Top 40th Birthday Gifts for Men: Awesome Ideas for Guys Turning 40
What to Get a Guy Turning 40?
For this list I selected what I feel are some of the best 40th birthday gifts for men, but since my husband recently turned the big four-oh, he can be credited with a lot of these ideas, which range from amazingly cheap (but not chintzy) items to more expensive luxury presents. Most of these gifts are suitable for any male coworker, client, work associate, friend, husband, brother, or other family member or acquaintance turning 40 years of age.
So, okay, when brainstorming ideas for what to get the guy, the first suggestion that comes to mind is an over-the-hill gift. But there's oh-so-much more to get him if you really stretch your creativity. A man turning 40 will appreciate not only humorous gag gifts and funny T-shirts, but also cool gadgets he can use, nostalgic music and movies, fun books that make him look at his new decade slightly differently, and unusual luxury items he'd never go to the trouble of getting for himself, not to mention the failsafe gift baskets filled with tasty food—the perfect default gift if nothing else will work.
You'll also find a small selection of less expensive items that are ideal for those, let's face it, obligation presents for coworkers.
Great 40th Birthday Gag Gifts for Guys
We all know that when he hits the big four-oh, he's in for it—the over-the-hill joke gifts, that is.
People can't resist pointing out that the "old man" is turning 40, and from here, it's just one stop to dentures and walking sticks. He'll have to face the teasing again for the next few decade milestones, too. (Don't we all!)
You'll find a few over-the-hill gifts for guys here. But if you think it's all getting kind of old (no pun intended—well, okay, it was—), then check out these humorous gifts with attitude and warmth.
From books like Forty Things to Do When You Turn Forty, You Know You're Forty When..., and the witty How to Survive Your 40th Birthday to a T-shirt that tells everyone what year he was made in, your guy will actually feel pretty great to get these funny birthday presents.
In fact, if he was feeling over-the-hill before, he may just get a new perspective on the whole thing and start feeling younger than he has in years!
Funny 40th Birthday Book Gifts for Him
Gift Baskets for Men Turning 40
Gift baskets are ideal gifts for guys who are hard to buy for. They also make great office presents for a coworker or family member or friend who lives far away and could really use a care package on his birthday.
Various kinds of gift baskets for guys turning 40 include:
- Nostalgia gift sets
- Birthday treats gift baskets
- Gourmet gift baskets
- Hobby-themed gift collections
If you're creative, you can design and put together your own gift collection tailor-made for his interests, but if you're at a loss for ideas or pressed for time, here are some pre-made gift basket options:
And for His 40th Birthday Party...
Create a fun environment with the fabulous music of the 1970s and celebrate the year of his birth at the same time. At the party, you will not believe the memories that are evoked simply from playing songs that he grew up with.
Cheap 40th Birthday Present Ideas for Men
Affordable presents are the name of the game these days. With the recession hitting folks hard, it's becoming increasingly popular to make your own birthday gifts or buy cheap gifts, taking seriously the motto, "It's the thought that counts."
These aren't just inexpensive gifts, though—they're funny, cute, thoughtful, and creative gifts hand-selected for men turning 40.
They're appropriate for a work party if this is a gift for a guy you work with.
And Now for Something a Little Different
Tired of seeing the same old boring or overly expensive gadget gift ideas for men, like electric shavers and GPS devices? Well, if he's a male colleague, coworker, or client, something a little less expensive, like a quality shaving brush or shaving soap, is a great alternative.
Gifts for Generation X Males
Forty-year-old guys are some of the first members of Generation X, the relatively small generation that followed the baby boomers and grew up in the 1970s and 1980s.
Forty is a great time for a guy to think back over the first half of his life and (knock on wood) toward the next half.
Below, you'll find a list of fascinating books about this generation. He'll have fun poring over Totally Awesome '80s or exploring the, um, positive attitude of X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking.
Affordable Pop Culture Gifts for a Man Turning 40
Movies & Music Gifts for 40-Year-Old Men
Here's a creative and unusual gift idea: music and movies that were popular with young male teens in the 1980s. Music by the Eagles and Rush will take him back to those times when he was so very young and cynical (remember 40-year-olds are Generation X, after all).
Other bands he might like to hear again:
- Pink Floyd
- Bruce Springsteen
- Judas Priest
I asked my husband, who's forty-ish, about movies guys liked during their teenage years, and he immediately said, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Other great guy movies of that time are Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Blues Brothers, and Real Genius, the last one featuring a young and brash Val Kilmer.
But if he's more of an artsy type and into "films" rather than "movies"—or if he just likes macho Japanese samurais—he'll love the classic Akira Kurosawa films, Yojimbo and its sequel, Sanjuro. These classic movies were the originals that Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns, A Fist Full of Dollars and A Few Dollars More, were modeled after.
More movie ideas:
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Star Wars
- Blade Runner
- The Shining
- The Terminator
- Raging Bull
- The Breakfast Club
- Die Hard
- Full Metal Jacket
- Back to the Future
- The Lost Boys
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Do the Right Thing
- This is Spinal Tap
Gifts to Make Him Laugh
These humorous offerings include the quintessential '80s relic piano key necktie, which was made fun of in the '90s movie Zoolander.
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