A 40th birthday is one of life's great milestones. It should be celebrated in style. Don't know what to buy your friend, loved one, relative on their 40th birthday? Here's some great, unique, special and original 40th birthday gift ideas.
PRECIOUS, TIMELESS AND CLASSIC 40th BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS
A collectible and precious pen. Montblanc, Omas, Waterman, Parker or Sheaffer make classic pens. The Sheaffer Snorkel is said to be one of the most complex pens every made and has become a collectable. The Parker 51 from the 1940s is considered one of the finest pen specimens ever made. They range between $150 to $700 and more for the true vintage Parkers.
The 40 is the New 30. 40th Birthday Bracelet is a unique and classic keepsake made from Swarovksi crystals and sterling silver. It comes with a poem card and gift box.
A beautiful leather handbag for the ladies or a classic leather bag for guys. Many handbags by Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vitton and Mulberry with stand the test of time. For men, a timeless leather briefcase, messenger bag or weekend holdall can be used for generations to come. Hermes, YSL, Burberry, Louis Vitton and Gucci make excellent choices.
Nothing beats the feeling and indulgence of silk pajamas and luxurious silk sheets for either guys or girls. Guys can feel like Cary Grant (or...ok, Hugh Hefner) and girls can look and feel like a Bond girl. You will feel glamorous, sexy yet ultra comfortable at night for the ultimate indulgence.
A wallet or purse. A wallet or purse is something you will use every day so it makes for a 40th birthday gift that will be seen and used often. Prada, Dunhill and Gucci are great for the 40 year old guy in your life. For the ladies, Christian Dior, Chanel and Mulberry make classics that last.
MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES AS A 40th BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEA
A helicopter ride
Running with the bulls in Spain
Seeing the Northern Lights
Watching the sun go down on Corcovado (Hunchback) Mountain in Rio De Janeiro,
A set of tango lessons
Recreating each part of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Scuba dive at Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Take the Orient Express
Go on safari
A balloon ride
Go whale watching
Swim with dolphins
Walk along the Great Wall
Take a gondola ride in Venice
Win huge in Las Vegas
A photo against one of the 800 monumental statues (known as 'Moai') on Easter Island
Front row tickets to a big sporting event like the Olympics, Superbowl, World Series, Soccer World Cup, The Open, Wimbledon Finals
HIGHLY UNIQUE 40th BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS
Plastic surgery or botox..or both
Have their portrait painted or their photo taken by a editorial magazine professional photographer
Have a video created with messages from friends and loved ones
Print a personalized leather-bound photo album complete with messages, tributes, stories and other keepsakes
Have their story turned into a children's book
Buy a personalized car licence plate with his / her name on it
Plant a tree and watch it grow for the next forty years
Adopt a goat in Africa
A collectible banknote from their year of birth
A Timecapsule from their year: with newspapers of that year, magazines, records, novels, clothing, coins and other collectibles
Personalized champagne or whiskey. Available from www.Iwantoneofthose.com
NOVELTY 40th BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS
A walking cane
40 year old virgin DVD
MORE 40th BIRTHDAY IDEAS
By the way, if you are hosting a 40th birthday party and need some party planning ideas, read my related article on 40th birthday party ideas and party planning tips.