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
How about a coaster … for their wine.
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.
For the friend who loves a mooch around a flea market
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
Snifter of brandy, anyone?
For the friend who has embraced minimalism
For the friend who takes minimalism a bit too seriously
And here’s a frame for that poster.
For the friend who acts way younger than 30
For the friend who is over sourdough
For the friend that knows their Jarritos from their San Pellegrinos
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
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
For the friend who reads Furniture for All
For the friend with more than a soft spot for modernism
For the friend that will passionately defend brutalism against any naysayer
This highly giftable hardback will look a treat on their coffee table.
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 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.
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)
Here are some candles to go in them.
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
For the friend who wants to relocate to Margate
Give them credit for the nicest seafood restaurant in town.
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
Put the smartphone down and have a bit more fun.
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 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 who’s (still) doing Yoga With Adriene
For the friend whose martini glasses are gathering dust
For the friend who always gets a birthday bouquet
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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