Looking for inspiration for gifts for a high schooler, college kid or recent grad? Take a look at this holiday gift guide for teens and young adults, all gifts at a price point that won’t break the bank.
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2018 Holiday Gift Guide All Under $25
1. Anker Ultra-Compact External Battery with High-Speed Charging Technology
Your student will never run out of battery on their phone if they have one of these compact and super-powerful portable chargers in their backpacks.
2. Avocado Cutter/Slicer
Do your kids love avocados like ours do? This all-in-one tool will revolutionize the way your teen or college student prepared avocados. this does it all, including getting rid of the stubborn pit and is dishwasher safe.
3. Grubhub App and Gift Card
Here’s the perfect gift for your busy teen or college student – a gift card to Grubhub. Once they download the Grubhub app, they can order from their favorite local restaurant and get dinner delivered with just a few key strokes. With over 50,000 restaurants in 1100+ cities, they will have plenty of choices when they cannot face the dining hall ONE MORE NIGHT. P.S. Download the app YOURSELF and order in during this crazy busy holiday season.
4. Photo Snow Globe
Kids love these and teens can make their own with photographs they love.
5. 4-In-1 Adapter
If your teen or young adult has international travel in their future, they will need an adaptor plug to be able to use their phone and laptop. This one uses a color-coded system and works in 150 countries.
6. Anker Bluetooth Speaker
We are a little in love with these mini bluetooth speakers and think your teens will love them, too. It comes in four finishes and has a big sound, especially given it’s 2x2x1 inch size.
7. 4-Piece Packing Cube
When we throw our clothes in a duffle or roller bag, we arrive with a wrinkled mess. These ingenious packing cubes help travelers stay organized and clothes stay neat.
8. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
If you have a teen who is heading to college next fall, this is THE book to make sure they take with them. With great humor, kindness, and a practical outlook, best-selling author Harlan Cohen covers all the sticky situations a freshman is likely to encounter. It is the #1 book in this category for all good reasons.
9. Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier
If your kid attends college in a very dry climate, especially during the winter, having an easy way to add a little moisture into the air will help them through the cold months.
10.Vibrelli Universal Bike Phone Mount Holder
So your kid can keep both hands on the bike handlebars instead of holding their phone.
11.Microwave Pasta Cooker
Genius for kids in dorms or for those who have little time to cook pasta.
12. Tile Mate – Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder
If your teen or young adult is often loosing track of a phone, key or wallet, think about giving them one of these tiny devices that will help track whatever is lost.
13. Crossbody Bag
Never again will your daughter need to juggle a phone, sunglasses, lipstick and ID with this adorable little bag. Available in dozens of cute colors, it can be worn as a cross-body or clipped onto a belt. And did we tell you that it made the list for one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2018?
14.Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone
This slim volume is written with such wit, tenderness and humor, that we are certain your high school or college daughter will thank you for giving it to her this holiday. Author and illustrator Becky Blades wrote this book and created the gorgeous artwork as a good bye letter to her own college daughter. Don’t forget to add your own, personal message at the end.
15. Photo Gifts Looking for a personalized gift for your teen but don’t have a lot of time to order one? Did you know that your local CVS can be your one-stop shop for photo gifts? CVS offers a wide variety of presents and you can build your gift at home and pick it up in the store when you dash in for more wrapping paper and tape. We think an ornament with the family dog would be a treasured gift for years to come.
16. Letters to My Future Self: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.
We put this on our holiday gift guide so kids can create a time capsule for themselves.
17. Letters of Gratitude
We can talk to our kids about being grateful, but here is a great way for them to actually show it. This is on the list for Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018.
18. Microwave Popcorn Maker
With the convenience of microwave popcorn but minus the gross chemicals.
19. Sunbeam Hot Water Dispenser
How cute is this cup-at-a-time hot water dispenser?
20.10 Ft Charging Cable
If you have a kid in college (or soon to be going) a long charger cord may be the single most useful gift you can give them.
21. Mini 4-Inch Waffle Maker
Your waffle-loving kids would be thrilled to find one under the tree.
22. Jack Black Shave Essentials Set
We have become big fans of the Jack Black lip balms and hand lotions and think this shaving set – with skin cleanser, shaving cream and moisturizer (SPF 20) – could be a great gift for your son and a nice way to introduce him to this cool new brand.
23. Sentry Safe
Wallet, passport, valuable jewelry, prescription drugs can all fit snugly.
24. Bed Post Shelf
The convenience of a nightstand for the weirdly elevated height of dorm beds.
25. Card case
These thin leather cases will keep all your grown kids’ important credit and ID cards in one case. They are available in many colors of leather cork, as well.