5 awesome 30th birthday gift ideas

September 24, 2014

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:

30th birthday e-card


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.

Awesome 30th birthday gift ideas


  1. Laura Mercier Crème de pistache honey bath, £32
  2. Hush Vintage Rose Pyjamas, £49.50
  3. Chanel Rouge Coco hydrating creme lip colour, £25
  4. Asos vintage leather cross-body bag, £75
  5. Monica Vinader siren stud earrings, £100

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What do you want for your birthday this year?

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