The Key to Unlocking a 21st Birthday Celebration

21st birthdays are very special — the world is your oyster, and you’ll be wanting to spread your wings and explore.


Hand with a 21st birthday key

The 21st birthday is always one of the most memorable birthdays for people in different countries around the world, and Australia is no different, with a special tradition of celebrating the 21st birthday party.

In Australia, turning 21 means one is an adult. The tradition means giving the person turning 21 a key to your family's house.



Where Did This Tradition Originate?


Well, we did a little digging and found that history tells us that the 21st birthday originated from medieval times. That's right, medieval times! This has been a long-standing tradition. Originally it meant that it was part of a boy's life when he was being groomed for knighthood.


This tradition dates from the times when at twenty-one, you were considered old enough to be a key-holder to your family's home and thus hold a symbolic 'senior' position in the family.


However, now the 21st birthday celebration has no gender. It's not especially just for the boys. It's now considered a milestone birthday by most Aussies and "handing over of the key" is still part of the 21st birthday tradition.



Why Celebrate a 21st Birthday with a Key?


Everyone gets excited about turning 21 since it is the age when you are recognized as a complete and responsible adult, by law, in Australia, and elsewhere. This adds a lot more enthusiasm for people to celebrate their 21st birthday.


If you are planning to celebrate your 21st birthday party in Australia, mark it with the passing down of a key. Have the main event at the 21st birthday party be the big ceremonial handover of the "21st key" and don't forget to have the parents give a speech to the birthday person!


Celebrating a 21st birthday with the handing over of the key brings a little bit of tradition and fun to the party.



Celebrate a Key Birthday with VidDay


Celebrating a milestone birthday with VidDay is fun and easy, especially for the 21st birthday. There are many different ways to use VidDay for a key birthday, so let's go into them!

When You Can't be Together


We can't always be together when we want to be together. Geography, time, or personal reasons may keep us separated. But If you're far away, then you can send birthday gifts, keys, and personalized messages with VidDay.

girl watching birthday video

Even if you are close to the recipient celebrating their key birthday, you can still have everyone be included in the birthday celebration.

Invite everyone, whether in Australia, England, or America, to join in on the video gift! The recipient will love that everyone came together in one beautiful video gift.


All for their 21st birthday.


A Memorable Party Activity


On the magical 21st birthday day, gather everyone together to watch the VidDay video gift together. Then, share in the magic of a video gift by watching the video as a group. PS, don't forget a tissue or two for those tears of joy.

Grab some drinks and treats because celebrating together is always better. Get everyone gathered around the computer, TV, or even a projector, then sit back and watch as everyone expresses their birthday love.


Seeing the receipt’s reaction is the best part of a VidDay video gift.


Give As a Keepsake


Get friends and family to submit old photos and videos that they have on their phones. Then, take the recipient down memory lane on their 21st birthday remembering all of their experiences and milestones leading to their 21st birthday! And of course, you can add in some embarrassing photos too.


lady laughing at birthday video

The birthday recipient will be able to keep this birthday video for years. It's a keepsake that they'll be able to save and remind themselves of their 21st birthday to keep the memories alive.


Need a little more 21st birthday gift inspiration? Check out this 21st birthday post!



Create a Memorable 21st Birthday Gift

Birthdays are always a time for celebration! But, especially when it's your 21st birthday, you should celebrate it with the key tradition. A 21st birthday is a time to celebrate with friends and family.

group of people watching birthday video

Bring some joy and perhaps a few tears of happiness to the 21st birthday key party with a meaningful video gift filled with love and joy.

The 21st birthday video will be filled with sincere birthday wishes from your friends and family in a group video gift. Need a little help with 21st birthday wishes — check out our birthday wishes generator for some inspiration. Why are group birthday videos such a great 21st birthday gift?

Found it very easy to use and made my son a 21st Birthday compilation video as he's in the Army so couldn't be with his family and friends, so we all shared a video clip and sent it to him. Will most definitely use again.” — Christine Elliott

Great question! With our birthday video maker, you can collect messages from loved ones, friends, family, colleagues all in one surprise 21st birthday key video, which means that everyone can join in on the 21st birthday celebration, whether celebrating from a distance or nearby.

Learn more about creating your birthday video with our handy birthday video guide.



Celebrate better together by saying happy 21st birthday with a group VidDay video gift. Start one today.