Classy 40th birthday gifts for men

Written by thomas k. arnold
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A man's 40th birthday is a true milestone. By the time a man turns 40 his life's direction will most likely already have been determined. He's either married or a confirmed bachelor; a devoted dad who works around his kids' sports games and other activities or a hard-driving professional to whom work comes first, period. Marking this momentous occasion requires something classy and elegant. Here are some suggestions.

Rolex Watch

Nothing says "you've made it" as much as a Rolex watch. Sure, they're pricey, setting the buyer back at least a couple of grand, but a Rolex watch is considered the ultimate status symbol for a man, and the perfect complement to his new Mercedes.


A good pair of designer sunglasses is always a welcome gift, and if you get a premium designer brand like Porsche or Georgio Armani you can guarantee he'll wear them with pride. For an extra special touch, consider a leather case, maybe even monogrammed.

Gym Membership

When a man turns 40, he invariably starts realising he's no longer young and is not going to live for ever. He'll likely party a little less than he did in his 20s and even 30s and focus on taking care of his body. Find the nicest gym in town and buy him a one-year membership. Everytime he steps on the treadmill or lifts some weights he'll think of you.

Accessories for his Car

A man turning 40 is generally past the clunker stage and takes pride in what he drives. Premium car brands from Mercedes and BMW to Saab all have a plethora of branded merchandise, from leather portfolios and wallets to elegant jackets. Check with the local dealers and see what you can find. To many men, after all, you are what you drive.

Fine Wine

Hopefully the birthday boy is ageing like fine wine. Even if he isn't, one of the most classy 40th birthday gifts you can give him is a good bottle of wine, ideally from his birth year. Shop around online or visit the local wine store. A good Cabernet or Bordeaux, along with a high-end bottle opener or a pair of monogrammed wine glasses, will truly be appreciated--just make sure he likes red wine!

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