Motorized Cooler
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Motorized Cooler

We can’t emphasize this enough: you ride the motorized cooler full of drinks to the party, you drink its contents, and then you WALK it back home. Nobody wants to be the guy on the news who got arrested for drunk driving an empty cooler. So stay safe.

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Travel Plans

Go hit some clubs in another city, state, or even country. Book the tickets, make reservations, plan the itinerary, rent the car, and put everything into an envelope for them to open on their special day. Watch their eyes light up as they realize what you just handed them. That moment will be as much fun as the trip.

Sir Galahad Bartender
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Sir Galahad Bartender

This bar service holds 4 bottles, glasses, and includes a foldout tray. It also appears to be a full size suit of armor, the kind you might see chasing Shaggy through a haunted castle. It’s a fun way to display a liquor collection, and may be useful during hand-to-hand combat.

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Stock Gift Cards

Twenty-one is old enough to drown the sorrow of losing it all in the stock market with a bottle of cheap booze. Get them started on the path to rock bottom, not by buying them the bottle, but by giving them their first shares of stock, and thereby setting them off down the path of inevitable financial ruin that comes from gambling hard earned money on stocks.

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21 Year Old Booze

21 years is old enough to have matured and mellowed out enough to drink easily from the glass, without the harshness or burn of younger liquors. It is also not too old to be too expensive or too precious to drink. Plus, a 21 year old bottle for a 21st birthday gift is ridiculously perfect, don’t you think?

The Coolest
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The Coolest

Think of what the coolest cooler would be like. It would keep drinks cold, obviously, but it would also do other stuff too, right? Like play music on a splash-proof Bluetooth speaker, have a built-in blender that can crush ice, and even be able to charge your phone. That’s why this cooler is called the Coolest, and it is just that.

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Send A Message On A Potato

Just your everyday, average russet potato with a message or a picture printed on it, and sent through the mail. It’s really dumb. And yet… It would be kinda funny, right? Who wouldn’t laugh at getting a potato in their mailbox? If you know someone like that, you should send them a potato anyway.

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Mixology Dice

Mixing cocktails is both an art and a science. This 21st birthday gift idea embraces that fact and throws some random chance in just to keep it interesting. Roll the dice to get a combination of ingredients, then use the included book to get the right ratios to avoid crapping out.

Auto Survival Kit
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Auto Survival Kit

Turning 21 means being on your own to face the hazards of the world, so give them the tools to be a true road warrior with this Auto Survival kit. Containing emergency supplies to survive floods, blizzards, accidents, and more, this kit is a must for anyone who is getting ready to take on the world.

The Digital Art Museum
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Digital Art Museum

Sometimes 21 year olds haven’t really developed a refined appreciation for art yet. That’s why so many people that age do things like hang beer ads and rock band posters on their walls. This 21st birthday gift idea allows them explore the world of art and change the display on demand. They might just learn something and it will make their room look much classier than that neon PBR light.

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HTML Beer Glasses

When people talk about “beer nerds” they mean those who are really into beer and know a lot about it. But what about “nerdy beer nerds?” A nerdy beer nerd likes beer, knows a lot about it, but is also just generally a nerd. The sort of person who would appreciate a beer glass with an HTML joke printed on it.

Beginner’s Guide To Investing
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Beginner’s Guide To Investing

If only we had been given a book like this on our 21st birthday! Start their adulthood off on firm financial footing with this book that explains what investing is, how to get started, and how to plan for their fiscal future. And maybe get them a nice bottle to go with it.

Scotch Infused Toothpicks
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Scotch Infused Toothpicks

You don’t drink scotch just to get drunk. You drink it to savor the complex, peaty flavors that only come with painstaking attention to detail and patient barrel aging. These toothpicks are infused with that experience. Teach them the joys of proper drinking with this 21st birthday gift.

Automatic Mini Donut Factory
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Mini Donut Factory

We’ve all been there. Waking up with a terrible hangover and all you can think about is doughnuts. But the idea of actually leaving to go buy some is frankly horrifying. With this sweet invention, though, there’s barely even a need to leave the bed.

Never Have I Ever Game
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Never Have I Ever Game

You don’t necessarily have to buy a copy in order to play this classic drinking game, but if you don’t want the conversation to be all about sex the whole time it is not a bad idea to have some cards with other experiences. Get this gift for that cousin you want to drink with, but not know too much about.

Birth Month Flower Earrings
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Birth Month Flower Earrings

Help them turn 21 in style with these fashionable earrings made from real blossoming flowers that stay forever vibrant encased in clear resin. Just a little reminder that physical beauty is not so permanent.

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Radioactive Elements Glowing Coasters

Turning 21 means there are going to be drinks around, which means coasters are a must. So why not have the hottest coasters around? These pressure sensitive squares light up when a drink is placed on them, and each represents a different radioactive element.

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First Edition Of Favorite Book

By age 21 a person will hopefully have read enough to have a treasured favorite book. In our digital era, however, books have become more disposable than ever, which is why a lovely first edition copy can be so special. Bonus points if the book is actually good.

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

There are plenty of books full of useful and wholesome tips for life that you could give someone for their 21st birthday. That’s easy to find. And a little boring; let’s be honest. This book is different. It might not come in quite as handy, but it’s a lot more fun.

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21 Small Gifts

If you’ve been doing this since their 1st birthday – getting a number of gifts equal to their years of age – you may be ready to quit. It’s getting to be a lot of gifts. 5 was easy, but that was 16 years ago! But if you stop now you they will be so disappointed in you that you might as well never give them anything ever again. If this is your first time putting a gift like this together, you may want to make it clear that it is also your last.

Watermelon Keg Kit
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Watermelon Keg Kit

We can’t think of a more fun gift for a summertime 21st birthday than this kit that turns a watermelon into a drink dispensing keg. Pair this gift with the melon and bottle of booze, then sit back and watch them immediately put it to refreshing use.

App Controlled Cocktail Mixer
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App Controlled Cocktail Mixer

It can sometimes take a while for a new drinker to realize the inherent classiness of a well mixed cocktail. Get them started right with this mixing system that includes a library of drinks in an app, and a scale that helps get the mix perfect every time.

The Self Finding Wallet
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Self Finding Wallet

Keep them from losing their new legal-to-drink ID with this nifty wallet. It’s integrated electronic tracking device pairs with nearby Bluetooth devices to send its location. It can even send an email with a link to a Google map to its last known whereabouts!

Portable Ping Pong
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Portable Ping Pong

Any table can be turned into a beer pong table with this Portable Ping Pong set. Add a case of beer and some cups, and you’ve got the perfect 21st birthday gift idea for anyone who likes a little friendly competition with their sloppy fun.

Giant Beanbag
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Giant Beanbag

21 year-olds don’t need fancy furniture. They move around a lot, they’re messy, they don’t have much money, and they like to party, so furniture can be a liability. Help them embrace that lifestyle in comfort with this giant beanbag chair. It’s the perfect place to crash.

Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet
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Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet

This rechargeable bracelet contains 15 LEDs that illuminate a Hubble Space Telescope image of the Westerlund 2 cluster in the Carina constellation. Imagine her dancing in the club, drink in hand, with a stellar nursery blinking on her wrist. Badass, right?

GoCubes Chewable Coffee
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GoCubes Chewable Coffee

When there’s no time for brewing a pot of coffee before that 8am class, there’s GoCubes Chewable Coffee. This 21st birthday gift idea will help them chase the cobwebs from the night before away without slowing them down. We recommend buying a whole case of these.

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Drinko Shots Game

We’re not going to sugarcoat it – a lot of the 21st birthday gift ideas we have involve drinking. We know that alcohol can be a serious problem, and that it is unhealthy to drink to excess, but 21 is 21. Anyway, this game is like Plinko, except with shots of booze.

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

Let’s get one thing straight right now: sh*t is f*ucked up and bullsh*t. And we have to live with that. Pretending that everything is sunshine and rainbows can keep a person happy for a while, but in the long run it is better to call it what it is. This book does that.

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7,665 Days Old Mug

They can sneak a shot or three into their morning coffee with this mug that proves they’re legally allowed to do it. It’s the perfect 21st birthday present for the person who is definitely going to have a hangover in the morning.

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

There are a lot of books out there that TELL you how to do things, but this book SHOWS you as well. With hundreds of easy-to-follow illustrations, Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know – Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic is a gift they’ll treasure for years to come.

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World’s Largest Coffee Cup

The world’s largest hangover calls for the world’s largest cup of coffee, and this giant mug is just the thing for that. This beast, weighing in at over 8 pounds empty and with an 11 inch diameter, can hold up to 20 regular-sized cups of coffee. It’ll do the trick and then some.

Metal Balloon Dog Sculpture
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Metal Balloon Dog Sculpture

Turning 21 doesn’t have to be all about alcohol. It can be a birthday that at once celebrates the innocence of childhood while looking forward to the sophistication of adulthood. At least that’s what you should tell them when they ask you why you gave them this shiny metal dog balloon for their birthday.

Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft
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Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft

They can be the most popular person at the party with this clever gadget that runs on four AA batteries and turns beer from cans, bottles, or growlers into the fizzy deliciousness that pours out of a draft. Any beer works, and it doesn’t require special gas cartridges.

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Custom Printed Birthday Book

Someone entering adulthood right now is young enough that most of the pictures from their childhood are likely to have been taken digitally. There’s a good chance they’ve only ever seen these pictures on screens. Print the good ones in a book to give them a tangible reminder of their early days.

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The Year They Were Born Mug

Here’s what you do: on the morning of their 21st birthday pour them a cup of coffee in this brand new birthday mug, but, and this is key, pour a bunch of booze in the coffee without telling them. Act like it’s not weird; claim that’s just the normal coffee that all people over 21 drink in the morning.