The 18th birthday is an extremely important date in every young man or woman’s life. There are lots of ways you can help make it a great birthday with a little planning ahead.
One great idea for someone turning 18 is to buy them items that are aged 18 years. This can include, but are not limited to: Scotch, coins or bills, balsamic vinegar, wine, first edition books or port. Of course, a few of these items are alcoholic and may not be appropriate for an 18 in the United States. In countries with a lower drinking age, however, these make great collectibles.
Another unique idea is to identify 18 men or women in the individual’s life who are extremely important to them. Have each of these people write a letter to the birthday boy or girl telling them about how life will change as an adult. Alternatively, they can give advice on how to handle going off to college or succeeding in a first job. Really any meaningful topic will make for a letter that will be cherished for years to come. You can assemble these letters into a scrapbook and give them as a gift that will be remembered for a long time to come.
For a special birthday like the 18th, a trip to somewhere exotic or sentimental can be a real winner. Has your 18 year old always wanted to visit Hawaii? Do they have an interest in the art and architecture of Europe? Have they seen where their parents grew up? There are a lot of options here for a trip of a lifetime. This is one of those gifts that is best to discuss with the recipient ahead of time as you want to make sure it fits their schedule and their desires.
Eighteen is the minimum age for getting a tattoo in many location. If you’re willing to sponsor a long term investment in body art, you could offer a gift certificate for the design or application of a tattoo. Clearly, this is not the sort of gift everyone feels comfortable giving.
The most important thing is that you do something out of the ordinary to celebrate a once in a lifetime event. Take a little time and make a special dinner reservation or spend a few weeks shopping for just the right gift. If you do it right, this is a birthday that will be remembered forever.
This is also an occasion that can marked with a special gift. Large items that are appropriate include a car (new or used), a special piece of jewelry, a musical instrument, or a gift of cash or bonds. If your 18 year old is planning on attending university or college, you can designate a monetary gift for buying books or paying for tuition.