You know what they say, life begins at 40. And it is true! Although the prospect of growing old is not one to look forward to from certain points of view, the truth is that each chapter of life is beautiful and unique. We all have mothers, friends, or lovers who are turning forty-ish, but we probably have no idea what special gift to buy for them. That is why we are here, to suggest ideas for 40-something year-old gifts.
The most important thing to do when choosing a gift is to think outside the box, and understand the person’s personality and interests. There are many types of gifts that you can choose from. For example, you could go for a gag gift, something sweet, or something symbolic. The choices are infinite, you just have to make sure that it’s something they will enjoy. Bear with us as we present the funniest, most useful, and practical 40-something year-old gifts.
50 Ideas for 40-Something Year-Old Gifts
50. You Know You’re 40 When.. Book
Getting older is no fun, but it is definitely something to laugh about. So, how is your special someone going to take on 40? This funny little book really focuses on the milestone that turning 40 is. It is written in a funny, witty way, and it lets people know that only because they are not 20 anymore doesn’t mean that they can’t have the time of their life, while also exercising caution, of course. Embracing reality is not as bad as people think, especially with the help of this book. A great gift for people with a sense of humor.
49. Amscan Electronic Light-Up Button Over The Hill 40
We’ll start by saying that this is a gag gift. It is basically a pin that lights up, and it has a bright button that will definitely draw attention. It can be a super fun token for a 40-year-old friend, husband, wife, and so on. See? You can get a great gift at an affordable price.
48. Woodstock Candy 40th Birthday Gift Box of Retro Nostalgic Candy
If you’re looking for a serious blast from the past, then the Retro Candy Gift Basket is definitely a worthy contestant for the role. The candies in the package are 100% retro, the wide selection of candies will definitely make anyone happy, and the simple fact that they remind us of childhood is great. The box is filled with:
- Atomic fireballs, gold nugget bubble gum, BB bat
- Bit-o-Honey, Bottle Caps, Candy Buttons, Candy Cigarettes
- Candy Lipstick, candy necklace, Charleston Chew
- Chick-o-stick, chiclets, chuckles, dots
- Coconut long boy, Lotsa Fizz, Necco Wafers, Mary Jane, Pixy Stix
- Pop Rocks, Razzles, Red Hots, Root Beer Barrel
- Smarties, Sugar Daddy, Sweet Tarts, Tootsie Roll, Wax Lips etc.
47. NIX 7 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame
Memories are very important, and they become even more important as we grow older. It is essential to immortalize the most important events of our life, and what better way to do it than with the help of the NIX Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame? With its High-Res 800×480 screen, it can display stunning images of your family moments. It also has a motion sensor for ON/OFF, and images can be uploaded to it via USB, SD Card, or SDHC. It is compatible only with Windows PC.
46. Laid Back C548V How the #at! Did I Get to be 40? Ceramic Mug
A funny, simple, and cheap gift that your friends will not forget soon. The “How the #$!@ did I get to be 40?” mug will surely bring a smile to the receiver’s face. The products itself is very well made and microwavable, so he/she can proudly take it to work.
45. Santamedical Kneading Massager Cushion
As you may very well know, with age also come health problems. People are simply not as flexible and resistant as they used to be when they were younger, so it is nice to know that somebody is thoughtful enough to offer them a massager cushion. This product does a great job of relieving muscle tension and alleviating neck pain.
- Kneading massage cushion
- Ultra thin and lightweight
- Brings steady, relaxing massage to tired muscles
- Delivers a relaxing kneading massage
- Can be used for vehicle, office, and home
This funny and heartwarming gift is a perfect example of a thoughtful gift for a 40-year-old. It is reasonably priced, useful, and funny. If the celebrated loves his/her wine, this could make for a great gift.
43. 40 Things to Do When You Turn 40: 40 Experts on the Subject of Turning 40 Book
Sometimes, we need to see things from the perspective of the other person, before we learn to appreciate the good things in our lives. This collection of essays will definitely help your loved one appreciate his life.
42. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs
Inspired by the previous gift example, we also decided to add The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs to the list. This book expresses to the recipient a beautiful feeling, the feeling that you care about their life, value them, and who they are. This is a truly unique and wonderful book, that you will want to pass on to your children, your children’s children, and so on.
41. 1-800-Flowers Vibrant Blooms Double Bouquet with Green Vase
A spectacular looking bouquet of flowers, in an elegant glass vase, for the special someone in your life. The perfect gift for a mother, a sister, or a good friend. The flowers are a combination of classic roses, spray roses, Gerberas, and Fuji mums.
40. IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great Book
Number 40 in our top 50 ideas for 40-something year-old gifts is the It’s all Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great book. It’s a fitting gift for a woman, especially one that enjoys her time in the kitchen. It was written by Gwyneth Paltrow, an award-winning actress and best-selling book author, who wants to teach us how to look great, feel better, and eat healthier.