Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Teens and College Students (2021)

Are you rushing around trying to find the perfect last minute Christmas gift? We’ve got fantastic ideas for you including the trendy brands your teens and young adults want plus 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 the week of 12/13. We’ve got lots of great ideas here and as of publication they are all available. You can shop last minute online and grab your gifts in person at your local store. No waiting on lines for checkout!!!

See cutoff dates below for delivery schedules.

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Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts

1. Notes to Self Socks

These socks are not only some of the most comfortable and durable ones we have ever owned but their unique affirmative message makes us happy every time we think of our teens wearing them. Choose between cotton or wool and with whatever positive message you want your son or daughter to be reminded of. Spread holiday cheer one step at a time.

Notes to self socks

2. Cosori Air Fryer

An air fryer is really life altering. You can quickly and easily “fry” chicken and it’s just delicious as any fried chicken. There are many on the market but the Cosori is the top-rated one for under $100 and it comes with a recipe book.

Airfryer

3. Jabra Elite 75 Earbuds

Here’s a fantastic choice for earbuds. They fit comfortably and produce great sound with a long-lasting charge and excellent noise-canceling capability. These get top reviews. Save $70 (47% discount).

Jabra Elite 75

4. Kendra Scott Jewelry

Now, save up to 40% on fine jewelry and sterling silver from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous pieces, Kendra Scott.

Through Dec 15, find beautiful Kendra Scott pieces for under $30 here. 

Kendra

5. Athleta

Athleta continues to be one of our favorite sites for athletic and athleisure wear for tweens, teens, and women. Their stuff is supremely comfortable, wears well, looks great and the price point is reasonable. You can order online and pick up at your local store, so you’re sure to have it on time for Christmas. The leggings are all great, but so are the tops. Order online and pick up at your local store.

athleta

Athleta hoodie

6. Nordstrom

Nordstrom has been another winning retailer this holiday season — with their  great customer service and wide selection and availability. There is still time to order and get your gifts before Christmas. Here are some of our favorite things.

Get your items faster with free in-store or curbside pickup. Just enter your zip code to see local pickup locations—in-store pickup of Nordstrom.com items is now also available at some Nordstrom Rack locations.

Black Bootie

We love the sock-like upper in this bootie and the kitten heel height makes this a versatile, easy to walk in, smart looking bootie. This bootie is available in many other styles, too.

kitten heel boot

This Corbet Reversible Quilted Pullover from Marine Layer is on sale in lots of great colors. It’s cozy, great looking and reversible.

Bearaby makes this organic cotton weighted blanket 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!

7. Smiley/Happy Face Slippers

These have been super popular this year because what’s better than your feet being comfy, warm and happy.

Smiley face slippers

8. Zodiac Rings 

If she is into astrology, these are great rings for her! They are made with sterling silver, gold, or rose gold; whichever you prefer. The rings subtly feature the zodiac sign in the center.

zodiac rings

9. Glossier

It hard to pick our favorites form this popular brand because a teen or young adult will love anything from this brand.

The unique blush, “cloud paint,” is available in six shades. But we are just as crazy about this trio of skin salves especially for those in cold, dry climates where we need a thicker moisturizer for skin and lips. Glossier has many scents and colors to choose from in their Balm Dotcalm line.

Glossier cloud paint

skin balm

10. Instant Pot 3 Qtr

For the college graduate, this is the thing. Learning to cook can be challenging, but learning to cook with the InstaPot, not so much. Our young adults will be out of the house most of the day, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a healthy, warm meal at night and it gets expensive to eat out every night. Get them this Instant Pot — it’s miraculous.

Instant Pot

11. Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Everyone will love having Alexa as their Virtual Assistant to check scores, the weather, order a pizza or an Uber, help with homework, play music or sleep-inducing sounds…the possibilities are endless. (Note: Alexa has privacy controls that disconnects the microphone.) *42% off now

Echo Dot 4th gen

12. Bose “Sleepbuds”

For anyone who has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to household noises, or racing thoughts at night, give the gift of a good night’s sleep. These ingenious “Sleepbuds” by audio powerhouse Bose might be THE best gift you could give this holiday season. They play only original content from the Bose Sleep app and the wearer controls the volume and can download other features like a personal alarm. *20% off now

ONE OF OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS FOR 2021!

bose sleepbuds

13. Lululemon

This brand is at the top of many of our daughters’ lists and there are so many items to choose from. Great workout and athleisure apparel but also fantastic accessories. Lululemon has incredibly durable yoga pants that keep their shape for longer than we would have expected. Order online and pick up at your local store.

Lululemon lemon

14. Coach

Another favorite brand…they still have lots of great deals, perfect price point items available like this small wristlet for her or this leather bag for him. Order before December 19. Many colors available, some discounted.

Coach wristlet

Man's Coach

15. Vans Slip-Ons

Vans have been a runaway hit this season. Get yours before they’re gone and they come in many colors. Popular with both guys and young women.

Vans slip ons

16. Vuori

This brands has been hot for the last two years and with good reason; you just can’t find more comfortable joggers for him or for her.

vuori joggers

17. Slim Card Case

Let’s face it, the only thing young people need to carry around are an ID and a credit card. Cash is out and minimalist card cases are in. This one by Leatherology has fantastic colors, is well-made and you can get it with RFID blocking (radio frequency identifier).

leatherology card case

18. Alo workout gear

You can never have enough workout clothing and Alo is a super-popular, trendy brand right now. Their yoga pants are incredibly comfortable and there are so many other cute things on their site.

alo yoga

19. 2 in 1 Charging Station

Your teens can use this fast-charging station on their night stand or desk will be able to charge iPhones and AirPods quickly, at the same time.

Belkin charger
20. UGG Slippers

Fashionable and comfortable, with 17 cute color options. Your teen will LOVE these.

UGG slippers

21. Allbirds Shoes and Apparel for Guys

What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the incredible Allbirds shoes? They are super comfortable and available in a wide array or colors and styles. Allbirds also has a great selection of apparel and accessories which you can find in the Gift Guide for Guys and the Gift Guide for Women.

Before December 20th, select 2-Day Shipping at checkout and you’re guaranteed delivery by the 24th. PLUS $15 off code: SDMKTGPERF-HOLIDAYS21 with guarantee shipping by 12/24! (If order is placed by 12/21.) Deadline 12/21 for offer. 

Allbirds running shoe

22. Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Camera

Another retro product that you will love is this instant camera by Fujifilm. It is the top-rated one in the market and is available in three colors. We love the blue.

Instamax

23. Ember Mug

Who else is a slow coffee drinker? Help your teens keep their hot drinks hot for hours with this app-controlled smart mug. Available in white and black.

Ember mug

24. Pura Vida Bracelets 

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

pura vida

25. 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. This case is for AirPods. If your teens have the AirPod Pros, get this case, instead.

AirPods cover

26. 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.


27. Laptop Lap Desk

Our teens are always on their laptops and are often working somewhere other than a desk. This laptop lap desk has been a big hit this Christmas season.

28. Everlane

Everyone seems to love Everlane’s comfortable clothes. Can’t leave the guys out of the “shacket” craze with the ReNew Fleece-Lined Heavyweight Overshirt. And here’s a great little bomber for her called the ReNew Teddy Bomber but it’s selling quickly.

Shop more Everlane gifts for her here .

Shop more Everlane gifts for him here.

Shop discounts.

Everlane jacket for him

Everlane

29. NCAA Hoodies and More

Dick’s Sporting Goods has a great deal on NCAA hoodies ($20-$25) and they guarantee delivery by 12/24 with orders placed by 12/15.  You can also order online and pick up in-store if you are lucky enough to have one of the 854 stores nearby.

Dicks' sporting goods hoodies

30. Bean Bag Chair

Teens love to have a comfy spot to text with friends, read or watch TV. Pottery Barn has a wide range of bean bag chairs, many on sale for as much as 50% off, and order by Dec 21 for delivery by the 24th.

pottery barn bean bag chair

31. Anker Phone Charger

Teens and college students are on the go all day, and night, and the last thing they need is a dead phone battery. This slim and lightweight charing device by Anker would make a great gift. Look for the latest model if you teen has recently upgraded their phones.

Anker portable battery charger

32. She’s Birdie Safety Device

This safety device has been a top seller this holiday season and it is not hard to see why. To activate, remove the top pin and a pound siren and flashing strobe lights will create a diversion.

birdie alarm

33. Cratejoy

Here is your one-stop shop for subscription boxes and Cratejoy has something for everyone on your list. Use code SHIPSFREE on select boxes and take a look for those that arrive before Christmas.

munchie crate

34. More Subscription Boxes

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

35. YETI Cooler

YETI coolers are legendary and this one, the Roadie 24 Hard Cooler, holds 24 pounds of ice or 18 cans of their favorite beverage. They can also be customized with MLB or NCAA logos. LOVE THAT!

NOW – YETI’s shipping cutoff to arrive by Christmas morning is 1 PM ET on December 20 – and YETI is offering free express shipping to ensure it makes it under your tree!

yeti cooler

36. Quilted Puffer Zip Up Jacket

This adorable jacket is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Puffer

37. Cashmere Travel Wrap 

This travel wrap is as soft and luxurious as it gets. White and Warren’s bestseller for 20 years. The color selection is amazing.

White and Warren wrap

38. Oversized Full Zip Hoodie

The guys will love this. Lots of sizes left and 20% off.

Hollister hoodie

39. Family Game Night 

If you’re looking for games that your tweens, teens and young adults love playing click the link above. And here are some other games that your family will love.

Delivery Dates 

USPS Shipping Deadlines:

  • Retail Ground: Dec. 15
  • First-Class Mail: Dec. 17
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 18
  • Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23

UPS Shipping Deadlines:

  • Ground: Check the UPS website
  • 3-Day Select: Dec. 21
  • 2nd Day Air: Dec. 22
  • Next Day Air: Dec. 23

FedEx Shipping Deadlines:

  • Home Delivery or Ground: Dec. 15
  • Express Saver or 3-Day Freight: Dec. 21
  • 2-Day: Dec. 22
  • 1-Day Freight or Extra Hours: Dec. 23
  • Same-Day: Dec. 24

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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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