Birthday presents for a young man's or woman's 21st birthday usually revolve around alcohol, as the birthday marks the milestone of the legal drinking age. But for those who don't drink much, or would rather have a more creative gift, a little more effort is required. By all means, take the birthday girl out for a drink, but also present her with something she'll use and remember fondly for years to come.
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Many young adults are moving into the job market and perhaps making long-term commitments as they approach their 21st birthdays. A personal gift is to create a personalised scrapbook or memory book honouring the gift recipient's 21 years so far, and showing him the importance of his background and achievements. You could create this gift on your own if you are a scrapbooking artist, or there are services available that will create a memory book for you if you provide the information and photos.
Give a jar, tin, basket or vase full of good thoughts for the birthday boy or girl to celebrate 21 years. Write 365 wishes, hopes, quotes, dreams or prayers on slips of paper, fold and tie with pretty ribbons, and give the gift with instructions to read one each day. Customise the messages to your relationship with the person. If she is your significant other, write words of love; if he is a family member, include quotes about the importance of family. This gift idea is more personal when created by you, but commercial creations like this are also available.
If you really want to celebrate this milestone birthday by acknowledging the culture of social drinking that a 21-year-old now can share in, a classy and elegant way to do it is by having a custom wine label printed with the gift recipient's name, date and hometown instead of the usual vineyard information. If you want to spend more, do the research to find a 21-year-old wine vintage you think he might like. The age provides a symmetry and touch of thoughtfulness to the gift.
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