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43 Best 30th Birthday Gift Ideas

43 Best 30th Birthday Gift Ideas

September 20, 2023
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Looking for a perfect 30th birthday Gift? We're here to help, check our blog for some amazing ideas!
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Ultimate guide to 30th Birthday gifts

If you find buying birthday gifts tricky don’t worry – we’ve got you. Our comprehensive guide to the top 43 gifts to buy for their 30th birthday is here to help you get it right.

Whether their tastes are traditional, innovative or creative, our list of fun, thoughtful and unique birthday presents has something for everyone!

Bring magic to life with a Harry Potter colour-changing glass – IWOOT

For the dedicated Harry Potter this magical colour-changing glass is the ideal gift! Add a cold drink – water, butterbeer or even something stronger – and watch the silver Hogwarts crest fill with the colours of Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Griffyndor!

Check off the bucket list with a bungee jump – Virgin Experience Days

As we turn 30 many of us think of doing some out-there things. Virgin Experience Days offer bungee jumps for one from £60, plus if the recipient doesn’t fancy it, they can exchange the experience for something else for free!

Give the gift of choice with a gift card – Love2shop

Still struggling to choose the right gift for their 30th birthday? Offer the freedom to select their own via our Love2shop gift card ! There’s over 140 big brands to choose, from top high-street fashion to eating out to amazing experience days and more.

Love2shop Gift Card
Hugo Boss Just Different
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Bring back memories with a special scent – the Perfume Shop

Smell is one of the most powerful triggers of memories we have. Scent is a personal choice, but the Perfume Shop offers Hugo Boss ‘Just Different’ eau de toilette for him (£42) or Thierry Mugler’s classic ‘Angel’ for her (£32).

Treat them to a relaxing city break – Love2shop Holidays

If you want to make their 30th birthday really special, you and some friends can club together to get them Love2shop Holidays vouchers to book a short break with more than 150 tour operators.

Love2shop Holidays Gift Card
Pizza Express
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Enjoy a chill Mediterranean meal out – Pizza Express

A 30th birthday is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxed celebration meal. Enjoy a casual Mediterranean dining experience at Pizza Express to kick off a night of celebration! (Sign up for their account for free birthday rewards too!)

It’s not just for kids – treat them to a Lego set – Lego Store

No longer only for kids, Lego now offers incredible decorative sets that can be used to brighten up your home. From to pop culture art (Batman £104.99) – there’s a Lego for every décor.

Football crazy? Remind them what the Beautiful Game was like the year they were born – The Word Shack

Who was your team’s leading goal scorer when you were born? If footy’s their thing, these framed pictures from Etsy (£12.99) lists all the vital football trivia they need to know about their favourite club in the year they were born!

Like an adventure? Why not book a Mystery Picnic – AmazingCo

Mystery picnic experiences are a new way to explore. Book as a group (from £60 for two people) and follow clues, collecting your picnic food from local retailers before heading to a secret location to enjoy your al fresco dining experience.

John-Lewis-Charlotte Tilbury’s popular Pillow Talk push-up lashes mascara
Image by John Lewis

Help them push the boat out on some high-end makeup – John Lewis

Whoever you are buying makeup for, one thing is certain – quality matters. John Lewis currently stocks Charlotte Tilbury’s popular Pillow Talk push-up lashes mascara (£26) – perfect if you want to treat someone to a sought-after brand!

Take them to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars – HMV

We all know someone who is crazy about Star Wars. Toys, mugs, t-shirts, even this waffle maker that creates Darth Vader-shaped treats (£34.99), you can find the perfect gift for your Jedi at I Want One Of Those.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Roll back the years with a trip to a theme park – Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Enjoy a white-knuckle adventure! Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a great place to visit (prices start from £35 per adult). From classic coaster the Big One to its newest thrill ride Valhalla, a grown-up day out here is just the ticket.

Give them a Marvel-lous surprise – HMV

If you’re buying for a Marvel fan you’ll definitely know. From the Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy to Spider-man, HMV offers a range of exclusive gifts, including collectable Funko Pops, exclusive licensed toys and clothing.

Marvel Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy
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Very Very Silly Book of Pranks
Image by Waterstones

Keep their cheeky spark alight with Matt Lucas’ prank book – Waterstones

A great 30th birthday gift for anyone with a wicked imagination! Matt Lucas’ ‘My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of Pranks (£6.99) offers inspiration to even the most seasoned prankster – just make sure you’re not the first target!

Power them up wherever they go – Go Outdoors Explore more with the latest

What do you get the person who loves exploring? A solar panel to charge their devices in the wild! Go Outdoors offers the Nomad 5w panel (from £47) – lightweight, portable and charges your phone or GPS device via USB.

Jordan Stay Loyal 2s
Image by Foot Locker

Take flight with these Jordan’s – Foot Locker

Foot Locker has some great deals for the sneakerhead turning 30. These Jordan Stay Loyal 2’s can be picked up for £109.99 (for him) – great value for this premium brand and there’s lots more great offers to be found!

Help them relax with a Hot Poultice Massage – Champneys

It’s important to take time out, so why not get them a relaxing Hot Poultice Massage (£108) at your local Champneys spa. If that’s a little more than your budget, you can purchase vouchers to help them find their zen.

Stromberg Mens Saddle Golf Slippers
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Help them complete their par-tee outfit with these brilliant golf slippers – American Golf

If you have a golf-obsessed friend turning 30, chances are they have all the kit they need. But do they have these amazing novelty slippers (£9.99), that give even their loungewear that clubhouse style?

Dine in style at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant – Virgin Experience Days

Looking for ideas for a 30th birthday gift for the foodie in your life? Try this incredible three-course meal for two at one of four Gordon Ramsay restaurants for just £48! Remember, if your gift isn’t quite right, they can exchange it for free!

Get busy with the fizzy – Findmeagift.com

For some, birthdays mean prosecco. So why not make their 30th special with this personalised bottle of prosecco (£27.99) just for them? A nice, light 11.5% ABV gift for the party person in your life!

A timeless classic – the birthstone jewellery set – Pandora

Birthstones can be both gorgeous and meaningful as 30th birthday present ideas. Pandora has a number of birthstone necklace and earring sets available for every month of the year, costing £124 each.

January Birthstone Eternity Circle O Pendant and Earrings Set
Image by Pandora
Electric Diffuser
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Create the perfect atmosphere with the Apothecary diffuser – Marks & Spencer

Electric diffusers have become a must have interior decoration – so this great value diffuser from Marks & Spencer (£30) is ideal for anyone turning 30 and looking to enhance their home.

Gift them an amazing brand bargain from labels like Jimmy Choo – TK Maxx

TK Maxx is a treasure trove if you’re looking for a gift for the brand-conscious. This pink and blue silk Jimmy Choo scarf with snake-print design is available for £34.99 – despite originally retailing for £105! (Available at time of writing.)

Jimmy Choo scarf with snake print design
Image by TK Maxx

Start them on their cheese and wine journey – CheeseGeek

If your birthday boy or girl always opts for the cheeseboard, this handy hamper is perfect. For £50 you get three wines, each paired with its own cheese, enough for three people to host a mini-tasting session!

Help them capture the moments that matter with a line-a-day memory book – Oliver Bonas

As we reach 30, is it about time we started our journal for real? This line-a-day memory book (£14.99) makes it easy to write about everything and nothing.  Plus, it can hold five years’ worth of entries.

Feed an extravagant sweet tooth with The Collections Chocolate & Champagne Hamper – M&S

This hamper of goodies by M&S (£100) is the ultimate treat for someone’s birthday. With a bottle of champagne (Louis Vertay), and a mixed selection of sweet treats – all displayed in a wicker basket.

Add a little get up and go with a Nespresso Vertuo Plus LE 11398 Coffee Machine – John Lewis

Nespresso is known for excellent coffee machines and it’s one of those 30th birthday gifts that will never go amiss for caffeine fans. This machine (£79.99) includes a welcome set with 12 different coffee capsules covering a range of tastes.

Nespresso Vertuo 11398
Image by John Lewis
7th Heaven Passion Peel Off Face Mask
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Create your own spa box – starting with 7th Heaven Passion Peel Off Face Masks – New Look

We all deserve a spa day at home, so why not curate a wellness gift box for someone’s 30th birthday? 7th Heaven Peel Off Face Masks are perfect to include, and we can stock up as they’re just 99p a piece.

Infuse and refresh your body with the Invigorating Treat Gift Set – Rituals

Rituals is known for its luxury body care range, and this men’s gift set (£27) is an excellent gift choice. With foaming shower gel, body lotion and regular shower gel, each product contains bamboo, Japanese mint and cedar wood.

Image by Rituals
Gioteck HC2 Special
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Take their gaming game to the next level with the Gioteck HC2 Special Edition – Argos

For the gamers out there, upgrade their gaming setup with a decent pair of headphones from Gioteck (£19.99). Crisp realistic sound quality can elevate their gaming experience. This special edition also comes with decorative stickers to customise their look.

Help him unwind with this Navy Check Woven Button Up Pyjama Set – Matalan

After a long day, is there anything better than crawling into bed wearing a fresh pair of PJs? This light and comfortable set of button up pyjamas for him (£16) are a classic style in navy – featuring a traditional chequered pattern.

Navy Check Woven Button Up Pyjama Set Small
Image by Matalan
Subtle art of not giving a
Image by Waterstones

Want them to live their best life? Try this book (warning – not suitable for younger readers) – Waterstones

There’s few self-help books like Mark Manson’s bestselling guide – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. It’s full of brutally honest advice on navigating life in a no-nonsense manner.

Enjoy a mini-adventure with Thirty Things To Do When You Are 30 – Not On The High Street

The quintessential 30th birthday present, this pack contains 27 sealed envelopes – each containing a fun activity. Three blank envelopes are left, leaving room for more ideas. This gift can also be personalised for a more sentimental touch.

Are they a Friends fanatic? Test them with the Friends Wheel of Mayhem Game – The Entertainer

Why not gift a Friends super fan this fact-based board game? Inspired by The One with the Baby Shower episode, it gives everyone the chance to flex knowledge of this iconic TV show.

Browse your local Homesense store for inspo

Homesense is the place for one-of-a-kind homeware goodies. From quirky crockery all the way to big name appliances, there are plenty of hidden gems– you might even pull out that one-of-a-kind item that makes perfect 30th birthday presents.

Start them off scrapbooking with a Spiral Bound Green Floral Scrapbook – Hobbycraft

Scrapbooking is a way to keep your most important memories close to hand. This beautiful scrapbook from Hobbycraft (£7) comes in a gorgeous floral design and the blank pages inside keep mementos safe and there are plenty to fill.

Create the perfect atmosphere with a scented candle and diffuser – H&M

It may be our second diffuser but this one is a traditional bamboo diffuser and comes with a candle! This gift pack from H&M (£22.99) is gorgeous, featuring a bamboo reed diffuser plus a candle smelling of hazy incense.

Scented candle and diffuser
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Schuh slipper
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Slip into something more comfortable – the Haven Borg Buckle slipper – Schuh

Slippers are a classic birthday gift, but for good reason. This pair from Schuh (£13.99) are so fluffy they’ll feel like they are walking on clouds! Available in beige or black.

Make them feel really special with a personalised Giant Colin the Caterpillar Cake – M&S

Ever popular, Colin the Caterpillar has upgraded, as this whopper of a birthday cake (£45) serves up to 40 people! Chocolate sponge filled with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate – delicious. Add a personalised message in white chocolate icing (included).

Colin the caterpillar
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Celebrate in class with this set of two Champagne flutes – Denby

Perfect for birthday bubbly, this jet set of two Champagne flutes by Denby (£36) are an ideal gift. Elegant and bold, the glasses, with coloured stems, are high quality – made of mouth-blown glass and dishwasher safe.

Throw them a party to remember with these party supplies – The Works

Create memories. Organise a big birthday bash for them and you can decorate it with these great-value party decorations at The Works! Just remember, if throwing a surprise, keep the decorations hidden behind lock and key.

Bubble machine
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The Little Guide to Coco Chanel
Image by WH Smith

Wrap up the gift of timeless style with The Little Guide to Coco Chanel: Style to Live By – WH Smith

Is there anything more iconic in fashion than Coco Chanel’s Little Black Dress? ‘The Little Guide to Coco Chanel: Style to Live By’ (£5.99) is the perfect gift for any fashionista, featuring famous quotes and words of fashion wisdom.

Can we fix it? Now we can with this excellent 53-piece tool kit – B&Q

For some of us, turning 30 is when we discover the joy of tinkering around the house. Encourage them with this incredible 53-piece toolkit from B&Q to help them while away the hours fixing up their house or flat.

Vonhaus household tool kit
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UK’s #1 multi-retailer gift card

Load up each card with any value up to £400, Love2shop Gift Cards give you the freedom to choose the exact amount you wish to spend.

Love2shop gift card

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