42nd Wedding Anniversary

For your 42nd wedding anniversary, this guide skips the usual and leaps into innovation for those milestone moments. Find unconventional picks for gifts and celebration ideas here.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 29 May 2024

Discover The 42nd Year Wedding Anniversary

The 42nd wedding anniversary doesn’t follow traditional symbols or flowers. You don’t always need symbolic gifts when you can create lasting memories. You can consider a home makeover as your gift this year. I’m talking about a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, or even a full-blown renovation. My guide has some tricks for that perfect home refresh.

Traditional Gift

The 42nd anniversary doesn’t have a traditional gift, which means you can get creative with modern ideas. You can consider giving something that suits today’s lifestyle. It could be the latest tech gadget that you both like or an experience tailored to your shared hobbies and dreams.

Coming to gemstones, the 42nd anniversary is often linked with jasper. This gemstone, known for its rich colors and grounding properties, represents stability and strength. These are traits that symbolize a marriage that has stood the test of time.


Handmade framed design of a couple in love, all made with pebbles and genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This can be pesonalized with your own message and makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or wedding gift to give to a loved one.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 42nd wedding anniversary gemstone is jasper

Jasper stands out as the gemstone for this anniversary. Its unique patterns and earthy colors reflect a love that’s strong and enduring. Just like jasper’s layers form over time, your relationship has grown stronger through challenges. The gem’s warm colors remind you of the memories you’ve created together, and its grounding qualities embody the solid base of your partnership.

Traditional Flower

Mixed flower bouquet would be the perfect floral gift for the 42nd year anniversary

There’s no specific flower tied to the 42nd anniversary. You can make a bouquet with 42 different flowers, each one representing a past anniversary. This way, you’re not just reflecting on your journey together but also paying tribute to past milestones. It’s a romantic gesture that combines tradition with creativity.

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Modern Gift

For your 42nd anniversary, think about updating your home. It’s a great way to celebrate your years together by making your living space more comfortable and stylish. You can start a home improvement project that not only looks good but also adds to your daily life. Maybe it’s a cozy nook for quiet chats or a smart home gadget that makes life easier. The options are limitless.

How Long You´ve Been Married

42 years / 504 months / 2,191 weeks / 15,340 days / 368,160 hours / 22,089,600 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Saturn, you would have been married for 1.43 years and if you lived on Mercury 174.41 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Show your husband how much he means to you with these meaningful gift suggestions.

  • Virtual reality headset – for a thrilling gaming experience
  • Smart home device – streamline music and home controls
  • High-tech coffee maker – for a perfect cup every morning
  • Vintage Bluetooth speaker & radio – enjoy classic tunes 
  • Flexhead adjustable wrench – for effortless home and car repairs
  • Duo dashcam – ensure safety with front and rear views
  • Funny character cushion – personalized with your husband’s photo
Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

My dearest husband,

42 years ago today, we made a commitment to love each other for better or worse, in sickness and in health. And I can happily say we have weathered it all together. You are still the man who makes my heart flutter, who can make me laugh until I cry, and who I love cuddling with at night. After over four decades by your side, I love you now more than ever. Thank you for the beautiful life we’ve built. I can’t wait to celebrate many more anniversaries with you.

All my love, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Forty-two years of playing house with your leading lady – now that needs more than just a round of applause. Let’s pick out a gift that tells her she’s still the queen of your heart.

  • Jasper beaded bracelet – update her style with earthy tones
  • Silver & jasper necklace – a special anniversary gift
  • Personalized trinket box – store her jewelry in a custom-crafted box
  • Art and crafts set – to explore her artistic side
  • New iPad or tablet – for her browsing, reading, or streaming needs
  • Digital photo frame – put her favorite memories on display
  • Fun face cushion – with a fun snapshot of your wife
sea glass love birds


A wonderful handmade artwork displaying two birds in love and a heart shaped balloon, all handmade with sea glass and pebbles. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artists from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain. Personalized for you.

The perfect frame for an Anniversary or wedding gift.

Try this special wish:

To my love on our 42nd,

Forty two years of laughter, tears, and incredible memories with my best friend. You still give me butterflies and light up my days. Thanks for keeping me on my toes and making sure I never take myself too seriously! I’m so grateful to have taken this ride with you. Here’s to many more fun years ahead!

Love you to the moon and back, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Ready to surprise your favorite duo? Here’s a collection of gifts that are twice as nice.

  • Cordless wine opener and chiller – to easily open and keep wine cold
  • Garden or patio chair set – for comfortable outdoor seating
  • Portable movie projector – to watch movies anywhere
  • Personalized artwork – display a custom memory
  • Box of gourmet chocolates – to enjoy luxury treats together
  • Personalized towel set – for a spa-like experience at home

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Fun Fact

Since your marriage, the two of you have:
Taken a combined 618,508,800 breaths (approximately).
Had about 3,180,902,400 heartbeats.
Spent around 49.1 months eating and drinking and eaten about 83.9 tons of food.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate a 42nd wedding anniversary

At home idea:

Invite your best pals over for a relaxed, creative painting session right in your living room. Change up your usual setting by adding easels, canvases, and acrylic paints.

For the perfect ambiance, curate a playlist of your top tracks to play quietly in the backdrop. Encourage guests to bring along their preferred beverage – be it wine, beer, or a cocktail – to enjoy while they paint.

Kickstart the session with a quick how-to guide or a simple demonstration, just enough to stimulate everyone’s creativity. Let your friends’ creativity flow freely as they play with colors and convert their ideas into art.

As you all paint, engage in casual chats, share some laughs, and exchange painting tips and tricks. This will create a warm, collaborative environment that’s full of positivity.

To amp up the fun, throw in a painting challenge or a fun game. This could be a race against the clock, a theme-based contest, or even a group project. Such activities can ignite friendly rivalry and stimulate artistic expression.

On a budget idea:

Explore your community’s offerings by checking local listings for free outdoor concerts or live music events happening in your area. Once you’ve found the perfect event, gather your friends and pack a picnic basket filled with tasty snacks and refreshing drinks. Don’t forget to grab a cozy blanket or bring along some lawn chairs for comfortable seating.

On your way to the venue, look forward to an evening of music and fun under a star-filled sky. Choose a good spot, lay out your blanket, set up your chairs, and prepare for a night full of music and friendship.

When the music starts, share jokes, stories, and food with your friends, creating memories under the stars. Whether you’re dancing to the music or just enjoying the atmosphere, this outing promises to be a fun and refreshing experience that doesn’t cost much.

An adventurous idea:

Learning to sail weekend

For your 42nd anniversary, plan a weekend sailing trip on a yacht. It’s an exciting chance for you and your partner to navigate the waters and get a hands-on sailing experience.

You’ll start by meeting your instructor at the marina. After going through the necessary safety procedures, you’ll board the yacht and sail into the open sea. As you feel the wind fill the sails and watch the waves sparkle, you’ll leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll be introduced to the basics of sailing. This includes everything from raising the sails to reading charts and using navigation instruments. Your instructor will be there at every step, offering practical lessons and sharing useful tips to ensure you become comfortable and proficient on the water.

The journey also gives you the chance to explore beautiful coastlines and secluded coves. When it’s time for a break, anchor the yacht and enjoy some laid-back meals on deck. You can either relish food prepared onboard or step ashore to visit charming coastal towns and try their local dishes.

A luxury idea:

Step into the elite world of golfing and get ready to play on well-kept courses that have seen legendary tournaments and championships. You’ll receive one-on-one lessons from professional instructors, ensuring your swings are perfect and putts are spot-on.

After a day on the course, relax with high-end spa treatments designed to ease your muscles and stimulate your senses. Enjoy the calm spa environment as experienced therapists spoil you with relaxing massages, facials, and body treatments, leaving you feeling recharged and renewed.

If you’re up for more than just golf, consider a vineyard tour and wine-tasting experience. Learn about winemaking as you walk through lush vineyards guided by experts in the field and try different wines while enjoying the beautiful views.

Fun Fact

When you see a rainbow, the angle between the ground and a line to the top of the rainbow is always 42 degrees.

Common Questions about the 42nd Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 42nd wedding anniversary called?

A: The 42nd wedding anniversary is does not have a name associated with it.

Q: What is the 42nd wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 42nd wedding anniversary gemstone is called jasper.

Q: What is the 42nd wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 42nd wedding anniversary doesn’t have a traditional symbol, but it can be represented by the jasper gemstone or modern gifts related to home themes.

Q: What is the 42nd wedding anniversary color?

A: There isn’t a specific color for the 42nd wedding anniversary.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 42nd wedding anniversary?

A: There is no traditional gift for the 42nd wedding anniversary. However, modern gifts are related to home renovation.

Q: What is the 42nd year anniversary flower?

A: There isn’t a specific flower for the 42nd wedding anniversary, so a mixed bouquet with your loved one’s favorite blooms is a great choice.

Did You Know?

There are 42 dots on a pair of dice.

Jasper is extremely versatile, and can be used in any style of jewelry. Depending on its cut, Jasper can suit boho, hippie, classic, and elegant looks alike.

Jasper stones are thought to absorb negative energy, providing protection when worn.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKUKNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – USUSANo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – AustraliaAustraliaNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – CanadaCanadaNo traditional gift
Traditional Gift – SpainSpainJasper
Traditional Gift – GermanyGermanyGarnet
Traditional Gift – FranceFrancePearl
Traditional Gift – ItalyItalyJasper
Flower GiftAnniversary Flower GiftsMixed floral bouquet
Gemstone GiftGemstone anniversary giftsJasper
Modern GiftModern Anniversary GiftsHome Theme

Lighthearted Wishes

As you mark 42 years of love and togetherness, we wanted to send some heartfelt wishes your way. Here’s to more laughter, more adventures, and more beautiful moments shared together.

May your love continue to grow stronger with each passing year, just like your ability to tolerate each other’s snoring!

Wishing you both a lifetime supply of laughter, hugs, and love… and maybe a few extra hours of sleep too!

Here’s to embracing each other’s quirks for another year – because let’s face it, you’re both perfectly imperfect for each other!

Here’s to another year of being the ultimate relationship goals – you make love look so easy!

May your love be as strong as your WiFi signal and your arguments be as easily resolved as hitting the refresh button!

Here’s to celebrating 42 years of love, laughter, and the occasional eye roll – because what’s marriage without a little sass?

May every day be as special as your wedding day. Keep making those great memories.

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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