Your Guide to Giving Un-Hideous 18th Birthday Gifts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.