Teenagers love keeping up with the latest trends, but with the retail market constantly changing, it can be difficult to find a gift they'll truly cherish. Especially for those 18-year-old daughters and sons entering young adulthood, you want to give them a gift they'll actually use.
Whether they're surviving their first year of college or are about to graduate from high school, having everyday basics is essential. Your 18-year-old is going to want things that are practical and sophisticated, yet trendy and fun.
So help your young adult make that milestone transition from teenager to adulthood with these gifts. From a coffee machine for the caffeine fiend to a smartwatch for the fitness guru, we've got you covered.
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- Best tech gifts for 18-year-olds
- Best foodie gifts for 18-year-olds
- Best fashion and accessory gifts for 18-year-olds
- Best skin care and makeup gifts for 18-year-olds
- Best game gifts for 18-year-olds
- Best fitness gifts for 18-year-olds
- Unique gifts for 18-year-olds
Best tech gifts for 18-year-olds
Every gamer needs a good pair of headphones for chatting and gameplay. These come with noise-canceling features for enhanced sound clarity. The model was also made to be compatible with various gaming stations.
Give them a place to rest their new headphones with this universal headphone stand. It's equipped with three USB ports and two outlets, extremely durable and fire-resistant. Plus, it might help them keep their school desk organized.
This remote is perfect for "cord cutters," or those looking to save a little bit of space by only having one device, ahem, college freshmen. Rid clunky DVD players, say goodbye to multiple remotes and plan your next movie night with Fire Stick.
For the 18-year-old who takes their music seriously, get them this Sony Bluetooth speaker with extra bass. Its sound diffuser helps project the music, and it has up to 16 hours of battery life, so they can take it with them wherever they go.
Minimize a messy room with the help of an organizer. This docking station looks to be a go-to space for all your teen's personal belongings. It was designed to hold a cellphone and charger, watch, sunglasses, wallet and more. You can even further personalize it by having their initials engraved.
It's not unusual to see teenagers glued to their electronics. Having a portable charger is ideal for moments when they can't find a plug-in and their battery is running low. Whether they're at school or traveling, this charger will make sure they can stay connected with ease.
For the budding TikTok star, snag this selfie light. It's easy to use: Simply clamp the light to a table, switch it on, pop your cellphone into the holder and begin recording.
Your teen can decorate their room with these LED strip lights. They add a cool vibe to any space, from the bedroom, their dorm room, gaming station or anywhere else.
Bring music with you wherever you go! This portable speaker can connect to Bluetooth and is waterproof so that your 18-year-old can blast their favorite songs pool side, or on dry land.
Schoolwork can happen anywhere with the help of a portable desk. This lap desk comes complete with a mousepad, dock for a phone and enough space to place a laptop. Created with comfort in mind, this lap desk will allow teens to get their work done on the couch or from the comfort of their bed.
If your teen has trouble getting up in the morning for class, this gift will change their life. It includes both a vibration mechanism and a buzzer to ensure they won't sleep through another alarm ever again.
For the vintage-obsessed teen, surprise them with a record player. This model was made in a retro-inspired suitcase for easier portability. You can play records or simply stream music from your phone, thanks to its Bluetooth capability.
This Polaroid camera creates instant memories with the press of a button and aims to instantly print photos from the moment they're taken. This version comes with a bundle that includes a 10-pack of white boarded film, a photo holder and an idea booklet.
Best foodie gifts for 18-year-olds
Whether they're an avid baker or just like tasty creative outlets (who doesn't?), this cake kit is sure to be a hit. It comes with enough material to make 12 push pops so they can have some now and save for later or share with friends.
What goes better than pie and cozy sweaters? They can cuddle up in their brand new tie-dye sweater while digging into layers of vanilla, cocoa caramel, candy cane nougat and chocolate-drizzled pretzels surrounded by a chocolate crust.
At this age, they're probably not making the healthiest choices for food so you can make it easy for them with these pizza bites that are made grain-free and with organic vegetables, according to the brand. They come in eight different flavor options including buffalo chicken (which Shop TODAY Editorial Assistant Kamari Stewart says are delicious), limited edition tex-mex chicken and a variety pack.
Gift the foodie in your life an opportunity to make delicious strawberry hand pies. This kit comes with everything they'll need to execute the recipe perfectly: premeasured ingredients, helpful baking accessories and a detailed recipe card.
Perfect for teens who are about to graduate, this funny mug features the saying "OMG. I'm an adult." and is sure to get a chuckle.
Gift them a fun night in with their friends with this girls-night-out set from Knack. It includes non-alcoholic rosé, rosé-flavored gummies, a cute Corkcicle stemless cup, eye gel patches and a trivia game.
Most teens are on a budget, so making quick and affordable meals is essential. If your teen is an avid gym-goer, then they may appreciate a personal blender to make their favorite smoothies and protein shakes. This one was designed to crush through ice and frozen fruit with ease.
For the young adult who runs on caffeine, a personal coffee maker is perfect. This Keurig model can make multiple serving sizes, from six to 10 ounces. It also brews a single cup of coffee in under a minute to save them some extra time.
Don't let a busy schedule get in the way of proper eating. Skip the instant noodles next time and enjoy a delicious dinner, thanks to this cookbook full of five-minute meals.
For the 18-year-old who likes decorating their dorm room, kitchen or at-home bedroom, gift this letter board. They can write out any words or phrases they like with the felt lettering to create an Instagram-worthy decoration.
Best fashion and accessory gifts for 18-year-olds
Belt bag + cozy = heaven. This convertible pick is covered in faux shearling and soft to the touch. It can be worn in traditional belt bag style or as a crossbody with the 52-inch strap it comes with.
This will quickly become their go-to sweatshirt since it's plastered with a phrase they're probably thinking (or saying out loud) all of the time. They come in five different colors and are available in sizes S-5XL.
No one takes their sleep more seriously than teenagers. They won't be able to resist an early bedtime with this set that gives them everything they need for the coziest slumber including a satin pajama set and a matching satin scrunchie and sleep mask.
A fashionable bag gives you that extra confidence boost whether you're going out with friends or commuting to work. No matter where you're going, this purse is versatile enough to fit their needs.
Nothing screams adulthood more than a trusty wallet. And with this one, you can have their initials engraved on the front, or add a personal message to the inside. Whether it's an inside joke or words of encouragement, they are sure to treasure it.
Comfort is always a must, especially on early class days. Give your teenager a pair of reliable sweatpants that are fashionable and comfortable. The jogger provides ventilation and breathability no matter how hot or cold it is outside. It even comes with an adjustable waistband.
Everyday basics are a closet must-have. This sweatshirt aims to provide style and comfort for even your laziest days. It was made with a cotton and polyester blend for added softness and has adjustable drawstrings to fit your needs.
After a full day of classes or a long workout, your teenager will enjoy sliding their feet into this comfy pair. Created with a contoured footbed and dual-density foam, these shoes look to move with you and even have a soft strap for added comfort.
From first interviews to attending formal events, owning a pair of cufflinks is key to completing a dressy look. Rather than go for a traditional plain style, personalize these with their initials or a special message they can cherish.
Trust us when we say this: Faux leather leggings are a wardrobe essential. This specific pair from Spanx doesn't have a center seam, so it creates a more streamlined look and the glossy finish adds a chic touch to any outfit.
A reliable pair of leggings can be dressed up or down. This style comes in over 36 different colors to stock up on and uses material that aims to move with you throughout the day.
If your teen appreciates humor, they may get a laugh with this shirt. As an 18-year-old, they're on the cusp of adulthood and are becoming more independent. With a dozen colors to choose from, you can personalize it to fit their wants.
Best skin care and makeup gifts for 18-year-olds
If they're looking for ways to shorten their beauty routine, this set from Trinny London has all of the essentials they need for an everyday look. It comes with a cleanser, T-towel, mascara and lip gloss in your choice of 11 colors.
If makeup is their passion, then add some wearable nude lip shades to their makeup collection. This set comes with two full-size matte lips creams and a mini exclusive shade.
This makeup set includes all of Glossier's classics: their Lash Stick mascara, the Cloud Paint blush and the Boy Brow eyebrow pomade. Reviewers say this set is "good for beginners" if your teen prefers a simple makeup routine.
Self-care is always a necessity. On the days when your teenager is feeling extra stressed or run-down, this soothing eye mask can help. It was designed with flexible beads and a plush lining that contours to the face to help relieve tension and eye puffiness. It's perfect for winding down after a long day of classes.
Gift this set to the young adult who is in dire need of a skin care switch. Perfect for beginners who are looking to introduce new products into their routine, or the guru who is looking for basics, this set will help them achieve the skin care goals of their dreams.
From moisturizer to SPF lip balm, this set from Jack Black has all of the basics for the teen who hasn't quite established a skin care routine yet. One reviewer even wrote this all-too-relatable sentiment about her boyfriend: "The essentials for your man when you’re trying to convince him to stop using bar soap on his face."
If your son is already on top of their skin care routine, opt for a pack of these luxurious face masks. They're great for all skin types and help to reinforce and protect the skin barrier while improving collagen levels.
Travel in style with this set of trendy toiletry bottles. Made of BPA-free materials, these bottles are reusable, washable and designed to fit TSA standards.
Best game gifts for 18-year-olds
They've probably seen this fast-paced game all over their TikTok For You Page and watched along in anticipation to see how each player will beat the timer. It's the perfect game to play with friends (up to eight people can participate comfortably) and the rounds are quick, keeping everyone engaged.
For the young adult who wants to take the escape room experience to the next level without leaving their dorm room, this game is ideal for playing with roommates, new friends and those who want to prove their survivalist skills.
This game is loved by Amazon shoppers; it has over 11,000 five-star ratings. It's made from the same maker as What Do You Meme? and thus has a similar objective: players compete to create the funniest text message thread by matching up an inbox card with a response card.
Odds are your 18-year-old is about to make a big move for college or is preparing to start a new job. No matter what the next step is, it's the perfect time in their life to start crossing things off their bucket list. This scratch poster features 100 fun activities they'll love getting inspiration from.
Another great gift for the TikTok lover is this hilarious game in which your loved one competes with their friends to create TikTok-themed memes.
If your 18-year-old loves both football and gaming, look no further for the perfect gift than Madden's latest NFL video game for PS5. The game has amazing AI technology that pulls real-life team and player data to provide a realistic gameplay experience.
Best fitness gifts for 18-year-olds
If they like to spend their days on the tennis court or just prefer the free-flowing motion of a workout dress, they'll adore this pick from Girlfriend Collective. According to the brand, it's made with over three-fourths recycled plastic bottles and 21 percent spandex so it's good for you and the earth!
According to one reviewer, this fitness watch (which also comes in the color black), "is feature rich at a good price." Your tech-savvy fitness guru of a young adult will enjoy being able to track all of their personal records and health stats with this gadget.
For the skater in your family, gift this 22-inch skateboard. It's sturdy, stylish and a great option for beginners.
Most of us don't have enough space for an entire gym set in our homes, which is why this workout bar is great for the fitness fanatic in your house. It installs in any doorway in seconds and can be used to do pull-ups or chin-ups at any time.
Unique gifts for 18-year-olds
Knitting can be a great way to help them de-stress in between finals or during especially strenuous times. While simultaneously learning a new skill, they'll end up with a new sweater that will feel special knowing they make it from scratch.
This eye-catching catch-all tray designed by artist Magda Archer is sure to be a conversation starter whether they leave it by their bed, on their dresser or by the door.
Personal safety should always be top of mind while they're out. This discreet personal safety alarm will easily blend in amongst the rest of their keychains while providing peace of mind. When the top pin is pulled, it activates a loud siren and flashing strobe lights to help draw attention to the situation and hopefully deter an attack, according to the brand.
Those days of the month can be very uncomfortable, but your 18-year-old can find comfort with this plush toy. It's a microwavable heating pad that comes in the form of different animals like a sloth, bear, dog, fox and more. It's stuffed with French lavender for an extra-soothing sensation. (Bonus: It's one of Oprah's Favorite Things this year!)
Keep your young adult warm with this wearable blanket. The oversized piece is made from a luxurious fleece microfiber that feels fluffy and cozy.
Improve their bookshelf aesthetic with these fun bookends from Wayfair. The pieces will hold their favorite novels into place without worrying about falls and book bends.
Upgrade their drinkware with this unique glass set. They can be personalized with their alma mater's campus and is a fun way to showcase their school pride.
Don't let fashion mishaps rain on their parade. This emergency kit comes with the essentials to do a quick makeover, including a lint roller, hair spray, bobby pins, earring backs, hand lotion and other must-haves.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every teenager on your list including 11-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 15-year-olds, 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds and 19-year-olds.