Shopping for the perfect birthday gift can be tricky, especially when it comes to a milestone birthday like the big 3-0. Sure, the presents aren’t the most important part of a birthday party, but they certainly add to the excitement! So to help you in your hunt, below are 21 30th birthday gift ideas to help your friend or loved one say goodbye to their roaring 20s.
I’m sure you still remember the best birthday present you’ve ever received, whether it was last year or more than ten years ago. Why? Because it was special and it made an impression that stayed in your memory. That’s what these 30th birthday
gift ideas aim to do here too. Some are practical (after all, the gift is officially a fully-fledged adult now!); some are pretty (think: beautiful jewelry they’ll treasure for future birthdays); and everything will make the person of honor smile. In addition, they also offer a range of prices to suit all budgets.
To turn 30, flirt and prosper, check out the best 30th birthday
gift ideas below. After unwrapping one of these gifts, they won’t even miss their 20th birthday!
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When it’s time to say congratulations at 30, these hand blown pink wine glasses will do the trick. Their shade is pretty and unexpected, and you can gift them with their favorite bottle of wine, champagne or rosé for a gift that can be used that evening.
Every minute counts when it comes to celebrating a birthday, so why not help them keep track of the night with this gorgeous celestial watch? With a pink and purple glitter dial and moon and star details, this watch is incredibly unique. A pink goal strap completes the beautiful functional piece.
A blanket is a classic gift that will come in handy every night they get home from work and cuddle up on the couch. Made from wool and silk, this blanket is super soft and cozy. Plus, its fringed trim adds a touch of style and sophistication ideal for any living space.
After a weekend of busy birthday festivities, help them soothe aching muscles with this portable massager from Theragun. With 150 minutes of runtime and in a pale pink hue, this ultra-quiet mini massager features a ball attachment that works its way through tender body parts, providing pain relief and relaxation.
A disorganized purse was cute in your twenties, but now it’s time to put it together. Crafted from pebbled leather, this small, bright pink wallet features slots for credit
cards, IDs and other important documents to keep their bag clean. There’s even a zippered pocket to store loose change and odds and ends.
Crafted from 14k yellow gold plated brass, these simple yet sophisticated hoops are the perfect accessory for thirties and beyond. They can be worn with professional, office-ready outfits, as well as everyday looks as a signature piece of jewelry.
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Shark aquarium, Bala Bangles are perfect for anyone looking to add more exercise to their day. Whether they’re working out at the gym or just doing chores around the house, they can throw on these minimalist wristbands for extra resistance. Weighing a pound each, they’re made from recycled silicone-coated stainless steel and feature a Velcro closure to keep them secure.
Help them exhale those bad vibes and leave them in their twenties with this essential oil diffuser. With five to seven hours of continuous fragrance, it can change the atmosphere and feel of any room in minutes, promoting a sense of calm. There are even mood light settings to help set the mood further.
At just under $100, this Google Nest speaker offers 360-degree sound and music-streaming and voice-matching technology. Whether he wants to know the weather for his birthday weekend or hear his favorite song, this baby will be there for him.
Who doesn’t love an interactive gift? With 1,500 pieces, this puzzle can provide hours of low key entertainment. Additionally, the colorful floral image that will come together can be hung in a frame (using glue) when complete.
Channel their inner child with this 90s-inspired Fujifilm instant camera. Available in a pretty purple color, it can automatically calculate the brightness and will adjust its shutter accordingly for the perfect shot. Be sure to use it on their birthday night to capture all the memories.
Help them step into their thirties with a pair of chic heels. While the black hue will complement everything in their wardrobe, the crocodile embossed patent leatherette adds a bit of edge, as does the metallic gold toe. Three-inch stiletto heels complete these sultry pumps.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, red algae, and glycerin, this face mask from Eve Lom works to hydrate and hydrate skin with its lightweight gel formula. Not only will they feel pampered after application, but their skin will look rejuvenated and display a natural glow for up to three days.
As luxurious as the robes you’ll find at a spa or five-star hotel, this long knit robe is made from nylon-blend bouclé yarn for a super soft and cozy gift. They’ll love layering it over pajamas or loungewear, no matter the time of day. Give her a pair of slippers for the ultimate ensemble.
With more responsibilities than they probably had in their 20s, a luxury dry shampoo will definitely come in handy on the days they’re reserved and busy. This aerosol spray works to absorb excess oil and leaves hair soft and refreshed, thanks to its invisible formula that contains lemon, cedar leaf and orange essential oils. Plus, it’s safe for colored hair.
After years of cooking with the same pots and pans they’ve had since college, it’s time to step up a gear. With these two black cooking utensils, they can easily prepare their favorite stir-fry or their homemade tomato sauce. The pot and pan are teflon coated and can be nested to save cabinet space. The pot handle is also removable for even more flexibility in the kitchen.
Crumpled clothes were fine when rolling out of bed and heading to college classes –
not more though. For their 30th birthday, give them wrinkle-free clothes with this deluxe garment steamer from Steamery. Equipped with a hanger and heat protection glove, this steamer delivers laundry-grade work in the comfort of home.
They’re sure to be charmed by the nostalgic vibes of this retro-style pink hand mixer. It comes complete with whisks, beaters and hooks, and has nine speeds that can be used accordingly whether they’re making their favorite mashed potatoes or grandma’s world famous cookies.
This warm-toned eyeshadow palette will flatter a range of skin tones and provide countless makeup looks. Whether the recipient is a fan of more natural hues or dark colors, this palette has a bit of everything: it includes matte, satin and shimmer shades, all highly pigmented and ultra-blendable. Plus, that sub-$15 price tag can’t be beat.
A self-heating cup
Help limit those daily trips to Starbucks with this self-heating mug set that includes a handcrafted ceramic mug, charger, and ceramic lid. With just the click of a button, this dishwasher-safe gadget will keep their drinks hot – a WFH essential, if you ask me.
Give their favorite bottle of wine an instant upgrade with this beautiful marble wine cooler. After pre-chilling it in the fridge, it will keep wine and champagne perfectly chilled for hours. Handcrafted by artisans in rural India, it is crafted from ethically sourced polished marble and 100% pure brass inlays.
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