Ideas for a surprise 30th birthday for your husband

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Ideas for a surprise 30th birthday for your husband
Surprise your husband with tickets to see his favourite baseball team. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

30th Birthdays are momentous occasions that people like to mark in a special way. Spouses often shoulder the responsibility of making sure that their husband's 30th is a memorable one. Luckily most wives know their husbands well, and this helps them create the perfect surprise birthday for the special man in their life.

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Love is All There Is

Love is the alchemy that brings two people together in the first place. Drawing on love as a surprise theme can make any birthday special. Look back over the years and search for the truly memorable, love-filled moments.

Did you spend your honeymoon in France? Create an intimate French themed birthday by taking your husband to a French restaurant, followed by a French film and finally bring him home to some French inspired dessert crepes.

A love themed birthday is all about intimacy, but keep in mind that it's his birthday and the day should be about him. Pamper him with a massage followed by chocolate covered strawberries and hand stencilled love coupons. Consider using a silk scarf to blindfold him when you drive to a restaurant to keep the surprise factor.


What better time to schedule a vacation than for your husband's 30th birthday? Few things compare to a week away from work, sipping Mojitos and watching the waves roll in. If it's financially feasible, consider planning a trip out of town for his birthday. This may take some serious coordinating such as contacting his boss to request the time off for him, setting up a babysitter (if necessary) and planning the flight, hotel and rental car. Check websites like Travelocity ( or Expedia ( for last minute travel deals on plane tickets, cruises and hotels.

It may seem tricky to surprise him with a vacation, but presenting a handmade card with plane tickets the night before he turns 30 is bound to be unforgettable.

Sometimes Simpler is Better

Not all men are interested in a flashy 30th birthday. If your husband is low key, create a birthday that caters to his shy side. Allana Baroni in her 2010 article "Be a Social Superhero," published on, gives several ideas for low-key activities for the man you love. For comic book lovers, she recommends picking up a selection of comics and reading them together and maybe slipping in a naughty comic for the late night hours. If your husband is hooked on gaming, spend the day challenging him on Nintendo Wii or take him to an arcade.

The Surprise Party

Some wives simply cannot help surprising their husband with a darkened room full of giggling friends waiting to belt out Happy Birthday the moment he walks through the door. These types of traditional surprise parties can encompass everything from banquet halls to dive bars, and the specifics should depend on your husband's preferences.

If he loves nature, host a surprise party in a park or better yet in the woods. Invite all of his friends and family and give them specific directions for the meeting place. Keep decorations kind to nature and use eco-friendly streamers and wildflowers. Have his friends hide behind trees and tell him that you're taking a nature hike. He will surely be shocked to find a forest full of friends on his big day.

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