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1. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Hey everyone

Tomorrow is Scott's (my bf) 30th birthday. I have no idea what to do for him or what to get him. There's nothing he needs and he's given me no indication of anything he wants. As we are leaving on a RTW in May I thought maybe I could get him some sort of travel thing but that doesn't seem personal enough for a 30th b'day present.

If you are male and have been or are approaching 30 please give me an insight as to what you would like to receive as a gift.

What are your most memorable birthdays? What has been the best/worst birthday present you've ever received?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

As a male in my 30's there are a number of things that I would like to get for my birthday. Unfortunately none of them are appropriate to divulge on this site.

However, why don't you get him something small for the actual day, but save it up for a nice dinner or something on your travels?

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

What about some kind of mp-3 player if he hasn't got one already. Blokes generally love gadgets, jump into a gadget shop and maybe try to find some small boys toy that he can take travelling.

Us blokes in our early 30's are the most difficult to buy for i reckon because we usually don't want anything. Good luck.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Us blokes in our early 30's are the most difficult to buy for i reckon because we usually don't want anything. Good luck.

I think you forgot to say "that can be bought in a store"...

For that personal touch:

I've burned compilation CDs of Mr. Isa's favorite music. Also, made one that covered the song list from one of the last concerts we attended and a couple containing songs that were a musical respresentation of how I view him.

If you like cooking, making a dinner of his favorite food(s) might be nice.

A card containing a personally done IOU for a travel-related gift might be nice. Both of you go shopping for what he might like - he gets to make the decision (within your price range) and you pay for it (while he continues to browse). The key is, you can't steer his decision no matter how silly you may think the item may be. (As long as it's not the size of an elephant - customs people don't like elephants.)

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Greet him at the door wearing nothing but a shiney bow, glass of wine in one hand.....(Dave? Am I close?)

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Greet him at the door wearing nothing but a shiney bow, glass of wine in one hand.....(Dave? Am I close?)

You just missed the first words i would like to hear "when you've finished you're wine/beer, there's a swedish netball team waiting for you upstairs" (you can't beat a good game of netball on your birthday )

7. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone!

Well I ended up getting him a shaver/razor thingy (what are they called?) that I recalled him saying he wanted for the trip.

For his "birthday experience" I'm going to take him to Seaworld and we are going to go snorkelling with the Sharks (for him!) and swimming with the dolphins (for me!! :) ). Unfortunately the weather is bad this week so we have to go next week.

We'll do the usual dinner thing tonight and I've promised not to get in a bad mood or angry with him today! And I have said he can use my body at his disposal!!! (I may regret that as the day goes on)

I knew you guys would say something below the belt!! Typical male response. But if that's all you really want then at least it's cheap! I'm not sure how much the Swedish netball team would go for though... plus they might take a bit of convincing!

And you were right, daveh, about the gadgets. But that's what I meant about him not wanting anything - he buys everything for himself as soon as it's released. Thanks to eBay he can get things from overseas before they are released here in Australia. For example the new Sony PSP.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I just like people to call and say happy birthday..

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

I just like people to call and say happy birthday..

When is your birthday Brendan?

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

We should start a thread where we can post everyone's birthdays...we may actually surprise each other.