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21st birthday present suggestions
« on: August 09, 2020, 05:48:59 pm »
My eldest is 21 next month. She's studying medicine and doing well. I bought her a decent pen for her 18th, but I'm struggling for ideas for her 21st. I want something she'll treasure yet find useful. She's not a girly girl, IYSWIM. I've already discarded gold-trimmed PPE and a monogrammed stethoscope, so does anyone else have any suggestions, please?
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2020, 06:08:39 pm »
Stethoscopes don't last that long anyway. A Littman Cardiology scope is REALLY nice BUT the silicone rubber tubing gets hard & brittle from whatever badness exudes from the skin of the neck.
These items have a tendency to 'walk' in hospitals. 'Thieves Operate in this Area' say the posters.

My Keeler Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope/torch set are in a box in our sideboard but I'm not working.

Does your daughter have other interests?

If I were 21 again, I might like something musical...

Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2020, 08:53:52 pm »
We offered our sons a piece of art. Something they could keep for ever. Whitewall galleries for example

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2020, 09:14:58 pm »
An Irish passport?

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2020, 09:48:29 pm »
Finding something she'll treasure in the future is a big ask. As Helly says, what are her other interests?
What I would treasure now is rather different than what I would think when I was 21. (And I'd already been married for 2 years by that point).
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2020, 09:59:16 pm »
A watch?
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2020, 10:09:55 pm »
Ask her?
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2020, 10:15:00 pm »
My interests haven't changed much in the last 41 years.

In a way, the remarkable thing is how LITTLE people change. I went to a Van Gogh exhibition when I was 8 and chose 'The Drawbridge at Arles' as a souvenir. I still like that image.

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2020, 10:23:59 pm »
Perhaps experiences make good gifts. For a recent birthday, some close friends gave me a trip to the art galleries of Liverpool followed by a meal in a restaurant we all chose together. It was a surprise til the last minute. I didn't know where we were going til we got off the train.

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2020, 10:31:49 pm »
For my 21st my mum gave me a yard of Dairy Milk.  No, that doesn't make chronological sense.  Must have been my 18th?  Either way, much as I like Dairy Milk, it was a crap Significant Birthday present.

The one that stands out is the Swiss Army Knife they gave me when I was 14.  One of the few things I've got that's that old, and it still sees regular use.
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2020, 10:40:22 pm »
I bought myself a Leatherman for my 20th.

I still have, use and love it.
If she's practical, good tools are wonderful,

Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2020, 08:57:12 am »
Ask her?
Probably the best suggestion so far. For mine I got a mounted picture of a humpback whale breaching and a party with a mate who had a similar birthday. All the parents shared the cost.


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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2020, 05:03:43 pm »
An Irish passport?


She's got a Hungarian one 😁
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2020, 05:06:45 pm »
For my 21st mum gave me a new desk lamp and a tea towel.

Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2020, 05:07:22 pm »
Ask her?
Done that. She threw it back and asked for a surprise. She's quite an accomplished painter, but is already well kitted out.
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2020, 05:09:59 pm »
For my 21st my parents bigged up a Prudential policy in my name that was due to mature on my 21st. Only it didn't and I'd already spent it!
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2020, 05:13:10 pm »
I got a sewing machine, which I still have, and use.
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2020, 05:22:37 pm »
Some engraved goblets assuming she drinks.

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2020, 05:40:07 pm »
An Irish passport?


She's got a Hungarian one 😁

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2020, 06:35:08 pm »
High quality tools of the trade for whatever floats her boat:
Woodwork
Metalwork
Needlecraft
Artists' materials (something stable like paintbrushes/paper/canvas
Music
Cookery

I don't know your daughter and don't know her interests but well-crafted equipment is always a joy.
(and lousy stuff is always a pain...)

Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2020, 02:56:48 pm »
If she's an accomplished painter how about a painting holiday somewhere? Or buy her a bike?

Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2020, 04:06:53 pm »
She's quite an accomplished painter ...

How about offering her a wall to paint in Slovakia, if that would appeal to her? We have a wall, approx. 5.5m x 2.7m, and a few vague ideas.




Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2020, 05:04:47 pm »
I'll get back to you 😁
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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2020, 06:18:27 pm »
Don't buy tech. I got a laptop (needed it for Uni), and it was worthless in a few short years.

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Re: 21st birthday present suggestions
« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2020, 11:59:11 am »
I got given some jewellery.  I said I didn't want it and never have worn it.
I got my elder son a large posh rug for his 21st - we went shopping together (Heals) with a budget in mind and I let him chose.  I think he got a shirt with the change, or some port glasses.
The younger one says he doesn't want anything.  Based on my own experience I should probably comply and wait until he does want something. 
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