“Happy 40th Birthday!” Ideas for Your Boyfriend

These gifts and ideas will help you find the perfect way to say Happy 40th Birthday to your boyfriend. The best birthday ideas for a boyfriend are gifts that celebrate his personality and encourage him to pursue his passions in life.

happy 40th birthday ideas for boyfriendKicking off this list of 40th birthday ideas for your boyfriend is a Cenzo Duffle Vecchio Brown Italian Leather Weekender Travel Bag. The beauty of this gift is that you and he can enjoy it together! Surprise him with an overnight, weekend, or even a week-long getaway to somewhere close or far. You don’t have to go to different country, state, or even city to say “Happy 40th Birthday” somewhere exotic. You can be creative when you’re planning birthday ideas for a boyfriend. Splurge on a night at a luxury hotel in your city, and pretend you’re tourists for a couple of days.

This list of birthday ideas for your boyfriend include both gifts and experiences. As I explain in Creative Things to Do for Your 40th Birthday, I think the best birthday is one that involves experiences, not just stuff. The absolute perfect birthday gift for a boyfriend turning forty is something that involves both a material gift that will remind him of the great time you had (eg, the travel bag) as well as an experience that brings you closer together as a couple (eg, a weekend away). That’s why I started this list of birthday ideas for boyfriend with the weekender bag.




“Happy 40th Birthday” Ideas for Your Boyfriend

The most important thing is to give your boyfriend something he wants – not something you want him to have (eg, a new pair of jeans) or you think he should want (a book like For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women). Don’t give him a yoga DVD, even if you are 100% convinced he’d really benefit from doing yoga! Put yourself in your boyfriend’s shoes when you’re looking for 40th birthday ideas for a boyfriend.

I also included a few prank birthday gift ideas for a boyfriend’s 40th birthday, just in case you want to lighten things up. If your boyfriend isn’t thrilled about turning forty, a prank birthday gift might be just what he needs to cheer him up.

The gift of time

ideas for boyfriend turning fortyA watch, such as an Invicta Men’s 6981 Pro Diver Collection Chronograph Black Polyurethane Watch will remind your boyfriend of you every time he looks at it. If he’s a diver, this watch is even a more perfect 40th birthday idea for your boyfriend because its sleek black and gold color scheme accented with a trio of subdials and a unidirectional bezel. It has a protective mineral crystal dial window and is water-resistant to 330 feet (100 M).

The experience that goes along with this birthday gift is diving. If one of the things on his bucket list is to try deep sea diving, then this is one of the best “Happy 40th Birthday!” gifts for boyfriends who never take the time to pursue their passions.

In my other gift ideas for boyfriends article, I feature a stunning men’s watch made out of wood. It’s epic.

Light-hearted birthday gifts for boyfriends turning 40

birthday ideas for boyfriend turning forty
Happy 40th Birthday Ideas for Boyfriends

An “It Took 40 Years To Look This Good!” 40th Birthday Gift T-Shirt could be called a gag gift idea for 40 year old men, but I think it’s just funny :-) Follow the link to Amazon, and you’ll find an assortment of light-hearted happy 40th birthday gift ideas for boyfriends.


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You don’t need a specific experience to go along with this gift idea – you could plan anything from a 40th birthday dinner to a dream vacation in Mexico. As long as your boyfriend is wearing the t-shirt, he’ll remember his 40th birthday with warmth and happiness. Unless he drinks too much.

Something for his car

Automotive parts and accessories are not the most creative “Happy 40th Birthday” ideas or gifts for boyfriends turning forty, but guys like them.

40th Birthday Ideas for Your BoyfriendA Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger is one of the most practical automotive gift you could give your boyfriend. My husband has one, and he used it for the car just two weeks ago, when he left the headlights on and couldn’t start it. He also uses this battery charger for his zodiac and other power tools and equipment. Men love this gift – there are over 500 reviews on Amazon, and it’s got a five star rating. I think it’s the most boring birthday gift you could give a boyfriend turning 40, but men think differently than women. My husband loves his.

Happy 40th birthday ideas that involve his name

Here’s a gift giving tip from Catherine Strawn, on The Frisky:

In my experience, the best gifts are the ones that show you know the person, rather than this year’s ‘It’ item that everyone wants to get their hands on. The best gift I ever gave was when I took black and white photos of street signs with the names of me, my sisters, and my parents (i.e., Catherine Street, Barbara Avenue, etc.) and had them framed for my dad.


There are dozes of 40th birthday gifts you could engrave or stitch your boyfriend’s name on:

  • Silver watches
  • Chocolate M & M’s
  • A bouquet of birthday balloons
  • Cuff links
  • Photo frames
  • Leather briefcases
  • Bath towels
  • Coffee mugs
  • Beer steins
  • Any 40th birthday gift for boyfriends who tend to lose things

Wall art with your boyfriend’s name on it

happy 40th birthday ideas for boyfriends
“Happy 40th Birthday!” Ideas for Your Boyfriend

A Creative Letter Art – Personalized Framed Name Sign with Black & White Architectural Metal Alphabet Photographs is made of black and white architectural metal. It’s an alphabet photograph that spells out a name. This is a lovely birthday gift for boyfriends turning forty, especially if they have a strong attachment to their names.

For more ideas, read Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gifts for Women. Many of the gift ideas are 100% transferable to men, such as luxury silk pajamas and beautiful jewelry (cuff links might be a good 40th birthday idea for a boyfriend who wears suits to work).

An inflatable boat – a zodiac

40th birthday gifts for menMy father-in-law gave us his old zodiac (inflatable boat), and what a blast we have! It’s changed how we spend our weekends now; we go boating all the time. We’re thinking about buying an actual speedboat – being out on the water is that much fun. Of course, it helps to live in a coastal city. But even if you live inland, there are probably lots of lakes to explore.

An adventurous “Happy 40th Birthday!” idea for boyfriends who love the water is a boat. If your guy enjoys fishing, boating, exploring different lakes, or just floating on the water with a nice cold one, think about a Intex Mariner 4, 4-Person Inflatable Boat Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump. They just deflate and fit into a small container that a man can carry by himself. Since they’re a bit pricey – from $800 to $1,800 – a zodiac would be great group 40th birthday gift, from his family and friends.

An extreme sports experience – with a helmet camera

Here’s an idea for your boyfriend’s fortieth birthday from the Gift Ideas Muse: “Get him an experiential gift, such as driving a Nascar racing car or participating in some extreme event. Or get him tickets to an upcoming event he will go nuts over!” ~ 40th Birthday Gift Ideas.

boyfriend turning 40 gift ideasGive your boyfriend a GoPro HERO helmet camera if you think a good way to say Happy 40th Birthday to your boyfriend is an extreme sports experience. He’ll love watching the playback over and over, and it’ll give his friends and family a chance to experience what he did.



Think skydiving, hot air ballooning, sports fishing, a golfing weekend at a gorgeous resort, back country skiing, or even ultra light flying! Those are exciting ideas for saying “Happy 40th Birthday” to boyfriends who love adventure and thrills. Of course, if he’s into watching sports, he may love tickets to the playoffs….or even a Football Fanatic Sports Gift Basket.

Toilet seat lights – a prank 40th birthday gift for boyfriends

Here’s a 40th birthday gag gift for boyfriends, from Prank Ideas Central:

“If by his 40th birthday he still hasn’t learned to put the toilet seat down, this gag gift will remind him every time! Get him a set of bathroom toilet seat lights – when the toilet seat is up, the toilet bowl will be lit and only go off when the seat is down again. Attach a card saying you hope she can now avoid annoying fall-ins in the dark. This gag birthday gift will be hilarious.” ~ 40th Birthday Gag Gifts.

The best happy 40th birthday idea for boyfriends are experiences, not possessions. Read How to Find the Best Gifts for Boyfriends for inspiration!

A good leather wallet

gift ideas 40 year old boyfriendsOne of the best birthday gifts I ever gave my husband was a Bosca Old Leather Double ID Trifold Wallet. To be honest, I’m not sure if it was this exact brand of wallet — but I gave my husband a wallet eight years ago and he still uses it today. Practical ideas make sense to guys, as I mentioned earlier in this post about 40th birthday ideas for boyfriends.

If your boyfriend is depressed about turning forty, get him a funny t-shirt by CafePress that says “Damn, I make 40 look good!” It’ll cheer your boyfriend up, especially if you remind him that he looks good partly because he’s so lucky to have you in his life.

Here’s a “Happy Birthday” quip to put in your boyfriend’s birthday card – if you’re giving a gag gift: “Life begins on your 40th birthday. But so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.” ~ Helen Rowland.

What do you think of these birthday ideas and gifts for boyfriends turning forty? Comments welcome below…

“It took me 40 years to look this good.” May your boyfriend’s 40th birthday be happy, and may you find the perfect ideas for helping him celebrate turning forty!

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