Whether you’re shopping for your husband, wife, or best friend, we found the best 30th birthday gift ideas you can buy right now.

By Real Simple
Updated October 16, 2017
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With its grey wool strap, rose gold detailing, and dash indices, this fashionable watch will take him from his next client meeting to a night out on the town. If you need a great 30th birthday idea for your husband, this versatile timepiece should be at the top of your list. To buy: $45, asos.com.
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30th Birthday Gifts for Her

For the woman on the go who hates lugging around a tote and an evening bag, give her shoulders a break with this oversized foldover clutch. It’s roomy enough to accommodate all of her essentials—plus her lipstick indecision. The beautiful lilac shade pops on the velvet for a 30th birthday gift idea she’s sure to appreciate.To buy: $48, anthropologie.com.
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Image zoom Velvet Foldover Clutch

For the woman on the go who hates lugging around a tote and an evening bag, give her shoulders a break with this oversized foldover clutch. It’s roomy enough to accommodate all of her essentials—plus her lipstick indecision. The beautiful lilac shade pops on the velvet for a 30th birthday gift idea she’s sure to appreciate.

To buy: $48, anthropologie.com. anthropologie.com

Image zoom Ornate Picture Frame

For a 30th birthday gift idea for your sister that’s sure to jazz up her barren mantle, try one (or three!) of these affordable yet impact-making picture frames. For a thoughtful touch, include a snapshot of the two of you hamming it up for the camera.

To buy: $9 each, hm.com. hm.com

Image zoom Penguin Classics Book Set

If she’s a fan of classic literature or simply an avid reader, she’ll delight in this commemorative boxed set of the Brontë Sisters’ four greatest tomes. Each clothbound hardcover book is beautifully created by Penguin’s in-house designer and will be as much of a conversation piece as the books contained within.

To buy: $43, amazon.com. amazon.com

Image zoom Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

For the makeup aficionado in your life, this flattering sheer purple shade from cult designer Tom Ford is the ultimate 30th birthday gift. Thanks to its compact size, she can tuck it into her favorite pair of jeans for touching up on the go.

To buy: $36, neimanmarcus.com. neimanmarcus.com

Image zoom Christian Lacroix Memory Game and Puzzle

From legendary fashion designer Christian Lacroix comes this chic grown-up version of classic children’s games. Reversible tiles—a memory game on one side, a puzzle on the other—each feature gilded edges and can be housed in the pretty decorative gift box when not in use.

To buy: $36, neimanmarcus.com. neimanmarcus.com 1 of 5 Advertisement

30th Birthday Gifts for Him

This 5-watt compact guitar amp head from Hotone not only possesses vintage British appeal, it’ll give him major tone to boot. But best of all? It only weighs one pound, so he can move it from his man cave to the living room when he’s ready to impress you with his latest chords. To buy: $80, amazon.com.
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Image zoom Compact Guitar Amp

This 5-watt compact guitar amp head from Hotone not only possesses vintage British appeal, it’ll give him major tone to boot. But best of all? It only weighs one pound, so he can move it from his man cave to the living room when he’s ready to impress you with his latest chords.

To buy: $80, amazon.com. amazon.com

Image zoom Surf Odyssey Book

In the market for a 30th birthday gift idea for your brother that’s as unique as he is? Look no further than this totally radical book of surfing photographs. This gorgeous coffee table book will take him deep into the history and subculture of surfing in every corner of the globe.

To buy: $55, shopspring.com. shopspring.com

Image zoom Varsity-Striped Socks

These vintage-inspired varsity socks not only look cool, but are crafted from the finest English mills for the ultimate in comfort. The combed cotton blend is machine washable, too, for a 30th birthday gift idea for him that’s a surefire hit.

To buy: $35, mrporter.com. mrporter.com

Image zoom Boozy Caramels

These are not his grandfather’s caramels. For an intensely delicious treat that will satisfy his sweet tooth, these boozy caramels, infused with absinthe, whiskey, and fleur de sel, will surely hit the spot.

To buy: $36, uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com

Image zoom Game of Thrones Pub Glasses

A Lannister always pays his debts. Or in this case, drinks from this cool set of pub glasses. For a 30th birthday gift the Game of Thrones bingewatcher in your life will undoubtedly get a kick out of, this pint glass set features gold rims and the House sigil of a lion.

To buy: $15, store.hbo.com. store.hbo.com 1 of 5 Advertisement

30th Birthday Gifts for Wife

For a 30th birthday gift for your wife that’s indulgent without being too suggestive, we’d opt for this pair of black floral printed striped satin pajamas. Despite the luxurious feel, they’re machine washable so she won’t have to save them for special occasions. To buy: $78, luxury.zappos.com.
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Image zoom Striped Satin Pajama Set

For a 30th birthday gift for your wife that’s indulgent without being too suggestive, we’d opt for this pair of black floral printed striped satin pajamas. Despite the luxurious feel, they’re machine washable so she won’t have to save them for special occasions.

To buy: $78, luxury.zappos.com. luxury.zappos.com

Image zoom Rose Candle

Anine Bing, LA’s cool-girl ambassador, has just launched her first fragrance, much to the delight of her “it” girl fans. Nab this candle version of “Savage Rose” for a long-lasting 30th birthday gift idea for your wife that shows you’re paying attention.

To buy: $49, aninebing.com. aninebing.com

Image zoom Pearled Arrow Earrings

So the love of your life eschews traditional pearls in favor of something a little more modern? No problem. Rebecca Minkoff’s pearled arrow earring adds just the right amount of edge. From the front, it appears she’s wearing conical gold studs, while the pearl and crystal arrows peek out from the back.

To buy: $38, rebeccaminkoff.com. rebeccaminkoff.com

Image zoom Monogrammable Throw

This sumptuous monogrammable throw is something you can both enjoy—if only when she gets up to refill her wine glass! It comes in a wide array of colors to complement whichever room you choose. Make sure you plan far enough in advance for this customizable (and non-returnable) thoughtful 30th birthday gift.

To buy: $59, potterybarn.com. potterybarn.com

Image zoom Point Reyes Cheese Collection

If time (or money) is of the essence, take her on a vicarious vacation to Northern California with this assortment of cheeses from Point Reyes. The collection includes blue, toma (a tangy, semi-hard cheese), and cheddar for a well-rounded appetizer, snack, or cheese board accompaniment.

To buy: $50, williams-sonoma.com. williams-sonoma.com 1 of 5 Advertisement

30th Birthday Gifts for Husband

With its grey wool strap, rose gold detailing, and dash indices, this fashionable watch will take him from his next client meeting to a night out on the town. If you need a great 30th birthday idea for your husband, this versatile timepiece should be at the top of your list. To buy: $45, asos.com.
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Image zoom Wool Watch

With its grey wool strap, rose gold detailing, and dash indices, this fashionable watch will take him from his next client meeting to a night out on the town. If you need a great 30th birthday idea for your husband, this versatile timepiece should be at the top of your list.

To buy: $45, asos.com. asos.com

Image zoom Portable Power Bank

Avoid the inevitable “But I have to charge my phone” gripe by gifting him his own portable power bank. The sleek and compact silver device will provide a quick charge to keep his devices fully functional through happy hour (at least!) and is one of the most practical 30th birthday gifts for men we could think of.

To buy: $24, amazon.com. amazon.com

Image zoom Camo Striped Tee

Looking to upgrade your husband’s favorite beleaguered T-shirt with a more presentable one? He won’t turn his nose up at this simplistic, yet undoubtedly cool, 100 percent cotton option.

To buy: $68, jackspade.com. jackspade.com

Image zoom Einstein Bicycle Print

For a 30th birthday gift idea for him that is cute enough to hang in any room of the house, try gifting him this vintage-looking bicycle print. Your favorite daily cyclist (or weekend warrior) will love the timeless appeal of yellowed dictionary pages featuring an Einstein quote and an image of a bicycle in black ink.

To buy: From $7, naturapicta.etsy.com. naturapicta.etsy.com

Image zoom Giant Checkers Rug

He’ll get a kick out of this life-size checkers game when you present it as an alternative to going out (complete with glasses of wine and his favorite album playing in the background). The two of you can enjoy a quiet evening at home while looking to crown your next king. (Flip it over for a Tic-Tac-Toe surprise when done.)

To buy: $12, amazon.com. amazon.com 1 of 5 Advertisement

30th Birthday Gifts for Best Friend

Because she’s your bestie, you know she’s been coveting this limited edition collaboration between designer Jason Wu and Caudalie. Though the bottle may be different, it still contains the same toning elixir she loves using to achieve her fresh-faced #iwokeuplikethis skin. To buy: $49, sephora.com.
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Image zoom Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Because she’s your bestie, you know she’s been coveting this limited edition collaboration between designer Jason Wu and Caudalie. Though the bottle may be different, it still contains the same toning elixir she loves using to achieve her fresh-faced #iwokeuplikethis skin.

To buy: $49, sephora.com. sephora.com

Image zoom Rectangular Plate Set

Give your favorite foodie friend a 30th birthday gift she’ll love with this set of two snicker-worthy plates. Each one is ceramic and showcases a funny food-related quote. It’s what she’ll reach for when plating a late-night chocolate nibble or even using as a spoon rest while whipping up her next gourmet meal.

To buy: $25, bloomingdales.com. bloomingdales.com

Image zoom Striped Rollneck Sweater

Yes, that rollneck—the same J. Crew style she admired on her older sister in the ‘90s. It’s back, and this time, it’s adorned with stripes for an of-the-moment refresh on an age-old classic. Only a handful were made, so scoop one up while you can!

To buy: $75, jcrew.com. jcrew.com

Image zoom Palm Print

For a taste of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel right in her own home, this palm print on a blush background serves as an unexpected addition to her gallery wall. You can frame it for added effect, or let her tape it up with her favorite complementary colored washi tape.

To buy: $7, heartsincolors.etsy.com. HEARTSinCOLORS.etsy.com

Image zoom Tassel Pillow Sham

If you’re looking for a 30th birthday gift for your best friend that will bring out her inner bohemian spirit, look no further than this tasseled pillow sham (part of the larger Kilim collection) from Cupcakes and Cashmere. The ivory color and crewel embroidery ensure it can hold its own in a room of neutrals, as well.

To buy: $42, bedbathandbeyond.com. bedbathandbeyond.com 1 of 5 Advertisement

Funny 30th Birthday Gift Ideas

The search is over for the perfect 30th birthday gift for your favorite Seinfeld fan. This graphic, high-gloss poster will showcase their penchant for Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer’s special sense of humor and make a stylish design statement at the same time. To buy: $19, brixtoncreative.etsy.com.
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Image zoom Seinfeld Wall Art

The search is over for the perfect 30th birthday gift for your favorite Seinfeld fan. This graphic, high-gloss poster will showcase their penchant for Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer’s special sense of humor and make a stylish design statement at the same time.

To buy: $19, brixtoncreative.etsy.com. BrixtonCreative.etsy.com

Image zoom “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks Book

If your intended recipient is the unofficial captain of the Grammar Police, you’ll enjoy poring through this hilarious book together. This is a 30th birthday gift that will entertain dinner guests time and time again with its witty offerings.

To buy: $11, barnesandnoble.com. barnesandnoble.com

Image zoom 1980’s Slang Chart

As any child of the ‘80s will remember, the decade was filled with its own special brand of humor, including plenty of adjectives and terms with meanings all their own. Hang this handy poster up in their linen closet for a surprise trip down memory lane the next time they reach for a fresh pair of sheets.

To buy: $25, uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com

Image zoom Neighbors Doormat

Deter any would-be intruders with this witty fiber doormat. This funny 30th birthday gift idea will elicit a chuckle every time they arrive home.

To buy: $50, domino.com. domino.com 1 of 4 Advertisement