It is often said that you’ve stepped into adulthood once you turn 18. This is true in many countries. However, in the UK, you can’t truly say you are an adult until you’ve turned 21. At 21 you can buy alcohol without fear of being reprimanded. You can go anywhere and do whatever you like (as long as it isn’t illegal). 21 is the true doorway to adulthood in the UK.
When selecting 21st birthday gifts you should keep in mind that this is indeed a great milestone and should be celebrated as such. You should therefore seek to give unique and memorable gifts to mark this special occasion.
If you’re lucky, the recipient may spell out exactly what they want for their 21st birthday. They may hint at it or tell you exactly what they want. However, most people prefer surprises. Purchasing 21st birthday gifts can therefore be challenging.
Before jumping into a list of the most popular 21st birthday gifts it’s important to note that people are different. Gifts need not be extravagantly expensive to be memorable or appreciated. Simple gifts given sincerely and with the best wishes attached are often appreciated more than extravagant gifts given without consideration of the recipient’s needs or preferences. You should therefore determine the recipient’s preferences and needs before you begin your search for a 21st birthday gifts.
Purchasing 21st birthday gifts for young women is often much easier than buying gifts for men. There is a greater selection of birthday gifts for women than there are for men. It is also easier to determine the preferences of a woman than it is of a man as most women communicate better than men.
Popular 21st birthday gifts for young women include make-up sets, flowers, jewelry, chocolate, a smart phone, bags, shoes, clothes, perfume, journals and other stationery, candles and other household items. Great 21st birthday gifts for young men include personalized mugs or whisky glasses, electric guitars, clothes, shoes, cologne, computers and other electronics.
It is always a good idea to choose a gift that bears significant meaning to the recipient. For example, if you and the recipient have a shared experience, search for a birthday gift symbolic of the experience and the good outcome of the experience. 21st birthday gifts that are bring back memories or are symbolic of lessons learned or other great experiences are often the ones treasured as keepsakes for a lifetime.