The Best Gifts for a 21-Year-Old Girl

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The Best Gifts for a 21-Year-Old Girl
Give a young adult a gift she will truly enjoy on this momentous birthday. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

For many young women, the 21st birthday is a rite of passage. It is the time in her life when one chapter closes and another, adulthood, begins. This may also be the birthday that finds her in the final years of college or starting a new career or family. Give this new adult a birthday gift she will never forget.

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Plane Tickets/Travel Accessories

Many women at this age are beginning to enter adulthood and are starting to explore the world around them. This could include a set of luggage to carry her things on a long journey or a travel journal to allow the 21 year old to keep a record of her travels. The gift of an adventure can be given as well. Give the birthday girl a plane ticket to an exotic location that she has always dreamed of visiting. The trip could be turned into a final family vacation, or allow her to take along a few of her friends on the excursion instead.


Give her a piece of jewellery that signifies this transition into adulthood. A string of 21 pearls could be given with the promise to add a pearl on each birthday of the woman's life. A diamond pendant is a piece that any young adult would enjoy as well. A charm bracelet can be filled with charms that signify the girl's childhood and the activities she enjoys in adulthood. For instance, a child that took ballet classes in her youth and is studying to be a musician in her adulthood would enjoy a charm bracelet that holds a silver or gold pair of ballet slippers or a musical note.


Many young adults, including women, are interested in the latest technological gear. A new LCD or LED television can be given to allow her to watch her favourite programs, either at her dorm or in her apartment. A new cell phone filled with the latest ring tones and games will not only allow the birthday girl's parents to stay in constant contact, it will also offer her hours of entertainment. When in doubt, a gift token to a local or chain electronics store will allow the girl to pick out her own tech gadget, from a new laptop to a digital camera.

Home Goods

Many 21-year-old women are beginning their life as a single, or married, female. Give her all of the items she will need to fill her home, including towels, small kitchen appliances, pots and pans and cookbooks. She may also require larger pieces, such as a couch, entertainment stand or a new bed. A gift card to a home store or furniture store can also be given to allow the young adult the opportunity to choose furnishings and other home goods that fit her personal style.

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