Mighty Life List
Apr 2 2009

40 Gift Ideas for your 40-Year-Old Guy

Lots of you are asking what was inside all of Bryan’s packages. Many of the coolest buyable items are things I’ve already listed on Mighty Goods, but here’s the whole set:

1. This (heavily coerced) video of Hank wishing Bryan a happy 40th birthday.
2. Firestarter
3. A secret naughty present
4 A utensil holder, because the one in our kitchen was driving him bonkers.
5. NPR Map
6. Red hoodie from Old Navy with a plaid pattern inside the hood
7. Wood box for his cufflinks
8. A software organizer (CD Case)
9. Abe Lincoln lapel pin
10. Poker Stationery
11. Shaving kit with a wooden box for soap and a wood-handled brush
12. Basic wallet
13. Mortar and Pestle
14. Eco shirt buttons
15. Christmas ornament from Austin

16 (and 17). Some commemorative photo mugs
18. The Dangerous Book for Boys
19. A framed family photo for his desk.
20. A planned date night with the sitter scheduled.
21. Fusion Wood Mini Chopper for our cheese board
22. Egg Poaching Cups
23. A mailbox key, because he lost his two years ago.
24. Special soft brown-sugar licorice
25. Tinysaur
26. An afternoon off from baby care so he can go see a movie. (Wish I’d had time to include a movie ticket in this, but alas.)
27. An afternoon off from baby care so he can go read at a bar.
28. Another secret.
29. A box for work filled with snack oddities from Chinatown.
30. Pure Drivel by Steve Martin
31. Snake River Stampede Rye Whiskey
32. San Francisco in the Fog notecards
33. Bamboo cheese board
34. A trio of mustards and a small stick of salami.
35. Stomp Rocket Junior Glow Kit
36. A trio of hot sauces
37. BBQ sauce
38. Presidents: Fandex Family Field Guides with Obama!
39. A book about sign language

40 Gift Ideas for Your 40-Year-Old Guy | Mighty Girl

40. This tiny book filled with the 40 things I love about him.

Whew. If you’re looking for more ideas, go to the View by Price section on Mighty Goods. There are lots of options under $25.

21 Responses to “40 Gift Ideas for your 40-Year-Old Guy”

  • M Says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • sevedra Says:

    Those are some beautiful and inspired gifts! I am going to start a list of things for my husband’s next birthday. I have until january, thank gos, because I can’t do anything in a timely manner.

  • Carissa at Bratique Helene Says:

    I am glad you wrote those 40 things down for him in a keepsake edition.

    I didn’t want those to go fleeting by.

  • Becky Says:

    These are incredibly thoughtful — amazing. What was the sign language book? I’m interested because I’m currently studying to be a psychologist for the Deaf and am attending a Deaf university next year for my degree, so I’m always trying to find interesting books on the subject.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Wonderful and inspired! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Laurie Says:

    To know each other so mutually well and to enjoy each other so much, that’s the gift. The list rocks, nonetheless. All the best.

  • Kristina Says:

    My sister did this for me when I turned 40 last year! She wrapped each item and shipped them from LA to Houston. But I got things like tums and Depends diapers along with hot lingerie and a beautiful teak jewelry box. It’s such a great idea! I’m already collecting things for her 40th!

  • Nichole Says:

    This is such a nice idea. You’re a sweetheart.

  • Auntie Yolanda Says:

    Happy Birthday, Brian. It looks like it was a special one. Little Hank is soooo beautiful!

  • Ryan Says:

    Awesome. Thanks Maggie! Now, can we see his resume?

  • Maggeh Says:

    Becky, the book was just a dictionary of signs. Nothing spectacular.

  • Broke-Ass Bride Says:

    This website is so inspiring and fun – how’ve I not found you before?!? Great gifts, and great idea!

  • Sarah Brown Says:

    Oh Hank, Hank, Hank!

  • Franca Bollo Says:

    Maggeh … you make meh tired. Well done, nonetheless.

  • Theresa Says:

    You rock – fabulous list, great ideas for when my man turns 40 (I’m definitely permalinking this entry!). Bryan is lucky to have you. Plus you make cute kids too :)

  • Morgan Says:

    Hank is a doll and so are you! Oh my gosh. I would like to get a package with even one or two of these things in there!! I love this list, it’s fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. =)


  • BOSSY Says:

    Beautiful. Beautiful. x 40 Beautiful.

  • spandrel studios Says:

    What thoughtful ideas… I’m also in awe of your penmanship!

  • Being a man and turning 40 « Dog-eared page Says:

    […] 8, 2009 · 6 Comments Reading this, I saw some nifty ideas for gifts for a guy’s 40th birthday. Not that Iparticularly want them for myself, but I think that for those of you fretting over what to do for someone, this might be a nice way to start. […]

  • sara Says:

    This is LOVE.Wow!

  • far out brussel sprout Says:

    Umm any chance of a girl 21st list? My sister’s is coming up this weekend…..

    Oh and today is my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary…..

    No pressure.