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.

L'Oréal Paris Plump and Pout Lip Trio Gift Set

• Set includes: Color Riche Lip Liner Couture, Color Riche Satin Lipstick and Brilliant Signature Plumping Gloss

If they’re never without a trusty lip combo, treat them to this trio for the perfect pout. The liner precisely defines the lip curves, while the satin lipstick is enriched with omega 3 and vitamin E for an ultra-creamy and highly pigmented finish. They can complete the look with a swipe of the hydrating, plumping gloss for long-lasting shine and fuller-looking lips.

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 a workout log or some accessories to take with them like a new water bottle? The options are endless!

Find Me a Gift The Perfect Gift to Relax and Chill

• Voucher valid for 12 months from date of purchase

If the birthday girl is all about self-love and wellbeing, this gift experience has a whole host of relaxing experiences to choose from, from a full body Swedish massage to candle making workshops and river cruises. They even get to create a personalised keepsake at the end –  it’s every wellness-lovers dream. If they’re more into physical wellbeing, why not treat them to the Activity Superstore 3 Month Yoga and Wellness Subscription and let the yoga studio come to them?

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!

Aromatherapy Associates Essential Bath & Shower Oils

• Set includes: Three x 9ml oils

Transform their evening ritual and let them sink into a self-care slumber with these essential bath and shower oils. Whether it’s Deep Relax for a peaceful night’s sleep, De-Stress Mind to unwind after a long day or Revive Morning to awaken the mind and body, this therapeutic trio is a must for the wellness warriors.

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 but want to track their progress. Either way, make them feel extra special by wrapping up this Fitbit. With a personalised daily readiness score, over 40 exercise modes (from HIIT and running to kayaking!), key stats and the ability to receive texts and notifications right on their wrist, it’s an all-rounder!

*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.

No7 Lift & Luminate 5 Piece Gift Set Collection

• Set includes:

• No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Day Cream SPF15 25ml

• No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Night Cream 25ml

• No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream 15ml

• No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum 30ml

• No7 Advanced Retinol 0.3% Complete Night Concentrate 10ml

For those who are making it their mission to step up their skincare, give them a helping hand with this complete No7 Lift & Luminate Gift Set as well as 0.3% Complete Night Concentrate for first-time retinol users, all housed in a gorgeous floral box. Formulated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and leave skin feeling firmer, this routine is one for their beauty bag. 

Estée Lauder Nighttime Experts Advanced Night Repair 3-Piece Gift Set

• Set includes: Advanced Night Repair Serum 30ml, Revitalizing Supreme+ Crème Moisturiser 15ml and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Crème 5ml

If they love to indulge in premium brands, treat them to this revolutionary night-time skincare trio from EstéeLauder to reveal healthy-looking skin. Featuring a full-size Advanced Night Repair Serum to renew skin while they sleep, a Revitalizing Supreme+ Crème Moisturiser to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity, and an Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Crème to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, undereye puffiness and dark circles.

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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