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From projectors to bubble tea kits, 54 gifts guaranteed to make your 19-year-old smile

Shopping for a 19-year-old? We've done all the research for you!
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The holiday season is officially here, which means it's time to start searching for the perfect gifts for what are likely some of the hardest people to shop for: teenagers. The older they get, the harder it can be to pin down what they actually like and find a gift that's both unique and one they'll be excited to use. If you don't know where to start with the 19-year-old on your list, fret not!

Shop TODAY has got you covered. Whether they're an avid gamer, a beauty queen, a music aficionado or a foodie, we've rounded up plenty of options to make both guys and girls alike smile this holiday season.

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Best gifts for 19-year-old boys

Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Joggers

Whether the 19-year-old in your life is on top of the latest fashion trends or simply lives a cozy lifestyle, these Nike joggers will be one of his favorite gifts this year. They are made of fleece and fitted with an elastic waistband and adjustable drawcord for ultimate comfort.

Cards Against Humanity

If he hasn't given into the craze of Cards Against Humanity yet, this is your teen's chance. Gift the opportunity for laughs and bonding with this Cards Against Humanity card pack best played in the realm of a college dorm.

Sports Squad Table Top Air Hockey Table

Whether he's living at home or in a dorm room, he likely doesn't have space for a full air hockey table. Luckily, this 40-inch table top provides all the fun without taking up all the square footage. It even includes a high-speed fan that imitates an arcade-style table, according to the brand.

Do Not Disturb Gaming Socks

These socks send a clear message that any gamer can truly appreciate.

ThredUp Giftcard

When recipients receive a gift card to ThredUp, an online consignment and thrift store, they can find unique secondhand items from more than 35,000 brands at up to 90% off.

Baked by Melissa Mini Cupcakes

Let's be honest, you're never too old for cupcakes. This Latest & Greatest sampler has 25 minis — everything from red velvet to chocolate-chip pancake.

LapGear Home Office Lap Desk with Device Ledge

This popular laptop holder fits devices up to 15.6 in. in size and has several handy features, like a cellphone holder, mouse pad and a comfy cushion on the bottom.

Big Blanket Original Stretch Blanket

Teenage boys tend to need something a little larger than your average-sized throw blanket. Go big or go home with this throw blanket from Big Blanket Co, which measures 10-by-10-feet. It has more than enough space for your teen to get comfy. It comes in 14 staple colors and seven limited edition colors.

Yeti Rambler Tumbler

With a near perfect five-star rating and over 87,000 reviews on Amazon, this is one travel cup that comes well recommended. The MagSlider Lid is said to use magnets to help keep drinks secure and the double-wall insulated tumbler is made to hold your drink's temperature as you go about your day.

The Care Crate Ultimate Man Care Package

When late-night cravings hit, this care package filled with 50 snack options surely will come in handy. The pack includes everything from chips and candy to pretzels and granola bars to sustain guys as they study or work the night away.

Art of Words Word Art Illustrations

This cool brand creates unique word art illustrations that stand out from the generic stock photography you usually find while shopping for art. And they have something for every guy, whether he's a fan of sports, history or geography.

Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven

Foodies will flip over this upgraded toaster oven that uses air fry technology to cook fried foods without using oodles of oil. According to the brand, the spacious appliance can fit up to six slices of bread or a 12-in. pizza and is perfect for reheating leftovers. Make sure to use code SAVE15 to get 15% off your purchase from Kohl's.

Men's L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece Full-Zip Jacket

Every guy needs a versatile fleece. This slightly fitted option from outdoorsy icon L.L Bean comes in four colors and is available in sizes up to XXXL and tall.

Best tech gifts for 19-year-olds

TMY Projector with 100" Projector Screen

Not every 19-year-old has room for an entire TV in their dorm room. With this 100-inch projector screen, they can watch anything they want on an even bigger screen than before. Your teen simply needs to plug in the included AV or HDMI cables to their device for unlimited watching.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera

What's better to capture memories than a mini instant camera? Available in six fabulous colors, this camera features automatic exposure and flash.

Tenmiro LED Lights for Bedroom

If you have visited a college campus, you know that LED lights are all the rage. Allow the 19-year-old to jump in on the fun with this 100-foot light set that even comes with a music synchronization function.

Anker Portable Charger

This portable charger will keep his devices charged no matter where he is. It's perfect for the one whose phone is somehow always dying or fully dead.

Homedics UV Clean Phone Sanitizer

Keeping our gadgets clean has never been more important, and this portable sanitizer disinfects everything from phones and keys to credit cards and glasses in just one minute. Its rechargeable LED lights last for several thousand uses and it's compact enough to throw in your backpack or gym bag.

JBL Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

With this waterproof speaker on hand, you'll never have to worry about accidentally spilling water or a sudden downpour at an outdoor cookout. The brand says that the Bluetooth speaker can wirelessly connect to two phones or tablets and can play up to 12 hours of music without charging.

House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wired In-Ear Headphones

Bob Marley’s son Rohan Marley co-founded the eco-conscious company behind these in-ear headphones that are said to offer rich, detailed audio. Choose from seven vibrant colors.

Michelin Battery Jump Starter and Power Pack

Get the road-tripper in your life a portable jump starter and power bank that revives car batteries without outside assistance. It has a built-in LED flashlight for under-the-hood visibility.

Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB Wired Gaming Mouse

Gamers will definitely love this mouse that moves at rapid speed without compromising on accuracy. The RGB mouse comes in multiple colors, too, so you're sure to find one that matches your 19-year-old's gaming rig or laptop.

Microsoft Surface Earbuds

These comfy cordless earbuds offer ease of listening for everything from virtual learning to workout playlists and feature touch controls and voice command-compatibility. The best part of all? The durable battery is said to last up to 24 hours!

Nintendo Switch Lite Console

After the Nintendo Switch took over the gaming world several years ago, the portable gaming system got a lighter, smaller sibling: the Nintendo Switch Lite. The device works with all physical and digital Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode and takes on-the-go gaming to the next level.

Loupedeck Live Console for Content Creators & Streamers

Streamers and content creators rave about this photo and video editing tool that was designed to improve post-production flow. It works with any software, including Twitch, OBS, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Best gifts for 19-year-old girls

Bubble Tea Kit

Who doesn't love bubble tea? Definitely not your 19-year-old. This bubble tea making kit includes black and rooibos chai teas, tapioca pearls and two reusable stainless steel straws, so your teen can drink bubble tea to their heart's content.

Kendra Scott Eliza Gold Pendant Necklace

If your 19-year-old isn't already asking for a Kendra Scott necklace, here is your chance to surprise them with one of the most timeless gifts a teenage girl could want. With over 5,000 reviews, this gold-plated pendant necklace from Kendra Scott boasts a strong average star rating.

Crown Vintage Penny Loafer

Loafers are having their moment this year, and they are a must-have fashion piece to complete any outfit. If you want the 19-year-old in your life to stay on top of the trend without hurting your wallet, these vintage penny loafers are the perfect gift. Available in black or gray, the shoes come in at $60.

Casetify Groovy Pattern Case

She'll love this long-lasting case from Casetify that's covered in groovy floral patterns. It's perfect for the girl who likes to lean into the Y2K aesthetic.

The Stationery Studio Pop of Color Monogram Flat Note Card Collection

Gift a personalized stationery box set with her name and initials. The Stationery Studio has plenty of options to choose from, but if you're feeling stuck, you can't go wrong with a classic monogrammed set like this one. It comes with two sets of standard-sized cards and one set of petite-sized cards, all with accompanying blank envelopes.

Hanging Photo Display

Whether she's living at home or in a college dorm, this unique take on a collage frame is a fun way for teens to display their favorite photos, postcards and other paper mementos without taking up too much wall space.

Personalized Pet Photo Pillow

Want to bring a little comfort of home to your college student's dorm life? A custom pet pillow that looks exactly like the family pet can certainly help when homesickness creeps in.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal

Gretchen Rubin, host of the “Happier” podcast, designed this one-year journal. How it works: Reflect on the quote at the top of the page in just one sentence.

Magic Bullet Personal Blender

Remember all the junk food you ate when you were in college? This small blender set is perfect for her dorm room or apartment, so she can make healthy smoothies and soups when she gets tired of cafeteria food.

Halara Wannabe Everyday Cloudful 2-in-1 Activity Dress

The “exercise dress,” took TikTok by storm earlier this year. It’s designed to be sweat-resistant and features built-in shorts and comes in a rainbow of colors. Wear it to the gym or out to brunch.

Moredeng Waterproof Ski Jacket

Shopping for a gal that loves winter's outside activities? This warm bestseller is said to be able to handle rain, mist, snow and more and comes in 14 fun colors, ranging from a vibrant blue to a delicate pink.

Custom Hand Painted Wood Sign

A custom sign is equally perfect for dorm rooms and bedrooms alike, and this Etsy bestseller can be personalized with whatever phrase or name you'd like. The wood design also comes in a plethora of color options, so there's something for every personality.

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack

This durable canvas carryall from Swedish accessories brand Fjällräven Kanken comes in 39 colors.

Crosley 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable

For the vintage-obsessed teen, this Bluetooth record player puts a modern twist on the old-school music player. She can play an LP or music from her phone, thanks to the Bluetooth capabilities. While this gift will score you some major brownie points, throwing in a few of your old records will make you extra cool in her eyes.

Pandora Moments Sparkling Heart Clasp Snake Chain Bracelet

Unwrapping something sparkly is always exciting! And this sterling silver charm bracelet with a striking heart charm is the perfect way to show your love to the 19-year-old fashionista in your life.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

The stylish teen in your life will love these leggings (if she doesn't already have them!). She can dress them up or down for any occasion.

InvisaWear Gold LimeLife Keychain

Give her the gift of safety with a gold keychain that features a built-in panic button, allowing the wearer to alert friends or call 911 if they should find themselves in need of help.

Maison Miru Evil Eye Charm

Only good luck coming her way when she wears this elegant gold necklace.

Best beauty gifts for 19-year-olds

Olaplex Style and Straighten Hair Set

By now, most teens have heard of the splash Olaplex products have made in the hair care world. This Olaplex hair set combines three of their bestselling bonding products — the smoother, oil and protector — so the 19-year-old in your life can have the most stylish hair in town.

Kylie Cosmetics High Gloss Trio

Everyone needs a set of lip glosses they can trust. This high gloss trio can be worn over lipstick and last up to eight hours, according to the brand.

Inkbox Secret Garden Temporary Tattoo Pack

If your teen isn't allowed to have tattoos, this tattoo pack is the perfect compromise. The brand has perfected a "For Now Ink" technology that allows the temporary tattoo to last up to two weeks. By the time the skin naturally regenerates, the tattoo will have disappeared. This secret garden pack includes dainty flowers and an adorable bumble bee.

Chefman Portable Mirrored Personal Fridge

For the 19-year-old that's serious about her skin care, this personal countertop fridge is sure to be a hit. She can use it to keep her favorite products chilled or change the setting and keep things (like a moist towel) warm to create a spa experience at home.

Earth Therapeutics Essential Beauty Masks

If the teen in your life has taken up masking during the pandemic, this variety set with five masks is the perfect present.

Remington Pro 1-Inch Multi-Styler

Who needs a straightener and a curling iron when you can create both styles with one tool? Remington's multi-styler promises to seamlessly create bouncy curls, straight styles or beach waves and has a Heat Control Sensor that keeps your hair from overheating.

Glossier The Skincare Edit

This set will make the perfect gift for the teen who loves skin care. It includes seven of the popular brand's bestselling products. With a cleanser, serum, moisturizer and more, this kit will help her simplify her morning routine.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro

Sought-after celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann launched this limited-edition set featuring two cuticle treatments, a base coat, a top coat and two long-lasting polishes that promise to get you up to 10 days of wear.

Lalicious Sugar Lavender Cleanse, Exfoliate & Moisturize Travel Set

Many colleges are located pretty close to some awesome long weekend spots and if your girl is in the mood to travel, this set has all the toiletry essentials she needs in one cute bag. It includes a shower oil, a sugar scrub, a body butter and a hydrating oil. Plus, it comes in two delightful scents!

Amika Spring Fling Kit

An introduction to the cruelty-free, cult haircare line, Amika, this set features four bestsellers including a heated straightening brush, anti-humidity spray, hairspray and a limited-edition pink scarf.

Lightstim Acne LED Light Therapy Device

Acne is a real drag, but with daily use, this blue light device is said to help calm down breakouts and smooth out texture. It's kind of like heading to the spa every day for a pore-cleansing facial, without the hefty price tag.

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 18-year-olds.