They say 40 is the new 30. Whatever that means, it sure sounds nice. And maybe you shouldn’t scoff when they say they’re just hitting their stride, just starting to gain momentum. After all, they should have accumulated enough wisdom by now to start figuring this thing out. Anyway, they’re still old, so you should buy for them accordingly. But don’t buy really old person gifts, you know? We think we’ve hit the sweet spot on this list of creative 40th birthday gifts. Just don’t tell them that feeling of momentum only means they’ve started rolling down the other side of the hill. Let them figure that out on their own.

Fitbit
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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Race Car Track Massage Shirt
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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Genetic 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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The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You
Things That Might Kill You

This is a 40th birthday 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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Time Travel Machine
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 some alternate timelines with their very own time travel machine. Since these aren’t commercially available yet, you’ll need to build your own. Contact your future self for instructions.

Lottery Ticket Bouquet
Lottery Ticket Bouquet

They might not be feeling particularly lucky to be waving their thirties goodbye but they will have hit the jackpot with a hand-crafted bouquet of lottery tickets. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but they could prove the old adage wrong. Just make sure they don’t forget who bought them the golden ticket when they become a multimillionaire.

Personalized Travel Map
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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Cryotherapy Session
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.

Custom Fit Insoles
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.

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Virtual Reality Exercise Bike With Games
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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Stockpile Stock Gift Cards
Stock Gift Cards

Not quite wanting to push the boundaries by sending them for a health check now they’re getting on a bit? Why not help them out with their financial health instead? Stock Gift Cards are a brilliant alternative to giving cash, offering many happy returns far beyond their birthday – it may even mature as well as they have.

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Life Hacks
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.

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hilton gift card
Hilton Hotel Gift Card

When traveling, some people really like an element of predictability to anchor their experience in an unfamiliar place. With a recognizable name like Hilton, you know exactly what to expect. Unfortunately, that name and that predictability come at a premium. You can help take the sting out of a vacation’s most expensive element by picking up the tab ahead of time.

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hotels gift card

Back in the old days you were really rolling the dice when you chose a hotel. Either you called blindly after skimming the phone book or simply drove all night and hoped you saw a vacancy sign before you ran out of gas and got murdered by a vagrant. A hotels.com gift card is not just a way of picking up the tab for a night’s stay; it’s also the priceless gift of peace of mind.

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air bnb gift card
AirBNB Gift Card

Standard hotels are convenient and something of a social institution, but when it comes down to it they’re all the same, except that in the cheaper ones the desk clerks are a little creepier and the maids are drunker. Airbnb takes the predictability out of travel lodging and replaces it with an endless variety of unique experiences. For 40-year-olds who appreciate the human touch.

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southwest airlines gift card
Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Help your favorite 40-year-old get away and recharge in a faraway place where nobody knows them and they can act however they want with virtually no longstanding social repercussions. Because when things get tough, evacuation is usually the only solution. Traveling may be a fool’s paradise, but it’s better than the sucker’s prison they’re stuck in now.

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Gold Or Silver Coins
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 40th birthday gift, or for an amount equal to their age. However you go, this is a gift that will literally be treasured.

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Squatty Potty
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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Back Pain Acupressure Roller
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.

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Night Of Babysitting
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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Genetic Testing Kit

Got an uncle that constantly makes bad jokes? An auntie who really should stop kissing you straight on the lips or a dad who does the ultimate dad dancing? Give them a surprise to remember on their 40th birthday and find out if you’re really related with this Genetic Testing Kit.

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Backwards Clock
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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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.

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Old Timers Survival Kit
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.

Beginner’s Guide To Investing
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.

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teloyears kit gift
When Their DNA Says They Will Die

Okay, so they can’t really tell anybody when they’re going to die. But they can measure cell aging based on things you’ve probably never heard of and don’t need to know about. A vital new way to measure health and lifestyle-related longevity. Much more reliable than that palm reader at the state fair.

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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.

1 year amazon prime membership
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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14600 days old mug
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.

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1 Day of Yard Work

Give your favorite 40 year old to be a well-earned day off. Watch their face light up when they kick back and enjoy a day of total relaxation as you take care of all the hard work for them. Just be careful not to do the job too well or you’ll find them asking for the same thing for every birthday, Christmas and anniversary to come.

Motorized Cooler
Motorized Cooler

This is less DUI, more DOI – Driving On the Influence. This nifty little speed demon is perfect for when they really want to make an entrance to a party. And did you say they have a birthday coming up? Not only is it a great gift for them, it’s a great gift for you too – you’re officially off designated driver duties. A gift that keeps on giving.

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Original Artwork

They’ll only ever turn 40 once, so there’s no better excuse to get them something as unique as the occasion itself. Choose something as colorful as they are or something that reminds them of their favorite memories. Either way, a piece of original artwork is a gift that they can treasure forever and who knows? It could be the next Picasso. Then they’ll really be thanking you!

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Cordless Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap
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.

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wine bottle puzzle gift
Wine Bottle Puzzle

If there’s anything that can make wine taste better, it’s a little frustration. If you think life in our rapid-delivery consumer culture is just a bit too easy, then teach someone a valuable lesson on their 40th birthday, by making them work more than they anticipated for their reward. You’re not only giving the world’s oldest artisan beverage, you’re helping develop life skills.

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Bathtub Wine Glass Holder
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.

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1 gallon beer brewing kit gift
1 Gallon Beer Brewing Kit

Craft brewing has definitely taken over the beer industry. But with so many microbreweries and so much competition, it sometimes gets hard to keep up. And who knows what to make of the bizarre varieties taking over liquor store shelves? Orange pickled hibiscus springtime lager? Porcupine quill Mongolian stout? Good lord. Time to look into the homebrew options.

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Sous Vide Cooker
Sous Vide Cooker

No longer just the province of fancy schmancy chefs in the big city, sous vide cooking is now available for the home cook as well. Give your friends the gift of perfectly cooked, melt-in-the-mouth meats at a fraction of the cost of dining out. Just make sure they invite you over!

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R2-D2 Fleece Robe
R2-D2 Fleece Robe

Cosy you shall be. Whether they’re a fully-fledged Jedi Master or a proud Padawan, they’ll feel the force when they awaken to put on this snug and warm bath robe. Even if they’re approaching the dark side of 40, you can make sure they do it in style with some official Star Wars merchandise.

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Smart Luggage
Smart Luggage

We’ve all heard the horror stories of dream holidays turning into disasters when bags go missing. Avoid it with Smart Luggage. GPS lets you track your suitcase to make sure it is traveling with you. Why is it great for a 40 year old? Well, just in case they forget where they’ve put it.

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Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp
Tetris Stackable Desk Lamp

We’re not sure how fond they’re going to be of their new vintage status, but we’re sure they’ll enjoy this retro throwback to their younger years. A handy desk lamp with all the fun of the original Tetris makes for the kind of practical present 40 year olds love. We’re assured it doesn’t disappear once completed either.

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Bluetooth Food Freshness and Safety Detector
Food Freshness Detector

However they like their steak, make sure that their birthday dinner doesn’t leave them feeling blue for all the wrong reasons. You are what you eat and this ingenious little invention makes sure that they’re spoiled in the right way, even if they’re not feeling too fresh at the thought of turning 40.

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USB Mix Tape
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.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take them up, up and away with a magical hot air balloon ride over some picture perfect scenery. A perfect way to make memories that will last a lifetime and an opportunity to see the world from a unique and tranquil perspective. Let them float into 40 in style. They’ll probably appreciate at least one balloon that doesn’t have their age written on it too.

PancakeBot
PancakeBot

This is a gift that they never knew they couldn’t live without. Catapult them into the 21st century with this 3D pancake printer and give them a birthday breakfast they definitely weren’t expecting. It can print any design imaginable into a sweet or savory treat. This is a present that definitely won’t fall flat as a… you catch our drift.

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Under-Desk Elliptical
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.

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Trail Guide to the Body
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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Play With Heavy Equipment at Extreme Sandbox

They may have outgrown their sandpits and toy trucks a fair few years ago but they’ll never grow out of these ones. Let them relive their childhood dreams with a day in the ultimate playground. Crushing cars and taking on obstacles in heavy machinery, the perfect big adventure for your favorite big kid.

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Name A Star After Them
Name A Star After Them

If you’re looking for a 40th birthday gift that’s completely out of this world and will last a lifetime, this is it. And if they’re not over the moon that they get to possess their own little patch of the night sky, it may be worth reminding them of how young they are compared to their twinkling namesake.

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travel plans
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.

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custom photo book
Custom Printed Birthday Book

40 years is a long time, they probably know that better than anyone else. Remind them of all the milestones and memories that have come before this one and give them a gift to treasure with a book designed especially for them. It’s also a great way to make sure they never forget any embarrassing moments. Like we said, 40 years is a long time, there’s bound to be a few.

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Navigation And Fitness Tracking Insoles
Navigation And Fitness Tracking Insoles

Do you know someone feeling a slightly lost as they reach middle age? Perhaps at risk of the dreaded mid-life crisis? They’ll appreciate a bit of guidance from this gift. Not only will it keep them on the right path, it’ll keep track of their fitness and have them feeling like their 21 again in no time!

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childhood memories
Box of Memories From Their Childhood

It may have been a while ago but there will still be things that they miss from their younger years. It could be snacks they used to love, a favorite magazine, books or an activity they used to while away their childhood hours doing. It’s a gift that temporarily turns back the clock and makes them feel young again, which will soften the blow of definitely not being young anymore.

DNA Portrait
DNA Portrait

Looking for a gift that nobody else has? Something that was genuinely made only for them? A DNA Portrait is just that. Even if they’re not impressed by the science that goes into making it, you can order it in their favorite color, or a color that matches their couch. Great gift idea, right? We thought so too, but we’d bear in mind that the bespoke element of the gift is a little lost on twins.

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Brain Specimen Coasters

Not only are these a practical present but they’re a bit of a brain teaser too. Let them ponder over how to get the grey matter back together while having the peace of mind that they don’t have to get neurotic over coffee stains on the furniture. Practically perfect, they’re a no-brainer.

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The Digital Art Museum
Digital Art Museum

Don’t just give them one piece of art, build them a gallery. We’re not expecting you to go and build an actual gallery complete with gift shop but we think they’ll be just as impressed with this gift. A digital art museum lets them curate a unique art collection and makes the perfect gift for any art enthusiast. They can even upload their own artistic creations if they’re handy with a paintbrush themselves.

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Custom Fortune Cookies
Custom Fortune Cookies

They’ll realize how fortunate they are to have you in their life when you send them these delicious treats with a little added wisdom. The choice is yours, whether to fill them with some guidance on getting on a bit or advice on the inevitable fine lines and wrinkles. They’re a unique way to celebrate entering their forties or to commiserate leaving behind their youth.

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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.

Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft
Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft

Entering your forties is often the start of big nights out becoming big nights in, be it because of the kids or just the dancing shoes not having the right orthopedic insoles. Make the transition from party animal a little smoother for them with a gift that will give a not-so-exciting bottle of beer on the couch the taste of a night on the town.

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Experiences Are The Best Gifts

There are very few people who don’t have something that they’ve always wanted to do but haven’t quite got around to doing. We don’t want to encourage you to send them onto a direct path to a mid-life crisis, but 40 seems an appropriate age to get started on the bucket list. Whether they’re after adrenaline-fueled action or absolute relaxation, make their birthday unforgettable.

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Charity Gift Card

For any keen philanthropists, a charity gift card gives them the opportunity to support their favorite charities and foundations. Birthdays are a fantastic time for friends and families, but if the 40-year-old to be is keen to spread the love and help those less fortunate, this gift card will let them support whichever organizations they prefer.

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Custom Made Jewelry
Custom Made Jewelry

Everyone is bound to receive jewelry for one birthday or another but this isn’t any old birthday, this is the birthday when they actually start to feel old. Commissioning a piece of jewelry that is as unique as they are is a perfect way to capture everything that makes them special to you and turns it into a memorable gift that will last forever, no matter how old they get.

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Birth Month Flower Earrings
Birth Month Flower Earrings

Flowers are always gratefully received but when you’re sending a gift for an occasion as important as a 40th birthday, you want something that will last a little longer. These earrings combine the beauty of a bouquet with a lasting memory of a milestone birthday. They match their birth month too so they can be worn as a subtle hint in case anyone forgets the recipients 41st.

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Flatterbox
Flatterbox

If they’re not too excited at the idea of being catapulted into their forties cheer them up with a Flatterbox. A perfect way to collect birthday messages, well wishes and maybe a few playful memoirs from friends and family, it’ll brighten up anyone’s birthday, even if it’s not one they’re looking forward to.

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The Coolest
The Coolest

Let them take the celebration wherever they want to go with this nifty little party on wheels. As well as mixing your drinks and keeping them on ice, The Coolest has a built in Bluetooth speaker, blender, and USB charger to keep the festivities going as long as they can, even if it’s not very long, they are 40 after all.

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Birthstone Jewelry

Diamonds are forever, sort of, if they were born in April at least. If they weren’t, let them know how precious they still are by giving them a gift with their birthstone encased within it. Birthstone jewelry also has the added benefit of focusing on the month rather than the year, so you won’t be drawing even more attention to the fact they’re getting old now.

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40 reasons we love you
40 Reasons We Love You

Obviously if you’re looking here for the perfect gift for a soon to be 40-year-old, they’re a pretty special person. Whether you want to compile 40 reasons yourself, which we’re sure you could do, or make it a shared gift from family and friends, it’s sure to cheer them up and give them 40 reasons to smile.

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5 Star Dinner

If you’re buying this gift for your significant other, it’s a double win. They get to enjoy a gourmet dining experience and you don’t have to worry about doing the dishes afterwards. And if you’re buying it for a friend or relative, you’ll be doubly thanked for reasons stated above.

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Lobsters By Mail

Lobsters have many, many great qualities, not least among them are their nutritional and flavor profiles. But they’re dumb as dirt, exceptionally slow, and don’t drive. So if it’s inconvenient for you to go all the way to the ocean to find the best lobsters, you’re going to have to have someone mail them to you. Thankfully, lobster mail is now a reality.

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Sir Galahad Bartender
Sir Galahad Bartender

Can’t find good help these days? A fiercely steadfast servant can be found in this brilliant barkeep. Always on hand to provide drinks to a round, rectangular or any other shaped table, Sir Galahad is a trusty addition to any home and even comes with the guarantee of never phoning in sick.

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Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do
101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do

Do you know someone who’s mildly mischievous in their middle age? This is a present that was almost certainly written with them in mind. A book that gives them the know-how to be naughty and an education in wild and wayward escapades, it’s sure to provide hours of roguish fun and games.

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Flameless Candle Lighter
Flameless Candle Lighter

Looking for a 40th birthday gift that’s a spark of genius? This is it, especially with the number of candles that are on their cake this year. Designed for the sensible and safety conscious, they can bring the house down with a birthday party to remember rather than in ten foot flames as they stop, drop and roll their way out of their thirties in a blaze of glory.

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Be a Butler For A Day

Treat them like royalty for one day only. Whether a lady of leisure or lord of the manor, they’ll appreciate the gesture of having the housework taken care of, dinner being served or even their drinks being delivered while they sit back and relax. And although it may not seem like the best way to spend your day, you can be thankful that they only have one birthday a year.

First Edition Of Favorite Book
First Edition Of Favorite Book

An old classic that they love, perfect for an old classic that you love. Whether you track down a childhood favorite or a book that has a particular meaning to both of you, owning a first edition is the ultimate gift for literature lovers and they are sure to be touched at the thought that’s gone into finding a present that is perfect right down to the last letter.

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World's Largest Scrabble Game
World’s Largest Scrabble Game

We think it best not to mention that you bought this gift just in case their eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be. Aside from ensuring the longevity of their Scrabble career, it’s a classic that’s bound to produce hours of fun, a few accusations of cheating, possibly a light family argument and some spectacular words that may or may not have some questionable origins.

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Aromafork Utensils
Aromafork Utensils

Trying to find a gift for a gastronomy guru who’s getting on a bit? We highly recommend Aromaforks if you’re looking for something that’s sure to go down like a treat. It will tantalize the taste buds of any forty-year-old foodies you know and is a perfect addition to dinner parties to give them a bit of a twist.

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Vibrating Insoles

Like having the best foot massager in the world on call everywhere. Replace your old insoles with these and ease foot pain with the simple click of a button. These are meant for your shoes, but they could probably work anywhere. Don’t get any ideas.

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AAA membership
AAA membership

This looks like a present for them, but it’s also a present for you. If you’re not too thrilled at the prospect of having to rescue them if their car breaks down, make sure you never have to. Perhaps not the most exciting of offerings, but old people like practical, right? And they’re definitely nearly an old person now.

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Shopping Spree
Shopping Spree

Brace yourself for this one, it might come with a bit of a price tag, but you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that that gift you spent weeks agonizing over isn’t going to be locked in a cupboard and forgotten about. Guaranteed to cheer up even the most reluctant of birthday boys and girls, they’ll finally get that thing they’ve always wanted but failed to tell you about, so you couldn’t have bought them to begin with.

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Custom Bobblehead

It’s a sensitive subject for many people reaching middle age but their looks won’t last forever. Make sure you capture the best of them with a personalized bobblehead. This is sure to make them smile and smiling causes less wrinkles than frowning, so those good looks will be preserved for a little while longer.

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500 Things You Should Know - Instructions for Life
500 Things You Should Know – Instructions for Life

We know what you’re thinking, they’ve made it this far, what else could they possibly need to know to get through life? This book is full of useful and useless little life hacks. A manual for the everyday and the not-so-everyday, making it a perfect reference guide for a 40-year-old looking to try something new or cross a few things off their bucket list.

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Executive Knight Pen Holder
Knight Pen Holder

This knight pen holder will be their most loyal servant in all of their clerical crusades. Whether they’re battling with the bookkeeping or feuding with their filing, help will be at hand with their most trusted weapon to take into combat with them so they can write in shining armor.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Cuckoo Clock
The Nightmare Before Christmas Cuckoo Clock

For anyone who’s a fan of Tim Burton, this clock is an absolute essential piece to add to their collection. Even if they’re having a nightmare before they become 40, this is surely something that will bring a smile to their face. Beautifully crafted and brilliantly detailed, it’ll be loved for a long time despite it being a haunting reminder they’re getting older with every chime.

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Wine Making Kit
Wine Making Kit

It’s going to be hard to find a vintage that is quite as special as your favorite 40-year-old so why not give them an opportunity to make their own? This wine making kit will allow them to create a bespoke beverage to mark the big occasion. We’re sure it won’t age as well as they will though.

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Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium
Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium

Help them drift into 40 with a gift that they won’t be able to take their eyes off. Soothing to watch, it’ll take their mind off their inevitable old age and stop their legs going to jelly about it. We’ve been assured that it’s not actually hypnotic, but we’d check on your 40-year-old at regular intervals, just in case, or leave them to it if you’re enjoying the peace and quiet.

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Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet
Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet

If you’re trying to find a present for someone who’s absolutely out of this world, look no further. This bracelet is inspired by a galaxy far, far away, 20,000 light years away, in fact. Did they feel ancient at the thought of turning 40? Well, we bet they’ll feel eternally youthful when they’re wearing this bracelet.

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World’s Largest Coffee Cup
World’s Largest Coffee Cup

Mornings getting harder? Bedtime getting earlier? They probably won’t want to admit it but they’ll be feeling 40 creeping up on them. Make the transition into middle age a little less exhausting with an extra big dose of caffeine in the mornings. Words cannot espresso how happy they’ll be with this gift, they’ll love you a latte for it.

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Voice Activated Grocery List Maker
Voice Activated Grocery List Maker

Reaching 40 means they should have cracked grown-up things like going to the grocery store, but how often have they got home without the one really vital item? This little gadget does all the remembering for them and prints them a list.If they remember to press print before heading out of course.

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refrigerator end table
Refrigerator End Table

They deserve to put their feet up, it’s their birthday and not only that, they’re 40. We understand that as special to you as they are, you maybe don’t want to spend your day waiting on them hand and foot, so improvise with this end table, which will provide them with a constant supply of drinks and provide you with some peace and quiet.

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electric smores maker
Electric S’mores Maker

Everyone loves s’mores so, who wouldn’t love their very own s’mores maker? Perfect for winter months when they’re looking for comfort food but it’s too cold for a campfire, this handy little tabletop alternative is great to bring the fireside food indoors. And they’ll definitely want comfort food at the thought of turning 40.

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Vertical Chess Set

You might want to remind them that one of the perks of getting older is that they’re closer to retirement and, of course, they’re going to need to fill their days doing something. A vertical chess set allows them to play games that will last weeks on end, making sure that they can fill their endless vacation without the risks that come with the table being cleared for dinner.

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Make Your Own Cheese Kit
Make Your Own Cheese Kit

They’ve probably had enough cheesy gifts already, but will probably have room for one more when you give them this. No, it’s not a book on how to write bad jokes but it is something they’ll go crackers for as they learn about the fine art of cheese making. We can almost guarantee they’ll have a gouda birthday.

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Never Have I Ever Game
Never Have I Ever Game

It’s time to let the skeletons out of the closet. Just as they’re breathing a sigh of relief that now that they’re 40 all those embarrassing moments are buried away for good, make sure to remind them they’re not. This is brilliant after dinner entertainment (because middle aged people love dinner parties) but probably one to play after the kids have gone to bed.

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Blue Apron Subscription
Blue Apron Subscription

It’s not meals on wheels, they’re not quite at that stage of old age yet, but if they’re looking for some inspiration in the kitchen, Blue Apron can help them out. A brilliant gift for any gourmet guru, this subscription takes the stress out of cooking up a storm and guarantees a delicious dinner. Liquidizing it is optional.

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The Self Finding Wallet
Self Finding Wallet

We know what you’re thinking, won’t they be a bit fed up of the old jokes by the time they get to 40 and unwrap a self-finding wallet? Well, we’ll put money on it that they’ll find it useful one day and you might want to make that bet with them. We’re so confident in fact, that you’ll want to make sure they can find their wallet when it’s time to pay up.

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UV Sanitizing Portable Vacuum
UV Sanitizing Vacuum

If you want to keep it clean with the jokes about turning 40, why not get them a gift that literally keeps it clean? At the very worst, there’s a bit of a giggle to be had from their weakening immune system being one of the curses of old age, but they’ll just have to suck it up, rather than sweep it under the carpet.

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