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So you’re wife is hitting the big five-oh this year. Whether she’s running into her 50s with a renewed energy or dreading this milestone birthday we have some great gift ideas for your wife’s 50th birthday. Skip the generic “you’re 50” and “over the hill” gifts and get that special woman in your life something she really wants.
After all, the 50th birthday is a big deal, and definitely something worth celebrating with an equally significant gift.
Buying the Perfect 50th Birthday Gift for Your Wife
In my experience, milestone birthdays are a great opportunity to give your spouse something big. Whether that’s a major purchase that she’s been dreaming of for sometime or something special that’s just for her, giving her a “big” gift with make her 50th extra special.
That’s not to say that 50th birthday gift giving can’t be fun for you and your wife too! If she has a sense of humor or is good with teasing, there’s so many fun “you’re 50!” gifts out there that women can appreciate. If your budget allows, I highly recommend giving her some of these fun gifts alongside a larger purchase.
Of course, not everyone has the extra cash to splurge on diamond earrings or a new a new hot tub, so there’s plenty of gift ideas for your wife’s 50th here that are sentimental, fun, and budget-friendly too.
- Vintage [Birth Year] Shirt
- Expensive Purse
- New Earrings
- Curated Wine Box
- Fifty AF Socks
- Bartesian Cocktail Maker
- Custom Bucket List Tracker
- Monogrammed Marble Wine Chiller
- Wifi Photo Frame
- Custom Birth Year 50th Birthday Card
- Funny Fifty Wine Tumbler
- Patio Furniture Set
- Flower Delivery
- Sports Jersey
- 5 Decades Necklace
- Nespresso Machine
- Le Creuset Stoneware Mugs
- 50 Tiara and Sash
- Concert Tickets
- Wine Bottle Labels
- Personalized Artwork
- Ultimate F Word Mug
- Best Wife Ever Tumbler
- 50 & Fabulous Soy Candle
- Birthday Décor
- New Luggage (And a Trip)
- Online Cooking Class
- Noise Cancelling Headphones
- 50th Birthday Game
- 50th Birthday Photo Collage
- Forever 50 (and Other Negotiations)
- Handmade Artisan Goods
- Flannel Pj Set
- Funny Bucket List Journal
- Shiatsu Back Massage Chair Pad
- Theatre Trip With an Overnight Stay
- Fitbit Versa 4
- Xtrema Cookware Set
- 50th Birthday Succulent Pots
- Birthday Snacks Gift Basket
- Paint By Numbers Kit
- Digital 88 Key Electric Piano
- Mirrorless Camera
- Hot Tub
- Fifty Things to Do When You Are 50
- Handmade Tailored Coat
- Book Series Boxed Set
- 3 Wick Luxury Candle
- Ninja Ice Cream Maker
Vintage [Birth Year] Shirt
Aged to perfection just like a fine wine! Get one with your wife’s birth year so she can brad to the world that she’s 50 without it being a negative thing.
If your wife is a purse collector then use her 50th birthday as an opportunity to gift her one of the more expensive ones she’s been eyeing. It will be a thoughtful surprise and something you know she’ll love!
As a bonus, you could fill it with some smaller gifts (maybe some of the 50th birthday themed items on this list) to make her birthday really special.
For most women jewellery is a safe bet when you’re not sure what to get. Instead of getting her something stereotypical, surprise your wife with a unique set like these trendy gold and emerald dangling earrings.
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Curated Wine Box
Perfect for the wine lover! You can order a different curated wine sampling box from this website every month, but make sure you do it early because they sell out quickly. Each one has a selection of wines to try and themed activities to make it even more fun.
Fifty AF Socks
If you want a fun little extra to add to your wife’s 50th birthday gifts these socks are super cute.
Bartesian Cocktail Maker
The Bartesian cocktail makers are absolutely amazing for anyone who likes to drink fancy drinks. Rather than going through all the trouble of buying a bunch of ingredients for one cocktail or spending a fortune going out, this machine makes single serve cocktails from handy little pods. Like a Keurig for cocktails!
We Tried This One!
“This machine took all the work out of making cocktails so all you have to do is enjoy. Plus so many flavor options!” – Everett.
Read our full review on our sister site, Aspiring Winos.
Custom Bucket List Tracker
I REALLY love this gift idea! You can create your own custom bucket list tracker, and it even comes framed and ready to hang. Then your wife can add push pins once she ticks each item off.
Taking the time to create something special like this based off her interests will really wow your wife, but if you’re not into that you can also get pre-made ones for travel, beaches, traditions, and all kinds of other adventures too.
Monogrammed Marble Wine Chiller
If she drinks wine and doesn’t already have one, marble wine chiller is great for enjoying a bottle at home (no running back and forth to the fridge) or entertaining. Do her one better than a plain wine chiller and order this one monogrammed with her name or your family’s last name on it.
Wifi Photo Frame
It’s sentimental and stylish all in one package! I really like the look of this Kodak brand frame, it’s a lot more modern than other wifi photo frames out there. It’s batter operated (meaning your wife can display it anywhere), controlled via touchscreen, and connects to an app on your phone.
What’s really cool, though, is it can be set up for remote photo sending, perfect if you have older kids who’ve moved out or far away family members that your wife might be missing.
Custom Birth Year 50th Birthday Card
You’ve gotta have a card on your birthday! I like that this one says “Wife happy 50th birthday” and includes a bunch of fun facts about her birth year.
Funny Fifty Wine Tumbler
For the wife entering her 50s with a great sense of humor about life. She’ll appreciate drinking water or wine out of this insulated tumbler, especially the next time she’s hanging out with friends (who probably can also relate).
Patio Furniture Set
I’m not one to recommend getting your wife something the whole family will use for her 50th birthday, but something more fun like patio furniture is an exception to that. If she likes to spend time outdoors and her birthday falls when the weather is nice enough to enjoy it, consider this if you’re looking for a “big” gift idea.
Don’t make it the only gift you give her, but there’s something special about surprising your wife with a flower delivery on her 50th birthday. If she has to work, even better if you send it to the office!
Instead of a bouquet, consider ordering something that she can keep as a houseplant like this blue orchid.
There are plenty of women who are into sports and as you get older you’re able to find more time to enjoy these types of hobbies. If your wife likes to support a favorite team consider some spirit wear as a unique 50th birthday gift. These jerseys can be pretty pricey so a big milestone might just be the occasion to pick one up.
5 Decades Necklace
Not every piece of jewelry has to cost hundreds of dollars. It’s just nice if it has some meaning (or looks really pretty!). While this necklace is simple, it has a ring for each decade of your beautiful wife’s life!
If your coffee loving wife doesn’t already have one of these machines (and doesn’t have a real cappuccino machine) then it’s time you made things right. Similar to Keurig, Nespresso makes all the fancy lattes and espresso drinks your wife enjoys with a push of a button for a gift that’s both indulgent and makes her life easier too.
Le Creuset Stoneware Mugs
The only mug set that’s appropriate to give to your wife on her 50th birthday, if we’re being honest here.
50 Tiara and Sash
For that strong, confident wife who is comfortable with her age, this novelty tiara is a great accessory to wear on her 50th birthday! It even includes a 50 and fabulous sash.
Take your wife to a concert she’s always wanted to see or is dying to see again as a 50th birthday present. This is a great gift for someone who has everything or if you don’t have room for anymore stuff.
Since most concert tickets are digital now I love the idea of using this template to print your own custom tickets so you can still give her a physical gift.
Wine Bottle Labels
Does your wife have a favorite wine, or two? Surprise her with a few bottles and wrap these cute labels over the original label. Then have her guess the name of the wine she is actually drinking.
You know your wife is beautiful, I know she’s beautiful, but so many women turning 50 don’t see themselves that way. I love that this art can turn any photo into a beautiful drawing that embraces all the imperfections.
If you think your wife will be OK with it this is a stunning way to capture her beauty and help her stay confident in her body.
Ultimate F Word Mug
No, it isn’t the f word you’re thinking. It’s FIFTY! This mug is high quality, and is even printed on both sides, unlike most mugs. Your wife is sure to love drinking hot beverages from this funny, 11 ounce mug.
Best Wife Ever Tumbler
This wife doesn’t shout, “I’m fifty!” but that’s okay. Not everyone wants to scream their age to the world. However, every wife will gladly show off this stainless steel tumbler, declaring that she is the best wife ever!
50 & Fabulous Soy Candle
You can never go wrong gifting a candle. This candle is made in the USA with 100% soy wax. So draw up a bubble bath and let your wife relax with this aromatherapy candle burning on the sink.
On the eve of your bride’s birthday, be sure to stay up a little longer than her and decorate your home in this pink and rose gold 50th birthday decor. The set includes a Happy Birthday banner, as well as a number of balloons.
New Luggage (And a Trip)
If you travel often or are already snowbirds then you won’t need to pair this gift with an explicit trip, but otherwise I highly recommend making sure your wife has somewhere to go if you give her luggage.
I really like this set of 3 because it has hard sides (so nothing gets crushed) and comes in so many easy to spot colors.
Online Cooking Class
There are online cooking classes for every skill level so the beginner cook or seasoned chef can learn a new skill or two.
This gift isn’t about cooking for the family; these courses are to make fine dining dishes for a fun hobby idea or to entertain friends.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
These are great for travelling or just when you want some peace and quiet while you listen to music or true crime podcasts. Choose a trusted brand like Bose for your wife’s new pair of headphones so you know she’ll get great sound quality and comfort.
50th Birthday Game
If you’re a game loving couple, check out this unique 50th birthday card game. It’s a deck of 70 cards, with 140 questions pertaining to anything and everything about the number fifty.
50th Birthday Photo Collage
50 years may have felt like a blur for your wife but that’s a long time to be making memories. Collect as many as you can (hopefully with some childhood ones in there too) and order one of these custom photo collages.
It’s a nice keepsake, but would also be fun displayed at her birthday party too.
Forever 50 (and Other Negotiations)
Written by children’s author Judith Virost, this book is a must-have for women turning 50. Filled with eloquent, yet uncannily relatable poems, it’s just the pick me up your wife needs as she moves into this next decade of life.
Handmade Artisan Goods
Instead of giving an ordinary gift, surprise your wife with a unique piece of artwork or home décor. Minted has a variety of handmade original artisan goods on their site so you can find the perfect piece for your wife’s milestone birthday.
Flannel Pj Set
As part of your wife’s 50th birthday gifts give her something that you know she’ll appreciate: something comfortable to lounge in. Who doesn’t love a great pair of flannel pajamas, especially if she turns 50 during the wintertime.
Funny Bucket List Journal
This isn’t just an empty notebook; inside this bucket list journal there’s inspiration for what your wife can put on her after 50 bucket list, inspirational quotes, places for lists, and more. Great 50th birthday gift ideas for your wife if she has a sense of humor!
Shiatsu Back Massage Chair Pad
What’s great about this massage pad is that it can be added to almost any chair so you can instantly make her workday or relaxation time that much better. As much as getting older and needing something like this massager might not be fun, she’ll definitely be appreciating the gift once she sits down.
Theatre Trip With an Overnight Stay
If you find yourself in London around your wife’s 50th birthday this is an amazing experience gift idea that she’ll never forget: an evening at the British Theatre, followed by a night in a luxury hotel.
Of course if you’re not in the UK, and don’t plan on visiting, you can recreate this amazing gift in your home city too!
Fitbit Versa 4
This watch does everything: tracks steps and activity, gives you phone notifications on your wrist, and automatically detects when you’re asleep and awake. Even if your wife isn’t into fitness she’ll appreciate the smart features.
Xtrema Cookware Set
If your wife loves to try out new things in the kitchen then a new cookware set might be something she’s already wishing for on her 50th birthday. While it might not be a great gift if cooking isn’t for her, I know that as someone who enjoys creating new recipes it’s definitely a well appreciated gift for the right person.
50th Birthday Succulent Pots
Pair this cute planter set with a gift certificate to her favorite greenhouse for the wife who loves her plants!
Birthday Snacks Gift Basket
For the woman who has everything or who just enjoys snacking! If you’re looking for an easy gift idea that’s done for you, this basket is it. With a delicious array of gourmet snacks, your wife will be enjoying this gift for awhile after her birthday’s passed.
Just a reminder, though, we don’t recommend only giving your wife a gift basket for her 50th so pair these goodies with another thoughtful gift to make her feel special.
Paint By Numbers Kit
These kits are easy enough that anyone can pick up a brush and paint something special. What a great way to unwind at the end of the day! I love that you can do this while doing something else like watching TV or listening to an audiobook, too.
Digital 88 Key Electric Piano
Once you reach your 50th birthday you really start thinking about all those things you didn’t do in life. It’s not too late for your wife to pick up a new hobby or skill she’s always wanted to learn, like playing piano. Whatever the instrument (or skill) is, give your wife the tools to get started and a gift certificate for lessons so she can finally learn.
These are replacing DSLR so if you haven’t had the chance to get your wife a camera upgrade now’s a great time. This Panasonic one is easy to use for beginners and seasoned photographers alike.
Go big or go home, right? Your wife is only turning 50 once so surprise her with a big purchase that you know she’s going to enjoy. Whether that’s a hot tub (which I think is a common wish), a pool, camper, vacation, or something else (you know her best), make 50 memorable with a gift that will truly wow her.
You’re never too old (not that 50 is old) to learn something new. Masterclass has courses on almost any subject from celebrities your wife knows and loves. Give her a gift certificate or sign her up for a membership so she can take any classes she wants!
Fifty Things to Do When You Are 50
Every milestone birthday means a bit of readjustment and that goes for your 50th too. This set is a great way to help your wife explore some new activities and adventures to make even more memories in her 50s than ever before.
Handmade Tailored Coat
A woman in her 50s deserves to be comfortable and wear clothes that fit properly. It might take a little planning to get her measurements but a custom tailored coat is an amazing thing to have in your wardrobe. Whether it’s work, errands, or heading out to formal events she won’t just look great but feel amazing too.
Book Series Boxed Set
Choose a special printing of a beloved series or collection of books she’s been wanting and this becomes an amazing gift for a woman who loves to read. If she doesn’t love a series you can also look for reprintings of classic books and create your own set as a gift.
3 Wick Luxury Candle
Now this is something a candle lover can appreciate. This extra large 3 wick luxury candle is handmade and has 240 hours of burning time. If you have a large space (for example, an open concept home) that she struggles to fill this massive candle does the job and then some. Plus it’s packaged in a beautiful jar!
Ninja Ice Cream Maker
Unless your wife specifically asks for one I wouldn’t recommend getting her an appliance for her 50th birthday, but this ice cream maker definitely doesn’t count for that rule. If she loves ice cream, smoothies, sorbets, gelato, or milkshakes she’s absolutely going to love this gift idea.
Your wife is definitely going to be feeling loved on her 50th birthday if you give her one of these gifts! I highly recommend grabbing a few, maybe a mix of fun, sentimental, and practical so she really feels special on this milestone occasion.