The 21st birthday is a huge occasion in the USA. It symbolizes independence and adulthood leading into an adventurous period in life. On this birthday, people celebrate with friends and family. Even if you don’t typically celebrate birthdays with someone you know, you probably will on their 21st birthday.
Although this typically means going out for dinner followed by a night of hopping from pub to pub, it doesn’t have to be all about alcohol. If you know a person turning 21 and are not interested in a night of partying, you can still mark the occasion by buying them a gift. It can be as serious or silly as you like. There are no rules.
If someone you know is turning 21 this year and you want to treat them with a gift, small or large, here are thirty-five 21st birthday gift ideas to inspire you:
Kool8 Water Bottle
A sturdy, quality water bottle is something anyone can use. Kool8 water bottles are top-of-the-line products you can trust. They have a sleek, modern design that comes in a handful of bright, beautiful colors. It keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, and looks good while doing it!
“21 Finally” Stemless Wine Tumbler
This insulated tumbler is designed for drinking cold beverages such as chilled wine, sangria, or a cocktail. The wording on the front makes it a unique keepsake gift that will always remind them of their 21st birthday. Its double-walled insulation is made from stainless steel. It only comes in a mint green color but it’s still a great 21st birthday gift idea for him or her.
AnotherKiss Beaded Bracelet
This bracelet from AnotherKiss is an understated tribute to the 21st birthday. The packaging says “Happy 21st Birthday” and “21 beads … one for each fabulous year.” When the recipient wears it, they will be able to remember their 21st birthday with pleasure. Anyone else seeing it won’t know the meaning behind the bracelet; they will just think that it’s a beautiful, delicate bracelet.
The Hungover Cookbook
This is a great option for a practical yet funny 21st birthday gift idea. The Hungover Cookbook gives tips on how to recover from any hangover. These tips include recipes as well as graphics and quizzes to help you assess exactly how hungover you are. Find out what kind of hangover you have and how to best treat your symptoms with this cookbook.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
This book of cocktail recipes is an Amazon bestseller. It contains recipes for classic drinks with a nod toward some of the best books in history. This gift is perfect for a bookworm turning 21 this year. They can learn to make drinks such as “The Last of the Mojitos,” “Romeo and Julep,” or “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita.”
How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide
This is another great 21st birthday gift idea if you’re looking for something lighthearted. This book provides readers with practical tips on how to be polite in public while also teaching how to deal with the not-so-polite people you might encounter. The advice is authentic, but it’s delivered in a fun way. They will have a good time flipping through it casually after a few drinks.
Forum Novelties Flashing Birthday Tiara
If you’re going out with the birthday girl on the night of her 21st birthday, this flashing tiara is a great option for a 21st birthday gift for her. It has fake gems in different colors and a large, jeweled “21” on the front. There will be no mistaking whose birthday it is! This tiara also has built-in bright red flashing LED lights for that extra bit of wonderful tackiness.
Friends-Themed 21st Birthday Mug
If you’re a fan of Friends, you know that every episode’s title begins with “The One Where…” This mug can be personalized to say “The One Where [name] Turns 21.” The mug will commemorate the milestone birthday for years to come. It’s the perfect 21st birthday gift for anyone you know who is a fan of Friends.
“I Wrote a Book About You” Fill-in-the-Blank Book
This fill-in-the-blank book is a great personalized gift for close friends and family on their 21st birthday. It’s full of small prompts that allow you to communicate what you admire about your friend, what your favorite memories are, or something silly like what kind of sandwich you would create for them. The small hardcover book will be a great addition to the bookshelf. The recipient can pick it up and flip through it whenever they need a pick-me-up.
Whiskey Glasses (Set of 2)
If you want to help your friend stock their home bar with cool accessories, this whiskey glass set is a good 21st birthday gift idea for her or for him. It comes in a wood storage box and contains 2 slate coasters, steel tongs, 8 whiskey stones in a velvet bag, and 2 sparkling rock glasses. The whiskey stones will keep their drink chilled without watering it down. It’s perfect for whiskey drinkers or cocktail drinkers.
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Wallet
This wallet from Tommy Hilfiger is classic and sleek. It comes in many different colors, so you can pick the color that best matches the person you’re gifting it to. It’s made from 100% cow’s leather, so it will last for years to come. Classic accessories like this make for a great 21st birthday gift idea for him.
The Original BenShot Shot Glass
These two-ounce shot glasses are hand-blown right in the USA. The bullet embedded in the side of the glass is a real 0.308 bullet. These products are made by a family-run team of artists and they employ veterans, hunters, and gun enthusiasts. If you’re buying a gift for a gun enthusiast or hunter, this could be the perfect gift for them.
Travel Laptop Backpack
This unisex backpack is great for men or women. It has a slim, basic design that works with anyone’s style and comes in many different colors. It can fit a laptop with a screen as large as 15.6 inches and it has one built-in USB charging port. The water-resistant material will protect electronic device from spills or bad weather.
Moscow Mule Mugs
This set comes with two copper Moscow mule mugs, 2 copper straws, a straw cleaning brush, and a copper jigger. If a Moscow mule is your drink of choice, you know you have to make it right in a copper mug. These mugs are handcrafted, so each one is unique. It’s a great 21st birthday gift idea for him or for her.
Jeasona Men’s Dress Socks 12-Pack
For your friend who’s transitioning into adulthood but still wants to keep their inner child alive, this 12-pack of crazy socks is a great way to sneak personality into your corporate office wear. These crew socks are made with cotton so they’re soft and will keep your feet warm all year without causing you to sweat. Each pair is a different pattern and color. They fit men with shoe sizes between 7 and 13.
Homeware Deluxe Drunken Tower
Drinking games are a fantastic 21st birthday gift idea for her or for him. Drunken Tower is similar to the game Jenga: each block has instructions that can only be read once the block is pulled from the tower. These instructions can say “Drink One,” “Player to the Right Drinks One,” etc. The last person to remove a block without knocking the tower down is the winner.
Twenty One Bucket List Journal
This paperback book is designated as a bucket list journal that someone can begin on their 21st birthday. The lined pages do not contain any prompts, so it can be as freeform as you like. It can be a list of things the recipient wants to complete or it can be a diary of their experiences as they go on new adventures.
Sotally Tober Drinking Game
This drinking game is a card game for a larger party. On your turn, you draw a card and complete the action on the card, for instance: “Keep one eye closed for 2 rounds. If you mess up, take 1 drink and start over.” There are 5 different categories of cards, each requiring you to do something different or to give you a skill/trick to use to your advantage. It’s a fun and goofy way to get everyone at your party tipsy.
Yorktend Gift Box for Her
Pampering gift boxes are great 21st birthday gift ideas for her. This gift box, in particular, contains an insulated wine tumbler with a leak-proof lid, a coaster, a wine bottle stopper, a key-shaped bottle opener, a pair of cupcake wine socks, a reusable straw with a cleaning brush, and a card so that you can write a personal message. It has everything you need to spoil her. This gift box is especially great for your introvert friend who may prefer to celebrate with a cozy night at home.
Under the Influence Drinking Game
This is another drinking card game but there are over 10 ways to play and a total of 4 decks and 200 cards. Some of these cards are as simple as answering a question about yourself or as daring as calling your parents to tell them you’re expecting a baby. If you lose a challenge or won’t answer a question, you drink! It’s recommended that the game be played with at least 4 players and works best with large parties.
Happy Birthday Candle from Lulu Candles
Lulu candles makes long-lasting soy candles that are hand-poured in the USA. This particular candle is Buttercream Vanilla Cupcake scented to celebrate a birthday! The soy wax is eco-friendly, vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free. This gift will let your loved one enjoy the smell of freshly baked birthday cake for weeks to come.
Haute Soirée Novelty Socks
The bottoms of these novelty socks say “If you can read this bring me some wine.” Socks have become a classic gag gift and are a good option for a 21st birthday gift idea. They are machine washable and won’t shrink or peel. One size fits most, so even if you’re not sure of the birthday person’s shoe size, you know they will probably fit well.
Cleverfy Shower Bombs
Do you want to treat the birthday girl to a spa experience but you don’t have the cash? This set of 6 shower bombs is the next best thing. Each shower bomb is infused with a different scent, including lavender, eucalyptus, spearmint, grapefruit, vanilla & orange, or watermelon. They come packaged in a box you can easily give without having to worry about wrapping.
Jeasona Women’s Novelty Socks
This 5-pack of novelty socks is a perfect option for a 21st birthday gift idea for the cat lover in your life. The socks are in 5 different colors and each has a cat’s face, paw prints, and cat ears at the top of the socks. There are also different styles and animals from which to choose. They are made with cotton and fit women with shoe sizes between 5 and 8.
Gelid Novelty Stemless Wine Glass
This funny novelty glass is great for your friend who lives to come home and change into sweat pants or yoga pants. The saying on the glass reads, “I do yoga just kidding… I drink wine in yoga pants.” It’s perfect for white or red wine. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Integrity Bottles Game of Thrones Highball Glass
This highball glass from Integrity bottles is hand-carved with the famous Game of Thrones line, “That’s what I do, I drink and I know things.” It’s made in the USA from a company run by military veterans. It’s a great 21st birthday gift idea for him or for her. If you don’t like this particular quote, you can also choose from other Game of Thrones quotes, too.
Zoku Silicone Ice Sphere Molds
These molds come in a set of two. They allow you to make ice spheres for cocktails and other drinks like whiskey or scotch. The inner mold is made of BPA-free and phthalate-free silicone. Ice sphere molds are great 21st birthday gift ideas because they keep your drink cooler for longer, but the ice melts more slowly than cubes to prevent drink dilution.
Mixology & Craft 11-Piece Bartender Kit
This bartender kit comes in a wood crate so the kit items can stay organized and be on display. It’s a perfect 21st birthday gift idea for him or for her. It comes with a cocktail shaker, muddler, bottle opener, two pouring spouts, tongs, two different sized jiggers, a mixing spoon, and a pouring strainer–everything you need to create cocktails at home.
Weirwood Ox Horn Tankard
This is another great 21st birthday gift idea for a Game of Thrones fan. This tankard looks similar to the ones used at the wall and in Winterfell. It’s handcrafted from authentic ox horn and finished with a natural polish. No two are the same, so you know you’re getting a unique product.
This whiskey decanter features the classic style that you often see in TV shows and movies. It’s good for whiskey, scotch, bourbon, or wine. It can hold up to 750ml. Buy this for your classy friend who enjoys reading the paper and smoking cigars.
Bartender Tool Kit
This is another great bartender tool kit option. It also comes with a display stand but includes more items. It still has all of the basics, including a cocktail mixer shaker, ice tongs, muddler, corkscrew, pour spouts, mixing spoon, jigger, and cocktail strainer, but it also comes with a bar mat to catch spills and help keep your bar clean. This set comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee so you can give it a try at no risk.
Circleware Ale House Beer Glasses
This set of 4 glasses is perfect for pouring a frosty beer at the end of the day. This is a basic item that any home bar needs, making it perfect for a 21st birthday gift idea for him. The design of these glasses is bottom-heavy so that they’re hard to tip or spill. They can hold up to 19 oz, which is plenty of space to fit any standard-sized bottled or canned beer.
Munich Stoneware Beer Stein with Pewter Lid
This ceramic beer stein is a beautiful collector’s item for someone who’s passionate about beer. The intricate design is hand-painted but is still dishwasher safe. It fits a half liter in a single pour. It also comes in an original box that can easily be wrapped for giving.
Koviti 12-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set
This is bartender kit has a sleek, matte black design. It’s a perfect option 21st birthday gift idea for her or for him. It includes a shaker, mesh strainer, jigger, cocktail muddler, mixing spoon, tongs, two pouring spouts, and a recipe booklet. There is no display box or case for these, but each piece is an asset to the at-home bartender.
Jexivi Whiskey Glass Gift Set
This gift set includes two glasses, 4 granite whiskey stones, tongs, and a small crown-shaped candle holder. It comes packed in a gift box that makes wrapping easy. The items can be stored in this box to protect or display them. It’s the perfect starter set for someone whose drink of choice is whiskey or scotch.
There are so many 21st birthday gift ideas that you’re sure to find something for your loved one. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or even be related to alcohol. Just choose something fun or that will help them usher in a new era of their life. We hope that the items on this list have inspired you so that you can easily pick something that’s just right.