Gifts to give to a girl turning 20

Updated March 29, 2017

Finding the perfect gift to please a 20-year-old woman is simple once you understand her interests. Although you could go with generalisation, a gift tailored to her tastes and personality will be most appreciated. Although she has not yet reached the official adult milestone birthday of 21, she has left her teenage years and is likely to have developed strong opinions about what she does and does not like. Match your gift to her hobbies to really please her on her birthday.

Book Worm

If she enjoys reading, the gift of a well-chosen book will be well received. Find out her favourite author or have a look at a large bookstore's best-sellers' list to gain inspiration. Alternatively, purchase a gift token for a safer option. If she also enjoys gadgets, an e-book reader will allow her to read on the move and save all her books to one small hand-held device, leaving her more room in her purse.

Pamper Princess

For girls who love to take care of themselves, there are a whole host of gift options available. From a beauty gift basket, manicure set or a new curling iron, choose a gift with attractive colours or nice packaging that will sit well on her dressing table. For an added touch of luxury, purchase a gift token to a spa or local beauty salon where she can choose a suitable pampering treatment for ultimate relaxation.


Many 20-year-old girls enjoy wearing and experimenting with the latest fashions. Although you may not know which designer purse or staple heels she covets this season, a gift token for her favourite store will allow her to shop guilt-free. If you would rather purchase a gift item, smaller accessories such as earrings or a bracelet are easier to choose, as you do not need to guess her correct clothes sizes. If she loves to lounge by the pool with a magazine in the summer, purchase a fashion or beauty magazine subscription instead.

Career Woman

If she has already began to carve out a career or is in her final years of study, purchase a gift that will incorporate her ambitions. An elegant purse that is suitable for the office, a notebook laptop or professional stationery are all useful gift items. If her career will involve her travelling or she plans to travel after study, chic luggage tags or a leather passport cover are cheaper gift alternatives.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.