The big 4 0 is a big deal and definitely deserves special gifts. Some people dread their 40th birthday and others embrace getting older and have the feel ‘fab at 40’ mentality. If you have a friend or family member about to turn 40, then we have some fantastic ideas to help inspire you and give them a day to remember. 

We have gift ideas for males, females, friends, daughters, sons, Mums, Dads and more for anyone who is about to celebrate their 40th birthday. The gifts you buy can help make their day extra special and if you get it right they will always remember their 40th for ‘that gift’ you got them, whatever that might be. 

We have discovered some stunning pieces of jewellery that would be perfect for a special person’s 40th birthday. Maybe a pretty personalised necklace would be their thing or a cute little bracelet or earrings, you can never have too many pairs of earrings and exclusive 40th ones are a must-have or anyone who loves their jewellery. 

We have searched and found gifts to suit all budgets, so it is easier for you to find a unique 40th birthday gift within your budget without having to compromise on quality. If they adore their garden or love a bit of DIY or crafting you may opt for a special plant or something they can make and find pleasure in doing. If they are the sporty or outdoorsy type of person why not have a look at the range of camping gear, or something to help with their favourite sport or sports team. 

Some friends or family members we know just love a quirky, jokey novelty gift and a 40th birthday is a good time to purchase them something fun especially if they need a bit of cheering up about their milestone birthday, you can reassure them that they really aren’t over the hill just yet. 

You might want to go with the idea of a sentimental gift, something that can be kept and remind them of their 40th. Maybe something personalised would be a good idea, a photo frame is always appreciated or a cushion with a photo and printed makes a special present. 

Experience gifts are great and certainly memorable as 40th birthday gifts. You can find an experience gift for just about any interest and personality, there are some amazing gifts for the adrenaline junkies, from flying a plane, or a parachute jump, or whizzing around a racetrack in a supercar. Those who like to cook a cookery course for their favourite cuisine, or a cocktail making class, for the creative people a pottery class. Or you could treat them to something more relaxing like a boat trip or afternoon tea somewhere posh, or maybe a spa day is more their cup of tea. 

We hope we can provide you with some inspiration to help make that someone special to you have 40th a birthday to remember. See if you can convince them that life really does start at 40 and you are only as old as you feel. .

LATELITA – Birthstone Gold Gemstone Stud Earring July Ruby


The ruby red birthstone of July is rich and fiery and these earrings would be an amazing gift with gorgeous rope design on the gold surrounding the gemstones.

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Number 40, 40th Birthday Lapel Pin Badge with Crystal – Rhodium Plated


Didn’t think you would just get away with being 40 and keeping it quiet. This badge will let everyone know you’re celebrating in style.

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40th Birthday Pop Card


Make somebody special feel fabulous at 40 with this colourful 3D pop card. Pair it up with flowers, a bottle of bubbly, or even send it all on its own.

Dartington Celebration 40


Looking for the perfect gift to celebrate the 40th milestone? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or even 40 years of employment, Celebration 40 is the perfect way to say congratulations.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar 110G – Happy 40Th


Not just any old bar of chocolate, this Cadburys bar has a personalised wrapper, a way of showing loved ones how much you care with personalised delicious chocolate.

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Orton West 6oz Vintage Years 1979 Hip Flask – Silver


Vintage Hip Flask, this would make a thoughtful gift for a 40th birthday or anniversary, it will be a keepsake gift for sure.

David Van Hagen Number 40 Celebration Cufflinks – Rose Gold


Great 40th Birthday gift, Rose Gold 40 Celebration Cufflinks. For that special day wear with Pride.

Personalised Crystocraft 40th Celebration Ornament


Why you should buy it It’s a brilliant gift for a special birthday or anniversary. Personalised Crystocraft 40th Celebration Ornament.

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Rose Gold 40th Birthday Picture Frame


A stylish frame for someone who is turning 40! Insert a picture o a special memory and celebrate them being 40 years young.

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Red Chocolate Smash Flower Pot


An edible flower pot made from smooth milk chocolate and filled with yummy treats. Hand decorated and personalised it nearly looks too good to eat! A unique gift that will put a huge smile on the face of any chocoholic.

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40th Birthday Champagne Flute


Have your very own birthday flute, all you have to do is simply add a glass (or a bottle) of bubbles, and this amazing present is sure to get the party started!

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Woodmansterne Hummingbird 40th Birthday Card


Woodmansterne Hummingbird 40th Birthday Card at John Lewis.

Belly Button Designs Floral Balloons 40th Birthday Card


This card is lovely designed especially for a 40th birthday card. What makes this card even more special is you are also helping the environment. Material has come from a forest approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry.

Susan O’Hanlon 40th Birthday Card


Beautiful 40th birthday card, for that someone special on special occasion.

Happy 40th Birthday Dairy Milk Bar (850g)


A wonderful way to celebrate a 40th with a delicious bar of dairy milk, printed with a happy birthday message.