40th Birthday Gift Ideas

40th Birthday Gift Ideas
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So what do you get for a special 40th birthday gift? Here are a few ideas

For him

Kelly Kettle

Men love playing with fire. It is the reason why ment tend only to do the cooking when there is a barbeque. A great way of playing with fire is to get a kelly kettle. This is a kettle with a real fire contained inside it. You simply add in some newspaper and a few twigs and you have a fire going in no time. And because it is so self contained you can use it on the beach.

Smokey Joe Portable Barbeque

This is the present that my wife bought me for my 40th birthday.

Parachuting lesson

My friend Reece was given a parachuting lesson by his wife. I’m not sure if she was trying to get his life insurance! The danger is thathe will then probably bore you by showing all of your friends and family the video.

Other 40th birthday gift ideas

  • Tilley Hat
  • Survival kit
  • Swiss army knife
  • Tickets to a major sporting event
  • Sailing lesson
  • Flying lesson
  • Canoe
  • Leather brief case or gladstone bag
  • iPod
  • Maglight
  • Sat Nav
  • Nice fountain pen e.g. Mont Blanc

For her

A hot air baloon ride.

This could be a very romantic gesture, but if the person suffers from vertigo it could go down like a lead balloon.

Other ideas

  • New handbag e.g. Burberry
  • Vanity case
  • tickets for a stay at a health spa
  • Eglu to keep a chicken (from omlet.co.uk)
  • Pride and Preduice boxed DVD gift set
  • Kath Kidson tent
  • kitchen aid food mixer
  • croquet set

Do you have any other 40th Birthday Gift Ideas? Please add them in the box below.


Published On: 10th Aug 2007

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  1. Jewelry from Tiffany & Company

    Anonymous 29 Aug at 8:38 pm
  2. Funny Gag Gifts – A cane, a walker, a bottle of hemoriod cream, adult diapers, the list goes on and on.

    Anonymous 7 Sep at 10:46 pm
  3. a housekeeper and/or a personal chef!!

    Anonymous 23 Oct at 5:46 pm
  4. How’s 40 little presents in a big box? They could be food, drinks, accessories, clothings… anything he/she may want/like/wish to have.

    Go Organic – if he/she is a very healthy person you could get organic products e.g for cosmetics, food & drinks, tea, treatments…

    Anonymous 20 Nov at 2:53 am
  5. Jewelry from Jared The Galleria of Jewelry

    Anonymous 27 Dec at 4:13 pm
  6. A really nice Swiss timepiece

    Jared The Galleria of Jewelry 27 Dec at 4:14 pm
  7. For Her… have girlfriends over for brunch – have everything ready for them to perform manicures/pedicures. Then send her off for a 1 hr massage… Later have a limo pick her up (with a few friends), go to dinner and sightseeing, bar hopping, casino (whatever as long as no-one has to drive)… Did you remember before you jumped in the limo… to turn her bed down, lay out her pj’s and put chocolates on her pillow and ice water on her bedstand?)…hint – just fill a glass almost full with ice only… by the time you come home it’s melted and still cool…

    Anonymous 28 Dec at 2:27 pm
  8. pilgrim jewellery, its really sparkly

    Anonymous 9 Jan at 11:38 pm
  9. a t-shirt with: LOOK Kristen is 40 1/2 way to 80

    Anonymous 30 Jan at 8:12 pm
  10. jewelry

    Anonymous 9 Feb at 7:09 pm
  11. wake her up early with breakfast, flowers and Jewelry from Tiffany & Company. give her time to get ready and tell her uv booked a long weekend in cardiff for her. take sight seeing for the first day in cardiff then out for a meal. have all her friends and family be at the meal waiting for her. (suprise) enjoy the meal and take her back to stay at a top hotel.

    Anonymous 28 Feb at 7:53 pm
  12. a plant

    Anonymous 19 Mar at 1:24 am
  13. something from silver oasis in kilkenny… nice

    Anonymous 27 Mar at 12:21 am
  14. Hi this is Sonia from Chigwell Esex. Take your woman on the Orient Express just for the day from London to Brighton, when you arrive at Brighton take a taxi to Gatwick airport where a friends waiting there with the cases you packed earliern fot the both of you, a total suprise for her, then catch the booked flight you made weeks or days befor to Venice, a wonderful romantic idea to which any woman would be swept off her feet !!!

    Anonymous 4 Apr at 8:37 pm
  15. 40 pounds of food donated to the humane society in their honor if they are a cat / dog lover.

    Anonymous 4 Apr at 10:27 pm
  16. Just a really big party.

    Anonymous 14 Apr at 7:18 am
  17. I’m into gag gifts – how about a percentage off certificate for a headstone

    Anonymous 4 May at 2:42 am
  18. Personalised presents with their name on, calendar etc etc or a photo album with photo’s of their life so far. These can be obtained electronically.

    Anonymous 4 Jun at 6:34 pm
  19. How about a hand painted, personalised plant pot? Ideal gift or treat and can be designed to you specifications

    Miss V Bishop 20 Jun at 10:41 pm
  20. Looking for 40th Gift ideas? bagsoflove.co.uk make photo prints, photo blankets, photo books and more…with photos your beloved people, pets, landscape…

    Patricia 10 Jul at 3:30 pm
  21. I got my husband his personal registration plate with his name and surname incorporated.x.

    ANONYMOUS 4 Aug at 1:10 pm
  22. I gave my wife divorce papers, not her ideal gifft but it was mine!

    Anonymous 5 Aug at 12:57 pm
  23. A trip to PARIS.

    Emma 8 Aug at 10:12 pm
  24. Have a funeral for their youth. The invitation is an obiturary, everyone dresses in black, decorate the room with dead roses. Serve Cape Cods but replace the cranberry juice with prune juice for the birthday person. Have guests speek about the person’s past experiences or events.

    DM 13 Aug at 5:19 pm
  25. Plan a drink with a few friends that he knows about, and have all the other guests waiting in another room so that way he really gets a surprise.

    evelyn 11 Sep at 8:05 am
  26. Surprise weekend getaway – no kids allowed!

    SP 17 Sep at 6:10 pm
  27. Spectator binoculars for sporting events and concerts.

    Carmela 11 Nov at 10:02 pm
  28. How about a new pair of Marigold latex gloves? Ideal for washing up. Or a new iron and matching ironing board? Or a set of Le Creuset pots ‘n’ pans? A new vaccuum cleaner?

    Paul 21 Nov at 11:55 am
  29. Visa Gift Card With big $ on it so they can do or get what they want.

    Rob 18 Jan at 7:41 pm
  30. Welcome to old age gift bag with instructions. speedo, gold chain, old spice, white and black socks, tshirts, etc.

    Anonymous 13 Feb at 7:43 pm
  31. A fancy gift box with 2 batteries inside and a note saying no gift included.

    Joy 13 Mar at 2:18 pm
  32. A Night at The Ritz. Did this for my sisters 40th. Wow was she surprised!! Travelled down 1st class on Virgin Trains. Had a champagne lunch in the fabulous Ritz Restuarant and booked tickets for Mamma Mia for the evening. A truely amazing experience.

    Liz 18 Mar at 2:05 pm
  33. Tell your partner that you are both going out,but don’t tell her/him where?
    book the limo to pick you both up to go to the oxo tower restaurant in london(table you should book-facing the southbank thames)limo to tour london at nite with a bottle champs(pink L),

    norma 10 Apr at 2:39 pm
  34. To keep your skin soft try a silk pillow case instead of a cotton one…

    Nancy 17 May at 9:42 am
  35. My husband and I are big football fans, so im having a surprise taigate party and everyone is wearing their team Jersey.I’ve picked 4 teams and decorating 4 tables with the team.the invites had picture of him at a tailgate party and read”look who hit the ’40’ Yard Line and details. Cant wait til it happens.

    Bea 22 May at 4:37 am
  36. Homemade spa things like bath salts, bath oil ,soaps……..like a homemade spa things in the basket.

    Atishi 26 Jul at 12:19 am
  37. Have a surprise party at an 80’s bar helping them re live their young and giving them a good send off to their second life in the old age bracket. Also get them a t-shirt made with the year of their birth, e.g. 1969 limited edition, in bold 80’s dayglo colours.

    Paula 4 Aug at 2:20 pm
  38. Mom and I are buying my brother a patio set to go with his big new pool…also a day at the Polar Bear club and Monte-Cristo cigars from Cuba.

    Nathalie 6 Aug at 2:24 am
  39. We had a Happy 40 Party where everyone had to bring 40 of something — candies, kleenix boxes, whistles, and even 40 Asprin. After 40, everything hurts … lol.

    Another friend was turning 40, and his neighbour was turning 60. The wives got together and had a ‘Centenial’ neighbourgood BBQ. What fun!

    Matt 9 Aug at 8:26 pm
  40. Buy some depends, make oneinto a purse and write on the outside in Black Marker, “40 things you will have to DEPEND on! Then fill the depends with Raisins, chocolate, spa things, lotions, prunes,a panty-liner,garment “wrinkle remover’,a magnifying glass, etc.

    Wendy eke 12 Aug at 8:25 pm
  41. Custom made coin medallions. Your face, your name and a message 3D machined onto solid metal and presented in a luxury wooden box. This is truly a unique gift.

    Bodley Medallions 13 Oct at 9:26 am
  42. how about 40 bottles of beer, cider, or wine as a larger gift, will last for a while and its fun tracking 40 different lables down.

    sally 20 Oct at 10:04 pm
  43. Have decided to give my daughter “My Time”. She and her husband both work, have 4 young children but don’t need “stuff”. A weekend or week away and I will look after their children. I know that I would have appreciated it.

    Adele 22 Oct at 7:42 am
  44. If its for a guy: A wallet
    woman: purse

    Farah Al Fahad 4 Jan at 7:49 pm
  45. 40 is when it all starts!

    This party needs to make a real statement about who you are and what you are capable of doing.

    The guest list does not have to be long, but include the people that matter most to you. They will enjoy your biggest party in 4 decades and a treat that will show them that you have style, creativity and money.

    If on the other hand, you have the style, creativity and no money………. don’t force it and do not borrow money to throw a party.

    Amongst the best ideas, you can now choose to have your party high above the city as there are many tall buildings with sky lounges and roof terraces. The views are amazing and this is much better than being in a club or a decorated marquee in your garden. If you are going to hire somewhere like the Burj Khalifa, Petronas Towers or BT Tower in London and need entertainment for your reception, my band will be delighted to receive your enquiry.

    Your guests will also be thrilled when they receive an invitation to something extraordinary, instead of just visiting your house again. 40 is about feeling alive and switched on. It’s about making others excited as they share in your success and ambitious ideas.

    Big Sand - steel band hire 10 Jan at 8:22 am
  46. 40 needs to be a landmark birthday that you have something to treasure and remember it by once the fizz has finished. My husband has had a fly rod made for him.

    With women it can be tricky but a well-thought out gift that you know will suit her – and that she’ll wear can be an excllent present.
    As a former women’s magazine writer, I’ve put together a practical guide for men buying jewellery for women. It helps avoid common pitfalls and helps blokes choose something that’ll fit and suit their womenfolk.
    I’m priviledged to have changed career and now create limited edition, handmade jewellery in my tiny studio near Bath.
    Vogue said some nice things about my Sea Charm Necklace last year.

    Victoria Indigo 20 Feb at 10:22 pm
  47. 40-Year Old Virgin DVD

    Jennifer 11 Mar at 4:06 pm
  48. Gift for all guys- give him the gift of the best sex he’s ever had… pull out all the stops, no holding back….you dont need to buy a thing except for some lingerie.

    Rocco 14 Mar at 4:54 pm
  49. a boob job

    Ricco 5 Apr at 4:30 pm
  50. my partner gave me 40 little presents on my birthday i loved it!

    mel rogers 28 Apr at 7:25 am
  51. 40 little dogs

    david smith 7 May at 9:30 am
  52. 40 tetley tea bags, good quality and keeps her busy 😉

    jimmy smith 14 May at 9:27 pm
  53. 40 packets of Tim Tams!!!

    Jilly Cee 20 May at 1:54 am
  54. try a photo album
    i did and my mum was crying xxx love you mum xxx x

    bob 30 May at 10:48 am
  55. If she’s into jewellery (and what woman isn’t?) you could choose her a piece of jewellery with 40 points of diamonds (ie 0.40 carats), with or without her birthstone.

    Aspiration Jewellery 3 Jun at 8:31 pm
  56. For my 40th the family all went to a pottery for the day, every-one made and decorated a mug or other item. It was really great fun, brought every-one together and I got a fab set of mugs out of it!
    My Mum arranged this as a suprise, I didn’t know where we were going til we got there!

    Sophie 18 Jun at 8:30 am

    Dee Dee x 7 Jul at 1:32 pm
  58. Get a custom caricature drawn. Easy when all you need to do is supply a photo or 2 and some ideas.

    Caricature King 14 Jul at 1:38 am
  59. Why not buy your dad a personalised pewter beer tankard? Or a personalised diamonte hip flask? Personalised wine glasses for him and her? There are so many more ideas, when you go down the ‘personal’ route

    Dawn@Birthday Gifts 21 Jul at 11:54 am
  60. make a scrapbook of forty thing I love about you. Make sure to add pictures, cutouts and anything that reminds you of your loved one.

    shannon 5 Aug at 10:41 pm
  61. The best and most unique gift I have ever received was a custom ordered handmade sentimental keepsake my husband had specially made for me,Called Pages from the Heart gift book. The gift takes the form of an old book with a ribbon bookmark comes with a stand on one side are the words to “our song” on the other a small collage of pictures of us taken over the years.All is decorated with tiny pink paper roses and little golden hearts .Its so beautiful and so romantic, just the kind of special gift you need when turning 40 .

    Terri 15 Aug at 10:15 am
  62. The number of a good plastic surgeon.

    TanLover 22 Aug at 1:04 pm
  63. seriously? these are some of the worst gift ideas i’ve ever seen.

    !!!!! 17 Sep at 1:08 pm
  64. All these gift ideas are for guys and girls but what about a girl that doesn’t like all that girly stuff like jewelry and spas?

    Alex 27 Sep at 1:33 am
  65. for my best friend in all the world i gave her for a laugh 40p mixed up sweets,50% discount voucher of a grave and headstone,a list of 40 things i love about her and then at the bottom told her to pack her case as i had conspired with her husband and myself and another friend and of course my best friend were going on a girlie week in tenerife it went down a treat and we all really enjoyed each others company priceless

    Mary 13 Oct at 10:16 am
  66. a trip the island of trindad

    lee 18 Oct at 6:02 pm
  67. How about a cool tattoo (especially if you’ve never had one before)?? I think that’s what I’M gonna do!!

    Heather 25 Oct at 10:16 pm
  68. A makeover and photo shoot

    Loretta 6 Nov at 10:52 am
  69. You should take her shopping so she can get what she wants 🙂 love u mum

    jennifer k 7 Jan at 9:14 am
  70. A 80’s party and then hire stripper to dance for her…cater and drinks should be included:)

    Mary 31 Jan at 4:35 pm
  71. A present including the birthday person’s birthstone makes a lovely gift.

    Brenda 6 Sep at 10:32 am
  72. i would like take that tickets 4 my 40th in december

    michala 9 Apr at 7:26 am
  73. her favourite movie beakfast,lunch,dinner, and a special card that you made yourself

    Naomi 22 Apr at 8:36 pm
  74. For me the best birthday gift is unlimited membership to yoga studio:)

    Polina 10 May at 7:55 am