In 15 Minutes, create a
Personalized 40th Birthday Gift that They'll Love
...even if you're not feeling creative

So, you're looking for a personalized 40th birthday gift. You want something unique, memorable, and creative. You want something thoughtful, tasteful, and one of a kind.

But most of all you want something that they'll really love.

Our 40th birthday poster-maker helps you create a beautiful, personalized gift. Say goodbye to gift-choosing anxiety and hello to a gift that I'm 99% sure they'll love (based on customer feedback). You get

  • A choice of 10 gorgeous designer palettes
  • A fun poster message that you can customize as much as you like
  • Instant download of your poster to print at home

Here's what your poster will look like once you've framed it. This color palette in shades of grey is a good choice when making a 40th birthday gift for a man.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this app - I made a poster for my husband and another for a friend who has a birthday coming up! Thank you for such a useful tool to make VERY thoughtful, personal gifts!" Andrea, Arizona

personalized poster 40th birthday gift

I hate it when things don't turn out as good as what they look like in the photo, but this actually turned out better than I expected and my husband loved it Vicki, Missouri

This bold and colorful palette is a good choice when making a 40th birthday gift for a woman or anyone who likes a bit of color in their lives!

personalized poster 40th birthday gift

Everyone thought this was really cool and asked me how I made it! Rachel, Idaho

personalized poster 40th birthday gift

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Everyone loved the poster and it looked very professional in the frame I used. The birthday girl even teared up a bit as she read it! Pamela, Indiana

Questions and Answers

I have no idea what to write in my poster. Can you help?
Sure - check out my poster examples for inspiration.

How do I print and frame my poster so that it looks as nice as in your photos?
It's actually pretty easy. See my specific printing and framing tips. Here's what a past customer had to say:

I hate it when things don't turn out as good as what they look like in the photo, but this actually turned out better than I expected and my husband loved it! Vicki, Missouri

Is my printer good enough?
Almost certainly. The trick is to use good quality paper. See my printing tips.

What if I buy it but then it looks bad when I print it?
I'll give you 100% of your money back immediately, no questions asked. Just email me.

What are the print size options?
8 × 10 inches is a popular size for photo prints, so it's a good choice if you want to print your poster at a photo print shop. Also it's usually easy to find 8 x 10" photo frames.
8.5 × 11 is a common printer paper size in the USA, so it's a good choice if you live in the USA and you want to print your poster at home.
A4 is 210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches. It's a popular printer paper size in most countries other than the USA.
After you purchase you can download your poster in all 3 sizes for no extra cost.

Can I print a different size other than the ones you offer?
Sure! Take your downloaded file to a print shop and they'll be able to print it in whatever size you ask them to.

What if I give it to them but they don't like it?
I'll give you 100% of your money back immediately, no questions asked. Just email me. Seriously.

What's your guarantee or returns policy?
Our "love it" guarantee: If the recipient doesn't LOVE their poster, email me and I'll refund every penny immediately, no questions asked, no matter how long it was since you purchased.

Why should I pay for this when I could just make it myself?
If you've got the skills, go for it! Just don't underestimate how many hours it will take (hint: probably 2 hrs, and even then it might not look quite right). Just to give you an idea: when I created this poster-maker it took me 2 hours just to find the perfect font, and then about 1hr to create each of the color palettes. But then again maybe I'm just a perfectionist.

Example Poster Wording

Here's an example poster wording that you can use as a starting point for writing your own message. It's already pre-filled into the poster maker . I've repeated it here just so that you can read it more clearly.

Scroll down the page to see our 1977 poster wordings for 40th birthdays in 2017.

1976 was a remarkable year...
VHS home video
cassette recorder was launched
The biggest film of the year was
200 years of American independence
Apple Computer Company
was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
Viking I and Viking II
landed on Mars
First commercial supersonic flight by
The biggest hit single of the year was
Dancing Queen by ABBA
But most importantly of all
John Smith was born

Here are some more facts from 1976 that you could use to customize your poster

  • Jimmy Carter was elected President of the USA
  • The Oscar for Best Picture was won by One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Irish rock group U2 was formed
  • The CN tower in Toronto became the tallest free-standing structure in the world
  • The first laser printer was introduced by IBM
  • Super Bowl X was won by The Pittsburgh Steelers
  • The World Series was won by The Cincinnati Reds
  • The Boston Celtics became NBA Champions
  • The Winter Olympic Games took place in Innsbruck, Austria
  • The Summer Olympic Games took place in Montreal, Canada

Looking for more facts to use? Check out these links

Example Poster Wording for 2017 birthdays

Here's our example poster wording for our 2017 poster maker , for people born in 1977. Just copy and paste the text into the poster maker and remember to update the birthday boy/gal's name!

1977 was a remarkable year...
Apple II computer
Huge commercial success
Voyager I & Voyager II
Launched to explore outer solar system
Star Wars
released in cinemas
Rod Stewart's
Tonight's the Night
topped billboard charts
MRI scanner invented
Atari video
Computer System released
Saturday night fever
premiered in NYC
but most importantly of all
Mary Smith was born

Here are some more facts from 1977 that you could use to customize your poster

  • Popular musicians include Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, The Eagles, and The Bee Gees
  • Punk music becoming popular. Punk groups included the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and the Ramones
  • The Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline opened
  • Jimmy Carter Elected President of USA
  • The first commercial Concord flight from London to New York
  • Commodore PET demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago
  • Super Bowl XI won by Oakland Raiders
  • World Series won by The New York Yankees
  • NBA Championship won by Portland Trail Blazers
  • Five Nations Rugby Championship series won by France

Looking for more facts to use? Check out these links

Printing Your Poster

Is my printer good enough?

Most home inkjet printers these days are excellent quality, even the cheaper ones. The key to getting really good quality prints is to use the right paper...

What kind of paper should I use?

canon semi gloss photo paper

I recommend using matte photo paper. The vibrancy of the colors and crispness of text you get when using photo paper are leagues ahead of what you get using regular office paper. Ideally you should use the same brand of photo paper as your printer, or else stick to a well-known brand like Canon, HP, or Epson.

If you're giving an unframed print as a gift, then it's important for the paper to feel thick and high quality. It's worth getting the best quality matte paper that you can afford, like "Canon Luster Photo Paper" or "Canon Semi Gloss ".

If you're giving a framed print as a gift, then the thickness of the paper is less important so long as the colors are vibrant. In that case a thinner photo paper like "Canon Matte Photo Paper" would be a good option - that's the paper I personally use most of the time.

Can I just print it at Kinkos instead?

Yes! That's a good option too, and many of our customer choose to do this.

Framing Your Poster

What type of frame

Personally I like "matted" frames, which are are ones that have a white border around the poster. I think they look great, and they also make your gift feel bigger and more substantial. If you ever visit an high-end photography gallery you'll notice that this is the type of frame that they use, simply because they look fantastic.

diagram showing frame matting

Where to buy a frame

In the USA, you can get a great-looking frame for about $14. I recommend
8 x 10" photo frame from Walmart
8 x 10" photo frames from Amazon

In the UK, the best place I've found to get frames is Hobbycraft. You can get a 30 x 40 cm frame (to hold an A4 poster) for about £10.

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