18 of the best 18th birthday gifts and ideas 2020

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Whether you're looking for 18th birthday gifts for a daughter, son, best friend or sibling, we've done the hard work of finding the perfect present for you.

When buying 18th birthday gifts, it's not always assured that the present you choose will be loved by the recipient. What do teenagers want for their birthday anyway?

As a result, we often choose the safe option of gifting money or a voucher.

But for a special milestone such as an 18th birthday, it's so much nicer to buy something that you know the recipient can keep - and hopefully cherish for years to come!

Be it a traditional 18th birthday gift or something more unusual, it's rewarding to gift something tangible to someone, knowing it will remind the 18th birthday girl or boy of you when they look at it or use it.

That's why we've put together our pick of the best 18th birthday gifts for 2020. A curated list of 18th birthday gift ideas and special presents, that can be bought online and shipped anywhere in the UK.

How do I find the best gift for an 18th birthday?

Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, has a daughter and years of gift buying experience behind her. The Cambridge Satchel Company is a popular place for people to buy gifts from. So, Julie knows a thing of two about finding the perfect present.

Personalised 18th birthday gifts by the Cambridge Satchel Company.

When it comes to finding the best 18th birthday gifts, Julie advises that like any special birthday or occasion, you should start planning in plenty of time:

"Never leave it until the last minute! Inspiration cannot be relied upon during the last two days. Much easier to keep a list in Notes on your phone throughout the year. Often ideas will present themselves but these gems are so often forgotten."

To help you find the best 18th birthday gifts, we've handpicked a collection of perfect present ideas. Just scroll down to shop our varied selection for all price points.

18 of the best 18th birthday gifts

Orelia earrings

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Orelia huggie hoop earring in gold plated with pink pave

RRP: £22

Trending 'huggie' earrings are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Their small and delicate design means they delicately hug the earlobes and can be stacked with other accessories such as studs or ear cuffs.

Mobile Phone Accessories Kit + Power Bank, £45

Gaucho Techpack Mobile Phone Accessories Kit + Power Bank

RRP: £45

For the 18-year-old who is always on the go, or an intrepid traveller with big plans for their gap year and beyond, you can't go wrong with this eminently practically yet undeniably stylish tech pack full of handy gadgets and useful wires. Use Gaucho's embossing service to add their initials to the leather pouch for a thoughtful, personalised touch.

Kate Spade handbag, £165

Kate Spade spencer chain wallet

RRP: £165

Kate Spade is a fantastic, affordable luxury designer whose bags are effortlessly chic and with proper care, will last for years to come. This soft leather bag has plenty space for all essentials and the delicate gold chain makes it an ideal accessory for day and night.

mulberry Medium Continental French Purse

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Mulberry Medium Continental French Purse

RRP: £310

Debit card, credit card, driver's licence, Oyster card, student ID and more – keep all the important cards safe and in one place in this smart and stylish card wallet by luxury leather goods brand Mulberry. A classic 18th gift from an iconic British brand that will last for years to come.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

RRP: £57.00 - £113.00

It's not every day that the average person can treat themselves to a Chanel perfume, so gifting one to someone on their birthday will always be a special and well-received gift. There's a reason why Coco Mademoiselle is one of the best selling perfumes in the world, and you can't really go wrong when picking this classic fragrance as a present.

Airpods, £159

A feature on many gift wish lists, airpods might seem expensive for something so small, but these portable, wireless ear buds certainly make life easier and more flexible if you're trying to listen to music whilst exercising or talk on the phone whilst on the go. Treat someone to this must-have Apple gear as a special surprise for their 18th.

Aspinal of London Burgundy Saffiano & Navy Suede Passport Cover

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Aspinal of London Burgundy Saffiano & Navy Suede Passport Cover

RRP: £60

Treat the intrepid traveller in your life heading off on a gap year or adventures abroad with a special passport cover to keep their travel documents safe. Emboss the leather cover with their initials for the ultimate unique, personalised gift and thoughtful touch.

PDPAOLA Initial Necklace, £56

PDPAOLA Cubic Zirconia Initial Pendant Necklace

RRP: £56

A unique piece of jewellery to celebrate a special milestone birthday, these personalised necklaces come in gold or silver and each charming initial glistens with multiple colourful stones.

Dyson Airwrap, £399

The latest in hair technology, the Dyson Airwrap has been making waves (pun intended) in the beauty industry for its engineering, specifically designed by Dyson to curl, wave, smooth or volumise. The Airwrap styles and dries simultaneously but doesn't use extreme heat so damage to the hair is limited. A must-have item this year, this new launch from Dyson is sure to be on many a birthday and Christmas wish list in 2020.

LED text bulbs, £45

Bright Ideas Collection LED Text Bulbs

RRP: £60

These cool filament text bulbs have been designed to bring a distinctive, ultra-cool style and beautiful light to any home. An unusual 18th birthday gift for anyone with a particular flair for design and curious interiors, choose from a range of neon words to go inside the bulbs including 'love', 'dream', 'happy' and 'home'.

Polaroid Now i‑Type Instant Camera, £99.95

Polaroid Now i‑Type Instant Camera

RRP: £119.99

Capture memories and have them printed instantly with a Polaroid camera. A fun and trendy alternative to snapping photos on a phone and uploading them straight to social media, this present is perfect for anyone with an eye for photography or creative 18-year-olds who will enjoy composing the shots and then creating collages, scrapbooks or picture displays with the photos afterwards.

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack, £80

Herschel Supply Co. is renowned for its quality backpacks and their products come with a lifetime guarantee, meaning this is a gift that should last forever! Ideal for an 18 year old embarking on international travel or preparing for university life or urban commuting, they can fit plenty of essential items in this versatile yet stylish bag.

Veloretti city bike, £419

Veloretti Caféracer aluminium bicycle

RRP: £699

Cycling around town, to and from university or as a mode of transport to get to work and back again, giving the gift of two wheels for an 18th birthday is a present that any young adult will get years of use from. Veloretti bikes are not only stylish but are made from high-quality aluminium, making them durable yet light to lift and store.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together, £8.95

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together, £8.95

Described as 'for fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social media influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose' this light but intelligent book is aimed at 'budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies' in need of advice on how to survive impending adulthood.

Afternoon Tea Treats birthday hamper, £100

John Lewis & Partners Elegant Afternoon Tea Treats Hamper

RRP: £100

Tea, fudge, chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of bubbly and – of course – a birthday cake await the lucky recipient of this beautifully presented Afternoon Tea Treats Hamper. This bestselling, pink-themed summer gift hamper can be ordered online and delivered straight to the 18th birthday celebrant.

iPhone 11, from £30.37/mo. or £729

Available in six different colours, the iPhone 11 comes with two different cameras designed to capture all the moments – big and small – that an 18 year old is about to experience over the next few formative years. Trade in an iPhone with Apple to get up to £160 off the price of a new phone.

Amethyst Healing Stone Bracelet, £65

Daisy Amethyst Healing Stone Bobble Bracelet 18Ct Gold Plate

RRP: £65

Amethyst is the stone of calm, patience and protection and has been used for centuries to protect against negative energy. This beautiful bracelet is not only a pretty gift, but an apt present for any 18 year old about to start making their own way in the world away from home.

Personalised trunk, £195

The Cambridge Satchel Company Steamer Trunk - Forest Green

RRP: £195

The Cambridge Satchel Company's steamer trunks are some of their most popular 18th and 21st presents – so when buying one you can be assured that the recipient is sure to love it. Perfect for putting in a bedroom to stash clothes, books and photo albums, or that inevitable tangle of wires and chargers or taking to uni as a stylish addition to any dorm room, they're versatile and durable – so made to last. The trunks come in 10 different colours and each can be embossed with initials – making a perfect personalised present.