There’s no doubt about it: Turning 30 is a big deal, and if you have a friend approaching the milestone, you may be putting a lot more thought than usual into finding the perfect gift. Whether they’re feeling anxious about leaving their 20s behind, or they’re surprisingly chill about the whole thing, we’ve got you covered, with a range of suggestions for every type of person about to hit the big 3-0. Our suggestions range from tasteful homeware to tech and fitness gifts, as well as a few items from the Strategist archives.
For the friend who loves hosting
For the friend who already has plenty of coasters
How about a coaster … for their wine.
For the friend you went to Oceana with at uni
For the friend who cooked for your houseshare at uni
This highly rated, affordable alternative to a Le Creuset would be perfect for dinner parties.
For the friend who acts way older than 30
Snifter of brandy, anyone?
For the friend who acts way younger than 30
For the friend who is over sourdough
For the friend who loves a mooch around a flea market
For the friend whose BBQs are hit-and-miss
For the friend who gets their meat from Turner & George
If they’re happier in the kitchen than out at a restaurant, give them the right tools for the job.
For the friend with a soft spot for modernism
For the friend with more than a soft spot for modernism
For the friend who is obsessed with tracking their sleep
For the friend who is obsessed with Co-Star
If they’ve been studying their Jupiter in Taurus, they may want to get into stargazing; this telescope is great for beginners.
For the friend who’s (comfortably) single
For the friend who’s (comfortably) coupled up
A hobby they can do together — like life-drawing with these charcoal pencils — would be a nice gift.
And what about a sketchbook to go with it?
For the friend who doesn’t stream music (or anything, for that matter)
How about a vinyl player that’s also a nice living-room accent.
And to listen to: an album that is (also) 30 years old.
For the friend who doesn’t get dressed til 1 p.m.
For the friend who’s at the farmer’s market at 10 a.m. every Saturday
For the friend who always sets the table (even for takeaway)
Here are some candles to go in them.
For the friend who eats dinner alfresco
For the friend who takes minimalism a bit too seriously
And here’s a frame for that poster.
For the friend who sings in the shower
For the friend who wants to relocate to Margate
This candle will bring the coast to their home office.
For the friend who just lost their Airpods (again)
For the friend who never misses an episode of Switched on Pop
This book by critic and academic Hanif Abdurraqib explores A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy in truly granular detail.
For the friend who has too many VSCO presets
Get them some extra film, too.
For the friend who works too hard
For the friend with an enviable crop of carrots
For the friend who’s too old for skateboarding
For the friend who queues to get into NOLA
For the friend who has a watering schedule
For the friend with an (enviable) balcony
For the friend who’s (still) on the waitlist for a Brompton
For the friend whose martini glasses are gathering dust
For the friend who always gets a birthday bouquet
For the friend who still has eight Zooms a day
For the friend who has given up on meal planning
For the friend who has got into writing notes
For the friend who insists they don’t want anything
Bubbles always go down a treat.
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