Turning 18 is a symbolic milestone that signifies a person's entry into adulthood. It therefore requires an absolute corker of a birthday gift -- especially if you're the parent. This suggestion from investment banking firm Goldman Sachs is one of the best ideas we've come across.
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Last month, we published Goldman Sachs' tongue-in-cheek guide to becoming the ultimate 21st century male. At least, we hope it was tongue-in-cheek. The advice ranged from dating tips ("when in doubt, always kiss the girl") to fashion pointers ("rebel from business casual").
As you'd expect from a column aimed at Wall Street hotshots, there was a distinct air of obnoxious elitism to proceedings. However, there was one kernel of advice that stood out from all the rest. We thought it was so great, we decided to earmark it for its own separate post.
In short, it explains the perfect gift idea for your child's eighteenth birthday (even if they don't exist yet). Behold:
Start a wine collection for your kids when they are born. Add a few cases every year without telling them. It’ll make a phenomenal gift when they reach drinking age.
We think this is a genius idea. Firstly, it's a suitably grandiose gift that reflects becoming an adult. Secondly, it will teach your kids to appreciate fine wine (and thus responsible drinking). And finally, it allows you to spend a little each year as opposed to blowing a huge wad of cash in one go. It will also make you the coolest parent ever.
When combined with a wine rack, the concept also makes for a spectacular house-warming gift for your offspring. I'm going to get started on my daughters' collections right now. (On a related note, does anyone know how long goon bags keep for?)
What did your parents get you for your 18th birthday? Was it better than a personal wine collection? Let us know in the comments section below.