25 18TH BIRTHDAY GIFTS - The Best Present Ideas
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25 18TH BIRTHDAY GIFTS – The Best Present Ideas

25 18TH BIRTHDAY GIFTS - The Best Present Ideas


When someone turns eighteen it’s a huge step towards adulthood in their life. In many countries, eighteen is the legal age for being an adult. If you know someone who is turning this age soon, they are probably going to have a huge party to celebrate this milestone! Make sure you arrive prepared, by getting the best gift you can possibly think of. Naturally, you could buy something big or expensive for the 18-year-old, but making a handmade gift will show that you actually put the time and effort into making something special for them. We have collected 25 18th birthday gifts, so take a look through our collection of birthday gift ideas and get inspired!


1. A Very Alcoholic Cake – Time to Legally Drink

Every birthday demands a great birthday cake. Since we’re talking about an eighteenth you will need an awesome cake, which symbolises the coming-of-age. We recommend getting cans of beer and creating the tiers of the cake out of these. You can string a few banners around the beercans wishing the 18-year-old a happy birthday!

2. All the Necessities – Handmade 18th Birthday Gifts

You might not be exactly sure what to get the special 18-year-old for their birthday. So, instead of getting them one thing, get them an array of gifts which may all be useful in their new year. From tissues to a facemask it’s up to you on what you’d like to present them with on their birthday!

3. A Birthday Clock – Time to Party

An eighteenth birthday is all about partying! Make sure the young adult has all the resources for them to party, by making them a party clock! Cut out a circle out of cardboard, draw in the lines of the minutes, but instead of writing the numbers of the various hours, put small bottles of schnapps to each hour. They will have to drink all twelve of the bottles before the day is over!

4. Money or Candles – Creative Birthday Candles

While you might not have the time to bake a cake, you might like to get the 18-year-old a few candles to blow out. Here’s a great twist on candles! Wrap up notes of money in cylindrical forms and attach them to a card. You can cut out “flames” out of coloured paper, sticking them above the money. While these aren’t actual candles which can be blown out, we’re sure that the birthday boy or girl will be just as happy to receive them as real ones!

5. A Bottle of Liquor – 18th Birthday Presents

There’s no better gift to give an 18-year-old, than a bottle of alcohol or liquor. You can attach a card to the bottle itself, wishing them the happiest of birthdays and you might also attach a few banknotes to the card as well, as a bit of extra pocket money.

6. Birthday Wishes – Send Them All the Best

Here’s another fantastic idea for a birthday gift! Create a piggy bank full of good wishes and pocket money for the 18-year-old. Instead of using an actual piggy bank, create a box with one side made out of glass or plastic, so you can see what is thrown inside the box as well. Don’t only throw in money, also remember to add a few notes wishing them happiness or good health. 

7. A Birthday Box – Perfect for 18-Year-Olds

If you are thinking of getting the birthday boy or girl a number of special gifts, put them all in a beautifully decorated box! Decorate the box yourself with a string of “happy birthday.” You can place artificial flowers inside, which you made yourself, as well as the other gifts you got them.

8. In Case of Emergency – Break Glass

If the person who is turning 18 this year absolutely loves candy and chocolate, make sure you prepare a stash of it for them! Then put this in a frame and write a funny message on the glass part which reads “in case of emergency break glass!” The birthday boy or girl will have to break the glass to get their chocolate!

9. A Frame of Memories – Personal Birthday Presents

If you’d like to present the 18-year-old with a more personal present, why not create a unique frame for them? Besides putting a picture of the two of you in the frame itself, you can stick various moments of your shared memories on the frame. This present will make an awesome piece of decor, something the birthday celebrant will be able to put on their wall or shelf.

10. A Special Message – With a Photo

Framed pictures are fabulous gifts to give anyone on their birthday, they are personal and also a great way to spruce your home or room up with. If it’s your friend’s 18th birthday, place a picture of the two of you in a frame. Using scrabble letters, write up a birthday message for them inside the frame. This will look exquisite!

11. A Message in a Bottle – Cute 18th Birthday Gifts

Sometimes you don’t have much time to go shopping for presents. If you still want to send the 18-year-old a small birthday wish, how about getting a small jar, decorating it with glitter and placing a small note inside saying “happy birthday” or a message of your choice.

12. A Jar of Smiles – Present Ideas for 18th Birthdays

Here’s a super personal gift for anyone who wants to brighten the celebrated person’s days for a whole year!  Get slips of paper, each coloured vibrantly, and write a small message on each one. These can be jokes, motivational messages or beautiful thoughts. Make 365 of these so the birthday celebrant will be able to read a message every day of the year!