Turning 40 is a gigantic milestone! Think about it, you’ve basically been an adult for half of your life when you celebrate the big 4-0 birthday party. And that’s a big deal in our books.
So we’ve come up with some 40th birthday gift ideas for the husband, friend, or whomever the birthday guy in your life! Pay tribute to their maturity, while still saluting their adventurous spirit. Class and style with a dash of wanderlust? That sounds like the perfect inspiration for picking gifts for your favorite dude entering his fourth decade.
So hang with us, we’ll show you some present idea picks by our resident of 40-year-old man, as well as a few chosen by the ladies.
40th Birthday Gift Ideas
1. Sports Uniform Wallet or Leather Bifold Wallet with RFID
Got a sports lover on your hands? Upcycled from old uniforms, these handmade bi-fold wallets are certified as authentic by the NFL, NHL, and NBL.
They’re basic but definitely not boring! If he’s into baseball, hockey, or football, this is a really cool 40th birthday gift idea.
A slim designed men’s wallet from Europe that is as classy looking as it is functional. This men’s leather wallet comes in several colors such as this navy blue pictured.
We actually acquired the grey colored wallet and can tell you that it looks and feels amazing!
2. Tom Ford Private Blend Cologne
by Tom Ford
This unique gift idea is an expert blend of vanilla, cocoa, spices, tobacco, and other notes combines to create a scent that can only be described as warm and incredibly sexy.
The simple, geometric design of the bottle reminds us of something from a Victorian apothecary. So cool. Comes in 1, 1.7, and 3.4 oz sizes.
3. Personalized Gift – Overnight Bag
A fancy overnight bag is great, but a fancy overnight bag that’s as useful as it is classy is exceptional.
Blue canvas with leather accents makes this bag fashionable enough to go anywhere in style and sturdy enough to keep up. It features a super-roomy interior with a zippered pocket for no-fuss packing. Have his initials monogrammed on it to make it even more special. Not a fan of the navy color? No worries, the bag also comes in gray-tan and natural canvas options.
4. Birthday Wine Gift Basket
Whether he’s in the mood for salty, sweet, or spicy, he’ll be super stoked to get this thoughtful wine lover gift box. It includes salami, cheeses, jellies, and savory relish for snacking, as well as sweet snacks like cookies and caramel corn.
He can pair it with the Harry and David Royal Crest red blend that comes with the basket and finish it off with a cute frosted birthday cake with confetti. It’s a party in a basket.
5. Custom Map Print
This striking piece of art will show off his stomping grounds in a sophisticated way. It’s available in letterpressed or standard print, but we think the gold, silver, and rose gold foil print options are exceptional. It comes in two sizes to best fit his space. Who knew a map could look so grown up?
6. Kiels Facial Fuel Set
Dudes care about lookin’ good too!
A luxurious gift of self-pampering will keep your birthday boy feeling great and looking young. Let’s face it, that’s a gift all of us turning 40 would love to have. Comes with a cleanser, scrub, and moisturizer made with ingredients like caffeine and vitamin E.
7. Scents Of Adventure Candle
His friends will be impressed when they come over to find the whole house smelling amazing and manly (but not overbearing).
These decidedly masculine vegetable wax candles come in cannabis, dark rum, leather, and tobacco scents. All are perfectly balanced with their signature ingredients and other essential oils like bergamot, sandalwood, vanilla, and more.
8. Jewelry Gift – Movado Bracelet Watch
Simple, sleek, stylish. If you’re looking for a jewelry gift, this watch is a great gift for the man who needs something a little dressier than your average smartwatch. It features a mineral crystal face, and a stainless steel tonal link bracelet.
We’re envisioning it with a tuxedo, but regardless of what he wears it with, he’ll look like a million bucks when he checks the time.
9. The Hop-Heads Beer Club Subscription
If he’s into hoppy beers, he’ll love this monthly subscription from Cratejoy. They’ll deliver a variety of great craft beers from all over the world known for their hoppy flavor right to his door.
He’ll receive a selection of 12 beers including, but not limited to, red ales, hoppy pale ales, session IPLs, imperial IPLs, IPAs, and double IPAs from two or more breweries. He’ll also receive an accompanying monthly newsletter with tasting notes, a brewery profile, and food pairing recommendations.
10. Cameo Video
Does he have a favorite celeb? Or a sports star that he finds inspirational? Cameo allows you to connect with that special person and arrange to have them raise a glass in his honor. For a fee (varies by the person), they’ll record a special birthday message for him.
Think of it as the best (gag gift card) 40th birthday idea for the modern social world.
11. Plaid Cashmere Scarf
Want to splurge on him? Give his this scarf from Burberry. Easily recognizable, this bold House check sets this scarf apart. He can wear this perfect present with practically anything. It’s 100% cashmere, so he’ll stay nice and warm for the special occasion.
Be ready to watch his jaw drop!
12. Personalized S’well Bottle
S’well water bottles are designed to keep cold beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot beverages hot for up to 12. Perfect for hiking, camping, the office, or the gym! Have it monogrammed with his initials to make it personal, and choose a color that’ll suit his style.
13. Cosmopolitan Personalized Stationery
If your guy still believes in the (almost) lost art of the handwritten note, congrats! He’s a classic, and he definitely deserves some fancy stationery.
Part practical gift, part luxury, this stationery will communicate in style. He can use it for everything from thank-you notes to love notes to condolences. This stationery features his name printed in bold font on Minted’s signature thick paper stock. It also comes in three other paper choices and six colors.
14. Airbnb Experience
Whether he’s into adventuring, cooking, or working with animals, an Airbnb experience is the perfect gift. He can choose the destination and you can surprise him with a unique activity. There are bucket-list adventures to be had all over the world or right in your own backyard.
Online experiences are also available for those of us who aren’t quite ready to travel yet.
Happy Birthday, Handsome!
Some say that 40 is the beginning of the mid-life crisis stage. We think that’s such a lame cliche. Every dude we know who has turned 40 just keeps getting cooler, so we’re beginning to think that cliche is a straight-up myth.
We hope you’ve gained some inspiration from our list, and we’re thrilled to help you celebrate your favorite guy’s 40th birthday in style. Whether it’s a quiet evening at home with a birthday basket or retracing the steps of the Lewis and Clark expedition, we have no doubt he’ll be ready and down with it.
Take that, mini-van!
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