20 Birthday Gift Ideas to Surprise and Delight Your Wife on Her 50th

As a wife who just turned fifty, I know how difficult it can be for husbands to find the perfect 50th birthday gifts for women. It’s a milestone birthday, a turning point that marks the second half of life. When you say “Happy 50th Birthday” to your wife, you want her to truly be happy! You’re in luck. These 50th birthday ideas for women include experiences (which are more meaningful than stuff), meaningful gifts, and ideas for celebrating the big 5-0.

My 50th birthday gifts and ideas for women are mostly experiential because memories are more valuable than possessions. For instance, I recently wrote Where is the Best Place to Celebrate Your 50th Birthday? I believe travel is one of the best ways to create meaningful experiences and memories. For my 50th birthday, my husband gave me a month-long trip to Nepal, Dubai and Hong Kong. This was a perfect gift for me because I love traveling more than anything! But your wife has different likes, dislikes, values and preferences. The more you know about her, the easier it’ll be to find the perfect 50th birthday gift for your wife.

Even though I’m more into experiences than stuff, I gathered a wide variety of 50th birthday gifts for women in this list. Since not every woman has the same idea of the best way to have a happy 50th birthday, I included elegant jewelry, creative purses and satchels, exciting luggage, and even vintage ideas.

50th Birthday Gifts and Ideas for Women

What is your wife dreaming of? The best 50th birthday ideas for women are gifts that touch her heart, soul and spirit. Remember that it’s not about what gift to buy your wife or even how to make her happy. It’s about knowing who she is and what she wants most as she enters the second half of her life.

A tall order, to be sure! So we’ll start easy :-)

1. The gift of speed and luxury

Nope, it’s not a Tesla, Ferrari or Porsche. One of the best gifts my husband ever gave me was a New Apple MacBook Air. I love this gift because I would never have spent that much money on myself – even though I earn my living as a writer. I told my husband I wanted a MacBook Air, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money. He scored big when he gave me the gift of speed and luxury on my birthday!

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50th Birthday Gift Idea

This isn’t every woman’s idea of a great 50th birthday gift, but it was perfect for me. If your wife is online a lot – or earns a living with a digital business, online shop, or even a service such as freelance writing, content creation or web design – she needs speed and reliability. You might also consider upgrading your WiFi access and speed. This may not seem like a very personal or thoughtful 50th birthday gift for women, but it is invaluable for entrepreneurs.

2. The gift of beauty and elegance

A 10k White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Accent Flame Pendant Necklace will make your wife happy — but only if she likes beautiful things. This pendant is elegantly designed, and will draw compliments from everyone who sees it. As her husband, you want to give your wife a 50th birthday gift that doesn’t just delight her in the moment…you want to give her something that makes her happy for years to come.

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What do you buy your wife for her 50th birthday?

The most important thing you can do for a woman on her fiftieth birthday is show her how important she is to you, and how much you care about her. Don’t just tell your wife you love her. Show her in ways that are meaningful to her, and you’ll make her 50th birthday meaningful.

How do you make your wife happy on her 50th birthday? Find a gift that she will love and appreciate – not a gift you think she should have. For example, I really wanted a birthday trip that involved a month-long spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal and India. And, I wanted to travel solo. The best gift my husband ever could’ve given me was his blessing and support…and he did. He took care of the dogs and house while working full-time! This is how he made my 50th birthday dreams come true.

3. A 50th birthday idea for women who love to laugh

You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr Seuss is a whimsical and delightful gift for women turning fifty. You and your wife may not be able to afford to go away for the weekend or even a day to celebrate a birthday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel in other ways! Go back in time with Dr Seuss.

Remember how important it is to give your wife a gift that matches her personality and lifestyle. Turning fifty is a big deal for most women; finding the right 50th birthday gift will make it unforgettable. It’s important to know how your wife feels about turning 50. Does she see this birthday as a new beginning or the end? If she thinks she’s over the hill, consider getting her something exciting and challenging, such as sky diving or ski lessons. If she is excited about the future, you will make your wife happy on her 50th birthday by giving her a fun and creative experience with you. An experience is an exciting way to spend any birthday. For example, one woman I know wants her husband to rent her a Ferrari for the day on her 50th birthday.

Special 50th Birthday Gifts for Your Wife
A Special 50th Birthday Gift for Your Wife

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (the original book, written for kids) is my favorite Dr Seuss book. It really is a delightful way to remind your wife that the second half of her life is just beginning. Turning 50 can be a difficult for women, but if your wife likes to read and has a childlike spirit, she’ll love these books that are “blasts from the past.”

4. The gift of diamond hoop earrings

If your wife likes jewelry, these AGS Certified 1/2ct TW Diamond Hoop Earrings in 10K White or Yellow Gold will make her birthday happy. This gift is special because it’s from the Amanda Rose Collection – a family owned and operated business. It’s run by a father-daughter duo who specialize in high quality jewelry at affordable prices. They offer diamonds of all sizes, in both yellow and white gold, along with a variety of gemstone and fashion jewelry.

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50th birthday gift – diamond hoop earrings

I don’t wear jewelry because I rarely leave the house (I’m an introverted writer), but most 50 year old women love wearing diamonds. If your wife likes jewelry, she’ll love these hoops. The white diamonds and yellow gold complement each other, offering a stunning twist on classic hoop earrings.

5. A 50th birthday gift for women who are wild

I love this Anuschka Women’s Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag – Hand-Painted Original Artwork – which is why it’s near the top of my list of 50th birthday gifts. It will make your wife feel cheerful and creative, beautiful and beloved. 

Beautiful Gifts That Say "Happy Birthday" on Her 50th
Hand-Painted 50th Birthday Gift

This gift is hand-painted and yet durable. The vibrant colors will enhance any outfit your fiftieth birthday girl chooses. It’s big enough to fit lots of purse-type items, but not as unwieldy as a backpack. This birthday gift for women turning fifty is whimsical and happy – which is exactly what your wife needs. 

6. A getaway to say Happy 50th Birthday to a woman who loves to travel

The Lily Bloom Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels for Women is an exciting birthday gift for women who like to travel – or for women who are planning their first vacation as a 50th birthday gift. If your wife travels light, a carryon size is best; it will save on checked bag fees.

birthday gifts for women turning 50
luggage gift for women turning 50

Even just one night away is a memorable birthday gift for you and your wife. You don’t have to go to a faraway place. The fact that you thought ahead, planned something different, and took steps to celebrate her 50th birthday by doing something different will make her happy. That’s one of the best gifts you could give your wife.

Read 5 Tips for Planning a 50th Birthday Pilgrimage to India if you’re up for the challenge!

7. A soft silk scarf for an elegant, stylish wife

A Women’s Gorgeous & Delicate Silk Scarf is a creative item to pack in your wife’s luggage if you think she’d like a weekend getaway. Even if she’s more of a homebody, this scarf will remind her of faraway places, dreams she once had, and destinations she might visit. On the travel theme: surprise her with a birthday card that explains where you’re going for your weekend getaway – or just give her a hint. Make it fun, light-hearted, special.

50th birthday gift for women
travel scarf – 50th birthday gift for her

No matter what gift you give your wife, remember that turning 50 is a huge milestone in a woman’s life. I loved my 40th birthday because I felt like I was starting fresh. Now that I’m approaching my fiftieth birthday, I feel strong, healthy, wise, and calm. The best 50th birthday gift is something beautiful, a gift that helps your wife feel good about herself.

Here are several pretty, elegant gifts for women. Jewelry is one of my favorite gifts to give because it’s really hard to make a mistake in terms of colors, styles, size, etc. If you’re not planning on buying your wife jewelry for her 50th birthday, scroll down a little. I have a lot more gift ideas for you and your wife!

8. A diamond sun pendant

The White Natural Diamond Sun Pendant is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable gifts you can give a woman turning fifty. People will compliment your wife on this birthday gift because it’s both classy and light-hearted – and every time someone notices it, she’ll be reminded of you! This will help your wife feel good about turning 50.

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pendant – birthday gift for 50 year old woman

The key to helping your wife feel good about herself on her 50th birthday is knowing her personality, likes, and dislikes.

9. A timely gift for women who cherish every moment

The Mulco Unisex “Bluemarine” Stainless Steel and Light Watch is both pretty and practical. This 50th birthday gift idea is “timeless” – especially for a women who would rather look at an elegant wristwatch than her phone when she needs to know the time. Turning fifty might make your wife pay more attention to how fast time passes, and a beautiful watch is a lovely way to encourage her to live fully and more adventurously.

50th birthday gift for your wife
watch – a 50th birthday gift for your wife

A 50th birthday toast for your wife:

“To a woman that we all know
And who all of us adore,
Congratulations on your 50 years,
And here’s to 50 more!”

10. To infinity and beyond! The gift of eternity

A Jewelili 10K White Gold Diamond Twist Necklace represents infinity and eternity. This pendant features diamond-studded and yellow gold crisscross bands suspended by yellow gold rope chain. It has an easy spring-ring closure, and the diamond suppliers confirmed they complied with the Kimberley Process to ensure that the diamonds are conflict free. This is a gorgeous gift idea for your wife’s fiftieth birthday.

Beautiful 50th Birthday Gift Ideas for Her
Infinity necklace – a beautiful 50th birthday gift

The 10k Yellow Gold Diamond Infinity Pendant Necklace is meaningful because of its reference to time. The “infinity” message is important: your wife is infinitely beautiful, wise, and lovely no matter how old she is.

11. A gift to grace your wife’s wrists

The Infinity Blue Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet is a dazzling, classic bracelet that looks like diamonds but isn’t as expensive. Your wife won’t know how much it cost, but she will know how she feels when she opens this gift.

Blue Sapphire 50th Birthday Gift for Your Wife
Diamond Bracelet – 50th Birthday Gift for Your Wife

Elegant jewelry is one of the best 50th birthday gift ideas for women – even for women who don’t normally wear jewelry. Jewelry is elegant, but not necessarily extravagant.

12. A 50th birthday gift that says you love your wife with all your heart

The 10k White Gold and Diamond Double Heart Pendant Necklace is an unforgettable 50th birthday gift to add to the Dr Seuss book or the luggage. It’s a symbol of love and unity. I’m not a woman who welcomes or even wears jewelry gifts, but I would wear this pendant if my husband gave it to me.

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heart pendant – birthday gift

Jewelry is a “safe” gift for women turning fifty because most of us like to glam it up once in awhile. The tricky part is knowing what kind of jewelry your wife likes. For instance, I don’t like big costume jewelry because I’m a small woman. I also don’t wear earrings, rings, or bracelets. Take a good look at your wife: what type of necklaces, earrings, rings, or bracelets does she normally wear? That’ll help you choose the most suitable 50th birthday gift for her.

13. Silk pajamas – a luxurious 50th birthday gift for women

Believe it or not, the Women’s Classic Silk Pajamas Luxury Gift is one of the most unforgettable and thoughtful 50th birthday gift ideas for women. These pajamas are a soft, gentle way to go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. They’re comfortable and sleek against her skin, and a luxury gift your wife may not buy for herself.

silk pajamas - 50th birthday gift for your wife
silk pajamas – 50th birthday gift for her

Time is one of the best gifts you can give your wife when she turns fifty. Time to herself, time to pursue her goals and dreams, time to center herself. Give your wife the pajamas, and a whole weekend to do whatever she wants in them.

14. An idea for a woman who wants to be more artistic in her 50s

I’m going back to the purse aisle, and picking up the unforgettable Anuschka Women’s Hand Painted Genuine Leather Triple Compartment Satchel. Does your wife love purses? (yes, all women do). Does your wife love pretty, cheerful things to look at? (yes, we all do). Is your wife not thrilled about turning fifty? (probably, because most want to forget their 50th birthdays).

a beautiful gift for wife's 50th
a beautiful gift for your wife’s 50th birthday

Anuschka bags are a feast for the eyes. The vibrant colors are a very powerful element in these designs. The wide range of abstracts, imaginary and natural scenes, depicted in muted colors of all shades and hues, transforms each handbag into an object of timeless art. What other gift could you give on her 50th birthday?

Is your your wife part of a book club? Many of the women in my book club have a Kindle or digital reader, and they love them. Electronic or digital gifts are great ways to celebrate your wife’s birthday.

15. A gift for women who love tech upgrades!

If your wife hasn’t tried a New Apple iPad Pro – or if you want to splurge and buy her a new one – spoil her with this “tech-y” 50th birthday gift. When I went to a writing conference a couple weeks ago, a woman brought her new iPad. We all loved it, and she enjoyed the convenience and flexibility that it offers. I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet a few years ago, but I like my new iPad better.

Gift Ideas to Make Your Wife Happy on Her 50th Birthday
Happy 50th Birthday

Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet – loaded with her favorite books – will jolt her out of the doldrums that come with turning 50. If she loves to read, surprise her with a digital reader she wouldn’t buy for herself.

If you still don’t know what to buy your wife for her fiftieth birthday, perhaps these gifts and ideas will help…

16. Fifty small thoughtful gift and ideas for her 50th birthday

Here’s a fun idea: Give 50 small gifts, such as 50 coupons or a collage of 50 photos… or something really meaningful, like 50 personal letters or cards from your closest friends and family. Tell your wife how important she is to you, how loved and cherished. Get creative and throw in some surprises, like perfume or event tickets. If you’re on a budget, bake 50 cupcakes or cookies!

However, if your wife is unhappy about turning fifty – or if she doesn’t want anyone to know she’s “celebrating” her 50th birthday – don’t spill the beans. Let her choose to spend her birthday privately.

17. A gourmet indulgence for women who love chocolate

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: 1 lb General Assortment includes a well balanced and representative selection of Leonidas’ fresh butter creams, sinfully smooth truffles and delectable pralines.

Gifts for Your Wife on Her 50th Birthday
Gourmet Chocolate Gift for Your Wife on Her 50th Birthday

An assortment of gourmet chocolates is an indulgence for a woman on her fiftieth birthday – and that’s exactly what you wnt to do! Indulge her with someone guaranteed to tantalize even the most discerning palates.

18. A cruise vacation on your wife’s 50th birthday

When searching the internet for 50th birthday gift ideas for wives, I found this entry on a cruise forum: “I’m a cruise addict…I have only been on 6 cruises so far. When my marriage ended last year, I gave up hope of EVER going on another cruise. Well….just today….approaching the top of the Wild Thing rollercoaster at Valleyfair in Minneapolis…. my boyfriend told me he is taking me on a cruise for my 50th birthday next month. I am SOOOOO excited! Who knew turning 40 could be so wonderful! I pretty much missed the whole rollercoaster ride after he said that because my mind was fixated on the cruise! We are sailing on Carnival Imagination on September 25. I have been on four Carnival cruises before, and I just love them. He has only been on one cruise and that was 20 years ago, but he knows how much I LOVE cruising!”

Turning 50 is difficult for many women, because it does seem old in comparison to those younger milestone birthdays of 30 and 20 years old. Don’t try to convince your wife that 50 isn’t old, or that she should be positive about her fiftieth birthday. Instead, give her a gift that makes her feel good about herself. Try to match the right gift with her personality.

19. A whimsical, artistic wallet and handbag gift set for her

If you still don’t know what to buy your wife for her birthday, give her the Anuschka Leather Front Pocket Handbag and Wallet. It’s a gift set that includes  a removable leather organizer wallet, an optical case for her reading glasses (she is 50, after all), and a cosmetic pouch. It also has a slip-in cell phone pocket and 2 zippered pockets in the front.

50th birthday gift ideas for women
What to Buy Your Wife on Her 50th Birthday

I keep coming back to these handbags – in fact, I rewrote this whole list of 50th birthday gift ideas so I could include these three bags – because they are unforgettable. Each piece is sketched, then painted in layers to ensure long lasting quality. The vibrancy of colors, beautiful design and top-quality craftsmanship will last for many years. The Anuschka purses are hand painted on genuine leather and finished with stylish top stitching. 

20. A birthday gift from your wife’s bucket list

This creative 50th birthday gift is from Alicia King, writer and creator of The Lili Effect. When I asked for gift ideas for husbands who don’t know what to buy for their wives, she said:

“Plunder your wife’s bucket list for a novel experience you can do together.” I love it! If your wife likes boating, rent a yacht for the day (or an hour). Perhaps you could even rent a kayak for a couple hours, or a houseboat for a weekend. Spending time with your wife is one of the best fiftieth gifts you could ever give her.

Two Bonus 50th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women

Yoga retreat or African safari

When I celebrate my fiftieth birthday, I’d love a silent retreat and contemplative seminar. Other women might like to experience zip lining, sky diving, or hot air ballooning as their 50th birthday gift. These are once-in-a-lifetime adventures that can change her perspective on life.

When my friend turned 50, her husband gave her a five week trip to Africa. Now that is a luxurious birthday gift! She’s planning a trip to Jamaica on her 60th. The best 50th birthday gifts and ideas for women involve leaving home because they focus on experiences, not just elegant presents.

A YouTube video of your wife’s loved ones saying “Happy 50th Birthday!”

As a husband, you know many of your wife’s friends, family, and coworkers. Use your phone and record them saying Happy Birthday to her. This is a meaningful birthday gift because it’s personal.

While searching for 50th birthday gift ideas that husbands can give their wives, I found several YouTube videos of friends and family members saying “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl. If you’re not tech-savvy, ask for help making a birthday video. A word of caution, though: If your wife doesn’t want anyone to know it’s her fiftieth birthday and she’s not happy about turning 50, she will not like this gift.

I hope you found something helpful on this list of 50th birthday gifts for women. If you have any ideas, please comment below! May you find an unforgettable gift for your wife, and may her fiftieth birthday be awesome.


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8 thoughts on “20 Birthday Gift Ideas to Surprise and Delight Your Wife on Her 50th”

  1. These are some of the best birthday gifts for women who are 40, thank you. Depending on your own budget, there’s something for everyone. I created a scrapbook for my wife’s fortieth birthday and gave it to her as a gift, but it took alot of time.

  2. I’m really enjoying these gift ideas for 40 year olds, thank you. But I still haven’t found quite what I’m looking for.

  3. Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your message to men whose girlfriends or wives are turning 40! I definitely agree that we need SOMETHING special or different. It doesn’t have to be expensive or ornate…just something to make you feel different on this day.

    A fortieth birthday is huge, and it deserves at least a nod….doesn’t it?

  4. I wish my partner read this before my 40th birthday. Turning 40 is a big deal especially for a woman, he didn’t plan anything, apart from a dinner in the evening, didn’t treat me special, and I am really upset and disappointed. I don’t need expensive gifts, but would have loved to receive personal little gestures throughout the day from him – breakfast in bed, candlelit bath, massages from him, etc. So any men reading this – treat your partner, wife or girlfriend like she is a princess on her 40th birthday make her feel special and remember you don’t need to spend lots of money – it’s the small things that really do count.

  5. My husband didn’t get me ANYTHING for my 40th birthday – not even a birthday card!

    But he had a reason: a month earlier, we spent a week in Alberta. He took care of my best friend’s two kids while I took her to chemotherapy treatments. I told my husband this would be my 40th birthday gift – and I meant it at the time. But the day of my 40th birthday, I was surprisingly and profoundly disappointed to wake up to nothing, not even a birthday card.

    It’s not his fault, and I wasn’t mad at him. After all, I told him not to get me anything! But still, I was sad not to have anything to make the day different.

    So that’s what he got me for my 40th…nada.