Thoughtful Gift Ideas for People in Their 30’s


Now that it's the holiday season, you might find yourself looking for gifts for the thirtysomethings in your life. While no two people are the same, there are some common gifts and gift ideas that might make more sense for certain ages and stages in life.

Given all that's going on in the world, it's more important now than ever before to show the important people in our lives that we care, and what better way to show affection at this time of year than to surprise them with a thoughtful holiday present? If you find yourself stumped and searching for answers for the right present for someone in your life, let's go over some basic thoughtful gift ideas for people in their 30's.

Think Practical

Be realistic about what they're going to need and what they'll actually use. It's also important to consider the realities of our world and what activities will be considered safe and possible for the foreseeable future due to the global pandemic. It might not be the right time to go out to a crowded restaurant or offer a ticket for an experience that's primarily indoors, for example. Given the sudden change in lifestyle we're all experiencing due to ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions, there are plenty of practical, common sense items that people may need to stock up on. Unique and comfortable masks will inevitably be a popular holiday option this year, so why not pick up something breathable and high-quality like a bamboo face mask? When it comes to face masks, focus on finding options that are lightweight, reusable, and washable is key.

Help Them Relax

If there's one thing that we all have in common this year, it's an increase in stress and anxiety. Millions of Americans reported struggling with mental health issues this year, and finding ways to use our free time to relax and de-stress is more important than ever. There are a plethora of simple ways to rest and rejuvenate at home, and many of them make perfect gifts. Whether it's a spa kit or something more extravagant like an exercise bike, enjoyable activities that can reduce anxiety are always appreciated.

Diffusers and essential oils can also make great gifts for both enthusiasts and those looking to freshen up their home. If you weren't familiar with CBD products before, you've probably seen them show up in plenty of holiday gift guides this year. It's important to remember, for those unfamiliar, that CBD (short for cannabidiol) doesn't contain THC, or produce the signature psychoactive "high" associated with marijuana. While medical studies are ongoing, customers rave about CBD's effects on everything from occasional anxiousness to symptoms related to inflammation, joint pain, and insomnia. The FDA even recently approved its first cannabidiol-based medication. Given how users rave about the beneficial effects that products like CBD cream, CBD oil, and other CBD topicals have; CBD products are likely to be popular this holiday season.

Look to the Future

Technology is developing more rapidly than ever before, and you'd probably be surprised by the sheer amount of new and useful tech on the market. If the person you're shopping for loves to spend time in the kitchen, try to figure out if there's a gadget or appliance that they might love that could save them some time. From electric kettles to air fryers to countertop gourmet coffee machines, there's always something you can add to your kitchen to make preparing meals easier and more fun. Connecting with other people can also be more challenging now, so look into tech gifts that bring people together, like an iPad that can be used to video chat with far-away family.

People in their 30's are often at a place in life where fun and extravagance begins to balance more with practicality, so finding gifts that combine style and substance are often the way to go. While functionality is important though, be careful not to be too bland. Most people do want a fun surprise on a special occasion, so combining a more practical item with something smaller and more recreational is often the best bet if you're shopping for someone you're willing to spend a little extra on. While it's a cliche to say it's the thought that counts, putting in the time and effort to show someone in your life that you care really is the most important part of gift-giving, no matter the age of the recipient.

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