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Amazing 18th Birthday Gift and Present Ideas

Updated on November 25, 2014

18th Birthday Presents

Getting the right 18th birthday present can be a tricky and fun experience. I have a little theory of my own regarding 18 year olds, and that is that they are not governed by culture and trends on a societal level. Rather, by one of two distinct poles. The first being their own personal social microcosm, and the second, and you can't go wrong with this one, strident utilitarianism.

The first is obviously tricky to satisfy, and frankly, unless you're a member of their peer group (and unless they've asked for it) "getting inside their minds" is a little weird. So -- in essence -- in this article I'm going to present a number of ideas that will help 18 year olds in their day to day lives. They're at a stage in life that is greatly aided by tools that allow them to both broaden their contacts and "stay in touch". And no, this isn't a sales pitch for a new mobile phone product, it really is much, much cheaper than that!

My Selection of 18th Birthday Presents

Ask yourself what defines most 18 year olds and you might envision two inseparable entities they deal with most of the day. Namely, laptops and Education. Due to my promise to provide high impact and low-cost gift ideas, and also due to the fact that they probably already own one, (let me guess a MacBook?) I'm not suggesting a laptop. What I am suggesting is an accessory that most don't have, but will make everyone involved wish they did have.

To the right of this text you'll find a chill mat. What's in a chill mat? Well, as the name suggests it is a portable mat that helps disperse excess heat from the base of the laptop and also protects the surface the laptop is on from heat. Because anyone that has owned a laptop has exclaimed "I could boil an egg with this thing" at least once.

The advantages are manifold. It even aids typing because of its slight ergonomic tilt, making it perfect for assignments on the fly and the preservation of the owner's wrists. Simply plug in the USB cable and watch the twin ventilators work their magic, guaranteeing the longevity of the laptop, its functions and the surface on which it rests!

Driven Crazy By College

My college days where hectic, and unfortunately I missed the boat on certain "new age" electronic components. My old school ways involved emailing myself my assignments, which resulted in a lot of undue stress and lame excuses.

Nowadays, I find it irritating that an object smaller than my thumb can take care of it -- permanently. Now, if this article had been called "quirky gift ideas", or "trends from Japan" I would have urged people to get a flash drive that was more of a fashion statement than a personal savior. But because it gets old very quickly indeed, and they tend to be failure prone, I'm going to favor quality and functionality instead.

To the right is the Transcend 16 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB 2.0 Flash Drive, which is code word for cool. Jargon aside, this little thing offers enough space to store movies or a song collection, forget documents. It also houses its own data management software. Why would you want a USB Panda bear when you can literally "move house" with an electronic midget. And aside from permanently neutering any work woes, it also looks pretty fine, silencing the interior geek with a nod and a wink.

Contacts, College and...

Yes. Music.

What article on 18th birthday gift ideas would be complete without it? While I am a devout consumer and exerciser of my musical instinct, I simply give up when it comes to competing with 18 year olds on music. To them, it is more than just a message, it is a guide. In effect, their emotions and memories are serenaded by anthems and cradled by anything from 50 to 180 beats per minute.

This portable speaker dock is perfect for the college student's errant musical needs. It is a portable stand for iPods and iPhones (and if they don't have one, what have you been doing?) that allows them to carry the music with them anywhere.

It features scratch resistant housing, top-notch sound (including the often neglected bass) and easy plug and play functionality.

The only problem is that it does exactly what it says, which is to say, it makes noise. But if anyone complains you can cordially remind them that's its your party and they can cry if they want to.

This concludes the article! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope that even if you found my suggestions somewhat subpar, you've gotten a clearer idea of what you would like to get.

For any questions of comments please use the comment module below! Thanks for stopping by, 



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      8 years ago

      Some great ideas here, thooghun. Remember that teenagers like to have gifts that are unique - especially for the big 18 and 21 (I am 20 myself).

      @miss_jkim - I totally understand your husband's point of view, because I am also a technogeek! Try a computer controlled toy of some kind for him.

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      8 years ago

      It really crazy...

    • thooghun profile imageAUTHOR

      James Nelmondo 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you viking, its tricky ;)

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      What a great selection of 18th Birthday Gift Ideas you have here. I am spoilt for choice. Teenagers can be hard to buy gifts for but you have made it easier here.

    • thooghun profile imageAUTHOR

      James Nelmondo 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you miss_jkim!

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      8 years ago

      Well I don't have any 18 year olds anymore; but I do have a tecnogeek husband and some up and coming highschool grandkids. Your hub has given me some very nice Christmas present ideas that will make the grands think this granny rocks! Thanks


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