Birthdays are a universally accepted annual milestone. The more of these milestones are hit, the more people are expected to display wisdom and progress because of the continuously increasing wealth of experiences they will be exposed to. By the time a person gets to their 40th birthday, not only is this expectation looming, but there is also the “dreaded” concern about crossing the bridge from youth to seniority (especially since the crossing of said bridge may be physically manifesting).
What if we told you it doesn’t have to be that serious or intense and all you need to lighten the day is the right gift? Now that we have your interest, check out our list of 40th birthday gag gift ideas
Want to make someone laugh every time they will a glass with the beverage of their choosing? Look no further than this hilariously designed wine glass. Hinting at the fact that we can be forever 39, this glass does quite the impressive math equation, letting everyone know that the age of your gift recipient is equal to the sum of 39 and the value of a middle finger.
We are not particularly sure what that equates to, or even how to go about working that out but what we do know is that it makes for an excellent laugh.
If you know someone who’s turning forty, it’s time to give a sneak peak into what life is about to become with a hilarious spin. This paperback book hilariously spins perfectly realistic situations to allow those reaching the big 4-0 and those around them to laugh at what is about to become their plight.
With lines such as “A kid you once babysat for is now your lawyer”, it’s sure to be an interesting and hilarious read for your aging gift recipients (if they can find their glasses, of course).
Wherever there’s a group of people who come together for a cause, they get their own movement. There’s the Black Lives Matter and the All Lives Matter movement, but who’s looking out your aging friend? You know – that friend who’s about to cross the point of no return. Well, it’s time you step in to give a reminder that we care about our seniors too.
With a similar design to the shirts bearing messages for the aforementioned movements, remind your gift recipient that Old Lives Matter too and whose old life matters the most to you.
You know what your gift recipient can’t hold forever? Their bowel movements. What better time to remind someone of their four-decade existence than every single time they need to take a poop? Made from recycled paper, this entire roll of toilet paper has “Holy , You’re 40!” plastered on. Prepare to be the reason for a multitude of laughter erupting from the restroom on a regular basis.
We can’t decide which makes this funnier, the fact that this can never be unseen, or what is either the most disgusting or most ingenious pun ever (maybe both).
5. Soap Denture
This is the kind of gift that’s more effective if delivered in secret. Let’s set the scene here. Imagine your gift recipient needs to use the restroom. The regular routine of heading to the restroom is followed with the door locked behind. Then… there it is – the soap has been replaced by… dentures?
Both you and your recipient should get a real kick out of this one and a pretty great story to tell about the soap that looks like dentures (that is, until real ones become necessary).
As a gift giver to your friend of family member who we’ll describe as “vintage”, it’s important that you respect the fact that people of this age rarely use the word old and resolve to locate every single way known to man to avoid using the word. This is where you with your wit and heroism will step in and present the word “quadragenarian” which is a person who’s forty.
Now because you know at this age memory can be an issue, you will present this shirt as gift where the printed wording will ensure forgetting is not an option.
It’s important that you look out for the ones you care about that are about to go over the hill. While the power of youth has decided to leave them for greener pastures, they still have a life to live. That life involves tasks they must complete but will probably be too old to remember.
It’s important that you explain all of this as you deliver this gift, so the extent of your care is on full display with a hint of sarcasm and humor to boot. Laughter is truly the best medicine (though it can’t cure aging).
Being over the hill can be quite the experience. Things that the younger ones among us take for granted are soon to become agonizingly difficult tasks for someone you know hitting that 40th birthday. Luckily for that person, you have come up with the perfect pre-emptive solution to the problems to come with this survival kit.
Equipped with a spinner to help make decisions, a magnifying glass for basic sight, and quite the enormous pill keeper for all the meds about to be prescribed, the transition will be a hilarious and an easy one.
Like our choice for number 6, this gift puts a humorous spin on the “Straight Outta…” series of shirts. This shirt is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of new 40-year-olds as they are hilariously reminded that the days of being on the younger side of life (i.e., being in their thirties) are now a thing of the past.
Your gift recipient will at least crack a smile every time this shirt is pulled from the wardrobe as the memory of receiving the gift and its giver warmly resurface.
This one takes a bit of gaming background to understand so ensure that your gift recipient has some context or this one will fall flat. This one is just a set up for smiles and laughter as it treats aging as stages in a video game. With that being said, your over the hill friends or family members can take pride in the fact that they have “unlocked” level 40.
Let’s just hope that the levels after don’t feel dated and repetitive, shall we?
11. Wooden Sign
Remember when Snow White’s evil stepmom would ask the magic mirror on the wall who the fairest was in all the land? Well, we believe since that worked out for her in leading her to Snow White, a similar technique may work for helping those over the hill with some pressing matters.
With concerns about aches, pains, and an overall sense of feeling old, this gift dares to ask the question, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… What the Hell Happened?!”. Available in three colors, this handmade sign is guaranteed to bring the laughs.
Dr. Seuss is known for spawning quite a creative series of children’s books which are creatively worded. That skill has been taken even further for the older “Obsolete Children” as the title indicates. Giving this gift to someone who as recently turned 40 will have that person rolling with laughter while simultaneously feeling horror as the book does not let up with the jabs.
Of course, the signature Dr. Seuss illustration style is present in this book, so nothing is left to the imagination and all the horrors can be seen in living color.
13. Annoying Teddy
This gift borders on funny and annoying. Your aging gift recipient will sadly be misled to believe that a regular and wonderful teddy bear is being received, however, this is no regular bear. This is the Annoying Teddy which will butcher the “Happy Birthday” song as it sings away.
The unfortunate part for those who receive it, is that the teddy did not get the memo that the song is to be sung only once, and so it will go on non-stop for a full two hours, aging the recipient of the gift even further in the process.
14. Time Capsule
For entertainment at a 40th birthday celebration, this gift includes trivia playing cards to maintain all the excitement throughout. Once card is quite interesting as it reveals the reasons behind the inclusion of various items in the time capsule that can only be described as being questionable at best. Among these items are a Rubik’s Cube, a slinky, a mood ring, some marbles, and what we assume is a globe.
No doubt all the items have some historical significance, only to be understood by those of us who have been around long enough to understand it.
We hope that this list has made your decision about a 40th birthday present selection a synch, while appealing to not only your own sense of humor, but also that of your gift recipient. Remember, it’s only fun once it’s done respectfully and anything outside of that can be considered bullying. Who wants to be known as the person who bullied an aging citizen?