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 gift 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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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.
Apple AirPods are a must-have for Apple’s fans and tech enthusiasts. There are the best when it comes to wireless earphones and the audio quality is unrivaled. 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.
A Bluetooth speaker is another must-have. It makes a great gift for 18-year-olds as they usually love to listen to music (loudly).
The Sony SRS-XB12 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.
Teenagers and young adults usually love taking selfies and photos with friends, but the pictures often are never printed and end up into oblivion. Fix that with a polaroid, modern ones now offer breath-taking image quality and unrivaled features.
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).
Behind its smart looks, the Garmin Venu Smartwatch hides a plethora of high tech features. It’s a great gift 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.
An awesome gift for a teen who’s into gaming, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a classic handheld console. 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.
Made by Oculus and Facebook, the Oculus Quest 2 will offer unique experiences and surround you with life-like conditions as if you were there.
It’s an epic gift for gamers and people who like new technologies. It’s a must-try experience and a splurge-worthy 18th birthday gift.
Something for school, the Lenovo Chromebook is convertible from laptop to tablet and will make a perfect present for an 18th birthday. 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
For someone who loves to read, a kindle is an awesome gift. It’s a super useful thing to have, especially for people who travel or like to read outside of the house. It’s lighter than a book, yet you can have thousands of books with you at any time.
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.
Half fashion accessory half electronic gadget, the Levin 5.0 Beanie Hat with Headphones is a cool gift for an 18-year-old’s birthday. 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.
Create a unique atmosphere with these Led Strip Lights that will upgrade any room decor. 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.
For the 18-year-old who likes to be comfy and who’s always cold, the Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket will make an awesome gift.
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.
We all know how much teenagers usually like to hang out in bed for hours, if that’s the case for the 18-year-old you’re looking to buy a gift for, you might want to consider this awesome Reading Pillow.
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.
Surround yourself with fragrant smells and purify the air with this Yankee Candle Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser. 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.
Beautifully crafted, this set of two Candle Holder Lanterns by Stone & Beam will make a nice addition to any room decor. 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.
A great 18th birthday gift idea, this LED Photo Clip features clips to hang and display photos while the led lights create a unique atmosphere. 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.
Another great lighting equipment one can have in their room is this Laser Star Projector. 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 gift 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.
These super cute Macaron Handmade Soaps look so good it will be hard using them. 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
Based in Virginia, Smoothing Indulgence caters to sensitive skins, making products with gentle ingredients for radiant skin. Their Beard Grooming Kit is a best seller. It includes beard oil, a balm, trimmer scissors, a wooden beard dual teeth comb, and a beard conditioner.
It’s a great gift for young adults you’d like to grow a beard, preferably a soft, manageable, and good-looking one.
Made in Michigan by a small company, the products from Blue Dragonfly Acres are mostly organic and formulated with natural ingredients.
Their Lavender Spa Gift Box includes a body scrub, a lavender bar soap, a lavender face wash, a lavender body butter, a bath bomb, and a lavender beeswax candle.
A must-have beauty accessory for anyone who’s into skincare, this Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set will make a thoughtful 18th birthday gift. 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.
Turn your shower into a spa with these Cleverfy Aromatherapy Shower Steamers. 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
These cute Ear Wrap Crawler Hook Earrings are a unique piece of jewelry you don’t see often. Fashionable and beautiful, they are made of sterling silver and gold plated (they won’t wear off or stain the ears).
If you are looking for a budget-friendly gift, this Pajama Set is a great option. It’s useful and simple, cute and comfortable, perfect as a small gift for an 18-year-old.
A timeless piece, this Kanken Classic Backpack is a wardrobe must-have. Fashionable and practical, it’s the perfect thing to have for classes. 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.
A classic piece and wardrobe must-have, this Tommy Hilfiger Crewneck Sweatshirt makes a great 18th birthday gift. Available in several colors and designs, the sweatshirt is comfy and fashionable.
18-year-olds usually love sneakers and have a collection of them. This classic pair of Reebok Sneakers will make a great gift. Discreet yet fashionable, they will blend well with any outfit.
Best 18th birthday gift ideas – Games and activities
A hilarious game and an epic outdoor activity, Throw Throw Burrito will make an awesome gift for someone who likes to mix fun with a bit of exercise. 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?
For the memes lover in your life, What Do You Meme? is another funny game 18-year-olds will love. In each round a picture card is drawn, each player then has to choose the best caption, the judge will then decide which one fits the picture better.
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.
A best-seller game, Exploding Kittens is a lot of fun and perfect as an 18th birthday gift. 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.”
This Mini Longboard from Eggboards will make an awesome 18th birthday gift for skateboarders. Small enough to fit into a locker or a backpack, it’s a great thing to have.
The board is made with sustainable bamboo which makes it durable and resistant. Featuring top quality parts and a unique design, the Eggboard guarantee a smooth ride and an incredible experience.
Best 18th birthday gift ideas – Crafts
A perfect 18th birthday gift for someone who likes to paint or draw, this Deluxe Art Creativity Set includes over 100 pieces to create beautiful paintings and drawings. Everything comes on a wooden case for easy storage and transportation. The colors are vibrant and the quality is great.
32 – DIY Dream Catcher
A perfect 18th birthday gift for someone who’s into crafts, this DIY Dream Catcher includes everything you need to make a beautiful dream catcher from scratch.
33 – Journaling Kit
Journaling is becoming more and more popular. It helps you set goals, keep your thoughts organized, and relieve stress, among many other benefits.
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.
A nice 18th birthday gift for someone who likes gardening, or having plants around, this Bonsai Tree Kit allows you to grow 4 different types of bonsai and includes everything you need to start.
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
A special gift for a special birthday, mark the occasion with this beautifully crafted bracelet. It reads 18 in morse code. 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.
A tee shirt is always a great keepsake to celebrate a special event, such as an 18th birthday. It’s funny yet thoughtful and makes a good budget-friendly gift.
It comes in 5 colors, 2 fits and 6 sizes.
Mugs are another option when it comes to nice novelty gifts. Black and gold, this 18th birthday mug feel luxurious yet is budget-friendly. It comes with a lid and a spoon, and is wrapped inside a nice gift box.
Show them how special they are to you with this small pouch, perfect to carry around small items and keep their bag organized. It’s always a useful thing to have and it’s super cute and meaningful.
Show your love with this sentimental poster, a perfect 18th birthday gift, full of love and appreciation. It will make a cute decoration.
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.
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