50 birthday ideas

For a man. Any ideas cheap and cheerful?


  • Elsewhere
    Elsewhere Posts: 752 Forumite
    Well I am a lady and I went for a balloon ride and to a Rammstein concert, both of which would do for a man, but neither were cheap.

    DH went to a strip club with his mates and ended up with a nasty infection - in his hand :rotfl:. It didn't seem so funny at the time as I spent most of the night in A&E with him as the redness crept up his arm - and we had 200 people turning up the next day for his birthday party!
  • TBagpuss
    TBagpuss Posts: 11,198
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    What sort of things does he enjoy?
    Experiences such as a Balloon or light aircraft flight, racetrack, bungee jumping?
    Physical thing to mark the occasion? (Framed family photo, engraved / personalised wine bottle/glass / photobook with pictures from the last 50 years (get friends and family to scan and send you photos so that it includes some he has not seen before/recently)
    Time with friends/ loved ones - have a BBQ with mates, or a nice meal out with immediate family.?
    Spa Day (alone or with partner)
    All posts are my personal opinion, not formal advice Always get proper, professional advice (particularly about anything legal!)
  • Alikay
    Alikay Posts: 5,147
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    edited 2 September 2015 at 8:29AM
    DH had a get-together with a buffet at home for family, went to the British F1 with our sons (this was a few months after his birthday) and we went out with a group of friends for a night's dad-dancing to 80's music in a local night club :D.

    No present as such, but he was encouraged to indulge himself when the next company car list came out (he chose something which was much more expensive on tax than we'd normally pick) and upped the Sky TV package.
  • Well if he's anything like me and a lot of chaps I know, the less fuss the better. Not bothered by my age, but have already told my wife I would hate being the centre of a family birthday meal. Might just about tolerate a barbecue. As for a present, I genuinely have everything I want at my age. So maybe something nice to do with my wife, like a weekend break or posh meal together. Honestly, us older blokes are a nightmare to make a fuss of.
    Been away for a while.
  • For my mum's 60th I wrote off to James Martin's PR agency and they sent me a postcard that he had signed for her (for free!) :) She loved it, so maybe something similar? His favourite footballer or TV personality?
    Just Keep Swimming!
  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Posts: 70,698
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    There are only two things on a man's list really:
    - beer
    - naked women

    So you have to get one/both of those. If you can find beer in a bottle that's got pictures of naked women on it then you'll be elevated to the position of: Gift God.
  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340
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    If you can do 'iron-on' transfers then you could make him up an 'Over The Hill' birthday T-shirt.

    I can give you details of some challenges if you can't think of any yourself.
  • How about making time go backwards with a Backwards Clock? about £12 or so on t'internet......

    Goes down very well with my friends who have "significant" birthdays!
  • jaydeeuk1
    jaydeeuk1 Posts: 7,714
    Debt-free and Proud!
    Anything gadgety will go down well.
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