Sometimes it can be hard to find the right gift for a loved one, especially if they have an extensive wish list and live in an apartment where space is limited. In fact many wives will say that they don’t want anything for their 40th birthday. However, it’s still a special day that should be celebrated.
We’ve compiled a list of the best 40th birthday gift ideas for wives. The list includes the classic favorite gift items for women, including jewelry, travel accessories, and personalized items; but we’ve also included a number of unique gift options that we think she will love.
1. I Love You Necklace With Preserved Real Red Rose
This is a beautifully designed, sterling silver necklace for your wife. This pendant is filled with the words “I LOVE YOU” and a tiny gold heart. On the back of the necklace, an inscription reads: “GIFT FROM HUSBAND” I hope you like it! The pendant comes in a beautiful box, which also acts as a protective case.
The outside of the box has a scratch-resistant film to help maintain its appearance. The gift arrives in a pretty, pink, satin bag with a tag on it. The inside of the box contains an information card about the product and a care sheet to keep the necklace in proper shape. This beautiful piece is a perfect 40th birthday gift for your wife.
2. Engraved Wooden Gift Set
The set includes an engraved wooden box, complete with a leisure stand! The romantic style of this beautiful art piece will speak to her heart. Considering the high-quality materials used in its construction and the expertly handcrafted engraving, it’s quite reasonably priced.
A sophisticated and delicate touch sets this item apart. Its organic wooden look and feel is something every woman will love. The heart-shaped box’s “honeycomb” lattice pattern provides a firm foundation and adds to its exceptional visual appeal. The box alone offers a wonderful visual experience.
The natural timber gives it a polished, aged look; and the handcrafted engravings make it a suitable symbol of your love for her.
3. Fun Wine Gift
They say ladies love a trio of roses. But if you want to dazzle your loved one with a gift that’s even sweeter and sexier than red roses (and tastes better), then a set of quality wines are a perfect choice. It’s no secret that women love wine, and it’s just as obvious that their partners want to give them something nice on their birthday.
These wines come beautifully boxed and arrive within a few days of being ordered. The crisp Sauvignon Blancs and the Pinot Noir will make her taste buds dance and keep her intoxicated with your love on her special day.
4. Beautiful Rose Gold Mirror
A rose gold mirror is a perfect gift for any lady that appreciates symbolism and beauty. With gleaming hues — which are reminiscent of blood-red petals in full bloom — this signature piece will stand out no matter where it is placed in your home or office space. Your sweetheart is likely to love this beautiful rose gold mirror.
Its intricate carving of roses make it a stunning addition to her dressing table or vanity. This mirror is a gift that will be cherished and appreciated for many years.
The mirror is also personalized with a delicately engraved nameplate, letting her know that the gift has been made just for her.
5. Modern Serving Cheese Platter Set
The stainless steel Serving Cheese Platter Set will please and impress any woman. It has been made with high-quality materials that will make her work in the kitchen enjoyable. The sleek and stylish cutlery knife set is the perfect gift for any housewife or cooking enthusiast.
Each knife has been specifically designed for optimal balance and a comfortable grip. This set comes with 4 different knives — 2 large knives, 1 carving knife, a utility knife — and 4 magnetic slotted handles.
6. Specialized Tealight Candle Holders
If your wife wants a romantic and personal birthday gift that is creative, unique, and handmade for her 40th birthday, then she will love these Tealight Candle Holders. A great wooden candle holder makes a delightful and special gift for your wife in honor of her birthday.
The holders are adorned with an engraved, inspirational quote that will stir her heart with passion and romance. These words of love and wisdom will remind your wife how much you love her.
7. A Refillable Travel Journal Diary
This pocket journal with a durable cover is ideal for anyone looking to keep their thoughts, poetry, or dreams alive. With the included pen and card slot, it offers the perfect solution for anyone who needs to express themselves or keep track of events during their travels or everyday life.
Made of 100% recycled paper, engraved with soy ink, and equipped with a cellphone and card slot, this diary has everything your wife needs to chronicle her day or record her thoughts. And it looks beautiful!
8. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a great 40th birthday present for your wife. She’ll be able to make her breakfast sandwich with up to 3 different types of bread slices and 2 types of delicious, high-quality egg patties. Just preheat the maker, add the bread or bagel slices, top it off with her favorite fillings, and cook them until they’re crispy!
The sandwich maker comes with removable plates for making and serving delicious breakfast sandwiches in jiffy. It’s designed with a nonstick, dishwasher-safe cooking surface to make cleanup easier. This gift is perfect for those who like their egg and cheese sandwich made in a special way but who don’t want to spend hours making their dream breakfast sandwich.
9. Royal Gift Basket
A Royal Gift Basket is the perfect gift for a 40th birthday present! The Royal Birthday Gift Basket includes an assortment of soaps, a set of candles from the gift collection at Caceres & Co., a boxed set comprising an elegant diary for taking notes, and other delights. If you want to give your flawless wife something truly special this year, this is the perfect 40th birthday gift.
10. Anne Klein Women’s Bangle Watch and Bracelet Set
There is never a bad time to show your wife how much you love her. And what better way to do so than with this gorgeous Anne Klein watch and bracelet set? Gift her with this stunning bling that features a black glossy dial, gold-tone hands, and an enamel inlay on the bangle.
You’ll be making one fashionable lady very happy! An Anne Klein watch and bracelet set will make the perfect birthday gift for your wife. She’ll love the classic design and how it will match any outfit. So make her happy by choosing this amazing set for her 40th birthday.
11. High-Quality Wine Tumbler
Whether your wife is connoisseur or a wine novice, these tumblers will delight her and keep her comfortable while she enjoys the company of friends and family over a glass of wine.
The glasses are the perfect size for travel but also have an elegant, classy design that will fit any decor. So, whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea or just want to spoil your wife with something new this year, these tumblers are a must-have!
12. Skechers BOBS Women’s Keepsakes
Adapt to the changing seasons with these ice angel slippers for your wife. It will keep her feet warm and cozy during the frigid winter months. The outer material is made from faux fur, so it will also look stylish when she wears them to a holiday party. And best of all, these women’s keepsakes are available in two sizes: one for average adults and another for those with petite feet.
Although a little pricey, these slippers will be a total lifesaver for any woman who’s on their feet all day. This is the best 40th birthday gift for your wife, as it comes with a soft and cuddly slipper that has an exterior mesh that allows maximum airflow throughout the body.
13. Shiatsu Neck Massager
When you’re planning a 40th birthday gift for your wife, picking out one that’s useful is always the best idea. This neck, shoulder, and back massager has ten levels of warmth and intensity, so you can find the perfect comfort level for every occasion.
It has 2 speeds to choose from and 2 direction controls that enable you to give your wife a deep tissue treatment. The design is ergonomic with an easy-grip handle for control and comfort. It’s designed to help loosen tight and stressed muscles in the neck and shoulders. It also has a heat function to soothe tired muscles after a long day at work.
14. Dancing Crystal Heart Cross Necklace
This luxurious and beautiful necklace is a fantastic birthday gift for your wife. The necklace can be personalized with a name, date, and short message on the elegant matte black backplate of the box. The 12″ size is perfect for casual wear, while the 16″ size looks great layered with longer necklaces.
The necklace features a 3/4 inch pave cubic zirconia stone surrounded by sparkling round cubic zirconia stones, creating a diamond-studded look that will make her feel special. The necklace includes an 18 inch delicate cable chain with a lobster claw clasp closure.
15. Nixplay 10.1-inch Smart Digital Photo Frame with WiFi
For many, digital photo frames are just a place to display pictures from our smartphones or tablets. That’s not the case with this particular model. This smart digital photo frame features wireless connectivity and cloud storage using secure, encrypted servers.
The device supports a built-in calendar for scheduling appointments and events as well as an Android smartphone app that allows you to view your photos in 3D! It also connects with WiFi easily.
You can take advantage of its capabilities wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable if your WiFi connection isn’t working properly or if you want to save on data costs by not connecting wirelessly.
16. Assorted Tea Bag Sampler – 8 Tea Flavors
This is the best gift for your wife who loves tea! Oprah’s Favorites Tea is a fabulously fragrant blend of lavender, lemongrass, sage, and chamomile. Its mellow invigorating flavor will enchant anyone who ventures into your tea cupboard. These are packed with high-quality tea leaves that you can use to make an endless supply of delicious teas.
The set includes award-winning black, green, and herbal teas packed in gorgeous vacuum-sealed packaging that comes with beaded tassels and velvet ribbons to make it extra fancy.
17. Neaticoo Handmade Preserved Flowers 3 Red Rose in Musical Box
With this elegant musical box with three preserved roses, you’ll make her birthday extra special. It features 3 red roses and a photo frame design – beautifully handcrafted to celebrate their most special day of the year. A sweet, beautiful birthday gift that holds a surprise inside. This is an original gift that she’ll remember forever. The elegant floral design will bring happiness to your wife on her big 4oth birthday. Surprise her with an unforgettable and lasting token of your love!
18. Waneway 12-Inch Screen Makeup Mirror with 24 LED Lights
A makeup mirror is one of the most important tools for women. And women have been watching and waiting for a makeup mirror that works like an app. This 12-Inch Screen Makeup Mirror with touch dimmable memory function has 360-degree free rotation!
It features a built-in stand and provides a memory dimming system that ensures your wife will always get the flawless look she deserves. Its 1x magnification will give her clear images on the screen, even in hard-to-reach corners. Your wife will love this gift!
19. Ceramic Mug Set with Words “Blessed & Grateful”
This ceramic mug set features the words “blessed” and “grateful” on opposite sides, so she can bring some serenity into work with a cup of coffee or tea. This set comes with 2 mugs in an array of colors and designs that are sure to please any wife.
The mugs are dishwasher safe and chip-resistant, so they’ll last a lifetime! These ceramic mugs will make the perfect gift for any wife on her 40th birthday. You can’t go wrong in choosing this present as it’s both thoughtful and useful.
20. Ultra-Soft Micro Light Weight Warm Bed Plush Throw Blanket
This warm and cozy throw blanket is a gift your wife will love and appreciate. With a soft microfiber fabric, this soft cozy oversized blanket will provide warmth and comfort while being both luxurious and useful. Measuring 97 x 150 inches, the blanket can easily cover all body parts without making them feel too hot or too cold. The soft, luxurious microfiber fabric is made of 90% polyester and 10% cashmere and has 4 layers of filling. It is machine washable, so it’s easy to wash. Your wife will love the warmth and coziness of this throw blanket!
21. COACH Signature PVC Leather Corner Zip Wristlet
If your wife is a touch on the traditional side but still likes to look modern, then this purse is perfect for her. It will blend in well with her professional attire and is stylish enough to wear out on the town. And at such an affordable price, you can make her happy without breaking the bank. She’ll be able to carry everything she needs with this stylish wristlet. With a zip pocket and a zip-off design, this wristlet keeps everything in place!
22. Solar Hummingbird Wind Chimes Outdoor/Indoor
These Handmade Solar Hummingbird Wind Chimes are beautiful and will last a lifetime. With their magical light-up ability and an amazing solar-powered design, these wind chimes are sure to bring a smile to your wife’s face on her 40th birthday.
Not only will they bring sound and color into your life but also light! What more could you ask for? These Solar Hummingbird Wind Chimes are made using quality materials with one hundred percent attention to detail on each piece. You can be assured that this quality product will last through all seasons.
23. Barnett’s Chocolate Cookies Birthday Gift Basket
We all want the best for our wives and these chocolate cookies are a must-have for any married guy. Barnett’s Chocolate Cookies has been synonymous with high-quality chocolates for over 75 years! This gift basket includes a variety of chocolate cookies in dark varieties and topped with specialty sauces that can make even the most creative cook’s mouth water! Plus, it comes in an adorable wooden basket and is complete with nuts and dried fruits. This is one present that your wife will enjoy every day.
24. Rose Flower Inside Glass Dome With Lighting
Love will be in the air with this stunning rose flower birthday gift. This Glass Rose Flower Gift Box is an elegant and thoughtful way to celebrate your spouse’s 40th birthday. Created by world-renowned Dutch floral designer, Piet Oudolf, this gorgeous arrangement of a long stem diamond rose, illuminated with a cascade of sparkling clear crystals and ribbon, is sure to please your wife no matter how many decades you’ve been together!
The color symbolizes love and romance, making it a perfect choice for every occasion. In addition, this beautiful glass rose flower features an LED lit, color-changing interior. This pink and gold-colored rose flower comes packaged in a high-quality crystal clear gift box with colorful lighting.
25. Set Of Cute Succulent Planters
Decorative succulent planters make the best birthday gift for any wife who is turning 40. These are thoughtful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. They are also perfect for any occasion – from Mother’s Day to Christmas or just as a general “thinking of you” present (which they secretly love).
She will love how cute these little planters look on her kitchen countertop with some fresh herbs filling up the gaps. These planters are pre-made and securely set in foam. This means there will be no glue or sticky residue left on your beautiful present after she opens it. The design is made complete with small drainage holes in the base. With sizes starting at 4″ wide, these are an excellent birthday gift for the woman in your life.
26. LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set 12 USA Made Fizzies
A handmade birthday gift for your wife is the perfect way to show her how much you care. Whether you’ve been married for a few days or decades, the sentiment is always appreciated. She’ll love it! These bath bombs are a great gift for your wife because they smell amazing, leave the skin feeling soft after bathing, and will make her not only feel clean but refreshed. They are also functional and relaxing in their own right because of the soothing colors that fizz and dissolve in water. This is the best birthday gift idea ever because it’s unexpected, beautiful, and unique.
27. You are My Sunshine Music Box
This music box is perfect for your wife’s birthday or any occasion. The hand-cranked mechanism uses a wire to wind up the spring. This is a special and sentimental gift that she will love. The music box plays the song “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” by Margaret Whiting and features hand-painted details on all four sides. The round knob at the back of the music box will allow you to change songs or turn them off.
28. Exquisitely Crafted Two Large Cups & Spoons Set
The one thing your wife needs to make her coffee or tea-time experience complete is this set of two mugs and two spoons. These are not like your average dishes. They are made with high-quality ceramic with a liquid-proof glaze and can withstand the hottest temperatures.
They’re also chip-resistant and scratch-resistant, so she won’t have to worry about them breaking as she moves them around on the table or counter. These mugs hold 16oz each and both come packaged in an elegant white box that is wrapped with a beautiful metallic ribbon.
29. Humble Chic Simulated Diamond Long Earrings
Every woman deserves to feel special on their birthday. If your wife is a jewelry lover, you can’t go wrong with a pair of exquisite Diamond Long Earrings from Cubic Zirconia. These are a great gift idea for a birthday present.
This is an ultimate good luck gift that will make her look and feel stunning — whether she’s wearing it to a cocktail party or to a classy restaurant. These diamond long hoop earrings will be admired and loved by your wife forever.
30. Cryptex Da Vinci Mini Cryptex Lock Puzzle Box
This elegant puzzle box contains a secret. And the time-honored design makes it a timeless heirloom. Featuring a unique, patent-pending design, this new and ingenious lockbox offers an exciting and challenging way to keep your most prized possessions secret.
The Cryptex Puzzle is made of handcrafted Canadian Maple and comes in two sizes: small (3.75″ x 3.75″ x 2″) and large (4.25″ x 4.25″ x 2.5″). With 6 hidden chambers, there are more than 30,000 possible combinations for your wife to try, making it an exciting gift for her 40th birthday!
31. Thoughtful Engraved Keychain
This keychain is an excellent way to let her know how much she means to you while giving her a gift she will use every day. This thoughtful present is the best way to show your appreciation and love for her. To make a lasting impression, this personalized keychain is made of stainless steel material. In addition to being durable, it’s non-allergenic. You can even show her how much she means to you by composing a poem or a special message.
32. 3D Laser Crystal Rose Flower
Gift your loved one with a 3D Laser Crystal Rose Flower made by K9 Crystal. This flower is unique, as it contains several different colors of LED light. With the amazing packing box matched with engraved ornamentation and elegant design, this is undoubtedly one of the classiest gifts on our list. Giving a 3D crystal rose is not only great as a birthday gift, but also as a housewarming gift for any wife. The unique and thoughtful crystal laser rose flower will definitely make her day!
33. Neaticoo Handmade Preserved Rainbow Rose
This is a gift that is not only thoughtful but also beautiful to behold. The color and shape of this rose were created by placing a rose in an airtight container. It’s as if it never even wilted!
The retro-designed metal case keeps dust and bugs from entering the box. This Preserved Rainbow Rose is completely natural and hand-crafted in a lab. For the person who loves life and can’t wait to see what happens next, this is the perfect gift!
34. Velour Scalloped Texture Bath Robe
Give your loved one something she’ll never forget. The Kimono Robe will keep her cozy and fashionable for years. The soft velour fabric is luxuriously smooth to the touch and the delicate pattern is feminine without being too girly. Your wife will look good and feel great in this robe. It comes in petite or plus sizes and fits any figure. She will look amazing in it and feel so comfortable!
35. Artificial Red Rose with Necklace in 100 Languages
This delicate necklace hidden below an artificial rose with a gold chain and a heart-shaped pendant is the perfect luxurious 40th birthday gift for your wife. It’s not too expensive but has the elegant look that can only be described as ladylike. The necklace will make her feel loved, because she knows you had it made specifically for her. It’s made from high-quality imported materials in Thailand and Japan and crafted by highly skilled specialists.
36. Funny Socks With Cute Novelty Cupcake Packaging
There’s no better pair of socks than fluffy pink ones. Just slip them on to ensure that you can keep up with the one you love! Socks are a must-have for everyone in any season. These fluffies come in sizes 6-10 and are a perfect addition to any outfit!
Plus these socks feature nonslip material on the bottom, which helps to keep your wife safe (and not just warm and cozy). They come with a variety of patterns, including polka dots and snowflakes. They also come in a wide range of colors, including pink, black and gray. They would make a perfect birthday gift for your beloved wife!
37. Engraved Night Light
This simple, personal gift will help brighten her room at night. The engraved night light comes in two sizes — 7 inches and 10 inches. Made from premium materials and high-quality parts, it creates a warm, soft, dreamlike atmosphere (without producing a glare).
Laser engraving technology is used to make it personalized for your wife! And you don’t need to worry about it getting scratched or discolored, because it’s made of frosted glass material which is scratch-resistant and durable. This unique lamp can be used as a scented night light or a decorative table lamp.
38. Personalized Initial Canvas Beach Bag
What better gift to give your wife than a personalized bag that came completely from your imagination! This Personalized Initial Canvas Monogrammed Tote Bag is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags that will always be handy. And it comes in many different colors and designs.
Equipped with a PE cushion pad, the bag stands upright. On top of that, it’s made from 100% 13oz natural cotton canvas. This personalized gift is perfect for any wife who loves visiting the beach and enjoying the precious moments of life.
39. Cleverfy Aromatherapy Shower Steamers Pack
If you really want something that is special and thoughtful, take a look at this 6 pack of aromatherapy steamers. The sponge-free design makes these easy to use and just as safe for septic systems.
Each package includes 1 floral swirl, 1 wild orchid body polish, 1 spruce forest scent to help unwind after a long day at work, 2 lavender energy boosters to help with fatigue and focus, and 2 relaxing peppermint feet soak bombs that soak away the stress of everyday life. For added pleasure, she can try pairing the aromas with some candles! These are vegan-friendly products — perfect for the woman committed to a healthy lifestyle.
40. Koolaburra by UGG Women’s Victoria Tall Fashion Boot
These women’s boots are incredibly stylish and comfortable to wear. The upper material is made from faux suede with a sheepskin lining that keeps feet warm and dry while allowing moisture released during the outside weathering process to be absorbed through the material’s pores. The lining is also very soft and comfortable on the feet.
A tough molded EVA midsole, combined with a shock-resisting rubber outsole that offers excellent traction on different surfaces, makes them durable and ideal for walking on any terrain. The bottom of each boot is also decorated with an attractive and colorful pattern.
41. Lovebox Black & White
The Lovebox Black & White Personalised Birthday Gift combines an app that sends a virtual rain of hearts back to the sender with a gift box containing an exclusive design by Lovebox.
The personalized birthday message tells the recipient how much they’re loved and is beautifully packaged in luxurious black tissue paper. Putting these two elements together creates a gift that will exceed your wife’s expectations and put a smile on her face.
42. Ekouaer Silk Pajamas Gift Set Women 7pcs
Ekouaer is a brand that specializes in luxury fashion, including silk and satin. This Ekouaer Silk long sleeve pajamas set and cami shorts set is made of 95.6% polyester and 4.4% Elastane. This delicate silk satin material will keep your wife warm while repelling sweat from her skin. She will stay cool and comfortable all night long in these pajamas. The fabric has excellent elasticity, which means that it will stretch if her weight fluctuates over time.
43. Romantic Couple Figurines in Love (9Inch)
These love figurines are made by a professional artist. These hand-painted resin figurines have become very popular in the last few years due to their high artistic quality. The resin contains no harmful chemicals and will stay intact in any climate.
These beautiful figurines — and the state of matrimony it celebrates and depicts — will fill your wife’s heart with joy. It may also renew the romance in your marriage! Giving her this present is an original way to tell your partner that you appreciate everything she does for you. These romantic figurines are made with great care and attention to detail — and will surely make your wife smile (or maybe even tear up).
44. 100% natural Lip Gloss Set
Do you know what’s one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can ever give to the love of your life? Lip gloss! It’s good for her skin, smells nice, looks great on her, and it makes her smile. This Lip Gloss Set is made with natural ingredients — such as jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter — that nourish and protect the lips while creating an irresistible shine! Plus it’s formulated to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and continuously moisturize with the perfect amount of hydration.
45. Engraved 3D Moon Lamp
This is a romantic gift for an extra special wife. Personalized and engraved with a birthday message, this handsome folk art moon lamp will light up her life — just as the moon shines in the dark, deep sky. The 3D moon is raised on a pedestal to simulate its profile rising in the night sky.
She can also rotate the left and right handles to spin it around as it projects beautiful light across the walls and ceiling. It can be set in 2 color modes, natural color or vibrant RGB, and has 10 brightness levels that let her choose a light that suits her mood. The designs are laser etched onto clear acrylic for durability and added beauty.
Some Final Thoughts on What to Buy for the Woman You Love
When it comes to figuring out what to buy for the woman in your life, you could spend weeks thinking about it. But hopefully these suggestions help! These are just a few ideas. The gifts presented in this list range in price, and we’re sure you can find one that suits your budget and your wife’s taste. Stay tuned — because we’ll be doing more blog posts on gifts that she might like!