My friend’s 50th birthday is coming up and I’d love to hear anyone’s creative gift ideas. Since it’s a landmark birthday, I’m happy to spend more than I might otherwise (around £300 is my budget). But I’m not thinking that more-is-more with this particular friend; he’s quite well-off financially and is healthy about spending on himself and his husband, so creativity will go a long way. He’s a foodie, but he’s already a regular at Noma and has every bit of kitchen kit you could imagine, so I’m not inclined to take him for a swish meal or buy him a sous-vide machine (he’s likely to have two already). He’s a reader, but is a first edition too obvious? He’s always well-presented but doesn’t care overmuch about clothes.
So I’d love for this thread to be a fun provocation - what do you get for the man who has it all? Looking forward to seeing what creative possibilities arise…
Hiya! Ah he sounds very tricky to buy for!!
Would you consider buying him an experience/activity? Maybe even a wine tasting experience you could do together.
You said he was a foodie so Imagine he has these bases covered but a pizza oven could be something creative or a really nice whiskey with a decanter and some nice glasses.
If he is into sports, a sports watch or a really good massage gun could fit your budget.
Hope that is helpful!
Or some sort of tickets? Theatre/opera? Cooking class somewhere cool?
Thanks for these ideas. Lots of food for thought. Ballet tickets and the whiskey plus decanter and glasses are the current front-runners.
In the spirit of community, I thought I’d share some items from my brainstorm:
Symbolically replacing something long-lost - a baseball cap like the one that flew off on the school run or the vintage Gameboy that his older sister received for Christmas in 1989 when he only got socks…
Re-creating a milestone meal - dinner at the same restaurant where he went after law school graduation, a sandwich just like the one at his fave caf near his sixth form…
An original artwork
A full body cryo-therapy session or a Facegym session - a tiny getting-older tease whilst also being practical…
I’m in a similar situation and have this marked for my sisters birthday Spirals