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30 Things You Should Own By The Time You’re Thirty

Turning thirty, for many people, is one of life’s biggest milestones. The beginning of the pursuit into real adulthood. While most of your 30’s are somehow spent detecting all the naive things you did in your 20’s – the thirties are all about wisdom. The years where most people put down an offer towards their first home, go travelling around the world and set their eyes on a prospective and life-long career.

And, when you reach this fabulous age, it’s handy to have a catalogue of quality items that make life a little more pleasant, easy and manageable. Here is a guide to all the things you should own by the time you turn 30 – or at least, aspire to own.

1. Matching Dinner Set

Whether celebrating a family birthday or having a reunion with friends, if you’re hosting any special occasion you’re going to need some high-end homewares. Leave a lasting impression on your guests with a quality set of dinner plates that will stand the test of time. We love this MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check Dinner Set – classic and contemporary yet, very chic.

MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check Tableware A$81.00 – A$680.00 | Source: Amara

2. Quality Bed Sheets

The older we get the more important sleep becomes – a restful nights slumber keeps you refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle every day. While temptations like Netflix make staying up late more enticing, investing in some of the best bed sheets will ensure you’re eager to get tucked in at a reasonable time.

Yves Delorme Bed Sheets A$733.00 | Source: Amara

3. A Coffee Machine

Most of us are always searching for the best brew to get our dose of caffeine. And as convenience reigns supreme, according to Statista at-home coffee consumption increased by 49 per cent (March 2020) – so, purchasing a high-end coffee machine will mean you’ll be enjoying the finest coffees for years to come.

Elektra Coffee Machine A$2,566.00 | Source: Coffee Italia

4. A Book Shelf

In a high-tech world, the value of a good book should not be unstated. And when it comes to storing your favourite novels or a selection of the best selling books of 2021, there’s no better clutter cure than a good quality bookshelf.

Source: Vintage Industrial Style

5. Cashmere Coat

Investing in a cashmere trench coat is something not to be overlooked in your thirties. Classic, comfortable and always chic – a cashmere coat will have you out the door in no time, during the cooler months making sure you look your best.

Burberry Cashmere Trench Coat A$4,590.00 | Source: Burberry

6. Little Black Dress

A little black dress is the ultimate wardrobe staple. Fashionable, stylish and effortlessly elegant. It’s the one item you will keep reaching for, in those moments when you don’t know what to wear. We love this Dolce and Gabbana number.

Dolce and Gabbana Fitted Midi Dress A$2,350.00 | Source: FarFetch

7. Quality Hair Dryer

There’s no need to ruin your hair with a budget blowdryer when innovative technology like the Dyson Airwrap is lighter and faster at drying as well as being significantly less damaging to your locks.

8. Good Travel Luggage

For regular travellers, a fine piece of luggage is a necessity. For the occasional traveller, it’s still worth securing a fine suitcase or reliable travel bag that will become your companion on any trip.

Louis Vuitton Horizon 70 A$5,500.00 | Source: Louis Vuitton

9. Silk Pillowcase

Aside from the obvious comfortability benefits, silk has natural hypoallergenic properties and doesn’t absorb moisture like other materials. This prevents bacteria build-up and helps your skin to retain moisture while you’re sleeping. If it’s one thing you buy in your thirties, make sure it’s this.

Slip Rose Gold Silk Pillow Case A$216.00 | Source: Amara

10. An Eye Cream

This trusty beauty product will help you hide any issues you may be experiencing such as under-eye circles, puffiness or redness. A good eye cream can make you look like you’ve had a full eight hours of sleep even if you’re thriving on a little less.

Perricone MD Eye Cream A$164.00 | Source: Mecca

11. Leather Boots

Whether it’s a casual setting, a sophisticated work look or a classic smart-tie event, a good pair of leather boots will add the finishing touch to any outfit for years to come.

Chanel Calfskin Leather Boots A$2,940.00 | Source: Chanel

12. Classic Bag

A good-structured, classic designer handbag is a must-have piece in your thirties. A reliable investment that will take you from the office to dinner in no time.

Bvlgari Serpenti Forever Handbag A$45,700.00 | Source: Bvlgari

13. Good Knife Set

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen will know the benefit of a brilliant set of knives. The best Japanese kitchen knives are a worthy choice – beautifully designed to provide precision cuts over consistent use.

Wusthof Epicure Thermo Beech Knife Block Set 7 Piece A$2,499.00 | Source: Myer

14. A Bar Cart

The ultimate entertainment accessory for the wise thirty-year-old has got to be a bar cart. Not only does it offer a convenient solution to carrying cocktail supplies but also adds a smart aesthetic to your interior style.

Roar + Rabbit Bar Cart A$799.00 | Source: Westelm

15. Quality Timepiece

A classic and unique timepiece is a declaration item that reflects one’s personality and expression of style. Whether it’s a classic, a statement style or a modern masterpiece – a fine watch will not only look good but is also a safe-haven asset in times of uncertainty.

Cartier Santos Dumont Watch A$5,850.00 | Source: Cartier

16. Good Vacuum Cleaner

Part of keeping your home spacious and clutter-free is also keeping it clean. The merit of a decent vacuum cleaner lasts far longer than its initial price tag – making it easy to keep your home tidy for years.

Dyson V15 Detect A$1,399.00 | Source: Harvey Norman

17. Statement Sunglasses

If there’s one summer item you simply shouldn’t have to live without it’s a statement pair of sunglasses. Aside from the stylish appeal, a high-quality pair of shades will offer invaluable eye protection to help your vision stay in top shape.

Stella McCartney Square-Frame Sunglasses A$240.00 | Source: Net-A-Porter

18. A Reliable Recipe Book

While the rise of social media chefs is at an all-time-high, you still can’t look past the reliability and convenience of a good all-around recipe book. This Kinfolk Table book is the perfect addition to your kitchen bench.

The Kinfolk Tabel Book A$49.98 | Source: Amazon

19. Tea Box

Sourcing the finest loose leaf tea will truly take your brew to a new level. Stock up on a selection of flavours and curate a collection so you’ll never have to worry about scrambling to make the perfect cup of tea ever again.

Louis Vuitton Tea Box A$72,500.00 | Source: Louis Vuitton

20. Champagne Glasses

For most of us, Champagne means celebration so it’s only right to sip it from the best glassware. To get the most out of the prestigious ritual, you can’t just use any old vessel – you need a set of only the finest Champagne glasses and we think these Gala Prestige Champagne flutes by Versace are divine.

Versace Gala Prestige Champagne Glass A$727.00 | Source: Amara

21. Dining Table

While it might work as a university student, you can’t be serving dinner to guests around the couch when you’re 30. A solid, decent-sized dining table that’s made from good quality wood becomes the perfect place for entertaining a dinner party.

Newport Dining Table A$2,499.00 | Source: Empire Homewares

22. Quality Cookware

Once you’ve invested in some long-lasting, high-quality cookware there’s no going back. You’ll be surprised how much you use them once you’ve made the right choice. These cast-iron casseroles are the perfect addition to any kitchen, an item which you will have for life.

Le Creuset Cast Iron Shallow Casserole A$640.00 | Source: Myer

23. Good Mattress

The best soft sheets and silk pillows are only as good as the mattress they furnish. Who can resist the feeling of laying your head on a premium luxury mattress at the end of a long day?

Saatva Classic Mattress A$1,370.00 | Source: Saatva

24. A Tool Kit

Even if you don’t have the space for a fully stocked toolbox, everyone should have the essentials like screwdrivers, a hammer and a power drill – you never know when you’ll need to do a bit of DIY.

Lorenzi Milano Tool Kit A$9,335.00 | Source: MR Porter

25. A Good Suit

Nothing says refined and polished quite like a good, tailored suit. Whether it’s a women’s business suit or a men’s black-tie ensemble, you should invest in this staple that makes a statement of confidence for any occasion.

Hugo Boss Electric Blue Satin Suit A$720.00 | Source: Hugo Boss

26. Electric Tooth Brush

Manual toothbrushes are a thing of the past. Keeping your pearly whites shining is now easier than ever. When you’re using a quality electric toothbrush every day, the convenience and simplicity they provide are second to none.

Philips Diamond Clean 900 Toothbrush A$379.00 | Source: Philips

27. Slow Cooker

The slow-cooker is a real game-changer in every household and kitchen. Home chefs can easily take their culinary skills to the next level with a slow cooker. You’ll effortlessly be creating and casseroles, soups and roasts in no time.

Calphalon Digital Saute Slow Cookers A$351.00 | Source: Amazon

28. A Wine Fridge

A wine fridge is a life-long investment if you ask us. Investing in one will help keep your wine fresh for longer after you have cracked a bottle open, thanks to its extremely low-oxygen environment. If you’re looking for a new appliance to update your home this year – this is it.

Lemair Freestanding Wine Fridge A$999.00 | Source: Harvey Norman

29. A Tupperware Collection

Convenient, reusable food storage options are a real-time and space saver. Whether for travelling or at-home storage, a good-quality Tupperware collection ensures food of all shapes and sizes stays fresh. Nowadays many eco-friendly storage solutions will protect the environment as well as your food. We love these air-tight, plastic containers from Kitchen Pro Denny. Perfect for bringing food to the park, or storing it in the kitchen pantry.

Kitchen Pro Denny 24pc Container Pack A$199.95 | Source: Kitchen Warehouse

30. A Toiletry Bag

A good set of toiletries shouldn’t be carried in a plain plastic bag. Choose something stylish and well-made and it will become the perfect partner when you’re travelling.

Oroton Margot Medium Beauty Case A$129.00 | Source: Oroton

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