So the big 18 is a milestone birthday and for some, it is a bigger celebration than the 21st birthday these days. It is a coming of age where your child becomes an adult. So what on earth do you buy for an 18-year-old? You may want to be able to treat them to something they will remember and can keep.
So a piece of special jewellery is a good option for girls you can get a necklace, earrings or a bracelet or maybe all 3 and boys maybe some cufflinks or a watch. You may like to have it engraved with a special message of love for their 18th. There are plenty of jewellery styles to choose from and something for all budgets. You could go with something that has your child’s birthstone in to make it that extra bit special for their 18th.
Or if you can’t think of anything physical you can give them an experience so something they will always remember doing for their 18th. If they are thrill seekers then you could get a bungee jump or sskydive or a track experience driving a racing car! Or if you think they would prefer something more relaxed then a spa day or a theatre trip might be more their cup of tea. You could get them concert tickets for their favourite band or artist the list is endless. The key is to think of something they would love to do, but don’t often have the opportunity to do, how about for an animal lover being a zoo keeper for the day could be the perfect gift.
A picture frame is also a good idea and you could do a montage of photos from when they were a baby up until their 18th. You could even do an album full of special photographs for them including some embarrassing ones! If your 18 year old is into photography you could buy them a decent camera so they can take some amazing photos as they venture further along their life, maybe they plan to travel and a camera will be a great way for them to continue capturing memories and special moments in their life.
If they have a particular hobby such as painting you can buy them some art supplies or enrol them on a course or if they like tennis a new racquet and some one to one coaching could be their perfect present.
You could buy them some kind of tech so the phone they really want or a new laptop which will help them with their studies or work. Maybe not that special gift you were hoping to get, but at the same time if they will see it as something they have desperately wanted and you treat them and get it for their birthday even though it isn’t something they can keep for forever it will be remembered by them as a great 18th birthday gift.
You can also get all the 18th memorabilia type gifts as extras such as wine glass with happy 18th on or an 18th mug. An 18th birthday T-shirt the list goes on. These are great as something extra for them to open and mark the occasion.
It is hard when you really want to find that special gift for a special birthday and want it to be different to other years. If you think about their interests and hobbies then this can go a long way in finding their individual perfect gift that they will remember in years to come.