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40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

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A woman's 40th birthday can be a real personal milestone. Choosing just the right gift can be difficult. This is a guide about 40th birthday gift ideas for women.


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May 25, 2010

I need gift ideas for my daughter's 40th birthday.

By Chris


May 25, 20100 found this helpful
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My girlfriends got together with my husband and kids and orchestrated a professional photo of the kids. It was such a wonderful gift. They all paid for the "sitting" even though it was one of those casual outdoors pictures and gave us a gift certificate to the photographer to help pay for the photo. They presented the proofs in an album at the party and let me choose. I was in tears and that photo 15 years later still hangs in the family room and reminds me of my wonderful girlfriends who planned it!

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May 25, 20100 found this helpful

I need some ideas for a surprise 40th birthday party gift for a woman.

By Sheryl


40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

A gift card is a very good idea, good luck. (01/21/2010)


By kffrmw88

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

My ex-wife had a passion for watermelon and for one of her birthdays we planned a surprise party at a friend's apartment complex. We had a bunch of her friends there, a cake that looked like a watermelon and when we got ready to wind it up she found out we had watermelon on ice in the back of a van. We went out and had a watermelon seed spitting contest in the parking lot. She had a blast. (01/21/2010)

By Suntydt

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

I'm a bit over 40, but if it were me, I'd really go for a "spa day". If you can't afford a fancy-schmancy spa or don't have one nearby, you could try your local beauty college. Even a manicure-pedicure is pretty special. (01/26/2010)

By JustPlainJo


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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

I need some ideas for a surprise 40th birthday party gift for a woman.

Aline from Easthampton, MA


40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

The phrase "Forty and Fabulous!" goes over well with the guest of honor. Gag gifts (joke gifts): Empty large pill bottle. Choose a funny name for the "pills". Fill with assorted colored jellybeans or other candies. Make a label w/ the name and Directions, something like; take red for forgetfulness, blue for sleeplessness, pink for...etc. (02/21/2006)

By kidsNclutter

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

If I were 40 again, I'd like to receive something that I can use to pamper myself. Try to think of something a person might never buy for themselves, ie bath salts, or special powders and candles, bubble bath. Maybe you could make a box or basket. My number one wish would be for a gift certificate for a facial or a massage at a health spa (grin). (02/22/2006)


By Carol

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

I was 9 months pregnant when I turned 40, so gag gifts were not as appreciated as they should have been.

How about 40 letters from friends and family
40 pennies, photos, hand made gift certificates
40 recipes, love letters from DH, postcards, silly toys
40-wof whatever her interests are (Scrapbooking, embroidrey thread, colored pencils, etc.) (02/22/2006)

By Diana

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

My mom is turning forty and has always wanted a tattoo. So I'm blindfolding her and taking her to get a temporary henna tattoo. It's gonna be fun and unexpected. I'm trying to do some things she's always wanted for herself! (01/23/2008)

By Ally

40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

I wanted to do something nice for my best friend who is turning 40 on Friday. She was not looking forward to turning 40, so I wanted her to laugh a little each day. I started 40 days before her birthday and did something little for her each day. I found lists of 40 things on the internet like 40 things to do with chocolate, on an elevator, 40 jokes, 40 birthday quotes, 40 ways to eat Oreos, etc.


Then I found stuff at the dollar store, like a gumball machine and gumballs, a Night mask (for 40 winks), a bunch of popcorn stuff in a basket for a movie night, etc. I sent 2 items a week to her and the other days emailed her a '40' list. She ended up with 29 emails and 11 little gifts. I spent about $50 total and she said it was the best gift she has ever received. Good luck! (02/11/2009)

By Andrea

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