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Selecting an anniversary gift for your husband or your wife is no easy task, especially if you’ve been together a long time. But reaching a significant milestone, like your 30th anniversary, is no small achievement and should be celebrated with something extra special.
“For a huge milestone like a 30th anniversary, opt for an extra-thoughtful and personalized gift,” Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert, tells The Spruce. And while themes around the 30th anniversary revolve around diamonds and pearls, Johnson says that couples don't necessarily need to default to a jewelry gift for this milestone (or anything extravagant for that matter)—what matters most is that your gift is sentimental or has the potential to create more memories together.
Whether you’re leaning towards a traditional item or a unique experience, here are the best 30th wedding and dating anniversary gifts.
Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Anniversary Book
The perfect gift for history buffs, this pseudo scrapbook features every New York Times front page from the day you said "I do" to your most recent anniversary. Bound in a hardbound book and personalized with your names and special date, this not only makes for a great coffee table feature, but also an excellent conversation starter.
If you want the book to include front pages from other important moments (first house, first child, etc.), you have the option to add them to the back of the book for an additional fee.
The Sill String of Pearls
When cared for properly, this plant can live three to five years, serving as a daily reminder of your ever-growing love. But don’t worry—the care is very low maintenance. All this cascading plant requires is bright light and biweekly waterings. And if your partner is the eco-friendly type, they’ll be happy to know the String of Pearl is a natural air purifier.
Uncommon Goods Anniversary Map Candle
The label of this handmade candle is customized with your names, wedding date, and a heart-encased map of the place you two said “I do.” You can even make it showcase the city where you met. And to add to the celebratory factor, the soy wax candle is champagne-scented—perfect for a couple that doesn’t like strong-smelling candles.
Foodies’ mouths will be watering when they see the snacks packed into this basket of goodies. What’s great about this service is the variety both in terms of price (gifts range from $25 to over $150) and snacks. This makes it easy to find a basket that is specific to your partner’s preferences or significant to your relationship. You can also create your own basket, choosing from the wide variety of snacks available.
Legacybox Home DVD Collection
Legacybox takes your VHS home videos and photos and digitizes them onto a thumb drive, DVD, or cloud storage for easier viewing. With four different packages available, you are able to pick one that best suits your collection and budget. Pair this box with some popcorn (and maybe a box of tissues) for a sentimental movie viewing on your anniversary.
Kouin Gem Trees Pearl Wire Tree
Made of nickel silver wire and over 90 white pearls, this simple creation will elevate any room in your home. And standing at only 7 inches tall, it can fit almost anywhere.
But more beautiful than the piece itself is the meaning behind it. In addition to the pearls, which represent the purity and wisdom gained from 30 years of marriage, the tree itself represents stability, strength, and growth—three traits that make up a successful relationship.
Russ & Daughters American Caviar Trio
An edible and elegant gift, this caviar tasting set from Russ & Daughters is the perfect way to treat your loved one after 30 years together. Each box includes three tins of American caviar, as well as all the accouterments: crème fraiche, blinis, and a Mother of Pearl caviar spoon. And if you're wondering how well fish eggs travel, past customers praised the product for its freshness and quality.
Swiss Diamond Nonstick 10-Piece Ultimate Kitchen Cookware Kit
Have you and your partner made many memories and meals in your kitchen? If so, then it might be time to upgrade your equipment so you can keep the mouth-watering moments going. This sturdy 10-piece set is made from cast aluminum, which retains and evenly distributes heat as you cook. It also prevents food from sticking, so you can use less oils and sprays for healthier meals. All pieces are dishwasher-safe for an easier, fight-free cleanup.
Seiko Automatic Presage Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
For centuries, Seiko has created quality, high-crafted watches that are relatively affordable compared with competitors, and this timepiece is no exception. The classic stainless steel bracelet means you can wear the watch for any occasion—be it a casual day at the office or a black tie affair. Additionally, the bold green dial adds a pop of color, while incorporating the 30th wedding anniversary color.
Night Sky Print
You’ve likely had many memorable evenings with your partner, and you can memorialize one of them with a custom print of the sky from that night—no astronomy experience necessary. All you have to do is provide the location and date of your special night, and the artists at Night Sky can create a print or canvas in the size of your choice.
The Bouqs Co. Hallelujah Flower Delivery
Not only do lilies live 10 to 14 days, but they are also the traditional 30th anniversary flower. If you are trying to support your local florist and lilies aren’t available, see if they can make a bouquet out of the flowers featured on your special day. Bonus points if they can recreate the bridal bouquet.
Real Oyster Cult Oyster Bar for Two
If your partner prefers something edible over something wearable, this gift from Real Oyster Cult checks the boxes for symbolic and special. Run by a husband and wife, Real Oyster Cult allows people all over the world to savor the delicacies of North America while supporting local businesses. The beauty of the company is that there is a large selection of boxes for every price point and oyster preference, from options at $69 to $159.99.
Bryony Fripp Personalised Love Stories Illustrated Map
With this completely customizable illustration, you can document key dates in your love story from your first date, to your first home together, to (of course) your 30th anniversary. Previous customers have praised the artist, Bryony, for their attention to detail, willingness to make adjustments, and overall communication.
One thing to keep in mind: Bryony charges a base price for the map itself and then additional fees for road names, landmarks, and memory illustrations. If you’re on a budget, make sure to keep that in mind as you send in the request.
Uncommon Goods Better Every Year Tree Ring Art
Celebrate how your relationship has grown over the years with this customizable piece of art. Made of the high-quality Baltic birch plywood, this hanging heart is perfect for the couple that like simple decor with a sentimental touch. Each of your initials is carved into the core, while the rings display up to eight notable moments you’ve had over the past three decades.
Harry & David "Ice Cream My Love For You" Collection
This collection from Harry and David features four pints of cleverly named gourmet ice creams, like “Love at First Bite” (a mint cookie crunch ice cream with fudge swirls) and “Tubs of Hugs” (a sea salt caramel ice cream). Previous customers have praised the ice cream for being “rich, smooth, and very tasty,” though some complained about not being able to choose the flavors. So before ordering, make sure your loved one will enjoy the included options.
Wasted Wives Curated Wine Subscription
Founded by Shantelle Dockett and Krystle Champagne-Norwood, Wasted Wives is a quarterly wine subscription service that delivers three different seasonal wines each time. But what makes this brand stand out from the other wine subscription services out there? To start, Dockett and Champagne-Norwood hand pick each bottle themselves, so you know there is care and thought going into each box. Additionally, all the wines selected are sustainably sourced.
Anthropologie Livia Mother-of-Pearl Table Lamp
Another gift that incorporates the traditional pearl without a trip to the jewelry counter. This designer lamp from Anthropologie incorporates a mother-of-pearl inlay at the base, giving an unexpected touch of elegance to an understated design. As an unexpected bonus, the lamp includes a dimming feature that allows you to set the mood for a romantic night in with your spouse.
Facto Lab Diamond Concrete Planter
For that partner that’s more into plants than jewels, this planter from Etsy is a great way to incorporate the modern diamond into their anniversary gift. Although they are handmade, reviewers rave about the sleek, machine-made perfection. If you want to pair your planter with a plant, keep in mind that it is specifically made for greenery that doesn’t require heavy watering, such as cactus, succulents, or air plants.
Made by Manos Mother of Pearl Crumpled Paper Vessel
Made from fine bone china and mother of pearl, this high-quality vase makes even a grocery store bouquet look elegant. But it’s the shape of the vase that makes it a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Structured to look like wrinkled paper, users describe this vase as “breathtaking,” “stunning,” and “absolutely beautiful.” Your partner is sure to feel the same way.
David Yurman Cable Buckle Bracelet with Diamonds
The beauty of this bracelet from American designer David Yurman is the subtle shimmer. Rather than being encrusted in stones or showcasing one big rock, the diamonds line the ends of the bracelet. This allows the craftsmanship and simplicity of the sterling silver cable to shine. And because of that, she can wear this bracelet every day—whether it’s with jeans and a T-shirt or a cocktail dress.
What to Look for in a 30th Anniversary Gift
Johnson emphasizes the importance of personalized gifts, specifically when it comes to major milestones. Honor your favorite travel destination or shared hobby with custom artwork, jewelry, or experience. Johnson is a fan of custom, illustrated couple’s portraits: “This creative take on a traditional couple’s photo is a fun and meaningful way to commemorate 30 years of love, and it also adds a pop of personality to any wall or bookshelf," she says.
After 30 years together, you and your partner have likely made many memories—some that stand out more than others. So tap into one of those moments when it comes to your gift; maybe it’s a map that points out all of the vacation spots you took together, or a day spent doing your favorite activity. You can also look for vintage items that evoke a time and place that is significant to you.
After three decades of gift-giving, you may feel like your choices have become repetitive or boring. Use this milestone to think outside the jewelry box and wow your partner. “Couples looking to get creative for their 30th anniversary might consider giving an experience as a gift,” Johnson says. “This is a great way to give something unique and fun that also creates lasting memories.”
Home decor is another creative route you can take. "Opt for home decor that incorporates one or both of traditional pearl or the modern diamond,” she says. “I love the idea of a pearl-adorned vase or diamond-shaped planter paired with a beautiful bouquet for two gifts in one."
What is the traditional 30th anniversary gift?
The traditional 30th wedding anniversary gift is the pearl, which symbolizes something precious that embodies purity and wisdom. The modern 30th anniversary gift is a diamond, which reflects the strength and durability of a successful three decades of marriage. This makes the gift of jewelry such as watches, earrings, bracelets, and cufflinks an obvious choice, but don’t be afraid to get creative.
What is the 30th anniversary flower?
The 30th wedding anniversary flowers are lilies, which are said to represent remembrance and transition from one stage of life to the next. Lilies can serve as the primary flower for a special arrangement sent to your loved one on the big day, or act as decor for a potential anniversary party.
What is the 30th anniversary color?
The 30th wedding anniversary color is green. It represents the growth of a couple and their evergreen love. Green can be used as a theme for anniversary party planning purposes, or as inspiration for gifts such as jade jewelry or decorative home accessories.
Why Trust The Spruce?
For this article, Leah Rocketto, a writer with years of experience covering home content, performed hours of research on products and consulted Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert. Johnson has made a career out of knowing what will withstand the test of time, and how to incorporate those trends into any lifestyle and budget. As a judge on NBC’s "Making It," Johnson knows how to spot an item that will stand out among the rest and truly tug at the heartstrings—two traits you want for a milestone anniversary gift.