Finding the best 50th birthday gift ideas can be a challenge — particularly if the one celebrating this milestone has accomplished and acquired so much in their half-century of living. What can you possibly get for this person?
Below, we've put together a list of the best presents for men and women who are on the threshold of their sixth decade. Whether you're buying for a partner, friend, sibling or co-worker, these are items and experiences we believe they'll value greatly and look upon fondly.
For added inspiration, also take a look at our guide to the best 40th birthday gift ideas. And if you have a busy wedding season ahead, our edit of unique wedding gift ideas has you covered on that front.
The best 50th birthday gift ideas
Our list of the best 50th birthday gift ideas features an array of objects and experiences that span multiple price points so you'll be able to find whatever you need within your desired budget.
The entries in our gift guide are as practical as they are thoughtful. Here you'll find smartwatches, small kitchen appliances, and gift cards they can put towards a highly-anticipated vacation.
We've also included several sentimental and tasteful trinkets that'll remind your birthday gal or guy of what they've accomplished in their 50 years—and how much more they'll achieve beyond that.
Where to find the best 50th birthday gift ideas
Below are a few retailers to check out to find that perfect 50th birthday gift idea...
- Amazon: From tech and home goods to apparel and gift cards, this ubiquitous online retail giant has it all
- Best Buy: Find deals on smartwatches, ebook readers, tablets, and much more
- Cameo: Have a favorite celeb record a personalized 50th birthday message just for them
- Cratejoy: Themed subscription boxes will give your recipient something exciting to look forward to each month
- Etsy: Procure a one-of-a-kind gift and support small businesses and makers in the process
- Uncommon Goods: The best place to find items as special and unique as they are
- Virgin Experience Gifts: Experience gifts are unforgettable — and Virgin has plenty to choose from
50th birthday gift ideas for women
Ephemeris Birth Chart Bracelet
RRP: $69 | If your recipient is an avid follower of astrology, this dazzling Ephemeris talisman bracelet is sure to impress. All you'll need is her birthdate and time of birth to create a one-of-a-kind charm based on her astrology birth chart. It also comes with three personalized reports, including a 2022 horoscope that'll prepare the birthday gal for her year ahead.
Edible Gold Lollipops
RRP: $36 | A 50th birthday is also known as a golden jubilee. Help her commemorate this incredible milestone (and appeal to her sweet tooth) with these fancy lollipops that contain flecks of edible 24K gold on the inside. They'd also make great party favors if you're planning to throw a 50th birthday bash.
Youth to the People Glow to Sleep Set
RRP: $20 | Your giftee's nighttime skincare routine may need to change as she enters her 50s. This pair of rejuvenating, hydrating products from Youth to the People is a great place to start. The Glow to Sleep Set includes an overnight face mask plus an eye cream, each formulated with YTTP's proprietary blend of antioxidant-rich berries that'll make her complexion absolutely radiant.
50 Reasons Why Canvas
RRP: From $40 | Everyone could use a reminder every now and again about how amazing they are. Create a personalized canvas that outlines the 50 reasons why the birthday gal is beloved, which she can look at whenever she needs a hit of positive affirmation. (The hardest part will likely be whittling the list of reasons down to 50.) Multiple sizes are available.
Wishbeads Intention Necklace
RRP: $58 | Blowing out candles on the cake and making a wish is becoming outdated due to Covid. But birthday wish-making doesn't have to go away completely. This intention necklace has a small compartment where she can store a small slip of paper that contains her dreams for the next decade. Top it off with her favorite gemstone out of lapis lazuli, rose quartz, coral jade or agate.
Fitbit Versa 3
RRP: $230 | If the birthday lady has expressed an interest in improving her health and wellness upon turning 50, gift her the best fitness tracker so she can easily keep tabs on her progress. The Versa 3 monitors everything from sleep quality and stress levels to heart rate and total steps walked. Best of all, it's very user-friendly so even the least tech-savvy individual will have no trouble setting it up.
RRP: From $45 per month | The voracious reader (who also enjoys caffeine) will enjoy receiving a BookBrews subscription box every month. Each box contains a book from her favorite genre, a high-quality chocolate bar and a sample of either coffee or tea. It's the best way for her to find new favorites to consume.
Spafinder Gift Card
RRP: From $50 | Spafinder gift cards are the best 50th birthday gift idea for the lady who is long overdue for a day of primping and pampering. They can be redeemed at thousands of spa and salon locations across the USA, including major chains like Hand & Stone, the Ritz-Carlton and Bliss Spa.
Amazon Echo Show 8
RRP: $100 | The Echo Show 8 is a smart speaker-cum-display with Amazon's reliable Alexa voice assistant built in. It will allow her to call up and follow recipes, play music and make video calls to faraway friends and family. Of course, she'll also be able to watch the best period dramas (once she's finished bingeing Bridgerton) on the 8-inch HD screen.
Kitsch Satin Sleep Gift Set
RRP: $36 | Sleeping on a satin pillowcase can reduce skin irritation and hair damage. With this 3-piece satin sleep gift set, she'll not only wake up refreshed but she also won't have to spend as much time fixing her hair or face in the morning. It comes with a pillowcase, eye mask, and scrunchie in four color choices.
Airbnb Gift Card
RRP: From $50 | Whether she plans to stay in a mountain cabin or has her sights set on renting a private island, an Airbnb gift card will help fund whatever grand vacation plans she has. If she's still hesitant to travel at the moment, no worries — Airbnb gift cards never expire so she can redeem hers as soon as she's ready to go.
RRP: $200 | Massage guns are one of the best gifts for runners, but they're also practical for anyone who needs ample recovery after an intense workout or even just a long day out. Theragun is a brand that's trusted among some of the world's top athletes, and this handheld model is portable enough to bring anywhere. It comes with a carry case, ball attachment, and power adapter.
Birthday Milestones Bucket List
RRP: $20 | A new decade of life means there are plenty of opportunities to create more everlasting memories. If she needs some inspiration for making her 50s her best era yet, this assortment of bucket list items will point her in the right direction. It includes 25 wooden prompt sticks plus a pencil so she can commemorate the date on which she made one of her dreams a reality.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
RRP: $190 | The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best eReaders you can buy. The Signature Edition comes with 32GB of internal storage and an auto-adjusting front light so she'll be able to see what she's reading no matter how bright or dim her surroundings are. And it's super lightweight at 7 oz., perfect for enjoying eBooks during her morning commute, while lounging on the beach or just before she goes to bed.
Cuzen Matcha Starter Kit
RRP: $369 | Matcha is one of the best healthy drinks for a quick pick-me-up thanks to its rich antioxidants. With this kit, she'll become a matcha maven in no time — and perhaps turn it into a fun new hobby, too. This electric grinder yields results identical to the more painstaking process of using a bamboo whisk and stone mill. The matcha can be poured into milk, sparkling water, or even a cocktail.
50th birthday gift ideas for men
Hot Sauce Making Kit
RRP: $50 | For the man who indulges in Hot Ones on YouTube, this kit will allow him to concoct his very own sauces for dabbing. It includes ancho pasillas, chipotle, habanero and a ghost pepper — along with bottles, labels and a recipe book. Just make sure he already has one of the best blenders so he can seamlessly blend everything together.
RRP: $40 | This fashionable bracelet is more than good looks. It features a multi-functional knife with a flat head screwdriver on the tip. So no matter where he goes he'll be able to cut open boxes, slice fruit, fix a loose doorknob and much more. No need to worry about getting it wet, either, as it's made from rust-resistant stainless steel.
The Art of Shaving Power Brush
RRP: $40 | He'll never have to worry about ingrown hairs or razor bumps again with this battery-powered deep cleansing brush from The Art of Shaving. Whether he's still rocking that quarantine-era beard or prefers just a small bit of stubble, this device will make maintaining his desired look a lot easier. (And maybe he'll stop borrowing your best facial cleansing brush in the process.)
50th Birthday Photo Collage
RRP: From $49 | Here's a creative way to celebrate a special guy's first 50 years of life. You'll be able to share 20 to 85 of your favorite photos together, depending on the size of the print. (Six sizes are available — from 8x10" to 24x36".) You can further customize it with a special birthday message at the bottom, as well.
Nature Meditations Deck
RRP: $19 | Perhaps he's spent the last several decades going full throttle, never finding any time to relax and be one with nature. With this Nature Meditations Deck, he'll be able to connect with the outdoors—and himself. It includes 60 prompts to encourage mindfulness, meditation, and visualization. Watch all of his stress and worries melt away.
Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds
RRP: $230 | The Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds are among the best on the market right now. With 11 levels of noise cancellation, he can listen to his favorite songs or podcasts while also being mindful of his surroundings — a huge plus if he's commuting or exercising outdoors. Other features include six built-in mics for crystal clear call quality plus up to 31 hours of battery life.
Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club Subscription
RRP: From $59 per month | If he has a keen interest in mixology this subscription box is a fantastic way to introduce him to an array of new concoctions. Each box contains three drink recipes sourced from top bartenders plus enough ingredients to make 12 drinks. Every month features a different type of liquor as the theme; he can opt to skip any he doesn't fancy and wait until the following month.
Fossil Gen 5E Smartwatch
RRP: $230 | This is for the gent who wants a smartwatch that boasts a traditional design. It features Wear OS by Google — which means the wearer can call upon Google Assistant to tell the time, answer phone calls or check his fitness stats. He can also use this Fossil smartwatch to make contactless payments via Google Pay, and further customize it with his choice of Always-On Display dials and interchangeable bands.
Custom Birthday Book
RRP: From $40 | For his 50th birthday, give him his new favorite book — one that's all about the state of the world since he's been in it. Just provide his date of birth and The Book of Everyone will curate 46 pages of trivia and fun facts. Choose from three cover finishes in nine colors — with his name emblazoned right on the front.
Masterclass 1-Year Subscription
RRP: From $180 | Whoever said an old dog can't learn new tricks is dead wrong. With a year's subscription to Masterclass, he can take courses from world-renowned pros from numerous fields. From cooking with Gordon Ramsay to scientific problem solving with Bill Nye, the possibilities to expand his abilities and knowledge will be endless.
Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
RRP: $219 | Help him introduce a new decade with a fun, new hobby—like making nitro cold brew at home. And here's an added bonus: he can save time and money by doing it himself instead of hopping over to Starbucks. This kit comes with everything needed for nitro brewing, with refill kits available so he can keep the coffee flowing. Better still, he can make his cold brew just the way he likes it every time, too.
Cuisinart Portable Venture Gas Grill
RRP: $200 | He'll be the hero of every tailgate or camping trip with this portable gas grill from Cuisinart. It features a 9,000 BTU stainless steel burner, a fold-out propane tank, a 154 sq. in. enameled cast iron grate, and a serving/cutting board. The modular design makes it simple for him to tote it from one location to the next.
50 Things to Do When You Turn 50
RRP: From $10 | No doubt the birthday guy wants to make the most of this sixth decade, but perhaps he could use some inspiration. That's where this handy book comes in. Bear in mind that the tone of this book is less 'bucket list' and more 'life hacks' — but they're all very useful tips, nonetheless. Purchase it in paperback or for Kindle.
Virgin Experience Gifts eGift Card
RRP: From $50 | Has he ever wanted to drive a stock car or fly a jetpack? With Virgin Experience Gifts, he can take advantage of those experiences and so much more. An eGift card will allow him to choose the activity or getaway he wants most. Best of all, there's no pressure for him to select something if he's not ready to travel right now, because these gift cards never expire.
S'well Teakwood Bottle
RRP: From $25 | If he likes to take his drinks on the go, this S'well bottle is one of the best water bottles for a stylish and sustainable choice. This double-walled, vacuum-sealed teakwood bottle keeps drinks warm for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24. It also has a wide mouth to accommodate ice cubes or bits of frozen fruit.
Alison Barretta is a freelance writer and editor from Philadelphia, USA who specializes in home and lifestyle, skincare, and tech. For the last 15 years, she has been sharing buying advice and product reviews with curious, cost-conscious shoppers from around the world. Alison's work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Tom's Guide, TechRadar, and Creative Bloq.
When she's not reviewing mattresses or waxing poetic about her favorite face cleansers, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, streaming underrated TV series, trying new recipes, and singing karaoke until her throat is hoarse.
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