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Holiday Gift Ideas for 20-Somethings

Updated on April 27, 2015

The Hunt For Something Perfect

When the holidays roll around, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your family and friends.

If you're on the ball, you've probably already found something wonderful for everyone on your list. But if you're like the rest of us, then you're probably scrambling to find something cost-friendly yet perfect.

If that's the case, then you've come to the right place. I've got some holiday gift ideas that will be an absolute hit for your recipient this year.

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Image by shstrng on Flickr

Define 20-Somethings

Is it even possible?

When the phrase '20 somethings' comes to mind, you might think it's near impossible to find the perfect gift for them but you'd be surprised! The 20-something generation is very technologically-savvy but they are also very frugal.

There's a reason why sites like Pinterest have become so popular, because this generation is all about learning how to do things themselves and saving money!

So don't feel like you are out of your element when purchasing holiday gifts for this generation! It's much easier than you think.

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Image by georgiapeachez on Flickr

Help Them Be Frugal

They'll Love You For It

It goes without saying that the current state of the economy has put everyone in a money-saving mood. This goes doubly for 20-somethings who typically didn't have too much to start with.

This is the generation that is tending to try to make things themselves, fix things themselves, and ultimately save themselves money. Help them save money by giving items they can use to do so.

This might include:

  • Mens or ladies tools and hardware (power tools, nails/screws, gift cards to home stores)

  • Craft supplies (hot glue gun, sewing machine, gift cards to craft stores)

  • Home utilities (vacuum, bread-maker, coffee pot, crock pot)

Gift a Crockpot - They'll Love It!

Thoughtful Gifts - What do 20-somethings say about gift giving?

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Image by double--m on Flickr

Choose Something Vintage

Trust me, it's modern to be vintage

If you look at the fashion and trends right now for 20-somethings, you might think you're having deja vu. Don't worry - you're not. Just as you may have expected, old trends tend to come back around in a complete circle and things that you might consider 'so old' is now 'so cool' to 20-somethings.

Whether it's something you had, or something you found at a vintage shop, it's likely that they will absolutely adore it. Some ideas for vintage goodies might include:

  • broaches

  • purses

  • old trunks

  • vintage jewelry

  • chairs or furniture
One of the main reasons why they love it (other than seeing the natural beauty) is because it is unique! So don't be afraid to choose something that is one of a kind.

Vintage Fun - Hot Vintage Items

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Choose Something Techy

Yes, it's clear they love technology

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that it's the 20-somethings that own our technology field. They know what it is, when it came out, how to use it, and everything that's wrong with it.

In the case that you are going to buy them something techy, it's best that you get at their level to find out what's hot and what's not. How? Simply ask the sales person at the store. They'll know what is hot right now and tell you who certain items are best suited for.

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For The Kitchen

Help Them Eat Drink and Be Merry

Yes, now that they've moved out of their parents homes and are living on their own, they've likely been cooking. If not, then maybe look into giving them a gift card for the nearest take-out restaurant. But that's for another day.

Help them make healthy meals, easily and painlessly. To do so, look into items they most likely don't have yet. Items like crock-pots are great, but usually people their age have already been given one or five. Go to a store like Bed, Bath & Beyond for unique yet helpful items that they won't have. Something like a stand mixer, Soda-stream, Pampered Chef items or even just a spice rack full of spices. Find something nice that you enjoy using and they're sure to love it.

Not looking to spend a lot? Pack items into a gift basket to go in their kitchen. Items like mixing spoons, ice cream scoops, a pancake flipper, a rolling pin, an apple cutter, etc. Feel free to include anything that you think would be handy in the kitchen!

Gifts for Chefs - Foodies, and More

Comments - Did this lens help give you some gift ideas?

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      7 years ago

      I love your "Help Them Eat Drink and Be Merry", what fun! You are so right about it being modern ro go vintage and you have fit so many great ideas here that will be fun to gift and receive....its all good!

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I'm 20 times 2, and then some, and I'd love quite a few of theses gifts.

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      7 years ago

      great ideas

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      cjbmeb14 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great gift ideas.

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      7 years ago from US

      Cool gift suggestions and amazing it! Blessed.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      You can't go wrong with a techy gift. Great ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Great suggestions! I really needed them being a typical man and leaving everything to the laste minute!

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    • harty5680 profile image


      8 years ago

      I definitely got some good ideas but I feel it leaned heavily towards women's gifts. Good lens!


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