Gift ideas for a 21st birthday for a male

Written by bronwyn timmons
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Twenty-first birthdays are an important milestone in the United States. This birthday marks the occasion where a person is able to drink alcohol and gamble in casinos legally. It is also viewed as the transition into adulthood and the real world. As a result, it is considered an important and special birthday to many.

Technology Gifts

Many 21-year-old men are enrolled in college, and will greatly appreciate gifts that can be of practical use for school. A laptop computer, an external hard drive, a smart phone or a digital camera can help him stay organised and in touch with family while he is in school.

Set of Shot Glasses

A set of shot glasses will commemorate the day he gets to drink legally, and will be a practical gift in the future. These can be personally engraved and come in a wide variety of styles.

Poker Set

A poker set will represent the fact he is now old enough to gamble in a casino and is a gift he can use on a regular basis. Opt to buy a high-quality set with a wooden box and heavy plastic chips.


Although he may view himself as a fully grown adult, a nostalgic gift is both personal, sentimental and fun. His favourite childhood television show on DVD is one idea to consider. An issue of TIME magazine from the week he was born is another. Nostalgic gifts will remind him of his younger days.

Engraved Watch

Since a 21st birthday is often seen as a mark of adulthood, a gold watch is an appropriate gift. You can have the back of the watch engraved with his name, initials or a short personal message.

Trip to Vegas

If you are on a high budget for the gift, airline tickets or an all-inclusive trip to Las Vegas are a great gift. Whether you make it a family trip to celebrate the day or purchase the trip for him and his best friend or significant other, a vacation will create many memories of the milestone birthday.

Sports Gifts

If he is interested in sports, a gift involving his favourite team or game is an appropriate gift. A jersey signed by his favourite football player, a sweatshirt of his college basketball team or a set of golf clubs are all ideas to consider.

Professional Attire

Many 21-year-old men are in their last year of college working toward their bachelor's degree, and will soon need to begin searching for jobs. Professional attire for him to wear to an interview are a practical gift and will symbolise the fact he is an adult. Personalised cuff links, ties and dress shirts are all essential items.

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