Birthday gift ideas for a 21-year-old male

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Birthday gift ideas for a 21-year-old male
Your gift should fit the personality of the young man. (young man image by Nikolay Okhitin from

The 21at birthday holds a special importance in American culture. While at 18, many of the responsibilities and pleasures of adulthood pass on to young adults, 21 marks the transition to complete adulthood. When shopping for a 21-year-old male, remember to use the birthday as a way to help teach him about the responsibilities ahead without scaring him into not accepting them.

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Create Your Own

Many 21 year olds entering the world of adulthood want to develop his adult personality. To encourage this development of independence, get him a "create-your-own" gift that allows him to customise what he wants. Some examples of create-your-own gifts that you can find online include create-your-own phone cases, tennis shoes, T-shirts, jackets and even ties. With create-your-own gifts, your young adult can choose his colours, choose styles and even choose what prints he wants to put on something.

As a bonus, a create-your-own gift removes some of the potential errors of getting the wrong gift or getting the right gift but in the wrong colour.

Furniture Gift Card

Most men move out of their parents' house around the age of 21 and, when they move, many of them do not possess any of the furniture or home decor that they need to fill a new home. For your 21 year old's birthday, consider getting him a gift token to a local furniture store.. He'll like the ability to choose while you get to give something practical.

If you don't want to go the gift-card route, get him dishes, pots or silverware coupled with recipe cards so that he can make his favourite foods at his new home.

Alcohol Accouterments

If you want to celebrate a 21 year old's freedom to drink, you might want to consider getting him some alcohol accoutrements. Although encouraging drinking might seem awkward or inappropriate, you can use the 21st birthday as an opportunity to encourage healthy drinking habits, such as buying him a nice bottle of wine, brandy or scotch, and enjoying it slowly with him without over indulging. This way, you show him that the sensory pleasure of drinking trumps the desire to get drunk. Additionally, get him a gift card that he can use for taxis to prevent drinking and driving along with books that teach about "polite" drinking in clever and appealing ways.

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