Forty is a big milestone, and it needs to be celebrated the right way! You only turn 40 once, so this is your chance to shine and give your wife a gift she’ll never forget. But where do you start? There are so many options out there now that finding the perfect gift for your wife’s big day can seem like a daunting task. To help you out, we’ve gathered some of the best gift ideas to make sure your wife feels special on her 40th birthday!
A 40th birthday calls for a break from tradition and routine, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely ignore your home comforts. Hiring a personal chef is an easy way to bring fine dining into your own home. You can make this experience as intimate or as inclusive as you want, but whether you opt for a couple’s candlelit dinner or invite her friends over for a dinner party, you’re guaranteed great food and a great atmosphere.
If you really want to push the boat out and make the celebrations as big as the birthday itself, why don’t you book a getaway? You don’t have to completely remortgage your house to make this a great gift. There will be plenty of getaway spots in your own town, or possibly the next town over. But equally, if you feel comfortable, go big, take her to Paris or on that cruise, she’s been dreaming about. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s as stress-free as possible for your wife so she can savor every minute of it.
A spa day is a sure-fire gift idea to make your wife feel special on her birthday! She has undoubtedly been the glue keeping everyone together since day one, so a spa day is needed. In fact, a spa day is always needed. Book in a day just for her, so she can relax and have some me-time. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in a few treatments too, a massage and facial are always appreciated.
A birthday is a great time to learn something new, a perfect time to add something to your arsenal of already established skills set, so why not book a cooking class? This can be a great bonding experience for you to share with your wife as a professional chef walks you through the steps needed to make your favorite dish. Not only is this a fun and educational gift idea, but you also have something to show for it at the end, something you can both enjoy together.
As a 40th birthday is a significant one, sentimental gifts are a great way to commemorate the occasion. Giving your wife something that has an emotional connection to your lives together, or something that she can cherish to remember her big day by is a brilliant way to show her just how special she is to you.
Commissioning a painting that means something to your wife is a great gift idea to immortalize your memories together. Whether you opt for a solo portrait of her, a couple’s portrait, or a family portrait, investing in a professionally executed piece of artwork is the perfect gift to show her how much she means to you. Hanging this portrait front and center will remind her just how loved she is.
The key to any woman's heart is wine, with the promotion to champagne on her birthday, especially her 40th birthday! A great low budget way to commemorate this once in a lifetime birthday is to buy her some personalized wine or champagne glasses. Next time she reaches for a glass after a long, hard day, she’ll have flashbacks of her brilliant 40th birthday.
Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia, so why not take her back to her childhood and gift her all the things she used to enjoy back in the day. Fortieth birthdays are a big achievement, and a lot of living has been done in those 40 years so why not bring some of her favorite things from the early days back in her life in the form of a gift box. Think of bands she loved as a teenager, the food she enjoyed which is harder to find these days, her favorite childhood book, etc. Create the ultimate walk down memory lane!
Ask anyone how long birthday celebrations should last, and answers could range anywhere from a single day, to a week or even a month. Well, a 40th birthday is different. A 40th birthday is so monumental that constant gifts throughout the year are a more appropriate answer. This doesn’t have to be as exhausting as it sounds, simply buy your wife a year-long subscription to get some of her favorite things delivered to your front door every month.
A girl can never have too many self-care products, making a hair and beauty box subscription the perfect gift idea for your wife. The best thing about subscription boxes is that you don’t need to know anything about what your wife is receiving every month. So, don’t worry if you don’t know what the best hair mask is, or what the latest skin care serum is, because the people who put these boxes together do, and your wife is guaranteed to love these products. Leave it to the experts.
Yes, believe it or not, you can get cocktails delivered straight to your front door all year round. Many of us tend to stick to what we know when we go out. The classics always get a lot of attention, as the cosmos, mojitos, and martinis are always called upon to quench that alcoholic thirst. But with a cocktail subscription box, you can get a plethora of new and exciting cocktail recipes and ingredients delivered for you to try. This gift encourages you to try new things and might even make you push the boat out and order an Aphrodite next time you’re at your local cocktail bar.
There are many different routes that you can go in regards to food-based subscription boxes, so the pressure is on for you to decide which you think would make the best gift for your wife. There are snack options to full-blown meal options. Whilst you can get snacks delivered once a month, the meal options tend to come weekly, providing you with your nightly meals. If you want to opt for the snack-based boxes, the possibilities are endless. You could go sweet, you could go savory, you could tailor it to be snacks from a certain part of the world (e.g Korean ramen or Indian sweets). The options really are endless here, so choose wisely.
In this 21st-century modern-day society, a technological gift is always a good way to ensure your loved ones are keeping up with the times. Technology-based gift ideas are often a good choice as they are not something that your wife would necessarily buy for herself, making it a great option for you to treat her with.
Maintaining connections with loved ones can often seem like a difficult task given the seemingly endless expansion between us. As family and friends move away or move on, it can seem like we are only getting more and more disconnected, that’s why the iPad/tablet makes for a great gift. These devices are easy to use and make it easy for your wife to keep in contact with those whom she otherwise wouldn't be able to see as much as she’d like. And there’s the added bonus of all the games you can play on them, or the books you can read, or the TV you can watch, it’s a guaranteed source of constant entertainment.
There are many different smart speakers on the market at the moment, so if this is the gift you’re going to get, the brand choice is a personal preference, but they all do pretty much the same thing. This handy little speaker is the perfect assistant and a brilliant addition to any home. Whether you want to use it to blast songs whilst you’re cooking, or need to know the weather for the day, or need it to keep track of your shopping list, smart speakers can do it all and your wife will love it.
In addition to some of the more innovative gift ideas already mentioned, sometimes the classic gifts are what is needed. If you don’t want to be too adventurous on your wife’s 40th birthday and want to go for a more traditional gift, here are a few that you can’t go wrong with.
Jewelry is always a safe gift that makes it look like you’ve put thought and effort into her gift. Go into any jeweler and they’ll be able to help you find something fitted to your wife’s taste and your budget. If you’re looking for a way to make it a bit more personal, think about getting her something with her birthstone or a special message engraved into the piece.
If you feel confident enough that you know your wife’s style, then definitely take the plunge and get her some clothes for her birthday. This is a great gift idea if you know there is a specific piece of clothing that she wants or needs, as it ensures it's something that she will actually use and get a lot of wear out of. If you’re looking to spend a bit more on the gift to make it that much more special, maybe head out on the hunt for a little designer piece.
If you really don’t know what to get her and nothing jumps out at you from this article, you could always get her a gift certificate. Although it’s not the most personal or sentimental gift, it does ensure that she’s going to get something she’s going to like. Keep this as your fall back option, if all else fails, return to the trusty gift card.
So, you’ve completely aced the birthday gift, the only way to make your wife’s birthday even better is to throw her the perfect 40th birthday party! There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when planning the party to end all parties, some of which are as follows.
First things first, are you going to have a theme or not? This is a decision completely up to you, if your wife is a free spirit who likes gimmicks, a theme might be a perfect fit, equally, she might think they're tacky and would never be seen dead at one. This is up to you to gauge. If you do choose to go for a theme, this can be as understated or OTT as you want; you could have a simple white theme or have everyone turn up as their favorite seventies celebrities.
This is another aspect of the party where you can go many different ways. You could take inspiration from a previous gift suggestion and go all out on a personal chef to provide a completely catered elegant meal for your guests. Or you could put in minimum effort and stick to a budget with party food to throw in the oven, or even better, order-in a takeaway.
Your decoration choices will largely depend on whether or not you chose to have a theme as well as the space you’re working with. If you chose to have a theme, try and create decorations that stick to that theme, Pinterest is always a great place for inspiration. If you opted for a more elegant and understated party, maybe just blow up some balloons and call it a day. Whatever you do, as long as she is surrounded by the people she loves, she’ll have a great day.