30th birthday ideas

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Your 30th birthday is a bit of a funny one, isn’t it? It feels like it should be a major milestone, but it doesn’t seem as big an event as your 21st or 40th.

Still, it’s definitely something worth celebrating.

So, if you have a loved one who will shortly be turning 30, here are a few 30th birthday ideas to help you plan and celebrate their big day.

30th Birthday Ideas

Throw a surprise party

If the birthday boy or girl is a bit of a party animal, then throwing a surprise 30th birthday party is a great idea. it’s a chance for all your family and friend to get together, something that may not happen often. You can hire out a hall or room somewhere, or just hold your party at home.

Of course, you need to be careful with surprise parties. Not everyone appreciates them, or likes to be the centre of attention. So make sure you’re certain they’ll love it before starting to plan your party.

Night out with overnight stay

If it’s your partner or spouse who will be celebrating their 30th, a romantic overnight stay can be a wonderful gift. This is especially true if you have kids and don’t get much alone time together. So get a childminder sorted (thanks, grandparents!) and book a night in a nice hotel.

To make it that bit extra special, if your budget stretches to it, why not get tickets for a concert or show too? Or just go for a movie and a nice meal.

A present for each year

If it’s someone who’s really special to you who will be celebrating, why not get them 30 presents for 30 years?

This doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds! Just lots of cheap but thoughtful gifts. Here are a few sample ideas:

  • Burn a CD with all the number one songs in the charts on each of their birthdays over the years.
  • Retro sweets that remind them of their childhood days.
  • A photoframe or album filled with pictures of them, one from each year in their life if you can get hold of them.
  • Bake cookies and decorate with your own personal message.
  • Write your own poem about them and create your own card.
  • Make your own little book filled with their favourite quotes, or filled with quotes that describe what they mean to you.

Homemade gift vouchers

If it’s your partner or spouse’s birthday, put together a homemade booklet of vouchers they can cash in when they choose. These can include things that vary from cheeky to romantic, for example a voucher for a free massage, a voucher for breakfast in bed, etc.

Family and friends meal

If you don’t think they’d enjoy a big surprise party, you can still organise a quiet meal somewhere with family and/or friends. It’s a great chance to get together with family members and old acquaintances who they may not have seen for a while.

Day out at a theme park

If the person who’s turning 30 is the adventurous kind, a day out at a theme park such as Alton Towers will get the adrenaline flowing. If you stay at the Alton Towers hotel, you get a free ticket for the second day and you get access to some rides an hour before they open to the public.

Spa day

A bit of pampering and spoiling never goes amiss, so a spa day experience is always a good way of celebrating a birthday.

Cocktail making lessons

Cocktails are very popular these days, so if the birthday boy or girl enjoys a tipple this is a great chance for them to learn how to make their own.

The lessons are great fun, and you get to drink lots of cocktails too, which is a bonus! Revolution Vodka Bar offer cocktail making classes, among others.

Murder mystery dinner

These are great for those who like a good whodunnit and fancy themselves as amateur detectives. And the good thing about these are that you can get a group of people and all go together, making a great family occasion.

Or you can even organise your own murder mystery dinner at home. For example, Amazon do a selection of murder mystery party games.

Other experience days

Nowadays you can get vouchers for just about any kind of experience day you can imagine. So no matter what the birthday boy or girl likes to do, you’re sure to be able to find something suitable for them.

If they’re the adventurous type, for example, Amazon do great gift vouchers that offer  a choice from over 370 different adventure experiences such as bungee jumping or supercar driving.


Hopefully these 30th birthday ideas have given you some food for thought as to how to help someone celebrate their special day. You don’t have to spend a lot to make it memorable for them; it really is the thought that counts.

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