Here is a fantastic list of 40th birthday gift ideas to help you decide what to get for your Over-the-Hill friend. These are the classics... meaning they will never go out of style.
You're welcome. ;)
But before I give you your list, I want to clear up some common confusion about what it means to be "Over The Hill"...
Without further ado, here are those 40th birthday gift ideas I promised you.
This is a common sign of a midlife crisis – beginning a new hobby. So help them pick one!
Get them golf lessons or guitar lessons. You could also get them a beginners’ wood carving kit or a pyrography (wood burning) kit – any new hobby.
Get them a customized penny gift with a phrase as obnoxious or sweet as the old lady or old man!
Choose a penny minted from the year they turned 40 or the year they were born and choose what you'd like me to hand stamp across the front.
Most people choose their name or a meaningful word. If you want something a little more "age" appropriate, here are some more ideas...
This is one of those disappearing birthday gift ideas for the person about to hit that mid-life crisis. They need to feel young again!
Give them the thrill of doing something exciting, like a voucher to ride shotgun in a race car, or go parachuting, or take a ride in a hot air balloon. Get more experience gift ideas here.
Remember, they don’t want to go alone. Buy 2 tickets so you can go with or they can take a buddy.
For a sweet gift, make them a photo book with 40 things you love about them.
For a gag gift idea, get them a box or jar of 40 suckers to make a “40 Sucks” birthday gift. Or use bubble gum and use the phrase “40 Blows”. You can do the same thing with stink bombs too… because “40 Stinks!” Fill the jar with bite size candies for “40 Bites”…
...you get the idea. Change it up any way you like.
All are clever ideas, and all achieve disappearing gift status!
Another one of those classic 40th birthday gift ideas is the funny tshirt – especially for those Over The Hill folks! Get a t-shirt that will make them smile. Most of these tee’s have an obnoxious phrase plastered across the front. If you plan to have one made, here are some phrases to consider...
Choose 40 of anything, and put it together as a gift!
Some people use 40 of the same items (candies, chocolates, flowers, dollars, etc). Others gather 40 different small gifts. For a more thoughtful present, attach messages to each of the 40 things. Try using quotes, birthday wishes, funny phrases, things you love about the person, or anything else you like!
Check out some other fun DIY 40th birthday gift basket ideas!
40 year olds want to recapture their youth. Give them a voucher for a massage, spa treatment or pedicure. Chilling out keeps you young!
It’s a classy gift, one that you can give again and again without them growing tired of it.
AND its another disappearing gift – once it’s used, it’s gone. No “stuff”!
Tell me in the comments: What are your favorite 40th birthday gift ideas?
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