Gifts for Female 18-Year-Olds


A girl's 18th birthday is a momentous time that only comes once. If you have a daughter or friend approaching this milestone, you may be wondering what to get her as a gift. A gift for an 18-year-old girl can serve different purposes. You might want to purchase something sentimental and touching or simply buy something that you know she will find practical as she enters her adult life.

College Survival Kit

  • If the birthday girl is heading to college soon, purchase a survival kit including a map of the campus, pencils and shirts with the school's logo and other useful items such as her favorite snacks, a calling card or prepaid mobile phone minutes and a few notepads. A survival kit for an incoming college freshman is a gift that she will find both entertaining and practical.

Hope Chest

  • Purchase your 18-year-old a hope chest or keepsake box with plenty of room to store all of her high school memories and enough space for the memories that she will make in the future. You could also go the more utilitarian route and purchase a high-quality locking box that she can take to college with her. Although college roommates often become very close, she might appreciate knowing that her dorm room has a small space that is hers alone.

Birthstone Ring

  • If your 18-year-old does not have any heirloom-quality jewelry yet, her upcoming birthday can signify her passage into adulthood and the fact that she is now mature enough to care for an item with a high amount of intrinsic value. Purchase a gold ring with her birthstone as the centerpiece. You might also consider having a short message engraved on the inside of the band.

Personalized Poem

  • If you do not have a great deal of money to spend on the birthday girl, consider creating something that comes from the heart. Everyone loves to receive a gift that real effort was put into, and an 18-year-old girl in particular will experience happy memories and excitement about the future on her birthday. Write a poem, song or short store commemorating the occasion. Fill it with recollections of the memories that you have experienced together, or go the less serious route and include plenty of inside jokes that only the two of you will understand.

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