We all know that turning the big 2-1 is a pretty huge deal. Heck, it might be one of the most exciting birthdays of them all! Not only does the ~world~ see them as an even adultier adult now
—yes, I know 18 technically means they’re an official grown-up, but 21 just hits…different—but drinking alcohol is now legal for them, too ! That’s big time! So, if you have a person in your life who is about to hit this riveting (and semi-chaotic) age, I’ve got the perfect 21st birthday gift ideas for you to choose from that are party-appropriate (um, duh, I had to), useful for their everyday life, and sentimental.
Keep on scrolling to find worthy gifts, from an instant mimosa-making kit to a literal statement-making piece of jewelry
to a book about dating in your twenties. This list is pretty diverse, but I’m sure you’ll find something that your soon-to-be 21-year-old will love.
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a mimosa-making kit
Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio
Plop these bbs into a flute and you’ve got a mimosa in s-e-c-o-n-d-s. Your newly minted 21-year-old will loveee this genius invention.
a useful read
Twenty Guys You Date in Your Twenties
Dating in your twenties is…something else to say the least. Help them navigate this interesting time with this helpful and lighthearted read.
a nude heel
The Two Strap Sandal
Guys, a sleek heel is absolutely necessary to have! They’ll be obsessed with this one for its foam cushioning and ability to match alllll the weekend outing ‘fits.
a stylish bar cart
Laurence Bar Cart
I mean, this is the age where they can legally drink now—so, I’m sure they’ll be stocking up on some bottles. And in order to have space for those, they will for sure need something
like a pretty bar cart to hold ’em!
a solid pair of jeans
90s Cheeky Jean (Regular)
Those jeans that check all the boxes? Yep, they’re these ones from Everlane. Get ’em
this pair that they’ll always reach for.
a sleek wallet
Small Classic Zip Around Wallet
I’d say that 21 is definitely the age to upgrade your wallet. If they’ve been rocking the same one since their high school days, snag them this sophisticated wallet that’ll fit in any type of purse. (And we know how important that is, amiright??)
a meaningful necklace
Move Mountains Necklace
Okay, this isn’t just any dainty necklace, but it’s one with SO much meaning behind
it. Gift the 21-year-old in your life a reminder to always dream big.
a wine stain remover
Red Wine Stain Remover
I am telling you now that they will be FOREVER GRATEFUL and (semi-indebted) to you when you get them this life-saver. There’s no question that they’ll be drinking red wine like water this year, so, might as well make sure they’re safe from spillage!
a neon sign
Personalize LED Neon Sign
If they’re looking for some home décor pieces, this neon sign is the way to go.
a bottle of tequiqui
Everybody needs a high-quality tequila on deck in their house, IMO. Grab them this tequila blanco from Volcán that’s def a crowd-pleaser.
an instant-print camera
KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera
Make sure their memories are being captured with a dependable camera. This version from KODAK requires no ink cartridges, toner, or film—it uses photo paper—and will print out pics just moments after you take them.
a fashionable tote bag
Small Le Pliage Tote
Nothing says, “I’m 21, and I’m an adult!” like a mature, chic tote.
a makeup set
Soft Matte Complexion Essentials with Brush
You can never go wrong with a makeup set! This foundation set by THE Rihanna is actually worth $100 but is going for $80 at the moment. Talk about a win-win—a budget-friendly and thoughtful gift!
a record player
3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Record Player
Got a music lover in your hands? Buy them this precious blue record player with built-in speakers. It’ll be a hit when they host parties at their house!
a bougie candle
Santal 26 Classic Candle
IYKYK, Le Labo is part of candle royalty. And if they’re into candles, they’ll freakin’ adore this refreshing scent from the brand.
a skincare kit
Radiance Routine Kit
TBH, I know when I hit 21, I started to really rethink my skin regimen
and how it was benefiting me for the future. This ultimate glow set from TULA comes with top-notch goodies that’ll have their skin feeling brighter and better than ever. (Plus, it’s majorly discounted!)
a party dress
x REVOLVE Ira Mini Dress
Of course, they’re gonna need a party dress for their big day! This red stunner will have all eyes on them on their birthday.
A fancy shot glass
Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses- Set of 4
Glasses made from Himalayan salt will help all the guests keep it classy—at least for a little while.
A feel good bracelet
Live Well Love Much Laugh Often Camp Bracelets
The adult version of friendship bracelets is always a smart move that’ll make them think of you every time they slide one on to their wrists.
A funny card
Birthday cards can get really cheesy. This one, though, has a funny message that’ll make them LOL.
A personalized case
Custom Compostable Case
Write their name, put their age, or monogram an inside joke on this adorbs, customizable phone case.
A plant that’ll never die
Rustic Succulent Arrangement Planter Decoration
Alright nobody but you will ever have to know that their succulents are fake. This one is pricey, but it could legit fool anyone.
A fun fragrance
Eau de Juice Extra Concentrated Eau de Parfum
I bet they’ve never seen a perfume bottle cuter than this one. It’ll remind them of the days as a kid sippin’ on a carton of apple juice. Oh, and it smells very glamorous and decadent just like the flashy gold finish.
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