A birthday that celebrates 50 golden years is a big one. That’s why choosing from the best 50th birthday gift ideas is essential – you really want to mark the occasion!
Surviving five decades in our crazy world is an impressive feat. The gift you choose for that special man or woman should be appropriate for such a milestone. You might be thinking that’s easier said than done. After all, what do you get for someone who probably has everything they need?
At this time in their life, they are more than likely reflecting on the 50 years that have passed. Whether you want to go the route of a luxurious gift, something small and simple, or something humorous, you’ll want them to appreciate it.
We’ve put together a few suggestions and you’re sure to find the perfect 50th birthday presents among them.
What Is The Traditional 50th Birthday Gift?
When it comes to milestone celebrations some people like to bring in a bit of tradition. A 50th, whether a birthday, wedding anniversary, or another occasion, is associated with gold.
If you really want to let the birthday boy or girl know that they are special, a golden gift is one of the best ways to do so. If real gold is out of the question, there are other ways you can add the Midas touch.
What Do You Get A Woman For Her 50th Birthday?
We have yet to meet a woman who isn’t fabulous at 50. The best 50th birthday gifts for women will make her feel appreciated, special, and loved.
The age of 50 is a time of transformation for many women. Those whose children have left the nest often rediscover aspects of themselves that they put aside while focusing on motherhood.
Other women discover new facets of their character or develop new hobbies or interests. Some even find the chutzpah to do something they’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage or opportunity.
Take a look at our ideas for 50th birthday gifts for women. You’re sure to find something that will make that special lady feel like she’s living her best life.
50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Her
Golden 50th Birthday Necklace
The most obvious way to celebrate a woman’s 50th birthday with a gold gift is to buy jewellery. After all, who doesn’t love a little bit of bling?
A popular option we love is a golden necklace with five rings – that’s one ring for each decade. On some necklaces, the rings are interlocking so they lie across the chest. On others, the interlocking rings are placed over one another, creating a swirl-like effect. Either way, she’s sure to swoon when she unwraps the box.
Her Own Star
Let her know she sparkles by giving her a truly unique gift for her half-century milestone. Name a star in her honour with the Online Star Registry, and she will receive a gorgeous gift pack. The pack includes a personalised letter, certificate, and card, a code explanation sheet, a star map, and a sticker that glows in the dark.
Memory Keeper Locket
An alternative to interlocking rings is a gold locket or memory keeper. If the birthday girl is your parent or mum, insert photos of yourselves together, of her children, or even her grandchildren. In the past, lockets were usually made for one or two photos, but there are now great alternatives that hold a selection of images close to the wearer’s heart.
Personalised Newspaper Book
If you want to give her a fascinating 50th birthday present, why not opt for a newspaper birthday book? Bound in luxurious leather and printed with a personalised message on the title page, the book includes front-page stories from her date of birth and every birthday from then until the present.
Napa Valley Luxury Getaway
Give her an indulgent birthday she’ll never forget by whisking her away to California’s Napa Valley. You can spend the nights in luxury accommodation, enjoy private wine tours, and feast on Michelin-starred cuisine. You needn’t have a care in the world and can revel in remembering all that brought the birthday girl to this point.
Luxurious Spa Package
You can keep things a little closer to home by treating her to a morning, afternoon, or full day of pampering at a local spa. Many venues have packages for one or two people that include a variety of treatments, from facials to manicures. Most packages also include lunch, snacks, or afternoon tea for that extra special day for the woman who loves a bit of pampering.
Gold Wrappings, Trimmings and Décor
Of course, you don’t have to shell out for real gold for the occasion. There are other ways to bring the golden theme into the day. Wrap your gifts in gold-coloured paper, put them into glittery, gold gift bags, or accompany them with gold balloons emblazoned with birthday messages.
What Do You Get A Man For His 50th Birthday?
At 50, a man is in his prime. He knows what he wants, and he is not afraid to go and get it. Still, knowing that probably does not help you when it comes to choosing a present for him!
Our ideas for 50th birthday gifts for men can help. We’ve included something for all kinds of men. You can find presents that will complement his impeccable style, and 50th birthday gift ideas that will let him have a bit of laddish fun with the boys. Our list also includes experiences that will make him treasure his half-century celebration for the rest of his life.
Unique 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Him
Gold cufflinks are a great option when looking for 50th birthday gifts for men. You can have them personalised with his initials, or a design that reflects his exacting tastes.
Collector’s Edition Book
A 50th birthday gift idea that conveys real thoughtfulness for the man who enjoys reading is a first edition or collector’s edition of his favourite book. Finding something like that could be easier than you think, and there are plenty of stores that can assist.
Personalised Whisky Stones
If the birthday boy is a whisky drinker, a personalised set of granite or stainless steel whisky stones will be hugely appreciated. Kept in the freezer until needed, they allow him to literally have his Scotch on the rocks. The cold stones act as ice cubes, but they will never melt and dilute his favourite tipple.
Michelin Star Experience
If there’s a Michelin star restaurant he’s always wanted to try, why not treat him to breakfast, lunch, or dinner there? When making your booking, enquire about set menu options, or ask them if they would be willing to plan a personalised 50th birthday menu.
A Real Gold Nugget
A unique approach to the traditional gift for this milestone birthday that certainly has the wow factor is a natural nugget of gold. Imagine the glow on their face when they open the gift box and find a chunk of jewellery-grade gold!
Vintage Gold Pocketwatch
If he’s into vintage fashion, why not opt for an old-fashioned pocket watch and chain? You could even personalise it by adding an engraved message on the back or inside the cover. Such a gift is bound to put a smile on his dial.
A Time Capsule
If he’s a close family member, take the time to create a personalised time capsule for his birthday. Consider including copies of his birth and christening certificates, front pages from newspapers printed on the day of his birth, childhood mementoes, posters of his favourite bands when he was a teenager, a DVD of his favourite movie, his favourite sweets from childhood. A time capsule is a wonderful gift that you can collaborate on with other family members.
Gold Signet Ring
A gold signet ring can be an attractive alternative to a watch. If you know there’s a design he will appreciate, you can have that engraved on the ring. Alternatively, give him a blank ring along with a gift certificate from a jeweller or engraver so that he can choose his own design.
Action Packed Getaway
If he’s fit at 50, why not consider a break that will give him a chance to take in the beauty of nature while getting a bit of exercise?
Enjoy a weekend break of bouldering in the forest of Fontainebleau, France. When you’re not clambering up and over rocks, you can unwind in elegant accommodation, enjoy Michelin-starred meals, and go whizzing about the countryside in a luxury car.
VIP Sporting Experience
For the sports fan, a fantastic 50th birthday gift for men has to be a football game hospitality package. They’ll get to enjoy the action on the pitch in a whole new way, and will remember the experience for years to come.
Funny 50th Birthday Gift Ideas
When you’re flourishing at 50, you know that life definitely is not all work and no play. There’s always room for funny 50th birthday presents, and we’ve got a few fantastic ideas.
Funny Personalised Plaque
Whether the birthday boy or girl is something of a legend among friends and family, or they have a flair for drama, they’ll probably enjoy a personalised heritage plaque or Walk of Fame star. If you choose a plaque, you can include their name, date of birth, and a short description. The plaque can be fixed to their house or it can be placed in their garden.
A personalised Walk of Fame star features a ‘star’ photo as well as a certificate that includes the recipient’s name, birthdate, and accomplishments.
50th Survival Kit
The jokes about becoming a senior citizen usually start happening when a person celebrates their big five-o. Use that as a springboard for a gift that is sure to get more than a few laughs. Put together a joke senior citizen’s survival kit in an attractive gift basket or box.
You can include items such as reading glasses, inserts for orthopaedic shoes, prune juice, crossword puzzle books, haemorrhoid cream, and a bottle of multivitamins formulated for older persons.
Special Stones ‘Cause 50 Rocks!
50 rocks, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
To really emphasise the point, why not go to your local crystal shop (or head out into the countryside or down to the beach) and gather 50 different stones. Put them in a funky container with the message, “50 rocks!”, wrap it up, and give it to the birthday person with a smile on your face.
A motorised drinks cooler is a 50th birthday present that he would never have seen coming. A combination of a drinks cooler and a scooter with an electric motor, they can travel between 10 and 15 miles, and they can reach a top speed of 13mph.
Funny Personalised Wine Box
When it comes to 50th birthday gift ideas, you’re limited only by your budget and by your imagination. If you do not know the recipient all that well, it’s better to opt for simpler gifts that express your appreciation of their presence in your life. To go with their favourite bottle of wine, have a wooden wine box engraved with a humorous 50th birthday message. If you know them and their sense of humour well, you have much more to work with.
Remember that people only turn 50 once. You want them to shine as brightly as they can on their golden birthday and our gift ideas will help add that special sparkle!
- 1 What Is The Traditional 50th Birthday Gift?
- 2 What Do You Get A Woman For Her 50th Birthday?
- 3 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Her
- 4 What Do You Get A Man For His 50th Birthday?
- 5 Unique 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Him
- 6 Funny 50th Birthday Gift Ideas