Is someone close to you, a family member or a good friend, turning forty? If so, that definitely calls for a huge celebration! Turning forty, in other words, four decades old does not happen every day. Any way you look at it, forty years is a long time. Find the perfect gift for the soon to be forty-year-old. Something we always recommend is to make your gifts by hand. Putting together a special gift will show that you put actual thought, time and energy into making it. So take a look at our collection of 20 40th birthday present ideas. We are totally certain you will be able to find some amazing 40th birthday gift ideas amongst them for the forty-year-old!
1. Established In – A Collection of Memories
A great way to celebrate a birthday, and also take the birthday celebrant a trip down nostalgia lane, is by using photos in the gift. Looking at photos taken ten, twenty or even thirty years ago will bring back so many memories to the recipient! Naturally, since we are talking about a fortieth birthday you will have to organise the photos in a special way. Why not put together a collage of the numbers of the year they were born in. Then write “established in” above it and your birthday wishes underneath.
2. Scrabble Ideas – 40th Birthday Present Ideas
If you play a lot of scrabble with the person who is turning forty soon, why not use it as inspiration in their gift? Create a small poster or card for them, using scrabble letters to spell out “forty.” If you look at the points above the letters, the word “forty” will give you eleven points! Then you can write underneath the scrabble letters that forty is only eleven in scrabble. This gift will definitely draw a smile on the birthday celebrant’s face, as well as make them feel a tad bit younger!
3. Forty Reasons – Why Everyone Loves Them
Is the soon to be forty-year-old someone that everyone loves? Create something personal and heartfelt for them with the help of everyone who is going to be at their 40th birthday party! Create a poster, that has forty hearts decorating it. Have each person write a reason on a heart, why they love the birthday celebrant. By the end of it, you should have forty reasons saying everyone loves the birthday woman or man! You might like to place this in a frame after everyone has signed it.
4. Forty Presents – For Their Fortieth Birthday
Forty years is a long time! Make sure the birthday lady or gentleman feels a lot of love on their birthday! Instead of getting them one present for their special day, get them forty! Wrap each one in different shaped bags or boxes. You can number each one, so they will know which one to open first. You can give them this whole set of presents 30 days before their birthday. They will be allowed to open only one each day. These presents will lead them slowly to their fortieth birthday!
5. A Survival Kit – Fun 40th Birthday Gift Ideas
A fun way of celebrating a fortieth birthday is by creating a survival kit for the birthday girl or boy! A survival kit will guarantee that the soon to be forty-year-old has a good laugh on their birthday. Write up a list of things they will need in their upcoming years of life. For example, you can write up “a penny” so they can start their retirement fund. Or write up “matchsticks” which they will need to help keep their eyes open after 9 pm! You can even buy some of these items and put them all together in a box. Hopefully, the birthday lady or gentleman will not take offence at this hilarious survival kit!
6. Brightening Their Day – Beautiful and Handmade Lamp
Create a bit of home decor for the soon to be forty-year-old! All you need is a wine bottle and a string of fairy lights. By brushing the bottle’s exterior with sandpaper, you can create a foggy texture and appearance on it. Use glass paint to write up “happy 40th birthday” on the bottle. Now all you will need to do is place the fairy lights inside the wine bottle and turn them on. This bottle of brightness will create beautiful lighting for any room, making this the perfect DIY present!
7. Forty and Fun – Great Cupcake Toppers
If you have been considering baking a cake or some sort of desserts, you might think about decorating it for the birthday party! Cupcakes have become a great alternative to birthday cakes, so it would come as no surprise if you baked a batch for the party. A great way of decorating cupcakes is with cupcake toppers. Print out pictures of the forty-year-old in a birthday hat. Then attach these photos to the cupcake toppers themselves. These will look fantastic at the birthday party!
8. Fabulous at Forty – Beautiful 40th Birthday Present Ideas
Draw a smile on the forty-year-old’s face with this birthday present! Create a collage out of photos from their 40 years of life. You can include important moments of their life, for example, their first day of school, their graduation and their wedding. The important thing is to use a vast amount of memories to create something truly special and personal for them. Write “fabulous at forty” underneath the collage. Place this collage in a frame before presenting the birthday celebrant with it!
9. An Awesome T-Shirt – Experience and Age
Create a funny t-shirt for the birthday guy or girl, which will be guaranteed to give them a bit of a laugh. Using fabric paint or pens write up the sentence “I’m not forty. I’m eighteen with twenty-two years of experience.” This might make the birthday celebrant feel a bit younger than they actually are. The eighteen years of life and the twenty-two years of experience all add up to their forty years! Hopefully, they will wear this t-shirt proudly.
10. Kissing the Thirties Goodbye – Chocolate Ideas
Turning forty means you have to say goodbye to your thirties. What better way can you express this with, than with a few farewell kisses? Not literally though! Buy a bunch of Hershey’s kisses and pour them in a mason jar. Stick a label on the front of the mason jar, which reads “kiss the thirties goodbye!” You can place some streamers and toppers into the jar itself, to decorate it further. This is a small and simple gift for the forty-year-old, but we are sure they will appreciate it!
11. A Selection of Memories – Best 40th Birthday Gift Ideas
We all know that personalised and personal presents are the best, whatever the occasion is! Using a selection of photos from the soon to be forty-year-old’s life, create the word “forty.” Cut out photos of them, each one turning into a letter of “forty.” Stick them next to each other on a plain sheet of paper, then place this in a frame. The birthday celebrant will be overjoyed to receive a present such as this! It’s up to you, whether you want to write a small message or a birthday wish around the photos.
12. Forty Messages – From Forty Fantastic Friends
An amazing way of expressing love and gratitude towards the soon to be forty-year-old is with messages from all of their friends or family members. Create forty messages, each message from a different and important person from their life. Naturally, it’s up to everyone what they choose to write or tell the birthday celebrant. It can be some simple birthday wishes or a more personal message. By the end, you should have forty messages from forty friends. Is there a better way of celebrating forty years of your life, than with an idea such as this?