One of the greatest gifts college can give you is the people you meet along the way. It may be in friendship you found with your freshman year roommate, or that cute boy in your philosophy class, the sisterhood of a sorority, or even the crazy hall mates that turned into your housemates that you know deep down will be your bridesmaids. Somehow
college heightens all these relationships and everything seems to move ten times faster. Before you know it you’re moving out of your freshman dorm room, applying to get into your major, celebrating your twenty-first and soon enough graduating. The moments we make along the way are the memories we will keep forever.
That being said, one of the most celebrated holidays in college is your twenty-first birthday (and yes, your birthday is a holiday! Celebrate you!). The college budget may not entail for you to go on a vacation with your besties or buy her the dermaroller gift you know she deserves. However, here are twenty-one ways you can create homemade gifts under a low budget that mean more than that expensive handbag she’s had her eyes on.
Time to go out with the full shebang. I’m talking sashes, tiaras, buttons, necklaces, maybe even a boa?
Every girl needs her checklist or bucket list for the night, you only turn twenty-one once
Bar Crawl T-Shirts
So you’re in college and you decided to do a bar crawl to celebrate the big night, a very popular fashion statement are birthday bar crawl t-shirts. Friends wear these throughout the night and not only does it let everyone know it’s your birthday but it’s a great way not to loose anyone along the way-just look for everyone in the same shirt!
She’s going to want memories from the night and you can’t expect her to remember to be taking pictures of everything. Designate someone or a group to carry around a camera or better yet a Polaroid camera to capture the night.
Tip: Makes for a killer scrapbook
Can’t celebrate without the cake, am I right ladies?
She can finally drink! A beer tower is a classic way to gift plus takes less than ten minutes to put together making it an easy last minute gift.
21 Remember When Sign
Gather all your friends and have them write down a memory or funny story they have shared with her
Clink N’ Drink
You’re going to need something to open those bottles
9. Shot Book
Have each a friend make a page with a picture of them and the person turning twenty-one. The catch is everyone has to pick a different shot to put on his or her page.
10. Personalized Cooler
Famously known as a gift given to a fraternity guy that asks you to formal, this can also work as a birthday gift
One of the easier gifts to make: throw some glitter, rhinestones, and paint it however you want. Makes for a cute decoration to hang up in her room.
Bottle Cap Frame
A gift not a lot of people think of but super easy to make
21 Wish Jar
Scribble on a piece of paper a wish you have for your lucky birthday girl and toss it in a jar. Do this with friends until there are 21 or put in more, the more wishes the merrier!
A fun memento to hang in your kitchen. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
There’s so many phrases to choose from
You’re going to need munchies for throughout the night (when you get home)!
Monopoly Board Game
Select her favorite shops, restaurants, and other places as the locations.
21 Things We Love About You
Something to make remind her how loved she is.
Pick Something Out on Shutterfly
They have numerous things to choose from that you can personalize with your own pictures like mugs, travel mugs, fleece blankets, jewelry, iphone cases, and candles.
Because some friends are worth melting for
She’ll thank you in the morning! Do not forget to add funny mugs for morning coffee.