Make it memorable with the best in beauty

Know someone who’s turning the big 4-0 this year? As they’re approaching another exciting chapter in their life, you’ll want to get them a gift that marks this special milestone – but what do you get the person who already has everything?

If you’re struggling for ideas that strike the perfect balance between thoughtful, useful and absolutely fabulous, then take a look at our trusty gift edit that’s packed full of birthday inspiration. From skincare staples and fragrance faves to big beauty drops and everything in between, these picks are guaranteed to leave a smile on their face.

Best 40th birthday beauty gifts

If they love to spend a little time perfecting their hair or trying out the latest beauty trends, why not treat them to a gift that tailors to their interests? Whether it’s creating a beauty hamper of all their faves or going all out for one big beauty buy that’s been on their wishlist forever, you can’t go wrong!

OUAI Get-a-Ouai Kit

• Set includes: Detox Shampoo 89ml, Scalp and Body Scrub 96.4g and Hair Oil 13ml

• Suitable for all hair types

Go out your OUAI to spoil someone on their special day with this limited-edition trio for the tresses. Revitalise their haircare with a cleansing shampoo that removes residue and product build-up, an exfoliating scrub to nourish the scalp and body and a shine-boosting hair oil to smooth frizz – they’re bound to turn heads with this routine.

Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Light

• Nine shades

• Mattes, shimmers and metallics

Shopping for someone who loves to get glam? Whether it’s a buttery matte shadow for the day-to-day or a super-shimmery glitter eye for a night on the town, this gorgeous nude palette features nine shades – from champagne and praline hues to peachy and mauve tones – to suit every skin tone and eye colour. Plus, the smooth and blendable textures mean application is easy and results are flawless.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

• Size: 9ml

• Three universal shades

• Non-sticky formula

• 100% cruelty-free

They’ll be ready to pucker up from dusk til’ dawn with this gloss that feels as good as it looks. With three gorgeous shades, from a soft romantic pink, a milky pearl to a subtle rose nude, lips are drenched in the nourishing shea butter formula, while the glossy finish and sweet peach-vanilla scent makes lips truly irresistible.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Eye Gift Set

• Set includes: Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils 7.5ml, Dessin Du Regard Eye Pencil Deluxe Mini 0.8g and Top Secrets Expert Gentle Bi-Phase Makeup Remover 8ml

Ensure all eyes are on them during their celebrations with this limited-edition gift set, presented in a colourful, art-inspired gift box. They can pump up the volume with the false lash effect mascara, formulated with caring argan oil and pro-vitamin B5, and add drama and definition with the highly-pigmented eye pencil. Plus, when the party’s over, they can melt it all away with a few swipes of the gentle, yet effective, make-up remover.

Best 40th birthday fragrance gifts

Whether they’ve been dropping hints or not, treating them to a fragrance is a win-win in our eyes. From an everyday scent or one that’s solely for special occasions, to a timeless fragrance that evokes fond memories for them, a fragrance is one of the classic birthday staples that can be done on a budget or a splurge.

Fenty Eau De Parfum Full Size & Refillable Spray Gift Set

• Set includes: one full-size fragrance 75ml and twist-up refillable spray 10ml

• Fragrance family: spicy floral

If they’re on the hunt for a fragrance that’s the perfect accompaniment for all their adventures, then look no further than this one of a kind scent from Fenty. A bouquet of magnolia and Bulgarian rose bloom into notes of musk and sweet tangerine for a spicy yet floral scent that expresses itself uniquely. The best part? This gift comes with a twist-up refillable spray that’s ideal for on the go.

Prada Paradoxe Eau de Parfum

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: floral ambery

Give them the gift of empowerment on their birthday with Prada Paradoxe. Opening with delicate notes of Neroli for a hit of freshness, laced with amber accords for a vibrant warmth and finished with a hint of musk, it’s a scent that celebrates femininity in all its forms. Plus, the iconic Prada triangle shape and pink bottle will add a touch of elegance to their dressing table.  

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum

• Size: 30ml

• Fragrance family: floral

Looking for a gift that stands the test of time? This iconic YSL fragrance is just the ticket for their special day. Captivating notes of black coffee accord blend with sensual vanilla before soft white flowers and orange blossom intertwine with warm patchouli for a fragrance that bewitches with its trail.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Eau de Parfum

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: chypre gourmand

For the one who alludes elegance, sexy and chic all at once, Jean Paul Gautier Scandal is their perfect match. Delicious honey is combined with aromatic gardenia and sensual patchouli for pleasure in every spritz. All housed in a pretty pink bottle with the signature golden legs, this is a fragrance for the sweet but scandalous.

Best 40th birthday wellness gifts

If they’re well and truly in their wellness era, then there’s a whole host of gifts that can give them a little dose of motivation. Not sure what they want? Try to hone in on their specific interests, so if they’re just starting a new exercise journey, why not get them some new accessories to level up their workouts? Or, if they’re into their wellness, how about an indulgent self-care gift set? The options are endless!

AromaWorks Mains Operated Electric Diffuser

• Contains: Diffuser unit, UK/ROI mains plug & instruction booklet

• Essential oil not included

Help them embrace all the wellness-boosting benefits of aromatherapy and create an oasis of calm in their home with this elegant electric diffuser. It’s designed to work silently, diffusing a delicate, cool essential oil mist into the air. Plus, they can programme the low energy LED lighting to transition through a beautiful rainbow coloured display, or set on a single colour if they prefer.

Chilly's Bottle Pastel Pink

• Size: 500ml

• BPA free

• Hand wash only

Whether they’re on-the-go, sweating it out the gym, in their hiking era or are just trying to drink more water, why not let them do it in style with a Chilly’s water bottle? This beautiful pink one is easy to clean and has a double-walled vacuum insulation to keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours too. And if they’re a little clumsy don’t worry – the airtight screw lid means no accidental spills!

Tisserand Aromatherapy Dream Bath Sleep Better Bathtime Collection

• Contains: bath oil & massage oil

• Made with 100% essential oils

Create an oasis of calm in their evening routine with this aromatherapy bathtime oil collection. With a heavenly blend of jasmine, sandalwood and lavender, simply add a couple of drops into your bath, then afterwards, gently rub in the massage oil, for the ultimate dreamy bathtime experience.

Fitbit Versa 4 Pink Sand

• Built-in GPS for pace and distance

• 6+ day battery life*

• Thin, lightweight & comfortable design

Know someone who's keen to kickstart their fitness journey, or perhaps they're already on a winning streak and want to track their progress? Make them feel extra special by wrapping up this Fitbit, with a personalised readiness score, over 40 exercise modes (from HIIT to kayaking!), key stats and the ability to receive texts and notifications right on their wrist.

*Varies with use and other factors. Up to 12 hours with continuous GPS.
Best 40th birthday skincare gifts

Got a skincare savvy in your life? Make them feel extra special on their big day by stocking up their skincare collection. Regardless of it they have a rigorous routine or want to try the latest skincare drops, why not treat them to a gift with all their holy grails or create them their own beauty bag?

OLEHENRIKSEN Lets Get Luminous Set

• Set includes: Truth Serum 15ml, C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème 50ml and Banana Bright+ Eye Crème 7ml

• Clean, cruelty-free and vegan**

Glow all out for their 40th birthday with this ready-made routine from Ole Henriksen. Featuring a trio of vitamin C-powered bestsellers – the Truth Serum firms and targets visible signs of ageing, the C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème instantly brightens and hydrates all day and the iconic colour-correcting Banana Bright+ Eye Crème visible reduces the appearance of dark circles and crow’s feet.

**Contains no animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Icons Collection Skincare Set

• Set includes:Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 50g, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml and Pro-Collagen Night Cream 30ml

• Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive

What’s better than one Elemis icon? Three in one! Be the star gift giver on their birthday with this icons gift set to take them from day to night. With the cult-classic Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, award-winning Marine Cream and a hydrating Night Cream, their skin will be left looking and feeling plump, radiant and smooth.

Liz Earle Heavenly Hydration Basket Gift Set

• Set includes: Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser 200ml, White Waffle Headband, Pure Cotton Cloth x2, Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic 200ml, Rose & Ginger Body Cream 200ml, Hydrating Cream Mask 75ml, Rose & Ginger Candle 70g, Seagrass Hamper

Shopping for a spa lover? Help them bring some serenity to their special day with this comprehensive skincare set from Liz Earle. Not only does it feature some of the brand’s beauty icons, including Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser and Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic, it’s complete with pampering extras, including a White Waffle Headband, Hydrating Cream Mask and a Rose & Ginger Candle. It’s all they need for some relaxing ‘me time’.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Skincare 4-Piece Gift Set

• Set includes: Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex 50ml, 3 deluxe travel sizes (15ml each)

• Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested

• Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)

• Suitable for all skin types

Give their bathroom cabinets a premium beauty boost with this night-time skincare set. Estée Lauder’s revolutionary Advanced Night Repair Serum is designed to deliver seven skin-renewing benefits, leaving skin looking smoother, less lined, younger and more radiant, while tackling dehydration and evening out skin tone, too. This set features one full-size bottle and three travel-friendly minis, so they can always keep it to hand, no matter where they’re jetting off to.

Best 40th birthday pamper gifts

If having a night in and prioritising self-love sounds like them, then spoil them silly with pampering gifts galore! If they love to light a candle while they watch a chick flick, or they prefer to get immersed in a good book while soaking in the bath, we’ve got everything they need for the perfect pamper session.

Soap & Glory The Birthday Box 3 Piece Gift Set

• Set includes: CLEAN ON ME™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel 500ml, THE BUBBLE BOOSTER™ Shower Puff and THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter 300ml

Nothing screams gifts galore like this Soap & Glory Birthday Box. Inside this sweet surprise they’ll find everything they need for a blissful bath time, from the iconic Clean On Me Shower Gel and Righteous Body Butter in the original pink scent, to the must-have shower puff for ultimate birthday bubbles!

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Jet Set

• Set includes: Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 50ml, Brazilian 4 Play Shower Cream-Gel 90ml and Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist 30ml

Take them to a tropical paradise (metaphorically, of course) with this jet set from Sol de Janeiro. With a trio of bestsellers, including the cult-fave Bum Bum Cream, sumptuous shower gel and the Brazilian Crush Fragrance Mist, they’ll be layering up irresistible scents of pistachio and salted caramel while leaving skin feeling silky-soft from head-to-toe.

Chesapeake Bay Candle 3-Wick Jar Serenity & Calm

• Size: 312g

Bring a sense of calm into their home with this mind and body candle.^ Soothing bergamot, rosemary and aromatic lavender blend seamlessly with sweet orange blossom, thyme and warm patchouli to enhance feelings of serenity while filling their senses with joy.  

^Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Sanctuary Spa Pamper Hamper Gift Set

• Set includes:

• Signature Collection Bath Float 150ml

• Signature Natural Oils Ultra Rich Shower Oil 150ml

• Signature Natural Oils Salt Scrub 60g

• Signature Natural Oils Melting Pearls Body Butter 150ml

• Signature Collection Heel Balm 75ml

• With up to 98% natural origin ingredients

• Body care products are all cruelty-free, mineral oil-free and vegan**

A special occasion deserves a special gift, so let them lift the lid on this Signature Pamper Hamper where they’ll find everything they need for top-to-toe self-care. From a natural salt scrub to a sumptuous shower oil, skin will be left looking radiant, all while being wrapped in the signature fragrance of jasmine, grapefruit and vanilla.

**Contains no animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

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