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The 47 Best 30th-Birthday Gifts

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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 are 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. While most of these gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

For the friend who loves hosting

For the friend you went to Oceana with at uni

Sure, you could gift a grown-up bottle of bourbon. But this Scotch bonnet tequila rum from Fiyah Wata is a little more interesting.

Seedlip Spice 94
£20
£20

Or how about this nonalcoholic spirit, which comes recommended by bartenders?

For the friend who loves a mooch around a flea market

Photo: retailer

Gift them a cheerful side plate for their next dinner-party night.

For the friend who cooked for your house share 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

For the friend who has embraced minimalism

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Sunspel T-shirts might be more expensive than the ones in Uniqlo, but they are in our Best in Class roundup for a reason.

For the friend who takes minimalism a bit too seriously

This jazz poster is bursting with colour and would look great in their flat.

And here’s a frame for that poster.

For the friend who acts way younger than 30

This giant version of the board game would be good for a big kid.

For the friend who is over sourdough

Kombucha (a kind of fermented tea) uses the same process (and is kind of good for you, too).

For the friend that knows their Jarritos from their San Pellegrinos

SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker
£83
£83

If they’re a fiend for anything fizzy, now they can do it themselves at home (and even brew up their own flavours).

For the friend whose BBQs are hit-and-miss

Weber Smokey Joe
£91
£91

Get them a grown-up (and expert-recommended) alternative to the disposable barbecues they’ve been relying on in their 20s.

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 who’s always wanted to perfect their own tagliatelle

This inexpensive pasta-maker, recommended by Strategist writer Chris Mandle, will get them well on their way.

For the friend who reads Furniture for All

Get them this interiors book about mid-century modern design, including the work of Charles and Ray Eames (they designed the iconic chair of the same name).

For the friend with more than a soft spot for modernism

This LEGO set of the Guggenheim is perfect for design nerds.

For the friend that will passionately defend brutalism against any naysayer

£36
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This highly giftable hardback will look a treat on their coffee table.

For the friend who’s (comfortably) single

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Several experts told us this discreet vibrator is very giftable.

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.

For the friend who only listens to vinyl

How about a vinyl record that’s also a nice living-room accent?

For the friend who doesn’t get dressed ’til 1 p.m.

If they’re going to slounge, they can at least do it in something comfy.

For the friend that turns up their nose at instant coffee

Give them a new way to make coffee — if they use an Aeropress, for example, consider giving them a Chemex, so they can learn to make pour-over.

Subscriptions make nice gifts because they last long after the big day. I get a Hard Lines coffee subscription myself and always get excited when my parcel arrives, whether it contains a Peru La Danta or Rwandan Kilimbi. You can see some of our other favourite subscription boxes here.

For the friend who’s at Brockley farmers’ market every Saturday

Those heirloom tomatoes and courgettes would taste even better drizzled with a fancy olive oil. This one comes in a terra-cotta bottle, which keeps the olive oil protected from sunlight.

For the friend who always sets the table (even for takeaway)

£11 for 2

We like these simple candle stands, which looks like something from H&M Home or Arket.

For the friend who savours their fancy candles

If there were ever a time to give someone their favourite (expensive) candle, it would be now.

For the friend who sings in the shower

£35

This speaker has a six-hour battery life (that’s a lot of “Break My Soul” on repeat).

For the friend who wants to relocate to Margate

From £10
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Give them credit for the nicest seafood restaurant in town.

For the friend who just lost their AirPods (again)

These hard-to-lose wireless earbuds came recommended by dancer William Bracewell.

For the friend who never misses an episode of Switched on Pop

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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

Put the smartphone down and have a bit more fun.

For the friend who works too hard

RENPHO Back Massager
£28

This massage pillow (a favourite among Strategist staff) will relax them.

For the friend with an enviable crop of carrots

If they’ve already got into growing their own produce, then this composter would be right up their street.

For the friend who’s too old for skateboarding

Skate mag Thrasher is design-y enough to leave on a coffee table.

For the friend who has a watering schedule

A decidedly sculpturesque watering can would look perfect next to a snake plant or two.

For the friend with an (enviable) balcony

Photo: retailer

This deck-chair set looks like something from the Conran Shop (and would be great for a laid-back cocktail hour).

For the friend who’s (still) on the waitlist for a Brompton

Himaly Mini Exercise Bike
£38
£38

This mini–exercise bike means they can get a workout in while they’re working from home.

For the friend who’s (still) doing Yoga With Adriene

We recently named these workout leggings Best in Class, and think any fitness enthusiast would be thrilled to open them on their big day.

For the friend whose martini glasses are gathering dust

A Champagne saucer is a far more versatile piece of glassware.

For the friend who always gets a birthday bouquet

LSA International Pleat Vase
£32
£32

If they’re the type to get a lot of fresh flowers, make sure they have something nice to keep them in.

For the friend who has given up on meal planning

For the friend who has got into writing notes

These classy-looking cards from Papier are a more affordable alternative to Smythson.