Referred to as Generation Y, Millennials, or the Me Generation, the twenty somethings seem to be elusive creatures. They’ve already given history the #occupy movement, as well as the return to power of the hipster. Yet employers and marketers alike seem a bit puzzled when trying to figure out what it is that twenty-somethings really want. They are just so blasé all the time! Luckily, we’re here, with a list of 50 great gifts for twenty somethings.
These presents for people in their early, mid, or late 20s range from the thoroughly affordable, to the high-tech geeky, and the outright luxurious. As such, if you’ve got a significant other, sibling, or BFF turning twenty… or twenty-something over the coming few days, check out our list. We guarantee it is going to come in handy, and help you make that young friend of yours happy, irrespective of whether they’re into coding, cupcakes, or shooting the breeze with the bros.
50. The Batman Brake Light
Here’s a simple thought: get a decal, cut out the Batman logo, and stick it to the brake light on your (hopefully environmentally friendly) car. Batmobile transformation achieved! This gift idea is affordable, fun, and pretty cool! Not to mention that it is perfect for your comic book and superhero geek 20-something year-old friends. Stuck in traffic? You’ll be displaying your Batman super powers to all the other drivers stuck right behind you, making this one of the best gifts for a 20 year old male.
49. The Mini Fire Extinguisher Lighter
Now, before you start lecturing us in the comments, it’s not that we encourage smoking. But this Mini Fire Extinguisher Lighter is just too cute and awesome to ignore. The miniature design is very life-like, and the concept is ironic: light a fire with an item that looks like it was made to put out fires. Clever, huh? It’s one of those perfect gag gift ideas for a twenty-something acquaintance of yours. Given its low price, you can dole out a whole lot of them as party favors at a fireman-themed hen party. The flame is adjustable, and the lighter refillable (with butane gas). Plus, the design makes it perfect for lighting candles – on the 20th birthday cake, of course!
48. Heisenberg Breaking Bad Cufflinks
Where to Buy: Etsy
Got a friend who’s into the popular TV series Breaking Bad? Then chances are they’re going to enjoy this novelty accessory, which is at once unique, topical, and a great conversation starter. The Heisenberg cufflinks are a great way to make an understated sartorial statement and they’re also strikingly suggestive. They even feature Heisenberg’s signature look, complete with the frames and the pork pie hat! What a cute gift for a 20 years old guy!
47. Death Wish Coffee: The Strongest Coffee in the World
One’s twenties happen to coincide with college or university time, also known as that time in one’s life when sleep becomes wholly optional. If you’ve got friends, siblings, or a significant other whose birthday happens to fall during exam session time (poor them, by the way), this is the coffee blend that’s guaranteed to keep them up for as many nights as they need. The producers claim this coffee brand, which is the world’s strongest coffee, is 200 times stronger than anything else on the market. This coffee can keep you up for as long as three days at a time. Caution: it’s really not recommended for those who suffer from any cardiovascular conditions.
46. The Sword Handle Umbrella Holder
Katanas, pirate swords, and sabers – the Sword Handle Umbrella Holder is a perfect gift, which can perfectly blend your girlfriend’s knack for decorating your apartment, with your desire to project a manly man’s vibe. Nothing says ‘warlord’ better than this item, which will sit perfectly in your lobby or entrance hallway. Also, chances are you might ward off some unwanted attention if you choose to walk down the street with this umbrella. This is one of the most creative gift ideas for your 20-something male friend, or colleague!
45. The Viewable Root Garden
Hey, Jamie Oliver, thanks for the craze about growing your own herbs and veg, to cook it all up! Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project started out as an educational concept for kids, aimed at teaching them how to better appreciate the bounty of nature. It has since engulfed many parents, as well as numerous urban hipsters, who were already very much into vegetarian, raw, or otherwise organic cuisine. So here comes the Scholastic Root-Vue Farm, perfect for your apartment. It’s a mini garden laboratory, which you can use to plant just about anything. It comes with 3 packs of rapidly growing seeds: carrot, radish, and onion. Just follow the instructions included in the box and watch your veggies grow. Then, check out our delicious healthy recipes for ideas on how to eat them. This is a great gift idea for young 20 something couples. Plus, you won’t spend a fortune either!
44. Glow in the Dark Shot Glasses
Not only are they great as a gift idea for a fun-loving twenty-something, but they’re also awesome to use at many parties even after one is past one’s twenties. That’s because, luckily, there’s no age limit on shots! These glow in the dark shot glasses are on our list of gifts for twenty somethings for their psychedelic, cheerful vibe. They will make any party more interesting, and any shot more fun!
43. The Calorie Count Wine Glass
You know what twenty-something year-old chicks like? You heard it from us: gossiping over a good glass of wine, and maintaining their silhouette. The latter, of course, is a monkey-wrench, of sorts, in the face of the former. So here’s the wine glass that counts your calories, so you don’t have to. Sure, you could use an online logger or smartphone app, but why bother? Just remember to enjoy the wine first, and worry about calories (much, much) later. This is the perfect gift for a twenty something girl who loves wine, and has a sense of humor. It is thoughtful, and for less than 20 bucks.
42. The Rainbow Splash Nail Polish
It’s no longer news for anyone that nail art is the new thing for twenty-something fashionistas. But if your GF/BFF tends to get strapped for time, and/or isn’t really that talented when it comes to designs, you can always gift her this highly affordable Rainbow Splash nail polish. It may look messy, but it’s messy chic, very artsy, and will look cool with just about any color outfit she might opt for. What a cute gift for a 20-something woman, to offer on her birthday, on Christmas, or other special occasion! Plus, this is another great gift under $20.
41. The Superman Socks (with Cape!)
Nothing says care for your friend in his/her twenties more than honoring their love of all things super-hero related with the Superman socks, complete with a red cape! They’re perfect for both guys and chicks, and they come in a wide range of options, which don’t stop at Superman. Check out the seller’s page, and you’ll see the Batman and Wonder Woman models that make wonderful gifts for twenty somethings. They’re one-size, and would look great with a denim skirt, if you ask us! You won’t break the bank either with this gift, as it will cost you less than $20.