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Written by Remi Rosmarin
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A 50th birthday is a big one: a half-century of life is certainly worth honoring. To help you celebrate their milestone birthday, we found 25 products, big and small, that make great 50th birthday gifts.
These gifts fit a wide range of styles, budgets, and personalities so you're sure to find the perfect gift whether the 50-year-old in your life is a home cook, a plant parent, or a bibliophile. From small tokens of appreciation to big birthday gestures, here are 25 great gift ideas for their 50th birthday.
The best 50th birthday gift ideas in 2022:
An engraved chef's knife
Best for: The chef
Treat the chef in your life to a practical kitchen accessory with a personal touch. This seriously sharp chef's knife is perfect for slicing, dicing, chopping, and more. The custom engraving makes it all the more special.
A fresh take on pearl earrings
Best for: The trendsetter
With four freshwater pearls strung together by a dainty gold chain, these are a fun, modern iteration of the classic pearl earrings. They're sure to add a sophisticated and chic touch to any look.
An alarm clock that will wake them up naturally
Best for: The aspirational early bird
They may not be an early bird yet, but this alarm clock can get them one step closer. The device simulates sunrise and uses gradual sound to wake them up more naturally than a regular alarm clock.
A giant bucket of their favorite finishing salt
Best for: The gourmet baker
Any home cook or baker worth their salt will appreciate this giant tub of crispy, crunchy, saltiness. Maldon salt is the perfect finishing touch to pretty much every dish — from savory to sweet — so you can be sure they'll make use of this often.
A commuter-safe coffee mug
Best for: The caffeine lover
Whether their commute involves a car, train, or a walk to the kitchen, this insulated mug will keep their morning coffee hot without any spills thanks to a sip-through lid. It's even shatterproof for extra durability.
A high-quality smart speaker
Best for: The audiophile
Treat your favorite audiophile to the gift of rich sound with a new speaker. If they already have a Sonos speaker, they can easily add this one to the collection and connect them all to create a whole home sound system.
A Kindle for reading wherever, whenever
Best for: The traveling reader
Give them the ability to keep a library on them at all times with a Kindle. The lightweight device can store thousands of books and it's portable enough to take with them everywhere they go, so they can always keep up with their favorite titles.
A minimalist watch
Best for: The avid walker
Help them keep track of time in style with this sleek watch. Not only does it boast a minimalist aesthetic, but it has a 100-meter water rating and is made with surgical-grade stainless steel for ultimate durability.
A chic way to care for their plants
Best for: The proud plant parent
This gorgeous glass and brass mister will make caring for their plants all the more pleasing. The fine mist spout makes it easy to give their plants just the right amount of water, whether it's a lot or a little.
A book of dad jokes
Best for: The jokester
They don't need to be a dad to appreciate a good dad joke. This book has over 200 of them and makes a great gift for anyone with a sense of humor.
A robe that will make them feel like they're at the spa
Best for: The lover of lounging
There's something about throwing on a nice robe after a shower that just feels luxurious. Give them that little luxury with this waffle robe from Coyuchi. It's made of an airy weave and pre-tumbled for a soft feel that gets better with every wash.
A chic and sultry candle
Best for: The candle collector
Le Labo's iconic Santal 26 fragrance boasts notes of amber, sandalwood, cedar, and vanilla. Not only will it fill their space with a subtle smokiness, but the thick glass vessel brings an industrial chic touch to their room too.
The gift of learning a new language
Best for: The lifelong learner
Learning a new language is exciting and keeps the mind sharp. Whether they've been talking about how they wish they never stopped taking Spanish classes in college or they have a trip to Italy on the horizon, a subscription to Babbel's language-learning platform is a practical and thoughtful gift.
A comfy and funky pair of slippers
Best for: The fan of extreme comfort
These plush slippers will have them looking and feeling like they're walking on a colorful cloud. We could tell you how soft they are, but the thousands of five-star reviews speak for themselves.
A two-in-one board game with an artistic touch
Best for: The board gamer
A piece of decor and a few great activities all wrapped up in one, this set is sure to appeal to board game lovers and artsy types alike. It works as both a backgammon and checkers board and features Keith Haring's iconic, bold iconography.
An unforgettable experience
Best for: The future vacationer
For the person who has everything or hates getting gifts, go for an experience. Airbnb Experiences makes gifting an experience easy, with a variety of in-person and virtual activities led by experts. From food tours, horseback rides, photography sessions, and more, the platform has something for everyone.
A trio of stunning orchids
Best for: The classic gift lover
Flowers are a great gift for any occasion. Regular bouquets are wonderful, but orchids last much longer and are known to bring good luck and wishes — perfect for a birthday celebration.
An affordable cashmere sweater
Best for: The minimalist
This 100% cashmere sweater is so soft that it's hard to believe it's just $75. The crewneck fit is a classic that anyone, regardless of their sense of style, can appreciate. Plus, it comes in a range of brights and neutrals so there's something for everyone.
Everything they need to make a great espresso
Best for: The espresso aficionado
While pricey, gifting this Breville Espresso Machine is like getting them their very own barista. It does everything from grinding the beans to brewing the perfect espresso and frothing milk for the final touch.
A frame that lets them show off all of their favorite photos
Best for: The nostalgist
For the sentimental one who has so many pictures they want to display, give them a digital frame. They can send over 10,000 photos straight from their phone and even invite friends and family all over the world to share photos of their own, making it all the more special.
A phone case of their pet
Best for: Their pet's #1 fan
Their pet is their personality trait – and who could blame them? A personalized phone case featuring an illustration of their furry family member is cute, thoughtful, and sure to make any pet owner smile.
A mini massager to melt away stress and tension
Best for: The sore athlete
This mini Theragun can go with them everywhere for relief at any time. It can fit in their pocket to help soothe cramps, knots, and muscle tension whether they're on the slopes, coming back from a hike, or laying on the couch at home.
A sustainable bike bag
Best for: The cyclist
This cool bag can keep any biker's essentials within arm's reach without getting in the way. It's handmade in Colorado from recycled nylon tents and awnings.
A cocktail smoker for aspiring mixologists
Best for: The at-home bartender
If they already have all the cocktail-making essentials, help them take their mixology up a notch with a cocktail smoker. This one is easy to use and a fun way to experiment with new recipes and flavors.
Remi is a former reporter for Business Insider's affiliate commerce team, Insider Reviews. After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in Creative Writing and Political Science, Remi joined Business Insider to help readers find the best products worth buying. Since joining the team in 2018, Remi has reviewed hundreds of products and interviewed founders of industry disruptors, such as direct-to-consumer startups Koio and Absolut Art. She specializes in women's lifestyle, but loves to learn about any and all products that add value and excitement to our everyday lives. Say hello at email@example.com. Learn more about how our team of experts tests and reviews products at Insider here.
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