‌‌The Best 30-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Your Spouse, Parents or Friends

Celebrate the pearl anniversary with one of these sentimental presents.
Collage of four 30th anniversary gift ideas
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
by Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
Naoimh O'Hare
Assistant E-Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at college and lives in Galway, Ireland
Updated Mar 25, 2021
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Congrats! You've made it to a milestone 30 years of marriage with your spouse (or you know a couple that has). What better way to kick off the festivities than by picking out a meaningful 30th anniversary gift for your partner or loved ones? Three decades together is a feat that deserves to be celebrated, so in honor of this special occasion, we've compiled the best pearl anniversary gift ideas you can buy right now. From traditional presents to unique alternatives, there's something on our list for everyone, whether you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary at home together or you want to shower your parents with love for their incredible achievement.

In this article:

What is the 30th anniversary gift?

Traditional: Pearl

It's tradition to pair each year of marriage with a material or gemstone, and the 30th anniversary is represented by pearl. Pearls symbolize beauty from within and the kind of special bond that drives a 30-year relationship. While pearl jewelry is a timeless gift, you can definitely interpret the theme in more creative ways. We've done the work for you and found a variety of presents inspired by the material that'll cater to any taste.

Modern: Diamond

In addition to pearls, modernists have also adopted diamonds to represent this special occasion. Like pearls, diamonds can withstand pressure and time—so what better way to represent your marriage than with the most precious gem? While diamond jewelry may be the first thing that comes to mind, diamond-shaped presents are a more unique (and still totally acceptable) twist.

Of course, if you don't want to go down the gemstone route at all, there are a few other 30th anniversary symbols to check out. Lily flowers and the color green are also associated with the milestone.

Pearl Anniversary Gifts

If you want to stick to the traditional 30th anniversary gift theme, you've come to the right place. We've picked out the most unique and romantic presents for the lovebirds or special someone in your life. The best part? You can shop all of these awesome picks online.

Dainty Bracelet

Dainty pearl and gold fill bracelet

Pearl jewelry is timeless—it adds a classy touch to pretty much any outfit. This unfussy bracelet from GLDN by Layered + Long is the perfect gift for anyone with understated style. Choose between a rose gold, silver or yellow gold hue for the chain and add up to seven glowing natural pearls.

Sleek Earphones

Wireless earphones with sleek black pearl design

Of course, pearl anniversary gifts don't have to come in the form of fashion accessories. Treat your spouse to a tech upgrade with a pair of wireless earphones. These ones have a stylish black pearl design, paying tribute to the traditional 30-year anniversary theme. But they're not just pretty to look at—they offer crystal-clear sound with clever noise-canceling technology. They also come with a sturdy stainless steel case for safe keeping and on-the-go charging.

Tasty Bubble Tea

Boba bubble tea gift set with two flavors of tea and stainless steel straws

Put your own spin on the milestone's traditional present by swapping out the 30-year anniversary stone with tapioca pearls. This trendy bubble tea set by Katie and Dustin Watts will make the couple's morning brew something to really look forward to. Bonus: The gift set includes two stainless steel straws for a fun and sustainable drinking experience.

Classic Earrings

Classic pearl studs 30th anniversary gift idea

Not only are pearl studs a quintessential take on the traditional 30-year anniversary gift, they're also a timeless accessory to add to your spouse's jewelry box. Opt for a smaller set of studs if your partner has a more minimalist style, or go for the 9mm earrings for the person who likes their bling to stand out.

Mother-of-pearl cuff links 30-year anniversary gift

Mother-of-pearl also counts as a 30-year anniversary symbol. These stunning Ox & Bull Trading Co. cuff links will be an elegant addition to your spouse's suit or tux—and what better excuse to get dressed up than celebrating three decades together?

Commemorative Sundial

Pearl Anniversary sundial in white and gold

This sentimental, pearly sundial from The Metal Foundry beautifully commemorates the couple's marital success, featuring the date they tied the knot as well as the year they hit the big 3-0. They'll be lost for words when you hand over this unique piece of home decor that reads: "30 wonderful years together."

Understated Necklace

Elegant pearl necklace 30th anniversary gift idea

If we haven't already proven how effortlessly elegant pearl gifts can be, this necklace confirms it. Each pearl on this minimalist piece from Maris Pearl Co. has been cherry picked to create a beautiful but subtle accessory that can easily be incorporated into their everyday wardrobe. Not only that, but this women-owned business creates every piece of jewelry with quality and sustainability in mind.

Fancy Writing Pen

Mother-of-pearl pen in elegant black monogrammed gift box

If your other half is constantly writing memos (or love notes to you), this sleek mother-of-pearl pen from Executive Gift Shoppe will be a welcome 30-year wedding anniversary gift. The icing on the cake? It comes in a fancy gift box personalized with your partner's name and monogram. Anyone with a love for handwritten letters will appreciate this thoughtful present.

Decadent Chocolate

Three decorative tins full of delicious Parisian chocolate pearls
Ty Mecham

Here's another one of the most unique 30th anniversary gifts that still follows the traditional theme (kind of). Instead of pearl gemstones, why not give the lovebirds chocolate pearls? These decadent treats from Parisian confectionery brand Maison Boissier come in three different flavors packaged in decorative floral tins.

Useful Ring Dish

Two mother-of-pearl ring dishes with jewelry

Proper wedding jewelry care only gets more important as time goes on. That's why a shiny new ring dish is an excellent 30-year anniversary gift for your husband or wife. This one from XISS JEWELLERY is made from iridescent mother-of-pearl, so you'll be hitting the nail on the head when it comes to the traditional theme.

Cool Shucking Set

Oyster-shucking gift box with wooden board, knife and towel

Get as creative as you like while shopping for pearl-themed presents. Instead of the gemstone itself, turn to where it comes from: oysters. This seafood tool set from Whitemarsh Island Woodworks contains a beautiful handmade pine board, a shucking knife and a towel for mess-free food prep. It's a fun and unusual gift to give the couple that's obsessed with seafood.

Elevated Photo Frame

Mother-of-pearl picture frame empty

Have you ever seen a piece of home decor as sophisticated as this mother-of-pearl picture frame? It'll only look more stunning filled with one of the lovebirds' wedding photos or a sweet snapshot of the family. If you're on the hunt for a 30th anniversary gift for your parents, this might just be the one.

Pretty Pearl Watch

Nacre pearl-accent watch with black band 30th anniversary gift

Watches are a meaningful way to let your other half know just how much you cherish the time you've spent together and look forward to the years to come. This stunning timepiece features a luxurious Italian leather strap complemented by beautiful nacre pearls that encompass the dial. Equal parts modern and minimalist, this on-theme accessory will add a smart, sophisticated touch to any ensemble.

Unusual Necklace

30th anniversary pearl and preserved lily necklace

Just like your spouse, part of what makes pearls so special is their incredible uniqueness—and this meaningful jewelry is unique in more ways than one. In addition to a freshwater pearl, it also features the 30th anniversary flower: lilies. Since no two blooms (and no two pearls) are exactly alike, each necklace is truly one of a kind. Carefully preserved and coated in resin, the real lilies on this dainty jewelry symbolize a fresh lease of life.

Sentimental Art

Unique pebble art for pearl anniversary

This cute and quirky piece from Anselmo Pebble Art will add a fun touch to the couple's home. Depicting a romantic scene of lovers on a park bench, it features a sweet heart-shaped balloon with a glowing pearly finish.

Diamond Anniversary Gifts

If pearls just don't seem like the right call, don't sweat it. We've got plenty more 30th wedding anniversary ideas inspired by the milestone's modern material: diamonds. A symbol of love and faithfulness, it's no surprise that this sparkly gemstone is also the modern anniversary gift for 10 years of marriage, as well as the traditional theme for the 60th milestone. Ready to start shopping? We've listed our top 10 diamond-themed gifts below.

Fashionable Watch

Sleek stainless steel watch with diamond-accent dial

If your partner is in need of a new timepiece (or they're a major watch aficionado), this sleek accessory is sure to excite them. A stainless steel bracelet and sapphire crystal face promote durability, while the diamond-studded dial adds a lavish finishing touch.

Trendy Necklace

Two raw diamond necklaces with black and gray diamonds

An unusual spin on the typically transparent gemstone? Raw diamonds. This edgy and minimalist jewelry from Admantae Designs is just bursting with character. It'll add a subtle statement to your spouse's attire whenever they choose to wear it.

Meaningful Star Map

Custom map of the stars with couple's wedding vows

Rihanna said it best: Stars are like diamonds in the sky. That's why this custom map of the night sky is a fitting 30th anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple. Each work of art displays a map of the stars from a meaningful date and location of your choosing (the couple's wedding day, perhaps?) and can be personalized with their vows, the lyrics to their first dance song or a heartfelt message.

Set of modern cable-design black diamond cuff links

Black diamonds are another unique and stylish spin on the gemstone's usual clear color, and they look uh-mazing on these sleek cuff links featuring David Yurman's signature cable design. These heirloom-worthy accessories are a must for anyone who likes to keep up with contemporary trends.

Dazzling Ring

Pavé diamond ring with emerald center stone

If you haven't already, now is an excellent time to upgrade your S.O.'s wedding or engagement ring. This stackable diamond band will sit beautifully alongside their other bling, and since the 30th anniversary color is green, the center emerald adds another layer of meaning.

Monogram Money Clip

Diamond-accent money clip with monogram 30th anniversary gift idea

Diamonds can be anyone's best friend. Spoil your S.O. with a present that sparkles just as much as their personality. This monogrammed money clip will keep their bills safely tucked away in style.

Stunning Champagne Flutes

Pair of gorgeous diamond-cut crystal champagne glasses

Looking for more out-of-the-box 30th wedding anniversary ideas? Hand over this stunning set of diamond-cut Waterford glassware that the couple can use to toast their wonderful accomplishment.

Customizable Ring

Man wearing white gold diamond-accent ring

Here's another sleek 30-year anniversary ring for the spouse that's in need of an upgrade. Various customizations are available, meaning you can design the perfect piece of jewelry to suit your partner's tastes. Choose between a selection of metals, widths and more to create your masterpiece.

Diamond-Shaped Chocolate

Diamond-shaped white, milk and dark chocolate

Like we said earlier, diamond-shaped gifts are a totally acceptable spin on the modern theme. Whether you're shopping for a 30-year anniversary gift for your parents, friends or spouse, a giant chocolate diamond is sure to leave an impression. After all, who doesn't love chocolate? The Etsy seller can also add sugar sprinkles to give your faux gemstone a sparkly finish.

Decorative Throw

Decorative throw blanket with diamond zigzag pattern

We've all enjoyed a few extra nights in over the past year. Elevate the couple's next cozy date night on the couch with this luxe throw blanket from Mackenzie Bryant Co featuring a chic diamond zigzag pattern. It'll instantly elevate their interior decor.

Alternative 30th Anniversary Gifts

If you're looking for a classic 30th wedding anniversary gift for your wife, husband or the couple that doesn't follow the traditional pearl or diamond themes, you're in luck. We've compiled some alternative ideas they'll appreciate just as much, from pretty personalized homeware to the trendiest new gadgets.

Heartfelt Video Montage

Older couple smiling and watching something on laptop
bbernard / Shutterstock

If it's sentimental 30th anniversary ideas you're after, prepare to be blown away. Tribute is a cool online service that makes putting together a heartfelt montage of well-wishes super simple. Invite loved ones via email to record personalized video messages, then use the online editing tools to turn them into a montage. The couple can watch it at home on their computer or you can send a sleek LCD video card.

Keepsake Candle

Personalized 30-year anniversary candle

This personalized candle from Kindred Fires is an affordable 30-year anniversary gift for him, her or the couple that doubles as a cute memento of this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. It reads "30 wonderful years" followed by the couple's names and wedding date. Choose between a selection of amazing scents, from exotic floral aromas to warm spice blends.

Romantic Flower Subscription

Bright bouquet of flowers 30th anniversary gift subscription
BloomsyBox via Facebook

A monthly delivery of fresh blooms is one of our favorite subscription gifts for couples that'll keep the romance flowing even after your special day. Your S.O. will light up every time one of these beautiful bouquets arrives at the door.

Luxury PJs

Model wearing white washable silk pajama set

You really can't go wrong with a set of silk pajamas from Lunya—the company's high-quality loungewear is soft, stylish and machine washable to boot. We especially love the look of this set that pairs chic, flowy pants with a subtly cropped top. The best part? There are pockets!

Smart Indoor Garden

White indoor smart garden full of greens with woman setting her preferences on the app

Shopping for a green-thumbed spouse or a couple who loves to cook together? Look no further. This genius indoor grow kit is fast becoming a kitchen staple, especially for anyone who doesn't have a backyard to do their planting in. The smart garden takes care of pretty much everything, from automatic watering to regulating light exposure—all they have to do is set their preferences on the handy app.

Chic Wallet

Green leather wallet with smart ejecting card holder

Trust us, this wallet upgrade is one your spouse will welcome with open arms. Not only does it come in a sophisticated shade of green (say hello to the 30-year anniversary color), but it also has a smart card holder that pops out with the push of a button. The result? No more fumbling for the right card.

High-Tech Photo Frame

Sleek black digital photo frame showing photo of couple kissing and person looking at the app

Photo presents make for especially meaningful 30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents (and grandparents!). One of the best photo gift ideas? A digital picture frame. This stylish option can be mounted on the wall or simply placed on a coffee table or mantelpiece—wherever they get to see it most. To keep your parents' snaps up to date all year round, simply connect the frame to Google Photos.

Thoughtful Print

Colorful personalized map art in white frame

Pay tribute to the places you're from while celebrating the love that brought you together with this personalized art print by Melissa Schwall. A map of your home state (or country) and your partner's home place are displayed as two halves of the same heart.

Rustic Home Decor

Rustic home decor sign with couple's names

Celebrate the family that was established three decades ago with this thoughtful present for the couple that shares a last name. They'll love decorating their home with a sentimental art piece like this personalized family name sign.

Snug Sweater

Model wearing green cashmere sweater

A cozy cashmere sweater is the kind of luxury gift your S.O. well and truly deserves after 30 years (and counting!) of love and commitment. The perfect balance of smart and casual, this stylish crew will be a valuable addition to their wardrobe. (Psst, get it in green for a subtle nod to the milestone's traditional color.)

Personalized Photo Book

Person looking at photo book with pictures of a couple

Some of the best 30th anniversary gift ideas look back on the wonderful moments that led you to this point. Why not put together a highlight reel of the past three decades in the form of an heirloom-quality photo book? Then, you can spend your special day recollecting your favorite memories and planning your next adventure.

Monthly Wine Delivery

Winc delivery box with empty bottles of wine
Winc via Facebook

What better gift to commemorate 30 years of marriage than a celebratory wine subscription? Treat your parents, friends or relatives to a gift card entitling them to a monthly delivery of delicious vino they can break out for dinner parties, date nights and more.

Engraved Cheese Board

Swivel wooden cheese board with couple's initials featuring a delicious spread

And what's wine without cheese? This elegant wooden board comes personalized with the couple's initials and a noteworthy date. Four tiered compartments conveniently fold away for easy storage, and there's also a built-in utensil drawer containing a stainless steel cheese fork and two knives. Who knows, maybe they'll invite you over for some delicious charcuterie to celebrate.

Nifty Meat Thermometer

Digital thermometer reading meat temperature on the grill

Got a grill master on your hands? Treat your S.O. to this practical new digital thermometer that'll make charring food to the perfect temp easier than ever. The best part? You get to enjoy the results!

Inspirational Scratch-Off Poster

Red date bucket list scratch-off poster in magnetic wooden frame

Deciding what to do on date night doesn't get any easier 30 years on. This scratch-off list features 100 options to help spice up their quality time together. This one's a great 30th anniversary gift idea for friends. Pair it with a magnetic frame so they can add it to their home decor.

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