Homemade Gift Ideas for a 40th Birthday Party

Updated February 21, 2017

A friend or family member approaching forty years old deserves a homemade gift that expresses your gratitude for the person and produces a sentimental memento to cherish. Gather your craft supplies, and be creative. You gift does not have to be extravagant, and you do not have to be a professional artist. Make something from the heart.

Handmade Greeting Card

Make a handmade greeting card to celebrate a friend's or family member's fortieth birthday. You will need a single sheet of 8.5-by-11 card stock in a colour of your choice, and then a selection of art supplies, such as coloured pencils, markers and ribbon. Incorporate a sentimental fortieth birthday message into your greeting card. For example, one message might be the following: "Today you turn 40 years old! You are wise, sweet, and beautiful, if you haven't been told!"

Top 40 Gift

Recycle an old vinyl record that you do not want anymore, and use it as a display for a "Top 40" reasons your friend or family member is a wonderful, celebrated person. You can write the 40 reasons around the vinyl record with thick paint pen in white, silver, gold or yellow. Then frame the "Top 40" record, and present it to the birthday person.

Midlife Medication Kit

Assemble a gag gift that celebrates turning 40, rather than tears down the person. To do this, buy a pack of colour-coated chocolate candies that look like pills, and place them in an old pill bottle. Make a label for the pill bottle out of paper and write "Midlife Medication" on it. Type out the meanings behind each of the pills. For example, the brown pill is to subvert chocolate cravings, the red pill is for hot flushes, the orange pill is for when you need energy, the green pill is for when you need serenity, the yellow bill is for headaches and the blue pill is for laughter. Include this message from Homemade Crafts Made Easy, "Now that you're turning 40, it's possible that you'll experience all these symptoms simultaneously, in which case you should just EAT THEM ALL AT ONCE!"

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Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.