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20 Best Gifts for Women in Their 20s

Trendy finds for college students and young professionals.

Headshot of Brigitt EarleyBy Brigitt Earley
best gifts for women in their 20s

Come the holidays or a big birthday, chances are you'll hear a lot of chatter like "my friend has everything—she's just so hard to shop for" or "I have no idea what to get my sister." Here's a little secret: There's hardly anyone out there who's actually easy to shop for. But that's no knock on our loved ones. We're so determined to get just the right gift that we can lose sight of the one thing that can truly make the task of shopping for a present a little bit less taxing—honing in on what makes our bestie, sister, or even acquaintance feel happy and fulfilled.

Before shopping for a gift for the woman in your life, think about what they spend the bulk of their free time doing. Do they run or hit the gym to destress? A cool pair of sneakers or luxe leggings will do the trick. Or maybe they really thrive when they're experimenting with the latest and greatest beauty products—like a red light therapy face mask, perhaps? Of course, there are also plenty of great options for the budding fashionistas out there, including zodiac-inspired jewelry, huggies, or a trendy cellphone case that doubles as a crossbody bag.

To help you zero in on the perfect pick for your loved one, we curated this list of nearly two dozen fail-safe options. Whether a sister or a best friend, college students or young professionals, you really can't go wrong with these great gifts for women in their 20s.

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Best Jewelry

Huggie Hoop Earrings

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Best Jewelry

Huggie Hoop Earrings

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A trendy pair of huggies is universally loved—and this one, a unique twist of gold, comes at the perfect budget-friendly price point.

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Lip Tint Premium Gift Set

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Lip Tint Premium Gift Set

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A full suite of natural lip tints will delight the cosmetics lover. After all, she'll have one to keep in every purse.

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Oprah's “The Life You Want” Planner and Gratitude Journal

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Oprah's “The Life You Want” Planner and Gratitude Journal

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The 20s are a time of transition and growth, and this duo—a gratitude journal and a planner—can help the young woman you know and love manifest her goals and dreams.

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Hot Sauce Variety Pack

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Hot Sauce Variety Pack

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One of Oprah's long-standing favorite things, this hot sauce trio will add just the right amount of spice and umami to all her favorite foods.

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Sonoma Lavender Lavender Spa Mittens

Lavender Spa Mittens
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Sonoma Lavender Lavender Spa Mittens

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Help her get extra cozy on the couch plus level up her at-home manicure all at once with these Oprah-approved spa mittens. The ultra-soft gloves heat up in the microwave or cool down in the freezer—the choice is entirely hers.

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SKIMS Outdoor Rhinestone Leggings

Outdoor Rhinestone Leggings
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SKIMS Outdoor Rhinestone Leggings

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These flattering Barbie-pink leggings have something your average pair doesn't: a smattering of eye-catching rhinestones to make her feel extra fancy—even during a workout.

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Bavcieu Sunset Lamp

Sunset Lamp
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Bavcieu Sunset Lamp

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This trendy sunset lamp offers 16 colors and can be rotated 360 degrees, so she can select just the right vibe for whatever task is at hand—studying, relaxing, or a morning yoga session.

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Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

Quencher H2.0 FlowState Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
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Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

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Can you ever really go wrong with what is quite possibly the world's trendiest water bottle? (Yes, really... thanks to TikTok, a water bottle can actually be a trendy accessory.)

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Varley Vine Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Vine Half-Zip Sweatshirt
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Varley Vine Half-Zip Sweatshirt

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Bring on the cozy vibes with this quarter-zip from one of the brands this age group loves the most: Varley. The soft pullover is ripe for lounging, errands...or, really, whatever the day brings her way.

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Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush

The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush
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Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush

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Softer, straighter, shinier strands in less time? Now that's a great gift—and it's exactly what she'll get with this travel-friendly heated brush.

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MZ Wallace Metro Belt Bag

Metro Belt Bag
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MZ Wallace Metro Belt Bag

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Another big-time hit with women in their 20s? Belt bags—especially one like this quilted go-with-anything option from MZ Wallace that keeps hands free and daily essentials close at hand.

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Best Beauty Set

Fresh-Faced Set

Fresh-Faced Set
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Best Beauty Set

Fresh-Faced Set

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For the woman who loves a fresh-faced no-makeup look, choose this set of three must-haves from cult-favorite Glossier. Futuredew offers an dewy glow, Boy Brow tames those brows, and Balm Dotcom adds a kiss of moisture to the lips.

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Best Gift for Best Friend

Case-Mate Crossbody Phone Lanyard

Crossbody Phone Lanyard
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Best Gift for Best Friend

Case-Mate Crossbody Phone Lanyard

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You heard it here first: These crossbody phone cases are all the rage in Europe and headed stateside fast. Add a stick-on wallet to the mix, and all of the sudden she's got a complete purse without the extra weight.

You simply can't go wrong with a pair of trendy sneakers she can wear on her way to college classes, during errands, or even on the basketball court with a group of friends.

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Best Gift for the Hard-to-Buy-For

Skin Gym WrinkLit LED Mask

WrinkLit LED Mask
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Best Gift for the Hard-to-Buy-For

Skin Gym WrinkLit LED Mask

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Another great gift for beauty lovers, this LED face mask is one of those things everyone wants but doesn't necessarily splurge on for themselves.

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Best Gift for Sister

Natalie B Jewelry Redone Zodiac Vintage Necklace

Redone Zodiac Vintage Necklace
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Best Gift for Sister

Natalie B Jewelry Redone Zodiac Vintage Necklace

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The astrology-obsessed will be forever grateful to have this beautiful pendant close to their heart.

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Vanity Planet Aira Ionic Facial Steamer

Aira Ionic Facial Steamer
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Vanity Planet Aira Ionic Facial Steamer

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If monthly facials aren't in the budget, this small but mighty device will be her new BFF (besides you, of course!). It offers the same beauty and relaxation benefits, but she'll have access to it 24/7.

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Jenny Bird Evil Eye Bracelet

Evil Eye Bracelet
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Jenny Bird Evil Eye Bracelet

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Help your bestie ward off evil spirits—or just look super cute—with this dual-chain gold bracelet.

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Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Sandals

Arizona Essentials Sandals
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Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Sandals

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There's no doubt these playful sandals will be her new go-tos. They're not only easy to slip on, but they're also made of PVC, making them virtually stain-proof.

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Sculpd Abstract Canvas Painting Kit

Sculpd Abstract Canvas Painting Kit
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Sculpd Abstract Canvas Painting Kit

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For something a little different, opt for this DIY kit, which encourages her to tap her creative side to create a unique abstract painting she can hang in her dorm room or apartment.

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Brigitt Earley
Contributing Writer

Brigitt is a writer, editor and craft stylist with nearly 15 years of experience. She specializes in lifestyle topics, including home, health, parenting, beauty, style, food, entertaining, travel and weddings. She has written for Glamour, People, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and more.

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