100+ 40th Birthday Wishes for Your Friends and Family


What does turning 40 mean to you? For many, it’s the milestone birthday that signals the start of middle age. Not too young, not too old but in their prime, in the middle of their life, enjoying all that it has to offer. Whether a family member or a friend is turning 40, it is definitely a birthday worth celebrating.

But how can you mark the occasion? We have over 100 ways for you to wish the special people in your life a very happy 40th birthday. Or if you really want to spoil them, why not get a special celebrity birthday message from one of our memmo.me stars?

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40th Birthday Wishes for your Father

Dads are heroes who teach us so much. Thank them on their special day with birthday wishes from their sports idol to make them feel loved.


  • This is the right time for me to express how grateful I am to have you as a father. Thank you for always guiding me. Happy 40th birthday daddy.
  • To the best father in the universe: thank you for always sacrificing all you had for me. I would not be where I am without your guidance and protection.
  • Happy 40th Daddy!
  • Happy 40th Birthday! You are officially a distinguished gentleman.
  • I’m sorry that we’ve helped turn your hair grey, Dad. But no matter how old you get, you will never lose our love!
  • Remember when I was a baby and you thought those long nights would never end? Well, the good news is: they finally did. Of course, now you have turning 40 to deal with instead! This year, wish carefully when you blow out the candles! Happy birthday!

Chose among many sports stars to find your perfect fit and make Dad’s birthday extra special!

  • Congratulations on being a genuinely cool dad who never caused me any shame. May you drip today like wax on a birthday cake.

  • Dad, for your birthday, I want to quote what you have told me on my various birthdays. “Just because it’s your birthday doesn’t mean you get to have it your way.”

  • Congratulations on becoming a year older and a bit wrinklier. Have a fantastic birthday, old guy!

  • You might not be about to play any Grand Slam tennis, but this is a bit of a Grand Slam birthday so here’s Judy Murray to wish you a happy birthday.

40th Birthday Wishes for your Mother

Our mothers are very special women. They love and protect us, care for us and usually spend all their hard-earned cash on us too! Show them how grateful you are for all that they do with the perfect birthday greeting for them.


  • ·Happy birthday mummy. I wish you another year of happiness, success, and love! I also pray that you continue to age gracefully, And I hope that you gain more wisdom along the way.
  • I always count myself lucky for having such a great mother. May you live many more years and continue being a great mother. Happy 40th birthday mum.
  • Mum, I can’t believe you’re 40! You are so beautiful, you look like you’re still in your 20s. You’ve always been there for me, and I can’t wait to be there for you on this special day. Happy 40th birthday to the best mum in the world!
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, Mum you’ve turned 40, and we love you!
  • To a woman who is beautiful, strong, kind and caring: happy 40th birthday, Mum! We love you more than words can tell!

Mum will get struck on her birthday with a message from one of her favourite actors!

  • To the most beautiful, strong, loving and caring woman I know: Happy 40th birthday mummy. I love you.
  • You make everyone around you say, “that’s how I want to be when I’m 40,” and that’s no easy feat. Have an amazing day and a happy 40th birthday. You deserve it.
  • The best part about you turning 40 is that you are getting younger. You are the best mum in the world. Happy Birthday!
  • All the things that you haven’t done in your 30s are a chance for you to achieve in your 40s. Have a great chapter ahead. Happy 40th birthday!
  • We know you love a bit of Benidorm so we thought we would get Jake Canuso to wish you a very happy birthday.

40th Birthday Wishes for Your Wife

If you’ve found that special someone to be your wife then you are very lucky indeed and when she turns 40 you will want to make her feel extra special. We have ideas for some great birthday messages you can use to mark her big day or you may want to arrange a personalised message from one of our celebrities.


  • Happy Birthday to the foxiest 40-year-old around.
  • Happy 40th Birthday to my beautiful wife, who is way too sexy to be 40 years old.
  • Happy 40th birthday! You are love, love is you. I love you. You love me. Our world is full of love and always will be
  • May your love and cuddling continue to drive me crazy. Here's to 40 more wonderful years together.
  • What would I do without you? You've always been there for me when no one else has. I look up to you. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Spoil your wife on her birthday! Get help from a celeb and make her day remarkable.

  • Creating a lifetime partnership with you is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Happy 40th birthday, my loyal support system.
  • "Happy 40th Birthday, sweetie. If we gotta grow old, let’s grown old together!" - Lucy Spraggan
  • Happy 40th birthday! I love every aspect of our life together. We are true soulmates in love.
  • Congratulations on turning 40. You have been a wonderful wife, a great mother, and a friend like no other. You deserve a happy and healthy 40 more years.
  • You are my forever boo, you not only excel at forty but continue to do so with grace and ease. Enjoy your 40th birthday.

40th Birthday Wishes for Your Husband

Your husband is the man you will spend your life with. Mark his 40th birthday with some extra special wishes which show him how much he means to you.


  • Happy 40th birthday! You make my life complete. I lack for nothing with you in my life. I have all the joy and love I need and want.
  • Happy 40th birthday, Hubby. I'm so excited for you. You have been my rock, my partner, my friend, and my love all these years. No words can desc
  • The best boss of my life and my family. The coolest daddy ever, and the greatest chef ever. Enjoy your 40th birthday, sweetheart.
  • Happy 40th birthday! You are my heart and soul. You are all the best things life has to offer rolled up into one, beautiful person. I love you incredibly.
  • Happy 40th birthday to you my greatest love. Our love conquers all and always will.

If his love for football is almost as huge as the love he has for you, he would love a birthday wish from these footballers!

  • Happy birthday to one of the most loyal, genuine and caring people I know. You have been terrific for the last 40 years and my wish for you is that you become even more terrific for 40 more, here’s to you!
  • Some people are an inspiration to everyone around them with their love and compassion. Happy 40th birthday, to someone who inspires me every day.
  • "Happy 40th birthday. I know what you would like as your birthday gift – TLC (10 less candles)." - Jimmy Bullard
  • Congratulations on turning 40. You have been a wonderful husband, a great father, and a friend like no other. You deserve a happy and healthy 40 more years.

40th Birthday Wishes for Your Best Friend

Best friends are those we can turn to through thick and thin so when they celebrate a big birthday, you will want to help mark it with heartfelt wishes.


  • Happy birthday to a dear friend of mine who turns forty today! Turning forty isn’t as bad as everybody says, it’s actually quite the opposite! You are at that point in your life where you shouldn’t worry about what other people think, you should just do the things that make you happy! I hope this first year of your forties brings you lots of smiles and loads of laughter!
  • Happy 40th birthday, to a wild child! Your lust for life is intoxicating. Keep doing you!
  • Happy 40th birthday, to the wittiest person in any room. May your smile always be the brightest and your laugh the loudest. Have a day deserving of you.
  • 40 is a limitless age. You have many options to choose from. My birthday wish is that you explore all of them and choose what is best for you.

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  • I’m sending you forty wishes on your birthday this year! One for each candle on your cake! Have the best day, my friend!
  • Fierce, fabulous and forty!
  • Happy birthday! Hoping your 40s will feel incredibly new and exciting like your 20s — only doubly so!
  • Life’s milestones are not supposed to be counted. They’re supposed to be celebrated—happy 40th birthday.
  • You’ve sped towards 40 like an F1 driver fighting to be champion. Rubens Barrichello is so impressed he decided to wish you a happy birthday!

40th Birthday Wishes for a Sibling

Birthdays with siblings are simply the best and by the time they hit 40, you will have celebrated many years together. Make this one extra special and arrange a video message from a very special celebrity or send them a meaningful message that they will appreciate.


  • Let the fun and festivities begin! It’s your 40th birthday and you deserve an amazing party! Let's take a breath and look back at all your fabulous accomplishments. Here’s to another 40 years of shooting for and hitting the stars, sister!
  • The fabulous 40s are upon you, grab some wine and enjoy the ride! Happy Birthday!
  • Today is your 40th birthday. See, I thought of you. You’re welcome.
  • When all you say starts with “when I was younger,” you know you’re in the forties. Sorry, kiddo.
  • You were the coolest 30-year-old I know, and now you will be the coolest 40-year-old ever. Stay groovy. Happy 40th birthday!
  • If there is one thing that’s great about turning 40, it’s this: you can blame anything and everything on having a midlife crisis. Congrats and happy birthday.

Order a video message from their favourite childhood musician, play it on the big screen and make everyone dance!

  • “You know you are forty when you stop using Facebook to socialize and start using it to spy on your kids.”
  • Congratulations on the 24th anniversary of your 16th birthday, brother! Here’s to many more.
  • May your makeup conceal your wrinkles, may your hair dye not fade, and may this be the first of many 40th Birthdays!
  • So, I was just wondering… how old should we tell everyone you are this year? I don’t think anyone would believe that you’re turning 35 again for the fifth year in a row. Happy 40th Birthday!
  • You’ve always danced to your own tune much like Louie Spence so here he is to wish you a very happy birthday.
  • Happy birthday bro! We know you love a game of football and you Bend it Like Bullard when you play. So here is the great man himself with a birthday message for you.

Funny 40th Birthday Messages

As they hit 40, have your BFF rolling on the floor laughing with these great birthday messages, designed to bring a smile to their face.


  • You have a decade left until you are half a century old. Here are some other ways to recount your age: 480 months, 3,087 weeks, 14,610 days, or 350,650 hours. What are you planning on doing with the next 350,650 hours of your life?
  • Here’s hoping you will be able to blow out all the candles on your cake fast enough to prevent a fire! Happy 40th Birthday!
  • Welcome to 40, an age when you’re still young at heart, but other body parts are starting to falter.
  • With age comes wisdom and wrinkles.

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  • The first 40 years of childhood are always the hardest
  • "Wishing you a delighted 40th birthday. And remember, in scrabble 40 is only 11." - Neil 'Razor' Ruddock
  • No matter how hard it is to get out of bed, let 40 be the year you conquer it all.
  • 40 is not over the hill. It’s not even the top of the hill. It’s actually all uphill from here. If you don’t believe me, try running up an actual hill. Good luck!
  • Cheers to a riotous birthday! May the fun you have on your 40th exceed the backaches you will get later!

40th Birthday Quotes

Many men and women have spoken wise words about growing old. Share their words of wisdom with your friend or loved one to mark their 40th birthday.


  • “The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men.” – Colleen McCullough
  • “40 is when your body gives your brain a list of things it's not going to do anymore.”
  • “To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.” – Samuel Beckett
  • “Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.” – Dave Barry
  • “At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us…” – Ann Landers

Running out of time for a birthday gift? Check out these celebrities who can deliver happy 40th birthday wishes in less than 24 hours!

  • At 40, you sing along with the elevator music.
  • “We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.” – Jules Renard
  • “Life begins at forty.” – W.B. Pitkin
  • “The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it.” – Doris Day
  • “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty-eight and forty.” – James Thurber

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To the one who is excited about the coming young, years, to the one who will forever call you a kid or to the one who will always make you laugh - you now have 100+ ways to send happy 40th birthday wishes.


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