Is she just about to finally turn 40? Or maybe she’s already in her 40’s? Well close the casket because it’s not over quite yet! We’ve come up with some fun, yet useful, gifts any woman turning 40 will actually want to use. And, of course, some of these will put a smile on her almost ready to crack face.
THE TOP 3 GIFTS
On a personal note, there’s nothing worse than hearing all that “Forty is Fabulous!” talk and, even worse is all the gifts you get that say that. Actually, even worse is looking for the perfect present but seeing the numbers “4-0” plastered all over it. Let’s be real, who’s going to really wear that for more than just that one day? As you can tell, we’re already getting old and crotchety.
So, what do you get the woman who has everything? If she’s turning 40, it’s time to think outside the box and come up with a gift that truly celebrates her milestone birthday. If she’s already in her 40s there are plenty of great ideas too like:
1. The Luxury Spa Day
Is there anything better than a day of pampering? Spoil her rotten with a trip to a luxury spa. She can relax and rejuvenate with a massage, facial, and mani/pedi.
2. The Weekend Getaway
A weekend getaway is the perfect way to help her celebrate her 40th birthday. Whether you send her on a solo trip or join her for some quality time together, she’s sure to appreciate this gesture. There are plenty of online gift cards that can also double as location-specific experience gifts like from Tinggly.
3. The Nice Piece of Jewelry
A piece of fine jewelry is an excellent gift for a woman turning 40 (or just about women of any age). It’s something she can cherish forever, and it will always remind her of this special milestone in her life.
4. The Customized Photo Book
Surprise her with a personalized photo book filled with images of your favorite memories together. She’ll love flipping through the pages and reliving all the happy moments. Or, you can always go with the collage frame that can showcase all the great times you’ve all had together. Check out the one from Minted that we’ve mentioned below.
5. An Experience Gift
Does she have a bucket list? Help her check something off with an experience day gift. Whether it’s skydiving or wine tasting, she’s sure to enjoy an exciting new adventure.
6. The Monthly Subscription Box
The right subscription box can be a really great idea especially if she loves surprises. She’ll look forward to each month’s delivery, which can include anything from makeup to books to gourmet food – you name it.
7. The Funny Gift
Ok, fine. Busted. We are going to recommend some funny gifts that’ll poke fun of her being 40 or, at least, in her 40’s. These are typically on a wine glass, beer mug, or t-shirt. There are actually some really cool ones out there and we’ve listed our favorites below.
We’ve spent time reviewing, researching, reading dozens upon dozens of reviews and even checked in with some of the experts at Popsugar, NY Mag, and The Today Show to see what they’ve been saying when it comes to finding the right gift.
The major trends we’re seeing this year include:
- Anything nostalgic that brings them back to simpler times.
- Just about tech everything because they gotta stay sharp.
- All the self-care gadgets and serums you can get your hands on.
While there are plenty of ideas out there and it can seem overwhelming, at the end of the day, just pick out something they’ll like whether they’re turning 40, in their 40’s or pretending they’re never turning 40 – like ever.
Check out some of our favorite gift ideas for women hitting the big 4-0!
BEST FOR WHEN SHE IS THE UNICORN OF THE GROUP
1. The 40 Year Old Zip Bag
Because staying in their lane was never really an option. A true unicorn at heart, this fun zip up cotton bag can be used to store their makeup, pens, weed, or everything in between. Don’t judge.
BEST FOR WHEN SHE STILL KILLS PLANTS
2. The Heart Shaped Succulents
The Bouqs. Co
If she’s not into flowers (ahem, some women aren’t) you can’t go wrong with these cute and thoughtful heart-shaped succulent plants that come as a set of two and in some pretty cool planter pots too.
BEST FOR WHEN SHE IS READY TO SET HER INTENTION
3. The Birthstone Wishing/Intention Globes
Choose their birthstone and they’ll be able to jot down their wish each and every day, set their intention, goals, or whatever and place them inside this hand blown glass work of art. It’s not only thoughtful, but will look great in their home too.
FOR WHEN SHE IS FEELING TENSE
4. The Portable Back + Neck Massager
There’s no shame in my game to admit that simply sneezing can make me pull a muscle in my neck or back. Enjoy a little massage at home each and every day from this top-selling portable massager. You can use it on your neck, your back, legs, or wherever. It even has a heat function to help warm up those sore muscles.
FOR WHEN SHE HASN’T LOST HER SENSE OF HUMOR
5. The ‘Is You 40’ Wine Glass
A really funny (in our opinion) stemless wine glass for the wine lover who, clearly, isn’t a wine snob.
FOR WHEN SHE WANTS TO LEARN FROM A CELEB
6. The Online Masterclass Gift Subscription
This idea is so cool. Now she can take an online ‘Master Class’ with an actual expert! Even better, you can quickly and easily gift her this! She can choose from over 45 different classes (and experts) based on her interests. Check out a cooking course from Gordon Ramsay, James Patterson teaches writing, Steve Martin teaches comedy, and so much more.
FOR WHEN SHE WORTHY OF A $62 BIRTHDAY CAKE
7. The Milk Bar Birthday Cake
You may be thinking that a birthday cake (for her birthday) is an odd gift, but trust us – this cake is everything. If there was ever such thing as a “viral” cake, this is it. From the super famous Milk Bar, this three-tier funfetti birthday cake is creamy, crunchy, and can be delivered to pretty much anywhere in the United States.
Right now you can choose a 6-inch cake that’ll serve 8 – 12 people or a 10-inch cake that’ll serve 20 – 30 people, according to the brand. We’ve actually purchased this for our own birthday (yes, really) and as a gift for a variety of other parties and in our experience we felt like the 6-inch cake was kind of small for 8 – 12 people. For a somewhat small group that likes a decent size cake, we recommend going with the 10-inch.
BEST FOR COMMEMORATING THE YEAR SHE WAS BORN
8. The New York Times Customized Puzzle
Get them a really fun puzzle that’s actually the cover of the New York Times from when they were born. Hopefully they won’t invite you over to help.
FOR WHEN SHE WANTS TO TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
9. The Award-Winning Hanacure Facial
This uber-popular facial has been all over Instagram thanks to Drew Barrymore and Debra Messing (and more) and it shockingly works so insanely well. Both women and men love the way they look during and after using it.
FOR WHEN HER 40TH IS ON THE ROAD
10. The Yeti ‘Hopper’ Flip Portable Cooler
Sure when you go with YETI, it’s always a bit of a splurge, but they’ll if they love their backyard parties, tailgating, popping a few drinks on the beach, or just like to drink on the go this is the soft cooler for them.
FOR WHEN SHE WANTS TO SHOW HOW SHE REALLY FEELS
11. The 39+ Beer Glass
If they love their beer and actually have a sense of humor, they’ll love this funny beer glass that finds a truly unique way to add things up to their actual age!
FOR WHEN SHE IS OFFICIALLY OVER THE GYM
12. The Tempo Studio at Home Personal Trainer
If you’re really working without a gift budget, this is the gift to give. New from Tempo Studio, not only does this real-time at-home workout studio come with your own personal trainer, but also weights to bring your workout to the next level. Take classes live or on demand and learn (and get stronger) as you go!
FOR WHEN IT’S ALWAYS WINE TIME
13. The Winc Wine Subscription
It’s the perfect way to test out some different amazing wines and wine-related products delivered right to their door from the trusted folks at Winc. You can either gift them something specific or send them a gift card which they can use ASAP.
FOR WHEN SHE HOSTS A BRUNCH ON A TUESDAY
14. The 1 Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Set
Because she should be able to have the best brunch of her life any day of the week. This trio set allows you to drop a deliciously flavored cube into your champagne glass and within a minute you’ll have a great tasting mimosa like strawberry, peach, or raspberry. Yum!
Helpful Review: “I was the host for my cousin’s bridal shower. She wanted it to be a classy, beautiful event for all the women in the family and friends. The Minute Mimosa allowed me to have amazing beverages (with just a little sign stating the directions) while still carrying out other hosting tasks (answering the door, setting out the food, etc.) My cousin loved it and everyone at the party was talking about how great they tasted and easy the were to use!” – Janelle the Hostess
FOR WHEN SHE IS OVER BED HEAD
15. The ‘Slip For Beauty Sleep’ Silk Pillowcase
For the women who want to turn back time! Yes, this is the beauty product of sorts she’s been talking about all year. All the celebrities are swearing by this because of it’s anti-aging benefits, anti-sleep crease ability, and anti-bed-head impact! If you’re looking for a way to help keep your hair healthy and reduce frizz, you may want to consider using a Slip silk pillowcase. Silk is a natural protein fiber that can help protect your hair from damage while you sleep. It’s also gentle on your skin and may help prevent wrinkles. Check it out and all of the really sweet color options! She’ll never sleep the same way again.
Helpful Review: “I get mascara on this pillow case all the time and I throw it in that washing machine and hang dry. After months of this abuse it still looks the same, it is worth the splurge.” – Reid
FOR WHEN SHE IS READY TO BAKE
16. The New LEVO C Infuser Machine
We’ve covered herbal infuser machines in detail around here for the past couple of years and time and time again, LEVO comes out on top. One of their latest versions allows you to infuser butter, oil – you name it – with your favorite herbs, including “that herb” too. Make yourself some pot-brownies, cookies, cakes, gummies, and so much more. The biggest win for this version is that it’s finally dishwasher safe.
FOR WHEN SHE WANTS AN ADULT KEURIG
17. The Bartesian At-Home Cocktail Maker
Get ready to start mixing cocktails like a true pro at your next party or just when you get home from work (or once it officially hits “noon” during the week). Think if the Bartesian like a Keurig, but for adults who want bar-worthy drinks made for them from their own personal bartending machine. Add the liquor of choice, toss in the “drink mix” pod, press start and get the perfect mixed drink each and every time. You can make margaritas, daiquiris, old-fashioned, gin martinis and so many more.
FOR WHEN SHE IS NOW A FARMER
18. The Click-and-Grow Smart Indoor Garden
Click and Grow
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to grow your own herbs and veggies, the Click and Grow Smart Indoor Garden is a great option. This innovative growing system uses pre-seeded pods that are automatically watered and fertilized, so all you have to do is sit back and watch your plants thrive.
We were impressed with how easy it was to set up the Click and Grow garden, and we were even more amazed at how quickly our plants began to grow. Within just a few days, we had healthy seedlings that were ready to transplant into our outdoor garden. The Click and Grow system is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy fresh, homegrown produce without all the work.
FOR WHEN SHE WANTS TO ALWAYS REMEMBER TURNING 40
19. The Customized Photo Heart Framed Wall Art
You’ll be able to quickly and easily personalize and customize this really pretty framed print by uploading your own special photos right to Minted and it’ll create your custom heart-shaped print. A great choice for her to remember her 40th birthday or favorite years in her 40s. You can also choose the kind of frame you want (or choose no frame at all). This is one of their best-sellers of the year.
FOR WHEN SHE IS ALWAYS NEEDS THE GENTLE REMINDER
20. The “You Are Loved” or “You Are Enough” Tee
Simply stated, but a totally needed reminder that they really are loved and enough. This super comfy tee comes in a variety of colors and styles for both men and women. Color options include navy blue, light yellow, light blue, black, light pink, heather grey, and more!
IF SHE’S INTO THE FUNNY 40TH GIFT
If you gotta go with the funny “joke” gift most are pretty crude. But we chose three that are almost borderline ok. If she has a sense of humor (please make sure she does first!), these presents can be totally perfect and get a decent laugh all at the same time.
IF SHE’S INTO WINE EVERYTHING
Just because she’s into wine, doesn’t mean she’s a wine snob! Get her something that she can use without breaking the bank. We chose three of our favorites, with our personal favorite being the two-bottle wine tote carrier. Because when she’s in her 40’s she might have to start classing things up.
IF SHE’S INTO SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
If she’s in her 40s and have never experienced a monthly (or quarterly) subscription box, now’s the chance to send her one of the best sellers (so far) this year. While the Allure box is probably the most well known, we also love the FaceTory subscription box because she’ll get 7 top selling Korean sheet masks to try out all month long. It’s a great way to pamper herself and try some of the best and most sought-after beauty masks!
IF SHE’S INTO COZY EVERYTHING
There’s nothing better than getting all comfy and cozy no matter what time of year it is, especially when it’s sherpa. There’s something so amazing about sherpa that makes you just want to take a nap. We hand-picked some of the top selling sherpa must-haves she’ll love like the essential throw blanket, slippers, and even the everyday robe.
IF SHE’S INTO THE CLASSIC “40” T-SHIRT
OK, fine. If you have to get her the classic “40” t-shirt at least you can get her something that looks trendy, fits perfectly, and one she wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear out of the house. Check out our three favorites.
IF SHE’S INTO BEAUTY GADGETS
She may not be a total tech nerd, but she certainly is when it comes to beauty gadgets. If you’re looking for something that’ll keep her looking young and fresh (or at least in her 30’s), we’ve picked out some of the coolest beauty gadgets and tools that everyone is buzzing about this year. If she hasn’t tried the Revlon Volumizing Hot Hair Brush, it’s about to change her life.
IF SHE’S INTO CHAMPAGNE
It’s always a good idea to pop some corks, especially when it’s her birthday. From an amazing bottle of champagne you can have shipped to a must-use champagne sealer stopper and the coolest champagne flute we’ve ever used there’s definitely a reason below she’ll want to pop a few bottles now!