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. .

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