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Gifts for 40th Birthday

Updated on August 24, 2012
Gifts for 40th Birthday
Gifts for 40th Birthday

Turning 40 is no small affair. There was certainly a time that 40 represented the end of youth and the turning point in an adults life, but these days, 40 is much more about highlighting where one has been and where they intend to go. In thinking of gifts for a 40th birthday, this new realization is important. Think past the stodgy gifts of old, and buy a 40th gift that really represents the life and loves of the newly crowned 40 year old. Here are some ideas that should help you in your ideation about gifts for a 40th birthday.

A Garden Bench for Her

Generally once someone has reached 40, they have largely filled their homes with the things they need. They might feel like a 30 year old, but they have moved beyond the hand-me-down furniture of a younger person, and have likely developed a style for their home that could be difficult to enhance with your gift. Given that she may be settled with her interior décor, you can score a sentimental hit with a handcrafted wooden bench which includes a plaque dedicated to the birthday girl from all of her friends. It will make a stylish finish to any garden or patio area, and will always represent your friendship.

Helicopter trip for Him

Certainly not a gift that one would might buy for themselves, but one that will be well received by any man celebrating his 40th birthday; a helicopter trip is an unusual gift that will make a lifetime memory. As a combined gift from a few mates, who can all join the birthday boy on his exciting day out, this option carries a reasonable price with an awful lot of kick. This will be one gift that will be talked about for quite a while.

Belly Dancing Classes for Her

What better way to embrace the entrance to your forties than with a gift certificate to enjoy a few belly dancing classes with her friends. A fun way to spend an evening or an afternoon together with the girls, this gift has the added benefit of great exercise. Sign the birthday girl up and get her excited about the time you will all enjoy. If belly dancing is really not her thing, why not salsa dancing or ballroom dancing lessons? In any case, you will all have a blast.

Wine Pairing Course for Him

Turning 40 is the perfect time to learn the art of pairing wine, as there is no better time to become a wine connoisseur. Book a pairing course for the man celebrating his 40th birthday so that he may enjoy it with his significant other, or with good friends that also enjoys wine. This is another unique gift that he may never purchase on his own, but that will be enjoyed immensely.

Chart Topping Hit CD – For Him or Her

Nothing brings back memories quite like music, and reliving your youth with a billboard hit CD (or memory stick for downloads) with all the favorite from the past 40 years is a great way to celebrate. If you’ve got the time you can make the equivalent of a ‘mixed tape’ – it’s so easy on the PC. It will be special and much appreciated and it can even be put on at the party. The perfect present for the music lover; any man or woman will love such a thoughtful gift.

High Tea Gift Certificate for Two for Her

Perhaps this has been something on your friend’s wish list for some time now, which would make it the perfect gift for her 40th birthday. Classy, sophisticated and indulgent, a gift certificate for high tea will give your friend the chance to live like a princess for the afternoon. Choose the best establishment that you can afford, like a 5 star hotel, and your friend will feel so spoiled and cherished on her 40th birthday.

Hot Air Balloon Ride for Him

There are not many people who can say that they have been lucky enough to experience the thrill and excitement, as well as the romance, of a hot air balloon ride. It’s a fabulous way to experience a sunrise and will definitely be a once in a life time trip that will be remembered for many years to come. With the emphasis on doing something exciting and different, this one ticks all the boxes.

A Family Photo Shoot for Her

Photographs stand the test of time, and when you enter your forties, it becomes more important than ever to record those special family moments as they go by. A family photo shoot gives the entire family a chance to come together. With a playful and relaxed photographer, it is the perfect way to capture the love and life of a family together.

Gifts for a 40th birthday are much more about ht thought than the gift itself. It really is all friends, family and celebration. Make the special occasion count by getting something really special to celebrate the momentous event.

Some of my other Hubs:

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    • T. R. Brown profile image

      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks so much Amanda,

      I love hearing that this helps give you some ideas!

    • AmandaSadler profile image

      AmandaSadler 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great ideas. I would even use these ideas for father's day....I never know what to get my dad or my husband.