No matter if she's your best friend and wants to ring in her big day reminiscing over the photo album with cake and ice cream or if she prefers to be far away from you and closer to the bar, give her a gift that best suits her personality. As your daughter turns 21, consider gifts that are special and memorable to commemorate her signature day.
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If you're eager to celebrate your daughter's big 2-1 in any way that pleases her, consider this birthday as "the" birthday to roll out all the stops. Use this as the opportunity to present her with a surprisingly big ticket item such as a new car or a down payment on her first luxury condo or apartment. Spoil your little princess with a themed basket that includes all the elements she'll need for a destination trip overseas that you've planned. Sending her to the islands would include a big floppy beach hat, sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses and a new swimming costume to accompany her tickets for a hotel resort package.
If you're the liberal parent and openly embrace her free spirit and creative flair, arrange for her to get that new tattoo she's been talking about for the past couple of months. As most tattoo shops aren't gift token issuers, make arrangements for her to be able to afford that colourful dragon or butterfly branded on her back. Load a prepaid credit card in the amount of your choice and insert into a birthday card. Tape a removable fake tattoo that can be found in just about any children's beauty or accessory shop inside the card and scribble a note or two letting her know she can finally get what she wants. If you can't wrap your head around serving as the tattoo ringleader, grant her a gift token to her favourite hair salon for that drastic hair colour or cut she's been hoping for. As you help your wild child kick off the first phase of her 20s, throw in a few traditional elements that match your dynamic gift such as a birthday cake with an image that matches her dream tattoo or a bag full of hair accessories and products to support her new style.
For the girl who is considered a traditionalist and would appreciate gifts that are subtle and classic, give her those typical gifts that are more expected but still appreciated. Visit your local jeweller for a piece of fine jewellery that includes her birthstone. Whether it's in a charm bracelet, necklace pendant or ring, make her proud of not only her birthday but also the month and all the traditions that cater to her. Throw her an intimate dinner party and toast off her legal drinking age with a few sips of sparkling wine.
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