Unique 30th birthday gift ideas

15 ideas for fun, different gifts for a 30th birthday
By Natalie Koch  Published on 09/28/2018 at 11:00 AM EDT
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I actually turn 30 this week, and I’m amped. Although I know some people turning 30 are fearful, disgusted, in denial or ambivalent. And they need the love that an awesome gift can convey. Some of the things in this guide are items that I would love to receive, or presents I have given/plan on giving to my fellow thirtysomethings.

Folks turning 30 this year have seen some stuff, both good and bad, so a little pampering is certainly in order. Look, if you survived the resurgence of bell-bottom jeans and still know all the words to every Backstreet Boys song, you deserve a nice birthday.

We put together 15 ideas for unique, memorable and fun gifts to make any 30-year-old smile.

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Gift card for a massage

If someone reaches the age of 30 and has never had a professional massage before, you’ll be doing them a huge favor if you give them one for a gift. Unless that person is Mayim. If you know the person really well (they’re a partner or spouse) you can probably just book it for them, but if you’re not familiar with their schedule or salon preferences, a gift card from Spa Finder will do the trick.

Alternatively, you can check out BlissWorld spas or pick up some items for at-home options!

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One night at a fun hotel

Depending on the hotel you choose this could be a bit of a splurge, but if you have the means and are willing this could be a really fun, one-night gift! The birthday kid can order room service, leave the bed unmade, hang out at the hotel bar, sleep in and watch HGTV for hours.

Deep clean service

It doesn’t matter whether the 30-year-old you’re gifting is a new parent, a grad student, works three jobs, or has a corner office: They will be absolutely tickled at the prospect of someone else doing a deep-clean of their home.

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Subscription box

Want to give them a gift that keeps on giving year-round? Check out a few of our subscription box reviews and see which one fits their personality.

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DIY wine and cheese night

For the 30-year-old who just wants to stay in and watch movies (*raises hand*), consider planning a night in with his or her favorite wine/drink of choice and specially selected charcuterie plate. If they do like wine, we have some recommendations.

A candle that smells like home

Remind your loved one of their favorite place with a candle that smells like their home state—or maybe a state they used to live in and love!

A really cool LEGO set

Just because someone is 30 doesn’t mean they don’t want toys for their birthday! LEGO makes some incredibly cool sets, like the Diner in this photo, that provide a challenge for adults.

A totally '90s Caboodle

If you know someone turning 30 right now that means they were born in the late ’80s, making them very much a “90s kid.” Every 90s kid worth their salt had a hella cool Caboodle where they’d hide their makeup, treasures, bouncy balls or crayons. What will they keep in there in the year 2018?

A super rad T-shirt

Speaking of blasts from days of ’90s past, this shirt pays homage to everyone’s favorite paper cup design.

Nickelodeon coloring book

OK, this is the last gift that appeals to a 30-year-old’s nostalgia. It’s a coloring book filled with Nickelodeon’s best characters from the ’90s!

A beautiful bouquet

Something beautiful to brighten their desk or coffee table, a bouquet is always a welcome gift.

Something fun to hang in their office

PopChart Labs has some super fun prints for an array of interests making it a perfect place to find a decorative gift.

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Tickets to a play or concert

Another splurge item, but one to remember, are tickets to a show, concert, or game they’ve been wanting to go to. Usher 30 in with a bang!

A babysitter for a day/night

Surprise the 30-year-old parents in your life with a night on the town without the kiddos. Offer to watch them yourself or book one for them!

A funny card

When all else fails, send a funny card to remind them you care!

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