Most of my friends have turned 30 in the past few years (or will do this year). Normally, I don’t go in much for birthday presents; a pretty bunch of flowers or a nice dinner is always good. But for a 30th, you’ve got to make a bit of an effort. Here are some ideas for a special 30th birthday present:
As a general rule for birthdays, I like to buy a luxury version of an everyday staple – something you would never dream of buying yourself. A 30th also means that you can spend a bit more – I’m thinking posh skincare, like this Laura Mercier bath cream (1), gorgeous PJs (2), a fabulous Chanel lipstick (3), or Dior nail polish.
If thinking of a present for someone who has everything is too stressful, then take them out to do something fun! When Pete turned 30, instead of worrying about buying him something special, I organised a secret weekend away in Berlin (and we stayed here, which was amazing). For another friend, we arranged a sleepover – I bought us all matching onesies, we watched her favourite film (Mannequin), and I cooked her favourite food. For something a little less labour-intensive, how about lunch at a posh restaurant? Most restaurants have good set menus for lunch (I’m going to Le Gavroche for my 30th). Or, if your friend is having a party, you could arrange a blow dry and pedicure beforehand.
Something I’ve learnt from my mum is that for special birthdays, you can’t go wrong with something they can keep forever, like special jewellery or a leather handbag (4). You want it to last them another 30 years, so think about spending a bit more to get something that’s good quality. What I like to do is buy something they can wear every day, like these pretty earrings (5), rather than something that just gets saved for special occasions.
- Laura Mercier Crème de pistache honey bath, £32
- Hush Vintage Rose Pyjamas, £49.50
- Chanel Rouge Coco hydrating creme lip colour, £25
- Asos vintage leather cross-body bag, £75
- Monica Vinader siren stud earrings, £100
What do you want for your birthday this year?