While I doubt there is a 'jubilee' associated with turning 40, it still is a momentous occasion as a man has completed another decade. Also, when one crosses the 40-years barrier, it is generally assumed that he is no longer in the 'growth' stage of his career but now in the maturity stage.
At 40, a man becomes stable and really settles down. No more monkey business! For other men, they start facing the mid-life crisis and feel an urge to do something adventurous and youthful. So keeping both these factors in mind, here are some gifts for men reaching mid-life.
40th Birthday Gifts for Men
Turning 40 after all, is a big milestone. So why not give him a gift to celebrate that milestone? Give him something which he will remember for a long time.
A surprise party would be a memorable gift. Another great idea is a time capsule. You can easily get vintage stuff on the Internet, like from when he was 15 or 20. You can also get a t-shirt with 'I can't believe I'm 40!' printed on it, just like coffee mugs or a wall hanging.
If he supports a local football/soccer/basketball/baseball team, you could get him season tickets to celebrate his 40th year without having to stand in line before every match! Or how about something great for his office!
Stuff from the 70s is easier to find than you think. A quick look over the Internet and you'll find anything from Betty Boop mugs to The Incredible Hulk action figures.
Fail-safe Gifts for a Man of 40
40 may be the time when he is beginning to settle down in life, but 40 is also the time when he gets into the groove of other things. Regardless of age, there are three things that will never go unappreciated by any middle-aged guy.
I'm not talking the regular set of fancy cars. I mean the adrenalin pumping stock cars that you've only seen on TV or as a spectator. You can gift him a ride-along with a professional racer. If you can spend more on this, you can even get him to drive the car! That would easily make this one of the best experiences he's had.
Just be sure to not 'gift' him stuff like gym memberships, yoga classes or something health related (unless he's a health nut. Then go crazy on it). Keep those things away from birthdays; you can make him do those things whenever you want to, so gifting him those things on his birthday will only bum him out.
The kind of gift should be exactly equal to his character. Flamboyance will not work with low-key people. So always think of how he is when you look for the perfect gift.