Turning 30 is a rollercoaster of emotions (exciting! stressful!), so when it comes to finding the best gifts for a 30th birthday you want to give her the perfect present. When you finally reach “the third floor,” it’s a big deal, so this milestone birthday deserves something extra thoughtful. And let’s be honest: the Big 3-0 can feel like a thrill, but it also can be a bit of a bummer or a little stressful. Because yes, turning 30 means entering a new chapter filled with possibilities. But it also means saying goodbye to our carefree 20s and hello to 3-day hangovers. It can feel bittersweet. So all the more reason to give her something that makes her feel super loved.
Whether she’s a beauty product hoarder, a pop-culture junkie, a foodie, a health nut or any personality type in between, we’ve pulled together the 30 best gifts for her 30th birthday. If you’re going in on a more expensive group gift, we’ve got options for that. Or if you’re working on a tighter budget, we have you covered, too.
Ahead, our picks for the best 30th birthday gifts for her.
Creative 30th Birthday Gifts for Her:
These leather coasters will make any apartment feel like a luxury boutique hotel. Because when we turn 30, all we truly want in life is poolside fries.
If she’s a baker she’ll love this gorgeous marble and brass cake stand. Make the gift even more personal, and give it to her with a homemade cake on top.
This commemorative birthday book is a really lovely, thoughtful gift. Each page is a front page of The New York Times for each year she was born, starting at birth.
If she uses a blow dryer, she’ll appreciate this major upgrade. Harry Josh’s dryers are iconic for a reason: The Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 is a go-to, since it gives you salon-quality hair at home with its super-powered motor, 8 heat, speed, and ion settings, and a lightweight design. And let’s not forget that legendary mint shade that makes all bathrooms look a touch classier.
Beanie Babies, Tamagotchis, Home Alone, butterfly hair clips. If she’s a child of the 1990s, then this ’90s bingo game is the perfect present.
If she’s 30 this year that means she was born in 1991, so give her this cute “vintage” T-shirt that comes in an array of color options.
What’s better than a birthday in a box? If she’s a foodie she’ll love this gift set that comes jam-packed with artisanal treats like confetti popcorn, rainbow chocolate bark and loads more.
ATTN: the fanny pack has been taken to new heights! This may be one of the most versatile belt bags around, and the quality? *Chef’s kiss*. Your giftee will absolutely love this Coda Belt Bag from Senreve. It’s made with gorgeous Italian leather and comes in over 10 colors (although the pictured Pebbled Forest may be our fave.) This bag is an investment that will last, so you can’t go wrong whether you’re gifting it to your BFF, your partner, or yourself. In short: Get this bag ASAP!
Wondering what makes this a creative gift? It can be personalized too! Choose up to 3 letters to add to the bag by requesting it here.
When you hit 30, it’s time to master the art of making a great charcuterie plate, and have you ever seen a more stunning cheese board than this one?
If she’s an astrology lover, give her this personalized candle from Birthday Co. that has a customized astrological reading based on her birthday on the back of each candle. And each birthday has its own scent designed to match the recipient’s spirit.
This hair oil is luxurious and smells delicious — and it’ll leave your hair soft and defined after only using a tiny amount. Super light, Playa’s Ritual Hair Oil doesn’t actually feel like oil at all, but it nevertheless gives you soft and frizz-free hair while protecting it from any heat. We tried it both ways — once before styling with our dryer and straightener (the results? Super soft, silky hair) and once air-drying after the shower (we ended up with perfect beach waves, free of frizz). This is the ultimate treat for just about anyone who loves to give their hair a bit of love, and it’s special enough for a birthday gift.
This personalized print is filled with fun facts from 1991 like the average cost of gas, top 40 radio songs and blockbuster movies from that year.
If she’s not a big alcohol drinker, skip the booze and give her this festive “birthday tea” aka loose leaf black tea with candy sprinkles.
If she has a sense of humor, she’ll appreciate this “I am 29 + one finger” makeup bag. It’s simple ”f*** you” math.
If she’s a health nut who’s on top of the latest CBD trends, she will love these “Dream Capsules” from Beam. Because there’s no better gift you can give a 30-year-old than the gift of sleep.
Self-care gifts are always great, but now more than ever during these stressful times we’re living through. So give her this “Waning Moon Bath” tea, which is a gorgeous-smelling tea (top notes of mint and rosemary) that you pour into your tub for the most phenomenal bath.
Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” isn’t available now, but you can still pre-order it for April 27. If she’s a literary soul, then this makes a perfect 30th birthday gift.
30th Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Best Friend:
You’re only 30 once, so you might as well lean into the cheesiness of it all and give her this “dirty thirty” sash and crown. After all, she’s a queen.
When in doubt, jewelry is always a great option. And lately, layerable, dainty gold necklaces are all the rage. Give your gal-pal the gift of a great quality necklace like this Disc Chain from Maple & J! It can make a statement solo, but will elevate a look to the next level if added with a few others. Trust us — they’ll love it!
These fluffy UGG sandals have been spotted on nearly every celebrity—even Kylie Jenner’s little daughter Stormi has a pair. If your friend is a trend-hunter, she’ll die over these.
Sure a bottle of wine is nice, but a milestone birthday calls for the hard stuff. If she’s a tequila girl, she’ll be obsessed with this top-shelf reposado tequila. And Solento donates a portion of every bottle to a Jalisco, Mexico charity that works to promote organic farming.
When we enter our third decade, we need beauty sleep way more than we did in our 20s. This silk pillowcase from Blissy isn’t cheap, but it’s incredibly luxurious and a great pick if you’re doing a joint gift with another friend.
Eye cream is one of those products that you may not think too much about in your 20s. But once you start getting dark circles after two glasses of wine, you’ll want to invest more in skin care. After all, the skin around our eyes is extra delicate, and we’re all staring at screens like zombies even more these days. So this revitalizing eye cream makes a perfect 30th birthday gift.
Speaking of cheese, if she already has a cheese board, then give her this gift box filled with savory goodies to make the best damn charcuterie plate of her life.
Turning 30 is exciting, but it can also be a little bit of a downer. After all, our 20s are in the rear-view mirror. So give her this set of journals with inspirational affirmations on the front of each cover.
If you want to get her a piece of jewelry but are on a tight budget, go for this pretty bracelet that has 30 golden beads—one for each year.
If she’s the type whose entire skin care routine consists of makeup remover wipes, then give her a major upgrade on her 30th. This luxury 4-piece “complexion starter kit” comes with everything she needs to look like an IRL Instagram filter.
If your friend has annual passes to Disneyland (RIP) and watches Disney+ more than she does Netflix, give her these birthstone earrings that come in the shape of Minnie Mouse. They’re understated, but still have that Disney flair.
If she’s a Friends lover and a wine drinker, give her this “The One Where You Turn 30” wine label that you can put on any bottle of vino. *Wine not included.
Speaking of wine, you’ll be the guest of honor if you show up to the socially-distanced party with a bottle of Yes Way Rosé. And if she’s doing a virtual party, have a bottle delivered to her door.
If she appreciates fancy gummy candy (and who among us doesn’t?), then this “birthday bento box” from Sugarfina makes a very sweet birthday gift.
This “Cheers to 30 Years” gift set comes with a stainless steel tumbler, fuzzy socks and a “30 and fabulous” soy candle.
30th Birthday Ideas for Your Wife:
Getting jewelry for your wife or partner can be tricky, but when pulled off, you’ll be her favorite person in her book — for a while at least. We love this mantra ring for wisdom; it’s a gorgeous ring that says “you’re turning a year older and a year wiser” and it’s also affordable. You just need to know her ring size.
Even before Chrissy Teigen showed off her Barefoot Dreams collection on Instagram, we were hooked on this luxury loungewear brand. Impossibly soft and luxurious, make your wife feel like the queen that she is with this robe (and bring her some cake and Champagne while you’re at it).
If your partner loves a decadent cup of coffee (and has been missing going to the coffee shop), get her a coffee subscription. One that we’ll recommend until the end of time is Atlas Coffee Club, a coffee subscription service that will send you different kinds of coffees from various origins every month (for however many months you choose, and price will vary). You get to pick from ground or whole bean, and medium or dark roast. In the box, you’ll get bags of coffee with postcards that entail information about where the beans come from, brewing tips, and flavor notes. And hey, when she sips on her hot cup of delicious coffee in the morning, she might even think of you and how thoughtful you are. Win-win.
Is your wife more of a tea person? There’s a subscription for that, too. We personally love Sips By, which lets you pick from 150+ premium tea brands from all over the world. You can gift her with a personalized subscription or give her a gift card so she can curate her teas herself (we get that tea is a very personal thing). This is perfect for the tea lover who wants to try new flavors and brands.
If your partner is a fitness person, or even just loves being connected to her phone even when she’s not around her phone, splurge and get her an Apple Watch. The new Series 6 lets you take calls, measures your blood oxygen levels, tracks your daily activity, provides you with your heart rate and rhythm, and more.
If your wife loves to cook and doesn’t have a Le Creuset, you should absolutely treat her to this luxury cookware, because odds are, she’ll never stop using it. It’s also a gorgeous edition (and staple) to any kitchen.
Libre is “the new fragrance of freedom” and oh does it smell amazing. Her 30s are freeing and a beautiful thing, and she can celebrate with this decadent perfume by Yves Saint Laurent (honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their scents). Key notes include lavender, orange blossom, and musk for a ~sensual~ and floral fragrance she can wear every day. We promise she’ll be impressed by this gift.