The best 18th birthday gifts that they'll actually use and appreciate
We've rounded up the best 18th birthday gifts that'll help your teen navigate adulthood, from practical finds to sentimental treasures
Nailing the best 18th birthday gifts for every type of soon-to-be adult can be tricky. But whether they're tech-obsessed, have a penchant for perfumes, or need something practical to store essentials in, these top picks have you covered.
Turning 18 is a major milestone—it's the first stage of adulthood where you can finally vote, get a tattoo, and even skydive. Inevitably, gift-givers are responsible for finding a present that's several notches above what their teen already has, whether that means investing in one of the best perfumes or a much-coveted designer bag to upgrade their collection.
We've put together our picks of the best 18th birthday gifts, which can be purchased online and shipped straight to your front door. Our curation offers both timeless and trendy finds for their pursuits—from starting university to traveling solo for the first time to filming the latest TikTok dance. With guidance direct from Gen-Zers, this 18th birthday gifts guide will ensure your beloved giftee won't deem you as cheugy (aka out with the times) and will love their present.
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Where to find the best 18th birthday gifts in the UK
- Amazon: Best for last-minute gifts including bestselling books and the latest tech
- Anthropologie: Find unique and trendy gifts, homeware and accessories
- ASOS: Retailer offering a range of gifts, clothing and accessories from big brands
- Boots: The go-to destination for affordable beauty brands
- Cult Beauty: A hub for prestige makeup, haircare, skincare, fragrance, and more
- Currys: Shop top-rated smart tech, kitchen gadgets, and more
- Etsy: The ultimate marketplace for unusual and quirky gifts
- Feel Unique: A beauty hotspot featuring over 1,000 cosmetics brands
- Free People: Bohemian clothing and accessories, plus homeware items
- John Lewis: Shop big name brands across fashion, beauty and tech
- Not On The High Street: Gift them something thoughtful and personalized
- Papier: Browse a wide range of stationery, planners, journals, diaries and more
- Selfridges: Choose from designer handbags, accessories, make up and more
- Sephora UK: Popular destination for makeup, haircare, fragrance and skincare
- Urban Outfitters: A wide range of unique gifts, clothing and accessories
- Vestiaire Collective: Second-hand designer pieces that will last a lifetime
- Waterstones: One-stop shop for books, literary gifts and stationery
Our pick of the best 18th birthday gifts in the UK
1. Sound Reactive LED Curtain Lights
This LED light curtain will make a small room look cozy, or it can be hung outside (even in wet weather, as it's waterproof). The colors on these battery-powered lights include soft white, pink and purple, and they'll also react to sound, so will twinkle away to the tune of your teen's favourite playlist. A must for any Gen-Z bedroom, especially if they're heading off to live in university or college accommodation and need to personalise their room.
2. Milk Tooth LDN Love Pup Friendship Signet Ring
Milk Tooth’s Companion collection features quirky, bold accessories which make for unique gifts. This gold-plated signet ring is hand-enameled, so every cartoon pup featured on the ring will be very slightly different from the next. Available in three different sizes and presented in an adorable flower-shaped jewelry box, this affordable 18th birthday gift will be treasured for years to come.
3. Huda Beauty Color Block Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
If your teen fancies herself an eyeshadow aficionado, gift her this bold Huda Beauty palette and watch her work her magic - with shades ranging from matte to shimmery and including a water-activated cake liner, she'll be able to recreate many a Euphoria-inspired eye. Available in two different color groups, the eye-catching casing (complete with mirror) has a fun Y2K feel, too.
4. Ugg Disquette Slippers
With a subtle platform sole, these fluffy, retro-style slippers can be worn inside or outside, but your teen will undoubtedly have them strapped to their feet as soon as they step in the door. The sheepskin has a thick, cushiony feel, and they're available in several different colors, from subtle gray and black to the more maximalist red color. We love this lilac option.
5. Lumie Sunrise Alarm Clock
Your soon-to-be-18-year-old has likely seen sunrise alarm clocks all over TikTok, as many have stated they're the key to waking up earlier, feeling less tired, and overcoming seasonal affective disorder. With the sunrise beginning 30 minutes before your set alarm time, the clock will slowly wake your teen up as well as providing a soft light for evening wind-downs. If you're worried your teen won't wake up to the artificial sunrise alone, you can add a standard alarm sound or nature-inspired sounds.
6. Ray-Ban Round Double Bridge Sunglasses
As an industry leader, Ray-Ban offers the best sunglasses on the market, reconciling durability with trendy aesthetics. Naturally, the Double Bridge sunnies are a universal staple in many wardrobes, coming in 19 unique colorways. Chic factor aside, they're non-polarized (but there is a polarized option available) and they incorporate a UV-protection coating for your peepers.
7. Polaroid Now i‑Type Instant Camera
Capture memories and have them printed instantly with a Polaroid camera. This present is a fun and trendy alternative to snapping photos on a phone and uploading them straight to social media. Though ideal for any teen, it's great for those with a creative eye, using each shot to create collages, scrapbooks, or picture displays as tokens.
8. Nike Air Force 1 Low Sneaker
The Nike Air Force trainers are timeless, featuring durable stitched overlays, soft cushioning, and a clean, low-cut silhouette. This versatile pair of the best white trainers complements casual outfits and night-out ensembles, making onlookers develop some serious trainer envy.
9. Mulberry Medium Continental Purse
Debit card, credit card, driver's license, 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. Pair it with minimalist wardrobe essentials, and you're good to go. A classic 18th gift from an iconic British brand that will last for years to come.
10. Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler
This top-rated tool is engineered to curl, wave, smooth, or volumize all hair types. One of the best hair dryers for fine hair, it guarantees the perfect at-home blowout on hair that isn't too naturally thick or coarse—beating even the best curling irons in the time stakes. It's still a great buy for those with thicker hair, but if they're frizz-prone they might need to pair it with the best hair styling products for a sleek look or even finish it off with their best hair straighteners. Ideal for the 18-year-old heading off to parties and events.
11. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Give the gift of an at-home salon blowout with the Revlon One-Step Volumizer, acclaimed as one of the best hair dryer brushes by experts, beginners, and top-tier media. This tool glides through thin and coarse hair textures with ease and finesse; while its oval shape helps to tame frizz and add body to every strand. It's also backed by variable heat and speed settings, a cool-down setting, tufted bristles for detangling, and a generous 4-year warranty. Available in six colors.
12. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum
It's not every day that the average person can treat themselves to one of the best Chanel perfumes, so gifting one to someone will always be special and well-received. There's a reason why Coco Mademoiselle is one of the best perfumes for women in the world, as it's great for those who don't like anything too stuffy—and you can't really go wrong when picking this classic fragrance as a present.
14. Apple Airpods Pro
AirPods might seem expensive for something so small, but these portable, wireless earbuds certainly make life easier and more flexible. They're especially great for the 18-year-old melomaniac whenever they're on the go or exercising in their best running shoes.
15. JBL CLIP 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The ultimate gadget for shower-time jam sessions, available in 12 styles and colors. This Bluetooth speaker is powered by a 10-hour lifespan on a single charge and clasps onto doorknobs and entryways with ease. Unsurprisingly, it's a resounding best-seller, with over 36,000 positive reviews on Amazon alone.
16. Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together
Described as one "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-hearted read caters to 'budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies' in need of advice on how to survive impending adulthood. It's easily one of the best non-fiction books for your 18 year old.
17. Pavé Diamond Round Bracelet
As the adage goes, diamonds are forever, and this keepsake certainly lives up to that reputation. Made of 14k gold, this classic will not oxidize or discolor over time, even with wild adventures. Needless to say, it's the perfect present for any 18-year-old trendsetter eager to make a statement and coming from one of the best jewelry brands, you know this present will stand the test of time, too.
18. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
An iconic piece of Chanel makeup is a classic and timeless beauty gift that will never go out of style. The Chanel Rouge Coco range is long-lasting and hydrating - making these lipsticks some of the best red lipsticks on the market. This line is inspired by the close friends of Mademoiselle Chanel, who called her simply Coco.
19. Apple iPad 10.2
The newest iPad offering has even more special features and makes a really special gift for someone on the cusp of adulthood. The latest model boasts a number of intuitive features to make multitasking easy, with features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover and easier to use. Great for studying, streaming and staying in touch with friends and family.
20. Sterling Silver Birthstone Sliding Bracelet
Not on the High Street may not be the first place you think to look when buying jewelry online, but this marketplace for independent businesses is one of the best places to go for personalized, engraved and unique pieces.
You can customize this pretty bracelet with the initials of your loved one to ensure it's a personal and special gift. Choose between sterling silver and gold metals, as well as their own personal birthstone. You can also add matching earrings to the gift if you want to spend a little more. For more inspiration, head to our guide on the best personalized jewelry gifts.
21. Glossier The Makeup Set
Since Glossier was founded back in 2014, the brand has earned itself a well-deserved spot in all beauty lovers' collections. Champions of the no-makeup-makeup look, there is an extensive range of subtle yet effective products for all beauty needs and desires. Treat your loved one to this kit with all the makeup essentials and watch their Glossier obsession begin.
22. Ganni Festival Bag
Danish fashion label Ganni is the go-to brand for young and stylish women, making it the ideal destination when shopping for 18th birthday gifts. This designer crossbody bag, made with festivals in mind, is perfect for those entering adulthood thanks to its practicality; whether the receiver is heading on a night out, venturing abroad or just travelling to and from home, this bag will keep their belongings safe and looking chic.
23. Levi's 501 Crop Jeans
Buying clothes for other people is one of life's great challenges. From fit to style, it is almost impossible to guarantee success. Enter: Levi's jeans. With these high quality and comfortable jeans you can be confident that anyone will be satisfied with your gift choice. This 501 style is a timeless classic and available up to a size UK 24. Unsure about sizing? Make sure you get a gift receipt or purchase a Levi's gift card and let your giftee pick their own pair.
24. Estee Lalonde x Daisy Rising Sun Frame Ring
High-quality and long-lasting jewelry is the ideal investment when it comes to big birthday presents. This stunning sterling silver ring by Estee Lalonde for Daisy London is made from recycled materials and has a one-year warranty, so you can be sure you are getting your money's worth. For less than £50, it's the perfect budget-friendly option that looks far more expensive than it is.
25. The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket
Practicality has never looked so good. Despite The North Face being known for its sturdy outerwear, the brand has also earned itself a name in the fashion world with the gen-z crowd. From trendy puffer jackets to branded beanies, its enduring products continue to grow in popularity. This gorgeous blue paneled fleece will come in particularly handy for UK winters and is bound to be worn year after year.
26. Dr Martens Quad Platform Leather Shoes
Whether your teen is off to university, starting work, or taking some time off before facing adulthood, the right pair of everyday shoes is a necessity. These trending platform Dr Martens will complete any outfit and will look just as good in the office as they will for days off.
27. Letter necklace
Another sweet personalized jewelry gift, this initial letter necklace is subtle enough to be worn for school or college, but still special enough for an 18th birthday gift that is grown-up and on-trend. There's a three-year warranty on the necklace if it should tarnish, but as it's made from sterling silver, with an 18-karat gold plating and stones including violet crystal, mother of pearl, tiger eye, labradorite and more, it should last your recipient for years to come.
28. Arket Knitted Alpaca Yak Vest
Sweater vests are still having their moment, with the mix of '90s-nostalgia and a Dark Academia-feel proving this minimalist capsule wardrobe essential to be not only practical but stylish, too. This thick-knit Arket option comes in two colors, and is made from ethically-sourced alpaca and yak wool, with ribbed detailing around the high neck and armholes. The recipient can wear it over a shirt for a smart-casual look, or on its own with a midi skirt for an event or gig.
29. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop'Lit All-Over Glow Enhancer
When we asked teens what they thought were the best gifts, Rihanna's skincare, fragrance and makeup brand, Fenty, came up more than once. Much-loved for being high-quality, ethical and still affordable, Fenty prides itself on inclusivity within the beauty space, which is another reason young people love the products so much.
This highlighter includes extracts of milk thistle and pomegranate peel, alongside vitamin E - your recipient can wear it alone for a dewy look, under makeup as a base, or mixed into their foundation for a subtle glow.
30. Lush All the Best Gift Set
Lush's products are ethically made (not tested on animals), arrive wrapped in biodegradable packaging such as banana paper, and what's more, they smell delicious. This gift set includes four of their bestsellers: Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, Dream Cream Body Lotion, The Olive Branch Shower Gel, and Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub.
31. Papier Joy Academic Diary
Whether the 18-year-old in your life is continuing their studies or not, a good daily planner is a must. The weekly overview and day-to-view pages in this Papier option will help them to keep their busy personal schedules planned out, and there are also sections for setting and reflecting on goals and habit tracking, making it a great productivity planner, as well as pages for meal planning, for when they're inspired by one of the best cookbooks to cook up a storm.
32. Kitsch Satin Heatless Curler Set
Your soon-to-be 18-year-old might not yet have sustained damage to their hair, but it's always a good time to ditch the heat and seek out one of the best methods for heatless curls. This set comes with a satin curling rod and two scrunchies, giving your teen everything they'll need to achieve gorgeous curls and waves without the need to use heated curlers or the best hair dryers for curly hair.
32. New Girl Order Pixie Mesh Asymmetrical Midi Dress
Warmer months are on the horizon, and your teen likely has a full schedule of events, holidays, or festivals lined up for the summer. This asymmetrical midi dress can be dressed up or down, and would look just as fabulous with a pair of sneakers as it would with some chunky sandals. Plus, it incorporates the pink hues that continue to prove popular when it comes to fashion trends 2023.
33. Daisy Eau Ever So Fresh Eau de Parfum
Perfume is having a moment on TikTok currently, so make sure your teen is ahead of the curve with this fruity perfume, which is also a great long-lasting scent. With notes of mandarin, mango and orange blossom, this punchy fragrance is definitely a distinctive one, bringing an extra touch of bold sweetness to the Gen-Z-approved Daisy by Marc Jacobs.
34. The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks
Thick, soft, good-quality socks are the kind of luxury an 18-year-old might not think to buy for themselves, which is why a pair of the best cashmere socks are a perfect gift. The White Company is a no-brainer when it comes to cashmere socks, and this gorgeous pair comes in six different colors, so you're sure to find some your teen will wear and enjoy.
35. Free People Amelia Corset
Free People has released a capsule collection to celebrate the adaptation of Daisy Jones and the Six, the TikTok-famous book turned adaptation that's proved just as successful. This corset top may be '70s-inspired, but it's also a fashionable piece that doesn't look out of place in 2023: the hook eye closures and delicate lace detail on the front, alongside the simple tie along the back, make this a perfect day-to-night piece.
Where to buy the best 18th birthday gifts in the US
- Amazon: Score discounts on tech, beauty, fashion, books and more
- Anthropologie: A variety of quirky and unique gifts from this retailer
- Best Buy: Shop discounted tech products from TVs, phones, and more
- Etsy: Expansive selection of handmade and bespoke gifts
- Everlane: The ultimate clothing destination for eco-conscious teens
- Flannels: Browse designer and luxury products that every teen will appreciate
- Free People: Boho-inspired clothes and accessories
- Macys: Snag the best Chanel perfumes, Coach handbags, and cute fashion pieces
- Net-a-Porter: Shop books, home accessories, fragrances and more
- Nordstrom: The ultimate hub of both high-end and affordable gifts
- Saks Fifth Avenue: High-end gifting including fragrance, beauty and clothing
- Sephora: Get the newest and best in beauty—from fragrance to skin, hair and more
- Target: The ultimate one-stop-shop for affordable gifts in home, tech, and more
- Ulta: Shop the best Olaplex sets, Dyson hairdryers, and cult-favorite skincare
- Urban Outfitters: Explore quirky women's fashion and trendy lifestyle finds
Our pick of the best 18th birthday gifts in the US
1. Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack
Herschel Supply Co. is renowned for making some of the best backpacks and their products come with a lifetime guarantee, meaning this is a gift that should last forever. Hailed for its versatility and large size, the bag is ideal for an 18-year-old embarking on international travel, preparing for university life, or urban commuting. It would even make for one of the best weekend bags for those who love to travel.
2. Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler
The latest in hair technology, the Dyson Airwrap styler has been making waves (pun intended) in the beauty industry for its engineering, specifically designed by Dyson to curl, wave, smooth, or volumize. The Airdrop styles and dries simultaneously, serving as one of the best hair dryers for blow drying. Simply put, it'll become a mainstay in your 18-year-old's hair routine.
3. Bellroy Hide & Seek Wallet
With a modern profile and convenient perks, the Bellroy wallet is ideal for the 18-year-old who wants to level up their style without sacrificing practicality. The thin billfold design adds pocket space and fits cards, coins, and 12 cards with room to spare. It is available in eight colors, made from environmentally certified leather, and backed by a 3-year warranty.
4. Gucci Bee-Embroidered Leather Trainers
Every teenager needs a pair of the best white trainers in their wardrobe, so why not go designer with these leather Gucci trainers: a crisp white pair with a whimsical bee embellishment and contrast metallic panel at the heel. And don't be fooled: They're as comfortable as they are trendy, featuring a soft interior that cushions your feet. Available in sizes U.S. 4-12/U.K. 34-42.
5. Coach Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 18
If your teen is on social media, there's a high chance they have seen this Coach purse on their feed. Worn by many Gen Zers, the Coach Pillow Tabby is known for its soft leather, gorgeous color options, and being the perfect size for all your necessities. What better way to kick off their young adult capsule wardrobe?
6. Foreo Luna Mini 2
It's never too early to begin an anti-aging beauty routine, and this sphere-shaped gadget is one of the best skincare devices that tightens and brightens the complexion. Made of FDA-grade premium silicone, it's primarily designed to unclog pores of residue and boost circulation.
7. Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush
Not only is the Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush among the best Oral-B toothbrushes, it is also hailed by dentists as one of the best electric toothbrushes out of all brands thanks to its supreme cleaning and clever features. It has a display screen for customizable brushing, a round brush head with twisted bristles that reach every tooth, and a signal that turns red when you're brushing too hard. Available in three colors, it comes with a convenient charging travel case, so your 18-year-old can get the perfect clean whenever, wherever.
8. Cooluli Mini Fridge
For your college-bound 18-year-old, the Cooluli Mini Fridge organizes beauty essentials of varying sizes and keeps them cool. As one of the best skincare fridges, it maintains a crisp 35°F/1.67°C when powered on, thanks to the brand's unique EcoMax Technology. Additionally, it features a removable inner shelf and container basket to help streamline their space so they can keep all of their skincare routine essentials organized.
9. Tile Black Pro + Premium Bluetooth Item Finder
The Tile tracker monitors important belongings, perfect for the 18-year-old who regularly says "Have you seen my *insert important item here*?" Simply attach the Pro to your keys, bag, phone, etc. When something goes missing, use the Tile app to uncover its location. It's also water-resistant and Bluetooth-compatible.
10. Anker Power Bank
Though slender, this portable charger is hardwearing against scratches and abuse—ideal for your 18-year-old's social adventures. Compatible with Apple and Samsung Galaxy devices, it lasts for 10 hours on a single charge and offers overcharge protection, short circuit protection, and heat control.
11. The How-To Cookbook for Teens
With this beginner-friendly cookbook, your college dorm dweller can craft culinary delights—right in their 180-square-foot space. As a stepping stone, it's equipped with 100 simple, foolproof recipes that help your teen prevent microwave catastrophes and 3am fire drills. Undoubtedly one of the best cookbooks for teens who just need some sustenance without too much hard work.
12. He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Authors Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are venerable sages with timeless relationship advice your 18-year-old will carry into the future. It's a tough, but necessary guide that'll prevent them from experiencing heartbreak, along with dead-end situationships and relationships.
13. Tiffany & Co.1837 Ring
This classic ring is one of the best jewelry gifts for special birthdays, as it's a timeless accessory that will endure the fickle trend cycle. Made of premium sterling silver, this ring pairs nicely with a variety of outfits, from flattering jumpsuits to best shirt dresses. And unlike cheap jewelry, it won't irritate the skin or diminish in quality with time. This special ring would also work as a unique and generous 30th birthday gift.
15. UGG Women's Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper
These fluffy UGGs are as cozy as they come - some of the best slippers for wearing all day, everywhere. The slider style makes them easy to wear (and very on-trend!) and comes in a huge variety of different shades, including classic, rainbow and pastel colorways.
16. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Sky Blue
This retro-style camera is a perfect throwback to the '90s - which no doubt the recipient is obsessed with, even if they weren't even born yet. This stylish polaroid camera comes in a number of attractive pastel shades and you can add matching accessories and equipment to the gift. We think this is a great gift for any milestone birthday that they might want to record, whether you buy it for a 40th birthday gift, or for a 21st birthday gift.
17. Aritzia Peggy Sweater
Dark Academia is a TikTok sub-culture sweeping the popular social networking app that any teen will likely be familiar with. Let them subtly channel the trend with this chunky cable knit sweater that will look perfect paired with loafers and white socks. Plus, it is made from responsibly sourced extra-fine merino wool - what's not to love?
18. Olaplex Bond Maintenance Set
No matter where you sit on the K18 vs Olaplex debate, this is one hair essential set that no one should be without. However, the slightly higher price tag means that Gen-Zers won't often buy these products for themselves. This set is an ideal, useful 18th birthday gift that you can be confident will be used in its entirety, but don't be surprised if it gets requested again for the next gift-buying occasion!
19. Urban Outfitters Mood Candle
A candle is a fool-proof option when it comes to gift giving, and the best scented candles are always appreciated, as their long burn times mean the candles last ages and then the attractive pots can be repurposed and used once the wick is finished. This option by Urban Outfitters is fresh, fruity and floral and will brighten the mood in any space. An easy way to add to their homeware as it can be placed in a room at home or packed to take to their dorm at college.
21. Lunya 2-Piece Washable Silk Pajama Short Set
No one can resist the comfort of a quality silk pajama set and 18 is the perfect age to gift someone their very first silk pajama set to upgrade from old camp t-shirts. The buttery soft material of this 100% Mulberry silk set is perfect for lounging and sleeping alike.
22. Beetles Gel Nail Polish Kit with LED Lamp
If the 18-year-old in your life has been wanting to try out gel nails at home, this kit will give her everything she needs to get salon-level nails from the comfort of her bedroom. It includes a Pro LED lamp for curing, a top coat and base coat, six gel polishes, and more, including a cuticle fork and buffers.
23. Scratch The World Travel Edition Map
If your 18-year-old has the travel bug and is already looking at how to get the best deals on flights for their planned trips next year, this scratch-off map is the perfect accessory for any teen's bedroom. They can simply scratch off the destination they've visited with a coin, and watch the world map slowly change color over time as they scratch their traveling itch. Whether you're looking for a gift idea for a teen going on their first trip or abroad or a gift idea for a couple going on a round-the-world honeymoon, any traveler will like this map.
24. Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum
Another gift recommended to us by teens themselves, Gucci Bloom is an ever-popular fragrance that has a fresh, floral and sweet scent. It's one of our favorite long-lasting perfumes, and is suitable for any age, making this a perfect gift for someone who may not have treated themselves to a fancy perfume or found their signature scent yet.
25. Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer
Rihanna is never not popular but the popstar is more popular than ever after her recent Superbowl performance. Her beauty business Fenty makes great products that will easily please someone turning 18 and interested in makeup. Fenty is at the top of the game when it comes to beauty and skincare - this long-lasting bronzer is available in several different shades and is easy to blend with fingers, a beauty blender or a brush.
26. Chamberlain Coffee Matcha Starter Pack
Youtuber Emma Chamberlain's coffee company, Chamberlain Coffee, offers several bundles as gifts for caffeine lovers or novices - this Matcha Starter Pack includes a pack of stainless steel straws, a mason jar for drinking cold brews, a milk frother and a choice of matcha coffee in either original, mango, vanilla or chocolate flavors. The brand's matcha is organic, gluten-free and vegan, made from 100% Japanese green tea.
27. Kitsch Eco-Friendly Satin Wrapped Claw Clip
Fashion trends tend to repeat themselves, and the beloved 90s claw clip is one of the biggest hair accessories today. Many young adults wear them as an effortless yet cute way to elevate an updo. And this Kitsch leopard satin claw clip is a simple way to add some pattern and pop to any outfit while protecting the hair from frizz and breakage. Plus, who doesn't appreciate an eco-friendly gift?
28. Zara Deep Garden Eau de Parfum
If your 18-year-old giftee shops at Zara they've probably seen the best Zara perfumes in the checkout line or online. And these fragrances are affordable, long-lasting, and the best perfumes for women at this price point.
Zara's Deep Garden is a fresh, feminine scent that includes notes of pear, tuberose, and tonka bean. Already on my second bottle, this Zara perfume is a personal favorite and competes with my other favorite, My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum. Trust me when I say she'll receive endless compliments on this scent.
29. Apple iPad 9th Generation
An iPad is a sweet tech gift they'll love and actually use. It's the perfect size to toss in their tote or book bag and use while on the go. And if you want to make this gift extra special you can add the compatible Apple Pencil and this iPad will turn into a digital notebook.
31. Kitsch Satin Sleep Set
With juggling classes, work, and a social life, embarking on this chapter called adulthood can be exhausting. Why not give them a gift that will help them get the beauty sleep they deserve? The Kitsch Satin Sleep Set is soft, cute, and the best silk pillowcases are known for being good for the skin and hair. This set features a satin pillowcase, a matching eye mask, and a scrunchie.
32. L'ange Le Volume 60MM Dryer Brush
Hair wash days can feel like a drag, from detangling to blow drying your hair in sections. Fortunately, the best hair dryer brushes exists. The L'ange Le Volume is the perfect gift option with its soft pink exterior and blow dry performance that leaves your hair bouncy and straight. Our shopping writer tested this on her thick curly hair, and it has now became an essential part to her wash day routine.
If you need more persuading, check out our L'ange blow dryer brush review.
33. KNC Beauty All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask
If she's into skincare and lives for self-care, add these retinol infused, star-shaped eye masks to her gift bag. KNC Beauty is all about keeping your skin fresh and hydrated with nourishing, natural face products. Plus, it's a Black-owned beauty and skincare brand you can support throughout the year.
34. Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
The chances of this infamous belt bag or any Lululemon item already being on their wishlist are high. The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L is the perfect everyday bag to snap around your waist as a fanny pack or wear across your chest as a crossbody. They can store their phone, wallet, keys, and favorite small beauty items all within one zip.
36. Apple Watch SE 2nd Generation (GPS + Cellular)
An Apple Watch is another tech gift that will have your giftee smiling from ear to ear. It can be hard to keep up with the latest model, with new ones every year. But the Apple Watch SE has all the essential features they'll need, with call and text reply options, sleep and daily activity tracking, music streaming, Apple Pay, and more. They won't even need their iPhone around while wearing this.
How do you make someone's 18th birthday special?
According to Wizz Selvey, retail expert and consultant, "18-year-olds are part of a savvy generation of consumers, and many are seeking to change the world. Think about the values of the person you're gifting to - can you buy from a brand that aligns with their values and interests?"
Selvey adds that research shows "consumers this year are shopping less, but spending more on their purchases", adding that splashing out for a gift that may have a slightly higher price tag, but will last the teen for years to come, is a better idea than spending money on several small items: "choose something they'll love, use and keep". Retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Flannels allow you to shop designer clothes, homeware and accessories as well as beauty and skincare treats that will be loved by your giftee.
Dayna Isom Johnson, Trend Specialist at Etsy, recommends a more personal gift for an 18th birthday. "There's nothing more special than gifting a personalized item - like a custom piece of jewelry such as an engraved necklace, or a ring with their birthstone or flower - to commemorate such an important milestone. The best personalized jewelry gifts are perfect for showing the recipient you've put thought and time into their present, and it'll be treasured for years to come.
Kenedee Fowler is a shopping writer based in the United States. She joined woman&home in September 2022, and ever since has been sharing her expertise with the brand to help readers source gifts for any occasion and on any budget, reviews products so you don’t have to, and scout out the best deals and products to give you the best value for your money. Before joining woman&home, Kenedee was a home editorial fellow for Insider Reviews, where she wrote in-depth reviews and articles across the home vertical.
Kenedee is a recent graduate from the number one journalism school in the US, the University of Missouri - Columbia, where she gained hands-on experience as a multimedia journalist at mid-Missouri’s local news station.
- Amelia YeomansStaff writer
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