Shopping for the
perfect birthday gift can be difficult, especially when it comes to a milestone birthday like the big 3-0. Of course, presents aren’t the most important part of a birthday celebration — but they sure do help add to the excitement! So to help you on your hunt, below you’ll find 21 30th birthday gift ideas to help your friend or loved one say farewell to their roaring 20s.
I’m sure you still remember the best birthday gift you’ve received to this day, whether it was this past year or over a decade ago. Why? Because it was special and 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 giftee is officially a full-fledged adult now!); some are pretty (think:
beautiful jewelry pieces they’ll treasure for birthdays to come); and all will make the person of honor smile. Plus, they also feature an array of price points to suit any and all budgets.
To celebrate being
30, flirty, and thriving, look to the best 30th birthday gift ideas below. After unwrapping any of these goodies, they won’t even miss their 20s! Bustle Shop is Bustle’s shoppable guide to editor-approved buys in fashion, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle. We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
When it’s time to say cheers to 30 years, these handblown pink wine glasses will do just the trick. Their hue is pretty and unexpected, and you can gift them alongside their favorite bottle of wine, champagne, or rosé for a present that can be utilized that very night.
Every minute matters when it comes to celebrating a birthday, so why not help them keep track of the night with this gorgeous celestial watch? With a glittery pink and purple dial and moon and star detailing, this watch is stunningly unique. A rose goal strap completes the beautiful, functional piece.
A throw blanket is a classic gift that’ll come in handy every night they come home from work and go to curl up on the couch. Made from wool and silk, this blanket is super soft and comfortable. Plus, its fringe border adds a hint of style and sophistication ideal for any living space.
After a weekend of busy birthday festivities, help them soothe sore muscles with this handheld massager from Theragun. With 150 minutes of battery life and in a pale pink hue, this ultra-quiet mini massager comes equipped with a ball attachment that works its way through tender body parts, providing pain relief and relaxation.
A disorganized purse was cute in their 20s, but now it’s the time to get it together. Made from grained leather, this small bright pink wallet features slits for credit cards, IDs, and other important documents to keep their bag mess-free. There’s even a zip pouch to hold loose change and odds and ends.
Crafted from 14K yellow gold-plated brass, these simple yet sophisticated hoop earrings are the perfect accessory for their 30s and beyond. They can be worn with professional office-ready outfits, as well as with everyday looks as their signature jewelry piece.
As seen on
Shark Tank, Bala Bangles are great for those looking to add more exercise to their day. Whether they’re working out at the gym or are simply doing chores around the house, they can toss on these minimalistic bangles for some extra resistance. Weighing in at one pound each, they’re made from recycled silicone-coated stainless steel and feature Velcro fastening to keep them secure.
Help them exhale those bad vibes and leave them in their 20s 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 further set the vibe.
At just under $100, this Google Nest speaker provides 360-degree sound and music streaming and voice-match technology. Whether they want to find out the weather for their birthday weekend or hear their favorite song, this baby will have their back.
Who doesn’t love an interactive gift? With 1,500 pieces, this puzzle can provide hours of low-key entertainment. Plus, the colorful floral image that’ll come together can be hung in a frame (with the help of some glue) after completion.
Channel their inner child with this ‘90s-inspired instant Fujifilm camera. Available in a pretty purple color, it can automatically calculate brightness and will adjust its shutter accordingly for the perfect photo. Be sure to use it the night of their birthday to capture all the memories.
Help them step into their 30s with a chic pair of heels. While the black hue will compliment everything in their closet, the crocodile-embossed patent faux-leather adds a bit of edge, as does the metallic gold toe. Three-inch stiletto heels complete these sultry pumps.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, red seaweed, and glycerine, this face mask from Eve Lom works to hydrate and moisturize the skin with its lightweight gel formula. Not only will they feel pampered after applying, but their skin will look rejuvenated and boast a natural glow for up to three days.
As luxurious as the robes you’d find at a spa or a five-star hotel, this long knit robe is crafted from nylon-blend boucle yarn for a super soft and cozy gift. They’ll love tossing it on over pajamas or loungewear, no matter the time of day. Gift it with a pair of slippers for the ultimate set.
With more responsibilities than they probably had at 20, a luxe dry shampoo is sure to come in handy on the days they’re booked and busy. This aerosol spray works to absorb excess oil and leaves hair soft and refreshed, thanks to its invisible formula that boasts lemon, cedar leaf, and orange essential oils. Plus, it’s safe for color-treated tresses.
After years of cooking with the same pots and pans they’ve had since college, it’s time for an upgrade. With these two black cookware pieces, they can whip up their favorite stir fry or homemade tomato sauce with ease. Both the pot and pan are Teflon-coated and are nest-able to save cabinet piece. The handle on the pan is also detachable for even more flexibility in the kitchen.
Wrinkled clothes were fine when they were rolling out of bed and heading to college classes —
not anymore though. For their 30th, give them the gift of wrinkle-free clothes with this luxury steamer from Steamery. Equipped with a hanger and a heat protectant glove, this steamer provides a laundromat-quality job from the comfort of home.
They’re sure to be charmed by the nostalgic vibes of this retro-style pink hand mixer. It comes with whisks, beaters, and hooks, and features 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 an array 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 of which are highly pigmented and ultra-blendable. Plus, that under-$15 price point just can’t be beat.
A self-heating mug
Help curb those daily trips to Starbucks with this self-heating mug set that includes a handcrafted ceramic mug, charging pad, and ceramic lid. With just the click of a button, this dishwasher-safe gadget will keep their beverages warm — a WFH essential, if you ask me.
Give their go-to bottle of vino an instant upgrade with this gorgeous marble wine cooler. After pre-chilling it in the fridge, it’ll keep wine and champagne perfectly cool for hours. Handmade from artisans in rural India, it’s crafted from ethically sourced polished marble and 100 percent pure brass inlay.
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