23 of the Best 40th Birthday Gifts for Your Husband

These wow-worthy gifts are just right for the big 4-0.
Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gifts for Your Husband
Photos, from clockwise: Uncommon Goods, Cozy Earth, Go Ahead Tours, ChicMakings
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Christin Perry
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Christin Perry
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Updated Nov 22, 2023
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Turning forty is a huge milestone in life, so if your husband hits the big 4-0 this year, it's time to get shopping! When considering a birthday gift for your husband on his fortieth, your options are pretty much limitless—but you definitely want to make sure to choose something truly special. Whether you splash out on a weekend trip to somewhere on his bucket list or opt for something small and meaningful, it's all about making him feel loved and celebrated.

Not sure what to get for a 40th birthday gift for your husband? We're here to help! Below, we've rounded up some great gift options for all sorts of budgets. Be sure to browse to find a gift your hubs will love.

1. Boozy Shadow Box

Personalized shadow box for your wine corks from HomeWetBar on Etsy
Photo: HomeWetBar

If he enjoys fine wine and loves collecting it, this shadow box is a great 40th birthday gift idea for your husband. The wall-mountable box is framed in black, with his last name emblazoned on the back of the display, which is perfect if you're looking for a personalized gift for your husband. A durable acrylic front and ample depth work together to provide the ideal way for him to collect special corks from his favorite wines or sipping occasions.

2. Tactical Flashlight

Tactical flashlight from Amazon
Photo: Amazon

Perhaps your husband is the practical type who would enjoy a useful gift for his fortieth. If so, this tactical flashlight makes a top-notch gift idea. It shines a powerful 2000 lumens (competitive with much more expensive brands in this space) and boasts a long battery life, complete with a USB-C charging port. He can even choose from three modes (momentary, constant and strobe) to illuminate everything from his next hunting outing to an evening walk with the dog.

3. Custom Cornhole

personalized corn hole game from TailgatingPros on Etsy
Photo: TailgatingPros

Cornhole has become a favorite backyard game for families, which is why we've included this stunning, handcrafted cornhole set on our list. These regulation-size boards are hand-painted in a variety of different flag options and come with bean bags for two-team play, along with a handy carrying case to stow the bean bags when not in use. Challenge your hubby to a game to break in his new 40th birthday gift or surprise him with this set during a party in his honor.

4. Dart Board Cabinet

Dart board cabinet from Amazon
Photo: Amazon

Looking for a 40th birthday gift for a husband who claims he wants nothing? This dart board set is sure to change his mind. A durable, steel-framed 18-inch dart board is encased in a beautiful wooden cabinet, complete with wall mounting hardware. The board is made of high-density sisal fiber that's meant to last for game after game without creating holes, and the staple-free bullseye prevents bounce-outs.

5. Tavern Sign

Customized Tavern sign from TailoredCanvases
Photo: TailoredCanvases

This rustic-style sign is the perfect addition to his man cave or at-home bar and makes such a unique 40th birthday gift for your husband. It proudly displays his last name and looks just like something you'd see on the wall of an authentic tavern. Choose from a variety of different sizes and unlimited personalization options.

6. Smart Wallet

smart wallet 40th birthday gift for your husband
Photo: Ekster

This carbon fiber smart wallet from Ekster is all about convenience. All it takes is a click of a button to fan out all of his cards for easy access. And with an expandable metal backplate, he'll be able to stow up to 12 cards while keeping a super-slim profile. No more bulky wallets!

7. Whiskey Decanter

Personalized whiskey decanter set with glasses
Photo: ChicMakings

Elevate his whiskey experience with this handsome glass whiskey decanter with a map of the world carefully etched into the side. An elegant wooden holder allows him to gently turn the globe to swirl his libation before pouring. It's a unique 40th birthday gift for a husband who loves to tell stories of his travels over a snifter of the good stuff.

8. Bespoke Body Wash

Molton Brown body wash set for the best 40th birthday gift for your husband
Photo: Molton Brown

This body wash trio from upscale men's brand Molton Brown makes a great 40th birthday gift for your husband. This luxurious gift set will keep him sudsing in stylish aromas all year long. It includes three full-size bottles of the brand's iconic scents: Black Pepper, Coastal Cyprus and Dark Leather.

9. Cozy Slippers

Cozy UGG slippers for the best 40th birthday gifts
Photo: Amazon

This pair of 100% leather slippers is a useful gift to wrap up if you're on the hunt for 40th birthday gift ideas for your husband. A soft upper body features an attractive braided design for added style, while the inside boasts plenty of warm, cozy wool that wicks moisture and prevents his feet from overheating (hint: no more sweaty, stinky feet!). Best of al, a rugged rubber sole means he can easily slip these on to grab the mail or take the dog out. Choose from a variety of colors in whole sizes only.

10. Stylish Sneakers

Adidas Gazelle black and white sneakers from Nordstrom
Photo: Nordstrom

He's only 40, so chances are your husband still wants to keep up with the current fashion trends, especially when he's hanging with friends or running errands around town. On this milestone birthday, give him the gift of timeless style with a pair of the iconic Adidas Gazelle sneakers. Choose from a variety of color options—think black, cream and burgundy—to suit his day-to-day style.

11. Plush Pullover

Cozy hoodie for the best 40th birthday gifts for your husband
Photo: Cozy Earth

If it's a luxurious 40th birthday gift for your husband that you're seeking, look no further than this insanely soft hoodie. Made from a blend of cotton and bamboo fibers, this hoodie will keep him warm in the cold without feeling heavy and bulky. The smooth finish lends a polished look, and it's available in a ton of handsome colors, too. Encourage him to pair it with jeans or sweatpants—either way, he'll look (and feel) like a million bucks.

12. Bucket List Adventure

Adventure awaits with Go Ahead Tours
Photo: Go Ahead Tours

Speaking of luxurious gifts, why not mark this milestone year by checking off a bucket list trip with your person? This Costa Rican rainforest tour, courtesy of Go Ahead Tours, takes you to both sides of the country, where you'll explore rainforests and see wildlife you've only dreamed about. It's an unforgettable 40th birthday gift for your husband that he'll never stop talking about.

13. Waffle Weave Robe

Waffle weave comfy bathrobe from Brooklinen
Photo: Brooklinen

Lightweight and absorbent, this unisex waffle robe is made of 100% Turkish cotton for a worn-in feel that gets softer with every wash. Available in white along with two handsome gray hues, this robe features a tie waistband and oversized pockets to stash any belongings that he needs close by while he's getting ready or hanging around the house.

14. Rowing Machine

Rowing machine for the best 40th birthday gifts
Photo: Amazon

This year on his birthday, your husband might be feeling the pressures of midlife. Help him get into the routine of regular exercise by gifting him this at-home rower from Sunny Health & Fitness. The compact machine (it can be folded up to lean against the wall!) delivers a true-to-life rowing experience thanks to a unique combination of magnetic and water resistance. The optional app features several different workouts he can follow.

15. DIY Hot Sauce Kit

Deluxe hot sauce making kit
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If he's a fan of spice and heat, your husband is sure to love receiving this make-your-own hot sauce kit for his 40th birthday. It's complete with everything he needs to experiment and create his own spicy concoctions, including instructions, jars with caps, spices and herbs.

16. Record Player

Record player for all your favorite tunes from Amazon
Photo: Amazon

Looking for a 40th birthday gift for your husband that's the epitome of vintage cool? Wrap up this record player which will finally allow him to play all those vinyls he's collected over the years. The best part? This one boasts features true vintage record players don't have, like USB connectivity and wireless output. This one's sure to be a hit—pun intended!

17. Smart Sweat System

Tonal at home exercise system
Photo: Tonal

Bring the gym to your living room when you opt for the Tonal Workout System as a 40th birthday gift for your husband. This revolutionary setup is the newest in a line of innovative smart workout products, providing your favorite fitness fan with more than 170 exercises while taking up (almost) zero space in your home. The wall-mounted system features steel arms that adapt as you get stronger and a glass touchscreen display. When it comes to luxurious 40th birthday gifts for your husband, this showstopper has to be on your list.

18. Portable Speaker

portable speaker for the best 40th birthday present
Photo: Amazon

This little speaker may not look mighty, but it's a total workhorse when it comes to blasting out crystal-clear tunes. Portable and waterproof too, this gadget features JBL's dependable sound quality and Bluetooth capability. It's perfect for use by the pool, in the garage or even on the golf course. You can choose from a ton of different colors, too.

19. Active Jacket

Comfortable jacket for your husband on his 40th birthday
Photo: Amazon

This do-it-all jacket is one of our favorite 40th birthday gift ideas for your husband, simply because it's so incredibly versatile. He can wear it with slacks when he heads to work or throw it on to get the yard work done on a chilly weekend. Available in six classic Carhartt colors (all of which coordinate with the brand's iconic beanie hats, by the way), this jacket features Thinsulate insulation for added warmth, a generously sized hood and attractive cuff detailing at the wrists and waist.

20. Nature-Inspired Flame

Natural park inspired candle flame
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Bring the scents of America's iconic national parks home to his desk or office when you gift him one of these cool national park candles from Uncommon Goods. If he has a favorite park where he loves to hike, bike or simply take in the scenery, this candle is sure to take him there when he can't make it in person. Each candle features soy wax with a balsa wood wick and burns up to 45 hours.

21. Birthday Tee

Level 40 Unlocked birthday t-shirt
Photo: Amazon

This fun birthday tee features a vintage video game controller and states "Level 40 Unlocked" for a tongue-in-cheek nod to this milestone birthday. It's a great option if you're looking for an inexpensive 40th birthday gift for your husband or something for him to rock while out for birthday brunch with the fam. Available in a bunch of different background colors, this tee is one he'll reach for over and over, especially if he was a gamer growing up (or if he still is!).

22. One-of-a-Kind Mug

One-of-a-Kind Mug from Arhaus
Photo: Arhaus

If you're looking for a unique 40th birthday gift for your husband, add these artisan mugs to your shopping list. This unique set is handcrafted by Portuguese artists, and each mug features a bespoke glaze and shape for a slightly different (but still cohesive!) look.

23. Stylish Timepiece

handsome fossil watch for your husband on his 40th birthday
Photo: Macy's

An attractive watch may be just the thing your husband is hoping for on his 40th birthday. We love this matte black beauty from Fossil, with a reasonable price tag and an upscale vibe. The monochromatic 44-millimeter face features multifunctional dials and a snap closure provides a secure fit. It's the perfect nod to the passing of time—and all the wonderful years ahead.

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