Forty is a funny in-between sort of age. Not really old, not really young. As one person put it: "I'm not old, I'm just chronologically gifted".
Even if you're not yet old at 40, all sorts of ominous things loom on the horizon! Hormonal changes, for both men and women. Hot flashes. The embarrassment of asking for a Viagra prescription. Realising that your back goes out more often than you do ;-)
So, what's the best gift you can give someone when they turn 40? A good laugh! Here are some of my favourite ideas for 40th birthday gag gifts and 40th birthday humor. If you'd like to add some of your own ideas, then go ahead and share your ideas here - I'd love to hear from you!
By the way, for extra inspitation, make sure you also check out my homemade gag gifts page - a bunch of the ideas there can also be adapted into 40th birthday gag gifts.
Make a badge that your 40 year old friend will be proud to wear. You can buy badge-making kits at your local craft store. Or, just make a sign that can be attached with a safety pin, or attach some string so that it can hang their their neck.
Here are some ideas for things to write on the badge:
For a woman turning 40, hot flashes could be imminent! Put together this handy hot flash survival kit:
We all know that 40 year olds are prone to dangerous behaviours. The least you can do is warn people with this handy sign ;-)
Sign text says "Caution. 40 Year Old. May make sudden, desperate attempts to appear sexy, youthful, and important. Aproach with caution!"
Visit your local hardware store and buy some metal door numbers. Fours and zeroes. String them in a line from a piece of wood. Now, every time the wind blows a gentle tinkling noise will remind them of their age ;-)
These midlife medications are a fab idea. I've seen variations a few places on the web, but I don't know who is the original source.
Put some M&Ms in a "pill bottle" and include these directions for use:
Now that you're turning 40, it's possible that you'll experience all these symptoms simultaneously, in which case you should just EAT THEM ALL AT ONCE!
Pack up some blue jelly beans and label them as Viagra.
You might like to include a note: "I couldn't get a prescription for Viagra, so I had to steal some from the distribution depot. By accepting these pills from me, you're on your way to becoming a hardened criminal."
By the way, did you hear that some nursing homes have started giving Viagra to their male patients? It stops them rolling out of bed....
If the person turning 40 has a sweet tooth, buy them 40 lollipops or gobstoppers, wrap them up nicely and and label your gift with "Forty Sucks"!
As we age many people find that their memory just isn't what it used to be. Why not give a really practical gift, and make a memory aid for your aging friend? Get a roll of toilet paper and write on it with a marker pen:
Note to Self:
Wrap up the pen and toilet roll, and add a little not saying
"As you get older your memory deteriorates, so I bought you this helpful memory note pad"
Put some jelly beans in a pill-jar. Instructions: "Under normal circumstances, take one tablet per day. In emergencies like yours, eat them all at once!"
Putting candles on your cake is something people grow out of. But they say that old age is like returning to infancy, so why not revive the tradition? Put 40 candles on their cake! When they've recovered from their astonishment, you can tell them:
"Don't count. Just enjoy the glow."
You could also hand the person a little plastic bucket filled with water (or a fire extinguisher)..."You might be needing this to help put out your candles this year!"
Here are some funny 40th Birthday sayings to accompany your 40th Birthday Gag Gifts. These little quotes make great birthday card messages:
Looking for something more to write in a 40th Birthday Card? Why not reflect on what was happening in the year of their birth...back in the good 'ol days of 1973....How much things cost in 1973
Information summarised from http://www.thepeoplehistory.com and http://en.wikipedia.org. For more information, check out these sites, or do a google search for the day of their birthday in 1973, and find out what happened on the day they were born!
I hope my list gave you some good ideas! For more 40th Birthday Gag Gifts, check out my homemade gag gifts page. There you'll find a bunch of general gag gift ideas which you could adapt for a 40th birthday gift idea.
Also, do tell us if you have any 40th birthday gag gift ideas that you would like to share!