Having adult kids, tweens, and teens, I know how difficult it is to choose a gift for an 18-year-old girl. You don’t want to dump loads of practical, adult gifts on them just yet, but the easy, playful gifts of childhood are in the rearview mirror.
So, we asked our teens and their friends which gifts they would like and what up-and-coming trends it was safe to tap into. We learned which items would earn a polite “thank you” but would not be well received and stayed away from them on this list, so your gift selections will be winners.
- Memory foam floor chair
- 14 adjustable positions
- Cloudfoam footbed slippers
- Comes in 8 color combinations
- Includes a Switch console
- Special edition
- Hypoallergenic & medical-grade
- Choice of 50+ inscriptions
- Pairs with a Bluetooth device
- Waterproof & dustproof
- Safe & UV-free LED
- Sleek shell design
- Jersey-lined hood with drawstrings
- Polyester-cotton blend
- Playful decision dice
- Fun activity game
- Lightweight & non-sticky
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Padded pocket for laptop
- Made of 65% recycled polyester
What Should I Get an 18-Year-Old Girl for Her Birthday?
The easiest way to know what to give your 18-year-old girl for her birthday is to ask what she would like. Unless you’re a mind reader, that is. I’m willing to bet you aren’t, so speak up and have a conversation about her interests and wish lists.
If you want to keep an element of surprise, ask her to list the items she would like and choose one of those on the sly to give her.
Feeling sneaky? Get her to unwittingly divulge her wish list by:
- Talking about her plans for the future and choosing an item that will support her success.
- Asking what she’s buying for her friends and get a sense of whether she would like or dislike the same thing.
- Check with your 18-year-old girl’s friends and ask if there are any special items she has mentioned wanting.
Finally, there’s always the option of money or gift cards. If you’re worried that money seems impersonal or shows a lack of thought, don’t sweat it.
You can give gift cards or cash in all kinds of creative and thoughtful ways. Not only that, but everyone we spoke with said they would rather receive money with love than see you waste your cash on something they didn’t want.
The Best Gifts for 18-Year-Old Girls of 2021
All of our research and conversations led to this comprehensive list of the 50 best gifts for 18-year-old girls.
1. Birdrock Home Adjustable 14-Position Floor Chair
The lightweight, solid frame and firm memory foam combine to make a comfortable, supportive floor chair that adjusts through 14 different positions. From completely flat to a 90-degree position, the chair is easily stored when not in use.
Our daughter uses the chair when gaming, reading, watching movies, and meditating alone or when friends are over. It works just as well on the bed for sitting up comfortably when studying as it does on the floor, making it more useful than we ever imagined.
2. Adidas Women's Adilette Aqua Slide
Slides give your teen a simple footwear alternative for around the house, on the beach, in the yard, or at the college dorm. They are ideal for the shower or anywhere else you might get wet feet while being easy to keep clean and dry.
The Aqua slide from Adidas comes in eight color combinations and seven sizes with a half-inch sole and a comfortable Cloudfoam footbed. They are long-lasting, sturdy, and an excellent value.
3. Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition Switch
The Nintendo Switch provides handheld, big-screen, and table-top gaming options with the ability to play both on and off-line. Friends can play together, in the same location, or remotely while gamers who prefer to go it alone can enjoy endless gaming possibilities.
The Animal Crossing special edition is produced in the color scheme of the open-ended game sensation with graphics on the Switch stand to match.
4. Joycuff Inspirational Bracelets for Women
Joycuff makes these hypoallergenic, medical-grade stainless steel bracelets with a sweet, sassy, salty, or inspirational message engraved on the inside.
The steel is thick and robust enough to be durable while still managing to look appealing and there is just enough “give” to make it an adjustable one-size-fits-all bracelet, so you don’t have to worry about finding the correct size.
There are more than 50 inscriptions, and the bangle comes in a presentation box for gift-giving.
5. JBL Go 3 Shower Speaker
The waterproof, dustproof JBL Go 3 pairs with a Bluetooth device to play your teen’s favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks anywhere they care to listen.
Great for in the shower, on the beach, hiking, and biking, the quality is everything you’d expect from JBL packed into a case of 3.4 x 1.6 x 2.7 inches. This makes the speaker easy to carry with you anywhere while providing crystal-clear sound.
6. Miroco LED Light Therapy Lamp
Sunlight causes our brains to release serotonin, which positively affects our mood, and vitamin D contributes to a healthy immune system while also helping to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
Too little sunlight can cause health issues, and this light therapy lamp can help boost mood, primarily when used every day by teens who spend too much time out of the sun.
7. Champion Women's Powerblend Fleece Hoodie
Most 18-year-old girls own at least one or two hoodies, but it can be challenging to choose one. Our teens told us this fleece hoodie from Champion is ideal for hanging out around the house or going out with friends.
The polyester-cotton blend is easy to care for and won’t shrink in the washer or dryer. A jersey-lined hood with drawstrings sits softly against the back or can be relied upon to keep your head warm should you be caught out in the cold.
8. W&P Do Something Dice
Adulthood is full of decisions, so help your teen ease into the process with these fun decision dice from W&P.
A quick roll can help you choose between pizza or burgers, running or cycling, and a movie or music. Ideal for the indecisive or for breaking the deadlock between warring friends, the four dice are painted wood with rounded corners and have logos printed on each face.
9. Unicorn Snot Holographic Glitter Lip Gloss & Gel
Glitter is still on-trend, and Unicorn Snot makes it easy to use, simple to remove, and difficult to get anywhere you don’t want it. That’s a relief for those of us living with glitter-obsessed teens.
The glitter is suspended in a clear, tasteless, lightweight gel applied to the lips, cheeks, body, and hair without being a danger to health. It can be easily removed with basic make-up remover or wipes, and as a bonus, Unicorn Snot is vegan and cruelty-free.
10. Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop Bag
Our teenagers assured us that a Fjallraven bag is not a boring practical gift. It’s the must-have, squeal-inducing accessory that your teen will adore. It is made of 65 percent recycled polyester and 35 percent organic cotton fabric and combines style and sustainability, as requested by Generation Z.
This particular style has a padded pocket suitable for a laptop of up to 15 inches, a top tote handle, padded shoulder straps, and a pre-waxed weather-resistant coating. It maintains the original styling and detail that made Fjallraven so popular.
11. Global Grub Fortune Cookie Kit
Global Grub makes multiple items, but this kit contains everything you need to make 48 fortune cookies, after which you can begin creating your unique recipes and flavor combinations.
The silicone baking mat helps ensure each cookie is exactly the right size and shape, and there are 60 pre-printed fortunes to include. Meanwhile, there are blanks and an edible ink pen so you can write personalized fortunes for those you know.
12. Imden Bluetooth Car Transmitter
Has your teen inherited or bought an older vehicle? If so, the lack of modern connectivity means they might be more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors such as talking on their phone while driving.
This Bluetooth transmitter from Imden fits into a vehicle’s lighter plug and connects to your Bluetooth device. You can then use your phone’s voice assistant to make and receive calls and texts, play music, podcasts, or audiobooks, and even navigate using audio directions.
It’s suitable for all Bluetooth devices, Siri, and Google assistant.
13. Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is a non-toxic, U.S.-made, silicone putty aimed at adults for those who think and process information best when they can fidget or move.
Unlike its cousin, slime, Aaron’s thinking putty has a thicker consistency, similar to that of well-chewed gum. This allows you to twist, pull and stretch while not paying full attention, as it doesn’t quickly pool through your fingers as slime will.
14. Speedrid Electric Bike for Adults
Electric bikes are excellent for most journeys, especially for those at the end of the day when you may need a little extra help to get home quickly.
A Speedrid electric bike can reach speeds of 20mph and will travel up to 30 miles on a single battery charge. Meanwhile, the power unit can be removed for security and makes the bike easy to charge, no matter where you are.
The LCD gives you clear information about battery levels, speed, and distance traveled in either miles or kilometers, and the thumb throttle makes speed control a breeze.
15. Dr. Martens 1460 Originals Boot
Dr. Martens may have begun as workwear, but today’s teens are clamoring for these classic eight-eye boots.
The upper is 100 percent leather, and it’s attached to the ridged, air-cushion, slip-resistant soles by the iconic DM yellow stitching. An ankle-tag, stitched with the Dr. Martens’ logo, hangs out of the top to demonstrate your teen accepts no substitutes.
16. Malicious Women Candle Co Adulting Candle
Some of the best gifts are those you would never dream of buying for yourself because they are a little too luxurious, and this Malicious Women Candle Co. Adulting candle falls into that category.
Our teens said they’d never spend this much on something like this for themselves but would love to unwrap one as a gift.
There are 49 candles to choose from, each with a different fragrance and slogan. The slogans themselves cover every degree of politeness from this “adulting” example through “The Badass in Me Honors The Badass in You” to “Unf*ckwithable.”
17. Gaiam Yoga Mat
For both yoga and other fitness routines, this 6mm-thick foam mat from Gaiam is a generous yet compact 68″ L x 24” W, which is ideal for home and studio use.
The mats have a different color or design printed on each side, so you can choose the visuals best suited to your mood. Our teens particularly like how grippy these mats are, preventing the slide experienced with some other brands.
18. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
These earbuds combine headphones security, earbuds’ freedom, and the sound quality we know and love from Beats.
Pair with your Bluetooth device, and you can listen to music, audiobooks, and podcasts, all via controls on each earbud. You can also use voice assistants and take calls via the built-in microphone, so there’s never a need to stop and pick up your device.
Over-ear clips keep the buds firmly in place, no matter what activity you’re enjoying. Two sets of earphones can be connected to one device so you can listen with a friend.
19. Moleskine Smart Writing Pen and Smart Notebook
The Moleskin Smart writing system allows you to take notes with the pen and then seamlessly transfer what’s on the page to your tablet or another smart device. You can then edit, search, and share your notes as you would any electronic document.
A voice notes function allows you to add to or expand upon your original notes and images, and the entire system is compatible with both Android and Apple.
20. Hanes Sport Women's Performance Legging
Clothes can be a tricky buy when it comes to teens, but these leggings from Hanes were a hit with the active and not-so-active guinea pigs in our teen pool.
Made from a polyester and spandex blend, the leggings wick moisture away from the skin and have flatlock seams to prevent chafing, making them an excellent choice for runners, cyclers, and other active teenagers.
21. Cricut Maker Champagne
The Cricut Maker is the must-have craft item for sewing, papercrafts, leatherwork, vinyl, personalized, and even balsa wood and laminating crafts.
With the free Cricut software, you can download patterns and designs or create your own patterns and designs, then send your creations to the machine via Bluetooth. The Maker will then cut, score, draw, or even engrave, depending on the head you are using in the machine.
22. Kolo Sports Roadside Emergency Car Kit
If your 18-year-old girl has a vehicle, then a roadside emergency kit will help keep her a little safer during basic emergencies.
The kit contains jump leads, a puncture repair kit, basic tools, a hi-vis vest, work gloves, a reflective emergency triangle, and more. The flashlight is a squeeze-to-charge model, so you don’t have to worry about batteries running out just when you need them.
23. RBG and “I Dissent” Enamel Pin Set
While she was always a hero to many since her death Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has become an icon. This pin set is a fabulous gift for RBG fans, who can wear their fangirl adoration with pride.
The pin set is made of brass with nickel plating and enamel coloring, with one featuring the Justice herself and the other reading “I Dissent,” referencing her dissension in the case of Bush v. Gore 531 U.S. 98, 144.
24. Elite Gourmet 3-in-1 Breakfast Center
Whether your teen is going away to college, moving out to live with friends, or staying at home, for the time being, the 3-in-1 breakfast center makes it easier for her to start the day in the right way.
This toaster oven, fry pan, and four-cup carafe combo are big enough to cook and brew a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack for one, meaning she’ll always have the chance to create fuel at her fingertips.
25. Temporary Hair Color Wax
All of our 18-year-old girls said they would be interested in trying different hair colors, but not all of them wanted to commit to a permanent color change. Enter the temporary hair color wax from MS. Dear.
It works on all hair types and is available in a range of shades. The wax works like a gel or mousse, holding your hair in place with a vibrant splash of color. It then washes off with one shampoo leaving no trace.
26. USB C & A Power Bank
Charge the USB C Power Bank for approximately 2 and a half hours, and you’ll have enough power to fully recharge your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic devices while you’re out and about or on the go.
With both a USB C and A port, you can charge a wide range of devices, and most can be fully recharged multiple times. A full bank will charge an iPhone six times, a Galaxy S20 four and a half times, or your 15-inch MacBook once.
27. Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Kit
For some bubbly fun, the Mr. Root Beer home brewing kit provides the instructions, root beer extract, “flavor crystals,” yeast, funnel, and four bottles with pressure release caps; all you add are the water, sugar, and time.
You can brew two gallons of creamy, homemade, old-fashioned root beer with the starter kit, and additional supplies to keep on brewing are readily available.
28. Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth Speaker
Produced in the iconic Marshall guitar amps style, this small, light, portable speaker can be used with either a cable or via a Bluetooth connection. Two devices can be connected simultaneously, meaning you and a friend can share your sounds easily.
Excellent sound quality, unique styling, and cool brand association vibes make this the speaker for teens who want to avoid other brands’ mass-market appeal.
29. Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game
Kan Jam consists of two “kans,” which are the goals and a flying disc. Players throw the disc toward the kan and are awarded points for four different types of hits.
The kans are lightweight and fold flat for easy storage but are quick and easy to reassemble any time. It should be a big hit at home or on a college campus.
30. Big Joe Smartmax Milano
Designed and made in the U.S., Big Joe has created the Smartmax Milano chair, giving the beanbag a facelift for the 21st century.
Tough, carefully located stitching gives this chair the structure the original beanbag lacked. Consequently, you can sit on the Smartmax Milano without sliding backward, to the side, or falling off completely.
Meanwhile, the beans inside make this a lightweight, comfortable chair that stays true to the beanbag’s original casual aesthetic.
31. THE COMFY Teddy Bear Wearable Blanket
When the teddy bear jacket arrived, it became an instant hit, so it’s no wonder the Comfy company has produced their signature wearable blanket in Sherpa-lined Teddy fabric.
It’s washable on cold and dryable on low, so the Comfy is as easy to care for as it is to wear.
32. Ellesye Hair Straightener and Curler
With the 2-in-1 from Ellesye, your 18-year-old girl can swap between big loose curls and straight tresses with ease and without having to accumulate multiple styling tools.
Lock this 2-in-1 marvel, and only the rounded, outside plates heat up, allowing you to use it as a traditional curler. Alternatively, unlock, and only the flat internal plates heat so you can straighten as with a traditional straightener.
There are 13 heat settings for additional control, and it’s suitable for all hair types.
33. Amazon.com Gift Card & Gift Box
When you can’t make up your mind what to buy, or if you’re concerned about buying the wrong thing, you can send a physical Amazon gift card in a variety of super cute gift boxes.
We’re fans of the tiny Amazon packaging box, and the faux Amazon Prime padded envelope style tin, but there are cupcake tins, soccer balls, and an interesting range of virtual gift box and card options.
34. Fasmov Cute Nonskid Bookends
Book lovers may appreciate these stylish bookends in the shape of the word, book.
Available in four colors, the base of the bookend slides under your books, keeping them from sliding over on the shelves while the word book is displayed against the final tome. The minimalist design makes these bookends a safe choice for almost any teenager, no matter what style she chooses for self-expression.
35. Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop
You could do worse for the gamers in your life than to pick them up a Razer Blade laptop. Fast, responsive, and available in two RAM size configurations, the Blade renders cinematic visuals with stutter-free movement.
Memory and storage can be expanded, and the Razer Chroma lit keyboard makes for a unique user experience.
36. Adulting Tee Shirt
Something as simple as choosing a t-shirt for an 18-year-old girl can be fraught with missteps. Even if you know she enjoys tees with slogans or salty phrases, there seem to be way too many from which to choose.
That’s why we recommend this adulting t-shirt. Fun, frivolous, but at the same time inoffensive, it has a classic fit to suit almost anyone.
37. Women’s Novelty Socks
For the musician in your life, these cute musically-themed socks could be a practical yet fun gift option.
The package has 12 pairs of socks in various black and white music-themed designs, each of which is topped by a flexible black ribbed cuff. Easy to wash and dry, long-lasting, and above all comfortable, these were a hit with many of our teens.
38. Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer
Since their inception, 3D printers have come a long way, and this Ender 3 model from Creality is the ideal entry-level home 3D printer. The printer is shipped partially assembled and is fully open source, so the user has plenty of scope for hardware personalization.
Swap out the nozzles for different sizes, use various plastics, and utilize pre-made patterns and designs, or your own. This is an excellent printer for the price.
39. Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
A beautiful handmade glass cover hides the inner workings of this whisper-quiet ultrasonic essential oil diffuser.
Fill the water reservoir, and you’ll get four hours of lightly scented, moist air. The timer function means you can choose between 30 minutes, one hour, two hours, or over three hours of use.
40. Gooseneck Phone Holder With Bed Mount
Watching TicToc can quickly become wearing if you have to hold your phone while watching, and trying to film yourself one-handed can be a pain. Enter the gooseneck phone holder that can clip onto a variety of surfaces and can be set at almost any angle.
The non-scratch mount will affix to anything up to 2.36 inches, making it great for clipping to the bedframe and watching what you want well into the night.
41. Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition
Throw Throw Burrito is an entertaining card game with a dash of dodgeball-inspired foam burrito throwing. But now there’s Throw Throw Burrito Extreme.
Play the same card game you’ve come to know and love, but instead of the standard-sized foam burrito missiles, this edition has a pair of three feet tall inflatable burritos to throw.
42. Goodfeel Moon Lamp
Created using NASA satellite images, this 3D printed moon lamp has every bump, lump, and crater you would find if you could shrink the moon down to 5.9 inches and hold it in your hand.
You get four hours of full brightness on a full charge or up to 20 hours on lower light levels, and the USB charging cable means you can recharge from a variety of sources.
The lamp is controlled via light touch, a firmer slap, or the included remote control, and there are 16 light colors from which to choose. When turned off, the moon is white, and it comes with an attractive wooden stand, so it looks good on and off.
43. Twinkle Star Curtain String Light
While some teens choose horizontal strings of fairy lights across the wall and others are sticking strips of LEDs below the ceiling line, our teens were keen to get their hands on these fairy light curtains.
Available in either white or changeable multi-color styles, these curtain string lights have 300 LEDs hanging in 12 strings from a horizontal wire. This will fit an area between 6.6 feet and 9. 8 feet across.
44. Race Conversation Book
Considered a classic in the psychology of racism, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? has been revised and updated to reflect the ever-evolving landscape of racism in today’s U.S.
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum discusses why straight talk is essential if the world is ever going to effectively address and bridge racial divides.
45. White Pots For Succulents
These six ceramic pots are made specifically for mini-succulents and come with a small round bamboo tray for each. A hole in each pot’s bottom allows for effective draining, while the trays prevent drips or water stains from the draining plants.
A mere 2.36 inches in height, the pots are ideal for almost any room, including a dorm.
46. Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Gift Set
This gorgeous gift set from Urban Decay consists of a six-color eyeshadow palette, an Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil, and a tube of eye-shadow primer.
The eye pencil is creamy and blendable while also being waterproof. The eye shadow primer preps your lids for a crease-free all-day color that will last well into the night.
47. Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
For backpacking around the world, hiking into the backcountry for the weekend, hanging out in the yard, or even napping on the porch, this hammock from Wise Owl does the job.
Easy to hang, comfortable to lay in, and simple to keep clean, this hammock is available in 14 color combinations. It also comes in a two-person option that we found was wonderful for sharing with the dog.
48. Dremel Engraver Tool
This Dremel engraver tool’s great grandfather was initially designed as a security tool for marking valuables with your name, address, phone number, or postcode. However, the craftier people among us soon discovered it was ideal for all kinds of personalization and decorative engraving.
Your teen can make her mark on almost any surface, including glass, steel, stone, and ceramics. At the same time, the adjustable dial allows you to engrave to a variety of depths, depending on how fine you want your final result.
49. LilySilk Silk Charmeuse Scrunchy
Scrunchies are back, in a big way, but the latest trend is for the pure silk scrunchie.
This fifteen-piece set contains scrunchies made of high-end mulberry silk in colors ranging from subdued to vibrant. Carefully stitched with substantial elastic, these scrunchies will keep your hair in place without causing the damage associated with tight cotton examples.
Care packages and boxes of snacks are a cute gift, but this tower of snacks takes the concept up a notch.
Your teen will receive six boxes of decreasing sizes from top to bottom, all held together with a beautifully tied ribbon, making this feel like much more of a gift. Inside the boxes, there’s a total of 30 snacks ranging from Chex-Mix, peanuts, and pretzels to Twizzlers, Air-Heads, and Laffy Taffy.