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50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Men: The Intellectual

Clouse up, mature businessman with beard in eyeglasses wearing gray pondering jacket looks around

Know a man who is just a real smart guy?

… or maybe his interests just revolve around more intellectual activities, like chess, Go, reading, learning new skills or current events like a ner– I mean, smart person!

I sure know my fair share of these guys, and I love getting them presents that truly complement their intellect! Not only are these gifts that they will legitimately enjoy, but by simply receiving them they are also being complemented because it shows that you recognize their smart brains.

I also need to get good gifts for these men because they always carry me in my local bar trivia.

Let’s get into it!

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Up his book collection with a beautiful piece of collector edition classic literature sets

Add a beautiful and sophisticated piece of literature and art to his bookshelf with a classic collectors edition literature collection, like the ones you can find here.

This is a wonderful way to add real class and beauty, as well as gifting some of the true classics of our time.

For the true intellectual man, I recommend the Sherlock Holmes collection.

Reading, various literature - books, concept of acquisition of knowledge

Keep his brain fresh with a brain jogging software subscription like Cognifit

Get him a subscription to Cognifit, a high-quality brain-training software that is specifically designed to challenge and enhance cognitive function.

Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to jog memory and keep the mind fresh and healthy as he starts taking on the years!

Papercut head with jigsaw puzzle pieces inside. Mental health problems, psychology, memory, logic

Gift him both a functional and decorate piece with an antique chess set

If they have any interest in chess or antique decorations, get them an antique handcrafted chess set like this one.

There are a variety of options in all sorts of price ranges, so find one you think it beautiful and that he will enjoy!


Get them a rare or first edition book from an author they love

If you know that they have a favorite book or author, get your hands on a rare or first edition version of that book!

Over at Abe Books, you can simply put in the author, book or keyword and you'll be able to find it right away!

Best of all, it is super cheap, so you might even be able to get your hands on a couple...

Close-up image of An old book with music notes. Sheet music with notes and lyrics

Keep them up to date on current world events with a New York Times subscription

Get them a digital or physical subscription to the New York Times!

You can of course go for anything else you prefer, but I've found the NYT to have the most widespread national and international cover with as little bias as possible.

It's a must-have for any person who likes to keep up with current events.

Businessman reading a newspaper

Gift them tickets to a local lecture series or a TED-talk memebership

Get them tickets to lecture series, lecture & wine events or TED talks!

Simply google "Lecture Series Tickets Near Me and you'll be able to find something close to you.

Alternatively, if you live in a city that hosts TED-Talks, consider getting them a TED-membership so that they can attend any lecture or talk that seem interesting to them.

Speaker and interviewer in front of audience at a seminar

Keep their library updated by gifting them a subscription to the Book of the Month Club

If you know the enjoy to read, which most of my more intellectual friends do, consider gifting them a subscription to the Book of the Month Club!

This service sends them highly rated books every month, and is a wonderful way to naturally increase their library.

Old and used hardback books

Yet another functional and decorative piece: an architectural puzzle

If you really want to challenge their brain, get them an advanced 3RD architectural puzzle like this one.

I love gifts like these because not only are they fantastic, difficult and fun puzzles - but they are also gorgeous decorative pieces.



Gift them a piece of history by... well, gifting them a piece of history

Connect them with history by getting them a beautiful historical artifact like a piece of the Berlin wall, or a replica artifact from an era or location you know they're interested in.

Owning a piece of history is a cool concept that a lot of collectors and intellectuals really enjoy.

Hole in Broken Berlin wall and walking person against

Allow him to keep learning new things with a MasterClass subscription

Allow them to expand on their knowledge, or learn something completely new by getting them a MasterClass subscription!

This way they can pick exactly what they're interested in, and go through a series of classes with some of the absolute best in the world.


Bearded man learns to play acoustic guitar online

Bless his ears by gifting him a vinyl player and some records

Get them a vinyl record player with a few albums of some of his favorite classical or jazzy musicians.

Amazon has some fantastic options of cheap vinyl players like this one, and then its just a matter of finding music you know they'll enjoy from either you local record store or online!

If they already have a vinyl player, consider just getting them a few of their or your favorite records that they don't already own.

Vinyl record player with a plate

And There You Have It! 11 Clever 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Intellectual Men

No matter what type of gift you decide to give for his upcoming birthday, the most important thing is that it comes from the heart.

Whether you pick one of our recommendations or come up with something entirely unique on your own, just try your best to show some interest in his hobbies and you'll already be doing great.

Need gift ideas for someone else? Check out our other gift-giving guides right here.

Good luck!

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