Handmade gifts for a 21st birthday

Written by michelle barry
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Handmade gifts for a 21st birthday
While a beer may be a fun gift for a recently legal drinker, a homemade gift adds a personal touch. (beer in beer-mug image by Witold Krasowski from Fotolia.com)

While most people associate turning 21 with hitting the legal age to drink alcohol, you can go beyond buying the birthday gal or guy that first drink in a bar or restaurant by crafting a handmade gift. Such a gift could become a keepsake that reminds the recipient for years of the milestone birthday.


Prepare a mixed playlist and burn it onto a CD to play as friends gather for the 21st birthday party or while getting ready for the new 21-year-old's first night out on the town. The CD can become the background music that builds enthusiasm and anticipation for the rest of the night. When played in the months or years ahead, it will serve as a reminder of that special birthday.

Nightclub and Bar Directory

Build the new 21-year-old a directory of local bars. Fill a binder with pages detailing local bars, taverns, nightclubs, restaurants and lounges. List the address, phone number and website of each location, as well as hours of operation. Give a price range for the drinks served at each establishment. Highlight a favourite or signature drink each place offers. Be sure to include phone numbers for cab companies as well so he can get home safely.

Birthday Glass

Decorate a glass for the new 21-year-old to drink from. Buy a plain martini, wine or margarita glass. Use glass craft paint to paint the glass in a variety of colours. Add the recipient's name to the glass or simply "birthday girl" or "birthday boy." Drinking out of that special glass could even become a birthday tradition.

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