Gifts for a 40-year-old male

Updated July 20, 2017

It can be hard purchasing a gift for a man turning 40 because this birthday is a big milestone to hit. Your gift should make your guy excited about his experiences and his accomplishments. While purchasing a gift, get an item that shows your love and affection.


Purchase some CDs of the guy's favourite artist. This is a thoughtful gift for a man who loves music. Alternatively, a mix CD of his favourite songs demonstrates that you know him well. Some songs that you might include are "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd and "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon. The CD can also include classical music for a man whose taste in music matured over the years.


Some gifts permit a man to have incredible experiences he can treasure. A road trip is a sentimental gift that helps him get some male-bonding time, or it could be a romantic weekend getaway. Tickets to a sports game will permit him to relax and enjoy his day off from work. If he loves biking, purchase a new bike or biking accessories.

Cooking Supplies

Some 40-year-old men who love cooking can appreciate high-quality cooking supplies. For instance, buy the man a quality outdoor grill and grill utensils. The birthday guy's celebration can be a cookout. Or encourage him to make a tasty omelette by getting him a non-stick 12-inch omelette pan. The pan can be part of a gift basket that includes everything he needs to cook the omelette or you could make it for him.


Some 40-year-old men need clothes for professional occasions. Nice outfits, such as dress shirts and ties, are appropriate for a man in a mid-level career. Monogrammed boxers are a thoughtful gift because it shows that you think his 40th birthday is special. Get some athletic running shoes to help him stay in shape now that he is in his 40s.

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