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Turning 30 is a milestone that changes your mindset, goals, and ambitions in life. When our parents turned 30, some already had a house, 4 kids, and a decade under their belts in the job force. 30 looks different these days and so do our gift suggestions. Instead of choosing a funny t-shirt or gag gift that will get tucked away in a closet or left behind at a party, we’ve curated a gift guide of high-quality gift ideas that will benefit your newly 30 friend or loved on on a day-to-day basis. This gift guide is about celebrating full-blown adulthood with meaningful, practical, and useful gifts that are still a ton of fun.
By Reina Esser • Published Jan 2 2023
If he's got a knack for grilling meats, veg, and more, a quality BBQ grill is a must-have birthday gift. He'll get to enjoy the outdoors while preparing the perfect brisket, ribs, burgers, and more. Let him unleash his culinary flair on this awesome Weber Genesis II E-315. It's equipped with 3 natural gas burners and a built-in thermometer for the perfect temperature, every time.
Whether it's for early morning coffee or beers around the campfire, this stainless steel tumbler is a great 30th birthday gift. People start to take you seriously when you can keep track of a travel mug and when it's Yeti, it's sure to look to part too. Help him keep his coffee hot and adult beverages cold. Most importantly, the lid ensures he won't encounter any spills on his morning commute.
If you must get him a novelty gift to make him feel ancient, at least make it useful. It's inevitable that he'll have a birthday beer, so it may as well be from a personalized beer stein! He'll display this beer glass proudly as he tells people he's 29+.
Every 30-year-old-man should know how to cook for himself. Whether your man loves to cook or needs a little guidance, a Cozymeal gift card is here to help. Choose from online or in-person cooking classes. If he knows his way around the kitchen like a pro, he can choose from any of their online experiences like mixology classes, wine tasting, or hiring a private chef.
Gentlemen, it's time to take skincare seriously. If your guy doesn't have a routine, the gift of high-quality products will help him get into the self-maintenance groove. Lumin is personalized just for men. We only get one skin, best to keep it looking 30 past 35. You can select variations for combination, dry, oily, or all skin types. With 1,722 good reviews, it's a safe bet that this will be a slam dunk gift. He might not show his excitement immediately, but he'll feel like a million bucks when he steps out on Saturday night.
At 30, it's time to establish a real home bar, not just some bottles on top of the refrigerator. Give him the push he needs or add to his existing setup with this classy decanter and whiskey glass set. He'll enjoy old fashioneds and tasty bourbon with this thoughtful gift.
If your loved one is a golf-lover, this handy all-in-one golf club cleaner will make a huge difference on the golf course. It's budget-friendly and is a practical addition to his golf get-up.
Tired of him stealing the kitchen table chairs or island stools to game? Every gamer should be treated to a quality chair for their gaming setup. The best part about being an adult is that you can buy the games you want and stay up late. Give him a gift he'll use for years to come and truly appreciate. It has lumbar support, a footrest, and a headrest for optimal comfort for hours of relaxed gaming.
Open any grown man's freezer and he's sure to have whiskey stones. Keep your favorite drink cold without diluting it. If he loves whiskey or scotch, this is a great gift idea.
Turn any corner of his home into a home gym with this pair of super cool adjustable dumbbells. The sleek design gives you access to any weight from 5lbs-52lbs with the turn of a dial. If his current setup is lacking some serious weight, he'll freak out when he opens this perfect 30th birthday present.
Having great bedding is a true sign of maturity. It's time for all guys (and gals) to ditch the set we got at Walmart or have had since freshman year. High-quality sheets make all the difference in a good night’s sleep. They make a wonderful gift for the guy who thinks his sheets are "fine" or could use some luxury in his life.
No one is going to have these cufflinks. A unique cufflink collection is great to have when you find yourself suiting up often. Choose a sentimental location, like the place you first met, got married, or his hometown. These make a personalized and unexpected 30th birthday present.
If he likes to toss dress shirts around in the dryer or simply doesn't have time to iron, a nice steamer is a quick and easy fix to get him looking prim and proper. It's a great essential to have on hand for rushed mornings and date nights. This is a useful and overlooked men's gift that makes every garment in his closet ready for a night out or important meeting.
Treat his skin to some TLC. A silicone cleansing brush is a refreshing addition to a hot shower. Follow it up with a nice moisturizer and he'll wonder what else he's been missing out on. It's great to start taking care of your skin at any age, but the sooner the better. If he needs an easy routine, this is a wonderful gift idea and starting point. Pair it with a low-maintenance cleanser like Cetaphil to reduce intimidation or splurge on something top-notch for a lasting impression.
This watch is more than just another gadget. If he likes to keep track of his biometrics and daily activity, the Garmin Fenix 7 is the best companion for the job. It's rugged design and features make it a great gift for guys who like to go for evening runs, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and so much more. Pair it with you favorite apps like Strava to stay connected with friends and get access to fitness coaches and training plans through the Garmin Connect app. Oh, and it tells the time too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If he's got an impressive beard, he'll love this beard wash and conditioner set. It'll have his furry features feeling soft as a lamb and clean as a whistle! Nothing says happy birthday like a little self-pampering moment. It comes in original or peppermint scent for extra pizzaz.
30 is the perfect age to master a new skill or hone your craft. If he’s got ambitions to make this the decade he takes his hobbies seriously or strives to turn his talent into his career, a Masterclass gift card is a wonderful gift idea. Learn a variety of skills from the best of the best. This is a unique gift that will leave a lasting impression.
If his place could use a little personalization, this rustic piece of art will look great on any wall, in any room! Choose his current state, home state, or a place that is special to you both. You can never have too much art and this is a thoughtful 30th birthday gift idea.
The gift of a healthy lifestyle is the best 30th birthday gift for the health-conscious types who enjoy fitness and varied workouts. TRX is an athlete-tested and trainer-trusted system that uses body weight to create a variety of workouts. Condition your mind and body to become fit for the decade ahead.
This handmade ultra-thin money clip is made from recycled cork shavings. If your soon-to-be 30-year-old is eco-conscious and likes having cool things, this is an awesome gift. He can stash his credit card, ID, and some cash in one little clip for lightweight pockets!
Got big plans to ring in 30 with a birthday celebration? Koozies add a special touch and send guests with something to remember the night, even if their actual memory is a bit fuzzy.
Don't let his 30's flyby without some adventure. It's easy to get stuck in the monotony of life, and this awesome kayak is a reminder to get out there and experience it. It's perfect for guys who love fishing or a quick boomerang trip up the river. Load it up with gear and plan a paddle trip with the crew. Embrace the wild ride of life. He won't see this gift coming which makes it a perfect 30th birthday gift.
If your best friend is a coffee addict like many of us, a cold brew coffee maker is a wise investment and an even better 30th birthday gift. We love coffee but hate standing in line for it and paying $5 a cup. Give him the gift of on-demand cold brew with his very own cold brew coffee maker. This is a unique gift that he won't know he needed until his first cup of hassle-free cold brew.
Chores around the house are the bane of your existence when you're a child, but as we age, we learn to take good care of our things and keep our home tidy. If you know a guy who likes the keep his space clean, this is the holy grail of birthday presents. This gift idea is also great for someone with pets who is always sweeping and lint rolling. Alternatively, if he needs some encouragement to establish a cleaning routine, a fun gadget like this cordless vacuum is sure to do the trick.
While this style of slipper is ideal for your base camp lounging or post ski chilling, they are also perfect for taking out the trash, running to the grocery store, or lazy days at home. They are warm and water repellent with a thick rubber outsole that makes them suitable for going beyond the house. The backs are collapsible for guys who prefer to slide them on. If he needs to ditch the old fur lined moccasin for something more sophisticated or really appreciates comfort, this is an a wonderful gift to receive on his special day.
This gift is cool, different, and very exciting. If they like to nerd out about plants or really enjoy to cook, this is a unique gift idea that will yield tasty results. All he needs to do is soak the wood and keep it in a damp, dark spot for about six weeks. re-soak and harvest all over again for up to three years! Think he'll be tired of shitake's by then? Nahhh.
30 is the perfect year for this gift. This 10-piece set comes with everything your loved one or best friend needs to be a boss in the kitchen. If he's been using a fork to stir a non-stick pot, we're worried about him and need you to intervene with this great gift idea. Or perhaps he loves to cook and has proven he can handle the responsibility of owning nice cookware. Pair it with some online cooking classes to give him all the tools he needs to succeed.
Endless fun is possible when you've got a high-quality virtual reality headset. This intuitive VR system perfectly adapts to your movements while you explore virtual worlds. You can even get a front-row seat to live concerts and events. With live casting, you can share your experience with people around you. This is a great gift for a gamer or anyone who enjoys the coolest new gadgets.
Know a stud who likes to hit the farmers market or harvest from his local community garden? This bag was made for him. This wax canvas tote opens from the bottom for easy unloading and cleaning. Spoil him on his special day with a bag that will make Saturdays at the farmers market even sweeter.
If he loves a whiskey flight or enjoys interesting flavors, this is an extra fun gift idea. It includes three types of oak, nine botanicals, spices and herbs, whiskey stones, glasses, labels, and more! This gift is an adventure that allows you to concoct your very own blend of whiskey. Just add a neutral whiskey and this kit will have a life of its own.
Unpack your luggage and find everything you need all in one bag. No need to dump it out on the bathroom counter, just hang it up and easily access all your manly grooming products. It looks nice and brings organization and function into your life. Definitely get him this bag for his 30th.
It's time to get that mattress off the floor, baby boy! And by baby boy, I mean 30-year-old man! We don't know why so many guys over 24 keep their beds on the floor, but 30 is time to put an end to it. If he just moved into a new space or is a recent graduate, we'll cut him some slack, but this affordable and stylish bed is a great gift idea that will elevate his space and ensure visitors of the bedroom know he's got his life together. Choose from mahogany or walnut-colored headboard and help him out with some organization bins to slide under it! Happy birthday, you're grown!
Owning high-quality t-shirts that are stylish and fit properly means he can throw one on for any afternoon occasion or night out and about. They are an essential part of any guys wardrobe and he'll love how comfortable and put together he looks in this simple tee. He'll be delighted to receive a birthday present he can wear!
This highly concentrated solid cologne lasts forever and smells incredible. It is small enough to toss in any toiletry bag and never worry about a glass bottle breaking or TSA digging through your things. Fulton & Roark has so many delicious scents. If you can't decide, get the solid fragrance discovery set to try them all out. The discovery set also includes a $20 coupon towards the purchase of a fragrance, so it's basically free.
A water bottle and a status symbol. The Hydroflask keeps water cold and has a wide mouth that lets you take big post-workout gulps. Fill it with hot tea or coffee and it's sure to stay piping hot. It's dishwasher safe and makes a great companion for the passenger seat, office desk, gym bag and more. Give him the gift of hydration and he'll never forget it.