40th Birthday Survival Kit


Over the weekend, our family attended a friend’s big 4 – 0 birthday celebration.  Not wanting to show up empty-handed, I came up with the idea of putting together a survival kit.  The only problem with my brilliant plan was that both Pinterest and Google let me down when it came to searching for something cute and fun without being ridiculously cheesy. 

My solution?  Create my own from-scratch kit and post the results here on the ol’ blog.  I’m rather happy with the way it turned out.    Requiring only a printer, a gift basket of some sort, and a trip to a local convenience store, this is one birthday gift that can easily be pulled together at the last minute.


Included in my survival kit were:

  • War Head sour twists
  • Gobstoppers
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Lemon Heads
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Snickers
  • Extra! gum
  • PayDay
  • Rolo’s
  • SweetTarts
  • Skittles
  • Airplane bottles of Jose Cuervo, Skyy Vodka and Captain Morgan’s Rum

Once everything was gathered, I arranged the candy and booze in the basket (quite artfully even if I do say so myself).  To pull off the survival kit theme, I needed to specify what each item should be used for.  To that end, I came up with clever sayings for each candy and compiled them on a handy 40th birthday survival kit candy sayings printable and printed it out on brown scrapbook paper.  To bring it all together, I also printed a 40th birthday survival kit hang tag for the basket.  I glued the backs of my printable sheets together and inserted a dowel in between the them, topping the whole thing off with a colorful bow.  Voilà.  Mission accomplished.



  1. I would guess that the party was for a woman since you included so much candy and sweets in your concoction.
    A clever gift!

  2. I just saw this one, how cute and clever and excellent for any milestone BD

  3. I love this! We are celebrating two good friends turning 40 this weekend and I so want to use this. I can’t get the link to the hang tag to work though? Can you help? The idea is great nonetheless!!!

    1. Thanks for giving me a heads up that the link was broken, Pat. I fixed it. You shouldn’t have any trouble printing the hang tag now. Enjoy!

  4. Can u repost and post what the tag says, I could make out what each item was for. Thanks

  5. Can u repost and post what the tag says, I couldn’t make out what each item was for. Thanks

    1. If you just click on the link above, Bev, you can simply print it. The link reads “handy 40th birthday survival kit candy sayings printable” and shows up in orange text in the body of the post.

  6. Hmmmm, I can’t get the hang tag to work. Could the link be broken again?!?!?!? This is SOOOO cute!

  7. I can’t get the link’s to open either, would love to know what they say!

  8. Just gave a similar kit to my good friend at a surprise party, it was a big hit–thank you!!

  9. what are your sayings for the 3 shot bottles? they did not appear on your link?

    1. Hi Kristi,
      I just checked and they sayings are there on the printable. You just have to scroll down to the second page. Enjoy!

  10. Hi there,
    I can’t find Big hunk anywhere where I live! Is there anyway I can delete it off the list? I tried but it won’t let me! Any suggestions?


  11. i have never heard of the big hunk either and wanted to know what font style is used for the sign 40th birthday survival kit

  12. The link didn’t work sadly. Great idea though, I am looking for something to do like this. At least I have a start now :)

  13. I absolutely love this and can’t wait to put it together. Thank you for sharing it!

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