2020 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Teens and College Kids

Here is a list of last minute Christmas gifts for the teens, college kids and young adults in your life. We’ve included dozens of new ideas and some of the most popular Grown and Flown gifts this year. Don’t delay as cut-off dates for free or regular shipping are earlier this year for many retailers, beginning week of 12/14.  There are lots of ideas here and as of publication time they are all available. Some are even discounted!

As you finish your shopping, make sure you’re not leaving any money on the table by downloading the free Honey browser extension – it’s a tool that automatically applies coupon codes at checkout to help save time and money this holiday season.

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Last minute Christmas gifts

Phone Sling

Stash your phone is this petite bag that also works as a sleek wallet and features removable crossbody strap for hands-free carry. Dagne Dover is my daughter’s favorite brand for bags. Your daughter will love this one.

UGG Earmuffs

OMG so cute and warm! Socially distancing outdoor just got much easier.

Staples Deals

Your local Staples is a fantastic go-to source for last minute gifts.  Now, save on laptops, monitors, Apple AirPods…..Check out these deals:

Save up to $180 on Select Laptops, Desktops and 2-in-1s at Staples.com!

As low as $94.99 for Select Monitors at Staples.com!

As Low As $129 for Select Apple AirPods This Week at Staples.com!


Athleta is one of our favorite sites for athletic and athleisure wear for tweens, teens, and women.  Their face masks were on the top list by the WSJ so hurry to take advantage of this deal that ends on 12/20.


Buy a Mask, Get 20% Off 1 Item. Use Code MASK20. Restrictions Apply. Ends 12/20

$20 Off All Regular Price Sweaters. Restrictions Apply. Ends 12/24

Strengthening Hair Mask Wild Thang

Mane Club, a new brand of well-priced hair products, has a wide range of gifts to choose from.  Take a look at the hair masks which are very popular.

Air Fryer

Are your teens learning to cook? Well, here’s a shortcut. This air fryer is life altering. It does take up some counter space but it makes life so much easier. You can fry anything and it all tastes delicious with the added perk of not being unhealthy.

air fryer

Collegiate Hoodie

The teens will love these, warm and comfy. Shop Fanatics for all of your #Classof2021 collegiate gear, especially once your son or daughter knows what school they’ll be attending in the fall. Fanatics is the #1 site for more than 500 colleges and universities officially-licensed merchandise.

college hoodies

Collegiate Face Masks

Time to replace some of the old masks or add to the stock with new ones. Fanatics has loads of different styles and designs.

college face masks

Faherty Hoodies for Men and Women

Comfort meets style in the Faherty his and hers Legend Sweater Hoodie. They are made from the softest, stretchiest fabric and in a relaxed fit. We think they are a worthy splurge.

FREE Expedited Shipping over $200!!

Napkin Finance

Here’s a great guide that has received excellent reviews to help your teens gain financial literacy. This is a gift for life!

Napkin Finance

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Hound 

This international bestseller has gorgeous illustrations and tremendous meaning about friendship, kindness and home.

The boy, mole, fox and hound

Fjallraven, Kanken Classic Backpack

Need a comfortable, solidly made and highly functional backpack? Your teens will love this one.


French Press Coffee Pot

Inexpensive, convenient and easy to use and clean. By the way-the coffee is excellent.

French press coffee maker

3 in 1 Charging Station

All in one-tell your kids to put this on their night table and they can charge all of their devices; iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch.

3 in one charging station

Shower Steamers

Enjoy these shower bomb melts. Let’s face it, none of us are getting to the spa any time soon, so bring the spa home. Just lovely.

shower steamer

Cell Phone Stand

I don’t know about you but I am forever looking for a place to lay my phone down especially now that I’m on it all day long. Here is the easy answer.

cell phone stand

Oven Gloves

These beat oven mitts, hands down. They are not bulky and you can actually use your hands when you’ve got these on, without getting burned.

oven gloves


For the student who likes to take notes in a notebook with a pen, but wants to be able to save their notes to a cloud service. Save paper and keep your thoughts and work product perfectly organized.


Hardshell Computer Case

Lots of great colors and terrific protection for your student’s most prized possession, their computer.

hard shell computer case

UGG Slippers

Fashionable and comfortable and the colors are stunning. Your teen will LOVE these.

UGG slippers

Rainbow Wireless Charger 

Help your teen keep their devices charged wirelessly with this adorable, colorful rainbow charger.

rainbow charger

Retro Jewelry Case

School supply storage or make-up storage in this sweet, retro case. get it quick, these are flying off the shelf.

retro jewelry case

Allbirds Shoes for Women and Men

What can we say that hasn’t already been said about these incredible shoes? They are super comfortable and very warm and are available in a wide array or colors and styles.

Allbirds shoes

Allbirds Tree Dasher Shoes

Another great pair of Allbirds, this time mesh running shoes that your son or daughter (or anyone who wants a great fitness shoe) will love.

Allbirds running shoes

Jigsaw Puzzle

We are going to have lots of time at home. What could be more fun than doing a challenging puzzle as a family.

jigsaw puzzle

SmartPhone Phone Soap Sanitizer

One of the most germ laden things we own is our phone. Keep it clean.

phone soap

Instant Camera

Another retro product that your kids will love.

instant camera

Blue Light Glasses

Our students are spending lots of time in front of their screens. These blue light glasses are functional and handsome.

blue light glasses

Ember Smart Mug

Who else is a slow coffee drinker? Help your kids keep their hot drinks hot for hours.

Ember mug

Pura Vida Bracelets 

Your teen will love all the great jewelry they have on this site and the price is right. While they are knows for their bracelets, they have gorgeous rings, earrings, and necklaces.

pura vida

Nail Polish Set

Make a statement with these luscious colors.

Nail Polish Gift Set

Lip Sleeping Mask

Put this lip mask on overnight and wake up with soft, smooth lips.

lip treatment

Reusable Straws

Let’s protect the environment. This makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

reusable straws

Jack Black Lip Balm Set

Lip balm to the rescue-honestly you can never have enough of these. Never.

Jack Black lip balm

Left Center Right Dice Game

Anyone and everyone can play, and take our word for it, this is one fun game.
left center right

Avocado Slicer

Who doesn’t love an avocado? An all in one tool that will split, pit and slice your avocados. Then throw the tool in the dishwasher.

avocado slicer

Paper Airplane Book

Really nice little gift that provides hours of fun.

paper airplane book

Five Year Journal

Have you ever kept or wanted to keep a journal? You and your kids will love this quality, durable journal with insightful questions. And in 2025 you’ll love to read what you wrote during this, the year of the pandemic.

one question a day

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You

Lin Manuel uplifts, inspires, and encourages. One reader says, “Get this book. I promise you that you will Love it!”

Good Morning Good Night Journal Planner Pens

Great quality pen that don’t bleed through and the colors are vibrant.

JOurnal pens

AirPods Cover

This case allows you to see that your AirPods are being charged. It keeps them safe while making it easy to find and tote them around.

AirPods cover

Thinking Putty

Something for your student to do with your hands on those endless Zoom classes. Terrific consistency and you’ll definitely get hooked.

thinking putty

One Step Hair Dryer & Styling Brush

Add volume while smoothing your hair with this amazing tool from Revlon. It may not be a professional blow-out but it’s pretty darn close.

Blue Apron

After months of cooking, a subscription to a meal kit might be just the thing to get you through the coming winter months. Blue Apron gets good reviews and they have options for boxes for 2, vegetarian, and now include wine. Here’s where you can learn more about the gift card option. 

Blue apron

Subscription Boxes

We found some other amazing subscription box ideas for teens and young adults. For more ideas, look at this list. 

Secret Santa Gifts Under $15

Stocking Stuffers for Teens They Will Love

We are always looking for ideas for grad gifts, birthday gifts and little treasures to slip into college care packages. Here are 16 fun ideas to consider the next time you need something for your teen, college kid or young adult. #giftideas #giftsforteens #teenagers #collegegiftideas #collegecarepackages #gifts #giftguide

About Grown and Flown

Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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