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The Stumped Shopper's Guide to Brilliant 40th Birthday Ideas

Turning 40 means you're not a kid anymore, but you're certainly not old. In case you haven't heard, 40 is the new 30, and that makes for a super fun gift-giving oportunity! Tune in to the recipient's interests and hobbies, and let them guide you. Here are some areas to explore when searching for the perfect gift ideas for 40th birthdays. 40 is the new 30

1

Be Artistic

You're never too old for creative expression. For maker-types, a sophisticated set of art supplies could inspire him. If he's more in the art appreciation camp, turning a beloved photo into a drawing or piece of pop art creates a cool, personalized room decoration.

2

Get Gaming

Your 40s are a communal time with friends and family, so it's the perfect moment to gift someone an interesting, informative, or just plain fun game to play at dinner parties!

3

Honor Special Moments

From a keepsake that memorializes an important day to an engraved frame that holds a special photo, it's thoughtful and sweet to celebrate memories in this special milestone year.

4

Be Silly

Novelty gifts like funny t-shirts and quirky pillows are hits at any age. You can even personalize one with an inside joke!

5

Say Cheers

A beer flight for brewing connoisseurs, a monthly wine club membership for grape lovers or a full bar set for the home bartender will always make a festive 40th birthday idea.

6

Experience it Together

ake the 40th birthday girl on an adventure she won't forget, like a whitewater rafting package, a helicopter ride around her favorite city, or a day of lessons in a race car. Bonus: You get to come along for the ride!

7

Party

Chipping in for a trip to somewhere rowdy or relaxing with just the girls or guys can be one of the best milestone birthday gifts ever. Go in on a gift to commemorate the experience, too, so that no one ever forgets that awesome weekend.