Best 50th Birthday Gift Ideas

by Natasha

Here's a list of the best 50th Birthday gift ideas. Find the perfect one for your family and friends....

A 50th birthday is a special milestone in a person’s life. Choosing the perfect gift can be a challenge, but this article’s list of the top 50th birthday gift ideas can help you find the perfect one for your friend or family member.

Classic Gift Ideas


Give an elegant gold pocket watch for a man or gold hoop earrings for a female recipient.

A bouquet of 50 flowers, such as roses or carnations, makes a welcome birthday gift for the special woman turning 50 in your life.

Pledge $50 to the charity of their choice for a thoughtful and classic gift idea.

Technology Gift Ideas

iPod with music from the 50’s

Perfect for the recipient who still loves to listen to popular songs from their youth.
GPS navigator

Does he or she like to travel? Gift them with a GPS navigator for their vehicle; popular brands include Garmin® and Tom Tom® and are readily available on Amazon.
A cell-phone

If your friend or family member enjoys fine technology, why not gift them with a nice cell-phone? Look for a brand like Samsung or Motorola with easy to follow technology instructions.

Unique and Personalized Gift Ideas

Bronze Family Tree Picture Frame

This unique and thoughtful gift is perfect for either a man or woman celebrating a 50th birthday.
Retro Candy Gift Box 

Anyone would be glad to receive this unique gift that’s perfect for the person who has everything.

Personalized magazine cover

Feature their name and photo on a faux magazine cover, and then have it framed for a trendy gift idea.

Inexpensive Gift Ideas

Photo collage

Gather pictures of the recipient from their life and place in a large collage-style picture frame. Place in a large, pretty gift box for presenting to the person. You can also use the pictures you gather for a scrapbook.
Host a birthday dinner

Cook up some of the person’s favorite foods, invite family and friends, and, of course, serve cake and ice cream for dessert.
Magazine subscription

One of the more affordable 50th birthday gift ideas, giving a magazine subscription is perfect for either a man or woman. For the avid golfer, try Golf Digest or Golf magazine; for a woman who loves to cook, gift her with a subscription to Cooking Light or Taste of Home; other magazine options include Vanity Fair and Woman’s Day.

Updated: 01/22/2012, Natasha
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