Big ideas can change the world, but so do small acts. Not all of us can create the next Google or reinvent the energy industry, but we can all be better at being human. This international, online-integrated card game provides the ideas and the motivation to spread goodwill everywhere you go, one act at a time.
This self-contained eco-system in a glass is sure to get any scientific 50-year-old’s nature senses tingling. Particularly good if they’ve always wanted a pet, but fear the responsibility – these new shrimp and algae friends require zero maintenance, and can be carried around in their pocket for creepy hugs on the go.
After 50 years of using their brain to function, do math and solve puzzles (and abusing it with alcohol, no doubt), your recipient might like to see how it actually looks. And with these clever coasters, they’ll be able to combine this learning curve with their favorite brain-altering activity – drinking. Perfect.
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.
If your 50-year-old has always reminded you a bit of Homer Simpson (which, let’s face it, a lot of 50-year-olds do), this could be the gift for them. All they’ll need to do is whip up some batter, pour it in, and they’ll be enjoying delicious homemade donuts in minutes. Doh!
As a person approaches the big 5-0, the long walk from the couch to the fridge can start to feel unbearable. They begin to crave being able to reach down and produce a new, freshly chilled beer, with zero effort. It’s the small things. This genius table will keep their laziness secret when guests come over.
Not a last-minute gift, but for people who plan ahead, custom made jewelry is sure to earn you some serious brownie points with your 50-year-old. Perhaps their favorite band logo would make a nice brooch, or their pet budgies would look good as earrings. You’ve always thought taxidermy was underrated… just kidding!
Chances are, your recipient might be feeling a bit agitated on their 50th birthday. They’ve been alive for half a century, and what have they achieved? What is the point of life?! Calm them down with these soothing, hypnotic jellyfish. ‘Look into the tentacles, count to 3… that’s better’. Who knew deadly sea creatures could be so relaxing?
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.
Some people need visual feedback in order to understand their progress. With these right and left brain bookends, they can literally watch as their mind expands with each book added to the shelf. Of course, they still have to read them to absorb the knowledge. Let’s hope you don’t have to explain that.
In fifty years of sitting on the throne, they’ve never felt like a king… until now! This unique birthday gift will finally serve them their toilet paper with the grandeur they deserve. And why stop there? They could have a whole medieval-themed bathroom, complete with, er, herbs, and no bath? They weren’t really known for their personal hygiene back then.
If you can’t afford a spa retreat for your recipient on their 50th birthday, consider this piece of bathroom apparatus as the next best thing. After all, who needs a $100 an hour massage session, feeling awkward in a minuscule towel and emerging glistening like a seal, when you could just take a shower?
Know someone who’s had a lot of close calls? Celebrate it with this bullet-embedded shot glass. A strong reminder that you never know which direction the next shitstorm is coming from, and you never know what shape it’s going to take. You might as well live it up now while you can.
Depending on how much of a receding hairline your 50-year-old has, you may not want to give them something that could potentially encourage more strands to abandon their follicles. But if they’re still looking quite fluffy up top (or that ship has already sailed), this oddly relaxing, spider-like massager should be well received.
For the practical 50-year-old, who likes to be well-prepared in case of emergencies like hurricanes, tsunamis or running out of battery and not being able to FaceTime their friends, this emergency charger and radio is a no-brainer. They’ll be able to safely Snapchat their way through the next natural disaster / zombie apocalypse, all thanks to you.
Now they’re 50, they’re probably starting to worry a little more about their teeth – all those years of eating sweets and not changing their toothbrush are catching up with them, and the days of dropping their teeth into a glass of water on the nightstand before bed are looming. Buy them some time with this practical gift.
Everyone needs batteries. So many important things in life require them – whether it’s the TV remote, the alarm clock, the TV remote, their toothbrush, the TV remote... We’re willing to bet that in the 50 years they’ve walked this planet, they’ve already gotten through a sh*load of batteries. And they’re sure to get through this sh*load more.
This present is sure to knock your gift giving reputation out of the park and score you a home run. Whether you’re buying it for a baseball buff or a wine connoisseur, it’s a brilliant centerpiece that is guaranteed to start conversations for years to come. You can even pick their home team to make sure it’s a guaranteed hit.
Never let your 50-year-old run out of gas again! With this practical gift, your recipient can monitor the propane level in their canister, and know exactly when they need to buy more. It could prove particularly helpful now they’re getting older – chances are they’ve got other kinds of gas to worry about…
We are intelligent survivors by nature. Despite its ominous name, a worst case scenario can be a lot of fun, provided you have the tools available to pull a MacGyver-like exit. This little kit can save someone’s life over and over again. Check that, only their primal genius can save their life. But this lends a helping hand.
For a 50-year-old chemistry teacher, alchemist or Breaking Bad fan, these scientific coasters are sure to go down well. Like Plutonium in water (it’s a heavy metal, don’t you know?) What’s that? You need to put a drink on each one to make it light up? No problem. ‘Bartender, 3 more please!’ Let’s get this party started.
The perfect gift to show the waffle-lover in your life how much they mean to you - as much as toasted batter in the shape of an organ! Hand this tasty gift over on their 50th birthday, then why not try it out and whip them up a treat (or five!) for their birthday breakfast?
We’re not sure how far the constitution goes as far as ring marks on tables are concerned, but if you know someone who’s passionate about defending their household surfaces then you might just hit a bullseye with this birthday present. This set of heavy duty coasters are as much a conversation starter as they are a conservation effort so we’d definitely take a shot on them if we were you.
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.
One for the BBQ kings out there! By the time they reach fifty, they’ve hopefully established themselves as a master of outdoor cooking (if not they need to have a word with themselves). But it’s time to take it to the next level. The Skewer Flipper will allow them to create perfect kebabs, every time.
Keeping practical supplies in the car in case of emergency is something we all should do – yet many people get to fifty without adding so much as a band-aid to their car’s inventory. That’s right, in the event of a blizzard, those store receipts won’t save you. Shocking, we know. This Auto Survival Kit on the other hand…
After 50 years of boring normal water, it’s about time they got something to make it more exciting, and everybody likes fizz, right? Jacuzzis, champagne, lava lamps… bubbles make people happy, and that’s what you want in a 50th birthday gift.
You’ll have to explain to them that this is the modern-day equivalent of feeding up your carrier pigeon to make him speedier… ok, maybe not. But on a serious note, this is the kind of practical gift that anyone living in the 21st Century (and in sunny climes) is sure to appreciate, including your 50-year-old.
Have the last few dinner parties hosted by your 50-year-old been a bit, well, lackluster? It’s time to take charge and change this forever by giving them the awesome gift of a fondue maker! They’ll feel obliged to use it when you visit, and how could a pot of communal melted cheese or chocolate not improve any social situation?
After 50 years of washing up, they’ve probably had enough. Let’s be honest, most of us are over it by our mid-twenties. But using paper plates is so bad for environment. What’s the answer? Edible tableware of course! Start small with these edible cups, then cutlery, and for their 60th, a delicious table and chair set…
Everyone loves pizza, which means you literally can’t go wrong with this culinary gift! Well, we mean, in an ideal world, they probably would have preferred a trip to Italy, to stroll along the Amalfi Coast, bathing in Mediterranean sunshine and stopping at a traditional pizzeria for their 50th birthday meal, but hey – we do what we can.
Just because they’re 50, doesn’t mean you have to give them a stuffy ‘grown-up’ gift – you know what they say, ‘you’re only as young as the sandcastles you bulldoze with a car!’ Infinitely more exciting than socks or a bottle of Cognac, we think the risk of duplication on this blood-pumping gift is minimal.
Sunflowers are some of nature’s most obnoxiously beautiful creations, and they make a real statement when planted in your yard. Bright yellow and absurdly tall, they grab the attention of every passerby. Almost like standing on the porch and yelling at people, but in a really endearing and pleasant way.
For the 50-year-old who’s always dragging you to sushi restaurants on your nights out, then casually spearing bits of rice and fish with chopsticks and speaking Japanese, this make-your-own sushi tool is the perfect 50th birthday gift. Now, they’ll be able to invite you over to their house to casually spear rice and fish and speak Japanese. At least you’ll save money.
We all know someone who loves snow cones. But, here’s the secret: They’re just shaved ice! With this machine, ice cubes they have in their freezer, that they made for free – yes, free – can become delicious, homemade snow cones, also for free. And they’ve spent the last fifty years buying them, like some chump?!
Humanity’s relationship with fire spans hundreds of thousands of years – further back than even your 50-year-old can remember. Give them this for their special birthday, and allow them to indulge their inner caveman or woman with this ultra-modern take on the ancient discovery. What would our ancestors make of us now?
‘You know, it’s a calliope! Those musical circus carts they had back when you were a kid! I’m sure it said they were from the mid-19th Century… oh. My bad. Um…’ Ok, so it isn’t quite from their era, but this musical gift is sure to put a smile on the face of any historically-inclined 50-year-old.
This unique and practical birthday gift is a subtle way in which you can protect your 50-year-old from back pain as they get older, while simultaneously making them feel like one of the heroes in Ghostbusters. ‘If there’s something dusty in your living room, and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call?’
If you’ve always suspected your 50-year-old friend or relative has a bit of a superhero complex (you caught a glimpse of that blue spandex in their wardrobe all those years ago, but didn’t like to ask…) this unselfish gift is sure to be a hit, and make them feel like Clark Kent under their overalls.
Certain small items like keys, wallet, and sunglasses have a bad habit of getting lost when they’re most needed, so it’s nice to have a dedicated spot for them. Ikea probably has a solution for that, but for the love of god, it’s time to stop relying on the Swedish to solve all of your problems. This nice man in Oregon put together a very unique bowl that would look great on someone’s coffee table.
The perfect gift for the 50-year-old who’s always getting lost in the dark, tripping down the stairs on their way back from the bathroom, or struggling to summon The Batman, the light from this flashlight is visible from five nautical miles away. They’ll never need to fear the Joker again!
Now here’s a truly terrifying fact – this movie was released in 1993. So, your 50-year-old probably remembers this as a film from their youth... Argh! This quirky cuckoo clock is the perfect gift for Jack and Sally fans, or really anyone who digs the haunted house décor vibe – which is everyone, right??
If the 50 year old you know is a maker or tinkerer, they surely already have a toolbox. What they need though, is a Coolbox. This modern evolution of the toolbox has come a long way from being just a place to store tools. It has built-in power strips and an internal battery, a clock, wheels, bluetooth audio, LED lamp, a whiteboard, and even a bottle opener.
If money’s no object and your recipient has a large hootenanny sized space in their house just waiting to be filled, look no further than this luxury musical gift. With a host of instruments and thousands of songs to choose from, your 50-year-old will be partying away every night! Note: their neighbors might not be quite so thrilled.
Well, they’ve made it to their 50th birthday, so they’re obviously doing something right (either that or they’ve been very lucky, and have good friends!) Still, with the zombie apocalypse on the horizon, it can’t hurt to know this stuff, and it’s sure to make your recipient feel like James Bond – a much needed pick-me-up, we’re sure!
For all the hardcore, dinosaur-loving 50-year-olds out there! (And we do mean, hardcore.) They’ll need to eat, sleep and breathe dinosaurs, as well as own at least a small mansion with a 15 x 40ft space for a Tyrannosaurus Rex. You’ll need to be a multi-millionaire, and prepared to splash some cash on hugely impressive, but ultimately useless gifts.
Most of us march to the beat of our own drum, but if the tempo is slowing down a bit, give them a gift that’ll suit their more subdued, middle-aged pace. This music box will allow them to compose their own tune to play whenever they want, so even if nowadays they’re less of a salsa and more of a slow waltz, they’ll still sound sublime.
Finally, after 50 years of indecisiveness, your recipient will now be able to make important life choices in mere seconds with this helpful device. Should they buy their daughter a car? Is it worth paying for Alex’s college fees? Should they have that fifth glass of wine? (The answer to all three is ‘no’, but they’ll do it anyway).
A real conversation starter, this unique 50th birthday gift is made by and supports veterans, and might pique the interest of an ex-military or historically-minded recipient. Now, they can use an actual bullet to crack open a well-deserved beer at the end of the day. Which, surely, is a much better use for it than originally intended.
Just what they need to get rid of 50 years of grime on their prized jewels (ok, their wedding ring), this hi-tech jewelry cleaner will ensure their wrists and neck sparkle for years to come. Plus, it can also be used to clean dentures and eyeglasses – which let’s face it, will probably come in handy soon!
A normal magic wand makes things disappear. This one makes them appear on your doorstep, though it takes a couple of days. That’s how magic works in the digital age: it’s a little slower, but it gets you stuff you actually want. The old magic just got you a rabbit or something and left you confused. They’ll like this a lot more.
There’s nothing sadder than a gardener without a garden. This vertical indoor planter is the perfect 50th birthday gift for someone whose green-fingers are itching to sow, tend and water, but who lives in an apartment block and just doesn’t have the outdoor space usually required. Now they can garden on their kitchen wall!
Doing exactly what it says on the package, this box has no purpose other than to instantly turn itself ‘off’ when you try to turn it ‘on’. Despite being useless, we have to admit it does have a certain charm, and we’re sure it could be quite entertaining to any 50-year-old with half a brain cell (just no more).
‘Yes, it really does go back that far – who knew!’, you’ll quip as you hand over this personalized gift (they’ll be creasing up, we’re sure). The perfect gift for the reflective 50-year-old who likes to quote ominously, ‘Back in my day…’, this will give them a whole new source of ways to finish that sentence.
It’s never too late to start taking proper care of your skin, even at 50. Sun damage can cause wrinkles and brown spots, as well as increase the risk of melanoma - this nifty gadget will show them the areas they’ve missed with the sunscreen, so they can stay safe (and avoid that patchy lobster look!)
If your recipient has recently been complaining that a regular vacuum cleaner just doesn’t cut it anymore (in the face of all these ‘modern’ germs), consider this practical 50th birthday gift. But, only if you’ve heard them say these words, or something very similar. A cleaning product can be a risky gift, if not requested.
At first glance, this might seem like a pointless gimmick – an unnecessary luxury that could be replaced by regular shaving foam and warm tap water. Has our modern, commodity-driven world gone mad? Oh yes. But just wait until they have their first shave with it. They’ll wonder how they ever managed without.
Wow. Finally, a piece of jewelry that they’ll actually, literally be over-the-moon with! This galactically awesome bracelet features a celestial fireworks scene captured by NASA, illuminated with LED lights. The ideal gift for any Starman (or woman), we don’t reckon that in 50 years they’ll have seen anything this magical.
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.
In 50 years, we bet they’ve never drank out of anything this cool. Ok, well, maybe that time they got drunk while traveling in Europe and ended up glugging from the Trevi fountain… but since then. These awe-inspiring glasses feature actual images of space taken by NASA, taking drinking to whole new dimension.
As many jokes as you can (and should) make about them getting on a bit, they’re not quite in the realm of orthopedic slippers just yet. They are probably in the realm of backache and stiff knees, though, so take the pressure off with this boot cleaner that they don’t need to bend down to use. Their shoes will still be looking as good as new, even if they’re not quite feeling the same.
Every 50-year-old is a secret chess player – somehow, they all just know how to do it. Like ironing. But, not everyone can play vertical chess. That takes skill, courage and a feat of gravity. Give this to your chess-playing 50-year-old (don’t worry, that’s all of them), and watch them rise to the challenge.
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.
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?
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.
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.
If there’s one thing grumpy 50-year-olds hate more than anything, it’s having wet feet. Narrowly followed by cold hands. Really. They can put up with obscene amounts of work pressure, family problems and money worries, but damp shoes can push them over the edge. Eradicate this dangerous source of irritation with this handy dryer.
If your 50-year-old seems a little run down and deflated recently, give them a much-needed boost with this practical gift. They can use it to pump up their car and bike tires, and they’ll be blowing up that inflatable pool in minutes – perfect for all those impromptu pool parties they’ll be throwing now!
After 50 years of sleeping (and other things, *shudder*) on their mattress, we’re sure it could do with a professional clean. Although, they probably have changed their mattress a few times in those 50 years. We hope. Otherwise they’re probably sleeping on a bed of rusty springs, and the situation is much worse than we thought.
For the 50-year-old who is your sun, moon, stars and whole universe, who your life orbits around, why not show them how much they mean to you with this space-themed jewelry piece? And if they don’t like it you can just tell them to stick it up Uranus.
You can’t beat good food, and in 50 years, your recipient has probably had a few stand-out dinners - but imagine if you can find one that trumps all those before it! The best thing about this gift is you can’t risk the meal being a disappointment, so you’ll have to personally trial-run all the options beforehand!
At 50, they’re more than likely spending a lot more money on others than they are themselves (food, cars, college fees… they may well have already sold a kidney), and so this generous gift is sure to be appreciated. Just make sure to put a limit on your credit card – unleashed shopaholics can be dangerous!