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37 gifts for 21-year-olds that are better than booze

Finding the perfect gift doesn’t need to be challenging.
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21 is typically the age when most young adults are trying to find their footing in the world, moving into their first apartment and diving even deeper into their personal interests. If you’re struggling to figure out a gift for the 21-year-old in your life, then consider these useful and (may we say mature?) gift ideas for their home, kitchen, wellness routine and more.

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Best home gifts for 21-year-olds

"The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook"

Salmon rice bowls, baked feta pasta, twisted bacon — these are just some of the delicious recipes that have gone viral thanks to TikTok. Author and foodie Valentina Mussi will take you on a culinary trip where you'll discover new ingredients and mixes. This unofficial TikTok cookbook will give the foodie or trend-follower tons of recipes to record themselves trying.

Windsor Vineyards Personalized Chardonnay

Pop open a bottle of wine since your 21-year-old is officially old enough to enjoy some alcohol. Gift them a personalized bottle, equipped with your own text and photos, to make them remember the moment.

Koicaxy Neon Sign

Neon signs aren’t just for gas stations and convenience stores anymore. These trendy signs will be the highlight of any 21-year-old’s day. The signs are cool to the touch, even after being on all day.

Otherland Build a Box

Any 21-year-old will appreciate a scented candle. This custom set will awaken their senses and transport them to a tropical destination. Even if it's cold outside, the coconut-infused and fruity scents are a great reminder to book that post-graduation trip.

"The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition"

If a trip to Trader Joe's is a weekly ritual, they'll love this cookbook that will put all of the tasty finds to work. From eggplant lasagna to raspberry brownies, this recipe bonanza offers everything from lunch to dessert.

Anaīs Candle The Lady Glass Cup Set

Do they love aesthetics and great wine? This set of glasses will add a hint of luxury and elegance to their takeout.

Chargetree Swing Multi-Device Charging Station

Like the rest of us, 21-year-olds are always looking for a way to charge their devices. The Chargetree Swing allows them to charge their phone, smartwatch and Apple AirPods all in one convenient spot.

Food Network 10-Piece Textured Titanium Nonstick Cookware Set

A good set of pots and pans is a useful gift for anyone, especially 21-year-olds who are setting out on their own. This set is nonstick and dishwasher-safe, making it ideal for those who are just starting out in home cooking.

My Sheets Rock "The Regulator" Set

New bedding is a great way to make a 21-year-old feel a little more grown-up. The super-soft sheets are specifically designed to keep you at an ideal sleeping temperature. They come in a variety of colors to match any bedroom design as well.

Vitruvi Move Diffuser

Diffusers are a home must-have these days, and if your 21-year-old lives in a small apartment, this one is ideal. The cordless diffuser can be moved throughout their home and can run continuously for up to four hours. When it needs to be charged, plug it into the wall or use the included charging pad.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Black

For the 21-year-old that can't get enough caffeine in the morning, this Nespresso machine is a great upgrade to their early coffee run. More than 9,000 customers have rated this Nespresso machine five stars on Amazon, thanks to its ability to properly froth milk and emulate Starbucks drinks.

Hatch Restore

If they have trouble falling asleep or waking up, this gift will change their life. The machine works as a sunrise alarm, a meditation app, smart light and sound machine. It's the perfect sleep assistant for those that need a push in their sleep routine.

Mark & Graham Silver Boat Bar Tool Set

If the 21-year-old in your life has already developed a budding interest in mixology, they'll appreciate this one-of-a-kind bar tool set. It looks like a boat sculpture but if you take a closer look, you'll notice all the pieces working together for the unique nautical design. The set includes a shaker, stirrer, jigger, bottle opener, four coasters and a tugboat stand.

Best clothing gifts for 21-year-olds

Indy Dolly Beige

They'll love sporting these rectangular sunnies on game days, coffee runs and everything in between. This style is extremely on-trend right now and will look great with their casual summer look.

Fossil Fenmore Multifunction Luggage Leather Watch

Looking suave is no. 1, so get them a sharp-looking watch to add to their wardrobe. Get an extra 50 percent off this pick from Fossil for a limited time only!

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag Extended Strap

Every college student needs a belt bag when running errands. This sturdy and water-resistant belt bag from Lululemon will fit all their needs while they're going from class to the gym.

Quince 100% Silk Reversible Scarf

Everyone needs a comfortable scarf to keep them warm during cool summer nights. This one from Quince is made from 100 percent silk and features fringe detail for a bohemian feel.

Buck Mason Cognac Countryman Full-Grain Leather Wallet

Give him the gift of security and luxury with this leather wallet. The classic design will keep his new credit cards and IDs in place and accessible. With a vintage feel and natural hue, this makes a perfect gift for any 21-year-old to secure their driver license.

On Running Cloudrunner

Whether they're into fitness or walk to work every day, the Cloudrunner shoes are an affordable yet comfortable and durable pair of shoes that any 21-year-old will enjoy. We love the cushioning and lightweight material that offers unbeatable comfort.

Made by mle

If you’re looking for a small, practical gift, then this hair clip set is ideal. The set can easily be tossed into a purse or backpack and be taken anywhere. It's a simple and fun way to update any hairstyle.

Gooseberry Intimates Cozy PJ Set

Snag a set of cozy PJs for your favorite 21-year-old. The super-soft Gooseberry PJs come in four colors and are a shorts and long-sleeve combo. They’ll never want to get out of these.

Sincerely Silver Custom Sound Wave Necklace

Give your loved one a stunning custom piece of jewelry with this sound wave necklace. Record yourself saying a personalized message like “I love you” and Sincerely Silver's software will engrave the message in the form of a sound wave on a necklace.

Best beauty and health gifts for 21-year-olds

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Rich, buttery and sensorial are three ways we can describe Sol de Janeiro's Bum Bum Cream. This Brazilian-inspired lotion comes in a duo and contains smoothing ingredients like coconut oil, Brazil nut, Cupuaçu butter and more for soft skin. Your 21-year-old will appreciate this luxurious beauty treatment in time for summer.

Duke Cannon Supply Co. Cologne Balm

People worldwide love this cologne balm — it has over 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon alone. It's easy to apply and very effective. Plus, the Buffalo Trace Whiskey scent must be one of the manliest things out there.

Calm Subscription

Gift the gift of a one-year subscription to this highly-rated app named Calm. It focuses on teaching you how to meditate, relax and sleep better — things all college students could use even if they don't realize it yet.

Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Now that she might be going out more, this makeup palette will complete her daily and nighttime routine. The palette comes with nude tones and shimmery shades to enhance her eyes.

Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Double Cleanser + Hydrate Trio

There's nothing that we love more than skin care, especially when they're formulated with clean ingredients. The trio kit comes with Tatcha's bestselling moisturizer for a plump effect. Any 21-year-old will appreciate an early start to their anti-aging routine.

The Happiness Project One Sentence Journal

21-one-year-olds are always running around doing something, but they are also mindful of their mental health and wellness. For the person who’s busy but also wants to take time to look inward, consider this journal, where all they have to do is write one sentence about each day to reflect on.

Briogeo Strength + Repair Solutions Set

For the young woman looking after her hair care routine, this Briogeo gift set will set her up for success. The kit comes with a shampoo, conditioner, mask and treatment oil to repair dry and damaged strands. With a combination of ceramides, argan oil, B-vitamins and algae extract, the kit helps to reinforce and strengthen hair cuticles.

Cadence Build Your Six

Cadence magnetic travel product pods have been trending throughout the year. If your 21-year-old travels to festivals or for work frequently, these are a great gift. Each pack of six is fully customizable, from color choice to the product words on the top of each pod.

Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler

Stanley's Adventure Quencher tumbler has been a viral hit this year and has been selling out almost every time it restocks. Your 21-year-old likely has a friend who already owns this cup, and they probably want to join the Stanley squad, too.

Kosa Elite 1-Inch Infrared Styler in Blush

Everyone needs a good hot hair tool. The Kosa styler can do everything from straighten hair to curl it and even do classic beach waves. The styler turns off after 60 minutes, so there’s no need to worry if it stays plugged in or not.

Best entertainment gifts for 21-year-olds

Twelve South AirFly

Wired headphones are a thing of the past, especially according to 21-year-olds. This neat gadget enables any non-Bluetooth device to instantly become Bluetooth-able. It's great for someone who enjoys traveling, as it works great with airplane screens.

Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Device

Let your loved one stream all of their favorite Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+ shows with the Fire TV Stick. The stick uses Alexa technology to instantly start shows and movies at the sound of their voice.

Crosley Radio Cruiser Plus Turntable

Record players are still a popular gift. We like this one because it’s got Bluetooth connectivity so you can pair it with a speaker or your phone and listen anywhere in your house.

Crosley Radio Octave Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but everything retro is back again, which is why we love this one for a 21-year-old. The speaker even doubles as a phone charger.

Beats Solo Pro Headphones

Over-ear wireless headphones are a must-have for any 21-year-old with an office job. They will love the Beats Solo Pro Wireless version because they are incredibly comfortable and allow in outside ambient noise so the entire world isn’t completely blocked out.

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