Gift Ideas for A Man in His Mid 50s For Less Than $20


Some men can be difficult to shop for. And as a man reaches his mid-50s, it can become even more difficult to find something he does not already own. When you have a limited budget of less than $20 to work with, it becomes even more of a challenge. It takes a little creativity to come up with a gift that not only stays within the budget, but will be used and enjoyed.


  • Everyone needs a calendar, and there are thousands of designs to choose from. When purchasing a calendar for a man in his mid-50s, consider his interests. Purchase a calendar with an auto theme, if he likes cars, or one that features his favorite sports team. Daily calendars are available that feature inspirational quotes, favorite comic strips, jokes or puzzles. Most calendars are available for $20 or less. Custom calendars with family photos are available to order from many print-on-demand websites and photo labs.

Gift Cards

  • Once considered a tasteless gift idea, gift cards have now become a socially acceptable present that is especially practical when choosing a gift for someone who may be difficult to please. Extra thought should be given to where the gift card should be purchased. Many restaurants and coffee shops offer gift cards, as well as sports equipment venues. Other places that offer gift cards are popular online markets such as Amazon and eBay, electronic stores and specialty food shops.

Baked Goods

  • Baked goods are always a welcome gift idea, especially for men who live in busy families where few members have time to cook. Consider cookies, fudge or homemade bread. If you really want to go all out, find out his favorite food and cook him a full meal. Bring it over to his house or invite him over to share it with you.

A Shared Adventure

  • The best gift of all is time, and shared adventures don’t have to cost a fortune. Plan a day trip to a free art museum and buy him coffee and a dessert. Find an arcade with classic games and present him with $20 worth of quarters to spend. Most bowling alleys offer discount days with half-price games and shoes.

Electronic Gadgets

  • Most guys like gadgets, and there are many new items on the market available for less than $20. One item that is useful and environmentally friendly is the self-powered flashlight. These are often powered with a crank or pump motion instead of the traditional batteries. Some are also available with a built-in measuring tape or other useful feature. Another useful gadget is a small recording device that will take a short voice memo. These are available in sizes as small as a fountain pen. Another gadget that can provide much amusement is a key chain that makes different sound effects. Key chains are available with movie quotes, film soundtracks and hundreds of other voices and noises.

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