Unique 50th Birthday Gift Ideas?

A favorite relative will be celebrating a 50th birthday this spring. She adores hummingbirds and has all sorts of hummingbird "stuff" in her house. I need a suggestion for an inexpensive gift that will be unique and awesome! It doesn't have to be hummingbird theme. I am crafty, but can't draw, paint, etc.


By Linda L. from San Diego

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Linda. Silly, but seriously, one of the sweetest gifts I received on my 50th birthday, only a few short years ago, was something I didn't believe anyone should waste their money on.

Told my husband, year 1 of our now 25 plus years of marriage, that this particular gift was fine for our anniversary (supply is high on that date and demand and cost is low at that time of year) but never on my winter birthday or Valentine's day when the prices are jacked sky high. Made sure all my family and friends understood the same. Yes, I'm that thrifty and that practical, although some call it "bossy"!


My husband politely "obeys" but my younger sister and brother-in-law (guess it's worth noting here that they live two states away which may account for their bravery) said "Deal with it 'cuz it's a milestone birthday" and on my 50th birthday they sent two dozen, long stemmed, fresh roses to my front door.

Made me smile and cry and take in the lovely sight and scent for over two weeks. My husband was as thrilled as I was, and he was touched and grateful that I was touched and that all these touching moments happened without him "breaking my rule" of no birthday long stemmed roses. I know this kinda sounds weird, but it works for us, like I said, 25 plus years and counting! :-)

Long story short: Buy your relative something she loves, but could never ask for and pretends to snub, that you know will make her smile. Then promise never to do it again until her 100th birthday. Then do it again for her 100th birthday!


Happy birthday to your relative and friend!

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

I think anything handmade shows time and effort and pre-planning. If you needlepoint, find a canvas with hummingbirds and give it to her...finished as a pillow, for her birthday. If you sew, make her a quilt with hummingbirds. Whatever craft you do, make a hummingbird for her. You could also write a little story and give the hummingbird a name, talk about what he loves and why he's so excited to be part of her collection, etc...... that would make it very cute! Good luck!

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