If you know a girl who’s about to turn 18, you may be scratching your head regarding what to get her. Luckily, there are plenty of great gifts for 18-year-old girls (and boys) out there.
Gifts range from practical to fun to personalized. Consider what she likes to help narrow your search, and you can even ask her for a list of what she wants.
But you can start shopping for a gift using these ideas.
1. Lap Desk
One of the best gifts for 18-year-old girls is a lap desk. Whether she’s still in high school or venturing off to college, she needs a good place to do her homework.
After she graduates, she can use the lap desk to watch her favorite shows and movies. And she can work wherever, especially if she goes to college or gets a remote job. There’s also space for a phone and mouse on many lap desks.
2. Desk Chair
Maybe the 18-year-old you know has a good desk or will be living in a college dorm. Consider getting her a nice supportive desk chair.
Some dorm chairs aren’t very comfortable, so it can be hard to focus. Your daughter or sister can bring her own chair instead so that she can get more work done at school.
3. iPad Pro
This may be a gift for parents to give, but consider gifting an iPad Pro. You can also include accessories, like the Magic Keyboard, so the iPad works as a laptop.
Either way, it’s an excellent device for streaming media. She can also use it to take notes during classes and to study for exams. While there’s the regular iPad, the Pro is much more powerful and can be an option if a laptop is out of the question.
4. Apple Watch
An Apple Watch is another excellent gift, especially for Apple users. If not, any smartwatch will do, and it can offer a few benefits.
For one, the 18-year-old can track her fitness and activity. A less happy reason a watch comes in handy is in an emergency. If she can’t reach her phone, she can use her watch to call for help if necessary.
Unfortunately, this world isn’t the safest for young women. If you’re sending your daughter off to college, get her an alarm keychain. This one includes a flashlight, which is great at night.
If someone tries to attack her, she can pull the keychain to trigger a loud noise. That can draw attention, and it may keep an attacker from continuing to harm her. Plus, it goes on your keys, so it’s easy to access.
Many 18-year-olds like to listen to music. If you know someone like this, get her some Beats Studio Buds or similar Bluetooth earbuds.
Then, she can listen to music wherever and not disturb anyone else. Beats are soft and comfortable, and they’re compatible with Apple and Android devices. That makes them an excellent choice for most teens.
Stereotypical teens spend a lot of time on their devices. If your 18-year-old complains of her phone dying, get her a portable charger. You can find ones specifically for iPhones or Androids or chargers that work for either device.
Most portable chargers are small and easy to use. They won’t get in the way, so your daughter or sister can enjoy using her device without the risk of it dying out.
There are so many things a college freshman can do to decorate her dorm. One of those few ways is to hang LED Strip Lights. You can get her a pack with different colored lights so that she can choose the colors to use.
LED lights can help offer mood lighting in a dorm room. They’re also useful for when a roommate is sleeping, and you can’t use the overhead lights. She can even swap out the colors to match seasons and holidays.
Becoming an adult often involves creating memories, such as high school graduation and the move to college. Get your 18-year-old a Polaroid camera to take pictures of her upcoming events.
Then, she can hang the photos in her room at home or in her dorm. She won’t have to take the photos to a printing center or print them herself.
Adulthood can be stressful, whether you’re in college, high school, or working. One of the best gifts for 18-year-old girls who are creative is an adult coloring book. This book is more advanced than a traditional one for kids.
However, some adults find coloring to be very relaxing. It also doesn’t require a ton of space or materials aside from the book and some crayons or colored pencils.
11. College Planner
Not all 18-year-olds go to college, but many do. If you know a young adult who will be moving away to school, get her a college planner. A regular planner is nice, but an academic planner lines up better with the school year.
You can get a generic one like this for the academic year so that she can keep track of her classes and other activities. If you know the school she’ll attend, you can also get a custom planner.
Many women love designer wallets but can’t afford them. Get the 18-year-old in your life a wallet from Kate Spade or another designer brand. A nice wallet can last multiple years and protect her cards and cash along the way.
If you don’t know what style she’d like, you can give her the money. Then, she can pick out a wallet that matches her aesthetic. If she doesn’t like Kate Spade, give her a wallet from Michael Kors or another designer.
A lot of young women also enjoy new pieces of jewelry. Consider giving your daughter or niece a piece of jewelry that features her birthstone.
However, go through a jeweler like Jared. Cheap jewelry from department stores might not last that long, and it could even cause an allergic reaction in some people. On the other hand, high-quality pieces can go a long way and be worth the money.
Another one of the best gifts for 18-year-old girls is a Keurig coffee maker. A mini-model is especially useful if you know someone who will move into a college dorm.
Either way, a Keurig is great for both coffee drinkers and tea drinkers. Plus, the girl won’t have to worry about wasting coffee by making a larger batch. She can make what she needs, such as one cup in the morning before she heads to class.
If the 18-year-old girl you know doesn’t drink coffee or tea, she may drink smoothies. In that case, a Ninja Personal Blender is an excellent gift idea. The blender is powerful and can work quickly.
It also comes with a to-go mug that your daughter or sister can use to drink the smoothie. That can help her cut down on the parts she needs to wash, and the whole thing is pretty easy to clean.
16. Water Bottle
Everyone needs a good quality water bottle. Hydro Flask is an excellent brand, especially to give as a gift since it’s somewhat expensive. You can choose the color and size that you know your friend or relative will like.
A water bottle is an especially good gift for college students who may not have a sink in their dorm room. You can also get a custom water bottle to match the college she’s attending.
A clear toiletry bag is a particularly good gift for 18-year-old girls who travel a lot. This bag is TSA-friendly, so you can use it instead of disposable quart bags when flying. But the bag is also useful at school.
She can organize all of her belongings and take the bag to and from the bathroom. That way, she’ll have what she needs to shower or brush her teeth. This bag is an excellent option, and she can fill it with her existing toiletries.
18. Shower Shoes
Another one of the best gifts for 18-year-old girls who are going to college is shower shoes. She may not want to walk down the hall or stand in the shower barefoot. A good pair of shoes can still let the water hit her feet but protect the feet from germs.
These shower shoes come in different colors and sizes. That way, you can get the pair that best fits the needs of your daughter, sister, or friend.
19. Ice Scraper
It may sound boring, but you may want to give your 18-year-old an ice scraper. A scraper is particularly important if she’s moving away to somewhere with a lot of snow. She can keep the ice scraper in her car for the next snow or ice storm.
Even if your daughter will live at home, you might get tired of her borrowing your ice scraper. Giving her one allows her to keep it with her and her vehicle. Then, she can clear off her car whether it snows when she’s at home or out and about.
Girls who are heading off to college may want to get some university spirit wear. Sure, you can shop for that at the college bookstore. However, you can also order personalized sweatpants based on the school.
Then, you can choose the color and the text. You could add the specific school or major within the university to make it more custom than even what the bookstore sells.
If your 18-year-old is going to take a gap year or not attend college at all, she’ll probably search for jobs. A good blazer can help her dress to impress for her upcoming job interview. Even a college student may need a blazer for a presentation.
Unfortunately, blazers can be expensive, but that makes them an amazing gift. Start with a classic black blazer that goes with almost everything.
If you have a family pet, you can get a custom crochet dog based on your real dog – this is an excellent gift for dog lovers who are going off to college. Your daughter can’t take the dog with her, but she can take a stuffed version.
Then, she can keep it on her bed or even sleep with it. The stuffed animal can be a nice way to comfort herself when she misses home. Pictures are great, but feeling something from home can be even better.
23. Visa Gift Card
Maybe you don’t know what the 18-year-old girl in your life wants. An excellent gift for that is a Visa Gift Card because she can use it for whatever she needs. These cards work at almost all retailers that accept Visa payments.
You can choose the right amount based on your budget. Then, the girl you give it to can spend the card on something practical or something more fun. She can even use the card to pay for textbooks or other college necessities.
If you know an 18-year-old who loves beauty and makeup, get her a Sephora gift card. Like a Visa card, you don’t have to buy something specific. However, this card can feel a bit more specific and personal than a Visa.
Now, you should make sure she’ll have access to a Sephora store wherever she lives or goes to school. If that’s the case, she can use the gift card to stock up on makeup and other products.
Starbucks is another excellent retailer that offers gift cards. As with Sephora, a Starbucks card is more personal than a generic Visa card. However, you don’t need to purchase coffee, tea, or other refreshments.
If you want to make this gift more personal, consider combining it with a Starbucks mug. That way, the 18-year-old can use her mug when she goes to Starbucks. She can save money and the environment.
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