How to plan the ultimate 30th birthday for him

First published: 29-09-2014

It goes without saying that turning 30 is one of the most momentous events in your life and should therefore be celebrated in true style! After all, no 30th birthday is complete without a good old knees-up and, of course, that all-important, extra-special gift.

In today's post, we help you plan the ultimate 30th birthday party for that special man in your life by compiling a list of gift ideas and memorable ways to celebrate the occasion. Opt for one (or even two!) of our suggestions and you're guaranteed to give the birthday boy a day he'll never forget.

Birthday break

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Whether it's a week away in foreign climes or a few days elsewhere in the UK,  heading off on birthday trip is undoubtedly one of the most popular and unforgettable ways of celebrating the big 30. If he's a fan of all things cultural, a long weekend spent in the likes of Barcelona, Rome or Berlin might just be the ticket. Alternatively, the Lake District, Cotswolds and Scottish Highlands offer plenty of opportunities for active, outdoor guys, including hiking trails and water sports.

Luxury watch


A watch is an accessory that's both practical and timeless and really does make for the perfect 30th birthday present. If you're feeling flush, a high end, classic time piece such as a Tissot Couturier or a Rotary Windsor will do just the trick. For sporty guys, Suunto's range of watches are sure to impress, in particular the Elementum Aqua - a premium diver's watch. If your budget is a little more restricted, check out Casio or Nixon's extensive range of classic watches that are a little less pricy, yet equally as special.

Surprise bash

Gather his nearest and dearest at a venue of your choice and invite the unsuspecting birthday boy along for 30th birthday to remember. Be it at home, your local pub or a functions venue, a surprise party is the ideal opportunity to get his favourite people all in one place, to mark one of the most special days of his life. You could even choose a theme to suit his taste and have your guests dress up in their finest fancy dress costume!

Dinner and drinks

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Get your glad rags on and take him out for some posh nosh at a swanky restaurant. While it may seem like an obvious choice, it will give you a night off from the cooking and a chance to treat yourself too! Afterwards, why not end the night with a round of cocktails at a trendy bar, or get your mates to join you at your favourite nightclub and dance the night away.

Boy's bling

If you're intent on treating him with a gift that will stand the test of time and serve as a reminder of his special birthday, a pair of cufflinks, a signet ring or a tie clip are just a few of the many male accessories out there that make for the perfect 30th birthday gift. Available in various styles, such accessories can add the finishing touch to his outfit, whilst also giving him an air of class and sophistication.


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