Best 21st Birthday Gift Ideas for Her or Him in 2017
Looking for the perfect 21st birthday gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend? Use our lists to find the best gifts you can buy now!
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Image zoom Champagne Biscuits
For the girl who’d rather sip on a glass of bubbly than knock back beers at the bar, these Champagne biscuits are the perfect 21st birthday gift idea for her. Each crispy pink biscuit is baked from a centuries-old French recipe and is meant to withstand dipping once (or twice) into a glass of her favorite Champagne.
To buy: $20; deandeluca.com. deandeluca.com
Image zoom PUR Love Your Selfie Makeup Palette
Looking for a non-alcoholic way to show you care? This cruelty-free makeup palette is a great 21st birthday gift idea for your daughter that will last much longer than a cocktail would. Each versatile palette contains an assortment of eye shadows, cheek essentials (highlighter, bronzer, and baking powder), plus a lip gloss, lip pencil, and jet black mascara to keep her selfie game on fleek.
To buy: $42; dermstore.com. dermstore.com
Image zoom Rosé All Day Sweatshirt
She can announce her favorite new motto loudly and proudly with this cute 21st birthday gift. Crafted from a super soft cotton-blend, this sweatshirt is the perfect way to usher in her legal drinking age.
To buy: $33; weekendzonlyapparel.etsy.com. WeekendzOnlyApparel.etsy.com
Image zoom The Poptail Manual
In the scope of 21st birthday gifts for her, few sound more delicious than the frozen cocktails contained in this pop-making cookbook. These artisanal boozy recipes (including Amaretto Sours and Strawberry and Black Pepper Sambucas) are perfect for quenching summer thirst, though denizens of warmer climates will undoubtedly brag about enjoying these year-round.
To buy: $15; shopbop.com. chroniclebooks.com
Image zoom Sticky Note Typewriter
For the girl who enjoys outfitting her home—or office—with a retro vibe, this diminutive teal typewriter fits the bill. It houses 100 sticky notes with the phrase “Once upon a time…” printed across the top of each. It’s perfect for jotting down her innermost thoughts or a quick errand list before heading out the door.
To buy: $10; amazon.com. amazon.com 1 of 5 Advertisement
Image zoom Personalized Wooden Flask
With your choice of three different kinds of wood, a monogram, and an optional linen bag, this customizable flask is the perfect way to commemorate his transition into adulthood. He’s sure to get tons of use out of this 21st birthday gift idea—it's as practical as it is unique!
To buy: $24.50; wickensnuffers.etsy.com. Wickensnuffers.etsy.com
Image zoom Hemingway Cocktail Companion
For the English lit major or witty blossoming bartender, this cocktail companion book is a thoughtful 21st birthday gift idea for him. This hardbound book (great for weathering his not-yet-perfect pour) contains anecdotes, pictures, and recipes of the special cocktails that Ernest Hemingway incorporated into his stories—and his own life.
To buy: $17; amazon.com. amazon.com
Image zoom Maple Bourbon Beef Jerky
If he grew up snacking on Slim Jims throughout his teen years, he’s sure to appreciate this deliciously creative 21st birthday gift. Crafted from filet mignon and then doused with a special mix of maple and bourbon, his grown-up palate will never look back.
To buy: $10; deandeluca.com. deandeluca.com
Image zoom Designated Driver Keytag
Be sure your son isn’t abusing his newfound drinking freedom by gifting him with this clever keytag etched with “Designated Driver” on the front. He and his friends can decide who takes possession of the car keys before their evening of debauchery even begins.
To buy: $15; jackspade.com. jackspade.com
Image zoom Ribbed Merino Wool Beanie
Present him with this 100 percent merino wool beanie for a cool, yet stylish upgrade from his old collegiate baseball cap. Norse Projects takes inspiration from Danish design and has roots in skateboarding, so he doesn’t have to worry that trading up means losing his street cred.
To buy: $75; mrporter.com. mrporter.com 1 of 5 Advertisement
Image zoom Rose Quartz Love Triangle
This rose quartz pyramid is the perfect way to introduce your special 21st birthday gift recipient to the world of crystals. Imported from Australia, this special love triangle is famous for attracting and keeping love—wherever she ends up placing it. The fact that it’s a gift from her favorite bae is an added bonus.
To buy: $90; freepeople.com. freepeople.comBourbon Pecan Pie Filling
Image zoom Bourbon Pecan Pie Filling
Want to surprise her with a symbolic alcohol-related treat that won’t give her a raging hangover the next morning? Bake her a pie (or simply serve warm over ice cream for an even quicker indulgence) with this bourbon-soaked pecan pie filling for a 21st birthday gift idea sure to tempt her taste buds.
To buy: $18; uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com
Image zoom Block Clipboard Frame
For the perfect reminder of your love, she’ll adore glancing at this artsy clipboard frame while she’s diligently cramming for her next exam. The powder-coated steel frame will be even more appreciated if you tuck a photo of the two of you underneath the gold clip.
To buy: $24; bloomingdales.com. bloomingdales.com
Image zoom Demeter Mojito Fragrance Spray
Though marketed as a unisex cologne, Demeter’s eerily true-to-life Mojito fragrance has just enough of a minty, citrusy scent to delight the budding cocktail connoisseur within her. Each single note Demeter fragrance contains ingredients derived from natural resources for a scent she can feel good about wearing.
To buy: $14.50 for 1 ounce; amazon.com. demeterfragrance.com
Image zoom Chocolate Jewel Caramels
If your girlfriend is a chocolate and jewel aficionado, why not surprise her with an edible 21st birthday gift that combines both? This gourmet assortment of six dark chocolate-covered caramels features fresh herbs, spices, and sea salts from around the world. Each caramel is handcrafted and presented in a bow-wrapped box for the ultimate in gift-giving ease.
To buy: $29; neimanmarcus.com. neimanmarcus.com 1 of 5 Advertisement
Image zoom Carry-On Cocktail Kit
A significantly more mature approach to drinking straight from those tiny liquor bottles, this miniature cocktail kit tucks into his carry-on bag for a craft drink right at his seat. Kit choices include ingredients for a pair of old-fashioned cocktails, Moscow mules, or gin and tonics.
To buy: $24; nordstrom.com. nordstrom.com
Image zoom Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Want to ensure his roommates keep their hands off his Lagavulin when he’s not around? This personalized miniature whiskey barrel eliminates any confusion. A matching wood stand is included for a creative 21st birthday gift he’ll use for years—even after he’s moved into his own bachelor pad.
To buy: $85 for 2L; uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com
Image zoom Q*bert Handheld Game
The first iteration of '80s video games may predate him, but he can take a virtual trip back in time with this classic favorite. This handheld Q*bert game takes two batteries (which are kindly included) for a wireless game he can tote around to impress his friends during breaks between classes. Alternately, it will keep him occupied while you debate which shoes look best with your killer outfit.
To buy: $26; urbanoutfitters.com. urbanoutfitters.com
Image zoom Craft IPA Beer Shampoo and Conditioner
For a cute 21st birthday gift idea that’s as useful as it is clever, opt for this IPA-inspired shampoo and conditioner (sold separately). Apparently, the traditional ingredients in beer (barley, hops, and malt) make for very lustrous locks. Who knew?! It also smells terrific, thanks to the addition of botanical extracts. You might even be inspired to use some in the morning, should you forget your vanity case at home.
To buy: $20 each, uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com
Image zoom Leather Tri-Fold Wallet
A leather wallet is an absolute must-have on the list of 21st birthday gifts for your boyfriend. This slim tri-fold version from Quiksilver even manages to incorporate a zip coin pocket inside. Added features include a mesh ID window and RFID technology to help prevent identity theft.
To buy: $32, quiksilver.com. quiksilver.com 1 of 5 Advertisement
Image zoom Pizza Besties iPhone Case Set
Show your BFF she’s really the one with this set of pizza iPhone cases that are meant to be shared. Featuring tiny pepperoni and melted cheese on a split heart-shaped plastic pie, you can choose to gift your bestie either the right or left side—while you text her back and forth on the other.
To buy: $30; urbanoutfitters.com. urbanoutfitters.com
Image zoom Glossier Body Hero Duo
From cult skincare brand Glossier comes the perfect 21st birthday gift for your best friend. Body Hero Duo is the brand’s latest release and the first cleanser and cream meant for the body. Sold separately or as a set (shown here), she’ll indulge in the unique floral scent and roll up with dewy, perfectly moisturized skin from head to toe.
To buy: $35; glossier.com. glossier.com
Image zoom Finally 21 Temporary Tattoos
Order several sets of these inexpensive temporary tattoos for each member of her squad before the big 21st birthday bash and be the savior of the party! These “Finally 21” gold metallic tattoos are waterproof and last up to five days, so she’ll remember the fun times that were had long after her hangover fades.
To buy: $7.50 for three; tats4now.etsy.com. Tats4now.etsy.com
Image zoom Pantone Notebooks Set
For a fun party favor, swapping with one another, or simply to keep all to herself, Pantone’s assortment of 10 notebooks is a great 21st birthday gift for your favorite pal. Featuring a rainbow of hues inspired by Pantone’s color chips, they’ll even look cute as a set on her desk thanks to the matching box they arrive in.
To buy: $20; urbanoutfitters.com. urbanoutfitters.com
Image zoom Origins Flower Fusion Violet Sheet Masks
Invite the gang over for a girls’ night in! Queue up the Netflix, make a batch of margaritas, and pamper each other with several of these Origins sheet masks. Each violet-infused mask de-stresses and eases inflammation; perfect after indulging in a little too much avocado toast at brunch.
To buy: $7 each; sephora.com. sephora.com 1 of 5 Advertisement
Image zoom What Do You Meme? Game
The “it” millennial card game of the moment comes courtesy of the team behind one of Instagram’s most famous meme generators. There are thousands of possible card combinations and tons of belly laughs to be had with this endlessly funny 21st birthday gift.
To buy: $30; amazon.com. amazon.com
Image zoom Taco Time Notecards and Envelopes
Take their love of Mexican food to the next level with this set of assorted taco-themed notecards and envelopes. The die-cut cards (a variety of beef, carnitas, veggie, and shrimp) even come with a sheet of garnish stickers to personalize to their intended recipient’s specifications (extra guac, anyone?).
To buy: $13; chroniclebooks.com. chroniclebooks.com
Image zoom I Tried Pin
For those Mondays when they just can’t even. Show them you really did make an effort with this clever 21st birthday gift. The shiny enamel pin resembles a gold star and features “i tried” embossed across the front in lowercase letters.
To buy: $9; choopldesigns.etsy.com. ChooplDesigns.etsy.com
Image zoom Inconsequential Dilemmas Book
This book of hilariously eye-roll-inducing flowcharts will relate to the drama queen in all of us. Questions of great significance such as “I’m at the gym. Now what?” will leave them howling with laughter.
To buy: $16; uncommongoods.com. uncommongoods.com
Image zoom Crazy Cat Lady Bandages
Admit it, being a cat lady isn’t all that bad. A crazy cat lady is an even more covetable title. With this tongue-in-cheek 21st birthday gift, she can show off who she really is while covering up her claw marks and scratches at the same time.
To buy: $7; amazon.com. amazon.com 1 of 5 Advertisement