A 30 year anniversary gift for men

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A 30 year anniversary gift for men
Pearls aren't the only gift idea for a 30th anniversary. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The gift of pearls marks the 30th wedding anniversary, traditionally known as the pearl anniversary. When shopping for a woman, you typically pick up a piece of jewellery and call it a day. With men, it's a little more complicated, if only because pearl decor is so hard to come by. A 30th anniversary gift for a man may include some pearl accessories, but ideas also focus on the holiday and other things.


Purchase an accessory for him that is made from pearl or mother of pearl. For a man who likes dressing up or has to wear formal attire, choose a pair of elegant cuff links featuring mother of pearl buttons. A watch is also appropriate as a 30th anniversary gift, and the type you choose depends on your budget. Mother of pearl faced watches are fairly expensive, but those with mother of pearl accents are more budget-friendly. You can also opt for a watch with tiny pearls or pearl pieces marking the numbers on the face. Mother of pearl and pearl-decorated tie tacks also fit the pearl theme.

Pearling Vacation

Treat the man to a pearling vacation that shows him exactly where divers find pearls. Designers make and decorate items with both freshwater and saltwater pearls. On his trip, arrange for a tour of a pearl farm. He gets the chance to see how oysters are grown and the pearls harvested and cleaned. Give him the chance to do other activities and see other sites on his trip, while giving a nod to the traditional pearl gift. Tahiti, Japan, China, Hawaii and even Tennessee are home to pearl farms.

Celebrate the Years

Give him 30 gifts that celebrate his years of wedded bliss. If he's your spouse, then make him a small book with 30 homemade coupons inside. Each coupon is redeemable for something, such as a day at the golf course, a night out with the guys or, his favourite home-cooked meal. You can even make him a scrapbook with exactly 30 pages and devote each page to a different moment in your life.

Home Decorations

Treat a man who smokes to a 30th wedding anniversary gift of a mother of pearl cigarette box or cigar box. The top of the box lifts up, revealing removable trays inside for holding and storing cigarettes or cigars. A mother of pearl lighter has a classic and elegant look that not only fits in with the pearl anniversary, but also has a functional purpose. Or, opt for a mother-of-pearl card case and matching key chain. The inside of the box is the right size for storing a deck of playing cards. A clock with a mother-of-pearl face appeals to non-smokers and smokers alike.

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