Christmas gifts are only as good as how well they suit who they’re chosen for. Whether you’re a parent, a friend, a SO, or a colleague of someone in their ’20s, we can probably admit that finding gifts for people in this age group is mildly confusing since you’re gifting to people who are technically adults but still want fun gifts. A Pyrex baking tray probably won’t be as appreciated by your 20-something giftee versus your 30-something giftee.
Here’s the thing though, like all people, every 20-something is different. We’re all into different things and we’re (almost) as loud and proud about it as we were in our teens. This makes picking out a gift easier since there’s bound to be one interest you know about.
So, here are some gift suggestions for (most!) kinds of 20-somethings in your life.
For the Music Lover: Bluetooth Earbuds for Jamming Out to the Midnights Album To
Bluetooth earbuds are convenient for working out with and for listening to music/podcasts while cleaning a house. Whoever you’re giving it to is going to get good use out of it so don’t be afraid to give them a pair of good quality earbuds at a fair price point.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 has active noise cancellation and noise cancellation settings you can change on your phone using its app. It has really good sound quality and a much better fit versus the other Galaxy Buds (I’m looking at you, Beans). They’re also lightweight so when you’re wearing them, it feels like they’re not even there.
As for the mic, sure, it isn’t as great as having a dedicated microphone by any means but it’s much better compared to other budget Bluetooth earphones.
GET THE SAMSUNG GALAXY BUDS PRO 2
For the Gamer: A Controller That’s Compatible With Multiple Platforms
Even as a self-proclaimed PC gamer, playing with a keyboard and mouse can get painful on my hands. If your 20-something giftee is an avid gamer, they’re going to like this wireless controller that matches pretty much every console and platform you can think of. It comes in multiple colors and connects via Bluetooth.
This controller works with PC, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch, IOS, and Android so they’ll be able to play their favorite games cross-platform.
GET THE ROTOMON WIRELESS CONTROLLER
For the Active One: A Non-slip Yoga Mat
Maybe the 20-something you’re giving a gift to has a more active lifestyle. If they do yoga, pilates, or even crunches, they’ll appreciate getting an ultra-sized yoga mat that doesn’t slip and doesn’t make their tailbone feel like it’s going to shatter. This mat is 6mm thick and 72 x 32 inches wide so there’s a lot of space for stretching and doing exercise routines. The grippy underside keeps it in place so your giftee doesn’t end up at the other end of their room after exercising.
It comes with a drawstring bag for storage that you can roll the mat into.
GET THE NUVETI LARGE NON-SLIP YOGA MAT
For the One Who Likes a Little Drinky Drink: An Insulated Tumbler
Insulated drink containers are gifts that everyone can appreciate. Whether you drink coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, these tumblers are going to keep it warm. Or cold, if you like iced coffee.
These Yeti Rambler tumblers come in multiple colors so you can get your giftee one in their favorite shade. Since it’s made of stainless steel and is dishwasher safe, it’s not only long-lasting but easy to clean. The MagSlider lid also stays in place even if they store it in their bag on the way to work or school…unlike some tumblers.
GET THE YETI RAMBLER 30Z STAINLESS STEEL TUMBLER
For the Coffee Enthusiast: A Teak Wood Handle French Press
You always see glass French presses online but how about a French press with enamel coating? This one comes in a BakeLite mint green that compliments its teak wood handles. Because it’s a rarer-looking French press, whoever you’re giving it to won’t likely have anything like it, even if they happen to already have a French press.
Its internal components are made entirely from stainless steel, even the dual filter. This filter design keeps grounds down so they don’t come out with the coffee being poured even if you use a fine grind. Also, the fact it isn’t made of glass and has a double wall vacuum layer instead keeps your coffee warmer for longer — an advantage for those of us who forget we put coffee in a French press.
GET THE POLIVIAR FRENCH PRESS
For the Home Cook: A Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
Forget what we said about the Pyrex baking tray for a second. A select few of us 20 ish year olds love cooking so if you’re giving a gift to someone who likes experimenting in the kitchen, a kitchenware staple would be appreciated.
This cast iron skillet from Backcountry is pre-seasoned out of the box so all that’s left to do is to build up the layers of oil over time. It comes in four different sizes: 6 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch, and 12 inch. With a depth like this, it’s perfect for everything from shakshuka to searing salmon.
GET THE BACKCOUNTRY CAST IRON SKILLET
For the Outdoorsy One: A Pocket Knife With a Chestnut Wood Handle
Despite stereotypes about Gen Zers and Millenials being glued to their screens, many of us love exploring the great outdoors. Maybe the person you’re giving a gift to is an outdoorsy person, a hiker, a hunter, or something of that nature. Whichever it is, they’re going to be able to use this Case Smooth Mini Trapper Pocket Knife.
The knife’s blade is made of stainless steel and slides easily out of the handle for fast, smooth deployment against rope, plants, mushrooms, and wild animals. It’s also great for a little impromptu outdoor cooking so you may as well throw the cast iron skillet in.