Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Teens and College Students (2024)

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to send a college care package or surprise your kiddo with a small but unique gift. Sending one of these presents is a way to show your older kids that you are thinking of them on this day of love…and every day.

Valentine’s Day is this WEDNESDAY – there’s still time to shop from this list of super-popular gifts:

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Best Valentine’s Day gifts for teens and college students

1. Stress Balls (Amazon)

stress balls

Perfect for college students: this pack includes a dozen smiley heart stress balls so your teen can share with their friends.

2. Anker Power Charger (Amazon)

There is nothing harder to deal with than a dead phone when you are on the go and cannot easily plug your phone into a wall jack. This compact and powerful charger was wildly popular during the holidays and is available in five colors.

If your teen has an iPhone 15, here’s where you find the Anker charger that is compatible with three phone. Same great features and pretty colors.

3. Wicked Good Cupcakes (Wicked Good)

We love these cupcakes in a jar, and you can choose among yummy flavors like red velvet, salted caramel, cookies and cream and so much more!

4. Heart Designed Press-On Nails (Amazon)

How cute are these nails? The package includes 24 pieces of heart fake nails and jelly glue stickers.

5. Rugged and Dapper Lip Balm (Amazon)

rugged and dapper

This was incredibly popular for a stocking stuffer this past Christmas and we know if would be an equally popular gift for Valentine’s Day.

6. Fresh Flowers (Bouqs)

Receiving flowers is a thrill and at online shop Boqus, find a variety of arrangements, with or without vases, as well as plants.

Use code SCOREBIG to save 25% on Valentine’s Day Bouqs.

7. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Amazon)

The boy, mole, fox and horse

This book is an international best-seller by British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy and is filled with a powerful message about home, kindness, and friendship.

8. Sol de Janeiro Lip Butter (Amazon)

This is ideal for having nourished and moisturized, smooth, soft lips. This flavor has notes of caramelized vanilla and toasted macadamia.

9. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Amazon)

lip treatment

This super-popular lip treatment would make a fantastic gift for a teen who loves trendy beauty products.

10. Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set (Amazon)

Your daughter can create cults without damaging her hair with this bestselling set of satin hair curlers.

11. Sol de Janeiro Delicia Drench Body Butter (Amazon)

This new body butter from super-popular Sol de Janeiro brand might be just want your daughter needs, especially if she is in a cold climate which can brutal to skin.

For a less expensive but also wonderful gift from Sol de Janeiro, here are the hair and body fragrance mists. 

12. Touchland Mist Hand Sanitizer Spray – Rosewater Scented (Amazon)

This award-winning spray sanitizer has blend of rose petals,  blackcurrant buds and a refreshing infusion of rosewater that makes it much more likely to be used than any hum-drum medicinal smelling sanitizer.

13. Rechargeable Hand Warmers (Amazon)

Trudging across campus in frigid cold weather can made a tiny bit warmer with these rechargeable hand warmers. Available in eight colors. BRRR

14. Silicone Popcorn Popper (Amazon)

Make four cups of popcorn in this collapsible, silicone popcorn maker. The lid serves as a measuring cup for the popcorn; place in a microwave for 2-4 minutes, no oil needed.

15. Hanes Ecosmart Hoodie for Men (Amazon)

Super-soft and fleecy hoodie that is available in 30 colors. Find women’s Hanes hoodies here.

16. Heart-Shaped Shower Steamer Set (Uncommon Goods)

heart-shaped shower steamer

If you like the idea of shower steamers but want something more Valentine’s Day themed, these are also great and so pretty.

17. Mother-Daughter Bracelet Sets (Amazon)

Do you have a daughter in college, or heading to college next year? The sentiment in this sweet bracelet says it all.

18. Kendra Scott Valentine’s Day Jewelry Collection (Kendra Scott)

We think any of these beautiful inspired-by-Cupid pieces would make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. There are gorgeous earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings that your daughter would love to wear year-round — available in sterling silver and various gold finishes.

19. Squishmallows Francine Purple Frog (Amazon)

Love the variety of Squishmallows to choose from – this cute purple frog caught our eye

20. Crocs Mellow Recovery Slides (Amazon)

For a different Crocs experience, consider the Mellow Slides which offer “sink in comfort,” which would be perfect after a long day of running around and/or working out. They are designed to channel water away so they would be great for anyone using a gym and/or communal bathroom. Available it multiple colors.

21. Godiva Chocolates (Godiva)


Need we say more? These chocolates from Godiva would be a wonderful gift for your teen, college student, or anyone you are shopping for. Chocolates are one of THE classic Valentine’s gifts, and Godiva has a wide variety of chocolate candies.

22. Truffle Kit  (Uncommon Goods)

chocolate truffles

If you are looking for an experience gift, consider this truffle-making kit. Ask them to share with you when they’ve finished a batch of these delicious-looking chocolate truffles. Ingredients and recipes are included. Perfect for any teen with a sweet tooth who loves to bake.

23. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster Uncommon Goods)

movie scratch off poster

Movie lovers would enjoy scratching off each movie as they see them. This is a fun idea for teens who enjoy watching classic films and newer releases.

24. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small (Amazon)

Here are 1000 adventures for teens and young adults. This book is a great gift idea for anyone who loves to travel or plans to do so this summer.

25. Subscription Box (Cratejoy)

Thera box

Subscription boxes from Cratejoy are available for guys and girls with themes that match all interests. The selection is fantastic! Here are some of the best subscription boxes from 2024 which is a great place to shop for one of the most original Valentine’s gifts we can think of.

26. College Alumni Association

Is your college student looking ahead a few short months toward graduation? One of the longest-lasting perks of being a college graduate is becoming a member of a college or university alumni association. Spring for membership and let them take advantage of privileges, including discounts, career support, and networking.

27. Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy Eau de Parfum (Target)

Here is a sweet perfume from super-star Ariana Grande.

28. Three-Piece Satin PJ and Pillow Case Set (Target)

Love this Valentine’s gift idea from Target – Available in four different colors. Machine washable.

29. Birth Month Flower Heart Necklace (Uncommon Goods)

These beautiful necklaces are so cute and preserve the dried flower of your teen’s birth month in a clear, eco-friendly, vegetable resin.

30. Amazon Prime Student 6-Month Trial (Amazon)

Amazon’s college student program offers your teen or young adult nnlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping (with no minimum order size)  as well as exclusive deals and promotions for college students. Gently move them off YOUR Prime account and into their own.

31. Valentine’s Sweater (Target)

This red and pink fuzzy pullover sweater is perfectly cute for Valentine’s Day but can also be worn throughout winter.

About Mary Dell Harrington

Mary Dell is the co-founder of Grown and Flown, the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. She started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and is co-author 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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