Turning 18 is a big milestone for teenagers. They’ve been through the hormone surge and have hopefully started to blossom into the young adults they will become. My first born baby is turning 18 in a weeks time and it’s time to think about 18th birthday present ideas to mark the occasion.
She is quite a low key young lady and isn’t too impressed by a lot of material possession, but like many girls her age she does like to visit clothes shops quite often.
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We went shopping today to make a start on her gifts. Her main gift is separate, but as we were picking up bits and pieces from Miss A to her sister, I was trying to think of a way to make the gifts a little more special as it’s a special birthday.
We didn’t want to spend a fortune, and it’s not about the amount of money you will spend on the gifts, more to mark the occasion and create memories that will hopefully last forever. We did want to do something a little different thought and decided to find small 18th birthday gifts to mark the occasion.
I have decided (and Miss A agrees) that we will give her 18 presents which we will individually wrap up. So far we have:-
– key chain to mark the occasion
– flip flops
and I know that I’ll get
– make up
– chocolate / sweets
– photo frame with the obligatory 18
– chocolate fountain machine (as she has requested one for her girly afternoon she is having).
18 gift ideas for an 18th birthday will be a lovely way to mark the occasion, and I hope it’s going to be something she remembers for the rest of her life. We are planning on piling them up in a selective order for her to open. We’re hoping this will increase some of the suspense of the day.
The great part about it is that not every gift has to cost a lot of money, it’s more about marking the occasion and incorporating the gifts into the theme of turning 18.
If you didn’t want to give 18 presents all in one go you could place them around the house, or even give one per hour for 18 hours of the day if you started early enough. I toyed with the idea of giving her 18 envelopes, each with little clues as to what the presents would be, but in the end we opted for a pile of presents.
If you’re short on ideas however I have compiled a list of 18 ideas to mark the occasion for anyone thinking of the same idea for friends or family.
- Driving lesson voucher
- CD with 18 songs on including the Number 1 from the day they were born (thanks Kel for this idea)
- A bottle of champagne to mark the day (thanks Mary for this idea)
- Clothes shop voucher – I think this is better than money as it could get spent in the pub as Laura mentioned in the comments.
- £18 in cash (great idea from Eileen)
- Gel inserts for shoes for the first night out clubbing (thanks Jenny)
- A balloon to mark the occasion
- Personalised jewellery perhaps with the birthstone as well
- Lunch or dinner out with the family
- Memory book with special moments from their childhood
- A champagne flute to match the champagne
- A personalised Day You Were Born certificate in a frame
- An experience day voucher
- photo frame
- Hire a Limo to take you to lunch / dinner
- A drink in the local pub
- Voucher for a set amount of lifts to be redeemed as needed
- A family photo shoot
What gifts would you add if you were buying them?