Unique Gifts for 18 Year Old Girls

Updated March 23, 2017

Gift giving is a joy, particularly when the receiver is marking a personal milestone or beginning a new journey. For 18-year-old girls, both are true. The old standby gifts of gift cards or clothes are a little tired. Beginning adulthood and gaining independence should be marked with thoughtful gifts that have functional value as well as aesthetic appeal and an element of fun.

Book Rental Membership

Book-loving young ladies may enjoy a book rental membership courtesy of an online company like BookSwim. At BookSwim, plans start at £15.50 per month and renters have access to thousands of books from 22 genres. There are no shipping fees or late fees, and renters are free to keep the books as long as they wish. When books are returned, new books are shipped to the renter. A book rental membership may be particularly useful for a college freshman, who may need to read assigned books as coursework.

Instant Camera

For the girl who already has a digital camera, an instant camera adds a bit of fun and nostalgia to photography. These cameras instantly produce small photos, ideal for a young girl looking to decorate a dorm room or first apartment. Polaroid, popular throughout the 1980s for its instant cameras, has introduced a new model, the Polaroid 300. The 300 takes photos about the size of a business card and has a flash and four lighting settings.

Spa Day & Makeover

Having an experience can sometimes be better than opening a gift. As young girls begin adulthood, marking the occasion with a day of feminine fun could be the perfect idea. A gift token to a spa for a manicure, pedicure, and facial, followed by a makeover and new hairstyle at a local department store is a good way to show that she's growing up and ready to be treated like a young woman.


If she's always wanted to try cooking, karate, ballet, yoga, or anything else, now could be a good time to sign her up for classes. Not only will they be enjoyable and enriching, but she may also meet new friends and discover a new talent. Check your local listings for classes available nearby. Don't forget to check first for scheduling conflicts.


If she's a thrill-seeker, chances are she'll be thrilled at the chance to go skydiving. Reputable companies offer comprehensive pre-dive training and most first-timers do a tandem jump (attached to an instructor, who pulls the cord to release the parachute). According to Skydiving Magazine, although rates vary from company to company and depending on the type of jump, you can expect to pay between £65 and £130 for a tandem jump (the price includes training and equipment).

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Kate Bradley began writing professionally in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a minor in German from Berry College in Rome, Ga; TEFL/TESOL certification from ITC International in Prague; and a Master of Arts in integrated global communication from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.