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If you know a 40-year-old who likes to be prepared for all eventualities, they’ll appreciate the thought that will have gone into buying them this gift. It’s ideal to keep in the car in case a breakdown leaves them stranded and will help make sure they’re safe and contactable while they’re waiting to be rescued.

We’ll be honest, it won’t cure old age, but it will cure a good piece of ham. Everyone who enjoys some culinary wizardry will appreciate this present and after 40 years of appreciating the delicious smoky flavor of bacon, now seems as good a time as any to learn to make it. Do check dietary requirements first, your gift giving career might go up in smoke if they’re a vegetarian.

They are bound to receive a lot of jewelry for a 40th birthday so break the mold a little and give them something a bit different. We’re sure they’ll want their precious mementos to last a lifetime but won’t want to spend a lifetime cleaning them. An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is the perfect answer to keeping everything sparkling while leaving them free to cross some things off the bucket list instead.

On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational occasion that is their 40th birthday, get them a gift that will transport them straight back to their childhood. And even if the hourly reminder of the slow passage of time straight to old age seems like a pretty depressing gift, who wouldn’t be cheered up by the Muppet Show theme tune?

Nobody wants to be left in the dark, and turning 40 is enough of a shock, so make sure they’ve got all bases covered when it comes to planning for power outages. A portable generator isn’t just great for use in emergencies, it can be used for camping and outdoor festivities too. They’ll be absolutely ex-static that you put this much thought into their gift.

If you’re buying this for someone you live with, it’s as much for you as it is for them. They won’t want to be getting their own drinks on their birthday, but you probably don’t want to be waiting on them hand and foot, today or any other day for that matter. More economic than hiring a butler, the robotic bartender will get the gin and tonic just right, every time.

They’ll be showered with gifts on an occasion as important as their 40th birthday, and you can make sure it’s a really hoppy occasion with this unique bar of soap. It’s a brewtiful idea for beer lovers and a crafty choice for ale aficionados alike. We’ll leave you to appreciate, while we clean up our act, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for puns now…

Everyone loves a carryout pizza, there’s just something about it that tastes better than homemade. We think we’ve put our finger on what it is and this BakeStone oven will be the secret weapon that will make sure your favorite 40-year-old makes perfect pizza every time, and if you’re really lucky, they might even let you get a slice of the action.

If you’re looking for a subtly stylish gift, we’re sure that this necklace will be universally loved. It’s a beautiful piece of jewelry that people will certainly gravitate towards. It’d also be a good time to remind them that in comparison to the cosmos, they’re positively youthful, something they’ll love you to the moon and back for.

If they’re feeling a bit hot under the collar over reaching 40, this near instant popsicle maker will cool them down in a flash. Designed to make popsicles as quickly as possible, they don’t have to waste their time on hot days, because really, they can’t afford to now…

If you know someone who salivates over the science behind their supper, we’re pretty sure they’ll enjoy experimenting with this molecular gastronomy kit. It’s perfect for anyone looking to take their culinary creativity to the next level and impress any future dinner party guests.

These cute little plush toys might remind you a bit of your favorite 40-year-old, calm on the outside until someone brings up the subject of their age. Sound familiar? We think this plush toy captures their feelings about getting older pretty accurately. We’re not sure if they make a feistier version for when they reach 50, but if we find one in the next 10 years, we’ll let you know.

If you know a 40-year-old who’s interested in martial arts, we bet they’ll love a lesson in Tae Kwon Dough for their birthday. In fact, we reckon these ninja-shaped cookies will disappear so fast you won’t even know they were there. Did you see them?

If you’re looking for a present that will make a brilliant conversation piece at parties for years to come, you’re right on target with this one. As well as being a unique gift, it also gives back to numerous charities and foundations that not only look after veterans but a whole variety of other people in need too.

When they get to 40, they probably have better things to do than periodically cleaning coffee stains off their table. These radioactive coasters make a great talking piece at any party, especially if they’re a little unstable about the thought of middle-age creeping up on them and want something to talk about without risking the conversation getting a little volatile.

If the thought of leaving their thirties behind is giving them the chill(ie)s, spice up their special day with a gift that they’ll taco about for years to come. It’s completely customizable, so even if they were born to be mild they’ll still be able to appreciate it.

Health is wealth, as they say, and it’s even more important when you get old…older, we mean. This air fryer cuts the calories out of their favorite fried foods meaning they can enjoy them a little more guilt free and without having to spend as much time on the treadmill burning it off.

If they have a jam-packed schedule of celebrations, make sure you start them off early with a breakfast toast to the birthday boy or girl, literally. Yes, you really can put their face on toast, because a cake with a picture on it is so 1990s. Not convinced? We think they’ll be even more impressed at the thought of waking up every morning and not looking a day over 39, at least until they’ve finished their breakfast anyway.

They can’t fend off their impending middle age forever but you can help them fend off other things that may be bugging them. If you’re planning a trip abroad to mark the occasion, this is the perfect companion to ward off any unwanted well-wishers. It’s long lasting and a great alternative to traditional insect repellents, because even if they’re getting on a bit, they can’t forget to put it on.

SodaStreams were a kitchen staple in the 80s so we’re pretty sure they’ll appreciate this updated version of the retro favorite. Much more exciting than simply cracking open a can of Coke, the excitement of choosing their flavor and watching it bubble and brew in front of them will send them straight back to their childhood and make them feel momentarily less old than they actually are.

We love the idea of these mixology dice to spice things up a bit at a party. As solid a choice as a Gin and Tonic tends to be, just because you’re at that age, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to lose your sense of adventure, especially where spirits are concerned. Make sure their 40th is one to remember, or not, depending on how much like this gift.

Don’t let them get embarrassed if they can’t quite think of the word in the middle of a game of scrabble, they’re getting old now, they might need a bit more time to think. The Walk By Scrabble Board will give them plenty of time to reach optimum word powerin between turns. (Disclaimer: We can’t guarantee they’re not sneaking off to read a dictionary).

If you know a 40-year-old who’s always on the go, this is a brilliant gift for making sure their traveling doesn’t take its toll on their wellbeing. Easy to pack and useful for making sure they’re healthy even when they’re in a hurry, it’s also good to keep on hand in the office or at home if they’re feeling a little under the weather.

If they were an intrepid explorer in their youth, they are sure to gravitate towards this gift that will remind them of all the adventures they’ve experienced. And just in case they’re feeling a little down about being too old to be footloose and fancy free nowadays, there’s a little pick me up conveniently tucked away in the middle.

If you’re really picking your brain over something to get a whisky-lover for their 40th birthday, that isn’t another bottle of whisky, get them something they can really get their teeth into…or they can really get into their teeth. These scotch infused toothpicks are a touch of class after dinner and we bet their teeth will be sparkling for as long as they manage to keep them!

There’s two types of people this book is the perfect companion for, those who like to have a little fun with their food prep and those who need a little bit of a helping hand to satisfy their hunger pangs. Based on the popular animated series, it’s a great gift for any fans of the show who want to add some belly laughs to their burgers, too.

They’ll probably start feeling the winter a little more now that they’re 40 so they’ll really appreciate a gift that keeps them toasty through the colder months. It discreetly sits inside their outerwear too, so even if they’re feeling old, they can still dress like the hip young thing they (think they) are.

Perhaps you should pack this with a disclaimer: it’s only for their clothes. We understand that this might be a little disappointing for them, especially if they’re conscious about crow’s feet and laughter lines, but at least they can appreciate crease free clothing to compensate for the inevitability of the aging process.

Now they’re getting old, they probably can’t afford to be waiting around for wet clothes and shoes to be drying, especially when there’s so much to tick off the bucket list. Help them make the most of their remaining time by speeding up the process. It’ll also keep their shoes warm for them if their circulation isn’t quite what it used to be.

It’s an idea best executed as soon as possible after their 40th birthday, just to make sure their heart can still take a rousing ride on a rollercoaster. If you know a thrill seeker, an adrenaline junkie or someone who just needs a bit of livening up, a trip to an amusement park is the just the ticket to mark their milestone birthday.

If they’re feeling a little old and boring, inspire their inner rebel with some Banksy artwork. He’s the mysterious and mischievous British graffiti artist who loves to make a point with his masterpieces. Make a point of sending them a fantastic gift that will make their middle ages (and their living room) a little less dreary.

Shaving can be a bit of a chore at the best of times so make it a bit more enjoyable with this innovative lather dispenser. As you get older, you tend to start feeling the cold a little bit more so it’d be nice to keep them from feeling the trappings of old age every morning, but don’t tell them that’s why you bought it, just let them think it was a nice idea.

They can’t escape the inevitability of old age but this is a really handy tool for making sure that they can escape any misfortunate situations that they may, but hopefully won’t, end up in while driving. Although it doesn’t look like much, it’s something they’ll be glad they had in the car if they ever need to use it.

This is a really thoughtful gift to give family or friends who may have moved away from their hometown, or someone who just needs to have their mind taken off being middle-aged for a little while. This personalized puzzle will give them hours of fun and each piece will reveal a location which holds happy childhood memories, if they can remember that far back, it was a while ago after all.

Most of us march to the beat of our own drum, but if the tempo is slowing down a bit, give them a gift that’ll suit their more subdued, middle-aged pace. This music box will allow them to compose their own tune to play whenever they want, so even if nowadays they’re less of a salsa and more of a slow waltz, they’ll still sound sublime.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Some 40-year-olds are just impossible. If you want to avoid getting the look that says, “I don’t understand why you ever thought I would like this,” then get them an iTunes gift card. There’s no shame in that. There’s also no risk, unless they don’t like music, in which case they’re probably not human anyway.

Even if they feel like they’re running out of gas as they reach 40, it doesn’t mean they have to. This is a brilliant addition to any barbeque and makes sure that the outdoor fun can keep going as long as they can, even if that might be earlier than you think, after all, they probably have a preference for an early night these days.

We understand that now that their infinite youth seems somewhat less infinite, they’ve probably got more pressing matters to be getting on with than clearing up after a trip to the beach. Give them the gift of being able to get on with their bucket list, rather than getting angry at a bucket full of sand.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a rather large fish flying through the air. We think this is a fintastic gift for anyone who appreciates the quirky and the unusual, budding marine biologists or any burgeoning aviators who didn’t quite get off the ground. They certainly won’t be expecting it and it’s probably something they didn’t even realize they wanted.

They’ll be thankful that they can stop concentrating on how long they have until they’ve officially hit old age and instead concentrate on measuring more useful things. While we can’t think of anything specific that might be useful to size-up when you’re middle aged, we do think that this will improve their toolbox beyond measure.

They might be tossing and turning at night at the thought of turning 40 and leaving their youth behind but we think that this gift will help them get a more peaceful night’s sleep. A mattress cleaning service will help to extend the life of the mattress but while it can’t extend the years left of their youth, more beauty sleep will ensure they never look a day over 39.

Sitting on the throne, for lack of a better term, isn’t the place where you tend to feel at your most gallant, but every king or queen needs a loyal knight to serve them and we’ve found just the man for the job. Always at hand when they need him the most, he won’t shy away from coming to their aid in even the most, er, challenging of situations.

If you know a 40-year-old who is fed up of drinking average coffee, give them some s**t coffee to drink instead. Kopi Luwak coffee is unique in that it’s made from African animal droppings, though we’d maybe tell them that after they’ve drunk it and realized how good it tastes.

It’s not uncommon for someone’s sense of smell to weaken as they get older, so they may not even realize that their shoes are starting to smell...interesting. This sanitizer will work on any pair of shoes to kill the bacteria that builds up inside. It's a gift that everyone in the room can appreciate.

Despite it being one of the main things that most of us use in our day-to-day lives, our phones are something we probably don’t think to wash all too often. But now they’re over 40 their health is something that they definitely should be looking after. Alleviate their risk of ailments with this compact phone sterilizer, a smart gift to keep their phone fresh.

Everyone loves donuts and if there’s an occasion that they’ll want to be eating one of their favorite foods on, we think a 40th birthday is it. We also understand that when they reach the milestone age, they’ll be watching what they eat (or probably should be), so make sure they can enjoy a sweet treat while still being healthy with this brilliant baking tray that gives an alternative to deep frying delicious delicacies.

Give them something better than the thought of getting older to chew on with this giant gummy bear. Not only will this bring back some sweet childhood memories, it’ll keep them so quiet, the next time you hear off them will probably be when they’re worrying about turning 50.

You probably think they’re sweet enough already, but they’ll think that you’re really sweet for buying them this indulgent soap that will give bath time that extra little bit of luxury. You could say that this is a present that’s good enough to eat, but we’d maybe make sure to tell them not to or it might turn into a gift that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.

If you’re whisking them away for a relaxing holiday to mark their 40th birthday, get the celebrations started before you even get there with these mini cocktail kits. They’re great for making your favorite drinks on the way to your favorite destinations or simply calming some in-flight nerves, whether they’re from the flight itself or the fact they’re turning 40.

They will probably be showered with gifts from all of their friends and relatives so be the person who does something a little different for their 40th and gift them with a shower instead. This isn’t just any shower though, it’s one that will help them relax before bed with subtle scents selected to calm and destress the mind, something they’re probably in desperate need of as they wave goodbye to their youth.

The thought of turning 40 might leave them wanting to be beamed up but logic dictates that after a long soak in the bath, they’ll slip on this plush, warm bathrobe and be ready to live long and prosper. An absolutely enterprising gift for any closet or not-so-closet Star Trek fan.

Help them forget about turning 40 and focus more on turning pizza with this counter top creation that will ensure that their favorite food is flawless every time. Sitting neatly on the work surface, it’s simple to use and designed to make sure that dinner tastes as good as it should, you really can’t top this as a present, we think it’ll definitely be an all-round hit in the household.

It’s important that they start to look after themselves a bit more now that they’ve reached 40 and even though they’ll still want to look after their house too, understanding their limits is key. Make sure they’re not stretching themselves too far when they’re doing the housework with this long reach power tool which is perfect for getting into all those hard to get places.

If you know a 40-year-old who has a creative mind, they’re sure to enjoy this fascinating gift that allows them to create and recreate intricate sculptures. If you know a 40-year-old who doesn’t have a creative mind, we still think they’ll be intrigued by this magnetic marvel which is a great stress reliever with endless possibilities.

It doesn’t matter how calm they look on the outside, we can almost guarantee that they’ll be at least a little bit stressed at the thought of turning 40. Even if they’re not up for admitting it, they’ll love this scalp massager that they can use to destress and unwind by themselves and retain that cool and collected exterior.

Let them know that they’re out of this world with this galactic gift that will impress any space enthusiast. This set of extra-terrestrial tumblers makes sure that breakfast will never be boring again as they admire the beauty of the galaxy over their Golden Grahams. Either that or they’ll be pleased to have received a present that they’re relatively young in comparison to.

Time waits for no man (or woman) especially at their age, so we firmly believe that no man should be waiting for eggs to boil in the mornings either. Make sure that they’re not wasting the precious last days of their youth slaving over a hot stove with this neat, compact and time efficient egg cooker.

This might just be the ultimate gift for anyone who’s technologically minded and keen on getting creative with the computer. This state-of-the-art scanner will let them produce high-resolution, full color images of any small object and is the perfect companion to a 3D Printer. It’s not quite Star Trek, but it’s not far off.

If you know a 40-year-old who drives a lot for either work or pleasure, here’s a quick heads up: they’ll love this present. It’s the fresh alternative to a Sat Nav, making sure that they can use their phone safely while driving. It uses expert technology to fully connect their car to their cell and transform their driving experience.

Opening the mail isn’t normally the most exciting of things to do when you’re 40, and 39 birthday cakes later, they’re probably a little fed up with the usual ritual of blowing out the candles. Blow them away with this contemporary twist on the usual sponge and fondant instead. It certainly tastes better than a bank statement.

Make sure they’re fighting fit as they reach 40 with a personal oxygen bar to help them feel refreshed and destressed. While we can’t guarantee this will restore them to their 21-year-old partying prime, it will at least lessen the effect of any post-celebration hangovers that they might have to endure after seeing off their younger years in style.

Treating someone to a homemade breakfast is a brilliant way to show them how much you love them and even if they’re not looking forward to reaching the milestone age of 40, we think you’ll be able to sweeten them up by starting celebrations early with this waffley good gift idea.

As much as we hate to mention, and we don’t advise you do, they’re not 21 anymore and Ben and Jerry probably aren’t the best of people for them to be around. They’ve probably realized this already, so give them a helping hand with their new healthy lifestyle with this marvelous little yogurt maker which will let them create some delicious and nutritious snacks to help make that break up a little easier.

As they flow through life, there are many things that they might not have quite got the answers to, and they may very well be in this book. And even if they’re not, what better gift is there than the gift of knowledge? After all, older means wiser. This is a brilliant and comedic insight into some modern and not-so-modern processes which will provide them with hours of fun and a lifetime of useless knowledge.

Keeping yourself safe in the sun is important at any age but now that they’re turning 40 it’s important they start looking after their health as a whole. This UV camera shows them if they’ve missed any spots with the sunscreen, making sure they’re as healthy on the outside as they are on the inside.

Paperweights are really great keepsakes to give someone for reaching a milestone birthday but, let’s be honest, they’re not the most exciting of things to be given. Decorate their desk with something a little more exciting by giving them an aquatic ecosystem that will be anything but a disappointment. It’s completely self-sustainable and makes a brilliant tabletop talking point.

Help them look after their teeth while they’ve still got them by making sure they start with the right tools. In fact, they might even be able to hold onto them longer now that you’ve bought them the perfect gift to prepare them for the challenges of old age.