18 is a tough birthday to buy for: still childish enough to be demanding, but definitely old enough to know when you’ve got them a crap gift. Don’t worry, you’re not in this alone. Something on this list is sure to make their glazed eyes sparkle like one of Beyonce’s dresses.

Lottery Ticket Bouquet
Lottery Ticket Bouquet

Lots of people have let a kid scratch off a lottery ticket, but kids can’t actually claim the money, of course. Celebrate the legal right to make dubious gambling decisions by giving them a selection of lottery tickets that probably won’t win. Or they just might! It could happen!

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What You Should Know About Politics

Now that they are old enough to vote, it makes sense for them to know something about politics. Sure, you could pick a book that will indoctrinate them into your way of thinking, but maybe it would be better to give them a bipartisan perspective before they choose a side. This book does just that.

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Framed Tweets

Social media is everywhere. It’s where we get our news, our gossip and how we stay in touch with friends. It also plays host to some of our best memories and golden moments. Pick your friend’s best 140 characters of the year, whether it’s hilarious or embarrassingly awful, and get it framed for them to remember forever. It’s even better than going viral.

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Pizza Box Oven

It’s like a magic pizza box that cooks fresh or frozen pizza right there on your counter. You open the box, put in the uncooked pizza, and mere minutes later you have a hot pizza ready to eat. But it isn’t magic, at all. It’s actually electric, and it is totally real. A great 18th birthday gift for those who are just beginning to collect the myriad of kitchen gadgets that will eventually sit idle in the back corners of their kitchen cupboards.

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Birth Month Flower Earrings
Birth Month Flower Earrings

18 year olds can be a little narcissistic. That’s normal, and it will probably pass. In the meantime, take advantage of this fact by giving the gift of these lovely Birth Month Flower earrings. They will love them no matter what when they learn the pair represents their birth month.

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Virtual Reality Headset
Virtual Reality Headset

It looks like Virtual Reality might finally really be a real thing. That’s what they say at least. Apparently, the technology has arrived, and it’s gonna be big. They do say that. And you know what? We actually tried one of these recently. They’re pretty incredible. Like for real.

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Stockpile Stock Gift Cards
Stock Gift Cards

Give them a chance to get some skin in the game with a gift of stock. The investment does not have to be large, as fractional shares of top companies can be bought and sold just like full shares, just enough to cultivate an interest in investing that will serve them well later on.

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Never Have I Ever Game
Never Have I Ever Game

This is kind of an irresponsible gift to give to an 18 year old since it is traditionally a drinking game, but there’s no need to actually tell them that. There is also a lot of things an 18 year old has not had the chance to do yet. Bad or good, this gift might give them some ideas.

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Experiences Are The Best Gifts

Think fast: what did you get for your birthday two years ago? Chances are, if it was an object of some sort, you’ve already forgotten. Things break, things get lost, things get boring. But experiences change us, make us more complete, give us stories to tell. We remember them forever. Don’t give a thing. Give a memory.

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Nebula Glass Set
Nebula Glass Set

Remind them of how tiny they are, how insignificant their mere 18 Earth years is compared to the glory of the universe and its countless eons with this lovely set of tumblers emblazoned with Hubble and Spitzer space telescope images of majestic nebulae.

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Potato Parcel
18th Birthday Message On A Potato

Show me the 18 year old who would not get a kick out of getting a potato with a birthday greeting written on it sent to them in the mail, and I’ll show you an 18 year-old who doesn’t have a very good sense of humor about 18th birthday gifts.

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The Digital Art Museum
Digital Art Museum

Every college freshman in the dorm will want to throw away their Starry Night posters when they get a load of this beauty. The Digital Art Museum can display that masterpiece plus 20,000 other still and moving images. Cycle through with a swipe or the dedicated app. Turn a dorm room into the Lourve!

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Money Soap
Money Soap

Do you know someone who needs a gentle reminder that basic hygiene is important? Money soap is a regular bar of soap with actual cash inside, and the best way to get to it is to get clean on a regular basis. They’ll think it’s just a clever way for you to give them money, and meanwhile you’ll have a happier nose.

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Advice to My 18-Year-Old Self
Advice to My 18-Year-Old Self

We wish someone had given us some of this advice when turning 18. We DEFINITELY could have used it, if you catch our drift. This is a collection of letters of advice from 12 acclaimed authors to their 18 year old selves that may just save the 18 year old you know from a serious mistake or two.

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Trip To Amusement Park
Trip To Amusement Park

18 year-olds are legally adults, but take one to an amusement park and anyone can see they’re still kids at heart. This is a birthday present neither of you will forget as you ride rides or slide slides without a care in the world.

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The Year They Were Born Mug

You’ll want to take into account what month they were born when selecting which year to get, since this mug says “Made in” rather than “Born in,” if you catch our meaning.  It’s still a great 18th birthday gift, but just think about it.

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Flatterbox
Flatterbox

Time flies and words are often left unspoken. Here’s your chance to remedy that – tell that special 18 year old in your life all the wonderful things they mean to you, or collect messages from friends and family.

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Time Capsule
Time Capsule

Put away childish things, then seal them up into an air and water tight steel container, dig a hole deep into the ground and bury them under a sidewalk. Put a plaque nearby or something like that, wait 82 years, and then have their 100 year old self return to open an archive of their childhood. No big deal.

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DNA Portrait
DNA Portrait

This quite literally one-of-a-kind gift is an art quality print of a most personal nature: DNA. A simple cheek swab is sequenced and displayed as vibrantly colored bands on a dark background. No two are ever alike. Except maybe twins? Not sure. Also not sure how you’ll get that cheek swab, good luck on that.

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Water Balloon Russian Roulette
Water Balloon Russian Roulette

Have some stupid good fun at the 18th birthday party with a few rounds of Water Balloon Russian Roulette. Then, after everyone has finally lost the game, solemnly ponder the fragility of life, and remember that no one is invincible.

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Swiss Army Knife
Swiss Army Knife

Draft them into the Swiss Army on their 18th birthday by giving them a tool that will hold up and be used for the rest of their life. Find the one with the perfect mix of tools and size for them, and it will be a part of their life forever.

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selfie toaster
Selfie Toaster

If ever there is a time in a person’s life when this would make sense as gift, the 18th birthday is it. This is a time when a person is perhaps moving out on their own (and thus needs a toaster), and still enjoys being a little ridiculous (taking selfies). Like, would you buy this for a 40 year-old? Exactly.

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The Self Finding Wallet
Self Finding Wallet

Teenagers are not known for being overly responsible. And though a person is legally an adult at the age of 18, they are still a teenager, make no mistake about that. Help them grow up and take charge of their stuff by making it a lot easier to at least hang on to their wallet with this high tech gift.

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Custom Printed Birthday Book

Eighteen is the age a person becomes an adult, so it seems fitting to collect all those old photographs and memories from childhood and package them into a beautiful custom-bound book. It’ll be the perfect gift to show that special someone someday.

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College Hacks
College Hacks

This easily digestible handbook contains loads of tips and tricks designed to teach a new college student how to get the most out of the experience. It covers everything from saving money to doing well in class to living in a dorm. It also has over 30 pages dedicated to partying, which seems like a lot, but then again: college.

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6750 days old mug
6,750 Days Old Mug

The fun of this gift will come years later, if it doesn’t break, when they look at that impossibly small number and wonder how they ever could have thought it was so big. Wait, does that actually sound fun?

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Birthstone Jewelry

This is a tough one, because you have to take the month into account. A piece of garnet jewelry (January) is one thing, but are you sure you want to buy someone diamonds (April) for their 18th birthday? It’s fine to do that, obviously, but we can see why you’d think twice.

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Metal Balloon Dog Sculpture
Metal Balloon Dog Sculpture

Metal Balloon Dog Sculpture – 18th birthday parties tend not to feature clowns entertaining the kids who attend, but that’s no reason to think an 18 year-old doesn’t like balloon animals. Acknowledge that they’re still a kid at heart and respect their new adult sophistication with this fine-art version of the classic balloon dog.

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Shopping Spree
Shopping Spree

All the fine ideas on this page notwithstanding, nobody really knows what anyone wants, much less someone turning 18. So put the power in their hands by taking them on a whirlwind shopping spree at their favorite stores. You’re going to spend a little more, but at least it will be fun instead of nerve wracking.

mBerry Tablets Alter Taste Perception
mBerry Tablets Alter Taste Perception

Our mothers used to tell us that our tastes would change when we get older as a way to get us to try those yucky vegetables, but when is that supposed to happen exactly? With mBerry Tablets, it can happen right on the 18th birthday. These tablets alter the taste of nearly everything, proving that mom was right after all.

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Career-Coach
Career Coach

Even if a person on the cusp of adulthood knows exactly what they want to do when they grow up, they might still have no idea how to actually get there. Enter the career coach. This 18th birthday gift will whip them into shape for the world of work, and teach them skills that will last a lifetime.

The New York Times Of Your Birthday Front Page
New York Times Birthday Front Page

Here is the perfect gift to make visitors feel old – a framed copy of the front page of the New York Times the day they were born. People as young as 30 will marvel that the person they are visiting was born on the day that thing they sort of remember happened. Fun!

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18th Birthday Milestone

The 18th birthday is a big milestone. So why not make an actual milestone to celebrate it? If you can say nothing else in favor of painting a rock with the number 18 and giving it to someone for their birthday, at least you can say this: it will be a surprise.

Auto Survival Kit
Auto Survival Kit

Make sure they realize that being an adult is serious business by gifting them this very serious Auto Survival Kit. This kit combines a standard roadside emergency kit with first aid supplies, then even throws in a tactical knife and spring loaded window breaker. They’ll be ready for everything from a flat tire to a zombie apocalypse.

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Event Tickets

Concerts and sporting events have gotten pretty expensive lately. Too expensive, probably, for someone just turning 18 to be able to afford on their part-time, minimum wage job. That’s where you come in. Check to see if a favorite band, comedian, or sports team is playing soon and treat them to a pair of tix.

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18 small gifts
18 Small Gifts

If you decide to do this – get a small gift for each of their 18 years – take care not to act like it is a new tradition. Because while 18 little presents will be hard but not impossible to find, what will you do when they turn 30? 40? Pretty soon you’re in enormous pain in the neck territory if you keep it up. Just do it this one time, trust us.

23andme Genetic Testing Kit
Genetic Testing Kit

One day, perhaps, everyone will know their DNA profile from birth.A doctor will be able to tell everyone everything they might want or need to know about their genetics, and it will be boring. But for now, it is still exciting and unknown for most of us, which is why a 23 and Me genetic testing kit is such a fun 18th birthday gift.

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Solar Power Backpack
Solar Power Backpack

If you know someone who likes the outdoors, but can’t seem to put down their phone, this 18th birthday gift ticks a lot of boxes: High tech? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. Charges a smartphone? Check. Can carry plenty of gear? Check. Doesn’t look too silly? Check(ish).

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18 reasons we love you
18 Reasons We Love You

Simple ideas can often be the best, and for this 18th birthday gift you simply need to tell your loved one why you love them.Remind them of some of the good times on mini scrolls packed into a mason jar or pretty box, and whenever they need a boost they can unroll one and read it.

Limo Ride
Limo Ride

Someone who is turning 18 really just wants to go out and party with their friends. Tell them the night is on you, all expenses paid, and surprise the bejesus out of them when a stretch limo pulls up to whisk them away in style. Now is the perfect time for a gift like this, limos get less and less interesting as you get older.

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Travel Plans

Most 18 year olds haven’t really had the opportunity to travel much. Broaden their horizons by planning a trip together, or better yet, a trip for them and their friends (if you happen to be their parent). At this point in their lives they are ambitiously adventurous and eager to explore the world on their own. These experiences can be some of the most enriching of their lives, and a gift like this really puts everything else on this page to shame.

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Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do
101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do

Let’s face it, they’re going to learn this stuff anyway. You may as well make sure they learn it right, and some of the things in this book are better not learned the hard way. For example, it may be best to beat that lie detector test the first time around.

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Custom Fortune Cookies
Custom Fortune Cookies

We may have all played with a Magic 8 Ball when we were kids, but as we got older we realized that the real wisdom is found in fortune cookies. Create some custom messages for the birthday boy or girl so that they’ll always have the true answers to life’s toughest questions. Food for thought anyway.

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The Self-Contained Hootenanny
The Self-Contained Hootenanny

If they’ve got a hankering for a hoedown on their 18th birthday, but just can’t get the 17 piece band together, then the self contained hootenanny could be the perfect solution. It’s always ready at a moment’s notice, never misses a note, and with over 13,000 songs in memory it could play continuously until their 90th birthday shindig.

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PancakeBot
PancakeBot

18 year olds were born into a world full of magical techno gadgets like this. They probably don’t even realize most people grew up having to pour their own, completely ordinary, round pancakes. But those days are gone, and the robots will soon be taking over. Get them one now, while they are still loyal to humans.

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Sensory Depravation Session
Sensory Depravation Session

At this point in their lives when the magic of childhood is slowly slipping away and the coldness of adult life is settling in, give them the chance to escape the inevitable approach of reality with a session in a sensory depravation tank. With all their senses blocked as they float in a pool of warm water, they will only have their thoughts to reflect on. This will either be therapeutic and relaxing, or completely terrifying.Either way it’s a memorable experience.

money-bouquet
Money Bouquet

18 year olds aren’t always wise when it comes to spending and saving money. Give them a $20 bill and it will vanish almost instantly, spent on pizza or video games or whatever else young whipper snappers do these days. However, if you give them money in the form of a handcrafted bouquet of paper flowers, they will be forced to really consider if it’s worth unfolding them all before spending willy-nilly.

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Dorm Mini Fridge
Dorm Mini Fridge

If the 18 year old in your life will be heading off to college, they will need all the standard critical equipment like a laptop, a cell phone, and of course, a dorm fridge. This will likely be their first ever kitchen appliance. It will get heavily used and abused, covered in stickers and gooey neglected spills, and eventually sold on Craigslist. The ritual is a rite of passage.

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Giant Beanbag
Giant Beanbag

A bean bag is a versatile and comfortable thing, for the young and flexible. For the middle-aged they can prove challenging to get out of. For a 40 year old, bags are not considered furniture, and one that is this size might swallow them whole. But it’s a perfect gift for an 18 year old who is leaving the nest and will need to furnish and apartment or dorm room. They fit anywhere and this monster can be used as a chair, sofa, and guest bed.

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CIA Survival Training Courses
CIA Survival Training Courses

They’ve learned about literature, mathematics, and history in school. Their parents taught them right from wrong. And they even know how to cook dinner on a budget and change the oil. That’s all well and good, but what use is any of that when they are taken by foreign agents? These emergency survival courses will teach them the truly important things that were left out of their education, like how to escape when they wake up in the trunk of a moving car with their hands and feet bound.

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500 Things You Should Know - Instructions for Life
500 Things You Should Know – Instructions for Life

No matter how smart they are, or think they are, this book is sure to fill in some of the gaps. 500 gaps actually. They’ll be so well-rounded and informed that they’ll cruise through life with grace, knowing that when the time comes, they can perform CPR, dance the tango, and successfully fight off a shark.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A lot of 18 year olds are already well versed in the ways of not giving a f*ck, but not many are very subtle about it. Help them express their lackadaisical side with a little more class, so they can blend in with the rest of us, who also don’t give a f*ck, but are forced to pretend that we do.

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Custom Made Jewelry
Custom Made Jewelry

If you’re looking for a truly one of a kind 18th birthday gift, you might consider commissioning a local artist to create a unique piece of jewelry. It will not only be cherished by the lucky recipient, but it’s also a gift to the starving artist, so it will mean a lot to everyone. Remember to plan in advance for this one, custom made artwork is not created overnight.

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win

For many wide-eyed 18 year olds, the future looks ripe with opportunity as they imagine the glorious journey they’ll have while turning all their dreams into realities. Of course we know, most of those dreams will not materialize and many enthusiastic attempts at success will end in miserable failure. As this enlightening book explains, this seemingly endless floundering is actually the typical path towards real prosperity. Most of the important lessons in life are learned through mistakes and failures, lessons that culminate at some point (even if through sheer brute force and stubborn determination) in eventual success.

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The Gift of Scottish Lordship (Laird Or Lady)
The Gift of Scottish Lordship (Laird Or Lady)

At only 18 years old, they’re probably just getting used to being occasionally called ma’am or sir. Let them have the distinct honor of correcting people by saying, “actually it’s Lord.” They will have the legal right to that moniker with this gift of 1 or more square feet of an actual Scottish castle. The micro-deed is legal and legit, the proceeds go towards restoration efforts at Dunans Castle.

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Drivemocion LED Car Sign
LED Car Sign

At 18 they are new to driving, and that includes being new to the various emotions that arise when navigating traffic and interacting with other drivers. For most people, there is only one tool to communicate with other drivers – the horn. But the horn doesn’t always suit the wide array of messages a driver might want to convey, like sorry, back off, slow down, thanks, and even facial expressions of both anger and affection. With this interactive LED car sign, your 18 year old friend will be the most expressive person on the road.

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1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know
1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

If you know an 18 year old who is heading off to college, they are probably excited and a little uneasy about stepping into a world full of new challenges that they will need to navigate on their own. Help them prepare for the experience before they go, so that they can get the most out of their education and avoid common pitfalls of the under-informed.

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First Edition Of Favorite Book
First Edition Of Favorite Book

18 year olds have heard the elders speak of the analog era when all of humanity’s knowledge and art was stored on paper and organized by Dewey Decimal number. Now they can own a piece of “ancient” history that will become more and more rare. And they just may get some use out of it when the coming solar flare takes down the power grid once and for all.

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The Manual to Manhood
The Manual to Manhood

Surprise! That boy you used to know is now old enough to vote, sue you, and enlist in the Army. But it seems like only yesterday he was just learning how to drive a car. A lot of changes and new responsibilities are coming, and that boy needs to know all the basic man stuff to get through it. Stuff like how to respectfully break up with a girl, how to drive a manual transmission, and how to use a circular saw, like a man.

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Gold Or Silver Coins
Gold Or Silver Coins

Gold and silver coins are a ridiculously good gift, so if you can afford to give it, you should definitely give them gold or silver coins. It will get them excited about investing, which will put them on a path to financial security. It’s a ridiculously good gift, so if you can afford to give it, you should definitely give them gold or silver coins. Oh and also, it’s a ridiculously good gift, so if you can afford to give it, you should definitely give them gold or silver coins.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloon Ride

You should make sure there are no unresolved issues between you and the recipient of this gift before getting into the basket. Assuming it’s a happy birthday, a hot air balloon ride could be the thrill of a lifetime and something you both will be telling stories about for years to come. Yes, you have to go too of course. If you’re apprehensive, remember, once you get numb to the terror of standing in the middle of the air with a thin cloth balloon keeping you from plummeting to your death, it’s actually a serene and peaceful experience. It is completely silent up there, like being frozen in time.

Automatic Mini Donut Factory
Mini Donut Factory

If the birthday boy or girl you know is an aspiring entrepreneur, why not get them started in the most self-indulgent way possible? From now on they’ll be able to honestly tell people that they owned their first factory when they were just 18. They’ll learn to maximize productivity and you can help “manage” the inventory.

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Backyard Zip Line Kit

If they’ve got a place to put it, a zipline is a pretty damn fun 18th birthday gift. You just need 2 trees to attach the cable to and you’re off. It can support up to 250 pounds and carry riders over a 90 foot span. The seat is adjustable and the pulley includes a braking system to slow or stop the action.

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Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

By the time they turn 18 they will have filled their share of notebooks. They’ve probably used a whole tree’s worth of paper. As digital technology replaces antiquated practices like writing with pen and paper, products like this are a nice bridge between two worlds. The Rocketbook smart notebook gives you the satisfaction of writing your notes by hand but also saves a digital copy of what you write. Once the pages are full they can be deleted and reused.

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Life Hacks
Life Hacks

It’s time for them to leave the nest, go out into the world, and find their own path (hopefully). They’ll need to solve their own problems now, and you can give them the knowledge they need to tackle the everyday dilemmas that commonly frustrate the uninformed. Life hacks are simpler, more efficient, or less expensive ways approach life’s little challenges. Did you know you can use strawberries to whiten your teeth?

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hometown map puzzle
Hometown Map Puzzle

If the birthday boy or girl will be moving away for work or college, a hometown map puzzle is the perfect gift to quell home sickness and help them appreciate their roots. Unlike most puzzles, there is no picture guide on the box to refer to when trying to place the pieces, they’ll have to rely on their own memory of the lay of the land to get through this one.

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Beanbag Chair
Beanbag Chair

An 18 year old that is moving into a dorm or their first apartment probably doesn’t own a lot of furniture. They also may not have a great track record for taking good care of their things. A full-on Lazy Boy recliner would be nice, but also hard to move, expensive to buy, and heartbreaking to spill dinner on. Here’s a much more affordable alternative that is comfy and practical, but also okay to toss in the dumpster after the party gets out of hand.

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bubble ball
Bubble Ball

They may have had a hamster ball when they were younger and may be hiding a secret desire to be that hamster. Fulfill their weirdest dreams with this human scale inflatable bubble ball. It will led to hilarious adventures and could prove useful in day to day life as well – like if they want to preserve their personal space while in line at the grocery store or at the concert.

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Loliware Edible Cups
Loliware Edible Cups

Young people are typically conscious of their environmental impact and the not-so-temporary nature of disposable products. They also probably don’t really like doing the dishes. These edible cups solve both problems. Available in multiple flavors including cherry, citrus, green tea, and vanilla, this sustainable drinkware also makes a tasty late night snack.

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AAA membership
AAA membership

Breaking down and having to call your dad for help is something they want to avoid by the time they turn 18. The gift of an AAA Membership will mean they don’t even need to admit they had an auto-related problem – allowing them to retain the aura of cool, calm and collected adult, who has their s**t together. Ha!

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Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Written by James Bond himself (or, you know, an actual real-life spy), this eye-opening book is packed full of genuine, practical tips for self-protection, and is a great present for any loved one or friend. Guaranteed to come in handy during a kidnapping, mugging or zombie apocalypse, you might just save their life one day.

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Beard Head
Beard Head

Social standards are always changing, and these days a gentleman takes off his beard when he enters a building. Ladies too. It’s so much easier to do when that beard is attached to a hat. Don’t let him be that embarrassing guy eating at a nice restaurant with his damn beard on.

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Mail Order Cupcakes In A Jar

Opening the mail isn’t normally the most exciting of things to do when you’re 18, and 17 birthday cakes later, they’re probably a little fed up with the usual ritual of blowing out the candles. Blow them away with this contemporary twist on the usual sponge and fondant instead. It certainly tastes better than a birthday card.

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Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet
Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet

Take accessorizing to a whole new dimension with this awe-inspiring, majestic showpiece. The sparkle of this bling is the real deal and gives props to the infinite power and mesmerizing beauty of the universe. They can gaze into the stars all night long with this exclusive addition to decorate their wrist.

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The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do

There are certain things everyone ‘should’ know how to do, but by a certain age it becomes too late to admit you don’t – and this is how you end up with that friend who still has no clue how to tie his necktie. Revolutionize that guy’s life with this book.

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Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled
Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life’s Mysteries Unraveled

As they flow through life, there are many things that they might not have quite got the answers to, and they may very well be in this book. And even if they’re not, what better gift is there than the gift of knowledge? After all, older means wiser. This is a brilliant and comedic insight into some modern and not-so-modern processes which will provide them with hours of fun and a lifetime of useless knowledge.

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Make Your Hot Sauce Kit

Do you know someone who’s always in search of the perfect hot sauce? Well, maybe the answer is to let them make their own. This kit allows you to experiment with different pepper, spice, and vinegar combinations until you find the holy grail of hotness. No more excuses, just hot pepper perfection.

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Name A Star After Them
Name A Star After Them

Imagine pointing to a tiny, glittering speck in the sky and saying to your 18-year-old on their birthday, ‘that’s yours, the Alex James star’. Of course, you won’t really have a clue which star is theirs, you probably wouldn’t be able to see it anyway, but they’re sure to be touched, and that’s all that matters.

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Custom Fit Insoles
Custom Fit Insoles

Protect their hooves with some orthopedic magic. This personalized gift of wellness expresses care and compassion and will remind them of your unconditional love and devotion, as well as your awesome gift-giving talent! Every cushioned step they take will provide extended head-to-toe support for years to come.

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Banksy Wall Art Decal

Even if you can afford a real Banksy piece, chances are a giant slab of concrete is not going to be all that well received. Enter the modern day miracle of plastic. Make it look like their house was visited by one of the most famous identity-unknown humans to ever walk the earth. Because after all, are you sure it wasn’t?

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Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

Admittedly, this is kind of a niche gift. But somehow, inexplicably, this has become a giant niche. Fans of the animated sitcom – as well as the associated blog, comic book, and soundtrack album – will have a great time geeking out to these real life, chef-tested recipes for the outlandishly-named burgers the show is famous for.

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Molecular Gastronomy kit
Molecular Gastronomy Kit

If you know someone who salivates over the science behind their supper, we’re pretty sure they’ll enjoy experimenting with this molecular gastronomy kit. It’s perfect for anyone looking to take their culinary creativity to the next level and impress any future dinner party guests.

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Car Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool
Car Emergency Escape Tool

They may have achieved elite Girl Scout or Boy Scout status back in high school, but that badge-covered sash won’t be able to save them from a sinking car. Forget cookies — today’s scouts should be peddling these life-saving gadgets instead. Foolproof and dependable, this indispensable car accessory packs a mean punch and won’t disappoint when imminent danger strikes. Safety first!

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Home T-shirt
Home T-shirt

Don’t send your precious kin off to school without one of these insanely comfortable t-shirts to remind them where they’re from. A great antidote to homesickness and scratchy-clothing syndrome. And if someone should find them drunk and unresponsive on the front lawn, they’ll know approximately where to send them.

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giant candy
Giant Candy

These king-sized treats just might be the perfect gift to match their insatiable sweet tooth. This level of candy debauchery might be frowned upon by overeaters anonymous, but life is too short for sugar shaming. No need to wrap these monstrous munchies, the wrapper alone is half the fun and can be used later on as one-of-a-kind wall art to commemorate their gastronomical feat.

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Make Your Own Cheese Kit
Make Your Own Cheese Kit

The latest in DIY dairy products, this cheese lover’s dream will satisfy their creamy cravings and add a gourmet twist to stale, processed snacking sessions. Handmade goodness that will add a scrumptious slice of heaven to crispy crackers and baked breads, this culinary tutorial is perfect for cheesemongers at heart.

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PhoneSoap
PhoneSoap

Phones actually have more germs on them than a typical public restroom. This smart cleansing machine might not eliminate the dirty content sucking up the data on their phone, but it will be sure to return sterile swiping to their wired existence. Personal device hygiene should not be overlooked by today’s touch-screen fanatics. A high-tech disinfectant, this ingenuous accessory will decontaminate wireless communication and restore cleanliness to the digital age. Oh, and it also charges while it cleans!

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Smartphone Charging Emergency Weather Radio
Smartphone Charging Emergency Weather Radio

Since the dawn of time, chaos, terror, and death have periodically rained down from the sky. Only the lucky were spared. But now we have weather radios, so you can go inside instead of dying. This one also conveniently charges your phone so the next hurricane doesn’t have to interrupt your game of angry birds.

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Giant Gummy Bear
Giant Gummy Bear

Go big or go home! This jumbo teddy will satisfy every sweet tooth this side of the Mississippi, and then some. Huggable, chewable nourishment for the kid in all of us, this colossal candy is the icing on everyone’s cake and the pinnacle of penny candy excess. Splurge on a gummy-licious gift that’s sure to please even the most discriminating sugar lovers.

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Chocolate Soap

You probably think they’re sweet enough already, but they’ll think that you’re really sweet for buying them this indulgent soap that will give bath time that extra little bit of luxury. You could say that this is a present that’s good enough to eat, but we’d maybe make sure to tell them not to or it might turn into a gift that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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Solar Cooker
Solar Cooker

For the person who just loves the great outdoors, being ‘at one with nature’ and ‘living off the land’, give them this solar powered cooker, so they can prepare their meals the way their forefathers did, with nothing but the heat of the sun… oh no, wait, the forefathers had fire for that. Our bad

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Trail Guide to the Body
Trail Guide to the Body

If those homegrown massages are causing pains to linger a bit longer than expected, chances are your masseuse-in-training needs a tad more study time. This irreplaceable guide takes readers on an anatomical journey that charts every inch of the human body with artistic genius and incredible detail. Plunge into the mysteries of our incredible physique and gain insights on pain relief and the miraculous healing powers that originate from within.

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Hershey’s Dual Single-Serve Ice Cream Machine
Single-Serve Ice Cream Machine

Don’t get hypnotized by the mesmerizing harmonies of the neighborhood ice cream truck. This homespun creamery delivers mouthwatering desserts that top any store-bought brand. Heat up some hot fudge, pop off the whipped cream cap and enjoy the refreshing summertime favorite any time of the year. There’s no heavy lifting with this countertop dessert genie—just sprinkle on a little patience and get ready for some smooth homemade perfection.

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Instant Photo Printer For Phone
Instant Photo Printer For Phone

A perfect marriage of digital photography and the iconic, sorely missed Polaroid camera experience, this is the gift they’ve been waiting for! Treasured memories captured with advanced picture technology can now be held in the palm of their hand and easily shared with loved ones. Photography is best experienced in person and in hard copy, not just on the virtual cloud or in split-second renderings. Tangible keepsakes are making a comeback!

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Coolbox Smart Toolbox

If the 18 year old you know is a maker or tinkerer, they surely already have a toolbox. What they need though, is a Coolbox. This modern evolution of the toolbox has come a long way from being just a place to store tools. It has built-in power strips and an internal battery, a clock, wheels, bluetooth audio, an LED lamp, a whiteboard, and even a bottle opener.

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Navigation And Fitness Tracking Insoles
Navigation And Fitness Tracking Insoles

Let your feet guide you, and never get lost. These removable insoles link up with a smartphone app and use GPS to guide you to your destination through subtle vibrations. Lead the way without having to stare at your phone or wait for Google Maps to load. Like the pied freakin’ piper, without the annoying pan flute.

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