They’re probably feeling like a bit of a dinosaur now that they’re getting a bit (read: a lot) older. Whether you want to tell them that you found them a friend that understood how it felt to be the same age, or you wanted to make them feel less ancient in comparison, they’re bound to be impressed by the scientific marvel that is the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whatever their age.
Everyone likes a nice stiff after-dinner drink, but sometimes you get tired of swearing at strangers and getting in fights with the sheriff. What’s a country boy to do? A great gift for anyone who’s looking to tone it down a notch but can’t give up the taste of that sweet Kentucky nectar. Or anyone who wants an extra special kick to start the day.
Indecisiveness doesn’t tend to improve with age and they might be finding themselves at a bit of a crossroads as they head towards 40. Help them along a little with this really attractive gift idea. Your gift giving credentials will be pointing positively north, especially if you help them avoid a mid-life crisis, however we should warn you, that doesn’t come as a guarantee!
It used to be the only way to smell like your favorite alcohol was to get so drunk it came out of your pores. Although a few people have probably tried using whiskey as cologne, too. Thank god someone finally came up with a better solution. Beer soap uses real craft beer ingredients to make rich, fragrant soap that not only smells great but nourishes your skin with natural vitamins and nutrients.
Speed is dangerous, but some kinds are more dangerous than others. This one is mostly just fun. But be careful: once they’ve experienced the feeling of flying around the track, the engine roaring like a wild beast, the smell of smoldering rubber in the air, they may never quite be the same.
The morning drinker: one of the most misunderstood fellow citizens. Once imbued with the spark of firewater, they can do anything, especially if it’s delivered with the bold energy rush of caffeine. You think we should eradicate morning drinking? Well, you can kiss all your favorite novels goodbye then, because all great authors are drunk by 10 am. But I guess if you want to try tricking someone out of their morning cup of whiskey, this would be the best way.
Generally speaking, the last person in the room who needs more wine is the person who’s already gone feet up. But as long as that posture signals relaxation and not unconsciousness, it’s probably fine. There may be a moral grey area, but that’s not your problem. This is the perfect gift for the most shameless wino 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 there’s one skill that every responsible citizen should have, it’s the ability to access things that aren’t theirs. But you better believe you don’t get there without practice. Some day they’re bound to come across something they want that has been locked away by some other thoughtless and selfish human. Don’t let them approach this dark situation unprepared.
As far as unusable real estate goes, this isn’t a bad deal. Buy swampland in Florida and everyone thinks (actually, knows) you’re a poor, sad, gullible boob who’s open to being taken advantage of. Own some land on the moon, on the other hand, and you’re sort of a lazy pioneer. It’s a long way to go for a vacation, and whoever you give this to probably can’t afford to make the trip, but if they ever figure out how to make this whole space taxi thing work, their great grandkids might just get some use out of it.
We’re not sure how far the constitution goes as far as ring marks on tables are concerned, but if you know someone who’s passionate about defending their household surfaces then you might just hit a bullseye with this 40th birthday present. This set of heavy duty coasters are as much a conversation starter as they are a conservation effort so we’d definitely take a shot on them if we were you.
Grilling doesn’t have to be a seasonal pastime anymore. This creative addition to your barbeque repertoire will bring the oven to the patio and some deliciously baked goods to the chef’s outdoor menu. The irresistible flavor of brick-oven fare will redefine your backyard and inject some home-cooked aroma into the too often smoky, greasy smells of the charcoal circuit. Who knew cooking out could be so refined?
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.
If you’ve got a budding musician on your hands, but even after 40 years they’re still not quite hitting the right notes, this gift will be instrumental in saving yourself a headache. Make sure there’s no more clowning around and guarantee music to your ears with this pitch perfect calliope.
Know someone who’s had a lot of close calls? Celebrate it with this bullet-embedded shot glass. A strong reminder that you never know which direction the next shitstorm is coming from, and you never know what shape it’s going to take. You might as well live it up now while you can.
Kombucha is the ancient art of making tea into something half the people who try it will love and the other half will vomit back onto your carpet. The people who love it are objectively correct, because it makes you live forever (almost). Anyone who has fallen head over heels for it will do the same for you if you buy them this homebrew kit.
This is the perfect compromise if you’ve got a bit of a digital dinosaur who wants to let their inner techno-geek take flight. Paper airplanes were a childhood favorite for most people and they can glide into the 21st century with this smartphone controlled version. Essentially a paper drone, they’ll be positively loop-the-loopy with excitement about this modern update on an old school toy.
Unfortunately, there’s no backup and restore option to go back to being 21 but if you know a tech-savvy, soon to be 40-year-old, we think they’ll appreciate these coffee cups all the same. They’re perfect for waking up from sleep mode or for rebooting with a good dose of caffeine in the afternoons.
There are two reasons you’d buy this gift for someone. Either they’ve bought you a gift that you really weren’t too pleased with in the past and you’re returning the favor, or their musical skills are so bad, you need the world’s worst instrument to make them feel a little bit better about it. Whatever your reason for buying them an Otamatone, make sure you’re out of earshot before it comes out of the packaging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If they’re not too chirpy about turning 40, they’ll probably appreciate a bit of comfort food to make them feel better. Treat them to a bag of protein packed cricket chips, which help them feel better about age creeping and crawling up on them. In fact, they’re so delicious, we think they’ll forget about what’s bugging them completely.
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.
Look, soap is great. Nobody’s denying that. But you have to realize that while it does make you clean, it doesn’t accomplish the one thing that so many people wish it did: cover them in chocolate. For obvious reasons, however, being covered in chocolate is a somewhat dubious goal. After all, they would have to wash it off right away to avoid getting it on the furniture. This chocolate soap is the perfect compromise: they get to cover themselves in chocolate and somehow get cleaner at the same time. And wow, it really smells good too.