Top tips and ideas for 30th wedding anniversary gifts

While a 30th wedding anniversary isn’t copper, silver or golden, it still holds its own traditional significance, with pearl being the symbol and gift of choice.

Updated

Fact checked

Being married for 30 years is a definite achievement and deserves to be celebrated. Whether you’re planning on celebrating with a big party or an intimate dinner for two, we’re on hand to help you find the perfect gift for your 30th wedding anniversary.

Read on for our top tips and gift ideas to celebrate your 30 years of marriage.

Why do pearls symbolise a 30th wedding anniversary?

Pearls have traditionally represented 30 years of marriage because they take many years to grow inside of a mollusc. Pearls form by growing layers and layers over time, eventually becoming strong and durable, just like a happy marriage.

Our top gift ideas for a 30th wedding anniversary

9ct White Gold Freshwater Pearl Diamond Set Pendant Necklace
9ct White Gold Freshwater Pearl Diamond Set Pendant Necklace

Very.co.uk

Hotel Chocolat The Gin Collection Hamper
Hotel Chocolat The Gin Collection Hamper

Littlewoods

Engraved 30th Anniversary Mother of Pearl Pocket Watch
Engraved 30th Anniversary Mother of Pearl Pocket Watch

Amazon

Personalised Mother Of Pearl Cufflinks
Personalised Mother Of Pearl Cufflinks

Not on the High Street

Tips for finding and giving memorable 30th wedding anniversary gifts

  • Make any gift you buy extra special
  • No matter what you choose to gift for a 30th wedding anniversary, make the occasion extra special by giving a hand written card and paying attention to presentation. Wrapping a gift in beautiful paper and ribbons can make all the difference.

  • Pay attention to what the couple or person is interested in
  • A good way to start is by making a list of everything the couple or person is interested in. Once you go through the list, you can jot down a gift idea next to each point. By doing this, you can ensure you purchase a gift that is completely personal to the person and the marriage.

  • Find a gift that is useful
  • What do you get for a couple or person who seems to have everything? You could buy a gift that will come in handy and enhance their day-to-day. If your husband is a busy businessman, consider a leather daily planner or pearl encrusted pen. If your wife has a favourite perfume, why not purchase her a bottle?

  • Buy something that lasts
  • Plants are a good choice. With regular love and care, you’ll have a gift that grows over the years, while beautifying a space too. If the recipient of your gift loves food and cooking, why not purchase a citrus plant or some herbs? Then you’re literally giving a gift that keeps on giving.

    Tips for buying the right 30th anniversary gift for your husband, wife, family or friends

    • Buying a gift for your husband: After 30 years with your husband, you know him better than anyone. While pearls might not be the best gift for your husband, some modern classics that are sure to go down a treat include car accessories, cologne, cufflinks, sporting items, concert tickets and holidays.
    • Buying a gift for your wife: Women in general love to be romanced, and there’s no better excuse to do that than on your wedding anniversary. Some popular wedding anniversary gifts for women include jewellery, handbags, perfume, flowers and ornaments. If your wife is traditionally inclined, you could opt to buy her pearl jewellery, or for a modern spin, some diamonds.
    • Buying a gift for your parents, extended family or friends: Buying a 30th anniversary gift for a couple that you know? Your options are endless. If you’re buying a gift for your parents, why not opt for a beautiful family photo or vintage photograph of their wedding day in a pearlescent photo frame?
    • Other popular gifts include: picnic hampers, champagne, ornaments, flowers, spa vouchers and all-inclusive trips away.

    Ideas for celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary

    • Host a party
    • Whisk your significant other away for a romantic weekend
    • Do something adventurous like hiking or skydiving
    • Go to a fancy restaurant for dinner
    • Weather permitting, find a beautiful spot to have a lovely picnic
    • Renewing vows
    • A second honeymoon
    • Top retailers for 30th wedding anniversary gifts

      Now that you know the type of gifts you’d like to buy a loved one for the 30th anniversary, it’s time to look for them. We make this part easy by giving you with access to quality, thoughtful gifts from the comforts of your home.

      Starting early will help you find great gifts and buy them with minimum stress. It also provides you with time to order something special from an international retailer, which can take extra days to arrive due to distance. Many retailers have deals and discounts over a certain period, so while researching keep the items you’re considering in mind and jump on any great deals you see. Also, keep an eye out for retailers that offer free shipping services with your purchase, like many of finder.com’s current partners.

      • Laithwaites
      • Bunches
      • Not On The Highstreet
      • Goldsmiths
      • Appleyard Flowers
      • Prezzybox

      • Get your gift for less with a discount code

        Bunches.co.uk Bunches.co.uk
        Top deal!

        10% off all orders!

        Use this discount code to save 10% on all orders at Bunches! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Top deal!

        Discount code ends

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street
        Sale

        Summer Sale: up to 50% off

        It's summer sale time! Get up to 50% off tons of products at Not in The High Street. T&Cs apply

        Last verified

        Get deal
        Sale

        Deal ends

        Laithwaites Laithwaites

        Get 10% off your first order

        New to Laithwaites? Get 10% off your first order by entering your email address on the Laithwaites website now! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Additional 10% of sale items

        Get additional 10% off sale at Goldsmiths with this discount code! Pick up a treat today. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        20% off all jewellery (excludes sale)

        Use this discount code to get 20% off all jewellery at Goldsmiths! Shop now. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Wedding presents from £5

        Help your favourite couple celebrate in style and buy them a keepsake of their special day with personalised wedding gifts from Not On The High Street. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Gift cards from £10

        Looking for the perfect gift? Treat a loved one to a Goldsmiths gift card and let them choose exactly what they want! Prices start at £10. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Buy watches at Goldsmiths with a discount of up to 30% off!

        Shop sale at Goldsmiths and save on watches from brands such as Michael Kors, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Up to 40% off Fearne Cotton x Carrie Elizabeth Collection

        Get up to 40% off selected items in the Fearne Cotton x Carrie Elizabeth collection with Not On The High Street. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Gift vouchers from £5

        Struggling for the perfect gift? Treat a loved one to a NOTHS gift voucher and let them pick their own present! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Personalised posters and prints from £3

        Brighten up your house with these personalised posters and prints from NOTHS from as little as £3! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Free delivery on selected items

        Get free delivery on thousands of items at Not On The High Street! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Bespoke furniture and accessories from £15

        Shop unique and handcrafted home accessories from NOTHS! Shop now. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Bunches.co.uk Bunches.co.uk

        Birthday flowers from £15

        Searching for a birthday gift? Bunches offers birthday flowers from as little as £15, plus you can get them delivered for free! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Laithwaites Laithwaites

        Save up to £60 with red wine by the case

        Buy red wine by the case and save up to £60! Shop now! T&Cs apply

        Last verified

        Laithwaites Laithwaites

        Free delivery when you order 18 bottles or more

        Stock up on your favourite Laithwaites wines and get FREE delivery on all orders of 18 bottles or more! T&Cs apply

        Last verified

        Laithwaites Laithwaites

        Get great deals on your favourite wines at Laithwaites

        Order all your favourite wines online at Laithwaites and enjoy amazing deals. T&Cs apply

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Save on pre-owned watches

        Goldsmiths have an extensive collection of pre-owned watches from the most luxurious brands. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Special offers when you sign up at Goldsmiths

        Receive exclusive special offers when you sign up at Goldsmiths today. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        10% student discount

        Calling all students! Shop Goldsmiths now and enjoy a 10% discount just for you! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Get free next day delivery on all orders

        Treat yourself to something sparkly from Goldsmiths and get your order delivered to your door the very next day for free! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Interest Free Credit has now been extended from 4 years to 5 years

        Pick up a treat today. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Goldsmiths Goldsmiths

        Free click and collect from 100+ stores

        Click your order on the Goldsmiths website and collect it from your nearest store for free! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Not on the High Street Not on the High Street

        Discover unique gifts at Not On The High Street

        Browse thousands of creative gifts, unique homeware and fashion items now at Not On The High Street. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Bunches.co.uk Bunches.co.uk

        Get free delivery on all orders

        Take the stress out of shopping with free delivery from Bunches.co.uk! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Bunches.co.uk Bunches.co.uk

        Earn loyalty points with every order and save

        Earn Posy Points at Bunches with every order and use them to save on future flowers! Shop now! T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Bunches.co.uk Bunches.co.uk

        Get great deals on flowers, plants and gifts at Bunches.co.uk

        Shop flowers, bouquets, plants, gifts and more for every occasion at bunches.co.uk. T&Cs apply.

        Last verified

        Laithwaites Laithwaites

        Gift sets from £10.99

        Give the gift of wine with gift sets from Laithwaites starting at as little as £10.99! T&Cs apply

        Last verified

        Popular Bunches.co.uk discount codes

        Last checked Code description Code
        1 Jul 2020 10% off all orders! BUN****
        31 Mar 2020 Additional 10% of sale items EXT****
        31 Mar 2020 20% off all jewellery (excludes sale) SAV****
        19 Jun 2020 Summer Sale: up to 50% off ********
        9 Jun 2020 Get 10% off your first order ********

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site