The Ultimate Guide to 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Dad

Age may be nothing more than a number, but let’s face it: We put more importance on some of those numbers than others. We may not go out of our way to plan a special celebration when we turn 24 or 36, but it would be unthinkable to downplay or ignore the major milestones. 50 is one of those milestones, and it deserves to be recognized as the big deal that it is. Many adults only begin to feel truly comfortable in their skin when they’ve been around the sun 50 times! It’s at that point that you can look back on your life, your accomplishments, and your journey with pleasure (and hopefully not too many regrets).

At times like these, a good father will always want to be surrounded by those he loves most – namely, his family. Any gift you choose is secondary to simply being there to show him love and attention on this special day. That said, a great gift certainly won’t go astray. If you’re struggling to think of something good, check out our favorite 50th birthday gift ideas for Dad below!

Customized Whiskey Glasses

So…what is the manliest drink? We suppose that some people think it’s silly to classify drinks according to their “manliness.” Everyone else knows that it’s whiskey. If your dad favors a stiff drink at the end of a long day, chances are that he’s reaching for the whiskey bottle. Why not lean into that with a handsome set of customized whiskey glasses! He’ll feel like the king of the castle when he pours his favorite spirit into one of these beauties, and he’ll never forget that you cared enough to get him this special gift.

Personalized Cornhole Boards

They say that baseball is the Great American Pastime, but we’re not so sure about that. These days, you’re more likely to find a suburban family gathered in the backyard chucking bags into a hole than you are to see them taking in a ball game. And who can blame them? Cornhole is fun, and the only people who don’t think so are those who have never tried it. If your dad appreciates the simple pleasures of the game, he’s sure to love a set of boards that have been personalized with care. And if it serves as an excuse to plan more family get-togethers, so much the better!

Custom Cigar Case

If there’s one thing you learn as you grow older, it’s the importance of relaxation. Young people, full of vigor and energy, typically detest setting time aside for centeredness and reflection. We remember our mom telling us to quiet down and relax when we were young; she might as well have been asking us to turn down the brightness of the sun! These days, though, we get it. Some days, it feels like we would do anything to unplug, shut down, and unwind for a few minutes. On those occasions, nothing improves our ability to chill more than a good cigar. If your dad is anything like us, he’ll go nuts for a customized cigar case. This is the 50-year-old dude’s equivalent of a bath bomb. Pair this case with a handful of premium cigars, and you’ve got a birthday gift he’ll treasure.

Personalized Plaque

This is probably going to sound somewhat redundant on a site devoted to personalized gifts, but we can’t overstate the importance of finding presents that aren’t just “off the shelf.” We’re not opposed to gift cards, fishing gear, and video games by any means, but when you really want to show someone you care, there’s no substitute for personalization. With a beautiful personalized plaque, you can tell your dad exactly how you feel about him, and he’ll be able to look at it for a pick-me-up whenever he’s feeling down. This would make a great addition to his office or “man cave,” so make sure you choose one he’ll be proud to display!

A Luxury Watch

Once upon a time, every established man worth his salt would have a nice watch adorning his wrist. Watches aren’t as popular as they once were, of course, owing mainly to the fact that most of us can just check our phones when we want to know what time it is. But regardless of modern conveniences, there’s something about a beautiful watch that can’t be replaced by the latest iPhone – or even an Apple Watch, for that matter. If you really want to light Dad’s eyes up on his 50th birthday, get him a luxury watch from one of the world’s finest manufacturers.

Pop’s Hops Beer Growler

If you’ve never heard of a beer growler, you may not realize that it’s the perfect gift for any beer lover in your life. Essentially, it’s an airtight jug you can use to transport draft beer from the bar to another location without losing the flavor and potency of the drink. If your father ever regrets leaving his half-finished beer behind at the bar (or, better yet, if he is a homebrewer in need of some containers), he’ll find plenty of use for this customizable growler. Available in black and silver, this growler is the professionally-engraved gift your father needs on his 50th birthday.

Best Dad Ever BBQ Set

Hold the phone, because we have the perfect present to wrap up our list of 50th birthday gift ideas for Dad. With this well-crafted bamboo BBQ set, Dad will have everything he needs to flip, skewer, and carve the masterpieces he cooks on the grill. With an engraving reading “Best Dad Ever” on the front of the case (and spaces for each of his children’s names), this is a gift that is both meaningful and practical. And who knows? It might just get you invited to grill days at the ol’ homestead! We don’t advocate “selfish” gifts, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with tangential benefits.

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