Turning 18 is a huge milestone for women. To formally welcome their coming of age, this once-in-a-lifetime event is usually celebrated through debut parties that we are now all missing due to the pandemic. Although this is the case, sending the debutant some gifts her way would surely make her day more special!
However, if you know someone who is turning 18, there is a high possibility that you are feeling pressured to get her the perfect gift that can commemorate her transition to adulthood. But worry not, as we put together some guides and recommendations to help you. We’ve also included some tips to help you level up your gift-giving game!
Skip the guessing and the gifting dilemma! Check out this section below, where we curated a list of ten gift recommendations for every type of debutant.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Type of Gift||Hair Styling Tools|
|Best for||Everyday Use, Dolling Up for Occasions|
|Features||Powered by Dyson’s Digital Motor V9, Made for Different Hair Types, Includes 30mm and 40mm Airwrap™ Barrels, a Pre-styling Dryer, Soft and Firm Smoothing Brushes, and a Round Volumizing Brush|
With Charging Case
|Type of Gift||Wireless Earphones|
|Best for||Listening to Music|
|Features||Wireless, Rich & High-Quality Sound, Comes With a Charging Case|
|Type of Gift||Instant Camera|
|Best for||Documenting Memories|
|Features||Selfie Mode, Automatic Exposure, Close Up Mode|
|Type of Gift||Bag|
|Best for||Use as a Fashion Piece, Everyday Wear|
|Features||Magnetic Closure, Comes With a Detachable and Adjustable Strap, Comes With an Inner Pouch|
|Type of Gift||Journal, Diary|
|Best for||Documenting Experiences, Planning|
|Features||With Lock, Has 100 Gridded Cream Pages, Gold-Stamped|
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
|Type of Gift||Computer Peripherals|
|Best for||Online Class, Casual Internet Surfing|
|Features||Wireless, Bluetooth, Comes in Eye-Catching Colors, Compatible With Windows XP/Win7/8/10|
|Type of Gift||Makeup Kit|
|Best for||Touching Up, Dolling Up for Occasions|
|Features||Sanrio-Themed, Comes With a Loose Powder or Cushion Foundation, Lipstick, Mascara, and Mascara Primer|
Box of 18
|Type of Gift||Flowers|
|Best for||Surprise Present, Decorating Her Room|
|Features||Can Be Customized|
|Type of Gift||Book|
|Best for||Daily Reading, Slump-Saver|
|Features||Has Illustrations, Teaches Life Lessons Through Storytelling|
|Type of Gift||Jewelry|
|Best for||Wearing Every Day or on Special Occasions|
|Features||Hypoallergenic, Made of 18K Gold Vermeil Over Sterling Silver, Has a Cubic Zirconia Stone|
Charles & Keith
Ben & Bart
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Airwrap™ Styler Complete
Instax Mini 11
Chain Link Double Handle Bag
Better Days Ahead Lock Journal
Perfect Diary X Sanrio MagicStay Collection Gift Set
The Little Prince
Astrid Gold Necklace
Hair Styling Tools for the Debutant Who Loves to Glam Herself Up
The Perfect Present for the Music Lover
This Handy Instant Camera Lets Her Capture Precious Memories
An Elegant Bag for Her Essentials
Something She Can Use to Jot Down Her New Goals
Cute Peripherals to Accompany Her During Online Classes
A Makeup Set for the Girl Who’s About to Bloom Into a Lady
Bring 18 Roses to Her Doorstep
A Classic Book That Taps on Adulthood
Dainty Astrology-Themed Necklace for the Lovely Debutant
|Price Starts at||₱29,500||₱8,490||₱4,299||₱3,499||₱1,050||₱1,399||₱1,699||₱6,999||₱225||₱1,799|
|Type of Gift||Hair Styling Tools||Wireless Earphones||Instant Camera||Bag||Journal, Diary||Computer Peripherals||Makeup Kit||Flowers||Book||Jewelry|
|Best for||Everyday Use, Dolling Up for Occasions||Listening to Music||Documenting Memories||Use as a Fashion Piece, Everyday Wear||Documenting Experiences, Planning||Online Class, Casual Internet Surfing||Touching Up, Dolling Up for Occasions||Surprise Present, Decorating Her Room||Daily Reading, Slump-Saver||Wearing Every Day or on Special Occasions|
|Features||Powered by Dyson’s Digital Motor V9, Made for Different Hair Types, Includes 30mm and 40mm Airwrap™ Barrels, a Pre-styling Dryer, Soft and Firm Smoothing Brushes, and a Round Volumizing Brush||Wireless, Rich & High-Quality Sound, Comes With a Charging Case||Selfie Mode, Automatic Exposure, Close Up Mode||Magnetic Closure, Comes With a Detachable and Adjustable Strap, Comes With an Inner Pouch||With Lock, Has 100 Gridded Cream Pages, Gold-Stamped||Wireless, Bluetooth, Comes in Eye-Catching Colors, Compatible With Windows XP/Win7/8/10||Sanrio-Themed, Comes With a Loose Powder or Cushion Foundation, Lipstick, Mascara, and Mascara Primer||Can Be Customized||Has Illustrations, Teaches Life Lessons Through Storytelling||Hypoallergenic, Made of 18K Gold Vermeil Over Sterling Silver, Has a Cubic Zirconia Stone|
Selecting gifts for teenagers can be really challenging. It's almost like you never know what they truly want, making it hard for you, the gift-giver, to pick one thing that they would love. But worry not, as this section lists down some factors to consider to guarantee you get the right gift for the birthday celebrant.
You may know the debutant, but how well do you actually know her? The key to giving a great gift is knowing the recipient well, and it goes beyond having knowledge about her age and birthday. It involves knowing her personality, hobbies, interests, and more. While these are things you can't do overnight, here are some ways you can select the perfect present for her.
Living in the digital age sure has its perks! If you have a connection with the debutant on different social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, you can use that up to your advantage to know what she's raving about. Chances are, she'll be delighted to receive something she actually needs or wants without even asking.
Try to go over her liked posts and shared stories to get a hint of what she might be currently into. Aside from that, you can also pick up some leads from your conversations. Who knows? She might have talked about a bag that has been sitting on her cart or some soon-to-be-released merchandise from her favorite band.
If we are simply talking about gifts, the choices are endless. And the best way to narrow them down is to filter them according to her preferences. When choosing a present, you can consider her hobbies and collections to pick one she'll truly like. After all, you can never go wrong with a gift that's aligned with her interests.
If she's a bookworm, make her happy with classic and great titles she'll love to read at this new phase in her life. Or if she's a music lover, you can opt for music players or devices to let her listen to her favorite tunes. Choosing one according to her preferences is a great way to show how much you understand her and support her passion.
For the ninongs and ninangs who are struggling to pick a present for their inaanak who's about to turn 18, the best way to know is by directly asking her parents. Your kumpares and kumares will surely be glad to help you get an excellent present for their daughter.
Moreover, it is highly likely that her parents have heard about her interests and fascinations a couple of times, so you can be assured that the gift you're going to get is one that will resonate with the recipient. Just make sure to tell them not to spill the beans to your inaanak to preserve the element of surprise!
If you have a casual relationship with the debutant, say if she's your best friend, you likely know her to the bones. You probably know small yet important details about her that can be crucial when selecting a gift. You can gift her clothes if you know what style she's into, and you can even opt for personalized items if you know her preferences well.
However, if your relationship with the debutant is formal, you might not know all of these details. Thus, it's better to go for "safe" gifts that wouldn't require such information. These "safe" gifts can be practical presents that would be useful to anyone. When choosing a present, you can also go for neutral-colored options if you are unsure about what she likes.
Turning 18 is a symbolic transition from childhood to adulthood. Hence, you might want to pick out a present that can help the debutant navigate the new phase of her life. As such, think of items she might need as she embarks on her new journey.
While adulthood doesn't come with a manual she can learn from, you can give her the next best things. Consider giving her items like self-help books that talk about "adulting" or planners that she can use to jot down tasks, schedules, or future plans.
Try to visualize that you're attending an actual cotillion party, and you were chosen to join the 18 treasures. This way, you can easily select a gift that holds meaning or a message you wish to convey to the debutant. One popular choice is a camera. This item implies the gift giver's wish for the debutant to capture moments as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.
When choosing a meaningful coming-of-age gift, the sky's the limit. You may want to give things that would encapsulate the beginning of her independence, but it is important to remember that the debutant is still a teenager, so make sure to select a gift that's right for her age. This is especially crucial if you do not know her preferences well.
The way you present the gift also affects how the recipient will perceive it. And since it's a special once-in-a-lifetime event, you can expect that your gift will be joined by several others from her family and friends. So if you want to make your present more memorable, you can add your own personal touch to it.
Instead of relying on how the store you've purchased it from would pack it, exert some extra time to wrap it yourself. You can also include a thoughtful birthday card to let the debutant know you're celebrating with her despite the distance. If you're feeling creative, customize it by adding some dried flowers or polaroid photos of you two!
Fancy occasions call for fancy gift-wrapping. Check out this tutorial by Gift Wrapping Love to learn this Fan Pleats wrapping style that will let you add a bit of glamour to your presents.
There are still a few months left before we conclude this year, which means that we still have a few occasions to celebrate. If you're looking for more gift ideas for other upcoming occasions, check out these links below.
While it is easier to resort to monetary gifts, tangible gifts can be a lot more sentimental. But remember, even your time can be a practical gift. So aside from the present that you wish to give the debutant, make sure your presence is also felt on her special day, even if there's some distance.
Author: R. Victoriano
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