There was a time when the big four-oh was the beginning of the dreaded descent into middle age, but that’s no longer the case! Instead, men and women have started embracing the day and looking forward to a celebration worthy of four decades spent alive. Of course, a big celebration must be marked, so our fabulous 40th birthday gift ideas are designed to help you pick the perfect present.
What Do You Get Someone For Their 40th Birthday?
What was for some previous generations the gateway to a midlife crisis is seen by today’s 40-year-olds (and those who are close to celebrating their 40th) as the Goldilocks birthday. They’re old enough to be mature adults while maintaining something of a youthful exuberance in their approach to life.
After all, it’s the youngest of Generation X and the oldest of the Millennials who are celebrating their big four-oh. Apart from the hippies of the 60s, those two generations have been among the most counter-cultural. Since 40th is a milestone birthday, so you should avoid dashing out and grabbing the first cheesy, cheap, and cheerful thing that catches your eye. There are plenty of other birthdays for something like that.
With all this in mind, we’ve curated a selection of gifts to spoil, pamper, or give that special person a chance to release their inner adventurer or inner child when they turn 40. Find the perfect gift with our help.
40th Birthday Gifts for Women
There are some delightful gifts for 40-year-old women that are sure to be memorable in all the right ways. What you settle for depends on whether she’s your daughter, sister, best friend, a good friend, or a favourite colleague. If she’s your better half, your wife’s 40th birthday is an excellent time to let her know that she is the sun, the moon, and the stars to you.
Her Own Signature Fragrance
For a perfect gift that is as unique as she is, treat her to an experience at Floris, the royal perfumers based in London. After being welcomed with champagne, she’ll have the chance to choose from an array of scents. Her favourites will be combined into a totally unique perfume just for her.
Not all jewellery is romantic. So if that’s something you’re trying to avoid but you like the sound of jewellery 40th birthday gifts consider items that add a splash of colour and a bit of fun. If she’s not afraid to make bold, quirky statements, consider Chanel’s pink acrylic cocktail ring.
Alternatively, take a slightly muted approach with Ippolita’s gorge Lollipop 18-karat gold multi-stone bracelet. It’s fun and dignified at the same time.
Pampering Spa Treatment
Let her enjoy some time for pampering before celebrating the rest of her 40th birthday with an indulgent package at a top spa. She’ll be treated to a blissful facial, massage and other treatments, leaving her feeling well-rested and restored for the festivities ahead!
A Gorgeous Handbag
A woman can never have too many bags. If you want to give her a 40th birthday gift that’s not just another bag, but something that will wow her, go for Yves Saint Laurent’s small Loulou quilted shoulder bag. It’s big enough to hold the essentials, and it goes with anything and everything.
As wonderful as a gift of champagne or a good bottle of wine can be, when it’s empty, it’s empty. For something lasting and practical, give her a beautiful decanter and glasses or the Coravin wine preservation system. Pouring wine and preventing what’s left from spoiling has never been simpler or smarter.
An Opulent Tea
A decadent tea is one of the best 40th birthday gifts for the lady that has it all, or who likes the finer things in life. Book a tea for two or turn it into a real celebration with a group of friends. There are so many options to choose from, from lavish afternoon teas that offer a smorgasbord of cakes, sweet treats, and savoury morsels, to those that feature a selection of cocktails and a decadent dessert trolley.
No Ordinary Scented Candle
Sometimes a scented candle is the way to go, especially when it’s a candle from Fornasetti. Poured into a stunning ceramic vessel, it’s a birthday gift she’ll treasure.
Take Her On Holiday
One 40th birthday gift idea for a short but luxurious break is to take your wife to Avignon. There, in one of the most famous old towns in Provence, France, you can spend some time reminiscing about her life’s adventures to date. She’ll love soaking up the sunshine, breathing in the fragrance of lavender fields, and sampling legendary wines at Châteauneuf de Pape and Gigondas.
40th Birthday Gifts for Men
What’s a good gift for a 40-year-old man? A simple question but tricky to answer! Choosing a gift for a 40-year-old man can be a good time to get creative. Whether he’s into the finer things in life, tech or popular culture, there are plenty of options available.
If the man whose 40th birthday you’re celebrating is a film buff, you’re in luck. Depending on what you get, yours could be the gift he doesn’t stop talking about. If he’s a fan of James Bond and board games, the 2020 edition of James Bond 007 Monopoly references all of the films so far.
If he prefers Star Wars, framed mini-cells from one of the film reels may be the way to go. Combine his love of Star Wars and of tech, get him the Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset. Appeal to his inner child by gifting him the Lego Star Wars Death Star. With more than 4,000 pieces, it’s the ultimate collector’s piece.
Ultimate Whisky Tasting Experience
If he’s a whisky drinker, a premium whisky tasting may be just the thing for him. During a tasting masterclass with an expert, he’ll delve into the history of this spirit and learn about the production of a drink that has stood the test of time. It’s his unique chance to taste a range of ultra-premium whiskies, from limited-edition Scotch to Japanese single malts. Combined with perfectly paired nibbles like fine cheese or sashimi and he’ll be in whisky loving heaven.
Home Bar Décor
Another great 40th birthday gift idea is to get him something for his man cave, especially if he has or wants a home bar. If he needs somewhere to keep his drinks and accessories, think about getting him a drinks cabinet that doubles up as a globe. Or for a bit more fun, get him a drinks cabinet inspired by the famous red telephone box.
A smartwatch could be the best gift for a tech-head celebrating his 40th birthday. Whether he wants to work on his fitness or just wants to look the part, it doesn’t really matter. There are tons of models on the market these days, but we’re in love with this Gen 5 Smartwatch from Fossil. The stainless steel band combined with the latest touchscreen technology is bound to put a smile on his dial.
Home Beer Dispenser
A beer-drinking birthday boy may appreciate having his own draught on tap, as it were. If so, get him a personal beer dispenser that converts bottles and cans into a creamy pour just like in a pub or restaurant.
Jam Sesh with Bruce Springsteen
A dream come true for any fan of one of Rock ‘n Roll’s greatest icons. In this a once-in-a-lifetime guitar masterclass, your favourite music fan will spend an afternoon with Bruce Springsteen. As well as getting some tips on how to shred on the guitar from ‘The Boss’, the recipient will walk away with an autographed CD and unforgettable memories.
Humorous 40th Birthday Gifts
Retro Sweet Treats
For the 40-year-old with a sweet tooth and a sense of humour, a hamper of retro sweets will tickle their fancy. His or her taste buds will take them down memory lane to the days when they bought a mountain of sweets for next-to-nothing at the corner cafe.
Golf Themed BBQ Set
Golfers who also enjoy a good barbeque may get a good chuckle out of a golf-themed barbeque toolset. A quirky but useful gift, it’s sure to raise a smile from the avid BBQer.
Funny ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ Book
For something small and silly to add to a larger gift, a personalised Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis is absolutely perfect. Alternatively, a comic that came out the year they were born is a great idea.
You’ll want to give someone a great gift for their big 4-0. Just how great that gift is depends on your relationship, how long you’ve known them for, their character, and their interests.
No matter who it’s for, remember that forty is a fabulous age. These 40th birthday gifts are a great place to start when looking to spoil a special someone who’s about to hit this milestone!
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- 3 40th Birthday Gifts for Men
- 4 Humorous 40th Birthday Gifts