Turning 40? Well close the casket because it’s not over quite yet!
On a personal note, there’s nothing worse than hearing all that “Forty is Fabulous!” talk and, even worse is all the gifts you get that say that. Actually, even worse is looking for the perfect present but seeing the numbers “4-0” plastered all over it. Let’s be real, who’s going to really wear that for more than just that one day? As you can tell, we’re already getting old and crotchety.
We’ve researched what some of the top experts have been saying when it comes to find the right gift. TBH, we disagree, scrapped it, and then just consulted ourselves because, well, we’re not ashamed to say that we’re in our very early 40’s. Ok, so that actually did hurt to type. Basically, take our ideas as good ones because we know know what we’re talking about. We are elders after all.
The major trends we’re seeing this year include:
- Anything nostalgic that brings them back to simpler times.
- Just about tech everything because they gotta stay sharp.
- All the self-care gadgets and serums you can get your hands on.
While we dislike labeling things as “for women” or “for men” we’ve broken down our gift guide to have a little something for everyone. But remember, at the end of the day, just buy what they’ll like regardless of the label. Oh, and after further thought and discussion we did add only three gift ideas that actually say “40” on it. Other that that, it’s stuff they’ll actually want!
Shop some of the best 40th birthday gifts (for women or men) in 2021!
The Fun Choice
The 40 Year Old Zip Bag
Amazon Ratings: +300
For the Rule Breaker
Because staying in their lane was never really an option. A true unicorn at heart, this fun zip up cotton bag can be used to store their makeup, pens, weed, or everything in between. Don’t judge. Learn more here!
The On-Trend Choice
The Heart Shaped Succulents
The Bouqs. Co
For the Plant Lover
If they’re not into flowers (ahem, some guys) you can’t go wrong with these cute and thoughtful heart-shaped succulent plants that come as a set of two and in some pretty cool planter pots too. Learn more here!
The Yummy Choice
The Most Famous Cheese Platter
For the Cheese Lover
We hear that forty is the time to officially class things up. That may not be the case for us, but any cheese lover will be totally impressed to be gifted one of the most popular cheese platters online from the famed Murray’s Cheese of New York. Their “Greatest Hits” platter comes with a variety of yummy cheeses, crackers, preserves, and more. Learn more here!
The Thoughtful Choice
The Birthstone Wishing/Intention Globes
For the Intention Setter
Choose their birthstone and they’ll be able to jot down their wish each and every day, set their intention, goals, or whatever and place them inside this hand blown glass work of art. It’s not only thoughtful, but will look great in their home too. Learn more here!
The Relaxing Choice
The Portable Back + Neck Massager
Amazon Ratings: +31,000
$45.99 (18% Off!)
For the Forever Sore
There’s no shame in my game to admit that simply sneezing can make me pull a muscle in my neck or back. Enjoy a little massage at home each and every day from this top-selling portable massager. You can use it on your neck, your back, legs, or wherever. It even has a heat function to help warm up those sore muscles. Learn more here!
The Must-Have Choice
The ‘Is You 40’ Wine Glass
Amazon Ratings: +450
For the Wine Lover
The Online Choice
The Online Masterclass
For the Forever Learner
Now they learn from actual expert (read: celebrities) with these really popular online classes. Choose from over 85 different classes (and experts) based on your interests like cooking course from Gordon Ramsay, James Patterson teaches writing, Steve Martin teaches comedy, and so much more. Learn more here!
The Birthday Cake Choice
The Birthday Confetti Cake from Magnolia Bakery
For the Sweet Tooth
You don’t have to live in NYC to enjoy one of the most popular birthday cakes (ever) from the world famous Magnolia Bakery. This delicious confetti cake will be safely and quickly shipped and serves 8 – 10 people. Maybe they’ll invite you over to have some? Learn more here!
The Old-Timey Choice
The New York Times Customized Puzzle
For the Nostalgic
Get them a really fun puzzle that’s actually the cover of the New York Times from when they were born. Hopefully they won’t invite you over to help. Learn more here!
The Beauty Choice
The Award-Winning Hanacure Facial
Starting at $29.00
For the Beauty Obsessed
This uber-popular facial has been all over Instagram thanks to Drew Barrymore and Debra Messing (and more) and it shockingly works so insanely well. Both women and men love the way they look during and after using it. Learn more here!
The On the Go Choice
The Yeti ‘Hopper’ Flip Portable Cooler
For the Partier-on-the-Go
Sure when you go with YETI, it’s always a bit of a splurge, but they’ll if they love their backyard parties, tailgating, popping a few drinks on the beach, or just like to drink on the go this is the soft cooler for them. Learn more here!
The Beer Choice
The 39+ Beer Glass
Amazon Ratings: +520
For the Beer Lover
If they love their beer and actually have a sense of humor, they’ll love this funny beer glass that finds a truly unique way to add things up to their actual age! Learn more here!
The Get/Stay in Shape Choice
The Tempo Studio at Home Personal Trainer
If you’re really working without a gift budget, this is the gift to give. New from Tempo Studio, not only does this real-time at-home workout studio come with your own personal trainer, but also weights to bring your workout to the next level. Take classes live or on demand and learn (and get stronger) as you go! Learn more here!
The Wine Lovers Choice
The Winc Wine Subscription
Starting at $50
For the Regular Wino
It’s the perfect way to test out some different amazing wines and wine-related products delivered right to their door from the trusted folks at Winc. You can either gift them something specific or send them a gift card which they can use ASAP. Learn more here!