The best 40th birthday presents

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The best 40th birthday presents
Give your best friend a 40th birthday gift she'll always remember. (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The 40th birthday is a milestone occasion that represents a new phase of adulthood, and is often celebrated with close friends and family. If your loved one is turning 40 this year, being inventive and thinking outside the box, or considering the gift recipient's interests, can help you come up with a gift that will make the 40th birthday one of the most memorable.

Memorable Romantic Outing

Give your wife a present she's always wanted for her 40th birthday. Make reservations at the fanciest restaurant in the city for lunch, then take her to a jewellery store to select her favourite pair of earrings or a bracelet. Treat her to her favourite romantic movie, and finish the day with a romantic hot air balloon ride, where the two of you can enjoy fine wine, cheeses, and fresh fruits. By combining all of the romantic elements she's seldom -- or never -- experienced, you'll be creating a birthday memory that will always be special to her. Bring along a digital camera so you can take pictures during your romantic outing, and arrange them in a scrapbook for her later.

Sophisticated Accessories

Fashion accessories that express your best friend's daring sense of style, conservative personality or affinity for certain colours will help you choose a customised birthday gift that she'll use often. Pieces for a 40-year-old can be eye-catching but should have an air of elegance and a polished appearance; accessories made from quality materials will last for years. For instance, present your best friend with a pure silk animal print scarf that looks great with a business suit and adds the appropriate amount of "character" to a basic outfit. Or, give her a silver or gold watch with a thin band -- this is an understated yet sophisticated accessory that matches with any piece. A pair of stilettos in her favourite colour, and by her favourite designer, can serve as her go-to shoes when she needs a boost of confidence for a business meeting or a night on the town.

Membership Gift

Think about your brother's favourite things or 40th birthday resolutions, and purchase a fitting membership for him. For instance, if he's decided to indulge in more leisure activities this year and wants to take up a new hobby, purchase a membership to a golf and country club in the city where he lives. If he wants to take control of his health in his 40s, a membership to the best gym in his city is a thoughtful birthday gift. A man who entertains often for social or business purposes will enjoy a wine of the month club membership; you can start him off with a gift basket of gourmet cheeses, salted meats and chocolates as an additional birthday gift.

Day of Relaxation

Often, a day for recharging and spending time with loved ones is a valuable gift for a 40-year-old with a hectic schedule. Give your husband a day of relaxation by arranging a place in your home for him to watch his favourite sports or shows, or buy tickets to take him to watch his home team play. Or, plan a barbecue and invite his best friends and close family members over. Take over the grill duties that would usually be his for this type of event, and prepare his favourite barbecued dishes. Make sure that he spends the day without lifting a finger, and end his birthday by preparing his favourite dessert or presenting him with a small gift like a tie pin, pen set, or shirt in the colour he likes best.

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