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Your Guide to Giving Un-Hideous 18th Birthday Gifts

An 18th birthday marks the official move from child to adult, from teenager to voting-age citizen, and often, from living at home to flying the coop. So what are the best gifts for 18-year-olds to celebrate such a significant right of passage? Not to worry, we've got you covered with sure-to-please ideas to make the 18th birthday stand apart from the rest. Find gifts for 18-year-olds to kick off the best birthday yet.

1

Help spruce up their space

Whether they get their shut-eye in a dorm room, apartment, or bedroom at mom and dad’s, you can bet they care how their space looks. Any gifts for 18-year-olds to decorate their pad are sure winners.


2

Plan a group outing

Organize a more grownup birthday activity for your 18-year-old, like dinner out with friends. Bonus points: take photos of the crew with an instant camera (or use an instant photo printer) so everyone walks away with a souvenir snap of the special night.


3

Make it about music

Your 18-year-old is crazy about music. Besides the traditional music-lovers gifts (iPod, speakers, headphones, and cool-again turntables) think about concert tickets as the gift headliner.


4

Give a little luck

From graduation to going away to school, an 18th birthday marks many coming-of-age moments. Give good luck with a charm or pendant that can bring a feeling of strength and security.


5

Follow the fashion

Fashion is important to teens, so keep your eyes peeled on what they wear. If your teen loves hoodies, find a fun one to add to the closet. If your birthday girl loves a little bedazzle, go for the sparkle with jewelry.


6

Cater to adrenaline seekers

From a rafting trip to exploring a new city, gifts for 18-year-olds that spell adventure are sure to delight.


7

Add to the ordinary

Whether its their 18th birthday or any other occasion, you can’t go wrong by gifting cash to this age group, yet it’s always sweeter to add something unexpected. Think about foodie gifts (for when the munchies strike!) or subscription gifts for 18-year-olds, like a pizza or ice cream of the month club. When in doubt, just add flowers.