Turning 18 is an important milestone, it marks the beginning of adulthood and this special day should be celebrated as it ought to be. If you are looking for 18th birthday gift ideas to make this day memorable, you have come to the right place. Finding a perfect gift that will be loved and be of use can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to finding a gift for a teenager.
We have looked far and wide and have selected a wide variety of gifts, so you can find inspiration and epic 18th birthday gift ideas. Whether you are looking for an 18th birthday present for girls or boys, be it a gift for your daughter, son, best friend, sister, brother, or boyfriend, we’ve got you covered.
From awesome and splurge-worthy gifts to unusual or funny ones, you’ll find inspiring 18th birthday gift ideas for everyone, no matter what they are into and no matter what your budget is.
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Eighteenth birthday gift guide – Our favorite picks from this list:
Best 18th Birthday Gift Ideas – Electronics
There’s no better gift for an 18-year-old than an electronic gift, from small tech gadgets to a splurge-worthy game console, find some inspiration and the best electronic 18th birthday gift ideas.
It comes with a bunch of features like Siri, double-tap to play or skip forward, fast connection…
These come with the charging case so there’s nothing more to buy. They charge quickly in the case, which can be used multiple times.
The Sony SRS-XB100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker is dust-proof and waterproof so it can handle harsh treatment and surroundings. It’s small and lightweight, so it’s easy to carry around, yet the bass and overall audio quality is excellent. The battery life is amazing with around 16 hours of autonomy.
The Canon Ivy CLIQ is small enough to fit inside a pocket. It prints the photos instantly, and the paper has a peel-and-stick backing so you can glue it anywhere. The zinc technology used allows for no-ink prints (make sure you get the right paper).
It’s a great gift idea for an 18th birthday, especially for people who are into fitness and wellbeing.
More than a smartwatch, it monitors your sleep, heartbeat, and other health factors, it also keeps track of your workouts and helps you optimize them.
Cheaper than the Nintendo Switch, it’s a great alternative for gaming on the go. It’s compatible with most (but not all) games from the Nintendo Switch. It will make an awesome gift for gaming on the go.
Virtual reality is becoming more and more popular and is starting to get more affordable. Want to visit the world, take a helicopter ride, or fully immerse yourself in movies or video games? Virtual reality has made all of that possible.
It’s an epic gift idea for gamers and people who like new technologies. It’s a must-try experience and a splurge-worthy 18th birthday gift.
Smaller than regular laptops, the battery can last all day, and the design makes it ultra-portable and lightweight.
Affordable, reliable, fast, and small, it’s a must-have for school.
8 – Amazon’s Kindle
It’s also great for someone trying to learn a new language, as you get access to unlimited foreign literature, and you just have to touch a word to get its definition or translation.
Switching from paper to a digital screen can be difficult, but this Kindle features a paper-like screen, it won’t tire your eyes or give you headaches. The battery can last for weeks.
If they already own a kindle, you can gift them a Kindle Unlimited membership (6, 12, and 24-month plans) that will give them access to millions of ebooks, audiobooks, and podcasts for free.
More than a hat, it allows you to listen to music with the built-in headphones that connect by Bluetooth to your phone.
There are several colors and designs to choose from and you can remove the headphones easily so you can wash the hat.
18th birthday gift ideas – Room decorations
Whether they are still living at home or are away to college, they’ll love to get something for their room to decorate it and make it homier, decorations will always make great 18th birthday ideas.
The strips are easy to install, just remove the tape, stick them where you want them, and you’re good to go. There are tons of settings, you can adjust the brightness, the colors, the way the lights light up…
It makes a great gift for teenagers and young adults, they’ll love having these lights in their room, to chill or hang out with friends.
Warm and soft, made of sherpa on one side and faux-fur on the other, this blanket comes with 3 heat settings. It auto-adjusts to assure heat consistency through the night and automatically shuts off after three hours for peace of mind.
It comes in 4 colors.
Made of memory foam, it’s the perfect thing to have for back support while relaxing, gaming, reading, or watching TV. The neck support is adjustable and removable, and can also serve as an extra cushion.
From helping you relax or energize you, to cleaning the air and killing bacterias, the power of essential oils is endless.
This diffuser also turns into a lamp, with more than 10 colors, you can either cycle through them or set it on one color.
It’s a great gift for teenagers who like to keep their room tidy and smelling fresh.
Perfect for teenagers who like using candles and enjoy having a well-decorated room.
They can also be used as a vase for dry flowers. Made of stoneware, the detailing is impressive and the quality unrivaled. The set includes two lanterns, one cream and the other deep blue.
It’s a nice budget-friendly gift for teens and young adults who like taking photos with friends and family.
It’s battery-powered so you can put it anywhere without having to worry about having a power outlet nearby or ugly wires showing.
Turn off the light, turn the projector light on and fall asleep gazing at the stars.
It also creates a nice ambiance to watch movies or chill with friends.
18th birthday ideas – Self-care gifts
Not every teen is into self-care, but as they become adults, they’ll learn how to better take care of themselves and the joys of a little pampering once in a while.
Made in Delaware using quality ingredients, the set includes 5 soaps, smelling delicious, with a different scent for each (pink sugar, peach sorbet, lemon pie, cucumber splash, and toasted coconut).
They come in a nice gift box.
18 – Beard Grooming Kit
It includes beard oil, a styling balm, trimmer scissors, a wooden beard dual teeth comb, and a brush.
It’s a great gift for young adults you’d like to grow a beard, preferably a soft, manageable, and good-looking one. They also have a growth kit with a derma roller, and products boosting hair growth.
It comes nicely packaged and uses quality ingredients to craft the perfect spa gift box for intense relanxation and well-being.
It helps promote healthy-looking skin, reducing puffiness, and boosting blood flow while helping serums penetrate deeper into the skin.
It comes with instructions on how to use it properly and maximize the benefits.
Surrounded by essential oils, get ready to melt away tensions and stress with a relaxing aromatherapy experience.
The set comes in a gift box and includes 6 tablets, each with a different scent and aromatherapy properties (lavender, menthol/eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit, and peppermint).
18th birthday gift ideas – Clothing and accessories
Fashionable and beautiful, the pack include four pairs, each with a different design. You can also pick between a gold or silver color.
It fits a laptop and everything one needs for a day of school.
Its versatile look makes it the perfect 18th birthday gift. It fits most style, blend well with any outfit, and is the perfect accessory for a casual look.
Available in several colors and designs, the sweatshirt is comfy and fashionable.
Best 18th birthday gift ideas – Games and activities
The goal is simple: win as many cards as possible while avoiding the giant burrito being thrown at you.
The game is challenging and a lot of fun, perfect to play with family and friends.
28 – What Do You Meme?
Perfect for 18-year-olds as it’s an adult party game with mature content. The game is a lot of fun for memes lovers and young adults.
The whole family can play (7 and up), this version allows up to 10 players, and if you like it, there are several expansion packs you can get.
“In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game unless that player has a Defuse Card, which calms the volatile kittens using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.”
The board is made with sustainable bamboo which makes it durable and resistant. Featuring top-quality parts and a unique design, the Eggboard guarantees a smooth ride and an incredible experience.
Best 18th birthday gift ideas – Crafts
Everything comes on a wooden case for easy storage and transportation. The colors are vibrant and the quality is great.
32 – DIY Dream Catcher
33 – Journaling Kit
This Journaling Kit is the perfect 18th birthday gift for someone who likes journaling. It includes 1 hardcover notebook (comes in 6 colors), 15 color fine liner pens, 5 pieces of reusable stencils, 6 sticker sheets, and 6 washi tape.
More than a hobby, growing and taking care of bonsais has become a true art that will bring you inner peace and will enhance any room decoration.
Best 18th birthday gift ideas – Novelty 18th birthday-themed gifts
35 – Morse Code Bracelet
Made of 14k gold-plated-brass beads and waxed cord, it won’t fade or stain. It’s also adjustable and discreet enough to blend well with any style.
It’s funny yet thoughtful and makes a good budget-friendly gift.
It comes in 5 colors, 2 fits, and 6 sizes.
It’s always a useful thing to have and it’s super cute and meaningful. It comes with a pocket mirror and a unicorn keychain as well.
It comes unframed, but you can get a frame (like this one).
Bonus – Amazon Prime Membership
As they turn 18, chances are they’ll be off on their own soon. Amazon prime gets you more than free next-day delivery, it also gives you access to thousands of Amazon Prime videos and their music library.
It’s a great gift for online shoppers and someone looking for an alternative to Netflix. You can gift them a 3 or 12-month membership. It will be ideal as a last-minute gift or for someone who has it all.
Haven’t found what you were looking for? Check out our other gift guides for teens.
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