50 Ways to Celebrate a 50th Birthday!

So someone's reached the Big 5 oh-oh! No big deal. 50 is the new 40. And denial is the new math! Anyway, it's another of the milestone birthdays, which somehow always seem more fun...we mean, when was the last time you went to a Surprise 48th Birthday Party?

Of course, you want to be right there with some special ways to help your birthday star shine in the spotlight! So here are 50 awesome ideas...some that will cost as little as 50 cents...some that are a little more extravagant...some that will just require your time and thoughtfulness. And that's something they'll appreciate just as much if not more!

  1. Tell it like it is. Write a list of 50 reasons why they're the best, then have it framed! Or include 50 pictures and turn it all into a photo book.
  2. Stress-free birthday. Gift a 50-minute massage, manicure or facial. Join them if you can afford it!
  3. Life is a roller coaster. Head for the amusement park with the birthday star, you, and three more friends and ride 10 different rides. Yes, the carousel counts.
  4. Feeling lucky? Individually wrap fifty $1 lottery tickets.
  5. Have a sweet tooth? Buy 50 pieces of specialty chocolates or candies from yesteryear...or gift box 50 donut holes or 50 of their favorite cookies! (Wrap in batches of 5 or 10 so they can freeze some for later!)
  6. Say "cheesy." Make a fun 50-minute video of family and friends wishing them a happy day.
  7. Couch-potato free. Get together once a week to walk one mile a day. It's a gift that keeps on giving. (Take two weeks off out of 52 for vacations, etc!)
  8. Share some smiles. Get together with family and friends and overflow their mailbox with 50 birthday cards!
  9. Share some laughs. Fill their inbox with 50 different digital songs, games and birthday wishes!
  10. Paint the town. Give them a $50 gift card to their favorite restaurant, club, theater, etc. Not terribly original, we know, but always appreciated! One word: Limo
  11. Bingo! Think of all the games you can play using 50 pennies...tiddly winks, bingo, penny pitch, etc...then have fun playing them!
  12. May I help? Offer 50-minutes of "tutoring" in a few apps they don't know how to use.
  13. Tis better to give...Make a list of 50 ways you could volunteer your time, then go and help out together. Or donate $50 to their favorite charitable organization.
  14. Pass the buck. If saving $$ isn't their thing, buy them an "investing for dummies" book and give them $50 to buy their first share of stock.
  15. Cheers! Gift wrap a $50 bottle of wine with a note that it's a special bottle to be shared with their someone special.
  16. One tank trip. Treat them to a whole day of events that are within a 50-mile radius of where they live. (A hike in the woods, a round of mini-golf, lunch in the park, etc.)
  17. What the heck does that mean? Agree to learn 50 new words when you get together (over time, of course!) For fun, keep notes and see who remembers the most new words!
  18. Sorry, I'm not a mind reader. Gift a 50-minute psychic reading...make your own predictions in advance and then compare notes later!
  19. I'm here for you. Promise each other several 50-minute soulful conversations sans texting, email-checking, phone answering, twittering, etc.
  20. I'll always remember Paris. Share with each other a list of 50 people, places, things that made you who you are today.
  21. Two left feet. Gift a 50-minute swing dance lesson. Gift one for yourself as well...you deserve a little fun, too!
  22. LOL! Spend 50 minutes together doing something you both hate (laundry, grocery shopping, etc.), but do it in a different way (blindfolded, in heels...) to make it funny or silly.
  23. The Big 5-0. Spend the day together going around town taking pictures of signs, billboards, etc. that have the number 50 in them. If you can't find enough, do the 5 and the 0 separately and make a collage!
  24. Flashback! Throw a retro party commemorating the 50-year-old's birth year-complete with music, attire and hairstyles from that era.
  25. Strike that! Get a group together, go bowling and see who can score under 50 without throwing gutter balls.
  26. That's a lot of hot air! Purchase a 50-balloon bouquet and tie it to their wrist.
  27. Yeah, that too. Create a "50 is nothing to Snicker at" sign and stick it in a bowl of bite-sized Snickers® bars!
  28. For Her: Add a "Can't believe you're flippin' 50!" tag to a pair of fun flip-flops.
  29. For Him: Create a "It's (Name's) 50th Birthday! Tie one on!" Have a bunch of old ties in a bowl and have everyone wear one for a group photo!
  30. Money Doesn't Grow on Trees. Well, maybe it does...A money tree is a fun way to gift $50 bucks!
  31. Still Hot at 50. Gift basket filled with hot sauces and spices-perfect for a great cook or grill-master.
  32. A "Box-o-Balloons." Put notes or money inside 50 inflated balloons and then seal them in a box. A lightweight gift to give or send (ground delivery).
  33. Really? Gift a 1-year membership to AARP!
  34. A Farewell to Youth. Throw a party with an RIP tombstone cake, 50 black balloons, etc., and recommend black attire.
  35. How many ways can you say 50? Finish the sentence "Turning 50..." with items in a gift basket. Example: "...is nuts!" (peanuts); "...stinks." (air freshener); "...is just peachy!" (schnapps).
  36. May the force be with you. Have the group think of 50 lines from favorite movies and see how many they can drop into the conversation at their birthday party.
  37. Hmmm...that's puzzling. Buy a jigsaw puzzle with 50 pieces. Or create one by cutting a large greeting card into puzzle shapes, placing in an envelope and mailing with your best wishes! You can also order a personalized New York Times puzzle with the actual front page of their birthdate! http://www.nytstore.com/puzzle
  38. Call me moneybags. Give the birthday star $20.50...in 50 quarters, 50 dimes, 50 nickels and 50 pennies. Of course you can make that $70.50 by add 50 singles, too!
  39. Red alert! Red alert! Create a 50th Birthday Emergency Kit and include whatever you think is suitable for the birthday person (aspirin, noisemakers, adult diapers, etc.)
  40. Something Old. Something Gold. It's their personal 50th anniversary...give them something in vintage gold or something wrapped in gold.
  41. M-m-m-m good. Order 50 MY M&M'S® Party Packs of personalized candies complete with words & pics! http://www.mymms.com
  42. Dinner is Served. Organize a progressive 50th birthday dinner party, with each host/hostess serving something that was "in" the year the birthday star was born. Dress appropriately!
  43. Who said that? Create a book of 50 quotations on birthdays and aging, ranging from fun to inspirational.
  44. Fits me to a T. Order a custom T-shirt with some fun copy on it. Example: Looks 22, Feels 18, Acts 10...that makes me 50! Or Does this shirt make me look 50? Check online for other ideas!
  45. Better Yet...Order custom t-shirts for the whole gang that feature a picture of the birthday star and/or a personalized message about turning 50! Wear them at a party, out to a birthday dinner or to a favorite watering hole.
  46. So many memories. Gather 50 digital photos and load them into a digital photo frame.
  47. Reading between the lines. Present them with the book, 50 Things to Do When You Turn 50: 50 Experts on the Subject of Turning 50. It's a wonderful collection of thoughts from people like Garrison Keillor, Erica Jong, Suze Orman, and many more. Well, 47 more, to be exact!
  48. Did someone say party? Throw a themed party such as a South of the Border fling with invitations for the Nacho Average 50-year old. Serve Mexican food, hang a few piñatas, etc. Other themes could include tropical-"Life's a beach and then you turn 50!" etc.
  49. A treasury of time. A few weeks before the big day, have friends and family each create a scrapbook page that includes favorite stories, photos, mementos, cards, etc. Gather all the pages together and create a very special memory album.
  50. It all adds up. Do all the things on this list. We're pretty sure it will guarantee a lifetime of friendship and fun!

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