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From booze to Beats, these 54 gifts take the guesswork out of shopping for your 21-year-old

Finding the perfect present doesn’t need to be that hard.

Courtesy Adrianna Brach; Made by mle; The Happiness Project

If you've typically found shopping for toddlers and teens easy, buying for those who have just made the jump from young adult to just adults might've been a bit more challenging.

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. This 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

Brumate Hopsulator Slim Koozie

If they love seltzers, normal koozies just won't do. Available in over 20 colors, this accessory has over 3,300 five-star ratings, most raving about how it keeps their drinks "super cold."

Stanley Quencher Tumbler

Stanley's Adventure Quencher tumbler remains a viral hit, and it seems to sell 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.

Pottery Barn 'Cheers' Neon Sign

Give their bar cart area an upgrade with this neon exclamation often heard at wine nights, during toasts, or after a long day when a drink is needed.

Yeti Insulated Wine Tumblr

Wine nights at home just got a lot more relaxing thanks to this insulated wine tumblr from YETI. Not only does it keep your drinks at a temperature you desire, but it's "good looking" and "very functional," according to one reviewer. Plus, there is an option to add on a travel lid to make your wine portable for movie nights or parties.

Wayfair Bar Cart

Ring in 21 the right way with a bar cart stocked with all of their soon-to-be favorite drinks and accessories. This wooden and metal cart will add a modern and elevated look to their living room or kitchen, and will definitely serve as a talking point when they have friends over. Reviewers love this item because it's "sturdy," "easy to assemble" and "looks great" in their space.

Anthropologie Morgan Coupe Glasses

If your new 21-year-old wants to try their hand at hosting, gift them this four-piece cocktail glass set, available in five different colors. Your giftee can explore a newfound world of cocktails, whether they take note from family recipes, or use a cookbook.

Prepdeck Gen 2

For the 21-year-old who’s just starting to venture into the kitchen, help them make mealtime easier with this viral sensation. This all-in-one system has small containers to put your prepped ingredients into as you cut them, eight prepping tools that attach to each container, a mobile device stand and a detachable cutting board.

Yui Brooklyn Bubble Cube Candle

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.

"The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook," by Valentina Mussi

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 them on a culinary trip where they'll discover new ingredients and mixes. This unofficial TikTok cookbook will give the foodie or trend-follower tons of recipes to record themselves trying.

"The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition," by Cherie Mercer Twohy

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.

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.

Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neat Method Cabinet Pantry Bundle

Whether they’ve just moved into their first apartment or love being organized, this bundle will make life nice and tidy. The set comes with two wire baskets and five canisters, plus labeling material to keep their pantry organized. The bundle comes in either brass or black, so you can pick which color option matches their kitchen best.

Material The Iconics

For the home cook who wants everything gathered in one spot, this set is a must-have. It comes with three knives, three spoons, one spatula, one set of tongs and one whisk, all of which fit into a beautiful walnut, maple or beech wood base that doesn’t take up much countertop real estate.

Rollink Flex VEGA 21" Hardside Collapsible Carry-On Plus

For the traveler in your life, this suitcase is a perfect gift that they will use on every vacation. It’s hard-sided and collapses down to just two inches. When it’s not filled with clothes and souvenirs, it can slide easily under a bed or in a closet, which is perfect for 21-year-olds living in dorms or small apartments.

Best clothing gifts for 21-year-olds

Lululemon Everywhere Fleece Belt Bag

Every college student needs a belt bag when running errands. This stylish fleece belt bag from Lululemon will fit all their storage needs while they're rushing from class to the gym and everything in between.

Shapermint Essentials Shaper Tights

Tights are a necessary evil in any woman's wardrobe, but the worst part about tights is that they can easily snag and rip. These Shaper Tights from Shapemint are guaranteed to stay intact and have even been tested with a prickly pineapple. This is one pair of tights she’ll reach for all winter long.

Crocs Classic Clog

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Bar Varsity Sweatshirt

If their new favorite hangout is the bar itself, get them this vintage-inspired crewneck. Available in nine colors, this popular sweatshirt has sold out multiple times.


Someone merged sweatpants with cute overalls, and we’re forever thankful. The unisex Swoveralls have multiple pockets and a cuffed ankle for a classic look. We love that the brand is size-inclusive and goes from XXS to 4XL with multiple colors to pick from.

French Knot Ginger Handwarmers

These beautiful hand warmers are made with ultra-soft cashmere that will keep their hands warm all winter long. The beautiful embroidery is all done by hand and adds a delicate touch.

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 30 percent off this pick from Fossil for a limited time only!

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.

Best beauty and health gifts for 21-year-olds

Velvette Exfoliating Mitt for Body

Exfoliating mitts are a great gift for the loved one on your list who takes pride in their skin care routine. This mitt is biodegradable, vegan and machine washable, so they can throw it in with a load of towels as needed.

Duke Cannon Supply Co. Cologne Balm

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 most recognizable things out there.

The Happiness Project One Sentence Journal

Those 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kosa Elite 1-Inch Infrared Styler

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

Uncommon Goods Wall Pong

If they want to up their party game (no pun intended), this smaller version of pong should do the trick. It's space-saving and transportable, so they don't have to worry about setting up and tearing down a table each time they want to take part in their favorite party game.

Jenga Giant JS7

For the 21-year-old who has friends over 24/7 and can’t wait for summer barbecues, this will be a hit. The game stacks to over five feet tall, and comes with a carrying bag so they can take it to a friend’s house or store it easily.

Confident? Board Game

Game night just got a lot more fun with CONFIDENT?, a group game that can accommodate up to 30 players. Everyone has to answer trivia questions with a range of numbers based on how confident they are in their answers. The lower the range, the more points you earn, and obviously the person with the most points wins.

100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences From Around the World

If your 21-year-old is still a Disney kid at heart, this book offers them out-of-the-box ideas for their next Magic Castle adventure. While some of the suggestions occur at the parks, like watching Cars Land light up or getting a haircut on Main Street USA, others are much more over-the-top, like a private after-hours tour of Egypt’s Luxor Temple with Adventures by Disney.

Shokz OpenRun Pro

If they enjoy outdoor runs, give them peace of mind with Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones. Unlike over-the-ear headphones or earbuds, these leave the ear uncovered so they can hear what’s going on around them. The headphones rest just outside of the ear and music is heard through bone conduction tech.

RiotPWR Mobile Cloud Gaming Controller for iOS

Waiting for classes to start just got a lot more fun with this controller — it looks and feels just like an Xbox one. All they have to do is plug their phone into it to play. The controller will also charge their phone so there’s no need to worry about a drained battery.

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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.

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.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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.

Best unique gifts for 21-year-olds

Uncommon Goods DIY Delicious: Dumplings Two Ways

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.

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.

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.

Twelve South AirFly Pro

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.

Uncommon Goods Class: Three Classic Cocktails

Taught by a Brooklyn-based bartender, they'll be the star of their next dinner party with these classic cocktail recipes under their belt. It's a virtual class, so they can take this with friends or family.