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Turning 18 is a pretty big deal, so it’s only right to mark the occasion by giving them a great 18th birthday gift. We have a huge range of 18th birthday ideas that are sure to go down well and give them memories that last long after the day itself.
What are the best 18th birthday gift ideas?
Buying gifts for people you care about can be stressful enough at the best of times, so shopping for a teenager can feel even more challenging. After all, what do you get someone who is at an age where trends and fashions, likes and dislikes can change so easily?
Our solution to finding the best 18th birthday presents (and selecting one they’ll really be happy to receive) is to forget about trying to buy them material ‘things’. Many 18-year-olds have a lot of stuff, so buying them more of the same always runs the risk of them already having it or the gift just going unused. That’s why we think it’s better to get them out enjoying an experience and making memories.
At Adrenaline, we’re all about incredible experiences, and with thousands to choose from across Australia, there’s an adventure for almost all tastes and personality types. You could even buy it for yourself and have some fun together!
Unique 18th birthday gifts
What better way to welcome in the first year of adulthood than with a thrilling experience? They’ve got their whole lives ahead of them, but there’s no time like the present to let them tick one off their bucket list. One way to just that is with perhaps the ultimate adrenaline rush activity of skydiving. Tandem skydives over the beach and land are available at some of the most scenic locations in Australia, giving the rush of freefall from up to 15,000ft.
Maybe they love all things cars or motorsport? Let them bring those racing driver dreams to life with V8 driving and hot laps at tracks like Sydney’s Eastern Creek, Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway, Perth’s Barbagallo or even the famous Mount Panorama circuit, home of the iconic Bathurst 1000. Check our full range of supercharged V8 experiences with the best instructors nationwide.
Up for an adventure? The sky’s the limit with our selection of helicopter scenic flights and hot air balloon rides. What better gift for the 18th birthday boy or girl than letting them fly high over incredible scenery, with views that will make them the envy of their friends. With flights over cities, coastline and beautiful natural scenery this is an adventure they’ll never forget.
How’s heading to the top of an Australian icon for a memorable birthday activity? Climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Brisbane Story Bridge or Adelaide Oval for awesome views, the best souvenir photos and a real buzz that’s sure to make your gift one they’re thrilled to receive.
How to find the perfect 18th birthday presents
The great thing about shopping at Adrenaline is just how easy it is to find 18th birthday gifts that suit you, as well as them. You can quickly and easily narrow down your search by price range and state using the filters down the left-hand side of the page.
And, with our Adventure Gift Finder you can be presented with a selection of tailored gift ideas (based on your budget, and their tastes and location) in a matter of moments. So, why not give it a try?
18th birthday party ideas
An 18th birthday party is a rite of passage, and we have all kinds of ways to help them enjoy it in style. A great way to celebrate is a get together with friends and family, but forget about making it this meet up just another meal or a trip to the local pub.
For a little friendly (but inevitably fierce) competition you could try go karting or paintballing, or get adventurous with flying fox and tree adventures or group indoor skydiving. These are great group experiences, suitable for people of all ages.
Give your usual watering holes a miss for this one and raise a glass of alcohol for their 18th birthday on a brewery tour. With tours at some of Australia’s best brewers, large and small, there’s plenty of great drink to enjoy. Most tours also offer tasty food options, so it’s a great way to get the whole gang together for a special birthday treat.
And, of course, that’s not all. Browse the site for even more ways to celebrate together, from escape rooms and horse riding to theme parks and quad biking. There are all kinds of ways to celebrate an 18th birthday, you just need to pick the one they’ll like best.
Give a gift voucher and let them decide
Still can’t find the right birthday gift? Don’t panic. If you can't choose from one of our 18th gift ideas, you can always get them an Adrenaline gift voucher or gift card and let them decide. Choose a voucher value that suits you and we’ll deliver it quickly and easily by email. It’s perfect for those of you looking for last minute gifts, and a hassle-free option for even the most organised of gift givers.
Even better news, all our gift vouchers and gift cards are valid for three years, so there’s plenty of time for them to book and take their experience.
And, even if you buy a voucher for a specific experience, it’s totally flexible. For example, if you buy them an escape room experience but they decide they’d rather try a virtual reality experience instead, it’s no problem. They can simply use the value of the original voucher towards any product on site, and if the experience they choose costs more than the voucher value someone just needs to pay the difference.