Creative 21st Birthday Ideas for Him

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Creative 21st Birthday Ideas for Him
Give him a novelty "21" gift. (Martin Poole/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Turning 21 is an important milestone, as a boy feels like he is finally a man. With 21 being the legal drinking age in the US, many birthday celebrations are centred around the ability to go out and drink at bars or clubs. For the 21-year-olds who don't partake in alcohol, there are several gift ideas and celebrations for them as well.

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Hotel Party

Throw a hotel party for the guy who just turned 21. Having a hotel party is a safe way for him and his friends to drink and enjoy themselves without needing a designated driver or paying for a taxi. Reserve adjoining hotel rooms or one large hotel suite for guests. Stock the hotel room with different types of alcohol and mixers for him to try out, and invite only friends who are 21 and older to join in the festivities.

Limo Ride

Steer away from the predictable barhopping on his 21st birthday and rent a limo to get to the different bars and clubs you plan on taking him to. Limousine services are available on a per-hour basis and many times a fee for an entire night. Have the limo driver take the group to several bars and clubs he wants to go to and stock it with champagne, wine and other cocktails for the ride.

Surprise Party

Throw him a surprise party for his 21st birthday. This is a celebration that can be catered to a drinking or non-drinking 21-year-old. For the guy who wants to partake in alcohol consumption, have a variety of party drinks such as mixed drinks, martinis, margaritas and Jell-O shots. For a surprise party with alcohol, be sure to put a stamp on the hand of any minors present so that they don't get served alcohol while underage. For the non-drinker, provide juice, soda, bottled water, punch and cider. Invite his friends, family and co-workers and designate a person to bring him to the surprise party.

Novelty Drinking Gifts

Get him a novelty drinking gift to celebrate his 21st birthday and the arrival of a legal drinking age. Novelty drinking items include frosted beer mugs, beer signs, beer hats, personalised wine glasses or champagne flutes, a flask, cocktail shaker, oversized martini glasses, shot glasses and reusable beer pong cups. These items can be given as gifts as well as displayed around the house for his birthday party.

21 Gifts

Purchase him 21 gifts for his 21st birthday such as 21 lottery tickets, 21 dollar bills, 21 cans of beer, 21 shot glasses or 21 aspirin (for hangovers). There are also items which can be engraved or personalised with the number 21 on them such as plaques, beer mugs, flasks, bottle openers, coasters, drinkware and ice buckets.

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