Originally Posted by komodo
Hum, do something sweet, but cheap. Material possessions aren't everything. For her 30th, maybe buy 30 roses, and lay them around home and where she works for her to find throughout the day. Like one in the bathroom when she first wakes up, one on the table when she goes downstairs for breakfast, etc. When she leaves work, get there before she gets off and leave one or two under her windshield wiper. At the end of the day, have her find 29, and when she gets home stand there in the door holding the 30th to hand to her yourself.
Holy crap that's adorable!
For me, it really is "the thought that counts." I know it's corny but I'd so much rather get something that I knew took some thinking about or that really showed my personality rather than something expensive like jewelry.