I recently had a friend turn 30. This year is a massive milestone in the life of a person. We are leaving behind the “coming-of-age” years and transitioning into a new level of adulthood. At thirty, things can start to feel bigger and more expansive than in previous years. It’s as if, overnight, you are thrust into a new mentality. Now is an excellent opportunity to give one of these great 30th birthday gift ideas.
Not that thirty makes you “the person that has everything,” but you may feel a bit more established by this time in your life. Getting the big, new, latest, whatever, may not be the thing that feeds your soul. Since this is a milestone year, a sentimental gift can mean the world at this point.
I love a piece of vintage jewelry. There is something about finding a piece that fits your style that is from decades gone by. One of my favorite places to find vintage or vintage-inspired jewelry is Etsy.com. This style of jewelry makes for a one-of-a-kind present that they will cherish for years.
Does your friend have a favorite phrase or meaningful mantra that would look beautiful in a script? Find a beautiful bracelet or locket and have it customized for them. This heartfelt gift shows that you know them and hold their interests in your mind. They can wear this token of love every day.
What to engrave:
- Bible Verse
- Longitude/Latitude lines of a particular place
Things to engrave:
Personalized Name Plate Gold Bar Bracelet in Handmade Wedding Jewelry for Women Bridesmaid Gifts Anniversary Best Friend Gifts for Mom Christmas Gift – 12BR
1928 Jewelry Silver-Tone Rotating Trio Locket Necklace, 30″
Engraved Wooden Watch Unique Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Husband Boyfriend Until The End of Time
On your birthday, you get to close your eyes, make a wish, and blow out your candles. I believe we should never stop wishing. Wish for more happiness, more love, more time, more joy. I think wishes do come true. Celebrate the birthday wish with wishing inspired necklaces.
Handmade Terrarium, Real Dandelion Seeds in Glass, Make a Wish, Flower, Wildflower Necklace 2248
SHUIMNH Friendship Wishbone Clavicle Necklace Sun Necklace Chain Silver Luck Flower Pendant Necklace with Message Card Gift Card
You know your friend, and you know what they are into. Chances are there is a subscription-based service that they would love for the year ahead. I can think of a few off the top of my head that would be great 30th birthday gift ideas.
There are plenty of wine enthusiasts that would love to receive a monthly gift from the nectar of the gods. The services that are out there range from monthly sample packs, red and white bottles, or even a full paring option with meats and cheeses included. Find a wine of the month club and customize them for the birthday person in your life.
Much like the wine subscription, this is delivered monthly. As the craft beer industry is exploding here in the States, the variety is ever increasing. These customizable boxes allow you to pick and choose your styles and never get bored. Here is an example of a Beer Subscription and how it works.
We all loved being pampered, and who wouldn’t? I usually am in a hurry, and I order the thing that I ordered the last time because it worked “good enough.” I am a busy mom, so trying to peruse the aisles of a make-up store, much less finding the time to get to one, by myself, is so much work that I will give up and click that “reorder” button. Receiving a box that has full-sized products or an array of sample packs to try out sounds like a birthday every month. The best make-up subscription boxes are out there; just waiting on you to click “send.”
When it comes to the quintessential “all in one” box, the FabFitFun box goes to the top of my list. There are so many different options when it comes to customization that no two boxes are the same. You can choose the products that fit your lifestyle best and have them delivered 4x a year. They are PACKED with goodies.
Other Great Subscription Boxes
If you’re into it, they make a box for it! These subscription boxes come in a variety of price ranges to fit most budgets. Whether you are looking for subscription boxes for women or men, there are plenty to choose from.
- T-shirt club
- My Purse Club
- Encouragement box
- Explore Local Club
- Hygge Fem Box
- Finders Seekers Mysteries box
- Underwear Club
- Earring Club
I am a lover of all things crafty. From my early years of childhood crafting, to when I was in high school and college making jewelry under the name “KD Dids,” I have loved to make things from scratch. Even though crafting is a great hobby, it does come at a price. Here are my favorite crafting supplies for 30th birthday gift ideas.
Maybe the person in your life loves to spend time crafting. I know that in my life, I am continually utilizing my Cricut machine. This fantastic tool I use in so many different styles of crafting. Does your friend like working with paper, leather, or vinyl? The precision and creativity you can do with this machine are mind-blowing.
This year I made personalized ornaments with my children using the Cricut machine. I have seen plenty of people use it to make jewelry, t-shirts, bags, and accessories, to name a few.
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Roll
There is nothing I cannot do with my gun and a little hot glue. I just my hot glue gun for all my crafting needs. The best hot glue gun can help you with many a project. I’ve even caught my husband using it in his shop. The gun I use is a pretty simple device, but it is the glue roll that has been the game-changer in my crafting world. I hated always having to feed these little four-inch sticks into my gun every 30 seconds. Now with 60 inches of glue, I never have to hold up my flow to refeed.
The Gift of Time
Of all the 30th birthday gift ideas, quality time is crucial, especially in our society today. We are either running around doing everything for everyone or holed-up in a house or office for the majority of the day. Give the gift of time to the person you are celebrating this year.
If your 30th birthday honoree is a mom, consider giving her the day or night off. She can use this time to do a few things that are just for her. She can go to a salon or spa. It may be her choice to walk around a museum and enjoy a latte in the quiet. Either way, a good day of recharging will do wonders.
Girls’ Night Out
Not ready to settle in for the evening? Enjoy a fun girls’ night out. I love a progressive evening. Decide on a location for appetizers, then a different setup for dinner, finally choose an exciting dessert location. The breaking up of events allows you not to get bored or force yourself to indulge all in one sitting. Customize it to your honoree’s delights.
Date Night Out
Explore and adventure on a date night with the one you love. Plan a day of sight-seeing and an evening of romance. This date night will fit the bill for a memorable 3oth birthday gift. Up the anty and do what my husband and I do every year around my birthday. We plan a small getaway and plan our next year. Coming together to build the future can invigorate the emotional bond that makes your life together unique.
With thirty being such a huge milestone, you may want to plan something more elaborate. Maybe thirty is the year you finally go to Hawaii or try zip-lining. Going somewhere and pushing yourself to try something new will open up a side of you that will be forever changed.
30th birthday ideas for her (link) or him don’t have to be classic. You can choose an adventure that is tailored to the explorer that you are. Give the gift of experiences with some easy gift card acquisition.
- Wine Tasting in the Dark
- White water rafting adventure
- Spa Day Package
- Race Car Driving
- Weekend Getaway
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Snorkeling with Manatees or other aquatic life
I hope my 30th birthday gift ideas help you discover the perfect present for a particular person in your life. Here’s to being thirty, flirty, and thriving!
Kim’s is the party planning, thrifty life-loving, intentional living catalyst behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. Kim was a pro event planner for over 7 years before she became a full-time blogger. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, and more! Kim aims to inspire you to create, celebrate, and live life intentionally!