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The best 40th birthday present ideas for men and women in Australia

Trying to decide on a decent birthday present for a loved one is never as easy as we’d like it to be – particularly as the years go by. We need to think of something new and thoughtful every year – including Christmas and other holidays – for everyone that we love and before long the creativity can begin to run dry. Fortunately, in this article, we’re going to share the best 40th birthday present ideas for men and women in Australia to give you some inspiration. If someone you know is fast approaching the big four-o, then read on for some suggestions on what to buy them. 

40th birthday present ideas for men

Men aren’t always especially easy to buy for, particularly as they get older. If you are having trouble you need to pay close attention to what they like and what they are unlikely to buy for themselves. With these ideas in mind, it can become much easier to narrow down the search. 

Often, as men get older they are less interested in “stuff” and more interested in experiences. Here are some ideas of active gift ideas for men in Australia:

  • Jetboat ride
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Skydive
  • Racecourse laps in a high-end car
  • Helicopter ride
  • Swim with sharks
  • High ropes experience

These are just a few examples of the different experiences you can gift a man for his 40th birthday.

40th birthday present ideas for a woman

Buying presents for a woman’s 40th isn’t always easy. This is why we’ve decided to put together some ideas for you. First, let’s begin with some wonderful experiences that she might appreciate: 

  • Skydive
  • Great Barrier Reef snorkeling cruise
  • Spa day/massage
  • Moonlit Kayak tour in Melbourne 
  • Whale Watching cruise
  • VR escape room
  • Horse Riding on the beach 

Often, experiences are the best gift, particularly for people who are getting older and likely have everything that they need. 

Alternatively, you should think about the types of gifts that a woman is unlikely to get herself. Why not pick out a lovely gift basket filled with delicious treats? If they love wine and cheese and chocolate, there are plenty of luxurious gift baskets available. 


40th birthday present ideas for your mum

If you are reading this and you are looking for some 40th birthday present ideas for your mum, then the likelihood is that you are aged somewhere between 24 and 17 years old. If that’s the case, then understandably you aren’t going to have a great deal of money at your disposal. Don’t worry, when it comes to getting gifts for your mother it’s all about the thought that counts. 

Most women as they age don’t want reminding of the fact so buying her anything with “Happy 40th” your “Congratulations for making it to 40” perhaps isn’t the best approach. 

First of all, think of all of the things that your mother loves that she wouldn’t necessarily buy for herself. For example:

  • Chocolates
  • Wine
  • Flowers
  • Spa products

You can’t really go wrong with any of the above. If you’d like to go one better then you can always get creative and consider making your mum a gift as well. 

Another great idea is to give your mum the gift of free time. So, why not give her a homemade voucher that allows her to redeem your help at any time? Give her a break and wash the dishes for a week – do the laundry or any other time-consuming chore that your mum always does for you. 


40th birthday present ideas for your dad

Again, when buying a 40th present for your dad, it really is the thought that counts. Your dad won’t expect you to spend all of your hard-earned money on him for his birthday so it’s time to get creative. 

  • An engraved whisky glass
  • Some craft beer
  • A novelty t-shirt
  • A book of dad jokes
  • Some cufflinks 

You can also consider making something for your dad as well to save yourself a bit of money. This is also a great way of showing how much you care and how important they are to you as making something from scratch is extra thoughtful. 

40th birthday present ideas for your wife

Are you looking for the best 40th birthday present ideas for your wife? If so then we have some wonderful ideas for you to try: 

  • Chocolates
  • Spa packages
  • Sculpted wine glasses
  • A trip to a vineyard
  • Jewelry
  • A record of the number one song when they were born
  • Makeup 

As your wife approaches the big four-o she’s likely going to be feeling her age. As such, now is as good a time as any to remind her that she’s still young and beautiful to you! 


40th birthday present ideas for your husband

Is your husband approaching forty and you’re in need of some inspiration for what to buy him for his birthday this year? If so, then we have some great suggestions for you: 

  • Boxed whisky set
  • A fancy BBQ grilling set
  • Custom watch-case for his wrist-pieces
  • A box of fancy cigars 
  • A stylish wallet
  • Craft beer
  • Custom hip-flask

These are just a few suggestions for you but it really all depends on what your husband is interested in. If he’s more of a tech-nerd, then there are so many cool and wonderful gadgets available on the market today. 


40th birthday present ideas for your brother

Coming up with 40th birthday present ideas for your brother can be difficult. It all depends on what your brother is into. If he is a self-proclaimed nerd and loves Fantasy and Sci-Fi, then you’ll never find any shortage of novelty gifts to buy. However, if he’s a little bit more difficult with his tastes then deciding what to get your brother for his 40th birthday can be tricky. 

If you have excellent banter with your brother and like to tease him then here are some suggestions: 

  • Glasses holder 
  • Ear and nose hair trimmer
  • Senior moments board game
  • Emergency underpants dispenser
  • Gag hearing aids
  • Age erasers
  • Prescription shot glasses

These are some great ideas for teasing your brother about getting older. Alternatively, if you were the sibling who got all of the good looks and the sense of humor, think of the sort of things he wouldn’t buy for himself:

  • Craft beer
  • Chocolates / candy
  • Liquor 
  • Toiletries 
  • Underwear 


40th birthday present ideas for your sister

Deciding on what to get your sister for her 40th birthday can be difficult. Here are some suggestions that may go down a treat:

  • A jar of sweets
  • Custom cushions
  • Jewellery
  • Wine 
  • Custom wine glasses
  • A photo frame with a picture of you together
  • World’s best sister memorabilia 
  • Spa packages 
  • Toiletries



All in all, the best thing that you can do when it comes to buying someone a 40th birthday present is to think about their likes, dislikes, and what they are unlikely to buy for themselves. It’s also worth thinking about whether the person you are buying for likes “stuff” or would much prefer some kind of “once in a lifetime” experience. As they are 40 years old, they may want to start ticking things off the bucket list. 

We hope that this article has been helpful to you. Let it fill you with inspiration and may you come up with the best possible present for that special person on their fortieth birthday. 


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