Birthday Gifts for Turning 21


A 21st birthday is a milestone birthday. Many people see it as an occasion to celebrate a person's entrance into adulthood. It is also a memorable birthday because age 21 is the age that people can legally drink alcohol in the United States. As you think about what gift to give the person in your life who is turning 21, consider that person's interests and personality.


  • Give your friend or family member a nice bottle of wine or aged bottle of liquor on his birthday. Though he is now legally able to purchase liquor, beer and wine in the United States, a gift of spirits is a nice way for you to acknowledge that he is an adult. Before you buy him alcohol, make sure that he is someone who is interested in drinking it. Many people do not drink alcohol due to religious or personal reasons.

Trip to Las Vegas

  • Invite him on a trip to Las Vegas. Because your friend is now able to gamble legally in the state of Nevada, he might appreciate a trip to the city famous for its casinos. In addition to the casinos, Las Vegas has a busy schedule of performances, concerts and sporting events. Tickets to a concert or a game will really round out the Vegas experience.

Engraved Jewelry

  • Pick out a nice piece of jewelry for the person celebrating her birthday. Because 21st birthdays are often important occasions, your friend or family member may enjoy having a memento to commemorate the day. You could also get the item engraved with a special message that indicates that it was purchased as a 21st birthday gift. For a woman, consider purchasing a locket that could be worn around her neck, a ring or a bracelet. If you are shopping for a man, think about buying an engraved watch or set of cuff links.

Cash or Savings Bond

  • Often people who are turning 21 years old are just beginning their careers or are still in school. Consequently, they do not generally have a large amount of money in their savings. A gift of cash is a good way to help a young person start saving for her future, or perhaps it will help her purchase something that she might have been unable to afford previously. A savings bond is another way to encourage saving. A savings bond can be purchased at a bank and can be put in the name of the recipient. After a certain number of years it will accrue interest.

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