50th Birthday Gift Ideas
What to get someone for their 50th Birthday
At 50, you are halfway to 100 which is a huge milestone and I'm planning ahead for when family and friends in my life hit the big 5-0 with this page. I'm scared about turning 50 myself, but I've got a long time to go before then and that doesn't mean I can't have some fun on other people's birthdays getting them some nice gifts and gag gifts.
I will share the 50th birthday gift ideas I think are great on this page and maybe you'll find the perfect gift, or perhaps you'll get some ideas of your own because you know what the birthday person likes... do they like music? movies? reading?
New York Times Custom Birthday Book is one of the coolest gifts you can get someone for a milestone birthday gift, because they will get a nice book with leatherette binding containing New York Times front pages from their past birthdays. You can personalize with the birthday person's name and birth date.
Go Back in Time to your Birth Year..... - Not with a time machine, but with a CD that takes you back.
This CD has not only songs from 1966, but it's like listening to the top 40 radio in 1966 and includes commercials.
Radio was quite different in the 50s and 60s than it is today and this can give you a feel for how it was.
You can find Cruisin' CDs for different years from 1955 - 1970, not just 1966... the CDs make great gifts for anyone born within those years.
Nostalgic Music Gift
At my Dad's milestone birthday party we played music he remembered when he was growing up and it was a lot of fun.
Those who are turning 50 might feel nostalgic about 70s music which would have been playing when they were growing up.
This '70s Gold CD reminds me just how good 70s music is with songs by Boston, Three Dog Knight, Elton John, The Cars, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Donna Summer, and more. It's got 2 discs with 40 songs total.
You can get the birthday person a 50th birthday t-shirt like the shirt that says 50 AND STILL FARTING pictured here. It would be fun to snap pictures of the birthday person wearing a shirt like this. Maybe get them a whoopee cushion to go along with it?
In addition to a birthday related shirt, you could get them a retro t-shirt for a band they liked when they were growing up. There were lots of good bands in the '70s, and it might not be too hard to find shirts for some of the more popular ones!
Best Dr Seuss Book for turning 50!
The Dr. Seuss book, You're Only Old Once, is a good book for someone to get on their 50th birthday. It was written for adults rather than children and deals with aging in a fun and rhyming way.
50th Birthday Books - Books are cool gifts
I like books and love giving them for birthday gifts whether it's a book from their favorite author or a book I know they will love.
For 50th birthdays you could get them a book that has to do with turning 50, you'll find some ideas for that below.
You can also get them a book that came out the year they were born.
A Book with Advice for People Turning 50
This book has essays written by different people with advice for those turning 50.
Some topics include your attitude, fitness, career management, managing money, having fun, and the big picture.
If someone is dreading turning 50, this book might help them see that everything is going to be okay.
Is turning 50 depressing?
A Funny 50th Birthday Book
You can tell from the cover that this is a humor book. And those turning 50 could use a little humor.
Some people love this book and some hate it, so use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to see some of the pages in it before you decide to get it. It's weird but different people find different things funny.
Here is a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor you might have heard of that came out in 1966. Someone born in '66 may be interested in this or another movie that came out in their birth year.
Movie Gift Ideas
Some movie gift ideas for people turning 50 include movies on DVD or Blu-ray from the year they were born, or movies they feel nostalgic about from when they were growing up. To go along with a movie or movies, you could get them some popcorn and candy! A popcorn bowl would also be nice.
For those turning 50 in 2016, some movies that came out in 1966 include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Alfie, and The Trouble with Angels.
Movies they might remember from when they were growing up include The Jungle Book (1967), Aristocats (1970), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Robin Hood (the animated Disney movie from 1973), Freaky Friday (1976), Rocky (1976), Logan's Run (1976), Star Wars (1977), Grease (1978), and Superman (1978)
Which of these movies would make the best nostalgic birthday gift for someone turning 50?
Cartoons They'll Remember from their Childhood! - A fun present
How about some old cartoons the birthday boy or girl born in the 60s might remember when growing up? I fondly remember cartoons from the decade(s) I grew up in and they are so much better than the cartoons for children they have on TV today.
Below you'll find an easy way to get them a variety of cartoons from when they were growing up, but you might also want to see if they have their favorite cartoon when they were growing up on DVD as well!
My favorite cartoons from this volume would be The Jetsons and of course The Flintstones and The Porky Pig Show, but what makes this even cooler is it has some that aren't as well known today like The Peter Potamus Show, Top Cat, Quick Draw McGraw, and Adam Ant Show.
Someone born in the mid-60s would likely remember 70s cartoons and my favorite cartoon featured on this is Scooby Doo.
When we went on family car trips, I'd ask my parents how long until we got to our destination and they would tell me the answer in how many 'Scooby shows' it would take.
Anyway, this also has The Jetsons, Hong Kong Phooey, Josie and the Pussycats, etc
Retro Candy Gift Box
This is a good way to get an assortment of candy they remember from when they were growing up.
Nostalgic Candy Gift
Some candy that people turning 50 in the near future might remember from when they were growing up includes Wax Lips, Now & Laters, Laffy Taffy, Pop Rocks, and Razzles.
You could get them an assortment of candy they remember from when they were growing up, or you could just pick out their favorite type of candy from their childhood and get them just their favorite candy.
If you are throwing the birthday party, it might be fun to have different types of candy that people remember from the 60s and 70s for guests to eat.
They might have some fond memories of eating candy while growing up. I always headed straight for the candy aisle in stores. Not only that, but I rode my bike to the store just to get candy. And Halloween was my second favorite holiday (sorry, you can't beat Christmas!) because I'd get a whole pillowcase of candy.