34 Birthday Gift Ideas for 40 Year Old Man

Updated on August 30, 2023 by Chris Bajda



The big 40. The age when your man starts to realize that your dreams of becoming a rock star or a superhero are probably not going to happen.

But fear not, because when it comes to birthday gifts for men hitting the big 40, we've got you covered. From thoughtful personalized gifts to unique gift sets, we've got something for every type of man.

Whether he's embracing his salt-and-pepper hair or desperately trying to hold on to his hairline, our list of gifts for 40 year old men is bound to make his entry into the realm of 'middle-aged wisdom' a bit more colorful – and we don't just mean the grays in his beard.

34. Cheers to 40 Years Custom Birthday Knife

40 Year Old Birthday Gift Men

Give your 40 year old a gift that he will cherish for the rest of his life with this custom knife. Whether he's fighting off grizzly bears in his spare time, or using it for practical purposes like opening packages, everyone will love having this knife in their arsenal!

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33. Fab at 40 Year Old Birthday Pint Glass

Birthday Pint Glass

Celebrate a milestone birthday in style with this fabulous birthday pint glass. The glass features the word "fabulous at" in bold letters, making it the perfect gift for anyone who loves to sparkle and shine.

But the fun doesn't stop there - the glass also features the recipient's age in large, easy-to-read numbers, so everyone knows just how fabulous they truly are.

32. Bourbon Barrel Bar Shelf

Whiskey Barrel Shelf

Add a touch of rustic charm to your home with our whiskey barrel shelf. Made from repurposed oak barrels, each shelf is unique and full of character. The sturdy construction and natural wood finish make it perfect for displaying your favorite bottles, glasses, and barware.

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31. The Gentlemen's Duffle

The bag is dedicated to your classy gentleman. The one that knows that a gentleman can take care of his woman while not breaking his style, the James Bond's, the Idris Elbas', the Robert Deniro's. This weekend go anywhere duffle can serve him on all his adventures while maintaining his style. Made from Vegan Leather with an argyle lining this handsome bag can be easily personalized with your guys initials for an extra special gift his 40th birthday. 

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30. Sentimental Gift Box Set with Custom Message 

Sentimental gift Box Set

The Sentimental Gift Box Set is a one-of-a kind gift for any older man. He'll be blown away when he opens it and sees all the goodies inside, but you might make him cry with your custom message on this box!

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3. Personalized Whiskey Gift Set

Whiskey Gift Set

This personalized liquor gift set isn't just a present; it's a portal to cherished memories and refined moments. Picture this: A dapper 70-year-old gent, the embodiment of timeless charm and sage sophistication, raising a personalized decanter filled with his favorite amber elixir. As he pours, the clink of personalized whiskey stones creates a symphony of celebration, cooling his libation without dilution. 

28. Custom Vintage Year Beer Mug

birthday custom beer mug

Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for your 50 year old birthday boy? Look no further than this Personalized Big Boy Beer Mug! Crafted from high-quality, durable glass, this beer mug is the perfect vessel for your guys favorite brew. But what makes it truly special is the customization. You can add your guys name and birth year to the mug, making it a one-of-a-kind gift that he'll cherish for years to come.

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27. Personalized Carhartt Backpack 20-Can Cooler

Personalized Carhartt Backpack 20-Can Cooler

This soft-sided, seam-sealed cooler backpack is perfect for carrying your favorite beverages with you on the go. With room for up to 20 cans, it's perfect for a day at work or a weekend by the river. The tough, durable construction ensures that your drinks will stay cold and fresh, no matter where you take them. And for added convenience, this backpack features hands-free carrying straps so you can focus on enjoying your time outdoors.

Related: More Carhartt Gifts for a Hard Working Man!

26. 40th Birthday Bash Gift Box

40 year old gift box set for men

This personalized Birthday Bash Box is the ultimate gift for the birthday boy. Included some manly accessories that will make him feel like a true boss This birthday gift box set is filled with all the fun and excitement that a 40 year old birthday should be. 

Find the perfect personalized gift box set for the 40-year-old man now!

25. 40th Birthday Gift for Man

This 40th Birthday Gift for Man is the perfect gift for him who is  hard to buy for! It makes a wonderful keepsake for Dads, husbands and other men in your family! Just download and print! This 40th birthday poster makes a unique and personal gift or party decoration to show someone they are 40 years loved. The PRINTABLE contains a high quality image that looks fabulous printed and framed. Fill out each of the 40 hearts with reasons you love him.

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24. Aged to Perfection Decanter

birthday decanter

Made from premium quality glass, this decanteris both durable and stylish. The sleek and modern silhouette of the decanter is adorned with the year he was born, which adds a touch of personalization and love to his favorite drink.

Perfect for displaying and serving fine spirits, this decanter is sure to impress guests at any gathering. Whether used to serve whiskey, scotch, or other spirits, this decanter is a stylish and practical addition to any home bar. It also makes for a wonderful gift for a friend, family member, or loved one having a birthday.

24. Watch with Custom Message 

Let him have this sentimental gift packaged in a watch box. This engraved wooden watch is made of 100% natural wood. Don’t waste any time letting him know how much you care. A perfect choice for a five year anniversary gift for him.  Let this slick timepiece on his wrist remind him that you treasure every second that you get to spend with him.

Related: More personalized watch ideas for men.

23. Old Balls Mens Club Funny Tumbler

old man funny tumbler

The Old Balls Club Tumbler is the perfect way for any distinguished gentlemen to enjoy their favorite beverage with a touch of humor! Crafted from high-quality materials, this tumbler is built to last, just like the old gents who will be sipping from it. 


Custom Watch Box for Men

This black leather personalized organization box is a must have for any guy's organization arsenal. Not only does it feature four watch slots and two cufflink containers, but you can also put rings in the holders! This timeless gift will serve him well as heirloom or keepsake item that'll last forever so get yours today before they're gone 

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21. Whiskey & Bourbon Lovers Custom Gift Set

Gift For Older Whiskey Drinkers

Celebrate growing old disgracefully! With this custom shot glass, raise a toast to the birthday boy and let them know they're aging like a fine wine (or whiskey). Perfect for birthday parties or special occasions, this whiskey gift set is sure to be a hit and have everyone living their best life. And with personalization, your guests will feel like superstars at the party!

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cigar gift set

For the cigar-loving guy, this cigar gift set has got him covered! Let him sit back, relax, and enjoy a stogie in style. With a wooden box that includes a lighter and a humidor with Spanish cedar lining to keep cigars fresh, this is one of the best cigar gifts out there. No need to worry about dry cigars ruining his night, this set has got it all!

19. Vintage Birth Year Shot Glass

40 year old shot glass gift
Aging like a smooth spirit (or a wild one)...let him know he's only getting better with time! Give a gift to make their birthday or special occasion even more memorable with a custom shot glass. This shot glass will have everyone at the party raising a toast to the birthday boy and living their best life. Plus, with personalization, each guest will feel extra special and appreciated!

18. Personalized Apron

Personalized Apron for Men

Turn him into a BBQ boss with this gift that's perfect for grilling, cooking, and even baking! This personalized apron, made from a durable poly-cotton blend, will have him ready to conquer any kitchen or grill challenge with ease. No matter the weather, he'll be the legend of the grill and the envy of all other chefs!

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17. Old Vintage Funny Tee

fun vintage birth year shirt

The ultimate shirt for any man who is aging like a fine wine! This shirt is like a party in a package - it's festive, fun, and guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face. With its playful design and comfortable fit, this shirt is the perfect way to celebrate in style. It's the ultimate conversation starter, and it's sure to make the birthday boy feel like the life of the party.

16. Custom Bar Wall Décor

Custom Bar Wall Décor

Looking for the perfect addition to the home bar or game room? This custom signis made with your own personal text, making it a truly unique piece that is sure to impress his guests.

This sign has a vintage pub feel that will add a touch of class and sophistication to any room.

15. Sleek And Slim Wallet

This Sleek And Slim Wallet will replace the bulky, beaten-up wallets that can cause major back pain from sitting on them! This slim minimalist wallet combines functionality and style with its many card slots and military-grade RFID protection to protect his back and credit card details. 

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14. Luxury Cigar Humidor

Luxury Cigar Humidor Gift
Help him take his cigar game to a new level by getting him one of this high end cigar humidor.  There is no doubt this humidor will impress your guy, he will be proud to display this luxury humidor that comes with a digital hydrometer and can hold up to 120 cigars. 

13. This is my 40th Birthday Hat

This is my 40th Birthday Hat makes use of a highly sophisticated sublimation process which produces a "vintage" look to the design. Some colors may appear slightly faded which is the desired look of this design. The ink is transferred to the cap, which guarantees no cracking or peeling of the design and creates the perfect cap for everyday wear!


Custom Leather Dopp Kit

Who says men don't appreciate the finer things in life? Give your guy a gift he'll never forget with a personalized dopp bag made from luxurious leather. With a light brown color that goes with any outfit, this dopp bag is the ultimate accessory for any stylish man. And with room for up to 3 initials, you can make it an extra special 40th birthday gift.

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11. Vintage Birthday Green Wine Bottle Glass

Vintage Birthday Green Wine Bottle Glass

Our engraved birthday gift glass is cool for men and women and features our Vintage Year design. These reclaimed birthday wine tumblers are recycled from green wine bottles and meticulously sand-carved by hand with your monogram, personalization or your company logo. Create a beautiful table with our colored glassware or give a unique gift to that person who has everything. Our wine bottle drinking glasses hold approximately 12 oz and measure 4.5" high by 3" wide. The lip of the re-purposed wine bottle has been beautifully and carefully polished to a smooth edge for drinking. 

10. Custom Birthday Bottle Label

Custom Birthday Bottle Label

If you're looking for a unique and personalized gift for someone's birthday, consider creating a custom wine bottle label. This is a thoughtful and creative way to celebrate a loved one's special day and make it even more memorable.

Creating a custom wine bottle label is not only a fun and creative way to celebrate someone's birthday, but it's also a practical gift. Your loved one can enjoy the wine on their special day, and then keep the bottle as a keepsake to remember the occasion for years to come.

Related: More fun Bottle Labels for all occasions!

9. Birthday Celebration Cigar LabelsBirthday Celebration Cigar Labels

Make your birthday celebration truly exceptional with our Birthday Celebration Cigar Labels! These personalized cigar labels are designed to add a touch of distinction to your special day by customizing them with the name and age of the birthday honoree.

8. Par 3 Golf Bag

Burgundy's Bogey Bunch Golf Bag

Experience the comfort and convenience of the Ultimate Versatile Golf Bag! With padded shoulder straps for support and a flat base for stability, this lightweight bag includes plenty of pockets for all your golfing needs. At only 3.9 lbs, it can hold up to 10 clubs - so why lug around a heavy bag anymore? Get ready for that game-changing experience with El Camino Golf Bag today!

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7. Personalized Happy Birthday Golf Ball Set

Personalized Happy Birthday Golf Ball Set

If you're looking for a unique and personalized gift for the golf enthusiast in your life, look no further than the Personalized Happy Birthday Golf Ball Set.

This set includes a six high-quality golf balls, each personalized with the recipient's name and a festive "Happy Birthday" message. Whether it's for a friend, family member, or colleague, the Personalized Happy Birthday Golf Ball Set is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured for years to come. So go ahead and surprise the golf enthusiast in your life with a gift that's both functional and meaningful.

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6. Custom Cigar Sign 

This sign is handmade and the details are etched to perfection. This humidor sign is for his man cave so that he and his friends have a place to relax and be themselves without bothering people around them. Make the man cave official by hanging up this metal sign. Your man will be so grateful when he sees the thoughtfulness you put into this gift. 

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5. Funny Coaster Set

Funny Coaster Set

Add a touch of laughter and lightheartedness to your home with our Funny Coaster Set. This set of four slate coasters is engraved with a hilarious saying that is sure to bring a smile to your face: "Don't F**K Up The Table." These coasters not only provide a practical solution for protecting your furniture from pesky drink rings but also serve as conversation starters and a delightful way to infuse humor into your living space.

4. Diamond Decanter

Diamond Decanter Whiskey Gift

He will impress his guests with this beautifully designed diamond decanter. It will quickly become the center piece of his bar.  You can even have it personalized with his name on it.  The only problem with this gift is you might not be able to stop him from staring at his whiskey all day long!

Related: See more great personalized decanter birthday gift options

3. Reclaimed Bourbon Barrel Wood Watch

Available in multiple colors and styles with leather or bracelet bands any whiskey lover would be thrilled to receive this amazing gift. This handsome watch will blow his whiskey loving mind. Made from reclaimed wood from American Oak Bourbon Barrels he will swear he can still smell the hint of whiskey. 

2. Celebrating Moments Damascus

Every occasion calls for a special and personalized gift that captures the essence of the moment and expresses your heartfelt sentiments. Introducing the Celebrating Moments Damascus Engraved Knife and Personalized Box—an extraordinary gift set designed to commemorate any occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary, retirement, or any milestone worth celebrating. With the recipient's name beautifully engraved on the knife and the box allowing multiple lines of heartfelt messages, this gift truly reflects your emotions and shows the recipient just how much they mean to you.

1. Personalized Crystal Martini Glass

Personalized Crystal Martini Glass

Set a new standard of excellence at your dinner table or home bar cart with the Personalized Crystal Martini Glass. Its smaller scale design and rounded lines make the Personalized Crystal Martini Glass true to the era in which it comes from, inspired by the glasses used in The Thin Man series of films from the 1930s and 1940.

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What do you get a man when he turns 40?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the perfect gift for a man who is turning 40 will depend on his individual interests and personality. However, some popular gift ideas for men turning 40 include:

  1. Experiences: Consider gifting your friend or loved one an experience, such as a weekend getaway, a cooking class, or a concert or sporting event.

  2. Personalized Gifts: Personalized gifts are a great way to show someone that you care. Consider getting him a customized piece of jewelry, a monogrammed leather wallet, or a personalized whiskey set.

  3. Gadgets: Many men love gadgets, so consider getting him a new tech toy, like a smartwatch, a drone, or a high-quality Bluetooth speaker.

  4. Books: If he's a reader, consider getting him a book by his favorite author or a new release in his favorite genre.

  5. Subscription Services: Subscription services are a great way to give the gift that keeps on giving. Consider getting him a subscription to a magazine, a meal delivery service, or a monthly box of his favorite snacks or grooming products.

What is the traditional gift for 40th birthday? 

 The traditional gift for a 40th birthday is ruby. Ruby is a precious gemstone that is associated with love, passion, and courage. It is believed to bring good fortune, happiness, and prosperity to the person who wears it. In some cultures, it is also believed to have healing properties. Therefore, a ruby jewelry piece like a ring, bracelet, or necklace is a popular gift idea for someone celebrating their 40th birthday.

How do I make a 40th birthday memorable?

To make a 40th birthday memorable, there are many ideas to consider. One way is to plan a surprise party, complete with decorations that fit the theme of the party. Another idea is to create a memory book with favorite memories from friends and family. A weekend getaway to a place the person has always wanted to visit is also a great way to celebrate. Organizing a charity event in honor of the person's birthday is another option. Finally, creating a video montage of the person's achievements and milestones is a thoughtful and personalized way to celebrate. Ultimately, the goal is to make the person feel loved and appreciated on their special day. 

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