The best 50th birthday gift ideas for her, from luxury perfume to designer accessories
Browse our edit of the best 50th birthday gift ideas for her to find the perfect present to mark this special milestone
These 50th birthday gift ideas are a thoughtful way to celebrate a loved one who is reaching the all-important milestone.
You want to truly honour and celebrate their first five decades on the planet while looking forward to what's ahead. The big 5-0 isn't like any other birthday and because of that, there's always a bit of pressure attached to finding the perfect present.
As you shop, it's important to consider what they already love, like timeless gold jewellery, or ones they want to try - like eating at one of the world's best restaurants. Our specially-curated edit of the best 50th birthday gifts are bound to impress even those who swear they don't want to celebrate half a century - and some could even work as 40th birthday gift ideas too.
We've largely included products in this list but consider experience-led gifts too, such as booking her into one of the best luxury hotels or one of the best spa breaks in the UK.
The best 50th birthday gift ideas
We've hand-picked 50th birthday gift ideas for every budget, whether you're looking for unique 50th birthday gifts that break the mold, or gift ideas for a couple, a wife, friend, or family member that they will treasure. From minimalist wardrobe essentials to some of the best cookbooks, there's something for everyone.
Where to buy 50th birthday gifts in the UK
- Amazon: Gift them bestselling books or useful home essentials with quick delivery
- Anthropologie: Shop chic boho clothing and beautiful home products
- Buyagift: Gift vouchers for one-off experiences, spa days, hotel breaks and more
- Cult Beauty: One-stop shop for high-end, cult and affordable beauty buys
- Fortnum & Mason: Sumptuous selection of signature gift hampers
- Harrods: Luxurious department store selling premium fashion, homeware and more
- House of Fraser: Huge selection of fashion, beauty and home products
- John Lewis: Browse the department store giant's massive range of homeware, beauty and fashion
- Liberty London: Luxury department store selling a range of fashion and homeware
- Marks & Spencer: Pretty yet practical lingerie, homeware and clothing
- Not On The High Street: A haven of lovely thoughtful personalised gifts
- Pandora: Shop beautiful jewellery pieces and iconic charms
- Space NK: Expertly curated luxury skincare, make up, haircare and fragrance
- The White Company: The ultimate minimalist luxury brand for homeware
- Selfridges: High-end brands to upgrade their clothing, beauty and home staples
- Virgin Experience Days: Gift 'experiences' including spa weekends, afternoon teas and adventurous activities
Our pick of the best 50th birthday gift ideas
1. Engraved Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle
The fragrant blend of lime, peppery basil, and aromatic white thyme is the reason why this famous scent is one of the best Jo Malone candles among customers. And if you purchase this from the Jo Malone website, it can be customised for an extra special gift.
2. NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device
One of the best skincare devices for toning the face, this delivers microcurrents to the skin that helps stop the skin from sagging and sculpts the next and chin. It also helps skin to look more radiant for a glowing finish. For the best results, read about how to use a facial roller so that you can advise her on how to give herself an expert-like treatment.
3. Pamper and Relax Diptyque gift box
Gift them up for the ultimate night in with this super luxurious gift set from Selfridges, containing one of the best Diptyque candles, a pair of ultra-soft cashmere socks, a sleep eye mask and a selection of chocolates. A truly decadent treat - and not one they'd buy themselves, which is what all good presents are about. While we really rate this selection, you can also contact the hampers team at Selfridges to curate your very own hamper.
4. Stackers classic two-drawer jewellery box
They will love this beautiful leather jewellery box that boasts a soft velvet inner lining and individual compartments for rings, necklaces and bracelets. Available in soft pink, taupe or grey, this box is a practical yet stylish addition to any dresser and comes with a clear top so she can see her best necklaces in all their glory. She can even add a new layer once her collection grows.
5. Vashi Pearl and Knot 18k yellow-gold and pearl necklace
The best jewellery gifts always make for memorable presents for impressive milestone birthdays. This Vashi piece is one of the best necklaces for women who want something elegant and understated but stylish and modern at the same time.
23. Kiss from a Rose dried flower arrangement with a pot
While we love fresh blooms, gifting a masterfully arranged dried arrangement will last for years to come, making it a nice landmark gift. We particularly love this arrangement from Your London Florist, which includes pampas, ruscus, roses, hydrangea, spea and more - all in a beautiful pink ceramic pot. The dramatic scarlet-red roses are complemented perfectly with the pale pink pampas and dark spea making for an eye-catching but classy piece that will complement any home, regardless of the interior design trends she favours.
7. Parfums De Marly Delina Exclusif Eau De Parfum
RRP: £240 for 75ml
One of the best rose perfumes for anyone who loves the aroma of the romantic bloom, this fragrance blends fruity top notes of pear, lychee, and grapefruit with a musky vanilla base. But the real treat in the smoky rose heart boasts a blend of Turkish rose, incense and vetiver.
8. Dyson Corrale styler
A must for anyone looking to tame their naturally curly hairstyles, the innovative Dyson Corrale is one of the best hair straighteners for cutting down on styling time and for being considerate to the locks while doing it. The cordless function always makes it a practical option for anyone who travels a lot.
9. Puik Rare Carafe
This chic carafe from Anthropologie is a unique birthday gift for any wine lovers or regular hosts, but its unusual shape also means it can be used as an eye-catching vase (a great accompaniment to the dried flower arrangement listed above!) Made from 100% mouth-blown crystal, the decanter is a thoughtful and unique stand-alone gift but can be paired with two matching crystal glasses if you're feeling extra generous.
10. Mulberry Small Bayswater Zipped Classic Grain Leather Tote Bag in back
Possibly one of the best designer bags there ever was, this iconic tote would make any fashionista happy on their birthday. This black color will help to create a gorgeous classic look and is the perfect addition to any capsule wardrobe.
11. Kindle Paperwhite
Famously one of the best Kindles that Amazon offers, this waterproof eReader is packed with hours of battery life, has clever features and is even compatible with Audible - just pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Available in Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, or Sage colors, it comes with a one-year warranty. If you're feeling generous, pre-load it with some of the best booksor, if they're that way inclined, the best thriller books so they can start reading straightaway.
12. TempleSpa Truffle Luxe Collection Luxury Skincare Set
A real treat for the skin, this luxury set would make a great gift for anyone going into their 50s who wants to make an effort to look after their skin more. With four products to include in their skincare routine—a rejuvenating moisturizer, a radiance moisturizer, an eye cream and a hydrating mask—this will help keep their skin plump, hydrated and glowing.
13. Ray-Ban RB3689 Women's Polarised Aviator Sunglasses
A pair of the best designer sunglasses make an instant style statement and bring together the perfect balance of luxury with practicality, befitting for this milestone birthday. Glasses can be risky to shop for unless you know the giftee's face shape and preferences well, but that's the beauty of Ray Ban's classic aviator style: they suit just about everyone. We love this classic style, available in gold/blue or gold/green.
14. The Drowsy Midnight Blue Silk Sleep Mask
Crafted from 100% silk, this eye mask from Drowsy will have them drifting off to the land of nod in no time, thanks to its cloud-like padding and smart design. The mask wraps around your head snugly so it offers a cocoon-like effect with 100% blackout and sound-muffling making a perfect sleep aid. Similar to the best silk pillowcases, the silk material is gentle on your skin, helps prevent aging and allows for better absorption of products (so you don't need to worry about wasting your best eye cream)! Just remind them to set their alarm...
15. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue
Created to target fine lines, puffiness and signs of fatigue, this Charlotte Tilbury eye cream is packed with an impressive cocktail of active ingredients and feels beautifully smooth and buttery on the skin. And the jar is just as good: chunky, with a rose gold lid and hexagonal design, this is a product that they'll want to display pride of place. Find our full review, plus a range of all-budget picks on our guide to the best eye creams.
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16. Personalised Birth Flower Patterned Ceramic Tile
Celebrate her big day with a unique keepsake tile which can be displayed on her countertop, wall, or on a dedicated display stand. This striking but minimalistic piece of art nods to the popular birth flower craze with each tile sporting a different floral design based on the giftee's birth month. Each tile bears the name of the month, flower and the recipient's name (or a message of your choosing, if you'd rather).
17. Priority Pass
RRP: From £69
For the frequent flyer or experienced traveler, give the gift of a more comfortable journey with an airport lounge priority pass. Priority Pass gives the holder access to over 1,300 airport lounges worldwide, meaning a glass of bubbly and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the main terminal is never far away. Choose from three different membership plans with various benefits.
18. The Light Salon Boost LED face mask
One of the best at home light therapy devices, this face mask delivers 10-minute treatments of near-infrared and red light, promising to plump the skin, smooth fine lines and reduce wrinkle depth. These are big claims, but they come from a big brand - The Light Salon delivers an impressive range of LED treatments in department stores across the UK and US, so you know you're in good hands.
19. Newspaper from the day they were born
RRP: From £28.99
Gift them a copy of a real newspaper from the day they were born for a truly thoughtful gift that's bound to get everyone talking. Simply enter their date of birth and select the newspaper of choice. If their birthday falls over a significant event, you might have to pay a slight premium, but that makes it all the more interesting. Each newspaper arrives in a cream and burgundy presentation folder and a certificate of authenticity - or for a little extra, you can emboss their initials in gold letters on the folder. Their archive is pretty extensive and they had stock for most dates we checked, but do bear in mind that they don't have papers for every single date.
20. Wine and chocolate set from Liberty London
A sweet but extravagant gift for any wine connoisseurs or chocolate lovers, this set from Liberty London features a bottle of Casale del Giglio’s award-winning Petit Verdot and handmade chocolate, all housed in a rustic wooden box. It's a special occasion wine, but that's what makes it perfect for celebrating such a milestone birthday.
21. One night city break in Bath with prosecco afternoon tea at the 5* Roseate Villa and entrance to the Thermae Bath Spa
RRP: £400 for two people
Treat them to one of the best spa breaks in the UK with this extravagant package from Virgin Experience Days which includes an overnight stay, afternoon tea, fizz, breakfast and entry to Britain's only natural thermal spa. This package comes via a voucher which they can redeem anytime (although be aware that an additional charge will be applied for weekend bookings), so they can continue their big 5-0 celebrations long after their birthday.
22. The Birthday hamper from Fortnum and Mason
Who wouldn't love to receive an iconic hamper from Fortnum and Mason? This special birthday one comes with chocolate, biscuits, tea and an indulgent fruit cake - all housed inside one of F&M's famous wicker baskets. But what we really love about this hamper is that it comes with a keepsake 'happy birthday' biscuit tin that she'll use for years to come.
23. 150 Restaurants You Need to Visit
Curated by popular food blogger Amélie Vincent, this will give them a whole range of restaurant options to choose from whenever they're traveling—a great gift for foodies! For an extra special present, include a voucher for one of the best value Michelin restaurants.
24. Etched gold bracelet
Mark the beginning of their golden year with this sweet personalised bracelet from Astrid and Miyu. One of the best personalised jewellery gifts, this delicate gold bracelet will go with just about anything but it's also available in rose gold or silver if those hues would suit them better. You can engrave six characters on the piece's flat disk.
8. Personalised Distressed Leather Photo Album
A lovely gift that will probably bring a tear to their eye (in a good way!) this handmade leather photo album has 30 pages of recycled cotton paper and protective tissue paper to store photos on. Print up some of their favorites and make them something truly unique. This could even make one of the best wedding gifts for creative couples who could fill it with memories of their special day.
26. Personalised flavoured gin and music playlist
This fully customisable gin gift allows you to choose your flavour (ranging from regular, to sloe gin, raspberry, rhubarb and ginger and more), as well as a message and year to print on the front label. The label also comes with a special QR code they can scan to unlock a Spotify playlist with hits from the year they were born which adds a fun touch, and means they don't have to worry about compiling a birthday playlist. Prices start at £20 for 200ml with larger sizes incrementally costing more.
27. 50th birthday gift box
This pre-filled box of birthday treats is sure to go down a treat with anyone celebrating the big 5-0. Filled with a special candle, prosecco, a selection of chocolate and pampering masks, this box has everything she needs for a luxurious night in. If the selection isn't quite right for your giftee, no problem, you can build your own box on Not Another Bunch of Flowers.
28. Tilly cashmere sweater
Who wouldn't wholeheartedly love receiving one of the best cashmere jumpers? There's simply no recreating the snug, soft feel of original cashmere. But it's not a cheap blend so it's not necessarily something she would buy herself - least of all in a bright statement colour. We love this magenta one from Hush, but it is available in black if you want to go for a more muted and versatile hue.
What is a traditional 50th birthday gift?
Traditionally, you bought something gold as a 50th birthday present. But with so many fantastic and unique gift ideas out there today, this no longer needs to be the case.
Tracy Kemp, director of the unique gift company Vintage Playing Cards, suggests personalising a gift for a bespoke touch.
"Buying something for the home is a great gift as the recipient will see it every day. Or, something bespoke is a brilliant idea too—as they know that the gift has been created especially for them."
We also love the idea of giving the gift of a new experience—or the chance to make new memories—as a birthday present.
How do you pick a meaningful gift for a 50th birthday?
We spoke with Emma Bridgewater who shared her gift-giving advice and wisdom. As the founder of the eponymous British pottery company, she has over three decades of designing and creating gorgeous personalized gifts.
"I love the idea of a gift that can last for generations," Bridgewater gushed. "So you are giving a gift which will continue to give pleasure for years to come. A personalized mug or bowl makes a really thoughtful and unique gift."
Naturally, her favorite gift holds sentimental value, an attribute to consider as we shop for 50th birthday gifts: "Beyond adding to my vintage pottery collection, I think my all-time favorite gift was the bundle of sticks which turned into a cherry orchard, an inspired present one year which produced beautiful clouds of blossoms in spring and baskets full of fruit in summer for years later—it has inspired me to give trees or shrubs as presents.
"It's certainly a unique present, and one that the recipient can enjoy for years to come."
Anna is an editor and journalist, specializing in SEO and digital content production. First carving her career in communications and advertising agencies in Berlin and Barcelona, Anna's former life saw her work for film studios and inside a fashion house, before she moved to Metro.co.uk where her career highlights include heading up the SEO desk during the Covid-19 pandemic. Anna's published work ranges from culture and films to human interest features and live news coverage.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, discovering the next big thing in music, traveling, online shopping, and poring over poetry and magazines. When she's not consuming those things, she's probably writing about them.
Originally from Glasgow, Anna has lived in Berlin, Barcelona, and London, not to mention stints in Guernsey and Athens. When she's not struggling to navigate a new language, she's always chasing the next hot trend and perfect black dress (you can never have too many).
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