The holidays are quickly approaching (seriously — pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks tomorrow!), which means it's already time to start figuring out what you're going to get everyone before the big days sneak up on you. You've may have the toddlers and teens in your life covered, but what about those who have just made the jump from young adult to just adults?
If you've got a 21-year-old to shop for and you're struggling to find the perfect gift, don't fret. Shop TODAY has got your back. 21 is typically the age when most not-so-young adults are trying to find their footing in the world, moving into their first apartment and diving even deeper into their personal interests. 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
- Best clothing gifts for 21-year-olds
- Best beauty & health gifts for 21-year-olds
- Best entertainment gifts for 21-year-olds
Best home gifts for 21-year-olds
For the person who always like to try new recipes but is on the clumsier side, save them a trip to urgent care with these oven gloves that will fit snugly and reduce the risk of burns. With a cute floral pattern, they'll look good even when they're just thrown on the counter and aren't in use. (They also come in blue!)
Yui Brooklyn uses its candles to express "Kawaii" with fun and funky shapes and patterns. Its cube design is different from traditional candle shapes, which makes it a unique piece to add to your home decor.
When they get their first apartment, they'll most likely spend a lot of time playing a host — and this farmhouse-style rack will make them look like an experienced one. It holds six mugs and the base is perfect for storing cute decor or other coffee/tea bar items like sugar, honey, creamer, stirrers and more.
Nothing beats cozying up at the end of a long day with a delicious-smelling scented candle lit in the background. This candle — with a scent described by the brand as "spiced, fruity and oh-so cozy" — is a fan-favorite and the perfect fragrance to illicit fond memories of fall-themed activities until the season actually arrives (in less than a month!).
If they're looking to expand their cooking skills, this Uncommon Goods Experience is perfect for them. Instead of just giving them a cookbook, you can sign them up for a live class with chef Jannie Huang for a chance to learn how to make boiled and pan-seared dumplings from the best of the best. They can even bring a friend along if they don't want to do it solo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diffusers are a home must-have these days, and if your 21-year-old lives in a small apartment, this one from Vitruvi is ideal. The cordless device can be moved throughout their home and can run continuously for your choice of four- or eight-hour runtimes.
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.
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.
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.
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 10,000 verified customers have rated this Nespresso machine five stars on Amazon, thanks to its ability to properly froth milk and emulate Starbucks drinks.
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.
Best clothing gifts for 21-year-olds
Crocs have been all the rage the past few years. Not only are the rubber clogs super comfy and perfect for all-day wear, but they can also be personalized to show off individual style and personality with Jibbitz charms from the brand.
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.
Every college student needs a belt bag when running errands. This sturdy and water-resistant belt bag from Lululemon will fit all their storage needs while they're rushing from class to the gym and everything in between.
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.
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.
Looking suave is no. 1, so get them a sharp-looking watch to add to their wardrobe. Get an extra 30 percent off this pick from Fossil for a limited time only!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best beauty and health gifts for 21-year-olds
Figuring out your signature fragrance is fun but can be a costly experience. This Sephora set makes it easier for them by rounding up sample sizes of eight of the brand's bestselling scents. Once they pick their favorite, they can redeem the included certificate for a full-sized version.
People worldwide love this cologne balm — it has over 4,000 verified five-star ratings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Whether they're hosting a dorm room soiree or a need some tunes while on the go, they'll love this portable speaker. It comes in almost a dozen different colors and has up to 20 hours of runtime on a full charge, according to the brand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over-ear wireless headphones are a must-have for any 21-year-old with an office job. They will love the Beats Solo3 Wireless version because they are incredibly comfortable and allow in outside ambient noise so the entire world isn’t completely blocked out.