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

three of w&h's 18th birthday gifts picks—Aspinal of London passport cover, Herschel backpack and Apple Airpods—on a light grey background with burgundy ribbon decorations in the corners
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Meet the best 18th birthday gifts for every type of soon-to-be adult, whether they're tech-obsessed or have a penchant for perfumes.

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—so using the same ideas list as you did for Christmas gifts for your teenager won't do.

That's why we've put together our pick of the best 18th birthday gifts, which can be purchased online and shipped to your front door. Our curation offers timeless and trendy finds for their pursuits—from starting university and attending frat parties to filming the latest TikTok dance. With our guidance, your beloved Gen-Zer won't deem you as cheugy (aka out with the times). 

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Where to buy the best 18th birthday gifts in the US

Our pick of the best 18th birthday gifts in the US

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Where to find the best 18th birthday gifts in the UK

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Dominique McIntee
Dominique McIntee

Dominique (Dom) is a very online shopping writer at Woman & Home, where she covers products, sales/deals, and market news across categories. Before joining the team, she penned stories as an editorial fellow at Insider Reviews, the affiliate commerce team at Insider Inc./Business Insider. The bespectacled NJ transplant specializes in commerce journalism, women’s lifestyle content, and hoarding makeup—much to her mother’s dismay. 


Her foray into storytelling began in the early aughts, the era in which she developed a passion for fiction writing and an aversion to math. This passion, along with many failed math exams, led her to Marist College, where she studied public relations, creative advertising, and English. 


Aside from writing, she doodles in notebooks, crafts memes, and sleuths for homes out of her tax bracket on Zillow. Follow her adventures via the web:


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