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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.

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

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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
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