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21st birthday gift ideas February 2018: Presents for him and her

You and everyone around you is turning 21. Makes you feel a little old that you’re no longer in your twen-teens, eh?

Look on the bright side: you have a friend who’s turning 21 and he or she is celebrating the milestone with YOU! That’s pretty big. Here are 21 of the best birthday gifts to give (and receive – hint hint!)

Top 21st birthday gifts

Kodak Instant Photo Printer
Urban Outfitters
KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable 12 oz Coffee Cup
Amazon
Rose Gold Large Face Contrast Strap Watch
Missguided
S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Amazon
Calhoun & Co. Good At Naps Woven Throw Blanket
Urban Outfitters
'Idiom - Heart Of Gold' Bangle by Kate Spade
Nordstrom
Google Home
Walmart
Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora
45mm MVMT Leather Strap Watch
Nordstrom
Slay Neon Sign Table Lamp
Urban Outfitters
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Urban Outfitters
Fitbit Alta
Amazon
GoPro - HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera
Best Buy
Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
Amazon
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Urban Outfitters

Inexpensive and cheap 21st birthday gifts

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
Walmart
Space Capsule Tea Infuser
ThinkGeek
Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain
Urban Outfitters
the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur
Urban Outfitters
Keyboard Necktie
Things You Never Knew Existed
Westminster Butt Face Soap
Amazon
BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug
Amazon
Weener Kleener Soap
Things You Never Knew Existed
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Urban Outfitters

How to choose the best 21st birthday gift

21 is a huge milestone and should not be treated like any other birthday. You may notice that friends who usually like to keep their birthdays quiet, will actually make an effort to celebrate this year. That’s how important it is.

  • Questions to ask yourself:To start on your birthday present buying adventures, you’ll need to ask yourself what you know about your friend. What are their interests? Think about what you two enjoy doing together, the memories you’ve shared, and the embarrassing moments, too. You know, the dirt. A 21st birthday party is nothing if it doesn’t celebrate the highs and lows, the talents and the (lovable) faults, of the one celebrating their birthday.
  • Don’t worry about price, worry about thoughtfulness:The best gift is one that reflects your friendship and knowledge with the person who’s turning 21. Even an inexpensive gag gift can go a long way if it has some thought or sentimental value attached to it. Also, think about the kind of person he or she is. They might prefer something a little more decadent, or they might be the kind of person who doesn’t like physical gifts, but prefers experiences. This could mean the difference between buying them a glass votive, or buying them a SCUBA diving adventure.
  • You don’t have to cheap out if you’re on a budget:If you’re on a budget (what college student isn’t?) the best way to get a gift that’s worthy of a 21st is by buying a group gift. Ask mutual friends who are attending the party if they’d like to chip in to buy something and see how many people you can get. In theory, the more people who opt in, the bigger and better the present you’ll be able to buy.If you’re not that close with the birthday boy or girl, this is a great way to skip the gifting decisions altogether as you can ask the person in the group who knows them best, to choose something they believe to be appropriate.
  • Whatever you do…Remember, even if the invite says “no presents required”, you really should get him or her something. Even if it’s small. The best gifts are the thoughtful ones, so spare some time to consider your friend and your friendship before you start shopping.
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Mary Brown

Mary Brown is the Shopping Publisher for finder.com. She enjoys finding ways to save and sharing those tips with others. An avid adventurer, she explores the world in her free time (and is always looking for a good deal).

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