Male birthday present ideas for a 50-year-old

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Male birthday present ideas for a 50-year-old
Remember to send a card if you cannot make the festivities. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Help the man in your life celebrate his 50th birthday, a milestone birthday that allows people to reflect on how their lives have changed and what they would like to accomplish next. Society used to be consider 50 "old" due to shorter life expectancies, but advances in the heath and wellness industry have turned 50 into the new 30. Look for 50th birthday gifts that reflect his taste or that send him on a nostalgia trip.

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"Time" Gifts

Give gifts reflective of the year the person was born. Try "time capsule" gift sets, which feature nostalgic toys and candy from the year the person was born, or time capsule boxes filled with CDs, candy, trivia playing cards, trivia magnets and trivia booklets. Yearbooks from the year the person was born is another option. Such yearbooks feature events, movies, sports trivia, television, advertisements and fashions displayed in a calendar fashion. "On the Day You Were Born" framed prints feature reprints of newspapers with news headlines from the day the person was born. Another option is to make your own newspaper print from the year the person was born through research and software programs.

Sports Gifts

Turning 50 is no excuse to quit exercising or remaining active, so look for sports-themed gifts for the athletic soon-to-be-50-year-old. Ideas include a new set of golf clubs for the golf enthusiast, gear for running or biking, such as sneakers, running trousers and socks, bicycle shorts, sweat bands, water bottle, and bicycle accessories such as thorn-proof tires and bike packs. New tennis rackets, scuba diving gear or accessories and flotation devices for kayaks are also ideas, or try gift memberships to country clubs and gyms.

Travel Gifts

Perhaps turning 50 has inspired him to travel more, so get the soon-to-be-50-year-old man in your life the gift of travel. Book a trip he's always talked about taking, such as a train trip through Canada, a bicycle trip through Europe, skiing in Aspen, Colorado, or visiting the redwood forests in California. Travel accessories are also an option, such as a new set of luggage, passport wallet, travel guidebook, and accessories for campers/RVs. Language classes are another potential gift for the 50-year-old looking to travel to certain foreign countries.

Gag Gifts

Find endless gag gifts for the 50-year-old guy such as personalised "over the hill" inflatable walkers and T-shirts that read "I'm Not 50! I'm 18 With 32 Years' Experience." Make "old age survival kits," another goofy option. Fill a container or basket with "over the hill" gifts such as a medical alarm, bran flakes, "early bird special" coupons, false teeth, reading glasses, goofy old people figurines and a mini bottle of sparkling wine.

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