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20 something gift ideas

Holiday + Gift Guide for 20-Somethings All Under $50

Buying gifts for 20 – somethings can be hard. Everyone has such specific taste, and as adults with jobs they’re buying big ticket items that aren’t so fun. Little things that can relax them, provide comfort, or make them feel “more adult” are really welcome!

20 something gift ideas

Female Wallet // Male Wallet // Coloring Book // Candle // Navy Gloves // Grey Gloves // Berry Scarf // Grey Scarf // Plaid Throw // Tan Slipper // Navy Slipper // Beer Cap Map // Drink Set // Cookbook // Ice Bucket

Everything here is under $50, and is sold at Target, Nordstrom or Amazon. I picked these because they are the easiest to get free shipping on, and have great return policies if you need to!

Coloring books // This is a great way to de-stress after work, and these books are actually really fun. This set from Amazon is great because you get pencils and a book.

Candles // Even for guys, having a candle burning can set the mood for relaxation or romance but whatever it is candles are generally the last thing on my shopping list. However after buying on I now believe everyone needs one! This grey flannel one is great and smells masculine. But this eucalyptus candle is perfect for when your 20-something has had a rough day and needs to relax.

Wallet // A new wallet would probably be welcome for any 20 – something, especially one that is still using their college wallet. A “grown-up” wallet can make them feel more comfortable in their new role! This Fossil one is great for women, and this card holder from Nordstrom is great for men who don’t want a bulky wallet.

Gloves // Do we all need them? Yes. But we don’t remember to get them until the first truly cold day in December and then pick up the nearest pair we can in whatever store we’re closest too. Gift them a great pair of gloves that look professional and will keep them warm. These ones from Nordstrom for women come in a lot of different colors and are seriously beautiful. Men’s gloves are hard in my opinion, but these look great!

Scarves // These are really similar to gloves, especially for guys. In my opinion, one great scarf that matches your winter coats is  invaluable because you never have to spend time picking out a scarf, you just grab and go! Both scarves for women and men are classic and perfect for layering with a chic, professional coat!

Slippers // FYI concrete floors ar great in the summer, not so great in the winter. Heating costs can really get a 20-something down, so putting on another layer instead of cranking up the heat happens. These slippers are cozy and a perfect Christmas gift for any 20-something looking to keep warm this winter! (Men’s version and women’s version)


Home Items // There are some many things I would love to add to our apartment but our budget just doens’t allow it. For example, this beer cap map is perfect for the craft beer enthusiast in your life, as well as the couple that loves to try new things (aka if any family/friends like to read my posts, Matt & I would LOVE this). A thick and beautiful plaid throw  is a great addition to any home, especially for nights curled up watching TV or football games! A cookbook for quick and easy dinners might be the perfect nudge for your favorite 20-something to stop ordering so much take out. Finally, this cocktail drink making set and ice bucket are just what they wish they had when friends come over!

Hopefully this helps you figure out what to buy for your friends, family and other loved ones in your life!

Did I miss any great items? What do you buy when you have no idea?




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  • Anna Hubbard

    Love love love coloring books! And fall candles are my fave! Great picks!
    -Anna |

  • I think slippers is always a great go-to! That or a new blanket. Everyone needs an extra blanket for winter!

    Caitlyn |

  • Slippers are the most underused idea but EVERYONE needs them!

  • Ashley

    Oh my goodness! I am totally getting my husband the beer cap map! What a fun idea!

  • Yes!! You hit them all! Amazing round up, Ashley! I love that you shared why these items are great picks. 🙂

  • This is really perfect for the twenty-something Ashley! I want/need all of these haha

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • I got tech gloves a couple years back and I love them! The beer cap map is perfect for one of my friends, thanks for the suggestion!

    Alix |

  • Miss ALK

    A friend of mine has the beer cap map and it’s so cool! These are such creative and thoughtful gift ideas!

    xoxo A

  • These are such great ideas!!! so creative! Thanks for sharing.

  • I am in love with the beer cap map! My man would love that such a unique gift

  • This is such a great list! So creative and different! I’ve wanted to get a colouring book for some time now – sounds great to destress!

  • Carly Ned

    Such a great list! As a broke 22-ear-old I appreciate you putting this together! Plus i’m having such a hard time figuring out what to get my guy!! xx