21st Birthday Ideas and Graduation Gifts

Whether you’re just about to turn 21 or you’re graduating, chances are that your family will want to celebrate this milestone in your life.

And most people tend to take the chance to do something crazy, like sky diving, bungee jumping, white water rafting or even zorbing!

So with this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of 21st birthday ideas and graduation gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg, while giving you a last chance to do something wild before kick-starting your career in the big bad world.

We didn’t include £300 supercar driving experiences for obvious reasons. Instead all of these activities cost £50. So without further ado, here are our top 5 gift experiences for recent graduates…

Bungee Jumping
There’s nothing like dicing with death after hitting 21 years to make your folks fret! Joking aside, bungee jumping is an incredible adrenaline experience as you take a ticket and wait your turn, before going up to the top of a 160ft crane and falling to earth screaming, just to be pulled upwards by the elasticated rope and plummet downwards again. The rush of emotions alone make this a once in a lifetime experience.

High Ropes
Swinging, climbing and jumping from tree to tree, 40ft above the forest floor has quickly become a popular past time with Go Ape centres opening across the country. While wearing a safety harness, you take 2 hours to cross an assault course above the trees, covering 20 different activities. Perfect for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.

White Water Rafting
Great with a mate, there are a number of white water rafting courses across the country, including the recently built Olympic white water course in Hertfordshire. Whether you go on your own, with friends or amongst a group of other people, white water rafting is all about working together as a team and paddling frantically as the raft crashes down the rapids and waves splash everywhere.

Indoor Skydiving
Skydiving has always been a popular way to celebrate someone’s 21st birthday, but thanks to the rise of indoor skydiving, the ‘jumping out of an aeroplane’ experience just got a whole lot better and considerably cheaper. Put on your gear and get into the wind tunnel while an instructor teaches you the free fall position and how to perform a couple of tricks. All the fun of jumping out of a plane, but without a parachute or being strapped to a big burly bloke for the experience. Plus you get a DVD of your experience to take home too.

Graduating from university and turning 21 are both important times in anyone’s life, because they mark a milestone in the next step of your life.

For example, when I turned 21, I went for an Elizabethan banquet at Hatfield house with a large group of friends. We all had a fantastic dinner, drank far too much mead and had a brilliant night of entertainment with memories we’ll always cherish.

This is just one of the more sedate experiences to choose from too, like Segway tours, comedy club nights, theatre shows and dinner. So if you don’t fancy jumping off cranes, swinging through trees or getting soaked, you can always do something more civilised instead.

But when most experience days only cost £50 per person these days, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t celebrate with one –especially when eating out is so expensive by comparison.