40th Birthday Gifts
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Get 40th Birthday gift ideas for men and women.
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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Let's face it, most gift websites suck!
They're usually full of the same old tacky and useless gifts that merchants are desperate to sell, but that no-one really wants to receive.
Honestly, no-one gets excited about personalized golf balls, cuff links, monogrammed bath robes, or a 'World's Best Mum' mug. I personally hate these type of 'obvious choice' generic gifts. They're always based on such clichéd ideas of what men and women want: Men = golf accessories, tools, ties, and grilling equipment. Women = engraved glass ornaments, jewelry boxes, tote bags, chocolates, and photo frames. Snore!
And don't be fooled into thinking that because they'll engrave someone's name on a gift, that makes it personal. Truly personal gifts are ones that are thoughtful, sentimental, or consider the genuine hobbies, tastes, needs, and interests of the recipient.
So I've put together a selection of less obvious gift ideas below, which covers sentimental gifts, fun personalized gifts, gifts for book lovers, gifts for food & drink connoisseurs, and gifts for lovers of tech and gadgets. While I don't expect these to be to everyone's taste, I hope they'll inspire you to seeks out truly personal, thoughtful, unusual, or simply useful gifts that the recipient will actually enjoy for their 40th birthday.
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. Left Field Productions has won 30 event industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is the author of the book Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals.
40th Birthday gifts
by an award-winning professional party planner