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50 Year Old Booze

This is the real stuff. You don’t start off drinking 50 year old whisky. No, you buy the cheap stuff,  then maybe the fancier stuff, and once in a while the good stuff comes your way. But a liquor that’s aged for 50 years, like a human, is on a whole other level. This has to be earned by living.

Retirement Countdown Clock
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Retirement Countdown Clock

Start the countdown, because the 50th birthday means they are in range for this gift. Count down every day, hour, minute, and second until retirement begins with this nifty clock. They can even bring it to work to make the whippersnappers jealous. With the average age of retirement always on the rise, you may want to throw in some extra batteries too.

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Bathtub to Spa Converter

On the evening of their fiftieth birthday, imagine them lying back in a nice, hot bath in their very own tub as dual nozzles gently massage their body and circulate the water. Or, perhaps preferably, don’t imagine any of that at all. Just give them this gift and try not to think about them using it. (They’ll definitely use it though.)

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Ancestry.com Family Tree

At 50, a person may start to think about their place in history. They begin to really contemplate what it means to someday join the long chain of human life that led to them and to their descendants. Help them get started on a journey of self discovery by starting a family tree.

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Bucket List Bucket

Get started on that Bucket List while there’s time and health to finish it by writing everything on special tags and storing them in an actual bucket. Then pick an adventure whenever life permits. There’s so much to do and look forward to doing! Get to work on it!

Blue Apron Subscription
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Blue Apron Subscription

There is a chance they might be underwhelmed when they realize that they themselves will have to cook the dinner(s) you bought for them, but only up until they actually follow along with Blue Apron’s clear easy instructions and eat their delicious, gourmet food. Then they won’t stop thanking you.

Bingo Dauber
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Bingo Dauber

A gift that was funny on the 40th birthday becomes a grim reality on the 50th, as your favorite person turning fifty slides into senior citizenship. All the retirees at the bingo parlor will know that a new player is on the scene when they whip out their own dauber and start listening for their letters and numbers.

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Time Travel Machine

By 50, most people have a few regrets and a few things they would do differently if they could go back and do them again. Help them set up a few alternate timelines with their very own time travel machine. Since these aren’t commercially available yet, you’ll need to build your own.

Old Timers Survival Kit
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Old Timers Survival Kit

The 50th birthday is probably the last time you can get away with “over the hill” jokes. From here on in, these kinds of jokes will sound more like observations. Take advantage of your last chance to pick on the old guy by putting together a basket of embarrassing senior citizen’s products like prune juice, orthopedic shoe inserts, hemorrhoid cream, Metamusal, Depends diapers, Beano, and reading glasses.

The Year You Were Born Mug
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The Year They Were Born Mug

Technically this mug says “Made in [YEAR]” (you pick the year), so you could debate whether that means the year they were conceived or the year they were born. As such, we would suggest this mug works best as a 50th birthday gift for someone born in September or later in the year to avoid confusion.

Inflatable Heated Whirlpool Spa
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Inflatable Heated Whirlpool Spa

As anyone facing their 50th birthday is all too aware, aches and pains are a daily part of life. This Inflatable Heated Whirlpool Spa can help soothe those ever present annoyances without breaking the bank. It might even make them feel like 40 again!

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50th Birthday Milestone

A milestone is more than just a rock with a number painted on it or carved into it. It has meaning. It tells a person where they are, how far they’ve come, and how far they have yet to go. So, too, it is true that the 50th birthday is more than just another birthday. It is a milestone.

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Electric Air Fryer

It’s a sad truth that the older you get, the less you can afford to eat things that have been fried in oil. But fried food tastes great! There is an answer to the problem. Electric Air Fryers cook up crispy fried food without all those calories from oil. Give the gift of taste without guilt.

Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp
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Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

Why would a 50 year-old want a video game inspired desk lamp, you may be asking. Consider, though, that Tetris was released in 1984, when today’s 50 year-old was a mere teenager. So why wouldn’t a 50 year-old want a lamp this cool? They totally would!

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Giant Legos

Is the birthday guy or gal planning some home remodeling? No need for expensive contractors – with these giant legos they can build it themselves. This gift will rekindle their childhood imagination and provide them with the pride of actually building something they use. Perhaps a lego kitchen island or coffee table would be just the thing to bring their decor together?

The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century
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The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century

A person who has lived over half a century is often seen as wise, a person who young people can turn to for a deeper understanding of the world. Unfortunately, not all of us know quite as much as it seems like we should, and wish we could bone up on human history a bit before we get asked about it. And that’s where this book comes in.

Automatic Handbag Illuminator
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Automatic Handbag Illuminator

She won’t spend too much extra time rooting around her cavernous purse for her checkbook to pay for groceries if you give her this 50th birthday gift. It’s a little light that hangs inside a handbag waiting to light up as soon as she reaches in to look for something.

La Chamba Incan Clay Cookware
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La Chamba Incan Clay Cookware

Fifty is too old to still be using everyday items that are just decent. At this age superior quality, beauty, and utility are more important than ever, and La Chamba Incan earthenware combine these virtues into one gorgeous, functional package.

Jewelry Steam Cleaner
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Jewelry Steam Cleaner

By their 50th birthday, they’ve probably managed to acquire some decent jewelry. Maybe not a lot, but some, and good enough that they want to keep it clean and nice. So instead of giving them another gold bracelet, perhaps this Jewelry Steam Cleaner would be a prudent gift.

The Gift of Scottish Lordship (Laird Or Lady)
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The Gift of Scottish Lordship (Laird Or Lady)

By their 50th birthday, a person is probably pretty sure they are not going to ever have a royal title. Like, what are the chances? Now you can blow their mind with the gift of a Scottish Laird or Ladyship decorative title and a real piece of an ancient estate.

120 Hour Personal Mosquito Repeller
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120 Hour Personal Mosquito Repeller

Magically preventing a person from being attacked by mosquitos for potentially hundreds of hours would be a pretty cool gift, right? Well the same is true for doing it scientifically. Clipped to a belt, the 120 Hour Personal Mosquito Repeller keeps the little buggers away for up to 120 hours per charge.

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Travel Plans

Don’t say bucket list. Don’t say “while you still can” when making the plans. This is supposed to be fun, not somber. Just plan a trip, somewhere you know they’ve always wanted to go and never had the chance. Make it happen. Have a wonderful time. And do it again and again.

Flameless Candle Lighter
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Flameless Candle Lighter

50 birthday candles is a lot of fire, you might want to have a fire extinguisher handy in case things take a turn. You can also make the process of lighting all those candles a whole lot cooler with this magic wand style electric flameless lighter.

Sheep Skin Insoles
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Sheep Skin Insoles

People nearing their 50th birthday can often be heard complaining about their feet. It’s just human nature. Something else that is human nature is loving the feel of wool. What if we could combine sore feet with the feel of wool? That would be amazing!

NASA Sleep Promoting Light Bulb
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NASA Sleep Promoting Light Bulb

Sleeping in space is not as easy as one might think, which is why NASA invented this lightbulb that promotes melatonin production by taking the blue out of the spectrum of light it produces. Help your favorite 50 year-old get a proper night’s sleep with this scientifically proven gift.

Voice Activated Grocery List Maker
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Voice Activated Grocery List Maker

Sure, they could just make the same list on their smartphone, and never print it. Or they could use a pen. But people turning fifty have been wanting a Voice Activated Grocery List Maker since they saw that article about life in the 21st century 40+ years ago, and, goshdarnit, they should get one.

Sandscript - Automatic Sand Drawing Machine
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Automatic Sand Drawing Machine

Help them get their Zen on with the Sandscript. The three knobs are used to control a magnetic metal ball as it traces symmetrical mandala patterns into the soft sand. It’s kind of blissfully mesmerizing, really.

RFID Blocker Card Prevents Cybertheft
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RFID Blocker Card Prevents Cybertheft

Older people sometimes get a little freaked out about technology they don’t understand, so give them some peace of mind with this card that blocks remote RFID readers from stealing their credit cards. And buy one for yourself, too, because this threat is actually real.

Day Trader Board Game
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Day Trader Board Game

Keep them from losing all their retirement savings gambling it away in the stock market by getting good at this game, giving it to them as a 50th birthday gift, and then beating them badly at it repeatedly. They’ll have fun learning to leave investing to the pros.

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Event Tickets

Get out, go to a concert, see a show, watch a game. Have a great time. Nothing fancy here, just tickets to something fun. Get a pair of tickets and either go with them or send them along with the person of their choice. Even if the event isn’t happening for several months, they’ll still enjoy looking forward to going.

Under-Desk Elliptical
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Under-Desk Elliptical

It’s hard to stay active and moving around when you’re chained to a desk with work all day, so consider giving them this Under-Desk Elliptical machine on which they can pedal away all day, working up a sweat and staring at spreadsheets. At least until coworkers complain.

Life Hacks
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Life Hacks

A person who’s just hitting 50 has learned a lot over the years, so why would they need a book like this? Because, just like in other sorts of technology, people never stop devising newer and better ways of doing even mundane everyday tasks. This book is state of the art.

DNA Portrait
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DNA Portrait

In our opinion, while the fact that this is a custom one-of-a-kind portrait of a person’s DNA sequence is very cool, it is not the best reason to buy this for someone’s 50th birthday. After all, if it were ugly, we would never recommend it at all. But it is not ugly. It’s quite beautiful, actually. And that is best reason to buy it.

Squatty Potty
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Squatty Potty

This doesn’t have to be awkward. Yes, you are giving someone, as a 50th birthday gift, something they will use for pooping. It’s OK. Then someday you’ll say, “Hey, you, uh, you ever use that Squatty Potty?” They’ll look horrified for a half a second, but then they’ll crack a quick smile and say, “Yeah, actually. It’s great. Thanks.” Then you never speak of it again.

Cordless Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap
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Cordless Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap

If you’ve used a heating blanket, you know how you’re stuck sitting or lying down, and how hard it can be to get it on the right spot. Here’s a 50th birthday gift idea that solves all that. The heat wrap covers neck and shoulders while allowing full freedom of blissful movement.

18250 days old mug
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18,250 Days Old Mug

50 years, including leap years, comes out to be exactly 18,250 days. But here’s the thing: you can get this mug for any age, so while it does make a great 50th birthday gift, it would also be just as good for, like, a 27th birthday (9855 days), or any other birthday for that matter. We’re just saying.

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Money Bouquet

Plain white envelopes are so overdone. Giving a stack of money doesn’t have to be boring. Fold every bill into an origami flower, mount them on sticks, and arrange the cash into a stunning bouquet of blossoming currency. Everyone loves flowers, and everyone loves cash money. It’s the perfect gift!

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Cryotherapy Session

Every time we’ve been to a sauna there’s been some 50 year-old sitting in there the whole time. People that age love sitting in hot, steamy rooms. As it turns out, they also love sitting in super cold and dry places as well. It’s just the other side of the coin! If they like a good sauna, they’ll probably like cryotherapy, trust us.

Backwards Clock
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Backwards Clock

A fun clock where the numbers are printed in reverse and the hands run counter-clockwise, it makes obvious sense that this is a great 50th birthday gift. The one thing about it, though, is how hard is it going to be to use for telling time? Pretty hard, right? Give it to someone with a flexible mind.

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Birthstone Jewelry

Here’s a tip: If you are giving someone birthstone jewelry as a 50th birthday present, figure out what other birthstone jewelry they own and get them something that will match. A beautiful necklace looks even better when matched with earrings or a bracelet, so prove you’re paying attention.