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To ask what on earth I can buy for a young man about to turn 18?

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JonesyAndTheSalad Tue 28-Feb-17 12:33:21

He doesn't do gaming or computers really at all...he likes surfing. That's it!

He has a million surfy type t shirts and last birthday we bought him a lovely big photographic book on the history of surfing....what is there??

ToastVacuum Tue 28-Feb-17 12:40:27

Experience day (rally driving, etc)
Beach shoes
Water bottle
YHA membership
Survival/outdoors books
Concert tickets
Weekend away with friends

Doyouwantabrew Tue 28-Feb-17 12:41:52


DramaAlpaca Tue 28-Feb-17 12:43:21

My standard 18th birthday present is money.

Not very exciting I know, but it's always appreciated.

JonesyAndTheSalad Tue 28-Feb-17 12:44:35

We never feel comfortable giving money as we can't afford that much and it looks a bit pathetic I suppose.

He doesn't drink alcohol but the other things Toast mentions have a few I could do. Thanks!

PanGalaticGargleBlaster Tue 28-Feb-17 12:45:00

A case of beer

wobblywonderwoman Tue 28-Feb-17 12:45:36

Decent rucksack or flip flops

But money would be the safest option

BarryTheKestrel Tue 28-Feb-17 12:47:31

Board wax or other random surfing accessories?

Jenny70 Tue 28-Feb-17 12:53:41

We've always gone leatherman (or swiss army knife)... sounds like could be handy gift - not directly surfing related, but handy to have in car/bag in case things need to be cut/fixed etc.

I prefer leatherman, as it has pliers as well as blades, but others are more in the swiss army knife camp!

What about study/work, any interests there that can be cashed in on?

BarbaraofSeville Tue 28-Feb-17 12:54:26

Rash vest. Have a look at wetsuit warehouse, wetsuit outlet or decathlon.

BarbaraofSeville Tue 28-Feb-17 12:55:04

YY to the Leatherman or Swiss Army knife if he doesn't already have one.

Thingywhatsit Tue 28-Feb-17 13:03:13

Does he go surfing regularly? If so does he have a mat/bag like this? They are very useful - got my son one for Xmas and it is used all the time now and saves his wetsuit from getting ruined. Think I got a ripcurl one in the sale for about £15.

Also if he is into surfing, could you perhaps find a photographer to take some photos of him? My son although younger would be absolutely made up with some great photos of him surfing. Or if money is tight could you take some photos and make a collage poster on photo box or similar (I have huge ones 114cmsx75cms that only cost me a tenner and they are really good quality)

Enko Tue 28-Feb-17 13:08:56

Cufflinks many men like having a pair but it is a present that is going out of fashion.
I plan on getting ds age 15 a pair for his confirmation next month.

Justmuddlingalong Tue 28-Feb-17 13:08:56

Have a look on Not On The High Street. Lots of ideas at all budgets.

HookandSwan Tue 28-Feb-17 13:17:30

What about a waterproof watch he can wear surfing?

Vq1970 Tue 28-Feb-17 13:40:57

Dog tags with his initials or date of birth on. So it's a nice bit of jewellery as a keepsake but quite relevant to an 18 year old.

NewPantsforaNewYear Tue 28-Feb-17 13:46:12

My DB got a silver cuff bracelet a bit like this one, but engraved with waves.

He's worn it pretty much every day since.

tinglyfing Tue 28-Feb-17 14:08:38

Vouchers for Surf Snowdonia.

NewPantsforaNewYear Tue 28-Feb-17 14:16:58

Or a leather and silver bracelet?

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Tue 28-Feb-17 14:20:05

Waterproof watch??

Honeypickle Tue 28-Feb-17 14:22:03

Engraved hip flask - but perhaps not if he doesn't drink.

Honeypickle Tue 28-Feb-17 14:22:35

Engraved hip flask - but perhaps not if he doesn't drink.

Applebite Tue 28-Feb-17 14:24:16

A special surf board? (Sorry I have no idea how much they cost!) or maybe a trip to Newquay for surfing and then lunch at fifteen or something?


Like the photo idea; you could have it printed on Perspex or something modern

BarbaraofSeville Tue 28-Feb-17 14:33:59

I think a surfboard or trip to Newquay and lunch at fifteen is probably considerably more than the OP was looking to spend.

Her post suggests maybe £20/30, not hundreds.

Havaianas would probably be appreciated. Cool and can never have too many pairs.

I would never buy specialist equipment for a hobby. People usually have exacting requirements so like to choose their own stuff and probably have most things anyway.

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