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Best Gift Ideas for 20 Year Old Men

Updated on November 14, 2016

Top Gifts for 20 Year Old Men

Are you looking for the best gifts for a 20 year old man - perhaps he's your son, boyfriend, nephew or friend? This article gives lots of ideas of cool gifts for 20 year men for his birthday, Christmas or other special occasion. Ideas include clothes, music speakers, car accessories, clothing accessories, music gifts, sports gifts and electronic gifts.

There are gifts for differing price ranges, fun and practical ideas.

When buying for a 20 year old man, consider how he spends his time. Many men this age like keeping fit or playing sport - is there any gift that can help them with their fitness training. Or perhaps they are a sports fan - perhaps there is a sports jersey they would like. Men this age are often at college so practical gifts for their dorm room such as a portable fridge or a poster for their walls may be appreciated.

I've included a selection of gift ideas below but this is just to get you started. To give yourself more idea, think about their hobbies and interests. Do they like to cook - perhaps a cooking book for men might be of interest (also good for those who are moving away from home for the first time). Perhaps the enjoy running or playing video games. If they like watching TV maybe a DVD set of a new or classic TV series might make a good gift.

Read on for lots of good gift ideas for a 20 year old men below.

Clothes and accessories

20 year old men like to look good so if you know what his size is and the type of clothes he likes to wear this could make a good job. Hoodies and t-shirts are quite easy to buy or why not take him out on a shopping trip to his favorite shops. If all else fails, you can't go wrong with a gift voucher.

There are lots of great clothing accessories you can buy too. Think beanie hats, scarves, gloves, novelty underwear or pajama pants, a wallet, footed pajamas and sunglasses.

There are also lots of novelty onesies, bath robes and dressing gowns that make perfect gifts. If they are a Star Wars fan they will love a Jedi robe style bath robe. Or what about a novelty t-shirt with a funny slogan?

Music Speakers

Most 20 year old men will have an ipod or a mp3 player and if he hasn't got one, it would probably make a good gift. If he does have an ipod, what about some portable speakers or ipod dock speakers for his home/room.

OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) - Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Louder Volume, Crystal Clear Stereo Sound, Rich Bass, 100 Foot Wireless Range, Microphone, IPX5, Bluetooth Speakers by Cambridge Sound Works (Black)
OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) - Bluetooth Portable Speaker, Louder Volume, Crystal Clear Stereo Sound, Rich Bass, 100 Foot Wireless Range, Microphone, IPX5, Bluetooth Speakers by Cambridge Sound Works (Black)

The speakers featured are great for portability and sound. They are bluetooth enabled speakers so you can stream your music from you bluetooth device such as an ipad or iphone to the speakers. They're really lightweight and portable so you can easily take them to a friend's house, traveling and between your parents home and your dorm room if you're at college. You can also use it to take hands free calls.

Shower-Mate s4 Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker with ISSC Chipset and Hands-Free Speakerphone for All iOS and Android Devices - Green
Shower-Mate s4 Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker with ISSC Chipset and Hands-Free Speakerphone for All iOS and Android Devices - Green

This is another bluetooth speaker which you can use to stream music from your bluetooth device such as a cellphone to the speaker. But the great thing about this speaker is that you can use it in the shower. It has a suction cup which will stick to the shower wall. You can also use it to take hands free calls and listen to the radio.

It doesn't have to just be used in the shower, use it by the pool, for camping or hiking trips, in the car or wherever you are at home.



If the 20 year old man you know like music why not get him tickets to see his favorite band. If your not sure what he likes, asking his family and friends should help, or just drop it into the conversation. If all else fails a music gift voucher will probably be very much appreciated.

Headphones are another idea. For high quality sound look for headphones by Bose. There are also headphones with no tangle cables as well as wireless headphones which pair to your music device via bluetooth. Wireless headphones can be great when you are working out.

Car Accessories

If he drives, there are quite a few accessories for cars that make good gift ideas.

What about an car organizer? A car organizer is a fab idea to help keep his car tidy. There are organizers which have compartments for phones, tablets and other electronics. It's also really useful for keeping practical stuff like a map, torch, pen, tire gauge and a water bottle.

Other ideas include a gps, car and steering wheel covers, drinks holder, a trash can, dash grip mat (to stick all your accessories to your dashboard) or winter or emergency car kit.

A bluetooth transmitter is another idea. You can use it to stream music from your phone via the car speakers using bluetooth. You can also use it to take handsfree phone calls

Personal Gifts

There are many personal items you can buy 20 year old men which make great gifts. Electric shavers, nice moisturizer, nail clipper, a shaving mirror or cologne are some ideas. There are often gift sets about that contain these kinds of items.

Expensive Electronic Gifts

If you have some money to spend there are lots of great electronic gifts that 20 year old men would love. Laptops, ipads, ipods, iphones, gps, an amazon kindle, tablets such as an ipad mini. Of if you're on a budget about a Kindle Fire. The cheapest version of the smallest Kindle Fire 7 inch tablet is only $49. It has front and rear facing cameras. It's perfect for your entertainment needs (watching videos, reading books, play games and lots more).

There are also lots of great media streaming gifts such as apple TV and the chromecast, which allow you to have access to lots of extra music and TV channels via a wifi connection.

The latest gadgets include smart watches such as an apple watch or the pebble smartwatch.

Other ideas include:

A soundbar for his TV

Amazon Echo - this has a voice recognition device called Alexa and it's also a speaker to play music. You can tell it which songs to play but it will also give you information too. Update yourself on the latest traffic news, weather, get local numbers to call and lots more.

A smart phone photo printer - print out photos from his phone.

A new HD TV for his room.

Don't forget accessories for his tech gadgets either. Some suggestions include cases and covers for his tablet or phone. Other ideas include headphones, portable chargers, a stylus, portable keyboards, a laptop bag and texting gloves. An voucher which he can spend on apps or music for his device can also be appreciated. He might also appreciate a printer for his device.

Books for 20 Year Old Men

If you're considering buying books for a 20 year old man there are some great box sets that are very popular at the moment. For example with the success of the TV series Game of Thrones, many men are enjoying reading the box set of books as well.

For men who like to read an amazon kindle is a fab idea. It will store all of his books, so he can take them wherever he goes (on vacation, on the commute, to college). It's lightweight, easy to hold and read. It's also brilliant for reading outside and you don't have to worry about glare like you do with a tablet. Some versions also have a built in light so you can read you books in the dark too. The battery charge lasts for weeks so you don't have to worry about continuously charging it.

Science fiction is also popular with young men. Authors like Peter F Hamiliton are worth checking out.

Or what about some factual books. Like 1001 places to see before you die. Or 101 secrets of your twenties featured below.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties
101 Secrets For Your Twenties

This is a fun read but also contains lots of nuggets of wisdom, timeless advice as well as humor.

You can read it from cover to cover or dip in and out of the book.

A great gift for anybody in their twenties.


Gifts for Work or College

There are lots of gift ideas which will be useful for men who are at college.

Backpacks and messenger bags are particularly good gifts for 20 year olds who are at college. Jansport is a good make for taking textbooks and other stuff to college on a daily basis. Jansport backpacks tend to be sturdy, durable and designed with practicality and comfort in mind.

Other ideas include novelty USB flash drives. You can get USB flash drive shaped as guitars, Coca-Cola drinks cans, guns or what about the bullet below. You can attach it to your key ring so you always bring it with you and never forget too.

A writing tablet is another idea. You write on the tablet and when you've finished writing, press a button to erase your notes and you have a clean slate. They are great for writing to do lists, leaving messages for friends and family at home, making notes at college or work, taking phone messages, writing shopping lists, doodling or drawing (or whatever use you can think of). It's thin and lightweight so extremely portable. Great for students but also very practical in everyday life too.

Space Pen

Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen - Matte Black
Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen - Matte Black

I love the idea of this space pen and want one myself.

It's called a space pen because apparently it can write in space. But it's also very practical on Earth too.

It writes at any angle so is great for those moments when you have to write while leaning against a wall or if you're lying on the floor. And it writes on different surfaces to. It works all the time, so you don't have to scribble to get the ink flowing. And it writes really smoothly.

When closed it really small so will fit easily in a pocket, glove compartment of the car or bag. It's a perfect gift for a college student or anybody who may need to carry a pen on them for use at a moment's notice.


Sports and Fitness Gifts

Many 20 year old men love sport and are into their fitness. There are many general fitness gift ideas including push up bars, fitness magazine subscription, dumbells, kettlebells, an ab wheel or a skipping rope. If they like a specific sport you could buy them equipment for that sport. Or what about a new sports bag?

Do they like to go the gym. What about a gym membership for a month or two?

If they are an adventurous type why not buy them a sports experience. You can buy days in which you can try out lots of different sports. Ideas include white water rafting, quad biking and canoeing. Or what about a relaxing golf day.

Sports clothes and gear are another idea. It's difficult to go wrong with t-shirts and shorts for working out. A hoodie is another item that is easy to buy to keep him warm before and after his workout. A voucher for a sports shops so he can buy his own gear is another idea.

Tickets to see their favorite sports team may be another welcome gift.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

An ironman workout bar is a great gift to have at home so he can do a quick workout when he wants to and help improve his fitness and strength.

It's a versatile gift and can be used either on the floor or it uses leverage to hang against a doorway - so there is no damage or need to screws. Use it to do push ups, ab work, pull ups or dips.


For the Adrenaline Junkie

If he loves to do exciting, fun and sometimes outrageous things, consider getting him an experience gift. There are lots of options. Examples include go karting, bungee jumping, water sports (white water rafting, scuba diving, power boat racing) race car driving, sky diving, a tree top adventure and a paint balling experience.

There are lots more too. A quick google search will reveal some fantastic ideas.

If he likes to do extreme sports or any sport or activity in general he may also appreciate an action camera like the Go Pro Hero featured below.

Go Pro Hero

GoPro Camera HERO+ LCD HD Video Recording Camera
GoPro Camera HERO+ LCD HD Video Recording Camera

Go Pro Hero is a high definition camera perfect for capturing all those action moments and life in general.

It's small, lightweight, shockproof and is waterproof. It's great for the sporty type who wants to shoot video of his escapades but also great for shooting video of special occasions, family and friends, music concerts or whatever you want to have remember. With a go pro mount you could attach it to a piece of sporting equipment such as a helmet or bike and film the action as you go. It can also shoot video while swimming, snorkelling or taking part in water sports.

This version of the Go Pro Hero also features an LCD screen so you can immediately replay the video you've shot. It has built in wifi and bluetooth compatibility too for easing of your videos sharing via text, e-mail and social media.


More Practical Gifts

There are tons of practical gifts you can get a 20 year old for everyday use in the home, college or workplace. Ideas include coffee making machines, tool kits, a microwave, a mini fridge to keep his drinks cool in the summer or what about a multi tool like the leatherman below.

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Pocket Knife, Red
Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Pocket Knife, Red

A classic gift that is extremely practical you can't go wrong is a swiss army knife. If they are at college or living on their own, this makes a very useful, practical gift. There are 15 functions which include a large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener, small screwdriver, bottle opener, large screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, key ring, tweezers, toothpick, scissors, multi purpose hook and a wood so could really come in handy.

It's also great for camping trips, hiking or any outdoor expeditions so you have any tools you may need close at hand.


Fun and Games

There are many fun gadgets and games that make perfect gifts for this age group.

Many men this age will either be at college or socializing a lot with groups of friends in their spare time. Some ideas include a poker gift set, some drinking games or some kind of twisted board game like Cards of Humanity below.


Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity

If you're looking for a lighthearted and fun gift, consider getting the Cards Against Humanity board game.

Just a word of warning - it is a game for adults and it's not for the easily offended but if you can get over these things, the game is hilarious. It's great to play with friends, at parties or as a night in. Great for college life too. A sense of humor is required!


More Ideas

Still not found the idea you are looking for? Here are some more ideas:

Amazon Prime subscription - why not get them a year's subscription to Amazon prime. It they're away from home they can get things delivered to their door without charge. They can also have access to video and music on amazon prime as well as a host of other benefits. Well worth checking out.

If you are a girlfriend buying for a boyfriend it can be nice to treat him to a night out or even a weekend away doing his favorite thing. You can give surprise him and take him out. Or why not give him some vouchers or tickets to his favorite restaurant, theatre or other event.

Gaming gifts - if he likes to play video games consider some gaming accessories such as gaming headphones, a new monitor, gaming chair, new video games or a gaming capture device so he can share his gaming adventures on social media and youtube.

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