21st Birthday: Top Gifts and Birthday Ideas You Need to Try

A 21st birthday is a big deal for a lot of people. Not only on this day do you become officially legal, but it marks your entry into adulthood. So whether you're celebrating your own 21st birthday or planning for someone else's 21st birthday, there is a lot of pressure to get it just right.

21st birthday ideas

We've come up with this handy post to help you get inspiration for 21st birthday ideas and gifts to get someone turning 21. In this post, we'll show you the best 21st birthday ideas and gifts for a night you'll never forget.

Oh, and you'll want to read to the end to see a little bit extra 21st birthday ideas we have for you.

Top 21st Birthday Ideas

dance clue for 21st birthday idea

Nightclub, Lounge, or Bar

This one is a little obvious for a 21st birthday idea, but it's time to get that ID out! You're finally 21, and it's not time to hit up that club, lounge, or pub. Whatever your mood is telling you.

You can reserve a table with your friends or hit the dance floor all night long. The night is yours!

brunch for a 21st birthday idea

21st Birthday Brunch

Perfect 21st birthday idea to start the day of your birthday or to end the night of your 21st birthday. It's time to try mimosas for the first time! So, reserve a table at the best brunch place in town for a bit of daytime celebration. Whether you're with family or friends, enjoying some brunch food with some champagne-inspired drinks will make a fabulous daytime party.

going on a cruise for a 21st birthday idea

Take a Day Cruise

Celebrate your 21st birthday party at sea or on a lake by joining a day cruise. There are many places that you can rent out entire boats just for your party. So invite everyone you know, from your best friend to your friend's girlfriend/boyfriend, to join in on the fun! You'll be able to enjoy drinks and good weather with your favorite people. Some boats even make stops where you can get off the ship and explore, or you can stay on the ship and enjoy the party surrounded by all your friends.

themed party for 21st birthday idea

Throw a Themed Party

Throw your favorite themed party that you had a kid! Whether that's princess-themed, dinosaur-themed, or SpongeBob square pants. Since you're going to be 21 and an adult, let's remember back on the good ol' times of being a kid without any cares in the world. So head over to your local party store and stock up on fun-themed plates, hats, party poppers, and more.

Throw in some jello shots, pizza, candy, a piñata, and you're ready to go! Plus, you can play some kid games but with a little bit of booze. So have a blast at your 21st birthday party!

Karaoke for a 21st birthday idea

Battle it Out on the Microphone

There is nothing else like belting out your favorite song surrounded by all the people you love. If you're a little more mic shy, there are private karaoke rooms that you can rent out, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, you can head to your local bar that has a karaoke night.

So start finding those songs that you want to sing and get ready to have a wild birthday party filled with music and laughter! It's a 21st birthday idea that everyone will love.

Top 21st Birthday Gifts

a vidday for a 21st birthday gift

VidDay Birthday Video Gift

Create a birthday video that they’ll cherish forever. Whether it’s for your friends, your son, daughter, or anyone else, creating a beautiful birthday video with VidDay will be a memory that’ll last a lifetime. You can easily invite everyone love the birthday person loves to join in on the birthday video!

Once you’ve received all the video clips and photos, you can arrange it however you want, add some music and choose from a wide variety of themes. This birthday video will make that 21 birthday unforgettable. Need a little more inspiration on what to say in your birthday video? Check out this birthday wish idea generator.

Start one here.

a hangover kit for a 21st birthday gift

Survival Kit

Now that they are legal, they might make some not-so-smart decisions when it comes to drinking. So let’s prepare them for the day after with a little hangover survival kit! This kit is easy to assemble, one trip to the pharmacy, and you’ll have everything you need! Here’s what you need:

  • Tylenol

  • Gum

  • Coffee

  • Vitamin C

  • Chocolate bars

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Gift card for pizza

There you have it! A survival kit for that oh-so-no good morning after their 21st birthday.

a camera for a 21st birthday gift
Source: Fujifilm

Instax Camera

Allow them to capture the night with the new Instax SQUARE SQ1 instant camera. It’s great to take photos and then share them on social media for that vintage kind of look. Don’t forget the film — they come in various colors from pink to black to sky blue! Or keep it neutral with white. It’s a great 21st birthday gift!

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a hydroflask  for a 21st birthday gift
Source: Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask

Stay hydrated and stay refreshed. Any water vessel is a good choice as long as we stay away from harmful chemicals and plastics. The Hydro Flask comes in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes! So it’s easy for you to find that perfect 21st birthday gift that will match their personality and style. Plus, they offer a service where you can get your bottle custom-designed so that you can tailor the bottle to the special birthday person.

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flip flops for a 21st birthday gift
Source: Sootheez

Sootheez Sandals

Move over Crocs, and it’s time to say hello to Sootheez! Wow, these sliders look like you’re walking on a cloud of goodness. Plus, they are a little kinder on the eyes than crocs are. (Not that we are hating on crocs, we love crocs!). Perfect for foot pain relief, bad joints, hip & back support, not that many 21-year-olds have these issues (it’s just a great excuse to get a pair for yourself). They come in various colors and honestly look like you’re walking on a pillow and who doesn’t want that for a perfect 21st birthday gift?

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More 21st Birthday Ideas

The birthday ideas above didn’t get you excited? Need a little more 21st birthday idea? Here are some ideas to help spice up your birthday. We know that choosing an activity or unique venue like one of these will create a wonderful birthday filled with memories that will last you a lifetime.

  • Hire a party bus

  • Plan a weekend away with your best friends

  • Paintballing

  • Rock climbing

  • Take part in an escape room

  • Take a road trip with some friends

  • Go to a winery or brewery (perfect for a daytime adventure)

  • Take a class with your friends (cooking, dance, art — anything at all!)

  • Go rock climbing

  • Relax with friends at a day spa

  • Have a slumber party

  • Throw a barbecue in a park or backyard

  • Have an opulent high tea

  • Rent out a hotel pool for a pool party

  • Volunteer with friends during the day for a cause that’s close to your heart

  • Go to a show (a movie, music, comedy, theatre)

  • Go to your favorite sporting event

These 21st birthday ideas are truly unique, and you can personalize them to match your tastes and likes.

Now it’s time to start planning your big day! Want to learn more on how to make a VidDay video gift — check out our Ultimate Birthday Guide.