21st birthday gift ideas

Turning 21 is a significant milestone that comes with the even more significant task of navigating the gifting world. Unlike birthdays past, there's an unspoken pressure to find a token that will stand the test of time, to ensure your loved one always remembers this special event. Qantas Marketplace has curated some of the best 21st gift ideas for both him and her. From timeless jewellery, staple wardrobe additions and bespoke items, we’ve got something for everyone. Shop all things 21st gifting with Qantas Points, or earn bonus points when you use cash.

Gifts for her

The Daniel Wellington Petite Lumine 28 5-Link Gold & Silver White Watch

For centuries, a watch has been considered a traditional 21st birthday gift, representing an important rite of passage into adulthood. The Daniel Wellington Petite Lumine 28 5-Link Gold & Silver White Watch is the epitome of refined sophistication. Crafted with a blend of gold and stainless steel, this watch is a classic timepiece – its petite size, clean lines and minimalist design ensure it complements any outfit, from casual to formal, which means she’ll want to wear it each and every day.

Isadora 18ct yellow Gold natural diamond pendant (0.20ct) with 18ct gold chain

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and what better time to gift them than on her 21st birthday? The Isadora 18ct yellow gold natural diamond pendant is a true masterpiece of fine jewellery craftsmanship. With a luminous 0.20ct diamond at its heart, this pendant sparkles brilliantly, capturing light and attention from every angle. Set securely within the 18ct gold setting, the diamond drops gracefully from a delicate 18ct gold chain, offering a balance between opulence and sophistication. It’s a beautiful token of love for your daughter, grandchild or best friend. One she will treasure forever. 

BEC + BRIDGE Zephy Asym dress

Every girl needs a truly fabulous dress for her 21st birthday -  consider gifting her an incredible dress for the big night? Introducing the BEC + BRIDGE Zephy Asym dress, a breathtaking little number that is sure to turn heads. This mesmerising piece encapsulates the essence of modern elegance with its asymmetrical cut, fluid silhouette, and delicate sequin detailing. The Zephy Asym dress will ensure  she is both the belle of the ball and a dancing queen!

Venroy Oversized Classic Cotton Trench Coat

Looking for something a little different? How about gifting her a staple wardrobe item that she’ll wear for years to come? Enter the Venroy Oversized Classic Cotton Trench Coat. This reimagined classic takes the timeless trench design and elevates it to new heights of chic sophistication. Crafted from premium cotton and with an oversized fit, the coat gives a relaxed yet elegant vibe. The best part is, trench coats are classic garments that never go out of style and have become a must-have in many wardrobes – and now she’ll have one too!

Dyson Airwrap™ Multi-Styler Complete

Sometimes 21st birthdays are an opportunity to gift something that she might never buy for herself. We think girls' night could get a little better after picking up a Dyson Airwrap™ Multi-Styler Complete. This revolutionary hair tool combines cutting-edge technology with stunning design for effortless styling and unrivaled results. Whether they want voluminous curls, natural waves, or a smooth, sleek finish, the Dyson Airwrap™ has it all. And the Dyson Airwrap™ ensures hair health, without extreme heat.

Creed Wind Flowers

Every 21st birthday is incomplete without a signature scent and Creed's Wind Flowers is the ideal choice for your best girl's special day. Often described as elegant, sophisticated and feminine, the perfume is a luxurious addition to anyone’s scent arsenal. Floral and fresh, it has excellent staying power, so you know it will go the distance. What’s more, a little something from the Creed is an entirely appropriate and grown  up choice. With a rich history dating back to 1760 in London, Creed is a favourite amongst royalty, celebrities and scent enthusiasts around the world.

The Sener Besim Spear Ring

A ring, especially one as exquisite as the Sener Besim Thin Tube Ring, makes for a thoughtful 21st birthday present. Gifting a ring is not only a timeless tradition but also a personal and sentimental gesture. The Sener Besim Thin Tube Ring, with its simplicity radiates a timeless elegance. The exquisite rounded shapes incorporated into this piece are a nod to Besim's avant-garde approach to jewellery, setting it apart from traditional designs. Crafted with 14k 1 Micron gold Vermeil, it boasts a sterling silver base for durability.

Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 73cm Trunk

The birthday girl might be stepping into a new phase of life – adventures abroad, career-related travel or maybe even further education. And what better companion than some quality new luggage? Meet the Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 Trunk. A perfect blend of style and functionality, this luggage piece combines Delsey's reputation for quality and durability with an elegance that stands out in any crowd. She’ll love the robust, hard-shell exterior, while the stunning leather trimmings and signature Chatelet design add a touch of sophistication. Plus, it features a spacious main compartment, an integrated TSA-approved lock and silent-running double wheels for smooth maneuverability.

Maison Balzac Manhattan Glass

Charming, elegant and just a little bit quirky, the Maison Balzac Manhattan Glass is the quintessential "birthday girl" cocktail glass. But why a Manhattan? Drinking this old-school cocktail isn't just about the taste, it's about the experience. The clink of the ice, the colour of the drink, the chill of the glass in your hand – they all combine to create an experience that transports you to an era of glamour and sophistication. Made from 100% Borosilicate glass, its quality is uncompromised, and each piece is hand-blown, reflecting the craftsmanship behind its creation. Plus (and this really is the cherry on top), at the heart of each glass is a delicately placed cherry – adding a whimsical twist to her drink, all night long.

INBED Organic Cotton Duvet Cover in Almond

Choosing bed linen as a 21st birthday gift is a practical and stylish present. As she steps into independence, there's a newfound appreciation for the comforts of home—and nothing says comfort like high-quality bed linen. The INBED Organic Cotton Duvet Cover in Almond provides a sensory experience reminiscent of waking up in a luxury hotel. Its crisp cotton finish makes every morning feel like a holiday. Made from 100% organic Oeko-Tex certified cotton, you can be assured of its eco-friendly quality and commitment to sustainable practices.

Apple Airpod Max

While we all do love something extravagant, gorgeous and (on occasion) downright impractical, gifting something you know they will use every single day is always a winner. Consider the Airpod Max from Apple – they really have redefined over-ear headphones with their state-of-the-art features, pristine audio quality and exceptional fit. She’ll love the industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation and for moments when she needs to be aware of her surroundings like her daily commute or evening walk, the switch to transparency mode is seamless.

Gifts for him

Ray Ban Clubmaster

Is it time to upgrade his sunglasses? Not only are the Ray-Ban Clubmasters an emblem of style that stands the test of time, but they’re also an excellent 21st birthday gift. Retro yet undeniably timeless, they’ve been worn by living legends like Robert Redford and sporting (and fashion) icons like David Beckham. Characterised by their distinctive design, these sunglasses feature a semi-rimless frame and sleek metal details – it’s a classic look that suits almost every face shape. To university, to work, to the races or out on the water, these frames will become his new go-to accessory.

Seiko Prospex Men’s Divers Automatic King Turtle Watch

The Seiko Prospex Men’s Divers Automatic King Turtle Watch is a truly remarkable gift for celebrating his 21st birthday. Renowned for its robust design and exceptional diving features, this watch is a testament to Seiko's unwavering commitment to precision, quality, and style. Sporty yet elegant, it’s tailor made for adventure enthusiasts – with a water resistance of up to 200m, it's engineered for deep-sea divers and thrill-seekers alike. With a reliable 41-hour power reserve, robust stainless steel case and bracelet and Hardex glass watch face, you're providing them with the perfect tool to mark time and create unforgettable experiences.

R.M.Williams Comfort Craftsmen

There’s few men who wouldn’t love a pair of R.M.Williams Comfort Craftsmen boots. Not only are they a true Australian icon, but they’re also about the most versatile footwear he can own. From the bush to the boardroom and even in black tie, these boots will get him where he wants to go. Crafted from a single piece of leather, they feature a classic chisel square toe, flat heel silhouette and a sewn welt plain non-slip sole – they promise comfort without compromising on style.

Montblanc Meisterstruck wallet 6cc with money clip

With an upcoming 21st birthday, it could be a good opportunity to retire the velcro wallet of his youth. Introducing the Meisterstruck wallet with integrated stainless steel money clip, crafted by the renowned Montblanc brand. Sleek, elegant and downright handsome, it features six slots for credit cards and a built-in money clip, offering not just utility but a statement of serious style. Made from European full-grain cowhide, with a jacquard lining and distinctive Montblanc emblem, this wallet is the perfect gift to welcome him into adulthood.

Hugo Boss Omarosyn reversible belt

Accessories are the unsung heroes of any outfit. No matter the occasion, the right accessory can lift an outfit from the ordinary to the extraordinary, making you feel as good as you look. So for this milestone birthday, why not gift the Hugo Boss Omarosyn belt? With its unique reversible design, the Omarosyn offers two distinct looks in one – a smooth black side for formal occasions and a rich brown side for a more casual vibe. Plus, this product supports responsible leather manufacturing, in which a minimum of 60% of the leather is sourced from sustainable tanneries.

Apple Watch

When it comes to celebrating a 21st birthday, gifting an Apple Watch could be the perfect choice. This isn't just a timekeeping piece; the Apple Watch has become an essential companion for many, seamlessly integrating into daily life. Boasting advanced health, safety, and activity features, it empowers users to monitor their well-being and stay active. And, in line with Apple's commitment to the environment, the Apple Watch is carbon neutral.

Autel EVO Nano Premium Bundle Drone

Here is  a pure “just because I want it” kind of birthday present. The Autel EVO Nano Premium Bundle Drone is a game changer for drone enthusiasts seeking pro-quality aerial imagery. Engineered to deliver vibration-free images, it ensures clarity and precision in every shot. With four auto shooting modes, an intuitive remote and Skylink, pilots are granted unparalleled control, ensuring precision in every manoeuvre. One of its standout features is the foldable design, making it conveniently portable and suitable for on-the-go adventures.

Breville Coffee the Barista Express Coffee Machine

This is a gift that keeps on giving! For coffee connoisseurs, the Breville Barista Express Coffee Machine is a dream come true. Featuring precise extraction technology it ensures each cup is brewed to perfection, capturing the richness and depth of every bean. The machine is equipped with a built-in grinder, accurate temperature control and a steam wand to craft café-standard microfoam. And with the ThermoJet heating system, quickly achieves optimal extraction temperature, which (he will really love this part) reduces wait times.

Project Blank Mens 4/3mm Yulex Natural Steamer

For the part surf fanatic and part eco-warrior, the Project blank Mens 4/3mm Yulex Natural Steamer is a gift worth considering. Crafted from 88% recycled polyester and 12% spandex, it offers superior warmth, flexibility, and durability, without compromising the planet. The chest zip entry ensures that water is sealed out, preventing unwanted flushing, while the hidden key stash cord provides practical convenience. Specifically designed to function in 11°C waters, this wetsuit marries eco-design with high performance, meeting the needs of environmentally conscious surf enthusiasts.

Creed Aventus

From the world-renowned Creed, Aventus is a luxe fragrance we know he’ll love. An initial fruity yet aromatic burst of ginger, mandarin and pink peppercorn is complemented by a sumptuous heart of patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver. Anchoring this is a leathery balsamic base of birch, musk, and tonka bean. A testament to sophisticated craftsmanship, Creed Aventus is a cult classic that he’ll turn to time and time again – it really is confidence in a bottle.

Looking for something else?

Give the gift of choice

If you completely run out of ideas, or if the birthday boy or girl is tricky to buy for, then perhaps a gift card is the way forward. It's the perfect present that ensures your loved ones can pick exactly what they want from a wide variety of brands across multiple industries. From fashion to food to electronics,  gift cards offer an array of choices, catering to every preference, style and need. Giving the gift of choice means that, ultimately, everyone walks away happy.