Let’s not kid each other. We know what this one’s all about. But before you go and buy them a bottle of cheap liquor or a case of Natural Light, consider that they can now legally experience the thrill of doing that themselves. Let’s try to be a little more creative here. We’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to help them celebrate the last birthday they’ll ever look forward to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, it will be strange when you have to get that cheek swab from them without them knowing what you’re up to, but it will all make sense when you reveal this birthday portrait that showcases their unique DNA. Or you could just give them the DNA collection kit as the gift if that’s easier. Or just swab your dog. They’ll never know the difference.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve all been there. Waking up with a terrible hangover and all you can think about is donuts. 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.
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.
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.
Traditional shot glasses are durable and convenient, but you can’t eat them. That’s just a fact. Don’t try it; many people have, and they’re all dead. This machine breaks the mold by replacing glass with cookies (the best ideas are always stupid obvious). Jello shots are no longer the undisputed champion of the alcohol kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
After a hard day of playing video games and dreaming about what to do with their lives, planning dinner can seem like a real chore to many 21 year olds. With a click of your mouse, you can take away that problem for weeks on end. They’ll enjoy the flavors of the world and discover new recipes without the hassle of decision-making.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
It’s true – a bottle of their favorite wine will last a few hours, at best (and they may not even remember drinking it!), but the memory of that crazy day spent white water rafting or skydiving will last a lifetime – even if they did have their eyes closed and were screaming for most of it!
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.
They could be related to Genghis Khan, Cleopatra, Chuck Norris, and Batman… Probably not that last one. But you can’t prove it. Now you can either both spend your lives wondering, or you can finally understand where that fixation with roundhouse kicks came from. The choice is yours.
Classic cocktails don’t really move much, don’t make any noise, and basically come in two colors: clear and brown. This is a primary reason that the old world was intolerably boring. A modern cocktail master knows how to tantalize all the senses. And now you don’t even have to know what you’re doing to create dramatic visual effects with your beverage: just put one of these in it.
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.
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.
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.
As far as 21st birthday gifts go, this one really takes the cake. If the birthday girl you know will likely end up like Barbie here on the night of her party, then it’s probably best to make sure she has something on her stomach, and cake may have to do. This foreboding birthday cake is fun to create and will help soak up a few of those tequila shots.
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.
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.
If their 21st birthday party is anything like mine was, there’s no telling where they’ll be when they finally pass out. In the bushes is somehow not that uncommon of a place to wake up on the first day people are 22. With a wearable sleeping bag they’ll be hilariously prepared for this inevitable right of passage.
This birthday, why not give them a bouquet of something they actually want – like the chance to win the lottery and retire early to travel the world in a super yacht! Plus, if they win, they’re sure to share their millions with you, right? Right?? Jon, can you hear me, you seem to be sailing in the other direction…?
Crank up that “Purple Haze” and take a trip to the outer corners of the galaxy with some psychedelic glassware. These mind-blowing vessels will expand consciousness while promoting proper hydration. Add a little brain tease to routine beverage breaks and bridge the distance between the mysteries of the skies and our earthly experience.
For the alternative 21-year-old who’ll try anything once, why not pop them in a local isolation tank and deprive them of their senses for an hour or so, see what happens? It might make them feel super relaxed and chilled-out about getting a year older. Or, it might just make them feel lucky to be alive when you finally let them out!
Well, they’ve spent 21 years in this reality, they’ve probably had enough – we didn’t invent a whole new one for no reason. Give them a virtual reality headset and allow them to come face to face with dinosaurs, dance on the moon, meet their idol… you’ll probably never see them in the real world again.
Not only are these a practical present but they’re a bit of a brain teaser too. Let them ponder over how to get the grey matter back together while having the peace of mind that they don’t have to get neurotic over coffee stains on the furniture. Practically perfect, they’re a no-brainer.
You could buy them a 17 man band that could live in the corner of their den and serenade them every day, or you could just go with this unique piece of furniture that can play 17 instruments at once. Plus this pneumatically controlled Hootenanny can remember how to play 13,000 songs.
Concerts and sporting events have gotten pretty expensive lately. Too expensive, probably, for someone just turning 21 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.
Show your appreciation and love symbolically and financially at the same time. What lasts longer in a 21 year old's hands: a dozen roses, or a dozen wads of cash? We’re betting on the former, but now you can find out.
Help reinforce good choices by giving a young person this hilarious version of the world’s most famous death game. Just load up a water balloon and pass the pistol around the table, then wait to see who gets soaked.
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?
Everyone hates doing the dishes. Anything you can do to ease that burden will be appreciated. Take glassware for example. With Loliware when you finish your drink there’s no need to take it to the dishwasher. You just eat it, or save it for a midnight snack.
One day soon, artificial intelligence is going to be a reality, and the machines are going to take everything. Until then, you might as well get as much out of these bastards as you can. Here’s a robot who will make fully-customizable drinks until he knows better.
It used to be the only way to smell like your favorite alcohol was to get so drunk it came out of your pores. Although a few people have probably tried using whiskey as cologne, too. Thank god someone finally came up with a better solution. Beer soap uses real craft beer ingredients to make rich, fragrant soap that not only smells great but nourishes your skin with natural vitamins and nutrients.
Not to be confused with the slightly shorter ten-step addiction expert, this is the gold club for automotive enthusiasts and clueless drivers alike. A safety net for the mechanically impaired, AAA is the one-of-a-kind grease monkey support network that can be relied upon to save their life at any time of day or night. Vehicle recovery is just one call away. Give them the keys to self-help today!
What other diversion affords the opportunity to let out both bloodcurdling screams and unrestrained giggling while indulging in sweet candy treats? Embrace the carefree silliness of youth and give them a little license to check out for a few hours. Responsibility can wait. Slap on that wristband and hop on the ride of a lifetime.
Everyone wanted to be a spy at some point, so whether your 21-year-old is a budding Jason Bourne or a James Bond-to-be, why not get them started with a collection of spy secrets from a former CIA agent? Just as a side note, we are not responsible for any booby traps you fall foul of as a result of the recipient reading this book.
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.
Save your favorite 21-year-old the indignity of walking back and forth from the couch to the kitchen for a beer. We put a man on the moon for God’s sake. Hand-made by Amish craftsmen and built to last for generations, this is no flimsy Walmart furniture. Class out the wazoo.
Alright, enough pussyfooting around. Are you gonna open that damn bottle or not? If not, hand it over to someone who will, and give them the tools to do it right. This authentic 50 caliber shell will definitively end the standoff with any stubborn bottle cap, no matter how strong a fight it’s willing to put up. Mission accomplished, major.
Celebrate their roots with 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.
If you know a 21-year-old who is fed up of drinking average coffee, give them some s**t coffee to drink instead. Kopi Luwak coffee is unique in that it’s made from African animal droppings, though we’d maybe tell them that after they’ve drunk it and realized how good it tastes.
The senses of smell and taste are highly correlated. Of course, smelling books is highly correlated with general weirdness, but in this case it’s alright, because that’s what this book was made for. A great introduction to what you’re supposed to be noticing on the way to inebriation, perfect for a wine beginner, or for someone who’s trying to make the tough leap from the box to the bottle.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a 21st birthday gift that’s completely out of this world and will last a lifetime, this is it. And if they’re not over the moon that they get to possess their own little patch of the night sky, it may be worth reminding them of how young they are compared to their twinkling namesake.
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.
Years ago, we were all told not to play with our food. Now the highest paid, most famous chefs in the world are doing just that, and nobody thinks to slap the gelified calcium chloride out of their hands. This is the food the Jetsons would have been eating if they were more sophisticated.
Appeal to the material side of fun and indulge your trend-setting 21 year old in some hedonistic, haute couture entertainment. So what if her closets are busting at the seams, there’s always room for that extra pair of designer jeans and some famous label dresses. Whip out that plastic and take pleasure in some serious swiping and tap-and-pay consumerism. Max out the fun factor and celebrate their birthday with some good ole fashioned excess!
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.
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.