For women, turning 40 has often been related to trauma, depression, and the general taking stock of accomplishments, but turning 40 also brings about a whole lot of positives as well. Women become more confident, ditched guilt, improved their fitness routines, and learned how to speak up for once and for all.
This 40 is the new 30 concept seems a silly way of describing it, but in this day and age – those approaching 40 have learned to put themselves first.
We, women, dedicate our 20s and 30s to developing our careers, our families, our marriages, and our friendships.
A lot of effort, a lot of energy, and a lot of heart goes into all of it – as it should. We are building the foundation for our adult lives. We want friends to grab cocktails with, gab over Karen from the office, text memes on down days – but as we get older, we are looking for more quality over quantity. This means everything from our friends, our lifestyles, and the gifts – which we have stopped expecting to receive.
Modern ages have changed and we no longer shop for a thoughtful gift, wrap it beautifully and stick it in the mail with plenty of shipping time. Now we live in a world of Amazon direct ordering, gift cards, and just general “pressed-for-time but love you!” gifts, if anything.
I can speak from experience, my friends and I stopped exchanging gifts a long time ago. We pay each other’s bar tabs, we come over when you are sick or depressed or we schedule a trip after 10 years of being estranged and live off those memories for the next 10.
Well, with the advent of being home – all the time – and the amount of time we spend browsing on Amazon, there is no reason you can’t celebrate your coming-of-age friend’s milestone with a thoughtful gift. At 40, everyone has been through a whole lot. And realizing we’ve reached the hill is impactful no matter how you look at it.
So, if you have a female friend about to turn 40, congratulate her on her success, her wisdom, and the fact that she made it through a whole lot of crazy prior to this point. We’ve picked out some of the best gifts for 40-year-old women and here are our thoughtful recommendations!
- Massage Gun Deep Tissue Massager – $129.00
This percussion massager is perfect for the career-obsessed, overworked mom or the fitness junkie leveling up her physicality game.
This Mascarry Massager Gun can go up to 3,300 percussions per minute and can help relieve muscle stiffness and soreness, increase blood pressure, improve the overall health of the body’s soft tissues.
With six different heads, it can target each body part and provide instant relief, no matter the lifestyle. This is a gift your recipient can use on a daily and won’t ever stop loving you for it! It runs $129.00 on Amazon.
- Silk Bed Sheets – $399
Because you know she won’t buy them for herself and if anyone deserves it, it’s a woman who just turned 40. These ElleSilk sheets are 100 percent silk and are from the highest-grade mulberry silk. It’s a four-piece set that comes at a price, but your girl will have never slept so well in her life.
Silk’s natural temperature-regulating properties keep a sleeper comfortable in every season. It wicks away body moisture in summer and keeps you warm in winter. This set comes with multiple benefits – super soft, comfy, and smooth yet breathable, the best for skincare, anti-aging; anti-allergenic, and won’t shift. This is also perfect for allergy suffers.
Give your 40-year-old the luxury she deserves and shell out the $399.
Inspire the woman who inspires you! From Italian cooking to photography or mindfulness and meditation, this is the most unique gift you can find because your loved one can choose her own adventure based on her interests. MasterClass courses are taught by celebrities, scientists, novelists, athletes, artists and more – there is an abundance to learn and it can be done on one’s own schedule.
New classes are added each month and memberships start at only $15 per month. You can learn a positively immeasurable amount of things to learn and you can receive announcements from instructors in real-time. Students can’t stop raving about this experience.
Step into real-time and show your giftee how important she is to the world.
- Hello 4Heart T-Shirt – $13.69
Because how cute is this! For those that are really struggling with the number, the zero is turned into a heart, and voila! This woman won’t fear the new stage of her life.
If you’re planning on a road trip or a responsible and socially distanced get-together, get shirts for the whole gang! There are 38 colors to choose from and fans of this gift love how incredibly soft it is and what a great fit it is. Most say it’s true to fit and comes within a relatively quick shipment.
She may be vintage 1981, but she won’t feel like it in this adorable shirt that is $13.69.
She’s 40, of course, she is going to love and appreciate this! For the wine lover who wants to drink it or the nostalgic one who wants to keep it – this California Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and dry with a smooth finish. It’s etched, hand-painted, and incredibly thoughtful.
Turning forty won’t feel so traumatic with a great bottle of wine in hand! You can get her name and her birthday printed and it provides the perfect Insta photo opp. It’s thoughtful, it will be appreciated and it’s one of those things she will always hang on to. It’s $54.95 well spent.
- Birthstone Wishing Balls – $32.00
Reflecting is something your new 40-year-old friend is probably used to now. This wishing ball was created to capture a single wish, accomplishment, or meditation every week for the coming year.
Each shimmering ball of hand-blown glass comes with 52 tiny slips of paper to pause once a week throughout the year and record a message of hope or gratitude. Coil them up and tuck them in the tiny hole near the base and they become a permanent part of the display. Memories are always more beautiful than photographs, and the same is true of wishes.
When your friend looks at the little slips of paper accumulating in the Wishing Ball, the author can think about the big picture those messages convey. It comes in 12 colors and sells for $32.
- Personalized Print – $17.68
Old enough to know better, young enough to still do it! She’s earned her right to act how she pleases.
You can choose the outfits your illustrations are wearing along with hair color, hairstyle, and favorite drinks! If there is a 40-year-old bestie in your life, she will probably sob on receiving this. Now you can keep your memories and your lives timeless forever with these glamorous cartoon depictions.
At $17.68 this sucker is a steal!
If your friend or loved one is about to hit 40, know that she’s going through a lot – especially in an already tough period of time. Make the move, be extra thoughtful and scoop up one of these gifts that she is bound to love.