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what did you get from your parents for your 18th birthday?

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brimfull Wed 02-Sep-09 17:00:21

I need some ideas for dd.

So far watch has got a thumbs down.

Scorps Wed 02-Sep-09 17:01:28

Swarowski crystal watch
a cheque
and family meal.

NinjaRain Wed 02-Sep-09 17:22:22

I got offered a silver necklace but as i dont wear jewlery ask for some silver cutlery for the set i had been getting from my nan for birthday and christmas over the years. I have a lovely set i collected over the years. Just need the posh house and reason to use winkgrin

luckylady74 Wed 02-Sep-09 17:26:14

Money to go away travelling with friends was what I got, my young cousin got ticket for a festival. I do think experiential gifts are the best.
There are some funky tasteful charm bracelets around?

MissMoopy Wed 02-Sep-09 17:36:50

My first car, bless them.

GrapefruitMoon Wed 02-Sep-09 17:37:45

18ths were not really celebrated much in my day [oldie emoticon] - it was still 21st birthdays which were a big deal even though the age of majority had changed to 18 by then (I'm not that old!)

Think I just got normal type presents. I got a silver bracelet from my parents for my 21st which I still have but don't wear very often...

Is she having a party or going on holiday with friends? If so and you are funding it, then a piece of jewelry she can keep should be sufficient. Maybe diamond stud earrings if you can stretch to that?

brimfull Wed 02-Sep-09 18:58:00

she hasn't decided whether to have a party or not

thanks for the ideas

diamond earrings is a nice idea -cheap diamond earrings preferably grin

brimfull Wed 02-Sep-09 18:59:01

grapefruit-yes 21 was the big one in my days but dd says 18 is definitely a bigger celebration nowadays

bigchris Wed 02-Sep-09 18:59:45

a weekend in paris with my mum

choufleur Wed 02-Sep-09 18:59:51

an old banger.

Sagacious Wed 02-Sep-09 19:03:24

All my possessions neatly thrown into bin bags
and the locks changed

NervousNutty Wed 02-Sep-09 19:04:31

I had a stereo off my mum and had my room decorated as a pressie from my dad.

UnquietDad Wed 02-Sep-09 19:04:52

The things I got won't help much. Because I got a Sony twin-deck radio cassette player, and a selection of tapes. As I recall, they included "Solitude Standing" by Suzanne Vega, "The Joshua Tree" by U2 and "Lionheart" by Kate Bush.

Plus several books.

Littledawley Wed 02-Sep-09 19:06:43

My Mum had a lovely necklace which she gave to my sister on her 18th then had it copied for mine using my birthstone.

MmeLindt Wed 02-Sep-09 19:06:46

I really cannot remember. I know I got a silver Rennie MacIntosh necklace for my 21st (that was stolen last year, the bastards)

LaDiDaDi Wed 02-Sep-09 19:10:24

A cheque for 5k (to help me through Uni) which they had obviously saved very hard for and which I did appreciate but I would have actually been just as happy with a much smaller value present to keep.

For my 21st I got a gold necklace from them and a matching bracelet from my grandparents.

bodiddly Wed 02-Sep-09 19:15:35

a black and white portable tv!

Overmydeadbody Wed 02-Sep-09 19:17:42

God I can't remember that far back.

Something I was in to at the time no doubt.

I got a brand new car shock love it, still have it....

blametheparents Wed 02-Sep-09 19:20:04

Gold bracelet from Mum and Dad
A locket on a chain from my Nan and grandad

Rumpel Wed 02-Sep-09 19:21:06

A sewing machine LOL - had to take it to get serviced today (repaired) after 19 years of labour!

brimfull Wed 02-Sep-09 19:21:40

well I was going through a religious phase and asked for a bible -arf!

stuffy2 Mon 21-Sep-09 16:14:21

I got a sewing machine too - just used it yesterday! Scary to think it is nearly 20 years old!

Flower3545 Mon 21-Sep-09 16:24:28

My dad, bless him, proudly presented me with a copy of "Little Women"

It was early 70's and I'd convinced myself he would buy me/give me the cash for the huge platform soled shoes I yearned for/never shut up about.

Summoning up a bright grateful smile ranks high in my "well done Flower" archivessmile

nappyaddict Mon 21-Sep-09 16:27:56

For my 18th and 21st I got a ring, laptop and ipod. I said I didn't want a bracelet or necklace as I always manage to break them and only buy cheap ones now or earrings as I always lose one. For some reason I never lose rings though.

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