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The 21st birthday is perhaps the most widely celebrated across the globe, and quite a significant age for most young adults (after 18, of course).
Your 21st birthday means you're now legally able to drink and are considered an adult all over the world, and big bashes are often thrown for the occasion. While it may not have as huge a meaning here in the UK as it does elsewhere, it doesn't mean that you can't still go all out to celebrate it.
Whether they're busy planning a party, a trip away, or a wild night out - there's no better way to make it extra special for your loved one than with some great 21st birthday gifts.
If you're struggling with gift ideas for a 21st birthday, we're here to help. It may seem a task at that age, but there are plenty of options to consider. They're sure to appreciate anything from some fancy chocolates and bubbly, to a sentimental piece of jewellery, or even something practical since they're at the age of moving out and starting on their own.
With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of items that will make for fantastic 21st birthday presents for girls and boys - check them out, and if you enjoy these suggestions why not take a look at our 10 best hoverboards for kids to teens, or our best kids pool tables that the whole family will love?
Kidadl's Top Pick
We think that all of the gifts for a 21st birthday on the list below would make for an excellent choice, but if you're looking for a quick pick - our top 21st birthday gifts choice is the XuanPad Video Mini Projector. Innovative and exciting, it comes at a great price is sure to get plenty of use.
1. XuanPad Video Mini Projector
This new and improved mini video projector is a fantastic gift to give, and a great way to have a cinema-like experience at home. With a 1080p resolution, and bright, clear HD images - it's so impressive for the price and can be projected upon any wall, or even outside at night in the garden. The projector itself is quiet and durable with the latest fan-cooling technology and will last for years and years to come. It can project from 1m-5m away, and even has built-in speakers for louder sound, or can be connected with external speakers for higher quality. The projector can be used for so many things, from movies and TV shows to photos, to gaming, to football matches and so on. The best part is that it can be connected with many different items - such as your laptop, smartphone (an extra adapter is needed for this), tablet, a USB, or even an X-Box. The company also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a two-year warranty so you can purchase with ease.
- Price: £62.99
- 1080p resolution
- Connects with many devices
Best 21st Birthday Gift For Some Fancy Fun
2. Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses Set of 4
These Himalayan salt shot glasses are a great 21st birthday present for a young adult and are sure to impress their friends. Hand-carved from real, natural rock salt mined all the way from the Himalayas - not only are they ethically sourced but they add a great slightly salty taste to your shot, excellent for taking off the edge, and ideal for tequila. Each shot glass is unique and will last for at least 80 uses - just make sure you take the shots as soon as pouring and never leave any liquid inside. Simply pat them dry after use, and enjoy the natural antibacterial qualities of the salt! The set also comes in a lovely gift box that makes it the perfect present and a great addition to their homeware.
- Price: £19.99
- Over 80 uses
- Naturally antibacterial
Best For Personalised Gifts
3. Casetify Monogram Studio Custom Case
If you're looking for personalised gifts for your loved one's 21st birthday, a high-quality Casetify phone case customised with their name, nickname, or initials is super thoughtful and will be carried with them everywhere they go. The price ranges depending on their phone model, but each one has so many options to choose from. Our favourite are the vegan, handcrafted leather cases (though you can also choose a sheer impact or ultra-impact case), made with biodegradable materials that also look high-end. Once you've selected your case, you can then decide on the colour, design, text, font, layout, and more. It's so much fun to do, can really be tweaked to suit your tastes, and provides you with a great quality and long-lasting case from a well-known brand that your recipient is sure to know and love!
- Price: £30-£50
- Made with 90% recycled materials
Best 21st Birthday Gifts For Her
4. EFYTAL 21st Birthday Sterling Silver Necklace
If you're searching for memorable 21st birthday gifts for daughters, sisters, friends, nieces, or so on - this necklace is a great choice. A special way to celebrate the 21st birthday with a classy gift, the necklace has two circles representing each decade, and a sparkly crystal inside for a special touch. It's made with high-quality sterling silver, is long-lasting, and a thoughtful way to show your love. Lead-free, nickel-free, and hypoallergenic - it measures approximately 18-inches in length so is a great fit for almost anyone but can be adjusted by the company if you need it to. It even comes in a lovely, sentimental gift box that is sure to be treasured.
- Price: £30.64
- Made with 925 sterling silver
- 5-year warranty
Best 21st Birthday Gift Hamper
5. Prosecco and Gourmet Chocolates Gift Set - Funky Hampers
The Funky Hampers site has a great range of award-winning hampers to choose from, and you can't really go wrong with food or drink as a gift. This prosecco and gourmet chocolate gift set in particular is a great 21st birthday gift, with gold and black themed colours perfect for the occasion. Beautifully presented, the hand-packaged gift set includes plenty of high-quality products such as a bottle of Accademia Prosecco, a box of Jacquot Classic Truffles Fantaisie, and a box of Linden Lady Chocolate Coated Marshmallows - all packed up in a luxurious black box that can be delivered straight to them, or to you first.
- Price: £37.50
- 3 items included
- Packaged in a luxurious box
Best 21st Birthday Gifts For Him
6. Boss Exclusive Men's Gift Set - Goldsmiths
If you're after luxurious and memorable 21st birthday gifts for sons, nephews, male friends or family that will be loved for years to come, this Boss watch gift set is the one for you. It arrives packaged in a charming Boss gift box, and even includes a high-quality pen as a special addition. The watch itself is stainless steel, has a 42mm case diameter, and black dial colour. It also has a date function, is water-resistant for up to 30 metres deep, and is fine to wear when splashed or in the rain. The watch will look great on his wrist and sure to bring a smile to his face, and even has a two-year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind.
- Price: £199
- 2 items included
- Stainless steel
Best Perfume 21st Birthday Gifts
7. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum - Selfridges
Stuck for 21st birthday ideas? Perfume is always a great way to go - especially when it's unisex and so can be gifted to either a man or a woman. Arriving in a beautiful black and gold 50ml bottle, it features a lovely scent with notes of black truffle, ylang, bergamot, blackcurrant, black orchid, lotus wood, noir gourmand, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, balsam, and sandalwood. The scent is both sensuous and enticing, whilst not overpowering - and has great reviews from its wearers. The perfume is a luxurious gift that you can't go wrong with, creates a long-lasting scent, and is sure to get plenty of compliments.
- Price: £85
Best Gift Ideas For 21st Birthday Party
8. BarCraft Bar Tool Set - Wayfair
This BarCraft bar toolset is a great addition to your homeware and provides plenty of fun for the recipient, friends, and family. Crafted with stainless steel and a brass finish, the starter cocktail making kit includes a cocktail shaker, a dual spirit measuring jigger, a wooden muddler, a bar knife, a mixing spoon, a strainer and even a helpful booklet to get you started and teach you plenty of tips and tricks along with recipes. Packaged in a charming gift box, the set is great for practice and party entertainment, looks great, is easy to use, and can be hand washed after use. A great gift for a 21st birthday that's sure to be used over and over again!
- Price: £17.99
- 7 items included
- Stainless steel
Best 21st Birthday Gifts For Decoration
9. Boxer Gifts Light-Up LED '21' Glass Starlight Bottle
Looking for unique 21st birthday gifts for her or him? This light-up LED glass starlight bottle is a great choice. Instead of gathering dust like the typical 21st bottles that are often gifted, it can be actively used to decorate their bedroom or home - and is perfect for those wanting to show their love on a budget. The starlight bottle has star-shaped LED lights inside it that look beautiful when switched on and can really set the mood of the room. It even comes with a '21, ready to sparkle' quote and a cute gift tag around the bottleneck with a heart-warming message. The bottle is sure to be taken with them wherever they go and will bring a smile to their faces.
- Price: £6.99
- Batteries required
- LED light-up
Best For When You Just Don't Know
10. Amazon.co.uk Gift Card In A Greeting Card
A gift card may not seem the most personal or thoughtful of gifts to give, but in fact - it might just be exactly what a 21-year-old needs. Amazon sells practically anything that someone could want or need - from homeware to beauty products, to technology and accessories, so a gift card could actually be a great option if you're stuck on what to get and want to allow them the choice. You can choose to load up as much as you want on the gift card from £10, and even get to pick from several designs an actual card for it to be delivered in. You can have the card posted to yourself first to write your own personal message inside or have it sent straight to them if you won't get to see them anytime soon. With free delivery, you can't go wrong with this gift!
- Price: £10-unlimited
- Free delivery
- Pick from many designs
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