50th Birthday Gift Ideas for a Woman

Updated February 21, 2017

A 50th birthday is a monumental occasion in a woman's life and deserves to be marked with considerable fanfare. As you plan a gift for a woman turning 50, consider ways you can celebrate her life and reassure her that she has many adventure-filled years to come. Look for gifts that encourage activity, commemorate times you've spent together, or make her laugh.


At age 50, many women feel strong. Celebrate the birthday girl's strength by bringing her on a trip that includes a physical or mental challenge. You might buy tickets to Colorado to climb a 14,000-foot peak, for example, or hike to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Because of the amount of time spent in close quarters, this trip is best given as a gift for a very close friend or relative. It can also be a good experience for a mother-daughter pair, because the shared exertion tends to act as a bond.

50 Things I Love About You

If you are interested in scrapbooking, use your skills and supplies to create a personalised book that uses the number 50 as a theme. For a loved one, you might title the book, "50 Things I Love About You," and for a friend, you can use a less-affectionate title that deals with 50 ways the person is special or 50 fun moments together. On each page, choose something you love about the person, a positive trait, a funny memory from years past, or a thank you for helping you out. Include photos, stickers, shapes cut from craft paper, photo frames and memorabilia to create a personal, meaningful book.

Gag Gift

For a woman who has a well-developed sense of humour, get a gag birthday gift that will get a laugh out of everyone assembled. You might buy something that is associated with old age, such as a cane with a bright red bow, a walker or a package of adult diapers. You can make an "old age survival kit" by buying a black basket and filling it with gigantic vitamins, extra-strength skin lotion, Ginkgo biloba pills for memory, large-print books, a magnifying glass and denture cleaner.

Young at Heart

When you are buying a gift for a woman who is active and ready to try new things, give gifts that encourage her to be young at heart. If she's always wanted to try skydiving, buy her a gift token for a jump and purchase one for yourself to keep her company. You can also consider taking her bungee jumping, hot air ballooning or hang gliding. For women who didn't discover their sense of adventure until their later years, set up an evening of fun for the birthday: rent a limousine, ride around standing with your heads through the skylight, drink champagne, dance at lounges and show the younger people that you're still up for anything.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Smith has been a scientific and engineering writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications. A frequent traveler, she also has penned articles as a travel writer. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and writing from Michigan State University.