Fifty 50th Birthday Ideas
Fifty 50th birthday ideas for this very special and significant birthday. From traditional flowers, jewelry and glassware gifts, to experience days or personalized gifts about their life to date, there is plenty of great gift-giving inspiration here to celebrate the person turning 50.
The gift ideas on this page are grouped into categories. Scroll down the page to read all 50 gift ideas, or click on a quick-link to see the ideas in a particular section.
In this section we've put together the best 50th birthday gift ideas that use the idea of "fifty". Whether actually buying 50 gifts, or thinking about how many decades they've lived, you're sure to find a unique gift for the 50 year old man or woman.
50 of something
If you want to really make a point of turning "50", then buy them 50 of something as a funny gift idea. 50 roses would be very romantic for a lady to receive, or 50 golf balls a very practical gift for men who like golf. Or how about 50 chocolates, or lollipops (turning 50 does suck!). Or put 50 rocks in a jar to reassure them that "turning 50 rocks"! You can have a lot of fun with this idea...
5 Gifts, 1 for each decade
You could buy 5 gifts, one to mark each decade. I've seen some beautiful jewelry which include 5 rings (as a pendant or intertwined ring) to represent every decade of life so far, which would be an unusual and special gift for any female. Or how about 5 bottles of champagne, or 5 photos from their life (for example as a baby, in childhood, at graduation, wedding day, with a newborn baby, recent family photo) etc.
"Cheers" to 50 years!
Buy them a lovely bottle of champagne, wine, or spirits to toast the new decade and celebrate reaching such a key milestone in their life. A great present for a work colleague turning 50.
50 "Reasons We Love You"
Get together with their family, friends, and colleagues, and collect 50 reasons why you love the person turning fifty. Think about what they do for other people in their lives, what you love about them, things you enjoy doing together etc. This is such a special present idea for your Mom or Dad, or husband or wife. They're sure to get the warm fuzzies!
Personalized 50th Birthday Ideas
There are so many options these days to have beautiful personalized gifts tailored to the person turning 50. Take a look at some of these suggestions for a personal and unique 50th birthday idea for a man or woman.
Happy Birthday Message Tribute
Collect and give birthday tribute messages from everyone! Whether written or recorded, collate together messages from family, friends, and colleagues to wish the person a very happy birthday and tell them what you love about them. There are some amazing online services that can help you make a personalized tribute video, and it's such a genuinely nice way to honor the person and celebrate how they have touched so many people around them. A bit of effort, but a fantastic way to celebrate someone dear to you.
Make a photo album of their life to date. Collate photos from their childhood, college days, significant events of their life (marriage, kids born, holidays), and present it to them. A really wonderful momento of their first 50 years! Perfect for your husband, wife, brother, or sister.
You could buy a traditional photo album, or design a personalized photo book online.
If you've got the time put together this gift, it's sure to be a lovely present for the nostalgic. Make a time capsule of items to cover key moments in their life. From birth (newspaper clipping? or Christening dress), to significant ages such as 16, 18, 21, when they married, had babies etc.
Put in photos, newspaper clippings, comic books or their favorite books, sweets from those times or favorite toys, music, accessories etc. And enjoy reminiscing over all their achievements, and how times have changed over the past 50 years!
You can even purchase childhood candy from Amazon to include!
Make or order a personalized map of all the places they've lived and/or traveled. So nice to be able to reminisce over the fun times of the past, and perhaps plan some future trips too! Frame a map and add some pins marking the places you've lived, or order a personalized map online.
Personalized time-line of life so far, from the year of their birth to now. A unique way to summarize life to date, and a fun way to reminisce over past days. More inspiration here.
Creative 50th Birthday Ideas: Food Gifts
Make the traditional birthday meal extra special for their 50th birthday celebration with these special food gift ideas. A great gift idea for him or her.
Fancy Dinner Out
A very traditional gift idea, but what a lovely thing to receive. Give your friend vouchers for a meal out at a fancy restaurant for an extra-special treat. I was given vouchers to a Michelin-star restaurant in our city once, and it was *amazing*. It's not the sort of thing we'd usually spend money on, so it was a proper treat for my husband and I!
Themed Birthday Dinner
So they're 50 now, so what would they have eaten in their teens or twenties? Take them out or prepare at home a treat down memory lane as you eat food from yester-year and reminisce over the good 'ol days in cuisine. Or get them a box of candy from their childhood and watch a favorite childhood movie.
"Aged To Perfection" Gift Basket
Put together a hamper of foods that taste better with age, to reassure the person turning 50 that it's okay to be older! Include food such as aged cheese and meats and fortified wines. Talk to your delicatessen for advice or order a gift basket online. It's an unusual gift, so great for the person who has everything already, and especially for men, who can be so hard to buy for.
I was thinking about the Chinese tradition of eating a bowl of noodles every birthday to represent wishes for a long life, and it made me think of other foods that are supposedly good for longevity.
I thought a fun 50th birthday idea for a person who loves their food could be to put together a hamper of foods that have anti-aging properties and can (supposedly) extend lifespan! Foods such as olive oil, green tea, red wine, coffee, dark chocolate, walnuts, apples, berries, pomegranates, garlic etc...
Of course, this is all a bit of fun! The research data on which foods extend lifespan is inconsistent, but who doesn't love a red wine and chocolate gift hamper!
Flowers and Garden Gifts
Unique flower gifts and garden-themed 50th birthday ideas for the birthday girl or guy.
Birthday Rose Bush
I didn't know this until recently, but there are actually roses named "Many Happy Returns", "Golden Celebration", and "Birthday Girl". Giving a rose is such a unique and thoughtful 50th birthday gift idea for any garden lover, and an especially lovely gift for your Mom, wife, or sister.
Here is a list of some other roses with birthday-themed names here. It's a UK website, but ask your local nursery what special roses they can get for you.
You can buy beautiful David Austin Roses on Amazon too.
Rather than a bunch of flowers, it's always lovely to receive a beautiful plant, and some garden plants are good for your health too. Plants like jasmine and lavender are beneficial to sleep quality and reduce anxiety and stress, plus they smell lovely and look great too. You can read more here.
Sounds odd, but hear me out... You can buy some beautiful and modern garden metal wind spinners and garden sculptures that would look stunning in the right garden. It's an unusual gift that a keen gardener would enjoy.
Or if you want a funny gag gift, spray paint a garden gnome in gold paint in honor of their "golden" birthday!
50th Birthday Ideas: Tickets
Tickets to a show, sporting event, the movies etc. Whether you're splashing out and getting a season pass, or as a one-off, these are unique 50th birthday ideas for the man or woman turning 50 who has everything.
Tickets to Sporting event
A fun birthday gift for anyone keen on sports. Give the gift of time together as you take them to watch a game or tournament (think football, tennis, golf...). A great way to spend some lovely time with your Dad or Husband!
"Luxury" Movie tickets
Love the movies? Take it up a notch and treat them to a night out of luxury or gold-class viewing. Many cinemas have enhanced cinema experiences with amazing sound, reclining lounge seats, in-theatre waiting services with full menu and bar.
Whether you're thinking of tickets to a chart topper, or you can find tickets to a "Golden Oldies" concert, make a night of it!
To cheer them up in their old age! Or just because it's a fun night out and usually something different from your usual routine!
50th Birthday Ideas: Travel and Day Trips
Another 50th birthday idea is to book a trip! Whether a big trip away or a day trip, here are some creative birthday gift ideas for someone close to you turning 50, like your husband, wife, mom, or dad.
Girl Spa Weekend
Well I'd love to receive this! Time out from the chaos of life to catch your breath, and catch up with a few close friends. Sounds divine! The perfect 50th birthday idea for the busy woman who never spends time on themselves.
Wrap up a "Gone Fishing" sign, and give it to them along with plans for a weekend away fishing with the guys. A great gift for a guy who works too hard, and a good excuse to get the men together for a weekend away.
Day trip down memory lane...
Book a day trip somewhere romantic or adventurous. Make it personal to you. Visit the place you first met, or visit the town they were born in. A little trip down memory lane! Or go somewhere exciting and new. A special 50th birthday gift idea for your husband or wife, mom or dad.
Tickets to Florida
Book tickets to Florida, and tell them you want to check it out for retirement as it's only a few years away! Ha ha!
There are lot of fun things to do, from amazing beaches, to theme parks, shopping, night life, and more! Surely they deserve a holiday after reaching such a milestone!
Wrap up a Florida guidebook for them too!
50th Birthday Ideas: Learn a new skill
For someone who has everything material, gift them the gift of a new skill or experience!
The gift of a few evenings together learning a new skill, and probably a lot of laughs! Whether dancing lessons is something they've always wanted to do or not, there is a huge range of classes, from Ballroom to Belly dancing, so have fun with it!
Fancy themselves a bit of a wine connoisseur? Treat them to a day touring vineyards and tastings, or book in for a night of wine tasting at a local wine bar.
"Extreme" Experience Day
Book an experience day, from sky-diving to rally driving, or something even more extreme! If they're a bit of a dare-devil, treat them to an experience they'll never forget! A really novel 50th birthday idea for the young-at-heart!
Cake Decorating Class
Book a cake decorating class for them, or as something you can do together. If they've always wanted to learn sugar craft and fancy gold-leaf cake techniques, this is the perfect gift idea! You could even organize a class where you can learn all the fancy techniques and then decorate their birthday cake together!
50th Birthday Ideas about Aging
Well, they are getting older! So what better an occasion than to gently tease them about turning 50 and being "over the hill", than with some funny gifts!
And for more funny 50th birthday ideas, do check out our 50th birthday gag gifts page.
Age-friendly kitchen implements
Buy them handy arthritis kitchen gadgets! A very practical gift for this "over the hill" birthday, as they will probably need some extra oomf opening things as their hands get arthritis!
Over-50s Gym Classes
Sign your 50 year old friend up for aqua-aerobics, line dancing, pilates, yoga or zumba... for the over-50s! Practical, and just a bit funny too...
Spa Treatment Voucher
Book the birthday man or woman turning 50 in for an age-defying facial (as long as they're not super sensitive to the fact they are aging), or an energy-boosting massage. An beautifully indulgent 50th birthday idea!
50th Birthday Ideas: Jewelry and Sparkles
Buy something pretty for the person turning 50. Whether you're going to embrace the "golden birthday" theme, or birth stone symbolism, or just get something sparkly and pretty, there are lots of ideas for a lady or man. A great gift for your wife, husband, mom, dad, or best friend!
Because who doesn't like a bit of bling on their birthday, and there are so many options for birthstone jewelry, from earrings, pendants, rings, brooches, tie pins, cufflinks, and more! You can find more information on the birth-stones for each month here.
A beautiful jewelry box is a lovely keepsake for someone who loves jewels.
A practical and special 50th birthday gift for your husband, brother, or Dad. Buy them a pair of gold cufflinks if you want to keep with the "golden birthday" celebration theme.
Luxury Writing Pen
For the executive, or actually anyone who enjoys writing or journaling. There is something so wonderful about having a special pen that writes smoothly. Whether you're thinking an elegant fountain pen, or a Swarovski-embellished sparkly pen, there is something to suit your style and budget. A fabulous 50th birthday idea for men, ladies, Mom, Dad, your husband or wife.
I love this idea! Each natural gold nugget has such a unique shape and texture, and we never see gold in it's natural state. I think it captures how special and precious someone is and can mean to you. A really unusual present idea for someone turning 50.
A significant birthday is a good excuse for a significant gift, and a wrist watch is sure to make a statement. Whether you're thinking of the classic Rolex watches for men, or a smart watch, there are plenty of options!
Because they've been alive for what seems like an eternity now! No, just joking! But if you haven't given your significant other a classic diamond eternity ring yet, then now might be a good excuse to splash out and treat her.
Earrings/pendant/brooch/bracelet... If the lady turning 50 likes receiving sparkles, then a thoughtfully picked earring set or pendant might be just the 50th birthday gift idea for them.
50th Birthday Ideas: Glasswear
Because there will be a lot of celebrating to do, and it's nice to have some special glassware. A set of crystal champagne flutes would be a beautiful and practical present for anyone turning 50.
Gift them a crystal decanter for wine or whiskey. A great gift idea for your brother, husband or Dad.
Crystal Flower Vase
How about a beautiful crystal flower vase for the birthday girl turning 50, especially if it comes with a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers!
Other unique 50th Birthday Ideas...
This is a great 50th birthday idea for the person who really does have everything, or who doesn't like a fuss on their birthday. They'd rather know that someone else was benefiting from their milestone birthday.
And there are some really unusual and fun causes you can donate to on a persons behalf, like purchasing a flock of chickens or a donkey for a family, or providing education, or building a village toilet, or planting 50 trees, etc.
Gold Art Print
Name a Star
Another great gift idea for the person turning 50 who has everything. If they like science, astronomy, or love just camping and staring at the stars then this is the gift for them! Name a star after your brother or sister, mom or dad, husband or wife, or best friend, for reaching this momentous age.
Become a Lord/Lady/Laird
Purchase a Lord or Lady title for a property in the Scottish Highlands. A wonderfully unique 50th birthday idea for those who feel some attachment to Scotland. Now they can own a small plot of an estate in Scotland and be titled Lord or Lady. And you will help preserve these properties for generations to come.
Looking for more 50th Birthday Ideas?
For funny 50th birthday ideas, do check out our 50th birthday gag gifts page for a huge collection of novelty gag gifts for this "over the hill" birthday occasion!
And if you're looking for inspiration for what to write in a 50th birthday card or speech, we have lots of ideas on our messages, quotes and jokes pages: