Birthday gift ideas for a 50-year-old woman

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Birthday gift ideas for a 50-year-old woman
Celebrate this milestone your way. (happy birthday image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com)

Strike up the band! When a woman hits the big five-o, it's cause for celebration and commemoration. After all, although the birthday girl has a treasured past, friends and loved ones will want to make sure she's looking to the future with laughter and excitement. To help her embrace this new phase of life, look for gifts that encourage a little indulgence, tap into something she's always wanted or touch the heart.

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Plan a Getaway

Nothing could help kick off this milestone year better than a celebratory trip. Consider pampering the birthday girl with a long weekend away on a Caribbean cruise. Or plan a few days away in a mountain retreat for time to reflect and relax. If art, culture and nightlife are on her agenda, surprise her with an escape to a destination such as New Orleans where she can dance the night away and enjoy museums and historical sites during the day.

A Girl's Best Friend

Commemorate the occasion with a special piece of jewellery. Diamonds speak volumes, but also consider a necklace or ring that prominently features her birthstone. If you know she has a charm bracelet, the 50th birthday is the perfect time to give her that extra special charm. Remember to check if her bracelet is gold or silver so you can select the ideal charm from the jeweller.

Enjoy a Shopping Spree

Grab the credit card and blaze a trail to the mall. A day of shopping for new clothes, make-up and perfume is not only fun-filled, but a great way for a woman turning 50 to remind herself that 50 is the new 30. Look for chic, elegant attire for a night out or relaxing, playful clothes that she can be herself in--and don't forget the shoes.

From the Heart

If your pockets don't run deep, or if you just want a truly unique 50th birthday gift, make it. Craft stores can provide you with great ideas as well as instruction for making your gift. Plus, they often sell kits complete with the supplies you need to create your heartfelt masterpiece for this special occasion. If you're handy with knitting or crochet needles, stitch a throw blanket or sweater that will warm her heart and the rest of her on chilly nights. Or touch her heart with a handmade picture frame filled with a special photo from her past.

Time to Give Back

Chances are you'll hear, "I have everything I need," when you ask the birthday girl what she'd like for her special day. If that's the case, consider donating money or time to a charity in her honour. Perhaps she already has a favourite charitable organisation, in which case, make your contribution directly to it. If not, think about something that's important to her, such as helping the homeless or furthering the arts in her community, and offer your time or treasure to the organisation in her name.

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