Sentimental 50th Birthday Gifts

Updated March 29, 2017

Finding the perfect gift for a milestone birthday, such as a 50th, can prove difficult. However, with a little thought and imagination it is achievable to create or personalise an item that is full or meaning and sentiment. A sentimental birthday gift should say something about your relationship and memories between you and the recipient. Offering a gift that shows you have put time and effort into it will really show that you care about a person.

Time Capsule

Create a time capsule by filling a basket or gift box with defining moments in time from an individual's life. This can be done in a number of ways, such as buying a bottle of wine from a significant date in the recipient's life, like his wedding date. Many online stores sell newspaper pages from years gone by, which make unique gifts. For a less expensive option, create a CD full of songs from the year the person was born. A time capsule gift does not have to be date specific and could include retro gifts and sweets from the recipient's childhood.


A scrapbook makes a great 50th birthday gift whatever your relationship to the person such as parent, partner or friend. A scrapbook can be filled with personal memories that you have shared together. Either buy or make your own scrapbook and stick in personal mementos such as photographs, tickets of a concert you may have attended together or photographs of places you have visited. Make your scrapbook personal and write little comments next to the photographs about why the time was fun, memorable or special.

Personalised Items

When thinking about sentimental gifts, jewellery is one of the first ideas that springs to mind. Jewellery is sentimental because the person can wear it every day or for special occasions. A watch, ring, necklace or bracelet can all be engraved with a personal message. Alternatively, photo frames or ornaments can also be engraved with messages, phrases or dates if this is more to the recipient's taste. If you do not wish to engrave an item, write a personal poem that you can pop in the box of the gift.

Family Keepsake

A gift does not necessarily mean buying or making something new. Giving a family keepsake or heirloom such as jewellery or an antique can be a big gesture for a special birthday. This may be something you give collectively as a family to a parent, aunt or uncle.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.