Thursday, February 16, 2012

30 gifts for a friend turning 30

February is not just the month that I turn 30, but is it the month where, not 1, but 3 of my Sarah friends have birthdays!  2 Sarah's will be sharing their 30th birthday with me (Sarah H. & Sarah L), and Sarah Cz with be on her 31st b-day.  Yesterday was my best friend Sarah H's birthday; California, High school, Best Friend Sarah!  We wanted to get together so badly to share this moment together, but decided we should wait until just a bit later in the year to celebrate our birthdays (nursing a baby always makes things a little harder).

I wanted to send her something special since I couldn't be there, and I decided it would be fun to give her 30 gifts for her 30th birthday!  It wasn't super easy, took some planning, and many of the gifts are personal to our friendship, but she is totally worth it!  Here is what I did

I spent about a month purchasing and looking for little things to buy.  The dollar spot at target was helpful, so I didn't end up spending thousands of $$$$ (even though you are worth it Sarah!).  I had one main gift (#30),  so it didn't feel like she was getting a bunch of random things.  And Sarah is great at cooking, so I tried to do a few things related to that.

Each gift was packaged in a similar brown bag (with the exception of a few larger items)


Here is what her gifts include (not all are pictured)

1. Chevron kitchen towel

2.Box of Junior Mints (one of our favs!)

3. Pink Mittens from Old Navy

4. Nail Polish
5. Stationary
6. Big Pen

7. Eye Pads
8. Toms of Main Toothpaste (yes, I am an hygienist and had to get her that!)

9. Recipe Cards from this website

10. Vitamins for women age 50+ (had to do at least one joke)
11. Socks
12. Sugar Free Gum
13. Cd with some of our favorite songs growing up

14. Headband I made

15. Peach Gum Rings
16. Photo of us

17. Journal

18. Boot Slippers

19. Clipboard
20. Scarf
21. Aromatherapy Bath Salt
22. Kinkless hair ties I made
23. Ribbon (for crafts)
24. Cute Fabric

25. V.S undies

26. Sonic gift card (so she could get a yummy slushy)
27. Pink Lotion

28. Decorating Icing

29. Cupcake Stencils

30.  Personalized Necklace from Just Jaynes.  I know it is hard to see but the necklace has Sarah's children's names on it.

Ready to Ship

Package received

It has been a joy to have you as a friend and I love that we have been best friends for all of these years! I love that when we get together it is still so easy and we still have so much in common, we even buy our husbands the same clothes! I have loved watching your family grow and I have loved all of the support and encouragement you have given me throughout my life! What a blessing you have been! Happy birthday to you!



  1. jenni...this was the most thoughtful gift anyone has ever given me. every gift was personal and so special. i love that you know me so well! the necklace was perfect. i loved how you packaged everything cute! you're an amazing friend and receiving those gifts and the sweet letter just made me miss you even more!

  2. Oh wow, this is so fun, Jenni! Great idea. I might have to steal this one from you in the future . . . *smile*

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