Semi-formal 18th birthday gift ideas

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Semi-formal 18th birthday gift ideas
Give a memorable 18th birthday gift. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Show off your fantastic present-buying skills by presenting an 18-year-old with a semi-formal gift. Choosing the right gift for the perfect girl or boy is not difficult as long as you know what his personality is like and know her taste. The age of 18 is the beginning of a new start for some teenagers since they may be going off to college or starting a career at that tender age.

Jewellery Gifts

Indulge her with a piece of jewellery such as a locket. Lockets are necklaces that open to reveal one or two photos on the inside; in addition, a locket can hold a special message through engraving on the interior or exterior of the necklace. Purchase the locket at a jewellery store in either silver, yellow gold or white gold. Gift a birthday boy with an expensive watch that is engraved on the backside with a personal message to him.

Luxury Gift

Luxury items include a small designer purse, a scarf or a favourite brand of perfume for her. A birthday boy may enjoy a new designer wallet or scarf to wear around his neck. Other gifts for either a boy or girl include clothing and shoes. Gifts of luxury are typically purchased at high-end retailers or boutique shops.


Bring back the proper correspondence between friends with a gift of monogrammed stationery. Typically reserved for the girl who prefers petticoats instead of jeans, stationery is a wonderful semi-formal gift to a girl. Order the stationery ahead to allow for customisation and delivery. Besides the obvious monogrammed initials or name, the stationery can represent the personality of the girl. For example, add the additional detail of a shoe or purse onto the stationery for the fashion lover.


Add to the collection of a budding artist with a piece of artwork. Artwork can come in many different forms, such as a painting on the wall, a sculpture that sits on a shelf or a photograph taken by you. Contract someone with an artist's hand to create a painting of the birthday girl, or arrange for professional photos to be taken of the birthday person and put them into a collage for him as a keepsake. Artwork can also be purchased at galleries or ordered through art dealers. The price for artwork varies, and a less well-known artist, or starving artist, will sell his work for a lower price than the work of someone more well-known.

Electronic Gifts

Give an electronic gift for a birthday present such as an e-reader, music player or tablet computer. In today's technology-forward world, electronics are a part of keeping in touch with the rest of the world. E-readers allow him to read on the go without taking several books with him. Tablet computers are made for owners to access e-mail, download applications, play games and work on the go.

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