Choosing a gift for someone who is celebrating half a century is no easy task. By that age, most people have acquired most of the things they need. Instead of buying a gift from a store, use your imagination and knowledge of the person to create a homemade gift. That personal touch shows consideration and effort. You will charm the gift recipient with your thoughtfulness.
Make a personalized, practical gift that the birthday person can use regularly. Ideas include a hat, T-shirt or kitchen apron, depending on his taste and interests. Sew a small, discrete "50" onto the gift and also sew "made by" followed by your name on the underside of the gift. Hand towels, handkerchiefs and scarves could also include a personalized 50th birthday label or message.
If the 50-year-old is interested in food, a homemade box with 50 cookies or sweets is a good gift idea. Make some simple cookies or no-cook sweets, such as peppermint creams, that you know the birthday person will enjoy. Present the gift in an original way. For instance, get a suitable box and cover it with wrapping paper with a beautiful design or some brown paper with a hand-drawn greeting on top. Alternatively, draw a large "50" and have family members write messages on the box. A homemade cake would also be a welcome gift.
Make a personalized scrapbook or album with 50 pages. Ideally, you could devote one page per year and include photographs, letters and postcards interspersed with personal messages from friends and family. Leave some space on each page so the birthday gift recipient can include her own memories and notes. Creating this gift requires time and planning but is a unique and memorable gift. Another option is to download a selection of songs from the person's birth year and burn them onto CD. Create some cover artwork, using a graphic design package.
Make a homemade dinner and include all the birthday person's favorite foods and drinks. Invite a small group of friends and family and ask them to dress up in styles from the year of the birthday person's birth. For instance, if you are celebrating in 2011, you could ask guests to wear sixties gear. Play music from the period. Ask guests to bring a small homemade gift.
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