Ideas for a boyfriend's 21st birthday

Updated February 21, 2017

Your boyfriend's 21st birthday is a landmark occasion for several reasons. Many consider 21 a passage into adulthood, even though 18 means you are eligible to vote and enlist in the armed forces. Turning 21 also makes your man old enough to legally drink. Mark this milestone birthday with a memorable gift.


A bouquet of 21 red roses could embarrass your guy, but if he appreciates such sentiments, go for it. Or use the number 21 for several other romantic gifts. Create a collage that outlines 21 reasons why you love him. A personalised poem is another idea, poetically pen the 21 reasons you love him or 21 fine memories you shared. Frame 21 photos of your favourite places, outings or mementos -- such as concert or movie ticket stubs -- as another romantic gift. Create a set of 21 colourful index cards, each one serving as a personal date coupon he can share with you. Offer him date options that range from Champagne for two under the stars to a night out at the biggest dive bar in town.

Functional gifts

Functional 21st birthday gifts work for a guy entering official adulthood -- and often the real-world job market. Keep functional gifts personal with an engraved wrist watch or clock. If you are in a longer-term relationship and have the cash, give electronic items and gadgets for his birthday. Ideas include a digital camera, electronic organisers or the latest handheld devices such as Kindle or an iPod. Personalise the device itself, if possible, or add a custom touch to the device's case. If your man is a writer or artist, try a personalised 21st birthday writing journal or an array of 21 different paint colours, markers or other art supplies.

Fun pressies

Give fun 21st birthday presents to a boyfriend who likes to party. Create your own gift sets of 21 different imported beers or 21 funky shot glasses. Keep it personal with an engraved 21st birthday beer stein or set of mugs. showcases a personalised beer keg featuring chrome-plated steel you have engraved. If your boyfriend enjoys a guys' night out of drinking beer and playing poker, try a personalised poker set. For a different kind of fun, get a personal image or sassy phrase custom printed onto boxer shorts.

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