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Ultimate Gift Guide For Twenty-Somethings

It’s one of my favorite times of the year – the holidays! Below you’ll find our master list of gift ideas and gift guides to browse all season long! If you are at a loss for ideas, need inspiration or are trying to shop early – we’ve got you covered!

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Ultimate Gift Guide For Twenty-Somethings

For your parents or in-laws:

  • Bird FeederBoth my in-laws and my mom love watching birds outside of their window – a bird feeder like this or this makes an awesome gift.
  • Quality Placemats: If your in-laws love to host (especially family) high quality placements make a good gift because for one, they make a tablescape easy, and two, they protect their dining room table from spills and stains. These are awesome from West Elm and these are a great affordable alternative.
  • Handheld Vacuum: This is PERFECT for their car for tiny spills and messes – especially if they tote around pets or grandkids.
  • Brightland Olive Oil: I actually cannot express to you enough how much this is the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook. The Artist Capsule is perfectly priced at $85 and gives you 4 of their best-sellers.
  • Caraway Food Storage Set: If you’re looking for a splurge gift, give your parents or in-laws the gift of non-toxic food storage that is both insanely function and absolutely stunning. It’s $245 and also available on Amazon here.
  • Custom Photo Christmas Ornaments: If your parents are like mine, they love Christmas ornaments. Gift them a gorgeous photo ornament of a special moment from this year. Shutterfly has tons of options for reasonable prices.

For your siblings/siblings-in-law:

  • Oversize Button Cardigan from tentree: This cardigan has it all – it’s super cozy, made from recyclable materials and wool, and plants trees for every purcahse! I am obsessed with the Hunter Green version.
  • Boba Tea Kit: Boba Tea is definitely all the rage right now and this tea kit makes it easy to have your own DIY version at home!
  • High Quality Organic Coffee: For your coffee-obsessed brother-in-law, spice up his morning routine with a new brew.
  • Heated Blanket: For the sibling that’s always cold, a heated blanket is the perfect gift. Zonli has several great options in a variety of colors too. And the coolest thing? Some of them are battery-powered! That means no cords and you can take them on the go.

For friends:

  • BlendJet2 Portable Blender: For the health enthusiast, this portable blender makes sipping healthy drinks a breeze! It’s an all in one make-drink-clean up deal that makes prioritizing your health so easy. I’ve seen it at places like CVS so be sure to check around for the best price!
  • Old Fashioned Bitters Gift Set: Perfect for your sister who loves to entertain but could really need some help in the cocktail-making department. Save 10% with code GEN20
  • Coffee Mug Warmer: Both handy and cute, this mug warmer will keep your brother’s coffee hot while he codes away.
  • Celadon Grove Active Bundle from Happy Earth: Available from size XS to 2XL, this bundle plants 15 trees and reduces your impact on the environment because it’s made with organic cotton. Save $63 by purchasing the bundle!

Stocking Stuffers:

  • Holiday Popcorn Gift Set:These popcorn flavors are delish (the champagne is like pop rocks) and make a cute stocking  stuffer!
  • Patchology Eye Patches: Perfectly refreshing for those late holiday movie night (or parents who just don’t get enough sleep).
  • Badass Necklace: This Badass Necklace is perfect for celebrating your essence in a loud and proud manner.  This 16in fair trade necklace is hypoallergenic and nickel free. 
  • Actually Curious Card Game: Start at the blue questions and work your way up to the most vulnerable pink questions, meeting each other where you’re at and getting vulnerable together.
  • Lemon Self-Care Gift Set: The gift set features organic lemon body butter, organic lemon lime lip balm, a sunshine bath bomb, and a Lemon Zipper Pouch. 
  • Throne of Lies Candle: Atop my favorite holiday candle list lies this scent. Inspired by Elf, the Throne of Lies candle smells like Christmas in a Jar. Throne of Lies has mild citrus notes on top, earthy undercurrents, and a woody fir balsam core that makes you think “Christmastime.”  

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For the Beauty-Lover:

  • AAVRANI Travel Size Ritual Discovery Set ($49): This 4-piece gift set from AAVRANI contains the glow activating exfoliator, the restoring serum, the softening hydra-whip, and the eye rejuvenating elixir. AAVRANI harnesses the power of ancient all natural rituals and combines it with the modern day routine to give you clinically-proven results.
  • BioBeauty Cryo Skin Icing Dual-Ended Roller ($85): Ice rolling is full of hot benefits for the skin – it visibly constricts pores, extracts impurities, slows oil production, and fades lines.
  • Kitsch Microfiber Towel Scrunchies ($18): These scrunchies are perfect for post-shower to reduce drying time and frizz!
  • Winky Lux Coffee Kitten Eye Shadow Palette ($25): This adorable eye shadow palette is the perfect everyday palette for new makeup lovers and season eye shadow applicators – it’s a neutral palette everyone will love! Their brow products are also 10/10 and awesome for those who love a quick, natural brow. You can save 15% off all Winky Lux purchases with code GENTWENTY15 through 12/31!

Gifts For Travelers:

  • AirpodsMakes listening to music/movies or taking calls easier without all the cords.
  • Travel Planner: Keep your traveler organizer with this easy-to-use planner.
  • EMF Blocking Phone Case: For the conscious traveler, this case protects you from EMFs and cyberattacks.

Gifts For People Who Work From Home:

  • Charging StationA must-have. We have these in several places in my house because both my husband and I work from home. Super useful.
  • Cozy BlanketYou can never have enough blankets.
  • Candles: I’m always here for a good candle as they set the mood perfectly.
  • Blue Light GlassesHandy for when you’re looking at a screen all day!


  • StoryWorth: This is such a cool concept.  Every week your recipient is emailed a question that hey answer. At the end of the year, all of their  answers are complied into a book you can have printed. Get $10 off here.
  • Book of the Month Membership: As a reader I love picking my Book of The Month each month and I enjoy using my credits to get new releases for free. If someone in your life is a reader, they’ll love this.
  • Thrive Market Membership: Thrive Market is hugely underrated, especially for someone with special dietary needs! Click here for a free gift valued up to $43.

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P.S. Check out our gift guide for women in their 30s here!

About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.