Top 18th Birthday Gift Ideas for Men & Women

by Natasha

This article lists some top and popular 18th Birthday gift Ideas for men and women.....

Turning  18 years old is one of life’s major events and milestones; this day warrants an equally special gift for the man or woman turning 18. From the unusual to the practical, there are many 18th birthday gift ideas to choose from, especially if you search the Internet.

Personalized Photo Calendar

Amazon has a nice variety of these calendars to choose from; there are large ones to peruse, as well as mouse pad types and even a neat Peal and Stick by RoomMates® Dry Erase Calendar Wall Decal which is perfect for an apartment or dorm.

Alternatively, you can also make your own personalized photo calendar.  Just give 12 high quality images and get a custom made calendar specially designed for you.  This calendar costs only $19.99

To order one, just click on the image source on the right.

Personalized Photo Calendar
Personalized Photo Calendar

Kitchen utensil starter set

For the girl who is off to college, gift her with a kitchen utensil set for her dorm room or apartment. Amazon has hundreds of these sets available, with some of them including the following: slotted turner and spoon, basting spoon, tongs, measuring spoons and cups, a can opener, flat grater, peeler, whisk, corkscrew, kitchen shears (scissors), vegetable peeler, cheese grater and/or slicer, small cutting board, and many other accessories that are essential in a kitchen just starting out.

Personalized/engravable photo frame

Opt for a heavy frame in sterling silver and have their name or initials engraved on it for a special 18th birthday gift idea. Again, Amazon has an amazing selection of picture frames that can be personalized.

Engraved  key chain

Most 18-year-olds are eager to start their new life, so gift them with an elegant engraved key chain to hold their dorm and car keys. Present in a pretty box for an elegant birthday present.  The one featured on the left is quite popular.

Fun Gifts for Women

Personalized Candle

For a pretty, yet unusual 18th birthday gift, buy her a beautiful customized birthday candle. These can come in an array of sizes, scents and styles. Pick one that is either her favorite color or scent, then present in a deep gift box tied with a gold or silver ribbon.

Gift card to day spa

Perfect for the birthday girl who loves to be pampered, opt for a day spa near to her and maybe include a restaurant gift card so she dine out after her spa treatment.


Jewelry can be fun, if you choose the right piece! For the studious birthday girl, select a simply strand of pearls; for the party girl, choose a fun trendy piece such as a feather or horseshoe; and for just about any women, pick out a pretty diamond or cubic zirconia solitaire pendant.

Gifts for Men


For the 18th birthday boy who loves technology, choose a gadget such as an iPod, MP3 player, a Kindle e-reader, Roku® streaming television box, or any of the newest gadgets that are available today.

Game or Concert Tickets

Whether he’s into sports or music, gifting him with a concert or sports tickets will leave him happy and looking forward to the event. 

Engraved key chain

This was also mentioned above for a woman turning 18, but guys love their cars just as much, or more, than their female counterpart. Try sterling silver or a favorite sports team logo for one of the best 18th birthday gift ideas.

Updated: 01/22/2012, Natasha
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