It’s always hard finding a creative birthday gift for the men in your life — especially when they’re turning a milestone age, like 40. Right now, I’m closer to 40 than I am 30. Even though, thanks to the pandemic, I feel as if I’ve aged a decade within the past few months. Celebrating a birthday during a pandemic is kind of a bummer, especially if your go-to plans were dinner and a movie. While you can still celebrate the occasion with someone you love, you might want to focus more on the gift than the destination. Whether you’re shopping for your hubby, boyfriend, brother, or in-law — a unique gift for 40th birthday will mean the world.
So, what does a 40-year-old man want? Good question. By the time you hit 40, you should be more or less settled. The 40-year-old in your life may have kids, or might be thinking about it. But usually, by 40, you’re settled in a town and living situation you feel comfortable with. You probably don’t have roommates anymore — but if you do, they’re friends and not strangers off the internet. A 40-year-old won’t mind a practical gift over a zany gift.
That said, every 40-year-old guy is a little different. They could be a child at heart for all we know, an artist, or a fitness junkie (in that case, get them a bop bag for sure). But in general, they’d all be ecstatic over the fact that you loved them enough to buy a present. If you’re stuck trying to think about the best present to get, here are 40 great 40th birthday gift ideas for him.
40th birthday gifts for the men who have everything
Creative 40th birthday gifts are the way to go when your fella has everything. Below you’ll find unique 40th birthday gift ideas for him.
Home & Kitchen Gifts
If he’s becoming interested in cooking, a pizza stone would be a fantastic gift that’d make his Sunday night hangouts better than anyone else’s. You can use this stone in an oven or on a grill. With over 5,000 reviews on Amazon, this particular pizza stone by CastElegance is a bestseller! “This is the best pizza stone I have ever owned,” said one happy customer. “This thicker stone really does a nice job at getting the bottom crust evenly browned and my interest in homemade pizza has returned and I am very pleased with the results after just a few ‘re-learning how’ attempts.”
For $15/month, he’ll get sent a variety of jerky, which he most likely would have never thought of getting for himself. Which is why this gift is so fun (and delicious). And this isn’t just a pile of Slim Jims. Jerky Snob sends a curated selection of super high-quality jerky (no nitrates, nitrites, or high fructose corn syrup) he’ll never get bored with.
At 40, he deserves to drink any and everything in some nice glassware. This set is heavy duty, and includes whiskey stones to keep their drink cool. One happy Amazon customer said, “A great gift for any whiskey drinker who doesn’t enjoy having their spirits watered down. The glasses will comfortably hold 4 shots and the stones will keep it cold longer than ice. The box construction is on par (even slightly better) than most cigar boxes and adds a nice touch if it’s being given as a gift.”
If he’s a coffee lover (and we mean he’s basically an at-home barista), he’ll love this pour-over set from Fellow. This set comes with a pour-over dripper, a glass carafe (double-walled so they wont burn their hands!), and 30 paper filters. Not only does it look super sleek and modern, the top-tier quality will help your giftee pour amazing-tasting coffee and take their experience to a whole new level.
“I could go on for a very long time about how much I love this incredible device,” said one Amazon review. “I am using the same beans I did for my Chemex. The result with the Fellow is simply much better. Not bad-mouthing the Chemex, it’s great, I just like the Stagg XF more. A lot more.”
If you’re giftee is an advid camper and outdoorsman, he’ll love this portable campfire. It’s made from soy wax and paper and is reusable. All they need is a lighter or match to get the fire going and cover with the lid to put it out. One reviewer said, “This is so easy to tote to the beach. It puts off amazing heat, lasts several hours and you can make delicious tasting s’mores because it’s made from all natural products.”
Musicians love when you support their passion, and this guitar pick helps make things extra personal. Find your giftee’s birth month and you’ll get a handcrafted guitar pick in that month’s gemstone.
Whether your giftee is the type that loves to revisit his memories or you’re secretly trying to get rid of the stacks of paper in the living room, this custom NY Times birthday book is a gift they’ll appreciate. It takes all of the front pages of the newspaper starting from the year he was born and puts it in one book. How cool is that?
If your guy is into camping and hiking, this is a fun gift to give. All of the outdoorsy men I know love being overprepared for what a hike may bring. This kit will help him purify water while out in the woods.
Like to stay up and watch TV while he sleeps better when listening to some tunes? Then this gift will be a wonderful treat for the both of you. This band is comfortable and perfect for side-sleepers.
If your guy has a tablet that he uses a ton, especially at his desk, then consider your work done. This adjustable tablet stand will make his day easier. “The construction of the stand is sturdy metal and the design is consistent with Apple-type products, so it has a very nice look,” writes Amazon Reviewer ginseng.
JBL speakers offer incredible sound quality. If the guy in your life is a fan of music, or just loves listening to podcasts, this wireless speaker will make his birthday so much better.
If you don’t have a power bank, you should get one — especially if storms have knocked out your electricity, and you have toddlers who really want to play with their undercharged iPads. Every guy wouldn’t mind having one of these close by, especially a man who loves being prepared for anything.
Who doesn’t need a long cable? This particular kind has a knot on it that you can hide behind the bed, to avoid anyone tripping. “The knot is the best thing since sliced bread!” writes Amazon reviewer Brandyn Roberson.
If the 40-year-old in your life does a job that includes a lot of labor, look no further. This gift will help him relax and unwind after a tough day. That said, even a guy who just holds a standard office job would still be quite fond of a gift like this. Who doesn’t like a massage?
Under normal circumstances, a toothbrush may seem like an odd gift. But when you’re gifting to a 40-year-old, they’ll actually dig the sleek design and innovative chargable case and smart app that comes along with this brush by Colgate. With the hum brush, they’ll be able to time thier brushing and ensure they target areas in need. “Following the guided brushing from the app has made my teeth feel cleaner than while using my other electric (and expensive) toothbrush,” said one Walmart reviewer. “Also the app lets you know the condition of your brush head so you know when you will need to change them.” said another.
If you happen to live with the 40-year-old birthday boy, then this may be a good gift idea for you, too. Guys might not openly seek out foot care products to help them feel better. And, that’s where you come in. This foot bath is quiet and effective, and will help any foot aches and pains he has.
CBD Balm is known to help soothe muscle aches and provide relief for wherever you need it. This Body Balm from Above Water does just that, with the awesome addition of natural ingredients and the refreshing scent of peppermint. Your giftee will be so appreciative!
He may not know this, but there is such a thing as a stylish sneaker. Rather than splurge on a pair of super pricey Yeezy’s, add a bow on top of an Allbird’s sneaker box and call it a day. Designed with merino sheep’s wool fibers, these kicks are super comfy, temperature-regulating, and moisture-wicking. Oh, and did we happen to mention they’re also machine washable?
If the 40-year-old in your life wears glasses, these plush holders will look fantastic on his nightstand. “I love these,” writes Amazon Reviewer Steve Adler. “It’s so much more convenient to put my glasses in this stand than having to put them in their case every time I take them off. Knowing that they’re protected by the fuzzy part is way better than risking them getting scratched when setting my glasses on a table unprotected.”
Does the 40-year-old in your life like facts and trivia? Then this might be a fun gift to get him. It contains 704 pages of wisdom, and it’s a great book he’ll pick up whenever he has a few minutes to spare.
40th birthday gifts for your husband
Wondering what to get your husband or boyfriend for their 40th birthday? Check out the cool gifts below!
There’s no better gift than wide screen TV to watch games, movies, and their favorite shows on. This 65 inch from VIZIO is a smart TV, which means all the apps like Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN are already plugged into the television and can be accessed via wifi — no Roku or Apple TV necessary! It also features hands-free voice control, built in Chromecast, and a 4K Ultra HD picture. With over a thousand reviews on Walmart, we’re sure your giftee will love it too.
Does the man in your life like to grill? This accessory will allow him to turn a standard Weber grill into something that’ll offer high temperature searing and smoking. “It’s superbly well made & the water container is total genius,” writes Anil, who reviewed the product for Amazon. “Ribs, belly port, searing etc are all easily made. Long slow cooks are now a total breeze.
Does your husband love golf? While it’s possible to practice social distancing with outdoor sports (is golf really a sport? The world may never know), both of you may be playing it safe and doing all your exercise and practicing your hobbies at home. With this portable putting green, he can play golf wherever he wants — even when it’s really cold out. Yup, pretty thoughtful.
We somehow still love our husbands even though they sound like ogres at night. Maybe we deserve the coffee.
If the guy in your life enjoys the finer things in life, a unisex cologne might be the perfect gift for him. Le Labo creates unique, swoon-worthy scents. This one “captures a defining image of the spirit of the American West and personal freedom.”
By the age of 40, your guy should have the capability of making a few go-to meals that aren’t meant to be microwaved. Why not make sure he has the best tools at hand? This Utopia Kitchen Cast Iron Skillet Set is and a great addition to his kitchen.
When you have a YETI, you know you’re good to go. This mug is a best-seller, and every 40-year-old would have a great use for it. Whether it’s to store coffee, beer, or water. The wideness of the handle also makes it perfect to enjoy drinks outside with gloved hands. It also comes in a bunch of fun colors, so you might want to get more than one.
Remember back when you were a kid, and socks were a lame gift? When you’re 40, suddenly you’re psyched to get new socks — especially wool socks, which really keep you comfortable all winter long. This 6-pack is colorful, bold, and of course, very warm.
Is the 40-year-old in your life a whiskey lover? Then this gift will totally surprise them, in the best of ways. Whiskey experts believe that the best drinks come from mixing a dash of spring water from the same water source that your whiskey came from. It seems impossible for drinkers in the United States, so thank heavens that Amazon stepped in and made this product available.
Okay, so this list may include a lot of socks. But these are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. For the pizza lover in your life, this gift is wonderful. The only problem? He may be hesitant to take them out of the box, thus ruining the display. (In that case, might as well buy two.)
Newsflash: Men like slippers. Surprise him with this cozy pair, and he may never take them off. These are made with 100% Leather, so they’ll last quite a long time.
Guys aren’t the best at taking care of themselves (hand cream, healthy foods, or clean beards), but if he’s never tried a beard kit like this, he may at least change his mind about caring his face. This kit includes beard growth oil and balm, shampoo, a comb, a boars hair brush, and stainless steel scissors.
One reviewer said, “I have had this product for a few days now and I have tried everything that’s included and I must say it is very much worth the money. The wooden comb just glides through my coarse beard and doesn’t break or split the ends in any wise. The oil is really light and works right into the beard, as well as the beard balm. Everything softens and soothes my beard insomuch that I can actually feel the difference from the then to now and it has only been a few days.”
40th birthday gifts for your brother
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Good things often come in small packages. This mini speaker may be little, but it still packs a ton of great sound. He can use it in the kitchen, in the shower, or even in his office.
A VR headset doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can still give your bro an awesome gift he’s been wanting (but would never actually purchase for himself). Compatible with nearly all phones, this set offers offers FD and OD adjustments and is extremely comfortable to wear (which is good, since he probably won’t ever want to take it off).
Nothing better (and easier) than a funny tee that says it all. This comes in four other colors, and is lightweight and comfortable.
If you and your brother are sentimental, getting him a deluxe digital picture frame is a gift that’ll remind him of his family (and loved ones) on a daily basis. Upload some photos of the two of you so he already has something to work with. This digital frame is incredibly easy to use — just email photos directly to the frame.
This super compact speaker (less than 4 inches around) plugs into the wall in any room of the house. Once you download the Alexa app on your phone, and connect the two with your wi-fi, you’re basically set. Life as you know it will never be the same. Low-level, you can ask it basic things like the time, the weather, and the news. It also makes a great kitchen timer as you can yell at it to reset over and over without needing to touch anything. Now, high level, there is so much more the Echo Dot can do. With the technology of Alexa, it can do things like turn your home into a smart home, make calls and even tell jokes (ok, not high level, but very useful).
Did you know there was a card game that’s focused entirely on sushi? This game is easy to pick up and great for families. “In our family we play this 2-3 times a week,” writes Amazon reviewer prisrob. On vacations it’s a fun game for everyone.
Want a simple way for your bro to express his interests while remaining professional? Let’s be honest, 2020 killed the office dress code. No matter what the future looks like, he’ll definitely be able to pull off wearing these socks wherever he’s working from.
Does your brother really, REALLY like hot sauce? Kits like this are a lot of fun. If the 40-year-old in question has been staying indoors for most of the year, this is a great way to give him an experience he can safely enjoy. “It was fun, thoughtful, exciting, creative, and interesting all wrapped inside of one box!” writes Amazon Reviewer Sean McDermott.