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21 Gift Ideas for a 40th Birthday

 by tom on 21 Jun 2016 |
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They say that anywhere between 40 and 60 is considered to be “middle-aged”, so when the landmark birthday celebration for the big four-zero arrives, it really is a momentous occasion. For many, this is the time we embark on the “middle” of our lives, the second chapter if you will. Perhaps the kids are almost grown and career goals have been all been ticked off and now it’s time to find enjoyment in the finer things. Whoever it is – a close family member, a best friend or your husband / wife – a 40th birthday is an occasion to remember and here are 21 amazing gift ideas to ease them into life’s exciting second chapter.

Take a look at our 40th birthday gift ideas for him, for her, and for those who are shopping on a budget. We’ve left no stone unturned…

1. Vintage Whiskey
Perhaps a 40 year malt for a 40 year old whiskey lover? As we move into the new chapters of our lives, it’s not unusual to develop a taste for the finer things and this includes swapping Bell’s and coke for a Glenfiddich 40YO single malt over ice. Make it even more special and get the whiskey bottle or the case personalised with a sweet message.
2.  Personalised Destination Print
At the ripe old age of 40, no doubt your husband / dad / brother / best friend has been around the block. He’ll have seen a few things, been to a few places (even it’s just the local pub) and added a few experiences or memories to his repertoire. So this stylish Personalised Destination Print by Betsy Benn (available from Notonthehighstreet.com) makes the perfect gift. Get all of his favourite places printed into one sophisticated framed print – include countries or cities, restaurant names or hotels, tube stops or train stations, whatever it is that helps tell the story of his journey.
3. Yorkshire Beer Taste Box
The Yorkshire Beer Taste Box by Keelham Farm Shop on Notonthehighstreet.com is an excellent 40th birthday gift for him. Keelham is the first shop in the UK to be given the CAMRA award for beer excellence – so if you know a beer lover, you simply can’t go wrong with this! This hand-picked gift box of artisan brews takes things up a notch with some flavour-matched posh nosh such as artisan crisps and locally made pub snacks (the sort of thing you can’t pick up from the corner shop) so it’s the perfect prelude to life in his forties. It’s time to ditch the Stella and pork scratchings and it’s time to up his game in the posh pub stakes.
4. Chilli Tour and Tasting Experience  
Need a present upgrade from the usual hot sauce? Artisan sauces and chilli gift sets, quite often with the most hilarious names such as “100% Pain” and “Ring of Fire” (available from most gift websites) have been great joke gestures for spice lovers for a number of years now. It’s sort of become a bit of a chilli sauce trend and you’ve exhausted every type of hot sauce pressie on the planet, we bring you something a little more sophisticated. A chilli tour and tasting experience at Cherwood Nursery Chilli Farm with Virgin Experience Days! Not only will you continue to fuel his love for the hot stuff, but it makes a great day out.
5. ‘Remember When’ Birthday Edition Book
The ‘Remember When’ Birthday Edition Book from Findmeagift.co.uk is a great personalised present for someone who loves to get all nostalgic and remember old times. At a milestone birthday, this birthday book featuring newspaper clippings throughout the years, is sure to be a great party talking point and the whole family will enjoy flicking through it. It gives the recipient a chance to learn all about the events that took place as they were being brought into the world and the book is filled with lots of interesting articles and photographs. A great present if you want a meaningful gift. If you’re sending it to a loved one in the post, don’t forget to browse our large A4 mailing boxes.
6. The 40th Birthday Apron
This landmark apron brings together all the events of his birth year to create a stylish apron filled with fun facts about his birthday. Encourage him to spend more in the kitchen (and less time at the pub) or give him the ultimate uniform for his many barbeque parties in the summer. This is a wonderful 40th birthday gift and it’s extremely affordable too. Available to buy from Notonthehighstreet.com.
7. Personalised Dapper Chap Hip Flask
A hip flask may seem like an old fuddy duddy gift for someone “of age” but don’t worry – because this stylish flask from Gettingpersonal.co.uk is in the shape of a moustache so it automatically makes it awesome. It can be personalised with his name and date of birth, and even comes in a super funky gift box. This is a great gift for a stylish guy who doesn’t let the years strip away his sense of fun or fashion. The perfect 40th birthday present for a close friend, a brother or brother-in-law, a cousin or family member, or someone you work with. 
8.  Three Month Curry Subscription
If he’s the kind of guy who appreciates a good curry on a Friday night, this gift from Buyagift.co.uk will make his day. This monthly subscription will turn him into a master at Madras or a total boss at Biryanis, delivering all the necessary ingredients and full instructions to his door so he can cook up a spicy storm in the comfort of his own kitchen. A great present for someone who takes an interest in cooking or for the kitchen fool who finally wants to learn.
9. Heated Back & Seat Massager
This heated back massager from Prezzybox.com is perfect for your dad or husband, especially if he’s been complaining of aches in pains. Whether it’s from sitting at his desk at work all day or spending too much time in his car, this seat massager is the answer to all his back problems! It can fit into any car seat or desk chair and will offer heated massage relief.

10. Highland Angel Personalised Watch
If you want to give her something she can treasure for years to come, a Highland Angel personalised watch (notonthehighstreet.com) could be the perfect treat. These watches come with free delivery and can include a name and short message of your choice. A great way to mark a 40th birthday in style!
11. My Life Story – 100 Year Diary
This is the only journal she will ever need and it makes such a wonderful 40th birthday present for someone you love. The ‘My Life Story’ diary from Findmeagift.co.uk can be personalised with a message on the cover up to 232 characters long and you can get her started by including photos and keepsakes from her childhood. With 100 years of journal space, she won’t ever have to own another diary ever again. This is something she will definitely treasure forever.
12. Gin Infusion Kit
The Gin Infusion Gift Set from Prezzybox.com is the ultimate present for gin lovers! It comes with a 1 litre sealed mason jar, a muslin cloth, a funnel, 3 serving bottles, labels and a recipe leaflet. This is everything she needs to create her own interesting gin flavours and she’ll have so much fun coming up with her own tasty creations – she can bottle and label them up to give away as gifts or she can save them all for herself.
13. “Extra Matured” Personalised Cheeseboard
Every self-respecting dinner party host needs a decent cheeseboard and once you hit 40, dinner parties really are all the rage. So if your wife / girlfriend / mum / aunty loves to entertain and she doesn’t mind the tongue-in-cheek witticism of being labelled “extra matured”, make sure she has this personalised cheeseboard complete with three cheese knives. It can be personalised with her name and date of birth.
14. Yumbles Happy Healthy Hamper
The Happy Healthy Hamper from Yumbles is a must-have for that health-conscious lady in your life. It contains a high-end and exclusive selection whole foods, healthy snacks and raw seeds and nuts, and it comes it a very stylish presentation box. If your mum / sister / wife / girlfriend loves to eat clean, she will absolutely adore this gift.
15. Engraved Champagne Flutes
Mark a landmark birthday with a toast and give the gift of crystal luxury with a pair of personalised Swarovski champagne flutes (available from Keepitpersonal.co.uk). This gift can feature up to 5 lines of words (each with a maximum of 19 characters) so you can create your own personal birthday message. Just don’t forget to buy a good bottle of bubbly with your gift so you can toast straight away!
16. Champagne and Shard Experience
Enjoy the glorious view from The Shard in London and have champagne for two with Virgin Experience Days. This experience is for two adults and stand 800ft high with incredible vantage points over the capital and get a glass of champagne to greet you on arrival. This is a wonderfully romantic way to celebrate a 40th birthday with your wife or girlfriend and you can book an allocated time slot that best suits you. Sunset or early evening could be a great time if you’re planning a romantic night ahead.
17. Raw Vegan Cakes Selection
This raw vegan cakes selection from Paradise Unbakery is the perfect way to indulge without the guilt! Imagine cake without the calories and sweet treats without the added sugar; this vegan cake selection is perfect for health conscious women with a sweet tooth. So if you know a gym addict who also loves her puds, these raw vegan cake jars will really fill her boots and she will absolutely love trying all the different flavours.

18. The Senior Moments Memory Workout
The Senior Moments Memory Workout book is a great joke gift for an aunty, uncle, friend or colleague who has just turned 40. Created by world-renowned senior momentologist Tom Friedman, this book will add a few giggles to your recipient’s day whilst giving his / her brain the daily workout that it needs to keep all those dreaded “senior moments” at bay. For just £6.95 from Prezzybox.com, this gift won’t break the bank.

19. “I love a Cocktail” Eye Test Print 
Reserved only for those with a good sense of humour, this hilarious print from Findmeagift.co.uk from just £7.99 is sure to inspire a few giggles. If your friend or loved one has complained of eye sight problems, this will make the perfect 40th birthday gift. It’s stylishly printed and framed so it makes a great display for a work desk or on a bookshelf.

20. Mr Afro Nose and Ear Trimmer
It’s true what they say; the older your get, the hairier you become. If your dad / uncle / work colleague has just turned 40, he’ll be in need of a nose and ear trimmer to save him from ridicule. The Mr Afro Novelty Trimmer from Prezzybox.com is just £6.95 and it’s a fully working trimming device so you’ll get great value for money!

21. The Lip Flask  
Is it a lipstick? Is it a flask? This funny yet practical gift comes in the shape of a giant lipstick but take off the top and it opens up as a flask for vodka, gin, whiskey, rum or whatever you favourite tipple may be. If you know someone who loves to enjoy a drink at the weekends, this flask makes a wonderful gift and with a 125ml capacity, it’s small enough to slip into a handbag yet still has enough room for almost 3 shots. This flask is available from Findmeagift.co.uk for just £7.99 – another great gift under £10.

Don’t forget to browse our range of recycled gift boxes and quality mailing boxes so you can present / post your gifts to loved ones. We also have a range of a range of gift bags, ribbon and other finishing touches to make your gift wrap stand out.


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