Funny & Creative 21st Birthday Gift Ideas for Men and Women


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There are few events that people look forward to more than their 21st birtdhay. Finally an adult. Legal drinking age! It is an exciting time in a person’s life. To mark the big moment, most people have a huge party to celebrate. Our 21st birthday gift ideas guide is filled with perfect gifts for someone turning 21. Party or not, if you know someone who is turning 21, they deserve a special present. While you probably get your close friends and family gifts each year for their bday, turning 21 is different. It is a special birthday that deserves a little more thought when coming up with the perfect gift. If you aren’t sure what to get, you’ve come to the right place since we put together a list of awesome 21st birthday gift ideas and we promise you there is something for everyone!

10 Things to Consider When Buying a 21st Birthday Gift

1. It doesn’t have to be alcohol-related

Yes, someone turning 21 is now old enough to legally drink. That doesn’t have to be your only inspiration for a gift, however.

First of all, make sure the person turning 21 is actually interested in drinking. If they aren’t, right away that is a terrible gift idea!

Even if they are, don’t feel like that is the only gift you can get them. Go ahead, get a bit more creative.

2. Get personal(ized)

A 21st birthday is a great time to get someone their very own - something! Perhaps it is a pen with their name engraved or a nice piece of jewelry with their birthstone or initials.

The gift itself is nice, but taking the time to have it personalized truly makes it one of a kind, which is perfect on a big occasion like a 21st birthday.

3. Educate them

Turning 21 marks officially becoming an adult. This is an exciting, but overwhelming time in life.

Thankfully, there are plenty of books, apps, and other tools that can help make the future seem less scary. Plus, they are interesting as well!

A fun guide to the future, or tips for surviving adulthood, there is a lot to choose from that actually makes for a great 21st birthday gift.

4. Splurge a little

It is okay to splurge a little for a person’s 21st birthday, especially if you are their parent or grandparent!

That doesn’t mean break the bank, but consider getting them something you know they would never get (or couldn’t quite afford) for themselves.

Perhaps a nice pair of shoes, a handbag, a piece of jewelry, or something like a new smartphone. These types of investment pieces are sure to appreciate and use for years to come.

5. Ask for help

When in doubt, it is okay to ask around for help when it comes to finding the perfect gift idea! After all, 21 is a big year.

Ask their parents or their close friends for some help coming up with the perfect idea. Or, spend some time talking to the (almost) 21-year-old and see if they happen to mention anything in conversation. Pay close attention!

They are sure to find it truly special if you get them something they mentioned.

Not only are they sure to love it, but they will appreciate that you actually listened and remembered something they said.

6. Go for the joint gift

If you don’t have a huge budget to spend (and that is totally fine!) but you want to get them something a bit more expensive, consider going in with friends or family on a joint gift.

By pooling your resources you can get them a very special gift- perfect for a 21st birthday!

7. Encourage their hobbies

A great inspiration for a birthday gift is to think about the person’s hobbies. Do they enjoy working out? Cooking? Fishing? Working on cars? Messing with technology?

Encourage them to keep up their passions (it only gets harder as you get older!) by getting them a gift to help them.

Some new workout gear, cooking utensils, the latest and greatest gadget, you get the idea!

8. Go for the games

A 21-year-old probably loves hosting or attending a good game night, and now let’s face it, they are of age to enjoy some drinking games.

Getting them some new games to add to their collection is a great gift idea and is something they will be able to enjoy with all of their friends!

9. Go ahead and get sentimental

It is okay to look back over the person’s 21 years and use that as inspiration for your gift.

That could mean framing an old picture you find, or thinking back on and recreating a favorite memory from years past. If it means something to you, it will surely mean something to them as well!

10. Consider a trip

There is no better time to plan a fun trip than a 21st birthday. After all, turning 21 means you can now get into all the fun bars.

You don’t have to break the bank- maybe just go out for a night on the town in your city.

Or, if you want, consider a drinking weekend trip away somewhere like Las Vegas. It is a popular trip for a reason- it’s fun!

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21st Birthday Gift Ideas That Won't Go Unnoticed

Everyone looks forward to turning  21! It is a big moment that marks officially turning into an adult.

Plenty of parties, well-wishes, and of course fabulous gifts mark the special occasion!

Maybe your sibling is turning 21, or your child, grandchild, or a close friend. No matter who it is, they are certainly looking forward to the big moment. A unique gift is a great way to help contribute to the day and make it special!

If you are far older than 21, you may feel like you have no idea what to get someone that age. What do young adults these days like? Or, you may be around that age yourself and simply run out of ideas!

Coming up with the perfect 21st birthday gift idea during such a special occasion can feel overwhelming. You don’t want to get something they won’t like on such a big day. Trust us - you aren’t alone!

Most people worry about finding the perfect gift on big moments like this.

Thankfully, we are here to help you with 21st birthday gifts.

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Our talented team has curated this list of gifts that is perfect for anyone turning 21. We’ve got gifts for both guys and girls, and covering a wide variety of interests.

From clothing to tech, to education, gaming, food, and so much more - we have thought of just about everything. We’ve also considered different price points and have as well as more expensive gifts for those looking to splurge.

Turning 21 is a big moment. You can now do, well, just about anything you want. Additionally, most kids this age are in college or have just graduated and are starting their lives.

No matter how you look at it, it is a very important and exciting time in their lives.

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