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Many people (especially women!) dread hitting their 40th birthday. Some dread the onset of age-related changes while others mourn their youth. On the other hand, others relish in turning 40 and don’t see it as a death sentence in the slightest.

Whatever the feeling, of the person you’re buying for, is towards turning 40, here are a number of gift ideas you can choose from.

The Timeless

If you want to buy a sentimental gift for a woman turning 40, and something that she’ll cherish for years to come, why not buy her a necklace made of white gold or a beautiful ring? Inscribe it with a message that is personal to yours and her relationship so that every time she wears it, she’ll be reminded of the friendship that you share.

If you’re looking for a similar gift for a man, a watch is an incredibly good choice. Remember, though, to choose carefully as this is a gift that he will wear every single day. So, if he’s a sporty guy get him a watch with a diving face or a functional fitness smartwatch. If he’s more classic, opt for a watch that is inspired by the classic Cartier watches.

The Light-Hearted Side

If the person that you’re buying for has a great sense of humour and is in to literature, why not get a card in the vein of Dr Seuss’ book You’re only old once? This will be sure to a smile on their faces! But before you get a present like this, carefully consider the person. If they’re sensitive, they will probably react badly to a gift making fun of them.

40-Specific Present

There are loads of ideas for custom-made presents. For example, if the birthday boy/girl likes their wine, you could custom-make labels for their favourite bottle. Another idea is to get them a wine glass that you print specifically for them, with a message that they’ll treasure.

What’s quite popular is having a t-shirt printed which says ‘vintage’ and the year of their birth. Or, if they’re a history buff – and you want to do quite a thoughtful gift – you can get the front page of a well-known newspaper such as the New York Times from the day that they were born – reprinted so that they can see what was making headlines on that day.

Just For The Ladies

If you’re fresh out of ideas register right here for a fun break! Then, remember that you can never go wrong with buying a lady a spa treatment or two. The first prize is a massage as most ladies will be loathed to spend money on massages for themselves, so this will be a real treat.

Also, women usually have their own skincare – mani/pedi routine, so unless you know where they usually go, you could end up buying the wrong thing entirely. If you really want to hedge your bets, go for a gift voucher.

Turning 40 is a momentous occasion and needs to be celebrated appropriately. Make sure that you get the right gift so that the occasion can be one to remember.

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