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40 Year Old Booze

Savor the good times with them while also savoring the good stuff. If you know someone who likes a nice drink every so often, a bottle of their favorite poison that is as old as they are will be a rare treat. With a little luck and planning, they’ll open up the bottle on the spot and share with you.

Race Car Track Massage Shirt
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Race Car Track Massage Shirt

This ingenious shirt tricks kids into giving back massages to their parents. It has a cartoon network of roads printed on the back so kids playing with a toy car driving around the town will secretly be loosening tight muscles and soothing back pain while they play. It’s brilliant!

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Custom Fit Insoles

Is your favorite soon-to-be 40 year old complaining about foot pain yet? Well, no matter; they will be soon enough. Prevent it for as long as possible with these amazing custom insoles. Made from a mold of their feet, these insoles relieve foot pain and help prevent injury.

Backwards Clock
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Backwards Clock

The subtle appeal of the universal wish to reverse the relentless march of time comes in the form of a regular round kitchen clock. But instead of ticking away the seconds in the standard clockwise direction, this clock goes backwards, seeming for a moment to be leading to the idyllic past rather than uncertain future.

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Old Timers Survival Kit

“Ha ha,” they’ll say, “very funny!” And, as they open this kit containing among other things prune juice, reading glasses, hemorrhoid cream, and comfort soles, they’ll laugh at how they’re not THAT old yet. But they’ll also try on those glasses one day soon, and maybe discover the joys of prune juice. And ponder.

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Ancestry.com Family Tree

People who get into studying their family’s genealogy can get really into it. The simple family tree keeps expanding, with every branch having a story to tell, and it can take decades of research to learn about it all. Why not give them the gift of a start on that journey while they are young enough to complete it someday?

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Time Travel Machine

By 40, most people have a few regrets and a few things they would do differently if they could go back and do them again. Help them set up a few alternate timelines with their very own time travel machine. Since these aren’t commercially available yet, you’ll need to build your own.

Back Pain Acupressure Roller
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Back Pain Acupressure Roller

Look at that picture! How good would it feel to lay on that thing as all 28 of its textured rollers massage all the right spots? So good, right? Now imagine getting this as a 40th birthday gift, unwrapping it while your back is hurting that very second. Whoa.

Trail Guide to the Body
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Trail Guide to the Body

Aching muscles and painful joints are facts of life for people rounding 40. At this age, the only way to keep from hurting the muscles you didn’t even know you have is to learn about them. So give this book as a 40th birthday gift so they can get to know all the places that will soon be sore.

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Useless Box

By their 40th birthday, your friend or loved one may have already started to suspect something about the inherent absurd futility of life.If not, then perhaps you can inform them with this gift, which is an extraordinarily apt illustration of the horrifying predicament in which we the living find ourselves.

Virtual Reality Exercise Bike With Games
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Virtual Reality Exercise Bike With Games

Trying to get your favorite 40 year old to do some exercise once in awhile? Get them off the couch playing video games and onto this stationary bike- also playing video games – where the more exercise they get, the better they do in the game. Talk about win-win, right?

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40th Birthday Milestone

As inexplicable as it is inexpensive, this is something you can make yourself. All you have to do is find a nice rock and carve (if you know how) or paint (easier probably) the number 40 on it. Give it to them, and say it’s a milestone. Then sit back and enjoy them trying to figure out how to thank you.

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Fitbit

Just give it to them. Don’t make a big deal about it, or give them diet books or a lecture or anything like that. They know. They have figured out for themselves that their body is not quite the well-tuned machine that it once was. Just give the Fitbit, and leave the rest to them.

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Cryotherapy Session

Prepare them for the coldness of the tomb while soothing their aches and pains with a cryotherapy session. In socks and underwear, they will enter a chamber where their whole body (head not included) is bathed in frigid nitrogen vapor for up the three minutes or so. The quick chill is meant to promote natural healing throughout the body.

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Bingo Dauber

40 years old may be a bit early to be a regular at the local church bingo, but it is exactly the right age to tease your friend or loved one about how old they’re getting. A bingo dauber will be funny now. But in ten years? Maybe will be all too useful.

Personalized Travel Map
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Personalized Travel Map

By their 40th birthday, a person has probably had the chance to go a few places, and has definitely had the chance to think of a few places they’d like to go. This personalized travel map comes with colored pins to mark those them all on an attractive US or world map.

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Travel Plans

You don’t have to buy any tickets yet, or decide where or exactly when to go. Just make a plan right now with your significant other to go somewhere to celebrate their 40th birthday. Instead of just looking forward to their birthday, they’ll be looking forward to celebrating it somewhere with you.

USB Mix Tape
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USB Mix Tape

Here’s a gift that will bring back memories. It’s a USB stick packaged to look like one of those old cassette tapes everyone used to make for their crushes back in the day. Fill it with a gigabyte or more of your favorite tunes and give it to a person who recalls winding these up with a pencil.

Under-Desk Elliptical
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Under-Desk Elliptical

Give them a gift that will keep them going all day with this tidy little package of an elliptical machine that can fit under a desk. They can burn calories all day long without leaving work. A great way to keep fit for busy people who want to increase their stamina.

Bathtub Wine Glass Holder
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Bathtub Wine Glass Holder

If someone has reached the age of forty without realizing the joy of luxuriating in a hot bath while drinking a glass of cold white wine, buy this gift for them. If they have reached that age and know exactly how nice it is to do that, then, again, buy this gift for them! It works either way.

Cordless Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap
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Cordless Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap

We like this because it looks all sci-fi while also actually being kind of sci-fi. It is a cordless neck and shoulder heating wrap that can warm sore bones for up to an hour per charge. Get them up off the couch and looking like a space villain at the same time.

Life Hacks
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Life Hacks

Get them operating at peak efficiency with this collection of wisdom gleaned from everyday experts on the living of life. Each page is packed with nuggets of wisdom that explain a better way to do the things that we do every day in clear, no-nonsense language.

Squatty Potty
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Squatty Potty

Turning 40 years old is a time when a person starts thinking about taking better care of their body by doing certain things in a more natural way. It is also a time when a person still retains some of that youthful flexibility. Combined, these two facts make the Squatty Potty an excellent gift. Yes, it is what you think it is.

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Gold Or Silver Coins

Get them thinking about where they are stashing their fortune with the gift of a gold or silver coin. Perhaps a coin that was minted in the year they were born would be a fun gift, or for an amount equal to their age. However you go, this is a gift that will literally be treasured.

Wilson from Cast Away
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Wilson from Cast Away

We don’t know if they liked the movie “Cast Away” starring the incomparable and multiple Academy Award winning actor Mr. Tom Hanks, but, if they are having their 40th birthday, we do know they have probably seen it. So maybe they’d want this replica Wilson.

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Night Of Babysitting

If you have never had kids, it might be hard to understand how nice of a gift this is. But consider – if a babysitter makes just $12.50 an hour (which is conservative), 4 hours of babysitting is worth $50 before you even get into tipping. It’s a great gift! And you get to have fun with some kids as a bonus.

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Event Tickets

We love the idea of giving someone tickets to an event they would never otherwise attend. Your friend loves opera? Give them tickets to Wrestlemania. Big baseball fan? Here’s a pair of Neil Diamond tickets. You get the point. It will be an unforgettable 40th birthday gift.

Beginner’s Guide To Investing
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Beginner’s Guide To Investing

There’s no right time to start investing money, but it can be daunting for people who haven’t done it before. This 40th birthday gift idea for someone who’s got a little money to invest for the first time, but doesn’t know how to begin, is a great guide for the novice investor.

The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You
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The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You

This is a gift that can backfire, be warned. You may turn an otherwise normal, mild mannered person into a raving hypochondriac worried that every cough is tuberculosis, every headache a tumor, and diarrhea radiation sickness. It could happen.

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40 Small Gifts

If it really is the thought that counts, then what could be better than a gift that takes this much thought. If you’re reading this, chances are you can’t even think of one 40th birthday gift. How the heck are you supposed to come up with 40? It’s going to be hard, but we know you can do it.

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New York Times From Their Birthday

This is a great 40th birthday gift no matter what. It’s interesting and looks nice on wall even if it was a slow news day. But if their birthday happens to coincide with a big banner headline announcing now famous events? Whoa. That would be pretty sweet.

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1 Year Of Amazon Prime

No need to sing the praises of Prime. It is a great service. It would be a magnificent 40th birthday gift. That said, if you are buying it for a significant other with whom you live, just be aware that they will know you bought this for you as much as you bought it for them. You won’t be fooling anybody.

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Money Bouquet

The dirty secret of gift giving is that we are really just imposing our will on others. People don’t give what everyone really wants – cash – because they want to tell others what they ought to have instead of letting them decide for themselves. Well, to heck with all that, just give money. But fold it into little flowers first so it looks pretty.

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The Year They Were Born Mug

This is a mug with the year of their birth on it. Make a little joke when you give it to them for their 40th birthday, something like, “If you ever forget how old you are you can check this mug and do the math!” They’ll roll their eyes, say thanks, and probably even use the mug sometimes.

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Night On The Town

Grab your favorite 40 year-old and hit the town with the old crew! Do it up right like you did back in the day, and don’t slow down till the break of dawn. And when they wake up the next day, in their 40 year old body that can’t party like that no more, they will truly understand something: they are old now.

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14,600 Days Old Mug

You can get this mug for every age, so we actually suggest this might be an even better 41st birthday gift idea, as that will be 14,965 days, which is closer to the completely made up and totally arbitrary 15,000 day mark. Which is important because reasons.