Some Ideas To Prepare A Gift For Your 42nd Anniversary

42nd anniversary

We recently got contacted to help a couple hold their 42nd anniversary in their newly built greenhouse, a gift for their real estate-themed anniversary.

This idea may sound strange to some, but it was quite an apt theme for a celebration of more than four decades of marriage. If your union reaches the 42-year milestone this year, we highly suggest you follow our ideas for gifts with the real estate theme.

Traditional And Modern Gifts For The 42nd Anniversary

Traditional Gifts

Wedding anniversaries have their roots in a tradition back in the day of the Holy Roman Empire. In which, a husband gives his wife a silver wreath after 25 years of marriage.

When their marriage reaches 50 years, the silver gift shall turn to gold hence the modern names of silver wedding and golden wedding.

In the U.K. and the U.S. nowadays, there are traditional gifts and flowers for each of the first 15 wedding anniversaries. For example, the gift for the first anniversary is paper and the flower to give after a decade is daffodil.

For the 42nd anniversary, there is no traditional gift or flower in the English-speaking world.

But that does not apply to the rest of the world. In Spain and Italy, husbands and wives usually give each other jaspers. Up north in Germany, the gem of choice is garnets.

Meanwhile, couples in Paris prefer pearls. Similarly, mother of pearl (nacre) is conventionally popular in Russia for the 42nd wedding anniversary.

A polished nacre
A polished nacre is conventionally popular in Russia for the 42nd wedding anniversary

Modern Gifts

For almost every traditional gift, there would be a modern counterpart. For instance, instead of folding a pair of origami swans, you can 3-D print a plastic model of a pen and a cob kissing each other. If there is no daffodil available, get yourself and your partner two aluminum Apple watches.

You probably are wondering what the modern gift for the 42nd wedding anniversary is while there is no traditional one. Well, at some point, we as a society decided that real estate should be the choice.

It seems like a reasonable choice when you think about it. Over the past 50 years or more, real estate has grown in popularity as an investment since it can provide continual passive income when the value rises over time.

So, why not strive for something grand for your special day? It will not just be a gift for your partner, but it will also be a means of accumulating generational wealth.

A summer home
Real estate should be the choice at 42nd anniversary

Ideas For 42nd Anniversary Gifts With The Real Estate Theme

Real Estate 

Anything from a vacation home to a swing in your backyard may fall in this category.

  • A summer house

If you have a comfortable budget, a summer house or a villa may not seem so far-fetched. This gift can be an investment too, such as shares of a real estate investment trust or crowdfunding.

  • A small garden

On the other end of the spectrum, a small garden will be a great present if your partner has a green thumb. You can also find a used small succulent fountain on eBay and hook it up on your own to give it a more personal touch.

  • A home renovation

Giving your home a new look is another option. For instance, redecorate your basement in the style of the bar where you first met.

No matter what you choose to do, finding a place or an activity to spend time with each other should be you guys’ priority.

Symbolic Real Estate Gifts

If you are afraid that construction in your backyard may ruin the surprise, something symbolic will get the job done.

  • A house model

Keeping promises is one of the most important things in a relationship. A model of the dream house that you guys promised each other would let your partner know that you still love them after all those years.

  • A house-shaped cake

If you are not a handy guy, just outsourcing the project to a cake shop. A good pastry shop is basically a construction company with flour and icing.

  • A painting

Your place of precious memories can be a town or a city too. Artsy gals and guys would love a painting of the sunset city skyline that you guys used to watch.

A sunset skyline painting
A sunset skyline painting is a precious gift
  • A song

A song about the hometown should bring back all the memories of a childhood sweethearts couple. It doesn’t need to be the greatest song ever, but it should have the most sincere feelings you can set to music.

42nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts Ideas

For Him

  • Real estate for your man

Something close to his heart, such as a patio with a grill or a caveman with a pool table and a stereo system, can be more meaningful than any big piece of property.

  • Jewelry

If your husband is not a flashy type of guy, a tie pin with secret engraves on the backside will be a great low-key gift. If it is the other way around,  a pair of garnet cufflinks are sure to turn heads.

  • Sport equipment

If you guys have been married for 42 years, your husband is probably enjoying his retirement right now. So a set of golf clubs or fishing rods would bring a smile to his face.

  • Sport tickets

Of course, he can buy some tickets by himself, but getting a green light from his lady to hang out with the boys would mean so much more.

For Her

  • Jewelry

The U.K. and the U.S. don’t have a piece of traditional jewelry for this occasion. So you can go with anything you seem fit.

It may be a pair of earrings that match the color of her eyes. Or, an elegant pearl necklace would make a thoughtful gift for your lovely wife, reminding her of your romantic honeymoon in Paris.

an elegant pearl necklace
An elegant pearl necklace would make a thoughtful gift for your lovely wife
  • Flower

If you exactly know what your wife loves, it would be easy. But if not, go for a safe choice like roses or carnations.

Bouquets of colorful roses
Bouquets of roses is always favorite gift for your wife
  • Spa vouchers

A happy wife is indeed a happy life. When your wife comes home happy from a spa session, you may become a very happy man too.

  • Something for her hobbies

Many matriarchs are often too busy taking care of the family and forget to spend time on their own enjoyment. If your wife has a green thumb, a greenhouse will be a great reminder for her to have fun herself.

a greenhouse
A greenhouse will be a great reminder for your wife to have fun herself

For Parents

  • A now and then photo frame

One picture from their wedding and one picture from this year. This will remind them how long of a way that they have come together.

  • A short films

What is even better than pictures are moving pictures. Utilize your family footage to make a film about your parents’ journey.

  • A painting of your parents

This will definitely get a special place in your parents’ home. You can either hire a professional or express your love for them by yourself.

For Friends

  • A basket of food and wine

A party can always use some more food and drinks. You should opt for foods that are ready to eat out of the package, such as fruits, chocolate, and nuts.

  • A personalized wine crate

Many gift shops offer personalized wine crates with customizable labels and crates. This gift can stay with the couple for years to come.

  • A personalized cutting board

Having a similar idea with the previous gift, a cutting board is perfect for households that revolve around the kitchen.

  • Travel experience

Do you think they are still down for a trip? Let’s get them on the road. A trip together may exactly be what they need to fall in love again.

How To Organize Your 42nd Wedding Anniversary

Feel free to organize this event. It is not a silver anniversary or a golden wedding, so there is no pressure.

Throw a party for family and friends if you want. But no one will gossip anything about your intimate dinner at your favorite restaurant. Just remember that that day is for you and your life partner.

Here is a checklist for you to follow anyway:

  • Secure a venue

Right at or near your real estate gift would be ideal. A personal place for the two of you would be great too.

  • Plan food and drinks

The food and drinks should fit the vibe of the party. If you plan for a cake, arrange the decoration of the cake and the pick-up time in detail with the bakery.

  • Prepare some additional activities

There are many games to play at a wedding anniversary, such as couple’s karaoke, trivia buffs, find your mate, and dumb charades.

  • Choose decorations

Stick with the real estate theme. Flowers, balloons, and other decorations should complement the main gift.

Don’t Forget The Gifts

Give your partner a gift that only the love of his or her life can give. Pay attention to the revelation too.

You should also prepare a gift table if you plan to throw a big party.

42nd Anniversary Toasts And Tributes

For Husband And Wife

Write your toast in advance and run it in front of a test audience if necessary. It would be more touching to couple your toast with a slideshow of meaningful moments.

These are some great examples for you to draw inspiration from:

  • “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte.
  • “We are not the same people this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” – Somerset Maugham.
  • “Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.” – Zane Grey.
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin.
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.” – Paul Sweeney.

For Friends And Relatives

Wedding anniversaries are the time for friends and relatives to show their admiration and wish the couple the best wishes. Below are a few great toasts to quote:

  •  “May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.” – Robert A. Heinlein.
  • “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is its threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” – Simone Signoret.
  • “Love that is true never grows old.” – Elben Bano.
  • “A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after.” – Anonymous.


The 42nd anniversary is a wonderful milestone for every couple to achieve. The theme of real estate can only make your union even more concrete.

Whether you want a big party or a dinner for two, plan the event around you and your loved ones. Our overall advice is to look for something that represents the last invaluable 42 years and the opportunity to create new memories.

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