Gift Ideas for 18 Year Olds

Gift-giving can be incredibly exciting and rewarding, while simultaneously incredibly daunting. The pressure can be tenfold when it comes to gift-giving for an 18-year-old. Whether it’s for their birthday or Christmas, what gift do you give a new adult? Here are gift ideas for 18-year-olds.

Gift ideas for 18 year olds.

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Adulting Book

There are a lot of ins and outs of being an adult. It can be stressful and overwhelming for anyone entering the adult world. I have seen many adulting books at stores or online that help with the process of setting up a successful life. I’ve included the link to one below.

Link: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Voters Guide

Yay, voting! Where I live, being 18 means registering to vote. Taking part in an important institution. Making your voice matter. While the resources and guides to voting for the first time are out there, they can be sometimes hard to find. A voter’s guide on how to be a responsible voter can alleviate some of that stress. There’s a link below to a voter’s guide for younger kids, that can be a helpful start.

Link: Voting: A Kid’s Guide

Voting: A Kid's Guide
Voting: A Kid’s Guide

Lotto Tickets

Not only can 18-year-olds vote, but they can also buy lotto tickets (again, at least where I live). Buying lotto tickets as a gift for 18-year-olds is a fun way to introduce them to this newfound freedom.


Bluetooth Speaker

For those always on the go, a Bluetooth speaker is a must. It’s great to have when hanging out with friends, playing games, shooting hoops, or just adventuring through life. I’ve linked a couple of options down below, both a cheaper and a more expensive option.

Links: Anker Speaker or Bose Speaker

Bluetooth Headphones

Another Bluetooth product! If the 18-year-old in your life does not have Bluetooth headphones, this is a great gift idea. Bluetooth headphones range in price, so they can be tailored to your budget. There are links below for both In-Ear and Over the Ear headphones.

In-Ear Headphones Link: Apple AirPods

Over the Ear Headphones Link: Beats Solo3 or Beats Studio Pro

Beats Studio Pro.
Beats Studio Pro

Portable Charger

With how busy life is, it’s not always easy to find an outlet to plug in a phone or other electronic device. A portable charger is a must for people on the go. A real lifesaver. I’ve linked an option below.

Link: Anker Portable Charger

Items for University

Tool or Sewing Kit

If you’re getting a gift for someone heading to University/College, a tool or sewing kit would be a great option. It might not be the most exciting gift but definitely a practical one. Both tool and sewing kits can be a lifesaver when something goes wrong. Whether it’s a loose screw on a piece of furniture or a button that came loose on a jacket.

Link: Tool Kit

Link: Sewing Kit

If you’re inspired by the kit idea and want to gift some more college/dorm essentials, here’s a link to what students actually need: Dorm Room Essentials You Actually Need

School Bookstore Gift Card

This is another one of the great gift ideas for 18-year-olds. A school bookstore gift card is nice and versatile. It is a choose-your-own-adventure. The gift card can be used to buy some school merch, to show off school pride, or to buy textbooks (which can be painfully expensive).

High School Graduation Gift Book For College-Bound Students

A creative gift to give an 18-year-old about to head off to college is the High School Graduation Gift Book for College Bound Students. This book is detailed in another post here on Sunshine and Rainy Days. It’s a book of both silly and practical gifts that can help any student get started on their college journey.

Here’s the Link: High School Graduation Gift Book for College Bound Students


Cooking Subscription

If the 18-year-old in your life has access to a kitchen, a year-long cooking subscription can be a fun gift. Cooking subscriptions usually come with all the ingredients necessary as well as a step-by-step recipe. For those just entering the adult world it’s an easy and fun way to learn how to properly cook a wide variety of dishes. It can set them up for a successful relationship with cooking for the rest of their lives.


There are a few clothing items that have become pretty popular over the past couple of years. Some include the Nike Club Fleece Pullover Hoodie, New Balance shoes, and UGG Tasman’s. They can be great staples for anyone’s wardrobe.

Car Emergency Kit

Every car needs some sort of emergency kit that includes all the essentials. Including jumper cables, towing cables, a reflective vest, an emergency hammer, and more. A car kit can provide peace of mind and important resources for emergencies. I’ve linked an option below.

Link: Car Emergency Kit

Hopefully, this list has provided you with inspiration for gift ideas for 18-year-olds. Good luck with your gift-giving adventure!

Hi! I’m Justine!

I’m a recent college grad making my way through life. I love travel, pickle ball, caffeine, tv shows and college football. I also spend some time writing posts here, on Sunshine and Rainy Days.

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