Turning 40 is a big deal to some people, while others look at it as just another birthday. If you know someone turning 40, you can make a variety of homemade gifts to mark the occasion. Some might be funny, with references to side effects of ageing, such as memory loss, hot flushes and Viagra. Others might be sweet, celebrating a life filled with love. Choose the approach best suited to the birthday boy or girl, and gather some friends to mark the event.
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Things you need
- Construction paper
- Jelly beans
- Chocolate candy
- Toilet paper
Make a 40th birthday badge for the person to wear at the office or throughout the party. Make a circle by tracing the bottom of a coffee cup on a piece of construction paper, then cut out the circle out and punch a hole at the top. Use yarn or string to make a necklace. Decorate with a 40th birthday saying, such as "It took me 40 years to get this smart," or "39 and holding on tight."
Create a hot-flash kit for the woman turning 40. Make a handheld fan out of paper. Add an old T-shirt for those days she sweats through a blouse. Finish with emergency "medicine," such as M&Ms, Reese's pieces and miniature chocolate bars. Make a sign out of construction paper that warns a menopausal woman is in the room.
Fill a medicine bottle with jelly beans. Use word processing software to make a label, or simply cut a small rectangle out of white paper and glue or tape to the bottle. If the homemade gift is for a man, consider labelling the bottle "Viagra." Give a bottle of jelly beans to a woman with a label that reads, "Take as needed to reduce a sweet craving."
Make a 40th birthday roll of toilet paper. Unroll the paper, then use a black marker to write reminders related to getting old on the individual sections of the paper. You can say, for example, "Don't forget to flush," or "Be sure to take memory pills." Roll the paper back up.
Bake a cake and place 40 candles on it. Before the person blows out the candles, bring in a bucket of water, or stand nearby with a water hose or a fire extinguisher.
For a sweeter gift, make an apron decorated with the handprints of children or grandchildren. Or create a photo album or CD of pictures from throughout the person's life.
Tips and warnings
- Create 40th birthday signs with a stake and a piece of cardboard, and put them up outside.
- Be sure recipient of homemade baked goods is not allergic to dairy products or ingredients found in candy.
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