Some good birthday gift ideas for a 50-year-old person include a vintage drink, a handmade or jewelry item, a donation for a special cause, a picnic or a shopping spree. Furthermore, a collection of things available 50 years ago can evoke a sense of nostalgia.
A bottle of vintage wine presented with a bow or a wine rack, or in a well-decorated bag, indicates how things get enriched with age. A jewelry item, such as a ring, bracelet or necklace, particularly one containing the person's birthstone, is also appropriate for both men and women.
Taking someone out for a day of shopping at the mall makes for a fun-filled gift. Similarly, planning a special trip to the individual's favorite destination is a great way to celebrate the occasion. When planning such getaways, keep in mind the preferences of the recipient.
Handmade gifts, such as crocheted or knitted quilts, blankets and sweaters, make the gift item seem more heartfelt and adds a personal touch. A handmade photo frame with a picture of the individual from his or her past is also appropriate in this regard.
To evoke memories and nostalgia, gift the person a collection of various things, such as candies, baseball cards and sodas from their youth. A fun addition would be a DVD of television programs, songs and movies from the same time period. If the individual enjoys doing social service, works with a non-profit organization or does not want any material gift for himself, consider donating money in his name to a favorite charity.