Whether it's your dad, your spouse or a sibling, if a man in your life is turning 50, it's a milestone event. This birthday is often approached with dread, as it marks a half-century of life and unquestionably, the celebrant is officially middle aged. Make light of the celebration by giving the honoree gag gifts that will make him chuckle.
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Approaching "old age" often means difficulty with walking will soon arise. Give him a gift that will help him get around with more ease on his 50th birthday. Purchase a wheelchair or a walker and decorate it with stickers, caution tape and warning signs, then hang a cardboard traffic light or stop sign on it. You could also hang a sign that says, "If lost, please return to (insert birthday boy's address)." A less expensive alternative to the walker or wheel chair is a cane.
Give the 50-year-old man in your life an ageing survival kit. Buy a tool box and fill it with a variety of items that aid ailments that commonly occur with old age. Include remedies such as heartburn relief pills, fibre pills, prune juice, reading glasses and denture paste. You could also include emergency phone numbers and a whistle or a bell for him to sound in the event he falls and needs help.
Create a gift that he can wear to show pride in his new age. Locate a photo of the man in question from when he was 20. Use an iron-on transfer to put the image onto a plain T-shirt. Also use an iron-on transfer to display the caption, "I'm Celebrating my 21st birthday for the 29th time."
Going grey and hair loss are feared parts of growing older. For his 50th birthday, give him some help covering that impending bald spot or those streaks of silver hair. Fill a basket with a wig, a toupee, hair-growing cream and hair dye. You may also want to throw in a hand mirror so he can check out his locks from behind to make sure they are well cared for and aren't suggesting his age.
The age of 50 means that retirement is just around the corner for many men. Visit local retirement and old age homes, or research some online in areas that people commonly flock to in their twilight years -- Florida, for example -- and gather a collection of brochures. Highlight pertinent information and place the brochures in a gift bag. The honoree can use the information to plan his upcoming years.
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