A Big Happy 30th Birthday to Mr. Finn

Today is a very special day…it’s my husband Finn’s 30th birthday! I remember back when we celebrated his 18th birthday and I was so excited to go all out for his big day. I ended up getting his favorite things…18 of them. Diet Coke, a basketball, his favorite candy, etc. I wrapped up each gift and he just beamed when he saw all of the gifts. It was a really special time and I still remember it all these years later.

2005, Right around his 18th Birthday
2005, Right around his 18th Birthday

Now here we are at the big 3-0, and I had absolutely no idea what to do for him. I think I started a little too strong at the age of 18, ha!
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Since Finn’s birthday always happens during March Madness he usually asks that we just keep it low-key so he can watch all of the games. So even though I did want to throw a big 30th birthday party, I knew it probably wouldn’t be what he wanted. But I still wanted to show him how loved he is by all of the people in his life. So I came up with another plan…

30 Years of Memoriesbirthday-presents-finn-7

A couple of months ago, I reached out to 30 of his closest friends and family and asked them to email me a favorite memory of Finn. It didn’t have to be anything crazy, just a paragraph was all I was looking for. A couple of weeks later, and the emails started rolling in!birthday-presents-finn-5

I received so many beautiful letters from Finn’s favorite people. Memories from his childhood, pictures from long ago, and stories about him that I had never even heard. Every single person I asked wrote back to me and I ended up with 30 letters for my birthday boy! I printed them all out, put them in envelopes (along with some of the photos), and tied them up with some pretty string. By the time Finn reads this post, he’ll have received all of his letters. I cannot wait to give them to him!

Time to #Explorenew-birthday-presents-finn-1

With the personalized part of the present crossed off my list, I still wanted to get my guy a few other things he would love. As I’ve mentioned before, our word for the year is “explore” and we’re trying to travel as much as possible before starting a family. I decided to go with that as my theme for his birthday gifts.birthday-presents-finn-4

After lots of online shopping, I ended up getting him a monogrammed leather passport cover, this awesome bucket list book (seriously can’t wait to fill it out together), and a nice rain jacket from Patagonia that he can use for our upcoming Iceland trip. I also got one of those little Polaroid Instax cameras, along with extra film, and a photo album that is just waiting to be filled up with pics from our travels! birthday-presents-finn-3

I got some wrapping paper from HomeGoods and then picked up some travel accessories in the scrapbooking section of Michaels to bring the theme together. I’m hoping he’ll love all of the fun items to celebrate our upcoming year of travel together.View More: http://ginacristine.pass.us/casey--mike-1

When trying to figure out what to get Finn for his 30th birthday, I did a lot of research looking for ideas. I wasn’t sure if I would blog about what I got him, but I figured if I could give at least one of you out there some guidance for an upcoming birthday then the post would be well worth it!

If you have someone in you life who is hard to buy for consider doing a theme. I promise it makes shopping a lot easier! And if you want a personalized gift, the 30 years of memories was another idea I’m happy I ran with.

Happy 30th Birthday Mr. Finn

A big happy 30th birthday to my favorite guy. A guy who always makes me laugh, who makes me feel safe, and who makes every day special. I love you Mike Finn and I am blessed to be your wife. Here’s to 30 more years together side-by-side. casey_sig

  • Erin

    wow that is amazing!!! it is definitely a challenge to figure out what to get our significant others!! i like that you did a theme. I need to really get my act together and start working on my husband’s gift — he’s turning 45 this year, and it is SO hard to figure out what to get him. But i also will note that we’ve actually been trying to be more focused on experiences versus gifts.

    • I totally feel ya Erin! It’s so hard finding the perfect gift. Love the idea to do an experience instead of items. That’s always a great idea!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl- great post! love the ideas! Y’all have a great weekend!

  • You should absolutely do this Lindsey! It was a fun gift to put together.

  • Emily Dunham

    Happy, happy birthday to him! Absolutely LOVE your personal gift to him. So sweet and thoughtful and something he can cherish for always! My aunt had my cousins do that for my dad’s 60th birthday and it was just so neat reading their different memories!

    • Thanks so much Emily! It was so fun to put together and it’s a present that will never get old. Love that your family did that for your dad’s 60th. I’m sure he loved it!

  • Trang

    So darn cute and thoughtful! Happy birthday Finn.

  • Sarah M.

    This is so sweet and thoughtful! My guy’s 30th is coming up in May and I think I just found the gift idea I’ve been searching for. 🙂 Happy birthday, Finn!

    • Awesome! Happy to help Sarah. I was at a loss as to what to do, so I’m happy it all came together.

  • Ashley Sorrick

    Happy Birthday to Finn! Love your packaging – so creative! We’re doing the travel thing right now before kids!

    • I feel like there are so many places I want to go! Not enough time to get it all in!

  • I LOVE the letters idea! That is so sweet! And I love the idea of a theme gift!

    • Thanks so much Diana! The theme actually really helped to figure out what to buy!

  • My husband turned 30 a couple of weeks ago and I got him a new grill—and then my parents sent him a grill too! Maybe I need to dip into some more themed/personalized options next time!

    XO, Jaclyn

    • haha that is hilarious Jaclyn! You have some BBQs in your future!