Good 18th birthday gift ideas

Updated November 21, 2016

Turning 18 is an exciting time for many teenagers. Many young people see this time as the end of their childhood phase of life and the beginning of an exciting new adventure into the world of being an adult. When shopping for an 18-year-old's birthday, look for gifts that can help the teen to celebrate his new beginning.

College Dorm Accessories

Many 18-year-old teens are preparing for college. A perfect birthday gift can be items to help the teen decorate her new dorm room. A student planning to live in a dormitory may enjoy a wipe off message board so that her new friends can leave her notes. Other handy items for college students include hampers, sheet sets, laptop stands and desk lamps.

Money or Gift Cards

At 18 teens are starting to become very independent and may be hard to shop for. Sometimes you may be best off giving a teen a gift card or money so that he can pick out his own gift. Consider buying a gift card to an electronics store if the 18-year-old in your life is into computers and games, or a gift card to a clothing store if he is into designer labels.

Car Accessories

If the teen has received a car on a previous birthday, she may enjoy receiving car accessories. Many young girls love to decorate their vehicles with beads, fuzzy pink dice and angels. Other popular teen car accessories are decorative number plate covers or a bumper stickers. Popular themes for these accessories include princess items or nationality items such as stickers that say "Italian pride" or "Happiness is being Irish."

Sentimal Gifts and Gag Gifts

If you are a peer of the birthday teen, you can put a smile on the birthday boy's face by getting him a sentimental or gag gift. If you are the 18-year-old's girlfriend, you can make a scrapbook of all the fun memories you two have shared throughout high school. If you are a buddy or teammate of the birthday celebrant, you can get him a gag gift such as a funny T-shirt or poster.

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Valerie Tandoi began writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in various print and online media outlets including: "New Jersey Business Magazine," "South Jersey Mom Magazine," "ASA-Dix Newspaper," "Happy Woman Magazine" and others. She also creates print and Web content for businesses. Tandoi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Caldwell College and currently lives in New Jersey.