If your husband, partner, friend or family member is about to turn 50 years old you may be wondering what to get him for a birthday present. Buying for the guy(s) in your life is always tricky, but what makes the perfect gift for someone who is about to go “over the hill,” as the say? First of all, there’s no hill and we’re as young as we feel! But still, the big 5-0 is a milestone birthday and deserving of a thoughtful gift. He’s reached the half-century mark, after all.
When deciding on the “perfect” gift, consider his interests and what he doesn’t already have. It can be difficult, whether you’re looking for birthday ideas for your husband, birthday ideas for the 50-year-old who has everything, or birthday ideas for your dad, so we came up with the ultimate list. We’ve got gift ideas ranging from a golf-shaped cheese board to a bad dad jokes book and truly everything in between. Whatever the personality of the guy you’re buying for, we’ve got something on this list.
Below we pulled together the best non-boring 50th birthday gifts for men.
And not a tie in sight, we promie.
With nearly a 5-star rating and 10K+ reviews on Amazon, this breakfast sandwich maker is clearly a huge hit. If you’re buying for a Ron Swanson-type guy who loves his eggs, then this is the ultimate 50th birthday present.
This YETI stainless steel mug has over a whopping 21K(!) reviews and a perfect 5-star rating, so to say it’s a crowd pleaser is an understatement. YETI is a beloved brand, and this particular mug comes in 19 different color choices. Get it for the coffee lover (or really, any beverage lover) in your life.
Scents like tobacco are typically considered “manly” scents, but that’s heteronormative and the truth is any scent can be a “man scent.” A lot of guys like lighter fragrances, like this delightful sea salt and sage candle from Paddywax. It has a deep robust scent without being overpowering.
If you’re buying for someone who is known for his cringe-y dad jokes, he’ll love this book. Here’s an example of one: “Have you ever heard of a music group called Cellophane? They mostly wrap.” Hey, they warned they were exceptionally bad.
For the guy who loves to golf and appreciates a good charcuterie board.
This is the perfect gift for any guy who is always complaining about his back. Especially these days when many of us are working from home and doing a lot more sitting. This seat and lumbar support cushion has over 3.3K reviews on Amazon and nearly a 5-star rating. Says one happy customer, “It helped with my posture and overall mood!”
Because sometimes we all just need to indulge in a hot dog. It’s self-care! Although this retro style hot dog toaster also makes veggie dogs, if you’re guy is vegan.
This is a quirky, fun gift that we guarantee nobody else will give him. You get an official deed for 100 square inches of land in England. It kind of reminds us of the premise of Schitt’s Creek when the Rose family purchase a small town as a joke birthday present.
Instead of a bouquet of flowers, get your guy a bouquet of beef jerky. This gift set comes with 12 different kinds of jerky packs, including sticks, pork rinds, beef bars…basically every kind of jerky under the sun.
If you want to spend a little more money and the guy you’re shopping for is in the market for a new grill, this is the perfect pick. Says one satisfied Amazon reviewer, “This grill is amazing! I use it at least 3 times a week.” And although it’s a more expensive present, at $339 it’s still a steal for a propane gas grill.
Buy this for the guy who goes through hair products like water. This pomade mousse is amazing for creating body and volume, so it’s perfect for anyone who complains his hair is a little thinner these days.
Because men love cats, too! This illustrated book profiles some of history’s most famous male cat lovers, like Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway (if you visit his old house in the Florida Keys, you’ll notice the grounds are completely overrun by cats from back when he owned some), T. S. Eliot, Freddie Mercury and more.
Buy this luxury apron for the home cook in your life and it’s bound to make him feel like a professional, Michelin star chef.
As if the idea of “pizza socks” isn’t already fun, this set of 4 pairs comes in an authentic cardboard pizza box.
Whether you’re buying a gift for a skin care fanatic or someone who only uses a crusty bar of soap, this luxurious facial set makes a fantastic gift. It comes with a foaming cleanser, hydrating lotion and a pack of sheet masks.
The only thing better than a man with a plan? A man with a pan. Puns are fun!
The guy in your life may love hot sauce, but has he ever made his own? This DIY kit comes with everything you need to make your own spicy, authentic, lip-smacking hot sauce.
Clothing can be tough to buy as a birthday gift, but this Patagonia jacket is a super safe bet for virtually any guy on your list. It’s practical, durable and comes in blue, green and gray color options.
If your guy is an avocado toast lover (and truly, who among us isn’t?), then he will love this artisanal toast T-shirt.
This gourmet gift set is loaded with everything you need for the ultimate feast: 4 filet mignons (pictured above), 4 lobster tail skewers, 4 pork chops, 4 chicken breasts, 4 jumbo franks and a jar of Omaha’s signature seasoning. Bon appetit!
This is the perfect gift for the guy who misses going to arcade bars and gets oddly competitive at skee ball.
If you’re buying for a husband or friend with a sense of humor, he’ll appreciate sipping from this “Fifty is the ultimate F-word” mug.
This Brooks Brothers calfskin wallet is an ideal pick for the classic man with classic tastes. You truly can’t go wrong with a quality leather wallet.
If the guy you’re buying for loves to ski or snowboard, then get him these glasses that are literally “sloped” at an angle to create the illusion of skiing downhill on a mountain.
Eye cream is a product a lot of people forget about and don’t buy for themselves, so it makes a great gift. This particular one is beloved on Amazon with over 3K reviews and nearly a 5-star rating. Says one happy customer, “This is the best product that I have found for taking care of the bags and dark circles under my eyes.”
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