Though many milestones are reached before age 30, it's a birthday often associated with the true arrival of adulthood. You can help celebrate the day with the perfect gift. From understated tokens to festive gifts, here are the 10 most popular gift ideas for a 30th birthday.
Buy a round: A round of birthday drinks can quickly add up to a hefty bar tab. An easy way to avoid this is to give the gift of barware, so the birthday celebrator can become an at-home mixologist. A stainless steel martini shaker or a crystal whiskey decanter would be a sophisticated gift.
Wine and dine: A bottle of wine is a reliable birthday gift idea. However, if you want to pair the bottle with something unexpected, give it with a complementary gift. A cheeseboard set is perfect for exploring new wine pairings. You could also pair a bottle of wine with a gourmet food basket for a truly epicurean gift.
Dirty 30: If the 30-year-old you're shopping for loves to spend time in the great outdoors, wrap some camping gear with a note about turning "dirty 30" and getting dirty out in the woods. Hammocks, air mattresses, and camp chairs are the most popular outdoor gifts.
Blast from the past: Thirty years have passed since their birth, and a lot has changed in pop culture. Put together a time capsule gift full of DVDs and CDs of movies and albums that came out the same year they were born. Look for quality classics as well as a few funny reminders of how much tastes have changed.
The latest and greatest: People turning 30 have grown up with technology and are savvy at using it, so they'll love electronics gifts. Shop for cell phone accessories if you're on a budget or for tablets if you're planning to splurge.
The new 20: Some 30-year-olds just don't feel like they're as old as their birth certificate says they are. If you're shopping for someone who doesn't feel a day over 21, look for trendy accessories, like a floral-print watch, a stylish hat, or a chic scarf.
Feeling their age: There's something about the milestone that makes some people feel like they need to start taking care of themselves better. A yoga mat, skin care products, or a spa gift basket would help pamper a 30-year-old who is suddenly feeling like they're not as young as they used to be.
Understated elegance: A piece of jewelry is a great way to mark the official beginning of adulthood. A simple strand of pearls, a handsome set of cuff links, or a pair of diamond stud earrings will become wardrobe staples.
A little luxury: If you really want to spoil the 30-year-old, give them something they wouldn't buy for themselves. Designer accessories -- like a gold watch, a handbag, or a wallet -- would be an indulgent way to celebrate turning 30.
Get carded: Gift cards are the perfect, customizable gifts for any occasion, and a 30th birthday is no exception. Load it with $30 to recognize the milestone and wrap it up with a bottle of sparkling wine or a bouquet of flowers.
Published June 17, 2014
Updated February 4, 2015