Brilliant Gift Ideas that 18 Year Old Girls Will Love
She may be moving out of home to a dorm at college or to a home of her own with friends or even a boyfriend. She may still be at home but will be wanting her room be her own space. Even if she is still at home, there will probably be nights when she is not there, perhaps she is staying with friends or even travelling. All this can give clues as to what to buy as a perfect present.
She may be studying so gadgets that will faciliate and help her study are often a good idea. If she is going out to work everyday, what are the kinds of gadgets and stuff she needs to make their working life a little easier.
Looking at the daily life, interests and hobbies of an 18 year old can make it a little easier to find a gift. If you're still stumped for ideas check out some specific gift suggestions and lots more ideas below.
*Please note as an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. This means we may get a small commission for purchases made through amazon links in this article.*
18 is the age that she officially turns and adult, but that doesn't necessarily means she feels like one!
This book will help her gain some knowledge and confidence on how to start navigating the adult world in which she now finds herself.
Some of the topics covered includes excellent general life advice, advice on dealing with friends, neighbours, relationships, careers, cooking, domesticity, getting a job, cooking and maintenance of your stuff.
Read from cover to cover or dip in and out of the book as she pleases.
The Naked Roomate
If she is at college, this is a really fun book to get but also jam packed full with practical information. It has advice and tips on how to deal with all aspects of college life including dorm living, social networking, classes, dating, parties and money.
There are some really great things about this book. Firstly the humour, it's a funny read which makes it easy to pick up and enjoy.
Secondly there are tips directly from college students and it's honest too.
A fantastic book that college students can dip in and out off or read cover to cover.
This is a great gift for a women entering adulthood!
It has some fantastic pieces of advice. She can dip in and out of the book or read it cover to cover.
The book is easy to read and makes a lovely keepsake.
Some of the advice includes:
Marry smart. Don't marry for the money. Beware of marriage advice.
Choose your battles. The fewer the better. Life is not a war.
Park in the shade in the summer and the sunshine in the winter.
18 Year Olds On The Move
18 year olds are likely to stay at friends, move between college and a parent's home or even go traveling. So gifts they can take with them on their travels are often very practical and useful. You can get lots of small portable gadgets from speakers to e-book readers which are perfect, lightweight and easy to take from place to place.
At 18 a travel cosmetic case can be useful to have If they are a sporty girl, its a great gift to have to take any toiletries or make up you want after a shower at the gym. It's also great for taking all your essentials when staying over at friend's houses or weekends away. You can have one which always has smaller sized toiletries in which is ready to take when staying over somewhere without having to pack it first. You could give the case as a gift on it's own or put some of the teen's favourite make up inside. Little bath gels, body sprays and perfumes are also nice to put inside.
Cross-Body, Cell Phone Bag
The gorgeous cross body bag is perfect for 18 year old girls who need something to put her essentials in for a trip or just for everyday use.
The bag featured comes in lots of different colors.
It's very practical. It features an outer cell phone pocket, 6 credit card pockets, 1 ID window, 1 zippered change pocket, 1 slip pocket, 1 large cash bill pocket, removable wristlet strap and removable crossbody strap.
It[s perfect for shopping trips, running errands or just taking the stuff you need out and about.
Bluetooth speakers like the speaker featured are super portable and are handy gadgets to have if you love listening to music. The will stream your music wirelessly via a bluetooth device such as a iphone, ipad or other cellphone or tablet with bluetooth.
It can be used on the go. It will easily fit into a bag to take traveling, on vacation or to a friend's house. It weighs just 1.2 pounds. It could also just be used when listening to music at home in the kitchen or the bedroom. As it's easy to move around to different rooms too.
A fully charged battery will deliver up to 8 hours of playtime.
It also features a built in microphone for hands-free speaker phone calls.
If you are looking for a speaker that's a less expensive than a Bose, there are tons of other options.
One is a shower speaker like the speaker featured.
She can stream her music from her phone or other device and enjoy singing along in the shower. Or take it to the pool or ocean in the summer.
The speaker is super small and lightweight so it's easy to just throw in a bag and take it to listen to music wherever you want.
A Pandora bracelet with charms is also a treasured piece of jewelry for teens this age and not quite as expensive.
18th Birthday Bracelet
Celebrater her 18th birthday with a pretty bracelet featuring 18 dainty 14K gold-dipped beads, with a bead to represent each year of her life.
It's adjustable with a cord which extends from 7 to 8 inches to accomodate most women's wrist sizes.
It makes a nice gift to give on it's own or perhaps as part of a birthday hamper for an 18th birthday.
A unique gift for a special birthday.
Journey is the Reward Pendant
Another inspirational message on a piece of jewelry is the "The Journey is the Reward" pendant featured.
It is engraved on a twisted pendant and it comes in a black velvet gift pouch for gift giving.
It is a lovely message for an 18 year old girl who is just embarking out on her adult journey.
It's also a reminder to enjoy the journey along the way to your goals.
18th Birthday Sterling Silver Necklace
A similar idea to the bracelet feature above is this stering sliver necklace with 18 pretty beads to represent each year of her life so far.
The necklace is beautifully gift wrapped with a special card and ready for giving.
The necklace measures approximately 18.5" and there's a 5 year manufacturer warranty of the chain.
It's a beautiful gift to welcome her into adulthood and the necklace can be worn for many years to come.
Beauty treatment voucher for a salon or pamper / spa day vouchers are winners for women of all ages including 18 year olds.
Hair tools such as wavers, flat irons and curling irons are also good if they don't already have them and like to do their hair.
Another idea is make up. Teens this age probably have some make up but it's always an idea to get them some more. Some brand names to look out for include Benefit cosmetics and Urban decay. Eyeshadow pallets, mascarsa, eye liner and lip gloss are often fairly easy to buy. If you buy higher quality end of make up it's probably more than she normally pays (if we assume most 18 year olds have a little less money than the people who buy for them) and she will appreciate the quality. Just be careful about buying the right shades, a pallet or a selection of colors is often good.
A make up organiser or jewerly tidy is a great gift to help her organize all her make up or jewelry.
Hair Straightening Brush
A hair straightening brush is a really useful beauty tool to have. It will smooth, straighten and flatten your hair giving it extra shine in just a few minutes. Plus it tends to be quicker to use the a flat iron.
It works great on different hair types from very thick to thinner. There are 16 different settings so you don't have to worry about it burning your hair if your hair is thinner but it can be used quite hot for much thicker hair.
The heat up time is 60 seconds and it has and an auto shut off feature for safety too.
The bath bombs featured are handcrafted and are beautifully scented coming in 12 unique different scents.
She will love how she smells after a bath.
They are made of the highest quality natural ingredients to keep you hydrated but will not leave your skin sticky. The ingredients are not tested on animals.
The bath bombs are designed to offer a moisturizing bath.
They are individually wrapped to ensure freshness.
Most 18 year olds will appreciate the luxury of perfume as a gift.
Vera Wang princess is a popular fragrance. It's a light fragrance which is long lasting.
There are obviously lots of other perfumes that you can choose from, check out some bestsellers here.
Burt Bees Gift Set
This Burt Bee's everyday essentials kit contains 5 travel sized products (deep cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, foot cream and lip balm.
The travel sized products are perfect to fit in a wash bag and take on vaction or to college or just to have at home.
It's a great kit to try out some new products as well.
A lovely gift which most ladies will appreciate.
Tech and Accessories
A cover or a case for their gadget
Tangle free / wireless earbuds. Wiress bluetooth headphones are a good choice for women who work out. She can stream music from her phone or other device with bluetooth and she doesn't have to worry about wires getting tangled. If you get headphones with a mic she can also use them to answer phone calls while on the go.
A portable charger - great for when she is out and about and runs out of battery on her phone. It give peace of mind to know there is a back up.
A laptop / phone or tablet stand
A car charger
Small bluetooth speakers
A voucher so they can buy more apps
A wireless keyboard.
Check out some fab accessories below:
If you like this, you may also like some more tech gift ideas
If she often misplaces her keys, wallet or other item, at tile is a must have gadget.
Attach it to the item you don't want to lose such as keys. If you lose it, you can connect to the tile from your phone via bluetooth. The tile will ring out so you can locate the item.
If the item is not within bluetooth range (which is up to 250ft), you can check on the app to see when you last had it.
The Eco dot is a fantastic gadget to have in any teen bedroom.
She can listen to her music via spotify, amazon music or Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. Use voice control to let Alexa know what song you want.
Use it to smart control lights and other devices.
Get news, travel and weather updates. Play quizzes, get TV and movie show times, set alarms and ask questions.
Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms or make an announcement to the whole family
Smart Light Bulb
A smart light bulb which works with Alexa is a brilliant gift to accompany an echo dot.
It will enable her to use voice control to turn on and off the lights.
It also allows her to set the light to different brightness and colors according to her room and her mood.
It's also possible to control the bulb via the merross app wherever she is.
A portable charger is a really useful little gift.
The charger featured is about the size of a lipstick so can easily fit in a pocket or bag.
She will no longer have to worry if she's out and about and her phone runs out of battery. The charger holds over one charge (14 hours talktime) to an iPhone 6, almost one full charge to a Galaxy S6 or one full charge to most other phones.
It's good to give peace of mind that she will always be able to use her phone when the battery is getting low.
Accessories - Bags, Wristlets, Belts and More
There are also some great accessories for everyday use too which also make terrific gifts. Scarves, texting gloves (that she can wear while still texting on her phone), beanie hats or sunglasses are some ideas. She may also have a purse for everyday use. Or what about a wristlet which is perfect for carrying a cellphone, money, keys and the bare necessities when you don't need a big purse.
Nightwear such as pajamas and slippers can make brilliant and useful gifts especially around Christmas time. A robe can be a really practical gift for an 18 year old girl. If they are at college it's great for using while getting ready for going out when friends may be hanging around your room. It's obviously great practically to put on when walk to and from their room to the bath and shower.
Zip ID Case
An ID case is perfect for the college student who has to carry her ID with her.
The little wallet featured is practical in so many ways. It can carry any ID needed but is also perfect for carrying other cards when she doesn't want to carry a bit purse. It will just fit in a pocket.
It features an id window, a compartment for cash or cards and a signature key ring.
Wristlets are brilliant. If she hasn't got one she'll wander why she didn't get one earlier.
They hold your smartphone, cards, money and ID. You can carry them on their own and attach them to your wrist. Or attach them inside of a bigger bag so it doesn't get lost in the bottom.
The Vera Bradley wristlet featured holds an iphone 6. There are slots of cards, money and ID. There are different colors and designs to choose from.
Lily Pulitzer Hands Free Keyring (never lose your keys)
This keyring design is genius.
You can put the wring around your wrist which means your hands are free to carry other items. This is super useful when you're getting out of a car and have to carry bags and other items.
As it's so large, it's really hard to lose this keyring too! It's easy to find if it's fallen to the bottom of a bag or you misplace it somewhere.
These fun socks make the ideal small gift.
She can wear them around the home and maybe she'll get lucky and somebody will bring her chocolate.
If chocolate isn't her favorite, there are similar socks mentioning other foods such as pizza and nachos.
The come in one size, are soft, comfortable and designed to last.
Another idea is to get vouchers for her favourite clothes store.
If you would like her to have something to unwrap, casual clothes such as hoodies, tops and jeans are often easiest to buy. Look to see the style of clothes she is currently wearing to give some idea of what she likes. Make sure you buy the right size and always keep the receipt. Don’t offended if she doesn’t like it either. Accept it may be difficult to get it right.
18th Birthday T-shirts
There are some fantastic novelty items of clothing. Ideas include novelty the-shirts with slogans, fun character onesies, slippers and novelty socks.
One great idea for an 18th birthday is the “Made in 2000 - All Original Parts” t-shirt featured. It comes in several different colors, not just pink. The the-shirt is excellent quality and the slogan has been heat treated and written with printed with new age printing technology.
It’s a fun shirt to wear on at a birthday party or throughout the big day.
The great thing is that unlike other 18th birthday the-shirts, she can wear it through her 18th year and beyond as the recipient will have always been made in 1998.
Gifts for the Car
Check out a couple of great driving gift ideas below.
Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit - great for streaming music in your car
This gadget gives a convenient way to add bluetooth functionality to your car which in turn lets you wirelessly stream music and make hands-free calls provided you have an aux in port.
It is designed to work with speakers which have an auxilliary port.
Use it to play music and audiobooks from your device through the car speaker. .
It will work great in 18 year olds who have a car stereo and who want to stream their music wirelessly from their phone via the speakers in the car.
It's also a hands free unit. So with the built in microphone, it's possible to take calls while you're driving.
Gifts for a driver can be really useful and practical.
Does she have a car that gets quite messy.
If she has trouble keeping the clutter under control than consider getting an organizer.
It can go over a passenger seat and when passenger space is needed simply grab a side handle to swing the organizer to the back of the seat. It can hold all kinds of gadgets.
A water bottle, a phone, sunglasses, umbrella, tablet, a pen, map, tissues, a notebook - whatever she needs to have or transport in her car.
Car Safety Tool
Stuff For Their Space
Amazon Fire TV Stick With Voice Remote
The Amazon Fire TV stick will give her access to lots more TV and music channels through her internet connection.
Simply plug in the fire stick into the back of the television, connect to the wifi and it will allow you to have access to over 7000 apps such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, NBC and lots more.
The best thing about the Fire Stick is the voice remote. You can start and manage content with the included Alexa Voice Remote. Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond immediately. You can also use the voice remote to play music, find movie show times, even order a pizza.
This bed sheflie is a really useful gadget to have on the side of the bed.
It easily clamps onto the bed and no tools are needed. It includes thick felt on touch points on the clamp.
It can hold items with a weight limit of 13 pounds in total. So use it to keep items such as a phone, laptop, cup of coffee, water or a book by the side of the bed.
The bed shelfie is made out of bamboo which is a quickly renewable source so is an eco friendly material
Rapid Ramen Microwave Cooker
Fitness and Sports Gifts
A fitness blaze is perfect for the sporty girl or just for an 18 year old who wants to improve her fitness levels.
It will track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. She can also stay connected with call, text & calendar alerts and notifications from your favorite apps like Gmail, Facebook and more.
Additionally, see simplified heart rate zones for quickly checking exercise intensity during workouts.
And enable connected GPS to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display
A bedrest is a practical accessory to have in a dorm or a bedroom.
It gives extra back support when looking at a tablet, laptop, reading or watching TV on a bed or a couch.
They are lightweight so easy to move between rooms. There is handle on the top for easy transportation as well.
There are different colors including turquoise and pink.
A retro candy box with candy from her childhood is another idea. A movie from the year she was born or a popular one she loved when she was younger is another idea.
OMG I'm An Adult Now
A fab gift for an 18th birthday "OMG I'm an adult now!" mug.
It's a dishwasher and microwave safe.
As well as giving it on an 18th birthday, it could be given as a moving out gift, a secret santa or white elephant gift.
If giving as a birthday gift, you could fill with candy from her childhood or put inside a key ring, money or other small gift inside too.
18th Birthday Poster
This is an interesting conversation starter to have on display at an 18th birthday or to give as a gift.
It gives lots of facts about events that occured in 2004 as well as popular culture information and milestones.
It's on sturdy premium cardstock and measures 8" by 10", (it doesn't come in a frame - although there is nothing to stop you from framing it)
Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By
Turning 18 and moving into adulthood means she will have to start to manage her own money.
Money management is not taught in schools, leading most people to lack financial management skills and knowledge.
This book fills in the gaps.
There's 8 important lessons and 99 principles that will quickly and memorably enhance her money management acumen.
The Freshman Survival Guide
This is a great book to help freshmans make the transistion to college life.
The book is entertaining and very informative, jam packed full with lots of advice on all kinds of topics including studying, food, dating, money, socializing and lots more.
A very helpful Freshman manual for those heading of to or new to college.
18th Birthday Keyring
A lovely keyring with a beautiful inscription to give any person on their 18th birthday.
It will remind her of you when you're not there. The inspirational words on the keyring will have an impact especially when they're given by a special person.
It's made of stainless steel and comes packaged for gift giving in a jewelry box.