Engraved 'circle monogram' bamboo picnic table plus 2 wine glasses
by Lottie & Liv
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 present 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 present 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 gifts 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). And if you’re specifically after 40th birthday present ideas for husband, we suggest you pop over to our Gifts For Husband department for some inspiration. Here you’ll find original and bespoke present options like our best-selling personalised solid oak watch stand or a fabulous hanging leather wash bag that you can personalise with his initials. Need more inspo? Head over to our Gifts For Him department, where you’ll discover more than 2,000 of the very best 40th birthday gifts for him, from cases of craft beer to cool men’s jewellery, personalised leather goods and more.
Good question! Men can be damn tricky to buy for so if you're really stuck for ideas, we recommend a process of elimination. Start by writing a list of his interests and hobbies. Does he love to take charge of the BBQ? A personalised BBQ apron or BBQ spice kit would make ideal gifts. Enjoys swimming in the ocean rain hail or shine? Then he’ll love a new pair of colourful boardies. No matter what he’s into, we have the perfect present to match. To make your search easier, you can shop by personality in our Gifts department. We have present ideas for all interests including golf pro gifts, foodie gifts, presents for animal lovers and more!
We’re not short on 40th birthday present ideas for women, 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. And if you’re looking for 40th birthday present ideas for wife, we have some unique options in our Gifts For Wife department. Top picks include a luxe linen PJ set and a framed personalised map print that you can add eight meaningful locations to - a lovely idea for remembering all your holidays together.
Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised present – choose from jewellery, accessories, artworks and even playlists! We have more than 10,000 personalised gifts to choose from within these pages - simply select the ‘can be personalised’ sort option when searching any category. 40th birthday presents that can be customised with the recipient’s name, monogrammed initials, or with a personal, meaningful message will be cherished for years to come.
But the most important question when you’re brainstorming 40th birthday gifts 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. We have loads of funny 40th birthday present ideas over in our Quirky Gifts department. Our favourite? The rear bicycle light by Bike Balls - a must for the keen cyclist.
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 40th birthday present 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...
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