Birthday Gifts for Women in Their 30s

by David Montoya
Listen closely to the birthday girl to get ideas for a gift.

Listen closely to the birthday girl to get ideas for a gift.

Birthday gifts can be a difficult issue to approach. Even a thoughtful gift can be ill-received by a recipient if she interprets the meaning of the gift in the wrong way. One such issue is a gift that accidentally makes the recipient feel old. This is of particular concern for 30-somethings that may feel that their youthful days are behind them. If you need to get a gift for a 30-something woman, your best bet is to consider her lifestyle. Keeping gifts lighthearted and fun doesn't hurt either.

Household Gifts

30-something women tend to be established, working full-time or part-time, and either renting their own apartments or living in their own homes already. If this description fits the woman you need to buy a gift for, buy a household gift. Picture frames, vases or small pieces of furniture are usually well-received. Use your knowledge of the person to help guide you. For example, if you know the woman enjoys pairing food with wine, think about buying a table-top wine opener or a set of wine glasses. If she loves to read books, book ends or a reading lamp will go over well. Think about the recipient's personality and needs first.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a personal gift that is more suitable when a significant other or close friend is the recipient. If you go this route, a clear-cut favorite is anything with diamonds -- particularly for a special or milestone birthday. Alternatively, pick a piece of jewelry with another precious stone. Choose the woman's birth stone, or simply a stone in her favorite color, to show your thoughtfulness. Pay attention to the woman's style to determine what type of jewelry she would likely enjoy. A quiet woman with a simple style, for example, may enjoy understated earrings, while an extroverted woman may enjoy something more attention-getting.

Technology Gifts

30-something women are likely to be busy and on the go with a full-time job, full-time parenting, or a combination of both. Make their lives a bit easier by purchasing the latest technology for them. An MP3 player is well-suited for the woman with a long commute to work. A new smartphone will keep her connected to friends, family and work all in one device.

Beauty Gifts

The 30-something woman may be feeling a bit old. Make her feel pampered, relaxed and confident with the gift of an indulgent treatment. Healthier looking skin after a facial, or professionally painted nails, can make a woman feel good about herself. Purchase a gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure or other spa treatment that the woman enjoys. Make a day out of it by purchasing the same treatment for yourself and enjoying the spa time together.

About the Author

David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.

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