Good 21st Birthday Gifts for a Girl

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Good 21st Birthday Gifts for a Girl
Present her with a meaningful gift. (Walker and Walker/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Your favourite young woman is celebrating her 21st birthday. Help her celebrate this first adult milestone with a meaningful gift. Look for presents that will reflect her personality and lifestyle. If you are uncertain about her taste and preferences, ask one of her siblings or other close relatives for suggestions.

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Find out whether she prefers silver or gold. Keeping your own budget in mind, select an appropriate chain, charm, necklace, bracelet, anklet or earrings. Parents and siblings may wish to give more expensive pieces: a cultured pearl necklace, diamond studs or a series of gold bangle bracelets. Older relatives -- aunts and grandmothers -- may decide to present the 21-year-old with a much-loved piece of family jewellery.

Clothing and Accessories

A stylish 21-year-old will enjoy receiving gift tokens to her favourite clothing and shoe stores. If you wish to give an actual gift, select accessories that will complement her wardrobe. These can include a leather wallet or handbag, evening bag, business or casual backpack, scarf, gloves and umbrella. Closer relatives my wish to give her a cashmere sweater, lingerie or other luxurious clothing item.

Practical Items

Your 21-year-old friend or relative may be furnishing her first apartment. She will appreciate receiving practical kitchen items -- pots and pans, flatware, small appliances, wine glasses -- and linens for the bedroom. If she enjoys travelling, give her a piece of luggage, GPS, passport wallet or language tapes. Parents and close relatives may decide to give her an all-expenses-paid trip to her favourite destination.


Give her tickets to concerts, opera, theatre, ballet or sporting events. You may also wish to give her a new experience and take her to a play or concert she would not normally attend. Give gift tokens for a facial, manicure and pedicure or other beauty treatments at her favourite spa. A special friend may wish to take her on a hot air balloon ride or horse and buggy ride. Parents or close relatives can arrange for a photography session or the painting of her portrait.


She is probably very computer savvy and owns the latest electronic gadgets. If you are a special friend or close relative, buy her a new cell phone, digital camera, Palm Pilot, laptop or television set. Friends could buy an extra handset, memory cards or stylish carrying cases for her gadgets or other accessories. CDs and DVDs make very appropriate and inexpensive gifts.

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