Personalized Gifts for 50-Year Olds
1. The personalized T-Shirt
Where to buy: Amazon.com
Funny T-Shirts with dedicated messages aren’t something new when it comes to birthday gifts. When somebody special in your life turns 50, they can make an awesome present. You can choose whatever message you like, one that will focus on the receiver’s personality. Something like “Fifty and Fabulous” or “It took me 50 years to get to look so good” goes great for 50 years olds who don’t believe they’re getting old. You can also opt for something that emphasizes the “getting old” status – in a funny way, of course – like “In dog years, I should be dead”. The purpose of those T-Shirts is both practical and entertaining, so feel free to browse the Internet for more ideas and retailers. These customized T-shirts can make the most creative 50th birthday gift ideas for someone dear to you, like your mom, dad, brother or sister.
2. The personalized mug
Where to buy: Amazon.com
Some people aren’t that willing to get out of the house wearing some T-Shirt stating their age or some wise opinion regarding their age, but having a fun item from their dear ones around the house might pull some smiles out from them on a daily basis. A coffee mug with a message works every time for those with a sense of humor, and you can let your imagination get wild while composing the text. “Best vintage vixen mom ever” might do the trick, together with a “Keep calm, I’m only 50” text. The “Keep calm” posters are wildly popular these days, and if you want to go to a greater length, you can add a funny photo too on the mug. This is another creative 50th birthday gift idea for a mom, dad, husband or wife.
3. The dedicated gift basket
Where to buy: Amazon.com
No no, we’re not talking about the regular gift basket containing wine, cake, three types of blue cheese and a hair conditioner. We’re talking about a gag gift basket meant as a funny prank for all those who complain that getting 50 means starting on the road of decay. You can fill up your basket with all the stuff “old people” need, from anti-wrinkle cream, to arthritis rub, depends undergarments and adult diapers, dental cleaning products, a magnifying glass or a palm-fan (for women menaced by menopause), a fake dental prosthesis, an old hearing cornet and so on. Not all of the items are useful for the receiver, but wrapped together nicely and accompanied by good laughs and cheer, might make the receiver remember his 50th birthday with a smile.
4. Funny birthday certificates
Where to buy: Amazon.com, NobleWorksCards.com, TheOatmeal.com
They go great as funny 50th birthday gift ideas if they accompany another more serious gift, or a similarly hilarious one. A traditional gift basket with goodies goes amusingly well with a printed certificate saying “Congratulations, now you’re older than Prozac” or “Happy birthday buddy! Love, Tutankhamen” or virtually anything that can crack some laughs. The Internet is full of funny birthday certificate templates, and if you’re the originality seeker type, you can come up with your own. You can type a funny quote about age, some song lyrics or you can gather the whole family to write their own funny wishes. Everybody in the family can thus contribute with some great 50th birthday gift ideas and wishes for dad or mom.
5. Personalized badges and bumper stickers
Where to buy: Amazon.com (Badge-making kit) and Amazon.com (Badge-A-Minit Button Machine Deluxe Starter Kit)
There’s nothing that says “50 and loving it” quite like wearing it on one’s lapel, shirt front, or car bumper. The best personalized badges are those you make yourself, so head on down to your local crafts store to pick up a badge-making kit. Alternatively, you can simply print out one of our ideas for badge slogans and affix them to a safety pin in any number of ways. These slogans work just as well for stickers, which your 50 year-old friends can use on the bumper of their car. How does “In dog years, I’d be dead” sound? What about “I’m not 50. I’m 18, with 32 years of experience!”?. The badge-making kit makes a great 50th birthday present for creative men.
6. Personalized birthday poem scroll
Where to buy: eBay.com
You can buy these beautifully packaged, boxed, personalized birthday poem scrolls online, and tailor them to perfectly suit the personality and tastes of the recipient. The maker provides buyers with a range of poetic creations to select from, and also offers a choice of bordering, the type of decorations, as well as the option to include a personalized message.
You can opt from six poems written by the maker themselves, or go for a classical poem, such as William Butler Yeats’s “When You Are Old”, Mathew Arnold’s “Growing Old”, or the slightly more humorous and light-hearted “Warning”, by Jenny Joseph. We recommend opting for a funny poem, to distract the receiver from the inevitable passage of time, rather some lofty and serious verse, which risks alienating them. For more inspiration, you can take a look at our list of inspirational quotes.
7. Funny books
Where to buy: The Hedonism Handbook – The Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure, Things to Do Now That You’re… 50, 1,003 Ways to Stay Young
If the person turning 50 is a book lover, then it shouldn’t be difficult to find the perfect gift. Yes, books are incredible 50th gifts for both men and women! So, if you want to give your friend or family member the opportunity to have some laughs and another good title in the library, offer him or her books appropriate for this age milestone. Some great choices are Michael Flocker’s The Hedonism Handbook – The Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure, Things to Do Now That You’re… 50 by Robert Allen or 1,003 Ways to Stay Young by Ann Hodgman, among others.
Where to buy: Wild Strawberries, Amour, The Bucket List, Secondhand Lions
How about a DVD (or more) with funny movies for those who enjoy a good film or are true cinema lovers? Of course, there are many movies out there which explore age from a dramatic or philosophical perspective, such as Kurosawa’s To Live, Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, Michael Haneke’s Amour, and so on.
The subject of getting old, however, is not only a matter of analyzing one’s past, feeling sad or contemplating the idea of the afterlife. Some movies exploit the subject of being old in the body, buy very young at heart. There are at least two that can make anybody laugh and think a lot about their life: Secondhand Lions, starring Robert Duval and Michael Cane or The Bucket List – starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Movies always make some of the best 50th birthday gift ideas for both men and women. Just make sure to pick a movie to their taste!
9. Funny music
Where to buy: Amazon.com
Or better yet, music with a message. It’s quite easy to offer as present a music disc to people who like music, especially if they’re close, and you know their tastes and preferences. But let’s not forget we’re talking about funny 50th birthday gift ideas! With that in mind, we can buy or create ourselves a compilation of old music for old people. You can choose classics, such as Too old to die young, When you’re old and lonely, Touch of grey, Rockin’ chair, or modern tunes with a twist, such as Jay Z’s 30 Something or LCD Soundsystem’s Losing my edge. Just as books and movies, music makes an awesome 50th birthday present! A playlist, accompanied by a funny card or an “Oldie but Goldie” birthday certificate will certainly make an unforgettable impression.
Have you ever received a gag gift or made one for somebody you cared for? What was it? Do you have other funny 50th birthday gift ideas that are worth mentioning? Tell us, and let the laughs begin!