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40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Wife

Updated on January 11, 2017
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Sadie Holloway likes giving practical yet thoughtful gifts to loved ones. She enjoys hunting around for the best presents she can find.

Are you looking for something unique to give to your wife on her 40th birthday? These gift suggestions for ladies turning 40 will make your spouse smile on her special day. Go the extra mile and wrap your wife's gift carefully. If you know how to find your way around the kitchen, whip up a birthday cake from scratch. Don't forget the card---that's the best part of a birthday gift! Write what's in your heart and tell your wife how much she means to you. That's the best gift your can give her!

Help! What should I buy my wife for her 40th birthday?

If you don't know what to get your wife for her 40th birthday, narrow down the type of gifts she might like. Do you think she wants you to give her a romantic present for hoer 40th? Or has she already told you she wants something practical?
If you don't know what to get your wife for her 40th birthday, narrow down the type of gifts she might like. Do you think she wants you to give her a romantic present for hoer 40th? Or has she already told you she wants something practical?

If you don't know what to get your wife for her 40th birthday, start by narrowing down the type of gifts she might like. Do you think she wants you to give her a romantic present when she passes the four decade mark? Or has she already told you that she wants something useful and practical this year?

These gifts on my list for women turning 40 include romantic and luxurious gifts, plus a few practical suggestions, too. Prices range from absolutely free to a couple hundred dollars. But remember, the price of the gift you give your wife on her birthday isn’t the most important thing; the amount of time you put into choosing something special just for her is what truly counts!

Jewelry is a popular and timeless gift. A woman turning 40 can still always add new jewelry pieces to her wardrobe.
Jewelry is a popular and timeless gift. A woman turning 40 can still always add new jewelry pieces to her wardrobe.

Jewelry. Can you afford to buy your wife a 40 Carat diamond necklace for her birthday? Yes? Then you don't need any birthday present suggestions from this list! But if you aren't a zillionaire, and you want to surprise your wife will something shiny, a pair of dazzling earrings or an engraved watch would be nice gifts for the woman you adore.

Pink flamingos. Have you heard of the birthday prank that some people play on each other, especially when someone hits the 'big Four-O'? The surprise involves planting 40 plastic pink flamingos on the birthday gal or guy's front lawn, thereby announcing to everyone in the neighborhood that someone has reached peak midlife age. I don't know if your wife would appreciate a surprise like that on her birthday, unless she has a really good sense of humor. To mark her birthday in a charming, more discrete way, you could give her a flamingo pendant. That should get a chuckle or two!

A surprise weekend getaway. Sweep your wife off her feet and take her away for a romantic sojourn. You don’t have to go to an exotic destination in order for this gift to be a hit. But do plan all the details down to a T. Taking care of all the travel plans for her is one less thing your wife will have to worry about on her 40th b-day!

If you want to go little further away than just out of town for the weekend, you could celebrate your wife's 40th birthday by renewing your wedding vows in Las Vegas. And where’s a good place to stay in Vegas? The Flamingo Hotel, of course!

Silky pajamas or lingerie, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, and a spa gift basket. If you and your wife can't get away for her birthday you can still give her a luxurious hotel experience at home. No matter how old your wife is--40, 50, 60---a good night's sleep is like a gift from heaven.

Nostalgic toys and gifts from her childhood. Candy, a comic book, a vintage Barbie, a cherished novel---go online and find vintage or retro items from the year your wife was born. Popular online auctions sites like E-bay and Etsy are good places to find special treasures from years gone by. You may have to enlist the help of your wife’s family for hints on the things she coveted in her childhood but it could certainly be a fun way to hunt for special birthday treasures!

If your wife wants a blender for her birthday, then go ahead and get one for her!
If your wife wants a blender for her birthday, then go ahead and get one for her!

Practical gifts that your wife actually wants. Is it OK to buy your wife a household appliance for her 40th birthday? Yes if she specifically wants a new gadget or gizmo that will make her life easier. If she's been asking for a new energy efficient washer/dryer set for her 40th birthday, then why not get her what she wants! But if you do decide to get her an appliance that she's been asking for, why not upgrade it to a deluxe, premium brand.

Plants and flowers. Should you get flowers for your wife on her 40th birthday? Of course. Flowers, orchids, bonsai, lucky bamboo, and terrariums are popular gifts that your wife might enjoy receiving on her 40th.

A monthly surprise gift box subscription. There is now a wide variety of fun monthly subscription packages for everything from perfume to cosmetics to gourmet treats. This gift is perfect for women who like to be delighted with little surprises every now and then. A gift subscription is a present she gets to open month after month, long after her birthday!

An iPad or tablet plus a monthly subscription to an unlimited magazine service. In addition to giving your wife cozy pajamas and silky sheets fore her birthday, you could also surprise her with an e-reader and a paid subscription to a magazine service. You can get a subscription to unlimited e-magazines for less than $10.00. Then you don't have to worry about signing your wife up for a paper magazine that she doesn't fancy; you can let her chose exactly what she wants!

A gift certificate for a special interest night school course. When many women enter their forties, they often start to take stock of what they are doing to make their dreams come true. Perhaps they feel stuck in a dead end job and want to make a career change. Perhaps their children are old enough now that they don't need full-time care, and so they have more free time to pursue new interests and hobbies. If your wife has decided that she wants to make some changes in her life now that she is 40, give her a gift certificate for a night school course. She could learn a new language, take up salsa dancing, become a professional de-cluttering/home organizing consultant...the possibilities are endless. A birthday gift that let's your wife explore new creative endeavors is sweet, thoughtful, and practical!

A cruise around the world. 'How on earth could you afford to give your wife a cruise around the world for her birthday?' you ask. You may not be able to give her a dream vacation the year she turns 40, but what about when she turns 55? If you put $1,000 into a high-interest savings account on your wife's birthday, and then contributed $100 every month for the next 15 years, you will have enough money saved for up for an amazing trip to virtually anywhere in the world. To personalize this gift to your wife and build some excitement, you could start a a dream board poster for her with exotic photos from luxurious destinations around the world. Cut out a picture of you and your wife and glue it onto a magazine photo of a dreamy tropical beach.

Imagine visiting 40 ports of call on an around the world cruise! That would be the trip of a lifetime for your wife!
Imagine visiting 40 ports of call on an around the world cruise! That would be the trip of a lifetime for your wife!

40 small gifts, individually wrapped. A small gift doesn't have to be a cheap gift. (In fact, if you are thinking about going to the dollar store and buying your wife 40 things there, think again.) The point of giving your wife an assortment of 40 small gifts for her 40th birthday is that she gets to delight in opening each one. It would be just like opening a stocking on Christmas morning. Here are some small gift ideas she might like to receive:

  • a small, ornate bottle of perfume
  • a pocket-size book of quotes or aphorisms
  • a small silver picture frame
  • a hand stitched, one-of-a kind change purse or make-up clutch
  • a vintage compact mirror
  • a silver-plated or stainless steel business card holder (This is a perfect gift for your wife if she's decided to start fresh and change careers when she turns 40.)

When the love of your life turns 'four-tea' buy her a gift box of assorted teas and hot beverages!
When the love of your life turns 'four-tea' buy her a gift box of assorted teas and hot beverages!

© 2016 Sadie Holloway

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