The 18th birthday is a symbol of maturity and a time for coming of age. In the United States, most young adults will graduate high school during their 18th year. Some will head away from home to attend college while others will head straight into a career. Either way, an 18th birthday is a celebration of independence and maturity. Celebrate your loved one's 18th birthday with an enjoyable, practical gift.
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If your young adult will move away from home soon, either for college or to his own apartment, he will need a few basic supplies. Fill a "hope chest" with needed items. Obviously, this will vary slightly depending on the situation. College-bound 18-year-olds, for example, may require supplies for dorm life. Fill a plastic tote with a shower caddie, flip-flops, a few towels, a small rubbish bin and some favourite snacks. Some college dorms may allow small appliances like microwaves or coffee makers. If your gift recipient is not heading off to college, consider what they would need for their own apartment. Cutlery, flatware, small appliances, bedspreads and other essentials all make practical gifts.
Young adults may take for granted the many things their guardians do to decorate the home. Buy picture frames to fill with favourite family photos so your 18-year-old won't have to live with bare walls. Photo albums, digital photo frames or family scrapbooks serve the same purpose. If your young adult has a favourite decorative knick-knack from your home, consider passing it down.
Although many teens start driving when they're 16, financial pressures might mean they don't have cars of their own until sometime around their 18th birthday. Consider gifting an automotive safety supply kit. Buy a prepackaged kit or design one of your own. Include essentials such as emergency flashers, flares, jump leads and necessary tools for changing a tire. Include a local road map and a list of emergency phone numbers. Consider starting a roadside assistance account in her name.
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