The 40th birthday is definitely a major transition into being a mature adult (well… maybe) although now that fourties are widely seen as being the new thirties perhaps you don’t have to be quite as mature as the date implies. After all, as the saying goes – ‘life begins at fourty’! With that in mind this page should help you to choose some amazing 40th birthday gifts for a friend or loved one.
Retro 40th Birthday Ideas
One common 40th birthday gift idea is to buy and frame a newspaper or photo published on the recipient’s date of birth. It is usually best to check what the newspaper contains before purchasing it, to avoid any unwelcome surprises. Alternatively, purchasing retro items from the recipient’s teenage years (e.g. clothing, sweets, movies, music, toys etc) are sometimes a very fun and well received 40th birthday gifts.
Themed 40th Birthday Gift Ideas
If you do not know the participant well enough to feel justified buying a more intimate gift then there are plenty of gifts that have a 40th theme which are easy to buy and relatively cheap. These include: a giant, plastic number 40 filled with sweets; custom branded wines and sweets; personalised clothing; or buying 40 items (e.g. a bouquet of 40 flowers or a collection of 40 beers).
Holidays and Experience Days
If physical gifts are not appropriate then why not buy them a spa break, theatre visit or luxury hotel stay with a loved one in the form of an experience gift. If necessary these can be bought as a group gift, with everyone chipping in to ensure that the recipient has the perfect 40th birthday.
Expensive 40th Birthday Gift Ideas
Of course if none of the above are suitable, you could always deploy ‘the big guns’ and either buy some pre-made jewellery or commission a custom designed piece before having it engraved with a special message.
In conclusion, there are enough 40th birthday gift ideas in this article to suit all budgets and tastes, from a cheap item of clothing to a holiday or custom made piece of jewellery. I hope that reading this will have helped you in your search for presents, but most of all that the birthday boy or girl has a great day!