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The Best 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Every Budget
Funny, creative and unusual gifts any newly minted 40-year-old will love.
It's the sentiment Jay-Z made famous: “40 is the new 30.” That means the milestone birthday is a time for celebrating all the accomplishments of the past as well as all the joy and exuberance of going into a promising new decade often marked by more independence, success, and self-confidence than ever before. It’s definitely time to party!
To help you mark the occasion for the special person in your life turning 40, we’ve rounded up 40th birthday gift ideas for celebrants of every personality type — and for every budget (with plenty of picks under $20 as well as some splurges). Our list of birthday gifts for women and birthday gifts for men includes retro T-shirts, candies, and even jigsaw puzzles that call out the year of their birth. It's also packed with gifts for self care, entertaining, traveling, decorating, and more. Looking for 40th birthday gift ideas for the wine lover, sweet tooth, or fitness fan? We've got them all. And yes, you'll even find 40th birthday gag gifts (just make sure you know your audience)!
Find even more birthday inspiration in our guides to what to write in a birthday card, as well as dozens of birthday card ideas that really show how much you care.
Now get to singing Jay-Z's oh-so-true lyrics about turning 40: "I'm so hot still..."
Sure, Oh! The Places You'll Go is great for a graduation gift. But this cheeky version of the Dr. Seuss classic is perfect as a 40th birthday gag gift.
This gift will take them right back to fond memories of grade school, summer camp, birthday parties, and trips to the mall: It's a gift filled with retro candies from 40 years ago.
This fan-favorite neck pillow has thousands of near-perfect reviews. Its unique strap system attaches to any kind of seat to keep it from sliding and to keep the user from falling forward, too. It’s made from memory core foam and has raised side supports for maintaining comfy spine and neck alignment and banishing pain — at home or on the go.
Give a custom-seeming gift under $10 that celebrates the recipient's year of birth. This one is available in a range of colors and styles, including a unisex version).
Pre-load this popular, highly reviewed digital picture frame with cherished memories from 40 years of a life well lived. (The interface is super easy to use, and adding photos via the app is a snap.)
This candle derives its humor from a cheeky message printed in the style of an optometrist's chart.
Anyone who's turning 40 is sure to experience a rush of emotions when gazing at this cassette print. The tapes showcase some of the best and biggest tunes from 1982.
Whether or not you’re celebrating with a retro theme party, give that ‘80s baby a gift that celebrates the over-the-top decade of their birth. These neon splatter-painted paints will take them right back to the fun (and sometimes laughable) style of their youth.
For the recipient who loves to streamline and stay organized, this versatile wallet is designed to hold all the essentials. And it multitasks: It doubles as a casual clutch with an included wristlet. Made with vegan leather, it includes card slots, a change pouch, and a billfold compartment. Personalize this gift with a gold foil monogram and take it over the top.
Why bring an ordinary bottle of wine to the 40th birthday party... when you can zhush it up with a fun (and highly Instagrammable) label?
This is no ordinary jigsaw puzzle: It's a fascinating custom version made in the image of the front page from a special date in history (like their birthday!).
Personalize this 40th birthday book with their name, date of birth, and your own name as the giver so they know who to thank for the very special gift! Inside, they'll find memories, quizzes, and facts about the year they were born.
Give this Etsy seller a list of important places in the birthday boy or girl's life along with a few memories associated with each, and they'll whip it up into a customized "map" of their life. "The level of customization was astonishing!" said one happy customer. You can choose from two sizes and 10 different color options.
With four decades under his belt, he's bound to have a few aches and pains. With almost 8K five-star ratings on Amazon, this portable massager features 20 speeds and six different massage heads.
If you can't be there to celebrate in person, send the next best thing: dessert. And all the best flavors are here, from chocolate sprinkles to orange blossom to raspberry chocolate chip.
You can have up to 130 characters engraved on this small walnut catchall tray, so come up with a short but sweet message they're sure to appreciate.
If you're looking to splurge, make a serious splash for a 40th birthday with these on-trend slider earrings that give the look of two earrings apiece. In 14 karat gold and diamonds, these are destined to become heirlooms.
At a time in life ripe for reflection, this is a daily guided journal is designed to help the recipient nurture the best version of themself. It has a prompt for each day, intended to promote self love, reflection, and growth.
Make that weekend trip extra special — and extra fun on TikTok — with custom hats for the whole crew in honor of the big 4-0.
If you know someone facing a milestone birthday surrounding by untenable stress, give them a gift that can help them focus on mental health and self care (while showing them that you care, and that you see them). Each box comes with a curated selection of products that provide tools, tips, and activities for anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.
A classic birthday party treat... but make it boozy for 40! This birthday party ice cream combo pack has something for every palate.
Help them level up for the next decade: This chic red wine decanter crafted from crystal glass just screams sophistication. (And it's dishwasher safe, so it's highly usable, too.)
With one ring for every decade of her life, this gift idea is subtle but meaningful. Choose from sterling silver or 14 karat gold vermeil.
Help them get out of their head — and inspire their creativity — with a 40th birthday present that doubles as a DIY experience. This eco-friendly craft box includes a beginner’s pottery kit, video tutorial, an air plant, and vegan, dairy-free snacks for sustenance, too.
When you want to give a gift that says "you're 40 and sexy as ever"... that also says "and you require — and deserve — comfort, too." Think of these as the chicest, sleekest granny panties ever.
Nothing says “happy milestone birthday” like the gift of jewelry — but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Choose this sweet stacking ring to match their birthstone for a wow-worthy, budget-friendly gift.
For the mystically inclined, a crystal subscription box is the resonant gift that keeps on giving, month after month. This one sends a set of three curated natural crystals, stones, or minerals from around the world each month, along with information describing them.
Give the gift that celebrates women's bodies of all types and skin tones. These "goddess" candles are a self-care gift with an empowering, revelatory message.
It's a lavish candle... made even more festive with sprinkles!
Inspire their love of fitness with this cool gadget that makes a game of exercise. They just put their smartphone or tablet on the board, lean on it in the plank position, and control app-based games through the movements. Super fun... and super challenging!
Is there anything this little dress can’t do? It has a built-in bra, adjustable straps, shorts underneath, pockets on both sides, and leg grippies. Plus, it’s made from swim fabric so the newly minted 40-year-old can jump right into the deep end of life’s bounty.
Oh, just the softest, most enormous blanket ever. This 10-by-10-foot blanket is the everyday luxury that will seriously spark joy in their life, all year round.
Treat the foodie in your life to a next-level kitchen experience with the professional-style chef’s knife they deserve. Up their slicing and dicing game with this Japanese-style bladed steel knife that’s lightweight with an ergonomic handle.
This tech startup turns pet photos and designs from customers into the sweetest customized blanket (or sweater). Upload a pic of their pet (or pets), and have it knitted right onto a dreamy custom gift.
Help them toast to 40 with a pair of champagne flutes custom-etched with detailed contour maps of a place that matters to them. They're available with elevation data for over 1,000 iconic locations around the globe.