A 50th birthday is considered a milestone for most people as it may mark the impending approach of retirement, as well as the onset of one's middle age years. Gifts for a man's 50th birthday vary depending on his personality. While some may seek out action and adventure, others may use their birthday as a time to relax or simply reflect upon their lives.
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Scenic Helicopter Rides
Many sightseeing companies offer scenic helicopter rides over cities across the United States, a fitting gift for those with a sense of adventure. These companies feature tours over such cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York, just to name a few, providing glimpses along the way of famous landmarks from high above. Guests can also book excursions over such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon and the red rock region of Sedona, Arizona. Depending on the size of the region, the length of the tour varies, but flights can include anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes of air time.
Bonsais, or dwarfed trees planted in pots, require a great deal of care and attention, particularly the painstaking process of trimming the stems and leaves. Tending to these trees, however, can also serve as a relaxing exercise after a long and stressful day. Bonsais come in different shapes, sizes and varieties, including olive, juniper, pear and palm bonsai trees. These small trees are available at most nurseries, the garden department of some home improvement stores and various websites. Bonsai trees make a fitting gift for a birthday party held in an outdoor setting, such as a garden or a park.
Personalised Family Tree
By the time many men turn 50 they have usually established an extensive family complete with children, and in some cases, grandchildren. A personalised family tree makes a thoughtful and sentimental birthday gift. Family trees come in various forms. For instance, family trees can be stitched into tapestries or printed up on parchment paper, framed and mounted onto the wall of a home. For the computer literate, Ancestry.com offers software for building a family tree. As an added perk a 50th birthday party can also double as a family reunion. In that instance, the family tree holds even more sentimental value and all who attend the party will enjoy its meaning.
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