplished cooks can put together their parents' favorite meal and serve it while a selection of pop music from 40 years ago plays in the background. Another cost-effective idea is arranging a backyard potluck party with your parents' friends and family members.
Instead of buying a material gift, celebrate your parents at an anniversary dinner in their honor. Although you can hold the dinner at your home if you have enough room, booking a private room at an upscale restaurant ensures no family members have to spend the party in the kitchen. Invite your parents' closest family and friends and recruit a few guests to share their best wishes through a series of short speeches. Choose a restaurant that can accommodate your request to prepare a modern-day twist on your parents' wedding meal or a meal they enjoyed on their honeymoon.