Choosing a 21st Birthday present is always going to be tough, it’s a special moment and there are so many options! These 21st birthday ideas should help you to safely navigate the minefield that is choosing a 21st birthday present.
Traditional 21st Birthday Gifts
One of the most important points is to try to ensure that the gift is specifically tailored to the individual and the occasion to ensure that it is something that they will really remember and appreciate. One way of achieving this is to choose a traditional 21st birthday gift, like an engraved silver champagne flute (it will be the first time that they can legally drink after all), a silver key to the house (preferably only do this if you are living with them…) or something that has historic meaning to the recipient, like a framed note or photo from when they were a child.
Funny 21st Birthday Gift Ideas
If the serious, traditional 21st birthday gifts ideas outlined above were not to your liking, then there are plenty of ideas for funnier gifts that you could buy them, which include: drinking games (everything from shot glass chess to beer pong); a stripper pole (possibly engraved for that extra touch); or if you are feeling particularly cruel – hair dye, dentures and a walking stick.
Some alternative funny 21st birthday presents are:
- 21st Birthday Survival Kits – these can be bought from stores (usually consisting of aspirin, rehydration packs and contraceptives) or be home made (e.g. wrinkle cream, naughty underwear, adult toys, magazines, hangover kits etc). Either way they will certainly be appreciated!
- Embarrassing Pictures – if you have a compromising picture of the celebrant (from childhood or a recent night out) then what better time to put it to use then on their 21st birthday? Images represent a cheap but memorable gift. You could enlarge and frame the picture, wrapping it so that when opened in front of friends and family members it causes a stir. Alternatively, you could print the image on an item of clothing for the birthday boy or girl to wear when heading out for the night.
21st Birthday Experiences
If they already have everything they need and you don’t think they will appreciate any more gifts you could always commemorate their 21st birthday with an experience more in keeping with their personality. For example, you could take them to do a (usually!) once in a lifetime event like bungee jumping, skydiving or, if they are not into ‘extreme’ experiences, something more relaxed like a tour of places of which the recipient has some fond memories (e.g. parks, bars, clubs etc). If they are outgoing you could set them challenges with a 21st birthday theme in the evening, such as them getting 21 numbers, being bought 21 drinks, dancing with 21 people or simply getting 21 of their closest friends together for a party.
Whatever you pick it is important to remember that it should be memorable (in a good way!) and be tailored to them as a person. Hopefully this guide will have helped!