Life begins at 40. Or so they say. But hey, if nothing else, the big four-o is an excuse to get lots of ‘hilarious’ cards and nice presents. The ‘nice presents’ bit is particularly fun, especially when it’s a personalised 40th birthday present. After all, we ought to make the most of being able to read – it might not be long before the cataracts kicks in.
So when it comes to 40th birthday presents, it’s important to get it right. A given, maybe, but also a potential minefield. It makes knowing your audience a must – T-shirts with an age-related gag should be approached with caution, while the insertion of a virility pill into a witty card also requires deft of touch. Ditto a set of bathroom scales for your sister-in-law. To help you negotiate these potential pitfalls, we’ve outlined a few ideas for 40th birthday presents that definitely won’t result is social castigation.
Let’s start with the guys. If the birthday boy is a footie fan, you’re sorted. You’ve got FA Cup Final DVDs, personalised dressing room prints, personalised magazine and matchday programme covers, and a legends’ wall calendar. But arguably the pick of the bunch are the football club books. A year-by-year account of the club’s history, they’re all made up of tabloid-sized reprints of the original newspaper coverage from the date, often going back to the early part of the 20th century. And to round things off in the modern era, each one includes all the reaction from the 2009/10 season.
Birthday girls, meanwhile, aren’t about to turn down a day of unadulterated pampering at a nearby spa. You can pick from any number of muscle-melting treatments and wraps that’ll have her feeling preened, steamed, cleaned and rejuvenated. Failing that, how about some personalised chocolate? You’ve got two options with this. Number one is a nice, big bar of milk chocolate featuring a funky personalised wrapper. Number two is to pick your own choices and name the box after the birthday gal, before registering it on the ‘Chocolate Foundation’ database.
And, of course, get online and you’ll also find a seemingly endless list of other possibilities, from special days out and personalised wine, to spoof newspaper covers and personalised diaries. It’s a sure-fire way of making sure the birthday goes down a storm… without a sideways glare in sight.