For you it might be 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 no matter the occasion.
Best stocking stuffers for 19-year-olds
These affordable Amazon socks send a clear message that any gamer can truly appreciate.
Trix may be just for kids, but this Cereal Bowl chocolate bar from Compartés ("overflowing" with familiar morsels and marshmallows from yesteryear) is for the teen who can't resist a sweet taste of nostalgia.
This portable charger with a whopping 72,000+ verified five-star Amazon ratings will keep his devices charged no matter where they are. It’s perfect for the one whose phone is somehow always dying or fully dead.
Intrusive thoughts may have them wishing for a mental shift ASAP. This mindful deck, created by Karisha Clark and previously featured on Jenna’s Book Shop, aims to deliver much-needed daily jolts of positivity whenever they need it.
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.
This gourmand eau de parfum is one of the most unique gifts for 19-year-olds on the market. With flavors such as punch aux fruits, rose chocolat and pistachio brûlée, this line of fragrance will bring the delectable flavors of the kitchen everywhere.
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.
Now that they're exploring the world on their own accord, you'll want them to be protected against possible threats. This easy-to-use personal alarm with tons of acclaim across Amazon and the brand's website creates plenty of diversion in uncomfortable situations (and, as a result, gives you extra peace of mind).
This Glossier set will make the perfect gift for the teen who loves makeup. It includes three products the brand recommends for perfecting a dewy makeup look, characterized by hydration and glow. With an oil serum hybrid, lip gloss and cheek color, this kit will elevate her makeup routine.
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.
Best gifts for 19-year-old boys
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.
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.
Crossbody bags are still all the rage, but who said they were just for women? Urban Outfitters released a classy corduroy version of the belt bags everyone has fallen in love with.
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.
With over 74,000 verified five-star ratings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every guy needs a versatile fleece. This slightly fitted option from outdoorsy icon L.L Bean comes in five colors and is available in sizes up to XXXL and tall.
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 over a dozen staple colors and six limited edition colors.
Best tech gifts for 19-year-olds
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 bestselling 100-foot light set that even comes with a music synchronization function.
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.
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.
What's better to capture memories than a mini instant camera? Available in five fabulous colors, this camera features automatic exposure and flash.
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.
Get the road tripper in your life a portable jump starter and power bank that revives car batteries without outside assistance. This bestseller also has a built-in LED flashlight for under-the-hood visibility.
While away at school, the 19-year-old you're shopping for may have found a passion for fitness. They're likely in need of a device to track their fitness stats. Not only does this watch monitor your heart rate variability and breathing rate, but it has a built-in GPS for long-distance running.
If the 19-year-old you're shopping for doesn't already have AirPods, these wireless headphones have likely been on their wish list for years. These AirPods boast up to 30 hours of battery life, personalized spatial audio and in-ear detection.
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.
After the Nintendo Switch took over the gaming world several years ago, the portable gaming system got a new sibling: the Nintendo Switch OLED. 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.
Best gifts for 19-year-old girls
If they're just starting to dabble in astrology and how the stars affect their life, this beautifully illustrated read is perfect for them. It'll teach them how to navigate interactions with every kind of person, from their besties and family to stubborn managers and professors.
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.
The exercise dress has officially taken TikTok by storm. This Halara frock is 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.
Remember all the junk food you ate when you were in college? This bestselling 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.
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.
Unwrapping something sparkly is always exciting! And this tarnish-free, water-resistant stainless steel bracelet is the perfect way to show your love to the 19-year-old fashionista in your life. It's also covered with a two-year warranty, in case something does happen to this exquisite piece.
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 lug sole loafers are the perfect gift.
The presence (or lack thereof) of fuzzy pillows has the power to make or break a dorm room. By gifting this luxe body pillow, you'll transform their bed to one of the comfiest on campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If she's never owned a pair of high-tops, gift her these elevated Chuck Taylors that'll go with just about everything in her closet.
This durable canvas carryall from Swedish accessories brand Fjällräven Kanken comes in dozens of colors.
Best beauty gifts for 19-year-olds
When trying to perfect a cute makeup look, the vanity might as well match the theme. Urban Outfitters' heartbeat lighted makeup mirror is available in pastel shades of pink and neutral. Not only is the mirror a perfect dorm desk accent piece, but it has an LED light feature as well.
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.
Sought-after celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann launched this 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.
Every 19-year-old who's into makeup needs a basic eye shadow palette. This one has a variety of taupe and nude shades that can create a smoky eye or dewy look.
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.
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.
By now, most teens have heard of the splash Olaplex products have made in the hair care world. This hair set combines three of their bestselling bonding products so the 19-year-old in your life can have the most stylish hair in town.
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.
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.