The best 18th birthday present ever

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The best 18th birthday present ever
Give your teen an 18th birthday gift she will always remember. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

An 18th birthday is often seen as a milestone in which a teenager is officially considered an adult. If your teen will be celebrating an 18th birthday soon, finding the perfect gift will make this birthday one your child will never forget. Think about your teen's hobbies, interests and future plans when choosing an 18th birthday present this year.

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New Car

A new car is a welcomed gift for an 18th birthday, and one that your child will always appreciate. Customise the vehicle so that it matches her tastes. For example, exterior paint in her favourite colour, interior in the material she likes best. Purchase floor mats for the inside of the car with her name or initials on them, and equip the car with a GPS system -- this is especially essential if she will be leaving for college in another city or state.

New Wardrobe

To commemorate your son's transition into adulthood, ask his friends for input in purchasing him an all-new wardrobe. If he will be getting a new job soon or going to college, buy him a few pairs of slacks, blazers in his favourite colour and casual shoes that are sophisticated but fit his style. Purchase some "grown-up" accessories for him, like pocket squares to complement his blazers, trouser socks and black and brown leather belts. Include a few casual items as well, like jeans in his favourite wash and the newest pair of tennis shoes from his favourite brand.

Adventurous Outing

Arrange for your 18-year-old daughter to engage in an activity she's always been interested in as part of her birthday celebration. For example, invite her friends to join you at the nearest beach where snorkelling lessons are offered. If your daughter is a thrill seeker, arrange for her to go parasailing or bungee jumping or schedule a hot air balloon ride that allows her to overlook the city. End the excursion with a picnic at a local park with her friends, or with lunch or dinner at her favourite restaurant.

Electronics

Surprise your son with state-of-the-art electronics that are customised for him. If he loves taking pictures and is interested in pursuing photography, buy the latest digital camera for him as a birthday present, and have his name and birth date engraved on the front of the device. If he's a musician and is constantly perfecting his craft, buy an mp3 player for him, downloaded with songs from the artists whose work he admires, as well as a few songs he enjoys listening to while doing homework or exercising. A laptop makes a great 18th birthday present as well -- a laptop in his favourite colour is a gift that will be well appreciated, and will definitely come in handy as he goes to college.

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