The 18th birthday should be special, as it marks the transition from being a minor to becoming an adult, in the legal sense. A young woman who has reached her 18th birthday is ready for more grown-up gifts than a younger girl, but she will still appreciate something personalised, especially if it is carefully chosen to match her interests, skills or educational and career pursuits. Many 18-year-olds are on their way to college or moving out on their own, so gifts that help them set up housekeeping will also be appreciated.
Personalised clothing is always popular, and you can choose from understated, embroidered monogramming to more noticeable full name screen-printing. Choose high-quality items that will last for a long time, such as a cashmere sweater or twinset, or a luxurious bathrobe. If she is in a college sorority, she may like a personalised T-shirt or sweatshirt with her sorority's emblem on the front and her name on the back.
A girl always needs nice jewellery, and personalisation makes such gifts even more special. Necklaces or bracelets featuring the girl's initials or full name are very popular, though for an 18-year-old, they should be stylish and tasteful. Strands of pearls or other beads with monogram clasps and monogram pendant and earring sets are timeless and beautiful, as are signet-style "boyfriend" rings with monogrammed initials. If you prefer a more subtle piece, select jewelery that features the young woman's birthstone.
For setting up housekeeping, consider giving monogrammed towels and table linens. Bed linens, such as monogrammed pillow slips or shams, also make good personalised gifts for the 18-year-old who is going to live in a dormitory or her own apartment. Engraved silver picture frames make beautiful, lasting gifts. Personalised art work, such as a portrait or framed photograph, can be used to decorate the new home. Other household items that lend themselves to personalisation include coasters and ashtrays, welcome mats, perpetual calendars and glassware.
Many small luxury items can be personalised as lovely gifts. Engraved silver bookmarks make good gifts for both students and avid readers. Monogrammed Bible covers or personalised padfolios, desk sets, pen and pencil sets and key chains are useful for both students and those starting their careers. For a young lady who is beginning an office job, a coffee cup or travel mug with her name or initial is useful.