In the past, we brought you our best selection of funny birthday gift ideas for 50 year-olds, but today we’re making amends, since we don’t want the youth of the nation to be displeased with our creativity. Twenty-somethings. Also referred to as Generation Y, millennials, or the so-called Me Generation, they seem to be elusive creatures, who escape the power of definition. They’ve 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 birthday ideas for 20-something year-old gifts. They range from the thoroughly affordable, to the high-tech geeky, to the outright luxurious, in terms of what today’s young ‘uns want. As such, if you’ve got a significant other, sibling, or BFF turning twenty… something over the coming few days and are stumped for ideas (and possibly also strapped for cash), check out our list. We guarantee it’s 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
Recommended Retail Price: $8.90
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, pretty cool if you ask us – not to mention it’s 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 those gifts that keeps on giving.
49. The Mini Fire Extinguisher Lighter
Recommended Retail Price: $3.22
Now, before you start lecturing us in the comments, it’s not that we condone or encourage smoking. But this Mini Fire Extinguisher Lighter was just too cute and awesome to ignore. The miniature design is very life-like and the concept in and of itself is as ironic as they come: 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 and, 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, the lighter refillable (with butane gas) and the design makes it perfect for lighting candles – on the birthday cake, of course!
48. Heisenberg Breaking Bad Cufflinks
Recommended Retail Price: $13
Where to Buy: Etsy
Got a friend who’s (a bit too much) into the popular and recently ended 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!
47. Death Wish Coffee: The Strongest Coffee in the World
Recommended Retail Price: $19.99
One’s twenties happen to coincide with college or university time, also known as that time in one’s life when sleep becomes a wholly optional and relative issue. 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 one coffee blend that’s guaranteed to keep them up for as many white 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 and 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
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Katanas, pirate swords, and sabers – the Sword Handle Umbrella Holder is a perfect gift (which comes in a ton of different options) 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.
45. The Viewable Root Garden
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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 a parent, 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.
44. Glow in the Dark Shot Glasses
Recommended Retail Price: $19.90 (24 PCS)
Not only are they great as a gift idea for a fun-loving twenty-something, but they’re also awesome to use at many, many parties after that, when one is way past one’s twenties. That’s because, luckily, there’s no age limit on shots! These glow in the dark shot glasses are awesome for a trippy, psychedelic kind of vibe and are liable to make any party more interesting and any shot more fun – even when you didn’t think that was possible.
43. The Calorie Count Wine Glass
Recommended Retail Price: $19.95
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 them calories (much, much) later, because no one really likes guilt-tripping when they’re supposed to be having fun.
42. The Rainbow Splash Nail Polish
Recommended Retail Price: $8.75
It’s no longer news for anyone that nail art is the new thing for twenty-something fashionistas and we’ve seen some amazing examples of creativity. But if you 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 you might opt for.
41. The Superman Socks (with Cape!)
Recommended Retail Price: $0.62 – $18.04
Nothing says love for your friend in his/her twenties than honoring their sense of style and love of all things super-hero related than a gift of 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 doesn’t stop at Superman. Check out the seller’s page and you’ll see they also have the Batman and Wonder Woman models available. They’re one-size and would look great with a denim skirt, if you ask us!