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Finding the Best 50th Birthday Gifts for Men
What should I buy a man for his 50th birthday?
Choosing a 50th birthday present can be tough, such a milestone demands a special gift. Most people find buying things for men hard, maybe because they are not quite as vocal as most women about the things they wish they owned ;-)
Often the standby bottle of scotch, the silly t-shirt (that he will probably never wear) or a store voucher ends up being the choice. Recently after a spate of fiftieth birthdays in our family I decided to try to come up with something different, something that showed I had put a bit of thought into the gift-giving.
Below is a list of ideas that I have gathered from the last year of giving. I hope they help you in your quest for the perfect 50th birthday present.
The Ultimate Sports Movie Pack - Put together a pack of movies on his favorite sport
My husband is a mad sports movie fan, he loves any feel good, chase your dreams type of sports movie, films like Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans and Hoosiers are among his favorites. One birthday I tracked down a list of the top 20 sports films of all time and bought the first 10. It was a hit. He totally loved it. Next time you have to give a 50th gift you could do something similar or focus on just his favorite sport.
Owning your own collection of the 10 best sport films for a chosen sport is the stuff of legends for most men.
This movie set not quite right? There are more sports movie sets on Amazon
You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
Get him on the techology train - Buy him an i-Pad mini
Even if he is not a gadget man an i-pad mini makes a great 50th present. They are super easy to use and whether his passions are sport or music or even cooking there are apps and tools that will make his ipad ad his new best friend and drag even the most reluctant computer user into the 21st century.
For the Card Shark
Poker night with the boys will be even better with this tabletop accessory.
Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.
For the Gourmet - Stir his creative juices
Last year I attended a friends husband's 50th and could not come up with a gift idea that seemed to work. I resorted to a gift voucher - I really hate to do this - and guess what he bought himself, a fry-pan. Think outside the sex-based generalizations and consider what he likes to do.
There are lots of celebrity chef cookbooks to choose from.
Silly 50th Birthday ideas
Ok if none of these seems quite right you could always go with one of the silly 50th gifts.
This baseball cap has been a huge hit - what man does not think he is a legend!
A great choice if you really want to rub in he is "Over the hill"
The Gift card/voucher debate
Do you think vouchers are a good birthday gift?
OK sometimes a voucher is a good choice
If you are buying for a man you know very little about a voucher can sometimes be the best choice.