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40th Birthday Ideas for Men

By an Award-Winning Professional Event Planner

Creative and unusual ways to celebrate men's 40th birthdays

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If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others. On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget.


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40th birthday Ideas for men

Turning 40 is a big deal. Some men embrace it, while others would prefer to ignore it. And not every man wants a traditional 40th birthday party celebration with a party at home.

So pause for a minute and consider which category the man in question falls into—then plan the type of 40th birthday celebration accordingly. If he's feeling sensitive about turning 40, the last thing you want to do is plan a huge surprise party with lots of family and friends.

Instead, he might prefer to get a smaller group of 5-10 friends together for some sort of group activity. Just going out for dinner doesn't feel special enough for a 40th birthday, so make it something out of the ordinary or a bit adventurous.

My approach to buying someone a birthday gift is always to choose something that they wouldn't ordinarily buy themselves—so that it feels like more of a treat or a luxury. I recomend taking the same approach when choosing how to celebrate their birthday. Organize something they'll enjoy, but is not something they do often (or have ever done before!). This will create unique memories associated with their 40th birthday.

So check out some of the more creative and unusual group activties and experiences below that lend themselves to a 40th birthday celebration for men.



Still Want to Throw him a 40th Birthday Party?

While this page deals with creative and unusual 40th birthday ideas for men, based around group activities and experiences, you can also check out my main page of 40th birthday party ideas (for men and women!) which contains lots of creative ideas for throwing a party at home—including party themes, countdown ideas, invitations, food & drink, decorations, gifts, and ways to include memories, surprises, and thoughtful ideas to make them feel special on the day.

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Fun & Games

For fun-loving big kids (aren't most men?!), there are lots of theatrical and immersive group experiences, games, and challenges which would make for a truely unique and memorable 40th birthday activity. 'Doing stuff' together as a part of a group—rather than just standing around drinking and making small talk—always raises everyone's spirits. It allows people to bond with each other over a shared experience and generally ensures that they all 'let go' and get stuck in.

crime scene adventure
Crime Scene Adventure
Private Wakeboard Lesson for 6
Private Wakeboard Lesson for 6
escape from death row
Escape from Death Row
plan a heist
Plan a Heist


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the fun & games category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • Escape from death row
  • crime scene adventures
  • Paintballing
  • Bulldozer adventure playground days
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  • plan a heist
  • davinci's gold scavenger hunt
  • the illuminati hunt
  • Murder mystery dinner / cruise

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



Food & Drink

So many 40th birthday celebrations just fall back on the same old boring idea of booking a table a fancy restaurant for a group dinner. Snore! Instead, if the birthday boy is a foodie, get a group of friends together to try something a little more creative—something you wouldn't just do any night of the week. Believe me, you're guests will thank you. No one gets that excited by yet another big birthday dinner (at that restaurant you just went to last week). Plus, a lot of these experiences allow for more socializing, so your guests are not just stuck at a dinner table chatting to the same two people all evening!

brewery tours
Brewery Tours
cooking party at home
Cooking Party in Your Home
craft beer & artisinal cheese tasting
Craft Beer & Artisinal Cheese Tasting
chef's table tour
Chef's Table Tour


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the food & drink category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • Craft Beer and Artisanal Cheese Tasting
  • chef's table tour: dine & meet the chef's at 5 restaurants
  • sushi making party for 10 at home
  • cocktail mixing class
  • wine tasting party in your home (up to 20 people)
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  • the personal chef experience: host the ultimate dinner party
  • spend a day with a master sommelier
  • champagne tasting & sabering
  • a Private wine education tour
  • indian cooking class

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



outdoor & adrenaline

These outdoor and adrenaline activities are a great way to induldge in something completely different. No one is going to roll their eyes and think 'urgh, not again' with one of these group activities.

moonlit ziplining
Moonlit Ziplining & Canopy Tours
dude ranch adventure days
Dude Ranch Adventure Days
Accelerated Free Fall Sky Diving
Accelerated Free Fall Sky Diving
snowmobile tours
Snowmobile Tours


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the outdoor & adrenaline category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • Zipline and canopy tours (inc moonlit options)
  • dude ranch adventures
  • rodeo bull riding
  • wilderness & survival clinics (inc overnight survival trip)
  • Falconry hunting experiences
  • hike with adoptable hounds
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  • Accelerated free fall skydive
  • zipline & microbrew tour
  • whitewater / night vision rafting
  • snowmobile tours
  • group river paddleboarding
  • Beginner's mountain climbing adventure

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



tours

Tours are a great way to keep a group entertained; as you move from stop to stop, everyone is constantly stimulated by new things to see, taste, or learn about. Often, these tours operate in your own town, but they're the type of activities that local residents just never get around to trying—so a birthday celebration is a great excuse.

zombie tours
Zombie Tours
mad men cocktail tour
Mad Men Cocktail Tour
segway tours
Segway Tours
hike and howl at a wolf preserve
Hike and Howl at a Wolf Preserve


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the tours category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • zombie tours
  • brewery / winery / whiskey tours
  • Cave tours
  • segway tours (inc night time options)
  • hike & howl at a wild wolf preserve
  • architectural tours
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  • mad men cocktail tours
  • latin flavors food & culture tour
  • 3 day wine tasting / boat & brew kayak tour
  • ethnic eats food tour
  • jet ski adventure tours
  • horse drawn sleigh & dine ride

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



learn & discovery

The learn & discovering category is all about trying someting that you've never done before—and probably wouldn't have if someone hadn't organised it for you! Some of these are pretty 'out there' unique experiences (train to be an action hero!), while others offer an introduction to a hobby or activity the birthday boy might have expressed an interest in—but never actually gotten around to doing. So make it happen for them!

Hunter's Preperation Training Day
Hunter's Preperation Training Day
Open Fall Stunt Diving Class
Open Fall Stunt Diving Class
Group Introductory DJ Lesson
Group Introductory DJ Lesson
Action Hero Training Day
Action Hero Stunt Training Day


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the learn & discovery category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • circus school days
  • hunters preperation training day
  • introduction to sailing
  • introduction to snowboarding
  • open fall stunt diving class
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  • group introductory dj lesson
  • group surfing class
  • beginner's kayaking
  • action hero training
  • introduction to fly fishing

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



drive

Men love to drive stuff. It's that simple. Especially if it goes really fast and/or they can't afford to buy one themelves. And if it fulfills a secret fantasy and lets them pretend to be someone else for a day (race car driver / stunt man / spy) then even better.

hummer tours
Hummer Tours
Learn to Drive Like a Spy
Learn to Drive Like a Spy
ATV quad bike adventures
ATV (Quad Bike) Adventures
NASCAR Stock Car Driving
NASCAR Stock Car Driving


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the drive category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • nascar stock car driving
  • exotic car driving (lamborghini / ferrari / corvette etc)
  • motorbike tours
  • stunt driving school
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  • learn to drive like a spy
  • jeep tours (wineries / desert / national parks etc)
  • hummer tours (mountain / forest / desert)
  • atv (quad bike) adventures

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



fly

For non boy-racers, the fly category offers a more gentle experience for groups to see and explore, plus they're often combined with other things such as wine tastings, jeep tours, and dining. If you are holding a more traditional group dinner at a restaurant, why not start off by taking everyone for champagne in a hot air ballon or helicopter beforehand—it's any easy way to make the occasion more special and memorable.

Hot Air Balloon Ride & Wine Tour
Hot Air Balloon Ride & Wine Tour
Helicopter Tours
Helicopter Tours
Zero Gravity Flight Experience
Zero Gravity Flight Experience
Cessna & Jeep Tour & Dine
Cessna & Jeep Tour & Dine


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the fly category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • champagne hot air balloon flight
  • zero gravity flight experience
  • night time / celebrity homes helicopter tours
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  • cessna & jeep tour and dine
  • scenic / sunset / coastal helicopter tours
  • hot air balloon ride & wine tour

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



water

Fortunately, water activities range from the extreme and immersive (cage diving with great white sharks) to the more leisurely and relaxed (lobster and beer sail), so there's something for pretty much everyone.

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
Tall Ship Sail & Beer Tasting Tour
Tall Ship Sail & Beer Tasting Tour
Paddle & Brewery Tour
Paddle & Brewery Tour


Some of the 40th birthday ideas for men in the water category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • cage diving with great white sharks
  • tall ship sail & beer tasting tour
  • dolphin tours
  • schooner wine tasting tour
  • white water rafting
  • sunset cocktail / dinner cruise
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  • sushi & saki sunset sail
  • lobster & beer sail
  • wine & cheese tasting cruise
  • paddle (canoe / kayak / BOARD) & brewery tour
  • beer & bbq riverboat cruise
  • sunday brunch sail

Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on the link above. These are just a small selection so if you can't find a particular activity in your area, you might discover some new ones.



More 40th Birthday Ideas for Men

Check out my other page of 40th Birthday Ideas (for men and women) for more tips and suggestions including party themes, countdown ideas, invitations, food & drink, decorations, gifts, and ways to include memories, surprises, and thoughtful ideas to make them feel special on the day.

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Matt



40th birthday ideas for men


About Matt James

is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.


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