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Best Gifts for 40 Year Old Women

Updated on September 9, 2014

The Best Christmas and Birthday Gifts for 40 Year Old Women

They say 40 is the new 30 and I think many women turning 40 would agree. Just look at Gwneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, and Tyra Banks - all in their early 40s and Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes and Jillian Michaels all turning 40 years in 2014. Most 40 year old women don't want bread making machines and slippers. They want the new tablet, to be pampered or to be whisked away for a weekend in style. Having said this, the best presents for 40 year old women will depend on their personality, likes, dislikes and interests and of course your budget.

My wife and many of our friends are heading towards the big 40 mark and we are currently giving a lot of birthday or Christmas gifts for 40 year old women and women around this age. So this article gives a wide range of gift ideas based on first hand experience of what women appreciate.

Some ideas include personal grooming gifts, books, electronic gadgets, accessories and gifts for the home. Also don't forget novelty gag gifts and retro 40th birthday gifts - these can be fun!

So for some perfect gifts and presents for 40 year old women, find lots of ideas and suggestions below.

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Jewelry Gift Ideas

Like women of all ages, many 40 year olds will love accessories and jewelry to enhance their look and outfit.

To give you some ideas you could look at the kind of jewelry 40 year old celebrities are wearing. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of stylish earrings and chunky bracelets.

Statement necklaces (like the white necklace below) are also very fashionable.

But for the best jewelry gifts, look at items the person you are buying for already has to give you an idea of their taste and style.

And always keep the receipt so they can exchange it if they don't like it.

Check out some ideas below

Leather and Crystal Owl Cuff Bracelet
Leather and Crystal Owl Cuff Bracelet

Unusual but trendy and stylish!

 
Sterling Silver Oxidized Filigree Cuff Bracelet, 6.5"
Sterling Silver Oxidized Filigree Cuff Bracelet, 6.5"

A beautiful, stylish and classic cuff bracelet.

It will compliment many outfits.

 
Sterling Silver Live The Life You Love Circle Pendant Necklace, 18"
Sterling Silver Live The Life You Love Circle Pendant Necklace, 18"

A pendant with an inspirational message:

On one side its engraved. "Live the Life you Love" and on the other "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow".

This is just one in a number of inspirational pendants. They make lovely gifts.

 

Accessories

Like women of all ages, many 40 year old women will appreciate accessories. Scarves, sunglasses, hats, wallets, handbag holders all make great gifts. Check out this article for lots more ideas of fashion accessories which you could give as gifts.

Another idea is a bag/purse - Many women love bags. When buying a bag make sure you buy one that will fit in with the lifestyle of the women you're buying for. Is she a professional and would appreciate a designer bag for work? Does she travel a lot and need an overnight bag. A bag for the gym or a purse for everyday use. There are lots of options.

Mobile Edge The Milano Small- 15.4-Inch PC/17-Inch MacBook Pro
Mobile Edge The Milano Small- 15.4-Inch PC/17-Inch MacBook Pro

The Milano Edge Laptop handbag featured opposite is a great bag for work or carrying your laptop when out and about. It's a stylish bag in which to carry your laptop and work stuff instead of a laptop case. It features a faux-croc exterior, padded cell phone pocket and zippered interior pocket. It holds computers with screens up to 15.4 inches

 
LibbySue-Impressionist Watercolor Crinkle Scarf
LibbySue-Impressionist Watercolor Crinkle Scarf

A lovely light crinkle scarf - great for spring and comes in different colors too.

Scarves are great for livening up and brightening an outfit. Wear with jeans or a dress!

 

Novelty 40th Birthday Gifts for Women

Want to buy a novelty 40th birthday gift? You can get noveltly books, buttons, sweets and wine glasses for 40th birthdays.

If you look the idea of fun 40th birthday gifts, other ideas include giving 40 items of something. So maybe you could get them 40 flowers, 40 cookies, 40 pictures of family and friends in an albumn, 40 cakes - you get the idea!

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

Lots of ideas and perspectives on things you could do when you turn 40 based on other people's experiences. It's a mix of ideas from going out in the world and achieving new goals to throwing a party to becoming an activist.

 
40th Birthday Gift Box of Retro Nostalgic Candy for Men and Women
40th Birthday Gift Box of Retro Nostalgic Candy for Men and Women

This gift box contains 40 pieces of retro candy from which is sure to make the recipitent remember her childhood.

 
Mud Pie Fabulous at 40 Wine Glass
Mud Pie Fabulous at 40 Wine Glass

Love this Fabulous at 40 wine glass.

Great for parties or just a quiet glass of wine at home.

 
40th Birthday Gift Made 1977 Original Ladies T-Shirt Medium Heliconia
40th Birthday Gift Made 1977 Original Ladies T-Shirt Medium Heliconia

This "Made in 1974" t shirt is great to give to 40 year olds on their birthday. It also makes the perfect shirt for a 40th birthday too. And it never goes out of date so they can wear it for years after too. If pink is not your favorite color, there are other colors to choose from.

 

The Finding 40 Project

The Finding 40 Project
The Finding 40 Project

I love the concept of this book.

Over 2 years the author has interviewed and photographed very different 40 year old women in 10 different countries and looks at what being 40 means to a very diverse group of women.

I think it makes a great gift for women turning 40. The questions the author asks the women are very interesting and thought provoking. It's great to see people's thoughts on their life, accomplishments and regrets about mid way through.

 

More Books on Turning 40

Here are some top books to celebrate turning 40!

What You Don't Know About Turning 40
What You Don't Know About Turning 40

This over-the-hill birthday gift is a pop quiz with 101 questions (complete with humorous answers) that is sure to enliven any 40th birthday party.

 
You Know You're 40 When...
You Know You're 40 When...

Whether you've just found your first gray hair or you're peering around the corner to your mid-life crisis, You Know You're 40 will tickle your funny bone

 
Things to Do Now That You're 40
Things to Do Now That You're 40

Did you ever wanted to transform your life into a more exciting existence or do something totally radical? Have you ever dreamed of singing with a band, visiting a nudist colony, climbing a mountain, starting a new career, or relocating to another country? Don't wait until next year. This book of quirky ideas, fun-filled tips, and thought-provoking quotations will fill you with aspirations, encourage you to dream and live large.

 

Massage Cushion

Massage cushions are great for relieving muscle tension especially as now a lot of us spend days at the computer / laptops and we carry a lot of stress in our necks and backs.

They make nice relaxation gifts too.

Check out an option below.

Santamedical Kneading Massager Cushion, Light Coffee
Santamedical Kneading Massager Cushion, Light Coffee

This is a kneading massage cushion which gives a relaxing massage to tired muscles such your neck, shoulders and back. But you could also use it on your legs and tummy too.

It can be used at home, in the office or in the car.

 

Grooming Gifts

40 year old women like to look, smell and feel good. Here are some ideas of nice grooming gifts.

Perfume Make up Spa and beauty gift sets Expensive moisturizer Electric toothbrush Expensive hair products, (shampoo, conditioner etc) Nice hairdryer, curling tongs or flat irons

Also don't forget gifts like spa days, a massage, or perhaps a treatment at the favorite salon.

Sentimental Gifts

Many 40 year old women would appreciate something meaningful to remind them of family and friends. Ideas include:

Videos of family and friends

Photos

Scrapbooks - maybe make a scrapbook of the first 40 years of their life

Photo Gifts - Lots of things can be made out of favorite photos. Mugs, jigsaws, mats, fridge magnets and keyrings are some ideas.

NIX 7 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X07E. Motion Sensor for Auto On/Off & Hi Res 800 x 480 Screen
NIX 7 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X07E. Motion Sensor for Auto On/Off & Hi Res 800 x 480 Screen

This 7 inch photo frame is currently the bestselling on amazon as it is on sale.

It features a motion sensor detector so it turns on when it senses somebody nearby. And it also features a remote control.

It could be used at home or on the desk at work.

 

Gifts to Keep Fit and Sporty Women

Many women aged 40 like to keep fit or are quite sporty. Or they may want to start keeping fit. They're are lots of great gift ideas with this theme from a pedometer for somebody who wants to get fit by walking more, to fitness DVDs, heart rate monitors, sports bags, to carry all their gear and a water bottle.

Check out an idea below.

Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Zip Blue Wireless Activity Tracker, One Size
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker Zip Blue Wireless Activity Tracker, One Size

This is a cool little gadget designed to measure your overall activity.

It tracks steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed

It monitors how long and how well you sleep

It wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent alarm

It syncs automatically to your computer or select smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0

Set goal, view progress and earn badges

 

Electronic Gifts

Like most people some of the best gifts for 40 year old women are gadget and electronic gifts. Here are some ideas;

Ipad - if you are buying an expensive gift, an ipad is a fantastic idea. Tablets - There are lots of 7 inch tablets that are affordable, portable and great when you are on the go. My wife has just bought herself the Kindle Fire below which she uses to read books and look at the web when in bed. She also uses it when she travels a lot. If you're looking to buy a 7 inch tablet check out this article from the Huffington Post with advice on choosing the best 7 inch tablet. I pod touch Laptops, notepads and computers Digital camera Cell phone

Hobby Gifts

Consider a women's hobbies when buying gifts.

Does she like cooking, crafts, sports, running, technology, what kind of entertainment. Would she like a gadget for the home, workplace, kitchen or family?

Is there a book or piece of equipment you could buy to help her hobby. Or what about a magazine subscription to a hobby she's interested in.

We have covered some of these areas already but here are a few more gift ideas for some different hobbies.

IT'S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
IT'S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

Don't write Gwyneth Paltrow off as a cook - this recipe book really does have excellent reviews over on amazon.

The recipes are for the foods she eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic.

 

Entertainment Gifts (Books, music and DVDs)

If the 40 year old women you know likes to read, a book by their favorite author will be appreciated.

For the book lover, also consider an Amazon Kindle. Amazon Kindles are a gadget you probably didn't realize you wanted until you have one. They are good when you go on vacation or travel as you can take as many books as you like on the kindle without weighing down the suitcase. Again, they are also good to have with you on a daily basis as you always can read something when you have a spare moment. And download and read the books you want instantly.

There are lots of great gifts for the 40 year old music lover too. Consider:

- Tickets to see their favourite band / singer

- An ipod nano or other mp3 player

- Music vouchers so they can download their favourite music

- Some good speakers for their home.

You could also get DVDs for 40 year old women. It would very much depend on the times of movies or TV programmes they like to watch. Many women of all ages do like chick flicks or comedies.

Best Gifts for 40 Year Old Women

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      cmanning08 4 years ago

      I would say, Ipad 3 and a Massage :)

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      cmanning08 4 years ago

      I would say, Ipad 3 and a Massage :)

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      this year it was a trip to Rome...just looking for this year... :) But...I buy my partner every week flowers...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      criuse