Once a dreaded yardstick of social success, the 30th birthday has been reinvented as a milestone where you truly embrace and celebrate your adult identity. Your twenties gave you the chance to move beyond teenage angst into exuberant young adulthood and to learn the workings of the world. Your 30th is a chance to confirm your adult persona and to give a new definition to your personal tastes.
Explore the 30th birthday gift ideas that we’ve curated to find the perfect high-end options for your loved one or friend. They include luxurious getaways, fabulous foodie experiences, fashionable jewellery and accessories and top-quality homeware and gadgets.
Jump To a Section Below
- What’s A Good 30th Birthday Gift For A Woman?
- What Should I Get My Best Friend For Her 30th Birthday?
- What’s A Good 30th Birthday Gift For A Man?
- What Should I Get For My Friend’s 30th Birthday?
What’s A Good 30th Birthday Gift For A Woman?
When choosing a 30th birthday gift for a woman, let your relationship with her guide your decision. If your relationship isn’t romantic, don’t get something that has connotations of romance. If she’s your best friend, girlfriend, partner, or wife, you would know her better than many other people in her life. Let your gift reflect that.
If she’s your daughter, you know her in a way that no one else ever could. This gives you a huge amount of freedom when it comes to what you put in her gift box – and there’s a good chance that she will appreciate whatever you decide to give her.
Many women would be only too delighted to receive jewellery for their 30th birthday. Consider pieces that are playful and quirky, rather than standard or stuffy. We love the sterling silver and gold ladybug and flower pendant, as well as the Lovebug ring in sterling silver and rose gold, from Tiffany & Co.
A Silk Robe
There’s a good chance that after 30, the birthday girl appreciates leisurely nights in more than crazy parties out. She’s sure to love relaxing in Carine Gilson’s silk Skyfall long déshabillé.
A Bouquet Of Crystal Flowers
Take the traditional birthday bouquet of flowers to the next level. Fresh flowers eventually wither and fade, but there’s no chance of that happening when the flowers are crafted from the finest crystal. The Swarovski Flowers collection includes sunflowers, forget-me-nots, peonies, lotuses, lilies, roses, and tulips. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to impress her.
A Sushi Making Kit
For the woman who likes to get creative with her food choices, include the 11-piece Aya Sushi Making Kit among your preferred 30th birthday gift ideas. It simplifies the art of making sushi, and it is super-easy to keep clean and hygienic. To help her learn more about this ancient Japanese art, pair her kit with a sushi-making masterclass. She’ll be whipping up salmon roses and California rolls like a pro in no time!
A Nifty Camera
An idea for 30th birthday gifts for the woman who creates visual content or simply loves to travel is a nifty camera. The Leica D-Lux 7 is compact, has a retro look, and boasts a ton of fantastic features.
A Costa Rican Getaway
If the birthday girl is a coffeeholic, give her a treat she’ll never forget. Treat her to a luxurious experience at a hotel on a working coffee plantation in Costa Rica. The two of you will be able to enjoy a variety of caffeine-infused activities in a tropical setting.
What Should I Get My Best Friend For Her 30th Birthday?
She’s your best friend. The person you share all your intimate secrets, laughter and heartbreak. Splash out on a gift that leaves no doubt about how much she means to you!
A Chic Bag
A chic handbag could add another element of style to her personal look. For a special gift that will make her gasp, consider a Mini Gate bag in icy pink from Loewe. It’s refined, sleek, and, best of all, functional.
Kitchenware With The Wow Factor
Kitchenware with flair unlike any other more than deserves a mention in any list of luxury 30th birthday gift ideas. You won’t find anything better than the Sicily Is My Love collection, which is the result of a collaboration between Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg. We can’t decide whether we prefer the espresso coffee machine, the super-cute kettle, or the two-slice toaster.
If you want to splash out on tech, go for Apple’s AirPod Pro. She can listen to her favourite music with ultimate comfort, and she’s sure to appreciate their noise-cancelling function. Consider adding a designer AirPod case to the box, such as this little black number from Prada.
A Wine Decanting Set
If the birthday girl celebrating her 30th appreciates wine, why not give her a gift that will enable her to appreciate it that much more? The Eisch Glas Crystal Claret wine decanting set is a super stylish way to aerate and to serve wine. Pair it with a snazzy wine tasting in London and she’ll have absolutely nothing to w(h)ine about on her 30th birthday!
Head-To-Toe Spa Pampering
Every woman loves the indulgent treat of a spa package. Give her a chance to enjoy world-renowned pampering from head to toe at the Spa at Brown’s Hotel, London, or another luxurious venue.
Decadent Scented Candles
Top-of-the-range scented candles are fantastic 30th birthday gifts. The best of them usually come in decorative containers, some of which can be refilled. That way, she’ll have a showpiece long after the candle has burned out. Our favourites include candles by Diptyque of Paris, Gilded, and Jonathan Adler.
Wine Tasting With Cheese And Chocolate Pairing
Why settle for just wine tasting or wine and cheese tasting when you can give her the truly indulgent gift of a wine tasting with cheese and chocolate pairing? She’ll have the chance to sample some of the best of all three in a gorgeous setting, and then use the experience to boost her home entertaining skills in the future.
What’s A Good 30th Birthday Gift For A Man?
Whether you choose something stylish, add to his growing collection of gadgets, or give him an experience he will relish, he’s sure to appreciate a well-chosen 30th birthday gift. We’ve included suggestions of accessories, gadgets, scented candles, and other top picks.
Gin Distillery Tour and Dinner
If he appreciates gin, give him the gift of a distillery tour of a local gin manufacturer. He’ll gain a new appreciation of the fashionable tipple and can learn more about the drink that’s marked many memorable occasions.
A Steampunk Coffee Machine
If he enjoys coffee, and we mean he really enjoys coffee, get him a gothic, art deco, or steampunk coffee maker from Dutch Lab. Every one of their machines looks like an artwork inspired by something you would find in an alchemist’s laboratory.
They’re not just something interesting to look at. They’re fully functional, and they make a darn good cup of coffee. For something a little less elaborate, go for an automated espresso machine or a one-cup wonder that gives him his daily caffeine fix in style.
A Stylish Satchel Bag
He may not want to splurge on a man bag for himself, so that’s a 30th birthday gift idea to consider. Bleu de Chauffe has a collection of stylish, understated messenger or satchel bags. He’ll be proud to be seen with any of them.
For the dapper dresser about to celebrate his 30th, consider giving him a pair of quirky cufflinks. We think the Sweet Yorick cufflinks inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls from Fils Unique are irresistible. For interesting alternatives, browse the collection by Paul Smith online.
A Smart Mirror
This smart mirror is the perfect choice for a man who likes gadgets and wants to keep fit at home. It looks like a standard mirror until you activate it. The mirror then becomes a personal fitness studio that can be used to do boxing training, yoga, cardio, and a whole lot more.
Sailing On Lake Garda, Italy
Spoil your loved one on his 30th with a special trip to Italy’s historic and beautiful Lake Garda. It’s Italy’s largest lake, and it is surrounded by picturesque towns, mediaeval castles, beaches and cliffs. He’s sure to find his time there unforgettable.
What Should I Get For My Friend’s 30th Birthday?
Whether you get him a gift on your own or you and some mates club together for something extra special, there are various options you can consider. Think about getting your friend something for his home bar or man cave when deciding what to get for his 30th birthday.
A Foosball Table
If he’s a football fan, he’ll be thrilled to receive a foosball table for his 30th birthday. They’re available in a wide range of styles and finishes, so you’re sure to find something to find the style of his home (or man cave). We love the black and silver Style foosball table by Kare Design.
A uKeg Pressurized Growler
If the birthday boy has a home bar, zhoozh it up by giving it a traditional brewery vibe with a 3.8 litre pressurized growler with a shiny copper finish. Not only does it look good, it will also keep his beer carbonated and fresh for up to two weeks.
Some tequilas are not the knock back with salt and lemon kind. Some, such as the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Anejo demand to be sipped and savoured. Knock his socks off with a bottle in his 30th birthday gift box.
Hot Sauce Making Kit
If he likes his food nice and spicy and he enjoys getting creative in the kitchen, add Sandy Leaf Farm’s hot sauce making kit to your list. It’ll give him the means to make seven different types of sauce.
A Pizza Oven
One of the best home pizza ovens available is surprisingly compact and unbelievably effective. It doesn’t even look like an oven! Give him the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven for his birthday and he’ll be able to whip up all sorts of culinary delights in no time at all.
When it comes to 30th birthday gifts, they should express the modern spirit of the celebration! From the sublime to the spectacular, each one of these gift ideas will make whomever you are spoiling for their 30th feel thoroughly loved!