Gift ideas for a guy's 18th birthday

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Gift ideas for a guy's 18th birthday
An 18th birthday is momentous in itself, but getting a good gift will be icing on the cake. (Birthday chocolate cake image by Coralie Palmeri from Fotolia.com)

A guy's 18th birthday is an important time in his life. By law, he is considered an adult for the first time, able to do things like go see a rated-R movie without a parental guardian or purchase an adult magazine. It is the last big birthday he has until he turns 21 and is legally able to drink. As such, it is extremely important to come up with a good gift idea for the boy turning into a man on his 18th birthday.

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Computers or Other Electronics

Since 18 is generally the time when people go away to college for the first time, buying him his own personal computer will not only help him with his studies and keep him in the loop during his college experience, but also allow him to keep in touch with his family and friends, whom he won't see as often anymore. If he already has a computer, other electronics such as a DVD player or his own flat-screen television are good gifts, especially if he is going away to school.

Personal Grooming Equipment

While the guy turning 18 will most likely already have begun shaving, you can buy him his own grooming equipment. Besides a razor, buy shaving lotion, cologne, deodorant, hair gel and brushes. Make sure the products you purchase are of high quality, perhaps spending a little more than usual. When he's getting ready for his dates, he'll thank you for it.

Nice Clothes

For a guy turning 18, it is a time in his life when he will start needing to dress a little better, either for job interviews, dates or just everyday social events. While it may be tough to keep up with the current fashions he may enjoy, you can't go wrong by buying him a suit, tie, khaki trousers or dress shirts. The best part about this gift is that he may not even realise he will need it. While he may not love the gift right away, when he's frantically searching his closet for last minute appropriate attire he'll be happy you thought ahead for him.

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