The 18th birthday is a milestone for any youngster, a rite of passage, an entry into the world of adults. It is an emotional time and one of the most memorable moment. How will one select an unusual gift for their special day? What if you get it wrong? How can you be sure that it's well received and appreciated?
Well, this is no ordinary project, and it needs a step-by-step analysis. We need to think differently, creatively, and go beyond the ordinary. We need to examine our resources, and plan our every move, every second counts. So, let's quickly begin our mammoth task of picking out the most unusual gifts for an 18th birthday.
Think of the person you are going to gift. Now ask yourself, "What are his/her likes and dislikes?" Each person is unique, and the more you know about him/her, the better are your chances of being able to find the most unique items for them. Do some research (that doesn't include invading their privacy). A little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way.
If you are not sure, or are unable to contact them, you could check out their social network profiles for some clues. Ask people who might have an idea, but make sure it's a reliable source, and always double check to be sure. Make sure you get this part right, because if you don't, your present might just make it to the worst gifts of all time list!
Look at your available resources. We are talking about time, money, or creativity. If you have all them you are indeed bestowed. But mostly, we all fall short in one of the above resources. If you have a big wallet and an even bigger heart, go ahead and splurge on any of the latest goodies on the market, from gadgets to holidays to jewelry.
It would be an added advantage if you get them personalized gifts.If you still do, then please read step one properly. It will help you decide. For the rest of us who do not have money, but do have a lot of time to spare, you could try making something for the birthday boy/girl, again keeping step 1 in mind.
Women love shopping, and she would definitely love to pick a dress for herself. You can find out about her favorite brands, and then pick out something in her favorite color by yourself. Clothes are usually tricky to buy, and should be brought only if you have a good knowledge of what he/she likes and also, more importantly, the size and fit.
Another unique idea for both females and males is to create a collage or video montage of earlier years showing how and why they are special to you, and depicting their unique characters and qualities. It could contain testimonies from their friends, parents, relatives, teachers, and other people who have been associated with them.
If you know that the birthday boy/girl is good-humored and wouldn't mind a good joke, you could get them one of the many gag gifts that are easily available in most stores. You could go for prank presents that scare the person, only for them to realize later that it was just a prank.
Remember to get something that they wouldn't easily figure out about. You could get it for your boyfriend or girlfriend too, but if he/she isn't too good humored and you want to give him something else, (which is always safer), you could get one of the normal gifts for your boyfriend/girlfriend.
Good luck then, on buying your gift. Now go ahead and do what must be done, and don't waste too much time thinking, because - "You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present (pun intended) by worrying about the future."- Anonymous.