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40 is the new 30. It’s statements like that which can really get under the skin of a 40 year old, now they’ve earnt the right to the beginnings of crotchetiness. But it’s a fantastic age to be. Seniority and gravitas without being considered *old*, and enough taste buds killed off to genuinely enjoy a good martini. Elevated tastes all round. That’s why, if you’re buying for one, you might need our help with 40th birthday gift ideas.
An Aldi gift card might be ‘so useful’ but if practical is what you’re going for, there’s no reason it can’t also be thoughtful and memorable. In fact, the best 40th birthday ideas are a mix of both. Think a personalised craft beer glass, engraved coffee maker, printed cushion or bespoke embroidered shawl – they’ll likely get plenty of use and be treasured for years to come!
Shopping for a freshly-forty fella? Check out our collection of creative 40th birthday gift ideas for men for foolproof pressie ideas that’ll appeal to even the most discerning gent (monogrammed leather belt and custom wooden wine rack, we’re looking at you).
We’re not short on 40th birthday gift ideas for her, either. From a traditional treasure like an engraved keepsake jewellery box to a ‘70s typographic print or a half-penny bracelet that’ll serve as the ultimate throwback to her decade of birth, we’ve got innovative gift ideas that’ll knock her forty-year-old socks off.
But the most important question when you’re brainstorming 40th birthday present ideas is: fun and frivolous or meaningful memento? If you’re thinking good-time gifts, think about a cheeky slogan mug, a pack of classic cocktails (with a recipe book to pick up where they left off), or a quirky pair of personalised socks that’ll make them giggle. Then again, if you’re less about a good-time and more about a long-time, look for personalised keepsakes like a custom leather tablet sleeve, monogrammed stationery set or an engraved cheese board (preferably gifted with some tasty delicacies!). Remember, you can always inject some humour with a funny card!
Want to go all-out with a pressie they’ll never forget? Instead of one big gift, surprise your birthday gal or guy with 40 smaller gifts. It’ll be excitement overload as you watch them unwrap their barrel-load of gifts, which can range in size from their favourite sweet snack to a more exy personalised present. Turning 40 never seemed so enticing...