Teenage years? Painful. Twenties? So rough you couldn't even stop to appreciate how hot you were. Happily, the turning point into your fourth decade sees you more content in your skin, with the discernment to spot a worthy present at 30 paces. And you'll be spotting them all over the place, thanks to our collection of 30th birthday gift ideas.
Don't give yourself premature grey hairs trying to think of the perfect 30th birthday present ideas for him (we know men are impossible to buy for!) – we've got modern keepsakes for every taste. A personalised leather braided bracelet for the lad who's honed his sense of style, a smart clock for the gadget-loving guy or a traditional cocktail set to cheers him into a new decade.
But we haven't forgotten the ladies – you won't be short of 30th birthday gift ideas for her either. How does a hammered copper ice bucket (handy for keeping those birthday bubbles chilled) sound? Or a personalised photo print to preserve her favourite memories of the last 30 years? Or perhaps a rose quartz ring to bring her oddles of love? Sounds a lot like you're going to be her favourite gift giver!
Need some more giftspo? If you want a pressie that’ll really go down in the books, here are three ways you can make it extra memorable with some of our favourite 30th birthday presents…
1. Embrace 30 days of 30th B’day fun... Every day in the month leading up to their big day, surprise them with a treat, whether it’s their favourite home-cooked meal, a birthday brew in an engraved beer tankard, a mix tape of their favourite songs or a hand-stamped bangle with your own special message. Maxing out their birthday fun with a mix and big and small gifts is a great way to celebrate a milestone age.
2. Gather little letters of love… Get those people closest to your birthday guy or gal to write personal notes that share what they love most about them and some of their favourite memories. Then, enclose all the love letters in a keepsake box – we love a bespoke engraved jewellery box or embossed leather case that can also be used to hold their most treasured trinkets.
3. Whisk them away for a day… (or longer!) For the person that has just about everything, you can’t go past an experience. Turning their birthday into an impromptu trip will make memories that’ll last a lifetime. Pop their plane tickets in a personalised travel wallet or pack for them in a luxe monogrammed leather weekender (because, at 30, they can appreciate the finer things).
Personalised medal style couples initials wine glasses (set of 2)
by Lottie & Liv
Personalised initial wooden engraved trinket tray (various sizes)
by Lottie & Liv
The Milestone Edition by The Book of Everyone: Personalised Gift Book
A Unique Personalised Gift Book: 30th Birthday Milestone Edition
Personalised Happy Birthday scented candle with engraved wooden lid
by Minki Moko
Moroccan Inspired Disc Necklace with Optional Labradorite Charm
Addison Letter Initial Slider Pendant in Rose Gold or Silver
Escape Hanging Long Earrings 18 KT Yellow Gold Plate with Black Spinel Stone
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