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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Buying a gift for an 18th or 21st birthday present? If you’re stuck for ideas… read on
Time for a little sophistication, and a lot of fun! Place a few small bets and treat yourselves to a glass of bubbly at lunchtime.
If they haven’t already passed their test, it’s about time they did!
Just the thing for a girly girl. Try to find out what she likes before you buy!
As with perfume, you can’t go wrong with a stylish bag for the girl about town.
Include a four pack of beer, yard glass, aspirin and coffee… or a bottle of Champagne and two flutes.
If you’re splashing out on a loved one, how about a romantic trip to Paris or Madrid? Failing that, London’s pretty special too!
Just the thing for a summer birthday – include a softball, football, Frisbee, tennis balls, bats and perhaps a badminton net. Hours of fun in the sun!
If the sun’s not shining, how about a pack of playing cards, Connect Four, Twister, dominoes and Monopoly?
You’re always going to be popular if this is your choice of gift! How about splashing out a Nintendo Wii?
Perhaps she’s in to cooking, or he’s a fan of golf? Equally, you’ll be every girl’s best friend if you buy her a subscription to Grazia!
If they’re just about to flee the nest and head off to university or college, how about an address book, pens, paper, stamps, phone cards and… food!
Ah, time to tug on the heartstrings. How about a lovely framed photograph, or even a montage of shots throughout the years? Alternatively, fill a photo album with pictures of them since birth.
OK – not just any newspaper, but one from the day they were born. A great keepsake!
Why not do something really special with your money and adopt an animal, plant a tree or donate money to charity? You might not have anything to show for it but who cares?
We’re back to romance again! For the person who has everything, how about naming a star in their honour?!
Everyone likes to be pampered, so fill a hamper with bubble bath, bath bombs, a scented candle, body lotion and other treats.
If they’re heading off to the sunshine, make sure they’re well prepared with suntan lotion, sunglasses a towel and that all important chick‐lit novel.
It’s time for them to kick off their shoes and relax. Essentials include DVD’s, chocolate, popcorn, and relaxing music. You could include a foot massage if you’re feeling extra generous!
Do they like a bit of excitement in their lives? How about two tickets to a theme‐park – just remember that you have to go too!
Everyone loves a glamorous cocktail – so how about a cocktail shaker, glasses, a book on how to make them and a few spirit miniatures?
Always a winning present – take a look at sporting events, music concerts and stand‐up comedy shows.
How about a bungee jump, parachute jump, balloon ride or helicopter trip?
If they’re a real foodie, how about dinner for two? Alternatively, you could employ the services of a caterer at home, or send them off to a cookery school!
Last but certainly not least… what could be better on your birthday than a delicious, chocolatey, home made cake. Don’t forget the candles!