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Turning the big 4-o is a huge milestone that deserves to be celebrated. By now, they know who they are and what they like. Upgrading their home, traveling well, prioritizing their health and finding unique items to make their day-to-day life easier are all key once you hit your 40s. Since a birthday this big calls for the best present money can buy, look no further than our roundup of the top 40th birthday gift ideas.
Whether you're shopping for him or browsing for her, there's a no-fail gift on this list. We found a wildflower bouquet that will never die, a custom birthday book from The New York Times, a scented candle made especially for their birthdate and much more.And if they enjoy practical gift-giving over sentimental picks, we have those too (there's a nifty device to promote a good night's rest, for example).
So, whether you're shopping for a blowout 40th birthday party, an intimate gathering or even a one-on-one coffee date with your BFF to ring in their big year, we have you covered.
The New York Times Custom Birthday Book
Help them celebrate their birthday in style with this custom book from The New York Times. It contains the front page from each year since they were born, wrapped up in a beautiful binding.
She'll love this beautiful pop-up card, which is so much more unique than a traditional bouquet. It even comes with a paper standing vase so she can proudly display it long after her 40th birthday.
Vintage 1983 T-Shirt
She'll love this cute t-shirt that gives a nod to the year she was born. It's made of a soft cotton blend that'll keep her comfy from the gym, to running errands or even a casual meeting with friends.
Sleep Aid Device
Once they've hit their 40s, sleep might be a bit more difficult. This light system will train their brain to fall asleep naturally. It claims to reduce the time it takes them to fall asleep in half and will shut off automatically.
At this age, self-care is everything. Over 21,000 Amazon reviewers have purchased this ice roller for the face and eyes and most love it. It claims to prevent wrinkles, moisturize dry skin and even help relieve fatigue.
The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small
Since they can never get enough of experiences, give them a little motivation to plan a memorable getaway. This inspiring book features 1,000 thrilling adventures for all types of travelers.
40th Birthday Whiskey Glass Set
This set includes everything he'll need to enjoy his nightly glass. Standing three inches tall, the tumbler gives a nod to his birth year and includes four natural granite stones.
Sterling Silver Ruby and White Sapphire Stud Earrings
Go traditional with these chic sterling silver studs featuring created rubies (they look realistic!), framed by small white sapphires. One reviewer raved about the halo design: "These are very simply elegant. Nicely made and looks expensive."
Women's Long Sleeve Pajama Set
Keep her cozy in this snuggly long sleeve pajama set. Made of cotton and polyester with an elastic waist, they're perfect for lounging around the house on a lazy Sunday.
40th Birthday Makeup Bag
Remind her just how great she is with this cute makeup bag. Made of linen and waterproof material, one Amazon reviewer called it "cute and durable."
Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
Just like the name, they can take this belt bag everywhere. Its thick water-resistant fabric and minimalist style is perfect for jogging, running errands or even a night out with friends.
Birth Month Wildflower Bouquet
More unique than a fresh bouquet, this one is built to last. It's made of brass wire, alder wood, paper and glass and can be customized to match her birth month.
Password Book With Tabs
Let's face it: Passwords are bound to slip their mind. Luckily, there's a solution. Their important passwords will always be safe with this handy book, which even comes with tabs. Over 29,000 Amazon reviewers have tried it, and most are saying it's a "great product."
Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
Chances are they take cooking seriously at this point in their life. For that reason, they'll appreciate this wireless smart meat thermometer. It comes with two sensors and one probe, and the free app will tell you when their meat is cooked perfectly pink.
Cloud slippers are everywhere right now, for good reason. Their EVA foam rubber design is easy on feet and purchasers describe them as "super comfy" for around the house or running errands.
Vintage 1983 Baseball Cap
Add to his collection of baseball hats with this embroidered "Vintage 1983" cap. Made of polyester and cotton, it comes in a bunch of different colors to choose from.
These birthdate candles are just too cool. Using numerology, tarot and astrology, each candle is personalized to the receiver, down to a signature scent.
Milestone Birthday Necklace
Help her celebrate her 40th with this unique necklace. Made of glass, nylon and glass, it has one bead for each year she's spent on earth.
Working or watching movies in bed just got easier! Once they attach this nifty shelf to the side of their bed, all of their essentials — their phone, coffee and laptop — will be within reach.
I Wrote a Book About You
Share all the reasons you love them with this fill-in-the-blank book that tells their story. It comes with prompts that can be filled out and over 16,000 Amazon reviewers are calling it a "thoughtful gift."
40th Birthday Glass Coffee Cup
This 40th birthday glass cup is cute and useful. It holds 16 oz, will resist scratching and comes with a bamboo lid. They can use it for coffee, tea, beer, or even a cocktail.
40th Birthday Wine Bag
Your BFF will love this hilarious wine bag, which is perfect for a girls' wine night. It's made of linen and will hold the standard wine bottle size of 750ml. "This is a cute wine bag that was perfect for my friend, who recently turned 40. It was exactly as pictured," one Amazon purchaser wrote.
"May The Forties Be With You" Star Wars Tumbler
A great gift for the "Star Wars" fan, this stainless steel tumbler is a fun birthday gift they can actually use. "It was an awesome metal cup and it keeps drinks super cold," one Amazon reviewer wrote.
40th Birthday Cutting Board
They'll remember their 40th every time they cook with this bamboo cutting board. It comes engraved with facts from the year they were born and measures 12 inches in length, perfect for cutting cheese and vegetables.
40th Birthday Toilet Paper
We promise they'll laugh over this hilarious three-ply toilet paper. It's so funny, they might choose not to use it.
40th Birthday Bookmark
The perfect gift for your favorite bookworm, this bookmark also comes engraved with a sentimental message that's sure to cue the happy tears. It's made of stainless steel and perfect for your sister or even your coworkers, brother or BFF. Don't forget a good book to go with it!
Amazon eGift Card
The best part of this gift? You know they'll love whatever they get because they picked it out themselves. It can be loaded with any amount and consistently receives a 5-star rating on Amazon.
This beautiful azalea tree comes aged six years and stands eight to 10 inches tall. It's a fun gift for anyone trying to enhance their garden. Keep in mind that it will bloom between April and May.
Our labs were super impressed with this snuggly bathrobe, which has a similar feel to Brooklinen's bestselling towels. Plus, it's unisex and extremely absorbent.
Phone Docking Station
Your husband will love this practical wooden phone docking station. It measures seven inches high, comes in three different colors and Amazon reviewers are calling it a great gift for the man in your life.
Keep all of their essentials safe with the useful AirTag. It'll connect instantly to their smartphone or tablet to find their keys with just one tap.
Shiatsu Back, Neck and Shoulder Massager
Turning 40 can come with some new aches and pains, so soothe their sore muscles with this bestselling shiatsu massager. It comes with eight different massage modes, plus adjustable speed and heating to relax the neck and shoulders.
40th Birthday Socks
These 40th birthday socks are funny and useful. Made of cotton, acrylic and spandex, it'll give them a laugh every time they wear them.
Wearable Sherpa Blanket
With over 77,000 ratings on Amazon and a debut on Shark Tank, this wearable sherpa blanket is a hit. "This magical creation is like a warm, cuddly dream come true. From the moment I slipped it on, I knew I had found the ultimate source of coziness and comfort," one Amazon reviewer wrote.
Silk pillowcases can do wonders for skin and hair; they reduce frizz and fight wrinkles. This one impressed our labs enough with its comfort, abrasion-resistant fabric and moisture wicking power to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
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