21st birthday gifts for girls

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Do you have a loved one who’s going to turn 21 soon? If so, you know how exciting it is, but at the same time, you might be wondering what to get your loved one. In this situation, many people have different ideas of what to give the person, but the following is a list of unique and affordable gift ideas. Keep in mind that when you’re out shopping for a gift for a loved one, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. For example, when looking for a 21st birthday gift for guys, it’s best to find something that shows them that their loved ones cared about them enough to take some time and look for the right gift. As far as the

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Top 21st birthday gifts

Looking for ideas for great gifts that anyone would love? Check out our top picks for versatile and unique 21st birthday gifts that will definitely make an impression.

MiNT InstantFlex TL70 Instant Camera
MiNT InstantFlex TL70 Instant Camera

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KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable 12 oz Coffee Cup
KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable 12 oz Coffee Cup

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S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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Calhoun & Co. Good At Naps Woven Throw Blanket
Calhoun & Co. Good At Naps Woven Throw Blanket

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'Idiom - Heart Of Gold' Bangle by Kate Spade
‘Idiom – Heart Of Gold’ Bangle by Kate Spade

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Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette

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45mm MVMT Leather Strap Watch
45mm MVMT Leather Strap Watch

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

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Fitbit Alta
Fitbit Alta

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GoPro - HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera
GoPro – HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera

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Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

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milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

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Inexpensive and cheap 21st birthday gifts

Sometimes you have to shop for a gift on a budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something great. Here are our favorite inexpensive gifts that won’t break the bank.

the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur
the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur

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Westminster Butt Face Soap
Westminster Butt Face Soap

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BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug
BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug

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Weener Kleener Soap
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milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
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For her: Best 21st birthday gifts for girls

Not sure what your girlfriend, daughter, sister or another lady in your life would like for her 21st birthday? We have a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Wine tasting. An experience gift is a great way to celebrate her new right to drink. If she doesn’t have a lot of extra spending money, she might not be able to afford a wine tasting on her own, so it’s the perfect gift to add a bit of luxury to life. Cloud9Living has wine tasting options in many areas of the US.
  2. Succulents. Add some life to the birthday girl’s dorm or apartment with a succulent. It’s not as much responsibility as a real plant, plus it’s cute and trendy.
  3. Wine of the month subscription. Yes, there are two wine related gifts on this list. If you want to give a great gift, try one that keeps on giving. Specifically one that keeps giving the birthday girl wine, every month.
  4. A growler. If you don’t know, growlers are glass or metal containers that can be filled with beer, cider, kombucha or another fizzy drink from a tap and taken home. Most cities have growler fill stations, making this a useful gift for the new 21 year old to discover her taste in alcohol.
  5. Big Bad-Ass Book of Shots. This is a fun drink recipe book that’s perfect for social girls who love to party and have a good time. It’s hip, practical and possibly educational.

For him: Best 21st birthday gifts for guys

  1. A personalized flask. This is a unique and classy gift that the birthday boy will always remember. Have it embossed with his initials to add an extra personal touch.
  2. Cuff links. For a more expensive and sentimental gift, cuff links will come in handy in the birthday boy’s blossoming adult life. This is a perfect gift for an older relative like a father or an uncle to purchase.
  3. Bottle opener key chain. For a simple gift, try an attractive key chain that doubles as a bottle opener. It’s nothing if not practical and you can have it personalized for an extra special touch.
  4. Concert tickets. People in their 20s love to go out but often can’t afford to. Sponsor the birthday boy’s next night out by getting him tickets to see his favorite artist.
  5. Proof: The Science of Booze. This alcohol-themed book makes a fun, interesting and educational 21st birthday gift. It’s sure to appeal to curious types.

How to choose the best 21st birthday gift

21 is a huge milestone and should not be treated like any other birthday. It’s the final transition into adulthood and all the privileges and responsibilities that it entails. You should try to make this day extra special by using these tips to buy a gift thoughtfully.

  • Questions to ask yourself:To start on your birthday present buying adventures, you’ll need to ask yourself what you know about the recipient. What are their interests? Think about what you two enjoy doing together, the memories you’ve shared, and the embarrassing moments, too. You know, the dirt. A 21st birthday party is nothing if it doesn’t celebrate the highs and lows, the talents and the (lovable) faults, of the one celebrating their birthday.
  • Don’t worry about price, worry about thoughtfulness:The best gift is one that reflects your friendship or relationship. Even an inexpensive gag gift can go a long way if it has some thought or sentimental value attached to it. Also, think about the kind of person they are. They might prefer something a little more decadent, or they might be the kind of person who doesn’t like physical gifts, but prefers experiences. This could mean the difference between buying them an expensive candle or buying them a scuba diving adventure.
  • Save money by going in on a group gift: If you’re on a budget, the best way to get a gift that’s worthy of a 21st birthday is by buying a group gift. Ask mutual friends who are attending the party if they’d like to chip in to buy something and see how many people you can get involved. In theory, the more people who opt in, the bigger and better the present you’ll be able to buy. If you’re not that close with the birthday boy or girl, this is a great way to skip the gifting decisions altogether as you can ask the person in the group who knows them best to choose the gift.
  • Whatever you decide…Remember, even if the invite says “no presents required”, it’s a nice gesture to bring something, even if it’s small. The best gifts are the thoughtful ones, so spare some time to consider your friend and your friendship before you start shopping.

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21 Birthday Gifts Your Girlfriend Actually Wants for Her 21st Birthday

You’ve searched high and low, sneakily dropped hints and even resorted to asking her friends, but you still haven’t found your girlfriend the perfect birthday gifts for her 21st birthday. If you’re stuck in a cliché rut of roses, chocolates and teddy bears (which are great…once), College Magazine has the solution.

Check out our list of 21 birthday gifts that will make your girlfriend fall in love with you all over again.


We make it super easy and fun to find the best birthday gifts to fit your girlfriend’s personality perfectly. We say gifts in the plural because sometimes a combo gift allows you to get creative and show off your thoughtful side while also staying on budget—we know you can’t afford that backpacking through Europe trip she pins about daily. But if you know she’s got major wanderlust, you can pair this adventurer collection to her favorite a cappella group. That means there’s an experiential gift with a decorative gift she can keep.

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Or if she’s totally obsessed with her cat, consider going all out with a cat themed for her birthday gifts with a kitty cone duvet cover, a super soft kitty blanket and a kitty pouch.


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If you’re seriously on a budget you can get a little more crafty. These gifts range from DIY to activity birthday gifts you can experience together. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Just take that extra time to match the gift to what you girlfriend loves. We know you’r birthday gift will be her favorite.



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Make a reservation at a nice restaurant. “I would want to have a special night where we would dress up and go to a fancy dinner,” said University of Maryland sophomore Hannah Borison. Don’t break the bank, but something nicer than your usual Friday night date spot, dress up (khakis and a tie, please) and even splurge for dessert. Make sure there’s a candle in that dessert too. Simply find a secret moment to let the waiter know it’s her birthday.

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Your girlfriend will love spending time with you and you’ll get a delicious meal out of it. Win-win. If you want to bring a physical gift with you to the dinner, you can never go wrong with dorm decor.

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8 USA Made Vegan Bath Bombs Kit: $16.99

“[I would love] bath bombs, candles, anything lavender related, tea, essential oils, and anything bath related.” – Dominique Dwyer, Cascadia College, Sophomore


Benchmark Bouquets 2 Dozen Red Roses, With Vase: $45.21

“I love traditional gifts like flowers and chocolate. Sometimes the simpler the better as long as the gift is meaningful.” – Elysse Dallas, University of Florida, Junior

Flowers make great gifts for girlfriends at any age.


Shop Succulents Unique Succulent (Collection of 12): $29.99

“It’s like a box of chocolates but it’s a box of succulents. I’d want that instead of roses.” – Summer Cantello, Penn State, Senior


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Pair a seriously soft blanket and some popcorn for the ultimate movie night. “A chill dinner and a really good movie, either at a movie theater or at his house so we can just hang out,” said Luther College sophomore Claire Little.


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Drinking around the world in Epcot is the ultimate 21st birthday Disney trip. Treat your girl to a day in Disney and the perfect boozy tank to get her pumped. “Doing something together is always a nice gift. Like going to a theme park or having a well planned out date,” said UF junior Megan Hazlett.


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“Food. Surprise me with food.” – Aliecia Bouligny, Spellman College, Sophomore


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“I like doing things more than getting things so maybe tickets to a Broadway show or hotel reservations in a random place we could drive to spontaneously. Maybe even like a plane ticket somewhere.” – Elizabeth Wallace, Wake Forest University, Senior


Voluspa Prosecco Rose 2 Wick Candle: $20

“Candles smell amazing and set the mood.They can represent the burning love you share,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison Catherine Zastrow. And on her 21st, you know she wants a candle that smells like Prosecco.


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Let your girlfriend be the center of attention and don’t let anyone steal her spotlight tonight. The night better start with you giving her a sash and tiara labeled “21,” so everyone you see at the club knows NOT to mess with her today. Your girlfriend will always remember the celebration of her 21st birthday in college and what you did to make it special for her. If each person you run into that night (including the bouncer and the bartender) doesn’t wish her a “happy birthday,” she will be upset and you will be the one to blame. Let her have her moment today.


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Attention Daddy Gang–how do you celebrate turning 21 without taking shots? Every female BarStool fan would kill to party the way that Alex and Sophia do. Grab your shot glass and mix together vodka, lemon juice and sugar to create a Lemon Drop–she’ll start her new year feeling both sweet and sour. 


Now that it’s legal for your girlfriend to get into a bar, teach her how to become a bartender. Save some money on buying her expensive drinks at the club by making them with her at home. “I think I would get my friend a cocktail shaker because then they can learn to make us all mixed drinks!” Angelea Ruiz said, a junior at SUNY Fredonia. What better way to get your girlfriend’s friends to like you than by hand making them some fruity beverages?


For some unknown reason, girls take an immense amount of pride in their birth month. Get a ring for her to show off the stone representing her birthday. This gift is unique and special to her and her magical day. Just make sure she knows the ring just means “happy birthday,” not an engagement–unless you want it to be. 


Once again, girls value their actual birth date. When dating a Leo, they will love you forever if you get them a necklace with their sign on it. Let your Leo be the center of attention 365 days of the year by showing the world when she was born. Amazon sells this necklace for each of the 12 signs. 


With the new year approaching, many girls decide to purchase a gym membership for their New Years Resolution. While that might be a good gift, you don’t want to be the one to give it to her–she’ll think you’re calling her fat. However, do a nice gesture by giving her an accessory to compliment her new fitness plan. 


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If your girlfriend loves showing off her Greek letters, team up with her little to give her the most important gift on her sign night. After all, you know her best. “I think the gift I’m most excited about is my 21st paddle from my little. I started looking at designs so long ago because I wanted it to be super cute and personal!” Haley Schmich said, a junior at Adelphi University. A paddle directly reflects this girl’s personality, so keep a list in your brain of the colors and designs she likes leading up to her big 21st. Your girlfriend will love that you pitched some ideas and that you spoke to her little–after all, she’s part of the family. 


Tired of ordering greasy McDonald’s for breakfast the morning after going out? Your girlfriend ruins her own birthday celebration by waking up with a headache and a stomach ache from drinking more than she should have. Put your cooking skills to the test and try a recipe from the Hungover Cookbook. In this book, the author breaks down hangovers into six types based on what you drank and how much. Use that as your starting point to figure out which recipe will get rid of your hangover fast so you can spend your Sunday afternoon studying instead of stu-DYING. 


Trade in those underage light pinks and reds she used to paint her lips with and give your girlfriend some darker shades to make her look more mature. A dark purple lipstick screams “I’m an adult now and you should take me seriously.” Perfect for the winter season, the darker shades make her lips look a little less blue when the temperature drops below 20.


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This gift may be a little pricier than the rest, but the experience is worth it. Make her birthday extra special and give yourself a gift, too. For spring break this year, take your girlfriend on a romantic trip to the Bahamas for just the two of you to relax. “If he had the money I would love him to get me a trip to a Carribean island where we can drink for my 21st and have mojitos on the beach. #goals,” Ariana Rios said, a sophomore at the University of Florida. If a vacation isn’t in the budget at the moment right now, start saving and make this trip a birthday/graduation gift. 

The Best Thank-You Gift Ideas in 2020

1. Navy vs Army Chess Set

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For the veteran that loves chess and the great Navy vs. Army rivalry, this beautiful thank you gift recognizes their heroics, and the hand-painted, individually polished polyresin players make for a delightful battle of wits.

Some veterans are uncomfortable when thanked for their service, even from family members and may not want to always remember or talk about the time they served. Even if they don’t play chess, this is one gift for veterans that expresses gratitude elegantly and subtly.

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2. Comfort Care Package

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Ideas for thank you gifts that encourage the hardworking angel in your life to relax make the best gifts. This 5-piece set of healing and warmth includes a neck pillow, socks, eye mask and a luxuriously soft throw that come bundled in a tote bag. It’s the perfect gift for caregivers, nurses and anyone else whose job can take an emotional and physical toll.

There’s nothing like thank you gifts that say “sit back and do nothing”. They’ve earned it.

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3. Gourmet Gift Basket

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When the recipient of this soft leather basket of goodies digs in, they’ll find a carefully assembled collection of gourmet sweets and savory bites, and a gorgeous satin ribbon completes the beautiful visual.

Thank you gift baskets are a delicious and memorable way to send your sincerest appreciation to coworkers, friends and family; and after the basket it is empty, it will definitely become a part of their home décor.

4. Desk Organizer

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A powerhouse of a desktop organizer, the two-tier mail sorter, calendar blocks, accessory drawer and additional accessory compartment will make sure the recipient of this gift stays focused on the task at hand. Made from natural wood, it makes for a beautiful piece of home décor.

If you’re searching for teacher thank you gifts or thank you gift ideas for coworkers, this is a great gift that is sure to be an unexpected and special treat.

5. ‘You Rock’ Appreciation in a Box

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An inspiring gift box of motivation, this thank you gift features five polished stones that send a message of praise as well as encouragement to continue being great. The polished stones are engraved and painted with ‘you rock!’ and come in a velvet pouch for safekeeping.

The perfect gift for teachers, coworkers and especially to show appreciation to volunteers that have dedicated their time and effort to a worthwhile cause, recipients will never forget how important and appreciated their work was.

6. Laser Cut Notebook

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The best thank you gifts have a personal touch and nothing is more personal than including a recipient’s name. This laser cut wood journal’s cover has a unique floral pattern wrapped around the initial of that special someone’s name. The wood is sourced locally and sustainably, and the journal is hand-bound for guaranteed longevity.

A monogrammed beauty, if you’re looking for unique gifts for women or men who enjoy writing, journaling or drawing this will make them smile.

7. Thanks for All You Do Cube

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How do you say thank you to someone who does a lot for you and everyone else? You give them this inspirational gift that says thank you in six different ways.

One of the best thank you gifts for coworkers, bosses, teachers and anyone else who wears a lot of hats, when they forget what makes them special, it will only take a roll of this dice to remind them.

8. L’Occitane Hand Cream

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There’s no better way to say thank you to someone who must wash their hands constantly than premium lotion to keep their hands moisturized. An incredibly thoughtful gift for nurses and caregivers, this L’Occitane’s hand cream will keep hands soft with a blend of shea butter, almond extract, honey and coconut oil.

Rich in texture and long-lasting, this is one of the best ideas for thank you gifts that shows someone you’ve been paying attention.

9. Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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As far as gift ideas go, this is one of the more unexpected, but if you know someone loves music and technology, they will love this powerful speaker by Anker. Once they plug it in, they’ll be amazed by the sound quality and range and love how they can take it with them anywhere.

Though it’s a great gift for anyone, it is one of the guaranteed thank you gifts for men that will be a hit.

10. Personalized Leather Luggage Tags

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Any gift guide will tell you that a customized gift is less likely to be forgotten about, and these monogrammed luggage tags will definitely be used. Recipients will get 2 matching leather luggage tags with their initials stamped in gold or silver foil. The tags have an adjustable strap and buckle for securely attaching to luggage.

Practical and charming, they make wonderful thank you gifts for wedding parties, teachers and even your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.

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11. Concrete Jar Candle

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Encased in a concrete jar dusted with a gold foil accent, this isn’t your standard thank you candle. Part of Paddywax Candles’ Urban Collection, the Amber and Smoke candle is city-inspired with rich, warm notes of amber, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood.

It makes a great addition to thank you gift baskets and is a great standalone gift idea for men who are typically against candles – they won’t be able to resist how great it looks and smells.

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12. Brass Glass Terrarium

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Elegant and surprisingly sturdy, this brass terrarium is the perfect thank you gift for displaying succulents. The geometric pentagon shape is modern and stylish, giving an air of pure luxury.

For thank you gifts for teachers, friends and even your boss, this is a wonderful thank you gift when words just can’t do justice to an act of love and kindness.

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