Christmas gifts for 18 year old boys

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Christmas gifts for 18 year old boys
Give your 18-year-old a gift he'll want to open this year. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

It can be very difficult to find Christmas gifts for 18-year-old boys. You probably still think of this young man as a small child who plays with toy soldiers and Tonka trucks. He more than likely sees himself as an adult who is entering college and beginning the rest of his life. Give your 18-year-old a gift that reflects his new-found grown-up status.

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Travel and accessories

Give your 18-year-old an adventure before he enters university or the work force. Send him on a weekend camping trip with his friends, and an adult chaperon if desired. Make sure to give him all the accessories and equipment required for the trip. Items could include a tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, GPS to find his way, fishing rod and gear, and food for the trip. Book him a camping site that is far enough away from home that he feels freedom and independence.

Car accessories

Most 18-year-old boys are obsessed with cars. He may not own a Ferrari, but that doesn't mean he wants his ride to look any less expensive. Gifts such as alloy wheels, a new car stereo, furry dice or a set of floor mats will keep his car sounding and looking good. Help him keep his car clean by giving him a gift basket filled with all the items needed to wash his car himself, including car soap, rags, polish and fabric deodoriser. You can also give your 18-year-old gift tokens for washes from a local car wash, or pay to have his car completely detailed.

University must-haves

Prepare your 18-year-old for university by giving him a gift of the essentials that all young men need for their first year. Men always need personal hygiene items, so purchase him a few months' worth of body wash, razors, shampoo, deodorant, a pair of nail clippers and a new hairbrush. You can also purchase electronic items that most young men couldn't live without in their first year. A new television, a Blu-ray player or a sleek laptop will make his bedsit the place to be when he leaves the nest. You could also give him a gift token to the uni bookshop for books and other supplies he will need for his classes.

Clothing

A fashion-conscious young man would definitely love a new sweater, T-shirt or pair of trainers for his Christmas gift. You may not be aware of this boy's particular style or taste, so a gift card from his favourite clothing store may be the best choice.

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