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Birthday Ideas for Him: What Men Really Want for Their 50th Birthday

Your special man is having his 50th birthday, and the planning has begun. He's excited about what is being planned for him, even if he might not be showing it.

Whether it's a quiet, peaceful night off you want to get your partner something he's really going to be ecstatic about. Men at this age seem most concerned with their past accomplishments but we love them just for being there for their family.

What do they really want? The customary tie, jewelry, or movie and a dinner isn't going to cut it for this milestone birthday unless it's a warm up gift. Consider the person, like their hobbies and interests, before making your gift buying decision.

A great gift would be getting something replaced that they have worn out that is costly but very important to them or saving up and taking them someplace they always wanted to go but couldn't afford to take the time.

Trust me men have a very different conversation with their buddies about what they want but if they are married those are just fantasy's...those dreamers. But the family man and hard worker...well, we have to keep it real. Get something useful but great. Don't be afraid to put in some extra money to buy items that will make their life easier and brag to their friends about how his family loves him more.

What Men Think They Want for Their 50th Birthday

  • Treated like the president
  • Served like King Tutt
  • Look like Richard Gere or Denzel Washington in the early 2000
  • Sexed like an NLF player or superstar
  • Less wrinkles
  • More hair
  • More energy

To the Partners

Let's not forget our men may be going through mid life crisis just as we will upon hitting the milestone age. They will be looking in the mirror and wandering where the time when and how can I reclaim my youth before it's too late. At the end of the day our favorite men will except this change and laugh at themselves and hopefully begin to just be the best version of themselves and love themselves as we do.

7 Cool 50th Gift Ideas for Him

  1. Watch Lover: New watch/collection watch case
  2. Favorite Liquor/ cigars
  3. Sport Buff: Game tickets and dinner
  4. Sport Buff: Favorite team cap (signed)
  5. Gear for fishing or golfing
  6. Massage chair
  7. Personalized tools/ gear

How Can I Choose the Perfect Gift?

Tailor the gift specifically to him.

You are likely well-acquainted with the man turning 50. Ask yourself what does he like? What does he do in his spare time? This will help you make the right choices. He might expect jokes and funny cards. But what he really wants is a gift that shows that you know him.

Upgrade his special chair. Get him a gym membership if he wants to get healthier. Get a signed copy of his favorite book or item. Turning 50 can be exciting for some but scary for others.


Darlene Matthews (author) on January 03, 2017:

Thank you for your input. The most important thing here is to see what our men want and use already. And a little humor and out of the norm gift makes for an interesting birthday!

Below is a good example why we should ask and why there is "No" average man.

jimthewiz said "I am NOT romantic nor do I want romance. I don't care for sports crap. All I really want is some dessert at a place that has many ideas for dessert.I get asked by my wife what I want to do or what do I want for my birthday, I feel like I "have to" come up with something to make her happy. Am I strange or what?"

@jimthewiz: Good wives are hard to come by, do what you must to make her happy but gently tell her how you would like to spend your birthday.

Loving wife on October 31, 2016:

Not good ideas for the average guy....sorry way off mark here.

sailingmissie on May 16, 2016:

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My husband's most requested is typically stuff for his truck be it accessories, tools, whatever for the garage (man cave) and I can't forget...brownies. He's not big on sweets but loves brownies.

godiegirl on February 18, 2016:

I've found that a holiday of his dreams is the best idea, so plan ahead and save, save & save. At least you know by his birthday he will be completely happy.

Darlene Matthews (author) on September 05, 2013:

@jimthewiz go to I can see right now you need an idea person. Desert can only take you so far. 50 is the new 35!! Get excited about life. That website should function the same way in every state. Just put in everything you enjoy. In your case "desert" and you will see so many ways to enjoy it with wifey.

Go to and get the free ebook to of 10 transformation secrets. Too much desert is unhealthy and I love it sooooo much! Enjoy!! I mean it J;)

jimthewiz on September 05, 2013:

I'm 50 in a couple of days, and I am NOT romantic nor do I want romance. I don't care for sports crap. All I really want is some dessert at a place that has many ideas for dessert. I get asked by my wife hat I want to do or what do I want for my birthday, I feel like I "have to" come up with something to make her happy. Am I strange or what?

Darlene Matthews (author) on January 19, 2013:

Relax and take a long jacuzzi soak Marc. You deserve it!

Marc on September 07, 2012:

Not sure what kind of men you people know but I can tell you being a male who is 50 in a few weeks, I would not want any of the stuff listed above....How about a new sporting clays gun or tickets to a Pro football game w/dinner after, nice bottle of single malt scotch. Why all the mushy stuff...bubble baths?? Who the heck takes a bath anymore? I only do showers and so does my wife. Heck, at 50 I'm all set with a bubble bath!

Philzdeb on May 15, 2012:

Very good advice!

Ksmdwiseguy on February 08, 2012:


Darlene Matthews (author) on January 22, 2012:

Thanks N. Sweet talking sure goes a long way but action will keep you happy:)

nityanandagaurang on January 21, 2012:

actually you can easily make men happy.just sweet talk with him, a little beautiful talk and personal touch is very important to make men happy.very nice Elearn4Life.

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