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Turning 30 can feel like a huge deal — and it is! Once you've reached your thirties, you typically have more responsibilities and less time for socializing than in your twenties, but that doesn't mean this decade is a total no-fun zone. Remind them of all they have to look forward to by celebrating this major milestone with a unique 30th birthday gift they'll love.
But what exactly are you supposed to get someone turning the big 3-0, you ask? Our gift editors have found that the most meaningful gifts often reflect the recipient's personality and interests, as well as your relationship to them — after all, personal and thoughtful touches can make any gift special! This might mean upgrading your boyfriend's favorite tech gadgets, giving an experience gift like a spa day to your friend or sister who really needs it or going the more sentimental route for your husband or wife.
To help get your wheels turning, we've put together this guide to our favorite gift ideas for people turning 30, including a wide range of options to fit every budget, including gifts under $50 and luxury presents if you're looking to splurge on something that will make their special day, well, even more special. Just don't forget to include a cute "Happy Birthday" card while you're at it!
Interested in more age-specific gifts? Check these out:
Vintage 30th Birthday Card
If you just want to give them a little something, go with this cool card that highlights all the major moments and trends from the year that they were born.
Feeling totally stumped on what to get them? This candle is personalized to their birthdate! The brand combines astrology, numerology and tarot to craft each unique formulation.
'13 Going on 30' Birthday Card
Is there any 30-year-old more iconic than Jenna Rink? We think not. The card is blank inside, so you can write a personalized birthday message to your friend.
30th Birthday Wine Bottle Labels
Make a gift of wine extra special — and extra Instagrammable! — by transforming ordinary bottles with custom 30th birthday labels. Just pick up a few of their favorite bottles to complete the gift.
With this cool art print, they can time travel back to the year they were born and learn all about what the world was like, including popular events, movies, music and facts from that time. Although it comes unframed, it fits into any 8x10" frame easily.
Happy 30th Birthday Toilet Paper
They will LOL as soon as they unwrap this gag gift, but in a pinch, they can actally really use it to, er, do their business.
The Bucket List: 1,000 Adventures Big & Small
Help them start planning their next adventure with this book that comes with 1,000 "bucket list" ideas that'll carry them through the next decade.
Milestone Birthday Necklace
A cool way to honor their age without it being too obvious, is with this sweet necklace. It features 30 beads, and will instantly become a treasured keepsake.
30th Birthday Edition
Get them hyped for the big 3-0 with this custom 44-page book that's filled with fun facts about their life and the year they were born. Upload personal photos and inside jokes, and in less than 48 hours, it'll be printed, shipped and on its way to their doorstep.
Customizable 30th Birthday Cheese Board
Make them feel extra special by sending this over-the-top ready-to-eat cheese board that includes a variety of hand-selected artisan cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, crackers and jam — plus a set of rainbow birthday candles.
Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera
With a cool retro design, this gift can be put to use right away, capturing all of their 30th birthday party shenanigans.
"30, Flirty and Thriving" Cake Topper
In the iconic words of Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30, she’s “30, flirty and thriving.” Make sure everyone knows by topping her cake with this cute glittery topper!
Mark a milestone occasion in a major way by creating a custom book that plays a personalized video montage. The gift comes fully charged and the video will play automatically when they open the cover. Cue the tears!
Now that they're 30, they're going to need more beauty rest than ever. Just kidding! But, still, they'll appreciate this super-soft weighted sleep mask that's designed to ease stress and anxiety.
12’’ Screen Magnifier
We're sure he has a ton of techy gadgets he loves, but we bet this one made his list yet. To use, all he has to do is place his phone in the right spot, and it will be protected onto a bigger screen for easier watching.
30th Birthday Makeup Bag
Because they're not a regular 30-year-old, they're a cool 30-year-old.
Energy Cleansing Ritual Kit Mini
What better time to cleanse and purify your energy than the start of a new decade? This handmade kit is designed to do just that, with everything they need for a simple, personal ritual.
Querencia Candle Warmer
Going out every night is for your twenties — your thirties is all about staying in! Help them cozy up their pad with a candle warmer. The lamp heats up the candle's wick so it can emit those fragrant aromas sans flame. This popular pick from Cozyberry comes in pink, black and white.
Portable Neck Fan
Keep them feeling calm, cool and collected at all times with this handy wearable neck fan. With over 30,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this model comes in five colors and features three speed settings so they can always find the right temperature.
Custom Map Poster
Artwork is one of the best gifts you can give, especially when it has a custom touch to it. Here, you can pick any city — where they were born, where you two meet, etc. — and a get a cool map poster created.
It seems like everyone wants a Stanley Quencher these days. That's because it fits perfectly into almost any car's cupholder and has an easy-to-use handle and straw. Plus, it comes in tons of fun colors! If they already have one of these popular cups, check out these Stanley cup accessories for more gift ideas.
Their thirties will come with extra stressors, so give them a way to relax and unwind at home. This bathtub tray can hold everything from their iPad to a much-needed glass of wine.
Matching jammies: cozy, comfy and so grown-up. Welcome to a new decade of put-together, confident style (even while you sleep). This set has thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, and there are over 30 different color options to choose from.
The Five Minute Journal
They might have less time to focus on themselves the older they get, but with this journal, all it takes is five minutes to practice a bit of mindfulness.
There’s no more rewarding gift than the gift of new knowledge! Give a Masterclass subscription so the newly minted 30-year-old can take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. (Famous names like Mariah Carey are among the instructors.)
Carver HD Smart Digital Picture Frame
This digital picture frame is a brilliant gift for any occasion — especially when you pre-personalize it with a slideshow of pictures that can trigger some incredible memories.
Etched Skyline Wine Glass
Help them toast to the occasion with custom etched wine glasses that pay homage to their very favorite U.S. city. Choose from over 25 options, including Nashville, Houston and San Francisco.
Wireless Charging Station
Any busy 30-year-old will find this to be an extremely practical gift idea: a charging station that can power up to three devices at once.
If we're being honest, your thirties are when everything starts to hurt, so help them out with a reflexology tool that will hit all the right spots to offer some relief.
Classic Tennis Bracelet
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get her a stunning piece of jewelry. Featuring sparkling cubic zirconias, the tennis bracelet comes in silver, gold or rose gold finishes.
Zodiac Sign Necklace
If she's really into her zodiac sign then you can't go wrong with a pretty necklace. Each one features a special tarot card-style pendant with their zodiac symbol front and center.
For your burnt-out (or just skincare-obsessed) friend, gift a set of the buzzy beauty tools known as ice globes. Filled with an anti-freeze liquid, these beauty tools can be popped in the freezer and used whenever they need a little bit cooling and de-puffing.
Studio3 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Yes, these popular noise-canceling headphones are pricey, but according to almost 35,000 five-star Amazon reviews, they're worth it. Not only do they look very cool, reviewers say that they're super-comfortable and offer unmatched sound quality.
For the person who's always misplacing their stuff, this gift will help out. All they have to do is attach an AirTag to their keys, bag or other item, and they'll be able to locate it in seconds.
Personal Safety Alarm
Help keep them safe with this personal safety alarm that flashes a light and sets off a siren when activated. In their tests, our product experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute noted that this gadget is easy to use and lightweight.
Money Tree Plant
A money tree signifies abundance and prosperity, which is particularly fitting as they enter this new chapter of their life. Plus, money trees only need to be watered every 1-2 weeks, so it's an easy plant to care for, too.
Sugar Mat Slipper
These cuddly slip-ons are exactly what she'll want to slip on at the end of a long day. They're super cozy (according to reviewers) and made with responsibly sourced leather and recycled materials (according to the brand).
Organic Herb Indoor Garden Kit
They're probably cooking a lot more at home these days, so help them bring any dish to life with an indoor herb garden that's just the right size for a kitchen windowsill.
Organic Herbal & Green Tea Selection
If you know they're feeling a little jittery about their big 3-0, help calm their nerves with a tea sampler box. This popular pick includes 45 organic herbal and green teabags in five cozy flavors.
Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Help them get serious about saving money by buying them this top-tested coffee maker. According to our Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab experts, this particular model brews a coffee concentrate that can be enjoyed for up to two weeks thanks to a lid with a silicone seal that helps keep the beverage fresher for longer.
Luxe Core Sheet Set
They're 30 now, which means it's time for them to swap their cheap bedsheets for something a bit more luxe (sleep is way more important these days and harder to come by, after all!). The textiles experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute rated these the best overall sheets in their tests thanks to the strong yet smooth fabric and the brand's generous year-long return policy.
The best way to celebrate their birthday? With a trip! An Airbnb gift card can be loaded with any amount of your choosing, and you can let them pick out where they want to go.
WONDERBOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Weighing less than a pound, this ultra-versatile Bluetooth speaker is small enough for them to take anywhere they go. It's also completely waterproof. But our tech experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute were most impressed with its big sound (shockingly loud for its tiny size!) and claimed 14-hour battery life.
Cocktail Shaker Bar Set
No more vats of jungle juice here — your thirties are a time to elevate your drinking game! This five-piece cocktail set will help them do just that. It comes with everything they need to mix the perfect drink, and reviewers say it's easy to use, so beginners will have no issues crafting up a storm.
Gabbi Ruched Hobo Handbag
Throwback fashion is hot, and this '90s-style vegan leather hobo bag is right on trend. It comes in tons of different colors, too — there's even one featuring faux fur for some extra sass.
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