It’s the feeling that Jay-Z made famous: “40 is the new 30”. This means that the milestone birthday is a time to celebrate all the accomplishments of the past as well as all the joy and exuberance of entering a promising new decade often marked by more independence, success and self-confidence than never. It’s definitely time to party!
To help you mark the occasion for the special person in your life turning 40, we’ve put together 40th birthday gift ideas for celebrants of all personality types — and for all budgets (with plenty of sub-$20 choices as well as a few splurges). Our list of birthday gifts for women and birthday gifts for men includes retro t-shirts, candy, and even puzzles that tell the year they were born. It’s also filled with gifts for self-care, entertainment, travel, decorating and more. Looking for 40th birthday gift ideas for the wine lover, sweet tooth or fitness fanatic? We all have them. And yes, you’ll even find 40th birthday gag gifts (just make sure you know your audience)!
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Now sing Jay-Z’s true lyrics to 40: “I’m still so sexy…”