49 Christmas Gifts For Her: Teens and College Students (2021)

I’ve always loved Christmas shopping for my daughter as I can think of so many cute and practical things for her, many that I would secretly love to have myself! If you have a daughter, niece or other special young woman in your life, here are our favorite holiday gifts for her, 2021.

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Favorite  2021 Christmas gifts for teen girls and young women


This brand is at the top of many of our daughters’ lists and there is so much more than leggings to choose from. Great workout and athleisure apparel but also fantastic accessories, too. They are incredibly durable cloths and keep their shape for longer than we would have expected. Expensive but worth the price.

Lululemon lemon

2. Hario Cold Brew Bottle

We have this and love it. Fill up the filter with coffee, put water in, shake and leave in the refrigerator. The next morning you wake up to a delicious cup of cold brew.

3. Personalized Stationery

A personal touch goes a long way which makes personalized stationery an extra thoughtful and practical gift. Thanks to Minted, the options are beautiful, too. With hundreds of unique designs printed on luxe paper and a complimentary gift box, you’ll get a lot of thanks (maybe even handwritten!) for this choice.

personalized notes

4. Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt  

Project Repat T-Shirt quilts are consistently one of the most popular gifts in our G&F community. Transform a stack of your teen’s t-shirts into a practical and sentimental gift with the help of Project Repat. This is especially nice for a soon-to-be high school grad who will be able to take a bit of home with her to college.

project repat

5. Weighted Blanket

Bearaby makes organic cotton weighted blankets in three weights and five beautiful colors. We hear great things about how weighted blankets help people sleep better and feel calmer. These are so pretty, too!

Bearaby Napper

6. Cariuma sneaker

If your daughter is in search of a cool white sneaker, or you can’t wait to see her get rid of the ones that are beyond reclaiming with a good wash, the Cariuma is for her.

While we love the simplicity of this slightly off-white hue, they’re also available in 10 other shades, all adorable. These are not the least expensive shoes on the market, but they are way less than Golden Goose and will never go out of style.

cariuma white sneakers

7. Laptop Sleeve

You bought your daughter an expensive laptop that she depends on for school and uses every day. Now, make sure she keeps it safe from spills and other damage with this snug-fitting and affordable laptop cover. Tomtoc sleeves are available in several colors and sizes for different laptop sizes. PLUS, they get great reviews.

laptop sleeve

8. Kyle Cavan Jewelry

We have absolutely fallen in love with Kyle Cavan, whose collegiate jewelry pieces are elegant and true keepsakes. They have chosen iconic buildings and retro logos to create lovely necklaces, bracelets, and more. Your college daughter will LOVE this. 20% off with code MILESTONES; valid through 12/31 @ 11:59 PM ET.

9. Lap Desk

This lap desk comes with a ledge to keep her laptop from slipping, and a space for a mousepad and phone holder. This well-priced desk is available in six colors.

lap desk

10. Heated Sherpa Blanket 

This heated blanket from Sunbeam is ideal for staying extra warm during the winter months. With three heat settings and an auto-shut-off function, it is also machine washable.

heated blanket

11. Do Your Laundry

This is our very favorite book to give any adulting teen. Filled with practical, and very funny, advice from author-illustrator Becky Blades to her two daughters, this is a perfect gift for your own daughter this Christmas.

Do Your Laundry

12. InvisaWear Safety Enabled Accessories

Sending a daughter off to college is a scary feeling for most parents but sending her off with one of these ingenious safety devices can make both daughters and parents feel more assured.

Launched in 2018 by Rajia Abdelaziz, who was motivated by an episode where she felt unsafe, the powerful safety mechanics are disguised in keychains, bracelets, necklaces, hairbands and scrunchies. Download the app, pair jewelry and phone, select five people who will be notified if the device is activated. A 911 and ADT feature is FREE and also available.


13. Light Therapy Lamp

Winter days are short and can be dreary and we leave the house fewer times, especially when we work or study at home. This light therapy lamp is the #1 recommended lamp by the New York Times, CNN, USA TODAY, and others and will provide simulated sunlight in a healthy way. Adjustable stand and two light settings.

light therapy

14. Mini Fridge for Make-Up or Snacks 

If there is a cuter fridge out there, we have never seen it! The Cooluli is portable, runs on AC or DC, and can even be plugged into a car. It also operates as a warmer. Great to keep at a study or work-from-home space, to grab a snack between zoom events. Available in many popular colors.

mini cooler

15. Lokai Bracelets

We think these simple bead bracelets are lovely and when we read about the founder’s story and saw how many bracelets he created to honor and contribute to worthy charities, we were even more excited to feature them on this Christmas Gifts for Her list.

Use code word GFFamilyandFriends on checkout for 20% off as we are Ambassadors.

lokai bracelets

16. Glossier Cloud Paint

Glossier is a favorite cosmetics line and this unique blush, “cloud paint,” is something any teen or young woman would love to try. Available in six shades.

Glossier cloud paint

17. Glossier Skin Salve

In the winter, especially in cold, dry climates, we need a thicker moisturizer for skin and lips. Glossier has many scents and colors to choose from in their Balm Dotcalm line.

18. Terry Jogger and Hoodie

We are in love with Everlane and think these Terry joggers and matching hoodies look like the sort of thing teen girls would want to live in all holiday long. Look for them in the Everlane Lounge Shop. Available in plum, green, and this red, known as “cayenne.”

Terry joggers

19. Himawari Waterproof Laptop Backpack

This super-functional, well-priced, and adorable laptop backpack has loads of interior pockets which will appear to any girl who values a well-organized design. It’s available in dozens of color and size combinations, too.

Himawari backpack

20. The Comfy

What is it about these oversized lounging hoodies-personal blankets that have become so appealing to our teens and college students? Maybe it’s that Comfys are the security blankets that we could all use for the 2021 holidays!

women in comfy

21. OOMBRA Bra

This comfortable bra for your teen was developed by a pediatrician when she realized what her young patients needed. Available in multiple colors and prints with two strap styes, the OOMBRA comes in six sizes.


22. Air Purifier

Cleaning the air of dust mites, mold spores, allergens, odors, pet dander, and smoke, the Levoit air purifier is a top pick for small spaces.

Levoit air purifier

23. Camera Style Crossbody

Inspired by camera bags, these new crossbody bags are available in 10 trendy shades. They have 3 outside zippered pockets and two interior compartments making it easy to keep phones, wallets, keys, sunglasses and more easily accessible.


crossbody bag

24. Kendra Scott Jewelry

We are loving the beautiful jewelry pieces we see at Kendra Scott. Find bracelets, earrings, necklaces that you can customize with different stones and metal selections. Shop the KS gift guide here.

Kendra Scott

25. Olay Facial Electric Cleansing Brush

This popular and well-reviewed facial brush is suitable for any skin type and can deep clean by unclogging pores and removing make-up residue. With two intensities, it can be used as both a cleanser as well as a way to intensify a moisturizer.

Olay facial cleaning Brush

26. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Your daughter will be thrilled when she opens a package to discover a Hydro Flask water bottle inside. It is our favorite brand for water bottles and they are available in a wide range of pretty colors, sizes and styles.

hydro flask

27. Allbirds Shoes

We love these shoes, our kids love these, too. We include them here as holiday gifts for girls but they are great for any family member. They come in lace-up, pull on and boot styles in loads of amazing colors. Allbirds now has running shoes that are perfect for both everyday wear and working out.

NEW – $15 off code: SDMKTGPERF-HOLIDAYS21 with guarantee shipping by 12/24! (If order is placed by 12/21.) Deadline 12/21 for offer. 

Allbirds slip ons

28. Allbirds Clothing

Allbirds has launched an apparel line that includes t-shirts, sweaters, puffer jackets, and more, all amazingly popular just like their off-the-charts successful shoes. Now shop for socks, undergarments, apparel all at Allbirds.

all birds wool cardigan

29. Notes to Self- socks with a message 

Notes to self socks offer words of encouragement and are available now in pretty gift boxes. Who wouldn’t love comfy, new and matched socks, especially when they provide a little inspiration to get you daughter’s day off to the right start?

30. Fuji Mini Printer

This is an easy way that your daughter can print photos from her phone by using Bluetooth. This printer is also perfect for hanging up photos on string lights.

fuji mini printer

31. Uniqlo Lightweight Down Jacket

Uniqlo has made ultra light down jackets, cardigans, and vests for more than a decade which speaks to their great combination of functionality, style, and price points. We love all the different styles and colors.

32. Cosmetics and Jewelry Organizer

This beautiful travel case is an ingenious way to organize jewelry and cosmetics and store them all is one space when you are on the go. Made of vegan leather, it is available in seven colors.

travel makeup case

33. Silicone AirPods Pros Case Cover

Don’t forget to add a protective case cover like this one, available in many colors, that will help keep the case (and AirPods inside) from being scratched or damaged.

Air Pods Pro cover

34. Orolay Down Coat

We cannot begin to explain how or why this coat became a viral sensation two years ago but, take our word for it, it won the Internet then and remains popular. Lucky for parents, it is a fraction of the cost of the high end jackets (hello, Canada Goose) and comes in 13 colors.

down coat

35. Car Phone Holder

More than anything, we want our teens to be safe, especially when they’re driving. This very-popular phone holder sticks on the car’s dash or window and can be adjusted to an angle that makes it easy for your daughter to use her phone hands-free.

phone holder for car

36. Puravida Jewlery

These trendy bracelets are made by artisans all over the world. Create unique combinations of jewelry that feature your daughter’s favorite colors.

Take a look at the Puravida engravable pieces, too. So lovely!

37. Hair Dryer/Styler

This hair drying tool by Revlon has become a favorite in the Grown and Flown community and here’s why — you can dry your hair in less time than with a conventional blow dryer and shape it with the built-in round brush as you dry it. Your daughter will love this new dryer and it might not be something she would splurge on herself — a perfect gift.

blow dryer styling brush

38. Wireless Earbuds

This is the #1 tech gift that teens are asking for this year and this pair, the Jabra Elite 75T, gets the highest marks from reviewers. Once charged, they will last for over 5 hours. These fit snugly in the ear and are excellent for working out.

Jabra Elite 75

39. Bean Bag Chair

Give your daughter a comfy place to hang out in her bedroom with one of these very cute bean bag from Pottery Barn teen.

40. Everlane Sweater

Everlane is an online store with a fantastic shop in Manhattan. It’s always been one of our favorite spots to buy classic pieces (for guys or girls), including this sweater in lovely cobalt blue.

41. External Battery Charger

There is NO better safety device for your daughter than a charged phone and this one is exceptional. It’s high-speed, lightweight, and compact.

anger small charger

42. Lululemon Backpack

These backpacks are both stylish and functional, from one of our teens’ favorite brands. Great for school or to take to the gym.

lululemon backpack

43. Zodiac Rings

These delicate, slim rings have become wildly-popular this holiday season.

zodiac rings

44. Black Bootie

We love the sock-like upper in this bootie and the kitten heel height makes this a versatile, easy to walk in, bootie.

kitten heel boot

45. Initial Jewelry

This trendy bracelet featuring your daughter’s initial is so cute – this is something she could wear alone or with other bracelets, too.


46. L.L. Bean Slippers

Your daughter will LOVE wearing these fleece-lined slippers this winter and will appreciate having such a comfy warm shoes to wear especially in her cold dorm room when she returns for spring semester.

LL bean Mocs

47. Dual Charger for Phone and AirPods

This wireless charger stand by Belkin will quickly charge her phone, including newest model 13, and AirPods at once.

Belkin charger

48. Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them

We have loved this book and were thrilled to be able to interview the author, Dr. Meg Jay, about the revised and updated version of her bestseller. This book is for your twenty-something daughter who might be surprised to discover why this decade is so consequential and how to make every day count.

Defining Decade

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