The 50th birthday is a milestone for some people. The type of gift you give really depends on your relationship with your uncle and on your uncle's personality. A great gift is personal, unique, and preserves or creates special moments.
If he's a joker at heart you may want to get him a gag gift like 50 year old toilet paper or 50 year old tattoos! Maybe an inflatable walker! Everyone likes to laugh.
If your uncle is fond of his history you can get him a family tree painting or a newspaper that was printed on the day of his birth. This will strike up a conversation at the party for sure and may also offer him something to reflect on. The past verses the present can be a powerful eye opener. Plus knowing what was going on the day of your birth is just intriguing.
All the gifts mentioned above can be found at
If your uncle is very focused on his spirituality you may want to consider getting him a special addition Bible with a marker that has your favorite verse of scripture - that I'm sure he's recited to you a couple of times. You can put your verse on one side of the marker and on the other side right something personal about how he has instilled the faith into you. That is very important for him. Then get it laminated at an office supply store so it will last.
You can see different bibles by going to
. It would be best to find out which translation of the bible your uncle finds closets to his heart.
If you really want to do something extraordinary talk to his wife, or closet living relative. Most pastors keep their sermons in a journal of some sort. You may want to buy him a hard cover journal that he can put his favorite passages in. If you watch your uncle preach to his flock take notes of the things that move you and speak to your soul, or get hold of his current journal or an older one. Put things in the first few pages that are from his first days of preaching. This will make him feel accomplished and humbled by the wise words he speaks.
You can also get him a plaque with the following verse. Acts 20:28, â€œTake heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.â€ Your uncle's particular work cannot be underestimated. Great men through the history of the church, since it was written, have been greatly helped by it. Spurgeon had his wife read this book to him every Sunday evening, and John Angell James read it weekly as well. You can include this verse in the opening of his Journal too!
Take some time to read Acts, for in this book of the bible is what it means to be a pastor. This may help you better understand your uncle and his faith. I am including a piece of
Richard Baxter and the Reformed Pastor by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
referring to the pastor.
Our general business â€“ Serving the Lord with all humility of mind and with many tears. (Acts 20:19)
Our special work â€“ Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock. (Acts 20:28)
Our doctrine â€“ Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)
The place and manner of teaching â€“ I have taught you publicly and from house to house. (Acts 20:20)
His diligence, earnestness, and affection â€“ I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. This is that which must win souls, and preserve them. (Acts 20:31)
His faithfulness â€“ I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, and have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (Acts 20:27)
His disinterestedness and self-denial for the sake of the gospel â€“ I have coveted no manâ€™s silver or gold or apparel: yea these hands have ministered unto my necessities and to them that were with me remembering the words of the lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:33)
His patience and perseverance â€“ None of these things move me neither count I my life dear unto me, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:24)
His prayerfulness â€“ I commend you to God and to the word of his grace which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. (Acts 20:32)
His purity of conscience â€“ Wherefore I take you to record this day that I am pure from the blood of all men. (Acts 20:26.)"