• January 20, 2022

A man’s thirtieth birthday only happens once in a lifetime, so naturally, you want to give him the best gift possible. However, gift-giving can be challenging with so many different options. Here are 18 creative 30th birthday gifts to make it a day to remember.

What Makes A Great 30th Birthday Gift?

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The ideal present for a 30-year-old differs significantly from what was suitable when he was in his 20’s. 30 is a significant milestone for most men, signifying the final shift into adulthood. Therefore the gift should reflect this change. A perfect gift is both professional and practical while also relating to the birthday man’s interests and hobbies.

18 Creative 30th Birthday Gifts For Him

1) Something From His Birth Year

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For those who like nostalgia, try gifting something from the year they were born. The birth year of people turning thirty in 2022 would be 1992. If your guy is an avid reader, perhaps The Pelican Brief by John Grisham, a New York Times bestseller from 1992, is a good choice.

2) A “30 Year” Photo Album

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To most people, 30 symbolizes the end of adolescence and the final step into full-blown adulthood. How better to celebrate that jump than with a photo book dedicated to his 29 years of youth?

3) 30 One-Dollar Bills

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This option is perfect for gift-givers both low on time and money. While the most straightforward gift idea on this list, it still has an element of creativity and thought to it. Attach the money to a homemade or personalized card to give the gift more depth.

4) A 30 Dollar Gift Card

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The 30 dollar gift card follows the same logic as the 30 one-dollar bills idea. However, in this case, it is best to try to pick a store or restaurant that your man loves.

5) A Personalized Decanter Set

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In your thirties, parties and social drinking become more refined. What better way to honor this shift than a personalized decanter set? For a cheaper option, opt for a decanter without additional etched shot glasses.

6) Personalized Beer Mugs

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Similar to the decanter shots, these mugs help signify the transition from wild parties to refined drinking. However, if your man is more of a beer drinker than a shots person, go for this personalized beer mug instead. Regardless, a customized beer mug is perfect for Sunday night football.

7) A Custom Sports Team Book

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It’s no big secret that men love their sports. Consider purchasing a customized sports team book featuring his favorite sports team.

8) Vintage Childhood Candy

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Who doesn’t love candy? Any nostalgic sweet tooth will love a box of vintage candy from the decade they were born. Check out Old Time Candy’s Decade Candy Gift Box for an impressive collection of confections. With a 1990’s option coming in either a 2lb or 4lb box, there will be plenty of candy for any taste.

9) An Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Every man has dreamed of making his custom pizza. Help his childhood dreams come true with an outdoor pizza oven. Although it is one of the more expensive gifts on this list, it has its payoff in saving money on pizzeria joints.

10) A Personalized Grill Toolset

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What better way to celebrate a massive birthday like 30 than with a barbeque party? While a monogrammed apron is a nice touch, a personalized grill toolset will show everyone who the grill master is at the barbeque. And, as this gift provides practical uses, it will help grill goods for years to come.

11) An Engraved Bean Bag Toss Game

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From tailgates to backyard parties, cornhole is an American favorite. He’ll love an engraved bean bag toss game that will make his gameday parties unforgettable. You can find bean bag toss games in almost any design.

12) A Personalized BobbleHead

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While any man would love a personalized bobblehead, this is an especially great gift for nerdy men. And, for those that aren’t comic fans, the website also offers casual, career, and couple, bobblehead models.

13) A Wooden Docking Station

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The thirtieth birthday symbolizes a complete transition into adulthood. It’s also the age that can leave you scratching your head, wondering where you’ve left your keys. A wooden docking station is a perfect gift to help him adopt a more “adult” personal organization system. Make it more unique by getting the docking station monogrammed.

14) Masterclass Online Subscription

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Just because he’s getting older doesn’t mean there’s nothing left for him to learn. Thirty is the perfect age to adopt new hobbies and learn new skillsets. A Masterclass online subscription is the ideal knowledge-driven gift with the best professionals leading all of the classes in their respective industries.

15) An Engraved Wallet

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An engraved wallet is an excellent gift for any man ready to take his finances seriously. This wallet will give him a professional appearance and confidence-boosting edge.

16) A Grooming Kit

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At thirty, aging starts to kick in, and he’ll want to take better care of his appearance. Help him out with a grooming kit carefully selected for his particular needs. Find the perfect shaving gift kit for your guy at Groomstand.

17) A Weighted Sleep Blanket

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Although they can be expensive, weighted blankets are great to sleep aids. And, for many in their thirties, a great night’s sleep can be the difference between a terrible or a wonderful day. Check out Gravity Blankets for a wide array of weighted blankets suitable to anyone’s tastes.

18) Trunk Club Membership

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Most men begin to take their appearance and clothing choices more seriously once they hit thirty. A Nordstrom Trunk Club membership complete with a subscription box can help him revamp his wardrobe. What’s fantastic about this club is that members have personalization options, including a style quiz.

Janet is a post-doctoral research candidate working as a freelance writer. She also moonlights as a doodle artist and wishes to publish her own comic book inspired by her life story one day.