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18th Birthday Present Ideas for Australian Boys and Girls

An 18th birthday is one of the most important events in a young person’s life. It is when they officially go from a teenager to an adult and can finally enjoy their first drink with friends at a bar, legally. But, what does one get for an 18th birthday present? In this article, we’re going to share some ideas for boys and girls, whether your son, daughter, brother, or sister. Read on for some fresh ideas that might give you some much-needed inspiration.

Boys: 18th Birthday Present Ideas for Your Son

Buying an 18th birthday present for your son shouldn’t be too difficult as boys are typically quite easy to buy for. Then again, it all depends on what they are interested in. If they are a little bit nerdy and love their movies, computer games, and anime shows, then buying them some Official Geek Merch will always go down a treat. Then again, you can buy them nerdy gifts whenever you like. As such, you may prefer to buy them something a little more special to mark their 18th, such as a fancy watch or engraved hipflask.

Or combine the two: buy them a special gift that they will always cherish from their 18th, and then perhaps buy some a few novelty gifts on the side, or even a computer game if that is that they’re into.

Another thing that you can do for boys on their 18th is to treat them to some kind of event. A day trip paintballing with friends or take them to a cider tasting event, etc.

Girls: 18th Birthday Present Ideas for Your Daughter

Buying 18th birthday presents for your daughter should also be relatively easy as well. What do most young women want most? They want a special occasion that they can remember. As such, throwing a special event with their closest friends could be the greatest gift, along with something special to mark the occasion, for example, some jewellery, an engraved makeup mirror, or some other form of precious treasure.

If your daughter is particularly nerdy and loves her fantasy and sci-fi, why not gift her some geeky merch? Harry Potter handbags are great for nerdy girls, for example.

Similar to buying for your son, for the best results, you should buy your daughter something special that they can hold onto forever, and then something a little more novelty that they can enjoy in the moment (games, makeup, or a day trip, etc.).

Think carefully about what they want most. They have likely been dropping hints at you all year so hopefully, you have a relatively good idea already.

Some people like to buy their sons and daughters their first car on their 18th birthday. This could also be something to consider if they are learning to drive and have expressed an interest in having their first car.

Ultimately, it all comes down to how much you can afford to spend on them. What with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has had to tighten their belt a little bit, so do what you can. So long as they have an amazing birthday party with everyone they love, the odds are they will be very grateful.

Boys: 18th Birthday Present Ideas for Your Brother

So, what do you buy your brother on their 18th birthday? Again, this all depends on how much money you have to spend and what your brother is into. Ideally, you should aim to gift your brother something that they can keep to mark the special occasion. Something that will bring them great sentimental value. Perhaps a matching ring or chain, an engraved gift, or something else that they can cherish.

Alternatively, if you have quite a lot of banter in your relationship, buy them a novelty gift. Something that will make them laugh—for example, a personal joke between you both.

Just get creative and try to really think about what would be special to them.

If you are low on cash, use your imagination and make something for them perhaps? A written poem, a painting, anything that demonstrates how much you love them (even if they do annoy you now and again).

Girls: 18th Birthday Present Ideas for Your Sister

And what about buying an 18th birthday present for your sister? Depending on what kind of relationship you have, you can either buy them some form of a novelty gift, or a sentimental present that they can nurture for life. If you are sisters, perhaps a matching bracelet or necklace that you can hold onto when you are apart. If you are brother and sister, something to demonstrate that you care for them and will always be there to look out for them.

Use your imagination and get creative. What most sisters want from their siblings is something thoughtful and personal.

18th birthday party ideas

There are so many different things that you can do for an 18th birthday party. The person turning 18 has likely got some ideas of their own, however, if you want to surprise them, then here are some 18th birthday party ideas to give you some inspiration:

  • Spa day
  • Hiking adventure
  • Beach picnic and BBQ
  • Paintballing
  • Bowling
  • Movie night marathon
  • Cinema trip
  • Arcade
  • Weekend break – maybe a trip to Port Douglas
  • Escape rooms
  • Camping
  • Go to a concert
  • Amusement parks
  • Scavenger hunt
  • A party and alcohol and food at a local bar/function room

Again, there really is so much that you can do to mark an 18th birthday celebration. We hope that you have found this list helpful and have thought of something that might work for you.


It is always difficult trying to decide what to buy a loved one. Whether you need 18th birthday or 40th birthday present ideas, one thing remains the same: it’s all about sentimental value above all. Try to gift them something that they will hold onto forever and always remember you by.

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