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Gifts for 40 Year Old Men

Updated on October 14, 2015

Best Presents for 40 Year Old Men

Are you looking for birthday or Christmas gifts for 40 year old men? This article has lots of ideas of some great gifts for 40 year old men. Of course, the best presents for the 40 year old man you know will depend on their personality, likes and dislikes. Are they sporty, do they like music, reading, DVDs, gadgets or music? There are ideas below to suit all different kinds of 40 year old men as well as some novelty gifts if you were buying for a 40th birthday.

Read on for some top gifts for 40 year old men below.

40th Birthday T-Shirt

40th Birthday Gift Made 1978 Original T-Shirt Large Sport Grey
40th Birthday Gift Made 1978 Original T-Shirt Large Sport Grey

This is a really cool t-shirt to give for a 40th birthday. It could be worn for a 40th birthday party but they can still wear it after their 40th year as they will always have been made in 1974.

It comes in lots of different colors and sizes so there should be one to suit everybody.


Days Out, Weekends Away Or Nights Out

If you're buying for a 40th birthday, it's a big occasion so why not really treat the 40 year old man you know to a really special treat. Plan a helicopter ride, go rally driving or another experience day out.

Gadgets and Electronic Gifts

There are lots of great gadgets and electronic gifts that 40 year old men would appreciate.

One idea is a tablet. Great for surfing the net, checking e-mail, social media, playing games, using apps, reading books and more. The Kindle Fire is a good budget choice. Other ideas include an ipad mini which also takes photos and videos and is a great for playing games. There's also the Samsung Galaxy or Google Nexus.

Smart Watch

Pebble E-Paper Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices (Black)
Pebble E-Paper Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices (Black)

Pebble Smartwatch is a really handy gadget which will work with your smartphone.

Receive notifications of sms, e-mails, caller ID and from apps such as facebook on your watch without the need to get your phone out. This is great if you are in a meeting and at work at don't want to be looking at your phone. Or perhaps you are on the go (walking or running) and you don't want to stop to get your phone out of your pocket.

It also works with apps such as runkeeper so runners and cyclists can keep track of their performance. You can also use it to control music from itunes, spotify and pandora.

A useful, practical gadget which won't break the bank either.


Bluetooth Speakers

If the 40 year old you know enjoys listening to music you could also consider some bluetooth speakers. These stream music from a phone or other bluetooth device to the speakers. They are small and portable so you can use them anywhere, from around the home, to outdoors, the beach, the office, pool or the car.

There are a range of bluetooth speakers you can get. The Boss bluetooth mini speaker featured below is one of the best.

If the Boss is out of your budget but you like the idea of bluetooth speakers that are speakers in every budget from as little as $20 so its well worth checking out.

Bluetooth Speakers

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Blue)
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Blue)

This Bose speaker gives excellent sound and can work with phones, laptops or tablets either via bluetooth or via the auxillary input. As its Bose, the speaker offers high quality sound but it's also lightweight and portable. It's very easy to quickly take from room to room. So whatever he's doing cooking, relaxing or working he will be able to move his speaker to be next to him.


Fun 40th Birthday Gifts

There are lots of fun 40th birthday gifts including retro candy, books and mugs.

What about a newspaper from the day they were born? Or perhaps you could create some personal nostalgia. A photo album detailing their first 40 years or a big poster of all the family and friends they have known throughout the years. Perhaps you could personalize other gifts such as making them cup cakes with 40 on them.

There are lots of homemade gag gift you can make too. Ideas include buying 40 lollipops, wrapping them up nicely with a label which says "Forty Sucks".

Retro candy from their childhood is another idea. A 40 mug or wine glass is also a must for a 40th birthday celebration.

You could also make a gift with a 1974 theme. As well as the music CD below and a newspaper you could include interesting facts from 1974, who else was born in 1974 as well as how much things cost in 1974.

Rock On - 1975
Rock On - 1975

In 2015, anything that came from the year 1975, such as the CD opposite make a good gift.

40 Things to Do When You Turn 40: 40 Experts on the Subject of Turning 40
40 Things to Do When You Turn 40: 40 Experts on the Subject of Turning 40

Books are another idea such as the 40 things to do when you turn 40 book opposite.


Sports Gifts

A lot of 40 year old men like sports and have a favorite team they support. Why not get them a some sports memorabilia, a mug with their favorite team on it or tickets to see a game.

If they enjoy playing a sport or keeping fit, what about some equipment for their chosen sport. Other ideas include a sports bag for the gym. Or if they really are into their fitness what about a heart rate monitor, running watch or or other electronic gadget.


The Go Pro Hero is a cool gift for the sporty man or one who likes to take footage of exciting escapades from adrenaline activities to music concerts.

The camera is small and waterproof and is perfect for taking video footage when swimming or snorkelling. You can purchase a mount to go with it that will easily attach the camera to a helmet, a bike, surfboard or other piece of equipment and he can film the footage as he does the activity. The video shoots high quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video. and captures 5mp single pictures too.


Sports watch

Clothing and Accessories

Jedi Dressing Gowns - Star Wars Bath Robes
Jedi Dressing Gowns - Star Wars Bath Robes

There are some really fun clothing and accessory items for 40 year olds.

I know my own husband who is approaching the big 40 would love the Jedi Dressing Gown opposite.

Other ideas include t-shirts and hoodies. Men's pajamas are another idea. You can get novelty themed pajamas to make the gift more fun!



There are lots of great personal grooming gifts that can be practical too. Ideas include shaving kits, cologne, moisturiser (my husband really likes a nice moisturiser - not sure if he's the only one!) and an electric toothbrush.

ToiletTree Products Fogless Shower Bathroom Mirror with Squeegee, Silver
ToiletTree Products Fogless Shower Bathroom Mirror with Squeegee, Silver

However, one gift idea that really stands out for me is the fogless shower mirror. The mirror will not fog in the shower, so you can use it to shave or just to wash and clean your face. There's a removable, soft silicone adhesive which attaches the mirror to all shower surfaces and will not damage tiles or shower walls. The mirror is attached to a bracket and you slide it off the bracket and fill it with hot water before each use to stop it fogging. It's really quick and easy to use and has excellent reviews. It also featuress a built in shelf to store razor, sponge, tweezers, and more


Multi Pocket Tool

Men love their tools and gadgets and a multi pocket tool like the Leatherman tool featured opposite can be a highly appreciated and practical gift.

I was in an office the other day and needed a pair of scissors. A 40 something man came to the rescue when I used the scissors he had on his multi tool. These are really handy to have around.

Leatherman 78108003K Juice XE6 Pocket Multi-Tool, Storm Gray
Leatherman 78108003K Juice XE6 Pocket Multi-Tool, Storm Gray

The Leatherman featured opposite includes needlenose pliers, straight knife wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, extra-small screwdriver, small screwdriver, medium/large screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, lanyard attachment, can/bottle opener, corkscrew with assist, scissors, saw, awl, serrated knif e and a diamond file.


More Nostalgia

ION iCade Arcade Bluetooth Cabinet for iPad
ION iCade Arcade Bluetooth Cabinet for iPad

Did the 40 year old man you know play all the arcade games of the 80s? If so, they will probably love a trip down memory lane and a go on the arcade cabinet with joystick & buttons opposite. You use it with your ipad and it connects with bluetooth. It has authentic, full sized controls for a genuine arcade feel. It comes with an atari greatest hits app with one free game but you can download more via the app store. The classic wooden cabinet perfectly sized for iPad.

There are lots of classic games you can play.


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    • PeanutButterWine profile image

      PeanutButterWine 6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Men are so difficult to buy for! I have one of these and he either has all this stuff already or doesn't want it... argh...this year I think I will give him coal ;)