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Updated on June 26, 2016
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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?

Birthday Book

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.

Cruisin 1966 / Various
Cruisin 1966 / Various

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

'70s Gold
'70s Gold

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.

 

T-Shirt Gift

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

50 Things to Do When You Turn 50: 50 Experts on the Subject of Turning 50
50 Things to Do When You Turn 50: 50 Experts on the Subject of 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.

 

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A Funny 50th Birthday Book

What You Don't Know About Turning 50: A Funny Birthday Quiz
What You Don't Know About Turning 50: A Funny Birthday Quiz

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.

 
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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?

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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!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1

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.

 
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1

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

Candy Crate 1970's Classic Retro Candy Gift Box
Candy Crate 1970's Classic 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.



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    • martingallagher profile image

      martingallagher 

      4 years ago

      Oh what a great idea!

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      ideadesigns 

      4 years ago

      Great lens and good gift ideas!

    • PlumberJorge profile image

      PlumberJorge 

      4 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      jura 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas for gifts for somebody who turn 50 .

    • uneasywriter lm profile image

      uneasywriter lm 

      5 years ago

      Great and fun ideas for 50th birthday parties! Thanks!

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      lillywest10 

      5 years ago

      great ideas!

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      SecondSally 

      5 years ago

      50 used to look a LOT older to me! When did my friends get so old?

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      suzy-t 

      5 years ago

      Great gift ideas. Blessed and pinned by a squid angel.

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      fefe42 

      6 years ago

      @EMangl: Thank you. :)

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      EMangl 

      6 years ago

      At 50, you are HAFLWAY to 100 - halfway

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 

      6 years ago

      Turned 50 this summer. :)

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      PhotographicStu 

      6 years ago

      Awesome lens lots of good stuff great information

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      6 years ago from Manila Philippines

      amazing list of gifts! wow I wonder if I will be looking forward to my 50th birthday?

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      singlemaltdram 

      6 years ago

      If i don't get a bottle of Glenmorangie Signet for lasting 50 years on this planet, I'll make damn sure one of us is not around for my 60th! Take Heed!

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      MohkaUK LM 

      6 years ago

      Awesome lens, thanks for sharing your gift ideas.

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      msseiboi 

      6 years ago

      Great choice...

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      msseiboi 

      6 years ago

      Great choice...

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      bo-abo 

      6 years ago

      very vintage gift

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: beats the alternative! celebrate and be thankful Happy Birthday!, there are many who wished they could...

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      LornsA178 

      6 years ago

      I enjoy reading this fun ideas. Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: happy birthday, tampfla!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I will be 50 in two weeks...ugh

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      UKGhostwriter 

      6 years ago

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Nice gifts and good sense of humor.

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      AustriaChick 

      6 years ago

      fun lens .. fifty isn't so bad!

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      productsandreviews 

      6 years ago

      nice idea for a gift!

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      racko09 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens and cool tips :) i like it

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Realy cool lens!

      Thnx

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      biminibahamas 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens with some great gift ideas!

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      jordanmilesbask 

      6 years ago

      Great lens with full of 50th Birthday gift collections..Nice work!

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      Teri Hansen 

      6 years ago

      Cute page idea. Turning 50 wasn't as bad as I expected, grateful I have lived this long. Thanks for the great 50ish ideas.

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I stumbled against this lens looking for some ideas for a friend who will turn 50 later this year. Now I wish I have more friends. Thanks for great selection!

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      Edutopia 

      6 years ago

      People keep saying that 30 is the new 20 and now 50 is the new 40. No need to let the number on the cake get to you! Great lens!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I'd have to go with a Oh Crap, I'm Fifty shirt I think. something to tell others about this big day for me but at the same time, not!

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      6 years ago

      While it is interesting to know what was going on when I was born, it would be cooler to remember the movies and music that was playing say the year I graduated. I know I could look it up but... us old farts need reading glasses ya know.

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      MatLampir 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Friend, Thanks for sharing these great tips. What a wonderful way to celebrate 50! You done very well with this lens, sure learned a lot.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      nice lens, you could add experience days to the list, by the time you hit 50 your want something a little different so driving a Ferrari might just help.

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      successwithpaul 

      7 years ago

      awesome lens

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      great lens. great party ideas

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      aliciamaggie54 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas for the half century mark!

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      Mary Crowther 

      7 years ago from Havre de Grace

      50th is a hard one to buy for. Loved your ideas!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 

      7 years ago

      What a unique subject for a lens. I absolutely enjoyed my visit.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Way past 50 and I loved it. You don't anymore care about many things. You can enjoy lots.

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      wecomparebooks 

      7 years ago

      I've many years to reach 50. But I liked your post because this will be helpful to me when giving gift to my elder relatives or neighbors.

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      bvanloo 

      7 years ago

      46 begin next year, so 50 is almost at the doorstep. I'm going to pass along this lens to my friends, to give them some ideas :)

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 

      7 years ago

      Being a quarter century is something to celebrate indeed! :)

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      Joan4 

      7 years ago

      Great birthday ideas for 50 -- the year of freedom! my fifties were super years!

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      AppalachianCoun 

      9 years ago

      Wow thank-you for all the wonderful ideas. Great lens. 5 stars*****

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      karen550 lm 

      9 years ago

      How about a picture video of good times gone past?! Thanks for some great ideas.

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      Pamela2Heaven 

      9 years ago

      Only 2 years away for me...

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