Comedian Joan Rivers once said that "Looking 50 is great--if you're sixty." A person's 50th birthday is a milestone that some dread and others celebrate as the beginning of the second half of their life. A special milestone like this deserves a special gift. Forget the sweaters, ties and slippers and go for a gift that is decadent and oozes luxury.
It is difficult to go wrong with the gift of jewellery, a gift that lasts forever. Purchase platinum cufflinks from Rodeo Drive jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels or have a TAG Heuer, Panerai or A. Lange & Sohne watch engraved with an endearing sentiment for the special man in your life. A Cartier tennis bracelet with 50 diamonds or necklace sporting 50 South Sea or Tahitian pearls from Harry Winston is sure to make any woman happy on that special day.
Go all out for the gourmet on his birthday. A privately catered dinner featuring pate de foie gras followed by wagyu or Kobe beef and a £1,625 bottle of 1982 Chateau Margaux is a good start. To up the luxury factor, charter a private jet to whisk the birthday boy off to New York City to dine at what Forbes calls the most expensive restaurant in New York, if not the world, Masa (masanyc.com). Chef Masa Takayama has received many awards and accolades including the Mobil 5-star award, a 4-star review from the New York Times and the much-coveted Michelin 3-star award. There are no menus at Masa, as Chef Takayama seeks out the finest-available local and international ingredients as his daily inspiration. Prix fixe dinners begin at £227 per person.
Clothing and Accessories
Any woman will tell you that you can never have too many shoes. Go all out with a pair from the Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik or Stuart Weitzman line. Pair it with a purse from Hermes, Fendi or Prada. If you are budget-conscious, you can choose one of their handbags that are under £13,000.
A designer dress, preferably custom-made, from a top designer, will add the finishing touch to the fashion-conscious 50th birthday gift. Go for a classic Dolce and Gabbana or the more avant-garde Marc Jacobs. When in doubt, turn to Versace for designer duds.
Almost everyone will appreciate a first-class trip to Cannes for the annual film festival, Tuscany for the crush or Paris in the springtime. Consider a speciality cruise as you look for that perfect luxury birthday gift.
Silversea Cruises (silversea.com) offers a variety of enrichment voyages like their wine series and culinary art series. They also offer speciality cruises for art aficionados, active adventurers and nature lovers. History buffs might enjoy a six-night transatlantic cruise from New York to England aboard the Queen Mary 2, while golfers will enjoy Carnival's on-board golf academy (carnivalgolf.com) that comes complete with personal golf instruction and guided golf excursions in several different ports of call.