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Best 30th Birthday Gift Idea for my daughter

What is the best gift for a 30th birthday?

My youngest daughter turned thirty last week!

As hard as it was to believe (where the heck did all that time go?!?!), thinking of the perfect 30th gift idea was even harder.

We are big celebrators of birthdays in my family.

I took my oldest daughter to Ireland the summer she turned thirty.

It’s kinda hard to top that.

My youngest daughter has an 11-month-old son, so travel just isn’t in the cards right now.

But I still wanted to do something special to celebrate the amazing person she is.

30 gifts for 30 years

So I called her sister, and we decided to make a gift basket with 30 gifts.

30 gifts for 30 years

We wanted small gifts that she would like, but that also would mean something to her.

So we decided to add photo cards. I went through piles of photos, scanned them, and printed them off at my local Walmart.

I printed out 30 photos from all stages of her life.

We (here, I really mean my daughter) wrote sweet, affirmational, funny messages tying them to whatever the gift was.

There were a lot of puns. Alex is an expert at puns.

We tried to be very thoughtful of the types of things she likes.

The gifts included gift cards to her favorite stores, home decor items (she and her husband just moved into a new home), books, hair accessories, wine, candles, cozy socks in her favorite color, and even a few of her favorite childhood treats (including a box of pop-tarts).

We included gift cards to her favorite stores
Filling a basket with the wrapped gifts

She loved opening all the gifts!

I loved that it was a trip down memory lane.

Simply perfect for a daughter’s 30th birthday celebration.

The photos and notes made for a heartwarming evening.

BTW, she saved all of the notes.

Who doesn;t love a funfetti cake?!?

I can’t wait to see what her 30’s bring her!

Me and my daughters

You can shop some of the items we included in her basket. *affiliate links included.

Until next time,

– Libbie

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  1. Maria says:

    What a wonderful mom! Great gift ideas.

  2. Love the gift ideas! You are a wonderful mom!

  3. Dee Turk says:

    Libbie, I love this! I did 16 gifts for my daughter’s sweet 16, and then again at 21 with 21 gifts. I LOVE adding the photos, what a way to make it even more meaningful and memorable, as if she’d need any help remembering such a special birthday, and the sweetness in which you made it so special!!! Love, love, love!!!

  4. Leslie Watkins says:

    I love this idea! I am truly a heart person where thought and capturing something special is in play. You really did an amazing job with it all! I love the puns…those need to be added to birthday gifts soon!

  5. I love the idea of 30 gifts for 30 years. My son is turning 21 this year so I might have to steal it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a thoughtful gift! You are the best mom to think of this gift idea that your daughter will never forget.

  7. I love this idea. My only son and child turns 35 in October. This is a great gift idea so I guess I need to be thinking.

  8. Kippi Ohern says:

    What a wonderful birthday celebration during a pandemic. It has been a challenge trying to find meaningful ways to celebrate.
    Hugs,
    Kippi
    BTW I know you are not old enough to have a 30-year-old daughter. ☺️

  9. Sara says:

    I’ll have to pass along this idea for when I turn 60 lol! Happy birthday to your daughter 🙂

  10. Kim Waldorf says:

    How sweet! My middle son has had a funfetti cake for as long as I remember and at 26 still expects that! Precious memories for sure!

  11. corine Mapes says:

    What thoughtful ideas! My youngest turned 30 this year too. Pinned.

  12. Stacey says:

    Love this idea! 30 gifts for 30 years?! So fun. I hope you had a lovely time celebrating.

  13. Meegan says:

    What a lovely idea that your daughter will remember and treasure for a very long time. Family memories are the best!

  14. What a sweet gift Libbie!

  15. Alyssa says:

    Wow Libbie, what a wonderful gift for your fabulous daughter!! I bet she loved it! What a lucky 30-year old to have you as her Mama! 🙂

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