The big 4-0. They say age is just a number, but there's no getting around the fact that the start of your fifth decade is a milestone. And one worth celebrating, we say.
And why not? Usually, at this point, we've all learned a few life lessons, know how to appreciate the little things and may also be looking forward to expanding our horizons as mid-life officially begins.
Sure the thought of getting older can be a little scary, but maturity also has its rewards. Like wisdom and some really great gifts on your 40th birthday. If someone you know is about to round this significant bend, help them celebrate in style with gifts that will help them enjoy life to the fullest, indulge them and encourage them in their new adventures.
And we gathered a collection of gifts that do just that. Whatever their interests, you're sure to find something that will make this milestone birthday one to enjoy. Let's take a look at these 40 fabulous gifts.
Grown-up Kitchenware Gifts
Official grown-ups deserve some kitchenware that will make cooking easier and help them to savor life every day. Here are some sophisticated 40th birthday gift ideas that any 40-year-old will appreciate.
Sometimes it's the little things that can really make your day, like savoring a truly great espresso. Help them to brew up a truly great cup with this machine from De'Longhi. It's the pick-me-up gift that keeps on giving.
2. Chef's Knife
Anyone that spends time in the kitchen will appreciate a quality knife. This one from Shun is made from high-grade Japanese stainless steel and retains its edge over long periods of use. Just don't make any old people jokes while they're working with it.
Anyone can forget about their coffee until it's cold - not just 40-year-olds. At least that's the story you can stick to if you like. This mug will keep their drink warm until they finally remember where they put it.
Beautiful designs that are also practical are something that any 40-year-old will appreciate. This sleek kettle will make brewing water for coffee or tea a snap and is a handsome addition to any kitchen counter.
To help relieve the stress of turning 40 and having to pretend to be excited about the birthday party, these soothing gifts for your best friend will encourage relaxation and hopefully inner peace.
Weighted blankets help you to relax and have a better night's sleep. And because this one is made of natural and breathable bamboo fabric, they won't overheat when they're trying to catch their Z's. After all, beauty sleep is important at this point.
7. Hemp Salve
Maybe the 40-year-old you know is super active. Or perhaps, their years are starting to catch up with them. Either way, this hemp salve will help to relax their tired, sore muscles with hemp grown in Colorado. And nope, it's not just for hippies.
8. Wine Soaps
Then again, one of the easiest ways to relax is a hot bath with a bath bomb and some fancy soap. These vegan bars are artisanally crafted with natural oils (like coconut, olive and shea) and complemented with scents notes from popular wine varieties. They're an intoxicating gift for all of the senses!
This beautiful, floral holder takes incense burners from boho to high-class design. It is a lovely way to breathe in relaxing scents and think calming thoughts that have nothing to do with turning 40.
Is there anything more relaxing than kicking back and watching a fire? With a personal fireplace, there's no need for a hearth or logs. This mini flame emits an entrancing glow and can even heat some s'mores if you like.
These techie gifts will make life more efficient and encourage your bday person in their new adventures. It's all about making the most of your time!
If the 40-year-old you know is a stargazer or could benefit from focusing on the big picture, a telescope makes a novel gift. Next to the planets and stars, their birthday will seem like small stuff.
12. Tile Pro
Everyone misplaces their stuff, but 40-year-olds may start misplacing it slightly more often. Help them keep track of their gadgets with these easy-to-use finders that can be placed on keys, phones, bags and more. It's the best gift because it just means there are fewer things they have to worry about.
Whether they're already active or just trying to get in the swing, the Fitbit will help them track their progress and encourage them to keep exercising. Because at this point, the old “move it or lose it” adage is definitely starting to kick in.
We love the vintage look of this waterproof Bluetooth speaker. For the 40-year-old who loves to rock it old school while still keeping up with technology.
A fortieth birthday is a great time for expanding your horizons. Help them to capture all of their new adventures with this rugged and waterproof camera. A birthday present that will help them capture keepsakes for years to come.
For the outdoorsy 40-year-old, a high-powered flashlight will always come in handy for their nocturnal adventures - especially if their sight isn't what it used to be.
Food & Bar Gifts
Forget party decorations and gag gifts. The 40s are a time to savor life. And these practical gifts will make it extra delicious.
Any foodie or chef will appreciate a good bottle of olive oil. Light and organic, it's perfect for dipping and salad dressings. Plus, it's a cheeky way to make sure your 40-year-old is getting their omegas.
It's their 40th birthday. If they can't indulge in some good chocolate now, when can they? You can order up to a 20 piece gift set of this organic and fair trade chocolate with confections including caramel, ganache and gianduja.
It's a sweet way to celebrate their milestone birthday.
Late nights at the club may be temporarily halted, but wine and cheese with your friends? That's always in with the 40-year-olds. These gourmet cheeses from Williams Sonoma are the perfect way to indulge foodies as they start a brand new decade.
20. Beer Brewing Kit
The 40s are the best time to start new adventures, so why not help them experiment with brewing their own beer? It's a hobby they can definitely get hopped up about!
It's hard to go wrong with a good bottle of red. And this highly rated cab from Napa Valley is definitely 40th birthday toast-worthy!
A grown-up should have a grown-up glass to drink out of — even if beer has been their favorite drink since college. These monogrammed pint glasses add a personal touch and are a classier way to chug their brewski.
23. Wine Glasses
You can never have too many wine glasses. And these hand-blown and lead-free beauties are the perfect gifts to class up a special occasion.
Beauty & Grooming
All 40-year-olds could use a little maintenance. Here are a few ways to encourage them in their self-care routine.
Skincare fanatics are obsessed with this brightening and hydrating serum to make 40 the new 30. Or should we say 29?
40-year-olds can definitely still pull off a hipster beard. This organic grooming kit includes beard oil, conditioner, balm and a wooden mustache and beard comb. After all, he should be taking good care of the hair he still has.
27. Silk Scrunchies
She may be 40, but she can still keep up with the latest hair fads. Or should we say retro trends? 90s scrunchies are back, and this set of 5 is made of genuine silk and even comes in a cute silk bag. They're totally awesome.
Let's Call It What It Is Gifts
More than anything else, your 40th birthday person could probably use a good laugh. Here are a few fun gifts to make them smile. After all, laughter is the best medicine!
This fun unisex t-shirt is a great way to commemorate any 40th birthday. As long as they don't plan on lying about their age from here on in.
And in case you're looking for a girlier version, we like this one too!
29. 40 Birthday Mug
For the kids born in the cassette tape era, a coffee mug to commemorate their low-tech origins. So very rad.
30. Beer Sleeves
These beer sleeves are great when you're drinking to the good old days. Fuzzy as some of those memories may be.
31. Wine Glass
They're 40, they're fabulous and they're probably going to need a drink.
32. Baseball Cap
This vintage high-crown trucker hat looks great on both men and women. And it also gives their delicate skin a little sun protection.
Whether they're planning to travel or just deserve a gift that will spoil them, these presents will make anyone's day.
This good-looking weekender bag has room for your clothes, personal items and special compartments for your laptop and shoes. It's the perfect companion for a 40th birthday road trip. And hey, it's never too late for Vegas, baby!
34. Scratch Off Map
Chances are, at 40, your friend or family member has a bucket list. Help them keep track of their travel goals with a scratch-off world map and a special edition map of the United States.
Staying hydrated helps with brain function. Need we say more?
The 40-year-old woman in your life may be all grown up, but she'll still look pretty in pink. Why not treat her to a birthday card and a designer watch?
If he's going to watch time march on, best to do it with style.
This timeless tote will never go out of style and is sure to stand the test of time. A gift for a loved one that will make turning 40 worth it!
He may be 40, but he still feels like a kid. Help him rock it old school with a classy pair of leather kicks for his 40th birthday party.
Does your 40-year-old love the high seas? These nautical signal flag signs are made with MDO wood and painted with high-quality exterior Ben Moore Aura House Paint. Spell their last name using the nautical alphabet and bring a piece of the sea right to their home.
The Start of a New Life
You can try denying it, ignoring it or hiding under the covers, but a 40th birthday won't go away. We say embrace and enjoy it! We hope this collection of gifts for your birthday person has been helpful.
Yes, the best things in life may still be free. But a hug and a thoughtful gift on your 40th can definitely make the transition a lot more fun.
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Complete List Of 40 Year Old Birthday Gifts:
- Espresso Machine
- Chef's Knife
- Cutting Board
- Temperature Control Smart Mug
- Electric Kettle
- Weighted Blanket
- Hemp Salve
- Wine Soaps
- Incense Holder
- Personal Fireplace
- Tile Pro
- Bluetooth Speaker
- High Powered Flashlight
- Pruneti Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Gourmet Chocolates
- Williams Sonoma Taste of Europe Cheese Crate
- Beer Brewing Kit
- Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2015)
- Monogrammed Beer Glasses
- Wine Glasses
- Oars & Alps Men's Skincare Kit
- Maelove Glow Maker Vitamin C Serum
- Beard Grooming Kit
- Silk Scrunchies
- 40th Birthday Shirt
- 40 Birthday Mug
- Beer Sleeves
- Wine Glass
- Baseball Cap
- Leather Weekender Bag
- Scratch Off Map
- Hydro Flask Water Bottle
- Michael Kors Watch (For Her)
- Michael Kors Watch (For Him)
- Madewell Transport Tote (For Her)
- Leather Sneakers (For Him)
- Nautical Signal Flag Signs