Unusual Gifts for a 50th Birthday

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Unusual Gifts for a 50th Birthday
Give your 50-year-old an unusual ride for her milestone birthday. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The birthday boy just spent 50 years navigating life's ups and downs. Celebrate this achievement with a birthday gift that signifies an exciting new chapter. Put some thought into this one. Think outside the gift box. The unusual birthday present is not something you unwrap and stick on the shelf.

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Exotic Adventures

If you have a large budget, give your 50-year-old the gift of an adventure in an exotic locale. No beach resort or European tour for this unusual present. Book a trip to explore Peru's Machu Picchu or go on a safari in Africa. Dive into an underwater adventure by scuba diving off the coast of Bora Bora or do some trekking in the Australian Outback. The point is to encourage the 50-year-old to explore part of the world that's not part of her usual vacation routine, and to make the trip a new experience. Use the service of a travel agent, since you may not know all the important details to take care of.

Thrills of a Lifetime

By age 50 it's high time to experience the thrill of a lifetime. Give your 50-year-old the opportunity to jump out of an aeroplane, hang glide over a canyon, hot air balloon over a mountain or swim with sharks, dolphins or rays. Don't worry if he's never done any of these things. You can pay for same-day or advance lessons with the company providing the service. If those adventures are a little too thrilling, consider giving him a day of riding white water rapids on a river or parasailing at a beach or lake.

A Cool Ride

Get the 50-year-old out of the minivan and into something a little more energising. Buy or lease her a new vehicle that has some wow factor, such as a convertible, a sporty roadster or even a motorcycle. If that's not in the budget, opt for a one-day or one-week rental of a totally cool ride. Find out what the 50-year-old has always wanted to drive and book it accordingly. If she likes antiques, get her a day rental of an antique car or book an antique car to take her to dinner with you.

Low Budget Ideas

When you need an unusual idea for a 50th birthday but you don't have the budget, give a theme present with 50 items. For example, the beer lover may enjoy 50 different bottles of brew. The foodie will like a gift basket with 50 samplings of gourmet treats. The car enthusiast will appreciate 50 professional car washes. The spa-lover will sink into a 50-minute massage. The golfer will definitely use 50 golf balls with his name stamped on them. Think of the birthday boy's personality and indulge him with 50 items related to his likes and interests.

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