Is it fun to get 30 things for your 30th birthday, or does it just remind you that you're 30 now?
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, I am thinking about getting my partner 30 30-themed things for his impending 30th birthday. I have a bunch of ideas (30 hand made bday cards, a $30 bottle of wine, a 30-point scrabble play laid out on the board), but the closer I get to starting to actually round up presents and make stuff, the more I start to reconsider.
I'm concerned about two things: 1) that I will end up buying a bunch of stuff that my partner will like well enough but that I would not otherwise get him if it didn't have something to do with '30'; and 2) that I am putting undue attention on the fact that my partner is turning 30 (not that there's anything wrong with being 30!).
His birthday is in July, so I definitely have lots of time to reconsider my plan. So far he has talked about turning 30 mostly with apathy; I don't think he's exactly thrilled, but he's not dreading it either.
I realize MeFis don't know how my partner will react; I imagine he'd be impressed with my industriousness in rounding up a bunch of 30-related things, but it's hard to say for sure. I just don't want him to ultimately be disappointed that I didn't focus on getting him something that he really wanted, so that I could execute this 30-themed plan instead. Obviously, I am trying to think of stuff that he still likes, like 30 of his favourite tea bags, or a $30 gift card to his favourite clothing store.
I'm wondering whether anyone has been on the receiving end of an age-themed birthday gift? If so, how did you feel about it? General opinions on whether this is a fun thing to do, or ideas for how I could do a more low-key version of this, are also welcome.
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