Birthday Ideas for Him: What Men Really Want for Their 50th Birthday

Updated on October 21, 2017

Your special man is having his 50th birthday, and the planning has begun. He's excited about what is being planned for him, even if he might not be showing it.

Whether it's a quiet, peaceful night off, some raucous excitement, or some sexy action, you want to get your partner something he's really going to be ecstatic about. Men at this age seem most concerned with their own accomplishments. But beyond that, what do men really want?

Undoubtedly, your presence is a wonderful birthday gift. But if there was ever a time to go above and beyond, this is it. So what does that mean for you? It means that the customary tie, jewelry, or movie and a dinner isn't going to cut it. Consider the person, like their hobbies and interests, before making this decision. What do they really want?

Many men love flashy cars, eye-catching clothes, and majestic homes (to attract the people they desire, of course). They also enjoy being great. And if they have accomplished everything they have ever wanted, they are looking for something different. But what if they haven't gotten everything they've ever wanted? The good thing is that these types of men all want the same thing: something new, desirable, and attention-grabbing. Turning 50 is the start of a new beginning, after all.

What Men Really Want for Their 50th Birthday

  • Treated like the president
  • Served like King Tutt
  • Looked at like Richard Gere or Denzel Washington in the early 2000
  • Sexed like an NLF player or superstar
  • Less wrinkles
  • More hair
  • More energy

To the Partners: Take Charge Romantically for the Night

  • Initiate Intimacy: Men like to get to the point. Why not let your man know how attractive and hot you think they are by initiating touch, standing close to them, and making direct eye contact. Take control!
  • Make Him the Center of Attention: Treat him likes he's 20. A lot of men like to feel as if they are the most fit, sexy stud you have ever been with and that you can't bear to take your eyes or hands off of them for a second.
  • Be Passionate: When you make love to your man, treat him as if you are parched and he is your life-saving drink. Get what you want, and take control (a lot of men like this). Men often don't know what to say to get great sex, and most of the time they blow it by throwing their clothes on the floor before saying something disenchanting like, "let's get busy." Ignore this, rock his world. However, older men tend to be more romantically inclined, so make it special.

10 Cool 50th Gift Ideas for Him

  1. Turning 50 T-shirt
  2. Sneakers from his favorite year
  3. Favorite team jersey (signed)
  4. Favorite team cap (signed)
  5. Nike LunarGlide (comfortable running sneakers)
  6. Gucci loafers (very comfortable casual shoes)
  7. Upgrade his favorite electronic
  8. A reclining massage chair
  9. Massage gift certificates
  10. Exotic golf getaway

How Can I Choose the Perfect Gift?

Tailor the gift specifically to him.

You are likely well-acquainted with the man turning 50. Ask yourself what does he like? What does he do in his spare time? This will help you make the right choices. He might expect jokes and funny cards. But what he really wants is a gift that shows that you know him.

Upgrade his special chair. Get him a gym membership if he wants to get healthier. Get a signed copy of his favorite book or item. Turning 50 can be exciting for some but scary for others.

Questions & Answers


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        Darlene Matthews 15 months ago

        Thank you for your input. The most important thing here is to see what our men want and use already. And a little humor and out of the norm gift makes for an interesting birthday!

        Below is a good example why we should ask and why there is "No" average man.

        jimthewiz said "I am NOT romantic nor do I want romance. I don't care for sports crap. All I really want is some dessert at a place that has many ideas for dessert.I get asked by my wife what I want to do or what do I want for my birthday, I feel like I "have to" come up with something to make her happy. Am I strange or what?"

        @jimthewiz: Good wives are hard to come by, do what you must to make her happy but gently tell her how you would like to spend your birthday.

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        Loving wife 17 months ago

        Not good ideas for the average guy....sorry way off mark here.

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        sailingmissie 23 months ago

        My husband's most requested is typically stuff for his truck be it accessories, tools, whatever for the garage (man cave) and I can't forget...brownies. He's not big on sweets but loves brownies.

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        godiegirl 2 years ago

        I've found that a holiday of his dreams is the best idea, so plan ahead and save, save & save. At least you know by his birthday he will be completely happy.

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        Darlene Matthews 4 years ago

        @jimthewiz go to I can see right now you need an idea person. Desert can only take you so far. 50 is the new 35!! Get excited about life. That website should function the same way in every state. Just put in everything you enjoy. In your case "desert" and you will see so many ways to enjoy it with wifey.

        Go to and get the free ebook to of 10 transformation secrets. Too much desert is unhealthy and I love it sooooo much! Enjoy!! I mean it J;)

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        jimthewiz 4 years ago

        I'm 50 in a couple of days, and I am NOT romantic nor do I want romance. I don't care for sports crap. All I really want is some dessert at a place that has many ideas for dessert. I get asked by my wife hat I want to do or what do I want for my birthday, I feel like I "have to" come up with something to make her happy. Am I strange or what?

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        Darlene Matthews 5 years ago

        Relax and take a long jacuzzi soak Marc. You deserve it!

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        Marc 5 years ago

        Not sure what kind of men you people know but I can tell you being a male who is 50 in a few weeks, I would not want any of the stuff listed above....How about a new sporting clays gun or tickets to a Pro football game w/dinner after, nice bottle of single malt scotch. Why all the mushy stuff...bubble baths?? Who the heck takes a bath anymore? I only do showers and so does my wife. Heck, at 50 I'm all set with a bubble bath!

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        Philzdeb 5 years ago

        Very good advice!

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        Ksmdwiseguy 6 years ago


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        onelove 6 years ago

        I love those love tips! I am now full of ideas. Here is a relationship blog for more tips

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        Darlene Matthews 6 years ago

        Thanks N. Sweet talking sure goes a long way but action will keep you happy:)

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        nityanandagaurang 6 years ago

        actually you can easily make men happy.just sweet talk with him, a little beautiful talk and personal touch is very important to make men happy.very nice Elearn4Life.