50th Birthday Gift Ideas

Turning 50 is a big milestone that deserves a great celebration.  Some people are really upset at turning 50 and don’t want to acknowledge it at all.   If you are celebrating someone turning 50, you can do a lot to make it something to celebrate and not something to feel bad about.  Purchasing a gift for someone turning 50 can be a tricky thing if you don’t know them very well.

If you are looking for that perfect gift for a 50th birthday, we’re here to help. We have listed 10 great 50th birthday gift ideas for you to consider.  Some are serious, some are lighthearted and fun. Choosing the right gift for the birthday person just takes a little bit of research but it is not difficult if you just follow a few tips and pointers that are designed to make the gift buying process easier.

Best 50th Birthday Gift Ideas

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[easyazon_link identifier="B003LRXZ42" locale="US" tag="thoroughlyreviewed-20"]Mark My Words 50th Birthday Mug[/easyazon_link]Low
[easyazon_link identifier="B01HDPVJ90" locale="US" tag="thoroughlyreviewed-20"]50th Birthday Expandable Charm Bracelet[/easyazon_link]Low
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[easyazon_link identifier="B010MIRME6" locale="US" tag="thoroughlyreviewed-20"]50th Birthday Gift T-shirt[/easyazon_link]Low
[easyazon_link identifier="B00BGFU652" locale="US" tag="thoroughlyreviewed-20"]Mud Pie Fabulous at 50 Wine Glass[/easyazon_link]Low
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Customers love the quality of this pint glass with the bold ink on the sides.

They will appreciate this fun pint glass that gets the conversation started.  The My Bucket List pint glass will make anyone who sees it smile and they will think of your gift every time they take a drink.

This sturdy glass is perfect for holding any type of drink made from yeast-fermented malt that has been flavored with hops but it works for non alcoholic drinks too.

The print on the side is made from easy to read, bold black ink.  It is designed in the USA and made to last a long time.  It is dishwasher safe as well.

This fun and entertaining pint glass comes in carefully wrapped gift box that is all set to wrap and present.  It’s the perfect gift for the 50 year old that is ready to have a nice cold drink.

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Customers love the interesting and encouraging read this book provides during a potentially stressful time. Gives lots of great advice.

This is a great gift that will give the recipient plenty to laugh and think about.  It is definitely a must have for anyone who is getting ready to turn 50 years old.  Reading this book will help those turning 50 make the most of their 50th year.

It is a grouping of short articles that have been written by celebrities from all different kinds of lifestyles on turning 50.  It even has valuable information on insurance strategies, medical tests and estate planning.  There is also plenty of humor and poetry too.

The advice in this book is worth its weight in gold with all of the great suggestions that others give the birthday person. It is a great birthday gift that they will appreciate and read all throughout their 50th year.

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Customers love the vintage look of this masculine, sharp looking coffee mug that commemorates being 50.

If he likes to drink coffee on a regular basis he will love this coffee mug that is made for a man.  The side has an inscription that will make all who sees it laugh.  It is made from high quality ceramic and is microwave and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

The design is on both sides of the mug.  The mug can hold 14 ounces of coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate or any other drink he wants to put in it.

The attractive black mug with the red interior has “Vintage Dude” on the side along with other humorous inscriptions in gold and red lettering that stands out wonderfully against the black. This mug comes in an individual box all ready for gift giving.

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Customers love the quality and capacity of this special mug.

This coffee mug also celebrates turning 50 but not with humor, with heartfelt sentiment.  It has a beautiful saying on the side that is accented with floral designs that include flowing vines and gorgeous leaves and flowers.

This 20 ounce mug is microwave and design will be the perfect way to start their morning.  It has beautiful purples, yellows and fuchsias with a dark purple inside.

They can celebrate this special day with something that they can cherish every morning as they have their cup of coffee.

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Customers love the cool little charms that hang from this 50th birthday bangle bracelet.

She will love this pretty bangle bracelet that is lead free and nickel free as well.  It is silver plated and has metal alloy charms. The adjustable charm bracelet is designed to fit most wrists, and is the perfect 50th birthday present.

There are 4n metal alloy charms that hang from this bangle bracelet and focus on different aspects of turning 50.  This bracelet comes in a velvet jewelry pouch that fits inside a jewelry box and is all ready to give to the birthday woman.

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Customers love the quality of this wine glass and the large capacity it has.

This funny etched wine glass is perfect for a 50th birthday for anyone who enjoys wine.  This stylish wine glass is high quality and holds 16 ounces of wine.

The text on this wine glass is etched into the glass and not printed so it is guaranteed to never wear off.

This wine glass is just fine for everyday use and is dishwasher safe as well.  The saying etched on the side is “I’m not slurring my words, I’m speaking in cursive”

This lead-free glass is not cheaply made, it’s made to last.  It comes individually boxed and protected and ready to wrap and give to the birthday guest of honor.

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Customers love the look and feel of this soft and comfortable T shirt.

This terrific and comfortable T shirt is just the thing for a 50th birthday gift.  It is created and printed in the USA.  The shirts are printed with eco friendly plastisol and also waterbased ink to make sure that they last a long time without fading or losing color.

The shirts are super comfortable and have the year 1966 on the front with “aged to Perfection” underneath.

The person you purchase this T shirt for will enjoy wearing it for casual outings and wearing at home to relax. It looks terrific with jeans or shorts and works for men or women.

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Customers love the unique style and fancy look of this pretty wine glass. 

This wine glass is perfect for the woman who loves bling and style.  This pretty glass holds 16 ounces of wine and has raised glitter detail on the side of the glass with a triple bow made of tulle on the stem of the glass.

The side of the glass reads Fabulous at 50 and the bottom reads “Wine brings out the Fabulous in Me”

There are many people that love to have a glass of wine at night with their dinner or after dinner as a way to unwind.  This is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life.

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Customers love the taste of all of these retro candies and the memories they bring back.

If you know someone who is turning 50, you know that they remember the delicious candy that was common during the time they were kids.

This retro candy gift box will thrill them with all of the different kind of candy from their childhood. There are 30 different kinds of candy that will bring back all kinds of wonderful childhood memories.

The box this delicious candy comes in measures 9 ½” x 7” x 3”.  It is shrink-wrapped for freshness so they won’t get any stale candy.

Included in this great gift box is:

  • Kits
  • Candy Cigarettes
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Necco Wafers
  • Fun Dip
  • Chiclets
  • Atomic Fireballs
  • Gold Mine Gum
  • Dots
  • Red Hots
  • Root Beer
  • Wax Bottles
  • Good and Plenty
  • Candy Necklace
  • Chick-O-Stick
  • Pixy Stix
  • Chuckles
  • Dubble Bubble Gum
  • Candy Buttons on Paper
  • Bit O Honey
  • Bonomo Turkish Taffy
  • Lemonheads
  • Razzles
  • Salt Water Taffy
  • Smarties
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Zotz
  • Now and Later

They will love going through these candies and sharing them with their kids and grandkids.  It is a terrific birthday present that not only gives them yummy things to eat but brings back a ton of memories too.

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Customers love the scents and ingredients that these products contain.

If you have a woman friend who is turning 50, treat her to a relaxing spa session that includes plenty of products that help her unwind at the end of the day.  This gift set includes 4 different products in one including:

  • Blackberry Sage Organic Soap
  • Blackberry Sage Sugar Scrub
  • Blackberry Sage Bubble Bath
  • A luxury Spa Pillow

She will love coming home at the end of a rough day and using these wonderfully scented products to sooth and rejuvenate.  These products do not have chemicals and other harsh ingredients that are prevalent in other products.  With natural ingredients such as coconut, palm, and sunflower oils, her skin will reflect the benefits that these products bring. 

Choosing the Right 50th Birthday Gift

Choosing the right birthday gift for someone turning 50 doesn’t have to be difficult if you keep the following tips and pointers in mind. These tips will help you sort through all of the different choices so you can select a gift that they will be happy to receive.

Dos and Don’ts to Remember


  • Look for gifts that celebrate turning 50 rather than making it seem like a bad thing. Some people are really worried about turning 50 and feel like they are getting old.  Others celebrate it as a new stage of their life.  What you can do with the gift you choose is to help them celebrate this milestone by giving them a gift that they will enjoy using.
  • Think about the things that they like to do and enjoy in their day to day life when you are looking for gifts. Their hobbies and interests can be a good resource when it comes to sorting through all different choices that are available. Choosing things that reflect their interests and hobbies is a sure way of picking something that they are sure to be thrilled about and feel good about.
  • Set a budget and stick to it. This ensures that you will not spend more money than you have to spend.  Budgets are not a bad thing at all.  Make sure when you set the budget for a gift that you take into account how much you have to spend and how much you need for your bills and other responsibilities. 


  • Purchase gag gifts that focus on turning old, being old, being over the hill or any other type of reference to how old they are now. Even if they have a good sense of humor it is better to purchase fun gifts that focus on the greatness of turning 50 than it is to focus on the “you’re getting old” mentality.
  • Be too serious. Turning 50 is not the kiss of death even if they feel like it is.  If their mentality is a bit down, you can do things and even choose a gift that gets them to see the fun and excitement of turning 50.  It is very possible for you to have a positive effect on someone rather than encouraging or allowing them to wallow in feeling bad.

Turning 50 is a part of life.  It can be as positive or as negative as someone chooses to make it. Celebrating turning 50 is a common practice so there is going to be many times that you need to find a gift for someone who is turning 50.  The tips and pointers that we have listed above can help with the selection process so you choose a gift that will uplift them and make them happy rather than focusing on the things they are worried about. 

Alisha Land

Alisha is a freelance writer and mom of 8 children. She owns a child safety education company, Kids Home Safe, is a contributing writer for Power Automedia, has had a regular column on Women’s Voices Digital Magazine. She has written for numerous sites across the web since she began writing, nearly 18 years ago. When she isn't writing she's spending time with her children at the pool swimming or watching their favorite show, Shark Tank.

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