What Is the Gift for a 30th Wedding Anniversary?

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While the traditional gift for the 30th anniversary is pearls, modern gift lists also include diamond jewellery and lilies as other gifts associated with the anniversary. When selecting a 30th-anniversary gift for your spouse or for a couple who are celebrating their anniversary, choose something that is within your budget and that will be meaningful for the recipient.


For a woman, pearl jewellery is sure to be a hit for the 30th anniversary. A pearl necklace makes a classy addition to any woman's jewellery box. Other options include pearl earrings, a pearl pin, pearl bracelet or a necklace with a pearl pendant. To further personalise the gift, choose a piece of jewellery that includes the woman's birthstone set alongside the pearls. Consider jewellery with less traditional coloured pearls or oval-shaped pearls as an alternative to the traditional round white pearls.

Diamond Jewelry

Because pearls are not typically used in jewellery designs for men, the wife could get her husband diamond jewellery, which is the alternate modern 30th-anniversary gift. Cuff links, a tie pin or a watch with diamonds are all classy options. Men also have the freedom to choose diamond jewellery instead of pearls for their wives. Another option is to combine the two with a piece of jewellery that includes both diamonds and pearls.


Lilies are the flower associated with the 30th anniversary, and they make a simple gift. Because they come in a variety of colours, you can choose one that matches the recipient's favourite colour or that was used as an accent colour at the wedding ceremony. For an extravagant gift, purchase an arrangement of 30 lilies so there is one for each year of marriage.

Creative Interpretations

Friends and family members who want to give anniversary gifts but cannot afford to buy pearls or diamonds can use a creative interpretation of the traditional themes. One simple idea is to wrap any kind of anniversary gift with wrapping paper that has an iridescent finish like a pearl. As another option, give a movie that has "pearl" or "diamond" in the title so it fits with the theme.

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