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Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas for 23 Year Olds (Men and Women)

Updated on November 16, 2016

Gift Ideas for 23 Year Old Men and Women

Are you looking for gifts for 23 year olds? This article gives lots of suggestions of the best gifts for 23 year old men and women. Obviously the best gifts will depend on the likes, dislikes and personality of the 23 year old you are buying for. Are they sporty? Do they love looking good, fashion and clothes? Are they a video gamer? Do they love technology and gadgets? Do they read books or magazines?

Read on for lots of gift and present ideas for 23 year olds for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions below.

Magazine Subscriptions

Many 23 year olds love reading magazines. An annual magazine subscription is often appreciated. Think Vogue or Marie Claire for women. Vogue is a good magazine for fashion lovers. Ideas for men include Sports Illustrated or Maxim.

Music Gifts for 23 Year Olds

Does the 23 year old you know like music. If so there are lots of great music gift ideas. Below here are some suggestions:

  • Headphones - you can get headphones with tangle free wires which make a nice gift. There's also the option of wireless headphones which pare to a device via bluetooth. Wireless headphones are particularly good for using at the gym and working out as you don't have to worry about the wires getting tangled or caught.
  • Concert Tickets to see their favorite band
  • Music Gift Card
  • Bluetooth speakers - bluetooth speakers can play music from your phone or other bluetooth device (tablet, ipad etc). They tend to be small and very portable so can easily be taken between room to room, to friend's house or with your when you're traveling. Listen to music in the kitchen while cooking and than move it to where you eat. There are bluetooth speakers for every budget. The more expensive ones tend to have better sound. If speakers with excellent high quality sound is a priority than it's hard to go wrong with the bluetooth speaker by Bose. Bose speakers tend to have sound which is amazing for such small, portable speaker. They also connect very easily to via bluetooth to a tablet, phone or other device.
  • MP3 player - such as an Apple Ipod shuffle. A small mp3 player is perfect for people who want to listen to their music or audio books on the go. Many of the smaller mp3 players have a clip so it can be attached to a piece of clothing or a belt. This makes it great for listening to audio when running, hiking or walking too. Most have a fairly long battery life which is perfect for those commutes or long trips.

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
The bluetooth speaker featured opposite is meant for use in the shower as it's water resistant. It also allows you to take calls while in the shower. Its use is not restricted to the shower, it could be used anywhere such as in the house, by the pool or in the car too.

Sports Gifts

There are lots of great sports gift ideas for 23 year olds. What about an accessory or piece of equipment in the sport they love? Or why not get them a new sports bag for the gym? Sports tickets to their favorite game or what about a sports experience day. Would they enjoy a day quad biking, go karting, white water rafting, surfing or golfing as a gift?

If the enjoy going to the gym could you buy them a gym subscription for a few months?

Fitness Gadgets

There are some really cool fitness gadgets that make nice gifts.

The fitness gadget you get may depend on the fitness level or practiced hobbies and sport of who you're buying it for.

For example, running watches are great for runners. There are also gps watches for cyclists, hikers and runners.

A general sports watch is great for everyday use and different types of training. One brand to consider is Timex who make sports watches for men and women. Sports watches often feature a daily, weekly and weekend alarm and look for one with a nightlight so you can see the time in the dark. Sports watches are general very practical for everyday use but also good for sports such as running, hiking and swimming. Another feature to look for is a watch which is water resistant so you are able to use it for swimming and also you don't have to worry if you forget to take it off in the bath or shower.

Another fab gift idea is an activity tracker / wristband to encourage the less fit among us to do incorporate more activity as part of our everyday lifestyle.

Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, Charcoal
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, Charcoal
The Fitbit wireless activity tracker. It's really small and just clips onto a pocket, piece of clothing or belt. It is a great tool to motivate and improve general health and fitness. It counts steps, distance and calories. You can use it to set fitness goals to motivate yourself and it rewards you with badges and more for reaching them. You can also log your food on the fitbit website or app to give a yourself an overview of what you're eating and encourage you to make good choices. It syncs automatically to your computer or select bluetooth 4.0 smartphones or tablets so you can transfer the data and get an overview of how you're doing.

Gifts to Work Out At Home

Another idea of a great gift for men and women in their twenties who like to keep fit is some kind of workout gear. There are lots of ideas for this. Men might like equipment they can use to work out at home. Ideas include a pull up bar, push up bars, weights or an ab wheel.

A workout DVD is a great idea for both women. Jillian Michaels 30 day shred is a popular idea in this category and this is a good gift for women who are generally fit and healthy. Shaun T's insanity workout DVDs are also very popular and hardcore.

Personal Grooming Gifts

23 year olds like to look good. There are lots of nice personal grooming gifts you can get for both men and women. Ideas include cologne, perfume, moisturiser, shaving kits, electric toothbrushes and hair products.

Many women and some men too would appreciate some actual pampering. Ideas include spa days, pedicures, manicures, a back massage or a make over and a photo shoot.

Books and Reading

For 23 year olds that like reading why not get them a book by one of their favorite authors. Or if you want to spend a bit more, why not get them an amazon kindle so they can download all the books they want to read instantly. Amazon Kindles are great for when you go travelling or on vacation. You can take as many books to read as you like without worrying about them weighing down your luggage.They are also a good gadget to have in your bag, you can always have access to your favorite book perhaps when you're waiting for a friend or are on a lunch break.

There are also some great books for general reading. Check out one below.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties
101 Secrets For Your Twenties
This is a real fun and informative read for anybody in their twenties. It is a book you can read from cover to cover or dip in and out off. It contains lots of nuggets of wisdome for your twenties and beyond but is funny in places too.

Clothes and Accessories

Clothes are often difficult to buy and best avoided if you're unsure what the recipitent likes to wear. Having said this, there are some items of clothes it's difficult to go wrong. A hoodie is quite easy to buy for a man.

If you have a bigger budget a designer bag or purse is a sought after gift for many women of this age. Designer purses include brands such as Kate Spade. They should last for years and be seen as an investment. Classic designs will stay in fashion.

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel Clock Tower One Size
Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel Clock Tower One Size
This is a gorgeous leather bag which comes in a variety of colors. It's perfect for everyday use and has enough room to store your essentials such as a phone, keys, wallet and make up. It features a fabric lining and a zipper enclosure. It can be worn on the shoulder or carried on your arm or by hand. It's a classic design which is very stylish and sophisticated. There's a zippered pocket inside and two compartments as well.

Accessories For Men and Women

If you're buying for somebody who takes an interest in their appearance, there are some great accessory gift ideas for men and woman..

We have already featured one type of bag (see above) but there are many more types of bags and purses which make nice gifts for 23 year olds. Ideas include backpacks for college, sports bags for the gym, weekender luggage for staying at friends and smaller purses for shopping. Clutch bags are a fab gift for women who go out socially a lot (it's always good to have a choice of bags to match on outfit and suit an occasion).

Gloves, scarves, sunglasses, wallets, wristlets and ID card holders are other ideas.

Vera Bradley Your Turn Smartphone Wristlet Wallet, Katalina Pink, One Size
Vera Bradley Your Turn Smartphone Wristlet Wallet, Katalina Pink, One Size
This Vera Bradley wristlet is so well made, pretty and functional it's hard not to love it. The wristlet can be used in another purse as an organisational item or use it on it's own when you just need the bare essentials. The wristlet holds mobile phones. The zip around also boasts four card slots, a zippered coin pouch, ID window and a bill slot so it's perfect for holding and organizing all your stuff. It's perfect for taking all your stuff to the pool, beach, mall or on the dancefloor. It comes in different designs too.
Tommy Hilfiger Men's Leather Wallet – Slim Bifold with 6 Credit Card Pockets and Removable Id Window, Casual Brown, One Size
Tommy Hilfiger Men's Leather Wallet – Slim Bifold with 6 Credit Card Pockets and Removable Id Window, Casual Brown, One Size
For men this smart wallet looks stylish and has numerous compartments to keep everything you need together and organized. Tommy Hilfiger is popular with young men and the flat design makes it easy to fit into a jean or coat pocket.

Gloves, Scarves and Hats

Still on the idea of buying accessories as gifts, Autumn and winter are approaching and scarves, gloves and hats all make nice practical gifts but you can add a touch of style with your gift as wll

Infinity scarves (like the one featured opposite) are warm and comfortable and easy to put on and wear. No adjusting the scarf as it's in a circle, you can just put them around your neck and go. Both men and women can wear them too.

Beanie hats are also an accessory that can be worn by both men and women and perfect for keeping warm in the cold.

Texting gloves are particularly useful. Most 23 year olds will have a phone or other touchscreen device they may use when they're out and about.


Nightwear is very easy to buy as long as you know the person in questions size.

Both men and women will appreicate slippers (these can be fun or just practical)or a bathrobe, pajamas.

For men, pajama pants are great.

For women, slipper socks and more feminine robes such as a kimino are often winners. Kimino robes are perfect to wear when she is putting her make up on to go out and doing her hair before getting dressed.

There are some fantastic novelty items when it comes to nightwear. For example superhero pajamas (wonderwomen, superman etc) can be fun whatever your age. There are lots of themed onesies available which are perfect for sleeping in during the winter or for chilling around the house. Or what about a Star Wars themed Jedi bath robe?!

Technology and Gadgets

There are lots of great gadget and technological gifts out there.

Some ideas include:

  • A new tablet, cellphone, notebook or laptop
  • Accessories for their tablet or cellphone. There are many useful accessories that make appreciated gifts.
  • Ideas include : a new case or cover, a portable charger, a charger for their car, a wireless keyboard for a tablet, a lapdesk so they can look at their tablet/ laptop in bed or on the couch, a stylus or a bag to carry their device in.
  • A media streaming device such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast
  • A soundbar for their TV
  • A smartwatch
  • Action video cameras such as Go Pro Hero
  • Point and shoot camera
  • Gaming equipment such as a gaming mouse, gaming chair, gaming keyboard and gaming capture so he or she can upload footage of their video games to youtube or other social media.
  • Amazon Echo - a voice recognition system which will carry out instructions and give you information based on the demands and requests you give.

Boogie Board

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet, Cyan (PT01085CYAA0002)
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet, Cyan (PT01085CYAA0002)
Another cool little gadget that both 23 year old men and women may find useful is a boogie board. This is a writing tablet which has so many uses. It's really thin and lightweight so easy to throw in your bag and take where you wnat. It's great for writing to do lists, making notes at work or for study, leaving messages for house mates, family and friends around the house, doodling when you're waiting or bored, taking phone messages, writing shopping lists and taking them to the supermarket, list chores for everyone to do around the house, leave it in the kitchen and make a note of things you've run out of. The ways you can use it is endless and it gets rid of all the pieces of scrap paper that you have lying around. Kids also love it for drawing and playing games like hangman as well as homework notes. Once you've finished what you're writing you just press a button and delete it, leaving a blank slate.

Fun Gifts

Many 23 year olds are having the time of their life socialising with friends and enjoy partying too. There are lots of cool gifts for fun loving 23 year old men and women.

One idea along these lines is a professional bartender kit. Then, they can make their own cocktails and drinks. Bar tender kits also make nice homewarming presents.

Drinking games are another idea. One idea is shot glass roulette, you can buy the kits with 2 balls and 16 glasses so you're ready to play.

Fun Gifts

Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity
Another cool game idea is Cards Against Humanity. This is strictly a game for adults and not for those who are easily offended. A sense of humor is required to play. The game is simple to play. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. However, due to the nature of the cards there can be some hilarious results. A great game to play with friends.

Practical Gifts

There are lots of practical gifts for 23 year old men and women. I have already listed quite a few but here are a few more.

An electric toothbrush

A swiss knife

A car organizer - for those that find it hard to keep their cars tidy

A gps - for the driver who gets lost!

Or what about an ipad cushion or tablet stand. These stands make it super easy to read your ipad, ipad mini or other tablet wherever you are. Great for reading in bad, on the train or bus or sitting on the couch. Look for one which adjusts to different angles to securely position your device so whatever position you're sitting in, you can adjust it to suit you.


Jewelry is mainly for the women although you can get some nice pieces of men's jewelry too.

For women, charm bracelets are pretty popular at the moment. You can buy a pandaro bracelet with some pretty charms to add to it.

Pendants can make nice gifts as well. A classic heart pendant often makes a nice choice. If they like owls, there are lots of owl pendants around at the moment. But I think it's nice to give pendants that mean something. I love the inspirational pendants that are around at the moment. You can get ones that have special words for daughters, friends, girlfriends, wives and mothers.

Sterling Silver "Love Life Be Brave" Circle Pendant Necklace , 18"
Sterling Silver "Love Life Be Brave" Circle Pendant Necklace , 18"
What about something with an inspirational message like the one opposite. It is a twisted pendant which is inscribed with the message "Love Life Be Brave". It's an inspirational message which is a great self reminder that we should enjoy our lives and live them courageously.

More Ideas

Here are a few more ideas:

Experience days - there are all kinds of experience days from experiencing extreme sports such as bungee jumping, race car driving or whit water rafting to more gentle experience such as afternoon tea or a pamper day. There are many companies that sell experience days or you could arrange one yourself.

A weekend away - perhaps if you're looking for a gift for your partner it might be a good idea to take them away somewhere special for the weekend. If this isn't possible a night out at a special restaurant, the theatre, a music concert or another event.

An amazon prime membership - amazon prime can be a good idea. They can get things delivered to them next day. They can also access extra videos and music too.

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