What do you buy for your adult children — specifically if they’re a Gen Xer or Millennial?
You want to find something they’ll actually use and enjoy, not something they’ll regift to someone else at the first opportunity.
This all-too-common quandary is why we’ve put so much effort into creating a list of fantastic Christmas gifts for those specific generations, many of whom are working multiple jobs/side hustles to pay the bills and reach for the life they want.
Any one of the gifts below will come in super-handy and let them know they matter to you.
21 Perfect Gifts for Your Adult Children
Check out these ingenious and practical Christmas gifts for adult children in the Gen X and Millennial generations.
Whether it’s a gift for your adult son or gifts for an adult daughter that is the trickiest part of your shopping list, you’ll find something on this list they’ll be raving about all year.
You would not believe the nastiness that collects on your smartphone over a single day. So, since you plug it in each night, why not give it a gentle deep-clean in its own personal phone spa. You might want to pick one of these up for yourself, too.
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They’ll never lack for a straw when they stop for a coffee/tea or go out for drinks, and these are both human- and environmentally-friendly. Each straw comes with its own cleaning brush, and the keychain case makes it easy to keep one handy at all times.
When they bring these bags (each rimmed in red, yellow, green, blue, or purple) on a shopping trip, they’ll never have to hunt for a plastic bag or worry about its impact on the environment. The durable nylon mesh is eco-friendly, eye-friendly, and easy to clean.
Pick out a design and set an amount between $25 and $200 to let your adult kid pick out high-quality food items for their pantry. Especially around the Christmas season, who couldn’t use some extra help buying groceries, wherever they usually shop?
Keep their wine fresh and make dispensing easy with this wine aerator/dispenser that comes in red or black and attaches to any standard wine bottle. One push of a button and the spout delivers perfectly aerated wine right to their glass while preserving the rest.
These hand-picked cuties are perfect for adorning a workspace or windowsill, adding some low-maintenance greenery to their home. They can even transplant these gems to a large bowl for a diverse and colorful display. Add a watering can if they don’t have one.
For the nature-loving adult who loves to camp — or would love to start — this one will comfortably accommodate a couple with their non-edible supplies. The double-door adds style and convenience, and the waterproof design will keep them dry in a downpour.
For the independent adult who works out at home, if you know which weights they need, you can easily order a set of dumbbells to maintain whole-body strength, contributing to a clear, creative mind and positive mood. They’ll appreciate starting the New Year with weightlifting tools readily available.
For the grown kid who loves to travel but would rather skip expensive hotels, this gives them a chance to save money and enjoy a fun adventure that will remind them of your thoughtfulness and generosity. They get to decide where to go and where they’d like to stay to create some great memories.
Think of your grown kids who love fried food but not the grease. With this, they can make their favorites to get that crispy-fried goodness with 85% less fat. It comes in a variety of colors to suit their decor, comes with recipes, and cooks faster than a conventional oven.
With a stainless steel housing and handle, and a borosilicate glass container, this cold brew coffeemaker looks sleek and professional while brewing rich, flavorful cold brew coffee. The air-tight seal keeps bitterness and unwanted flavors out for the best results.
No more running to the store to replenish their supply of sparkling water. With this, they can make their own at home with the push of a button, filling a BPA-free bottle they can take anywhere. Each cylinder carbonates up to 60 liters of water. Add SodaStream Fruit Drops for flavor.
Use the black side to remove mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, and foundation; use the white side to apply toner, serum, and moisturizer. These eco-friendly pads are durable enough to last through hundreds of uses and wash cycles, and the bias tape at the edges keep them from fraying.
No need for an expensive parking space with this. For the adult who would rather travel on foot but who sometimes needs a little more speed, this electric scooter has a top speed of 15.5 mph and holds up to 220 lbs. It travels 9-12 miles and recharges in about four hours.
Each of the two melamine bowls comes with its own matching chopsticks and spoon. Cutouts provide a resting place for the chopsticks. These are perfect for their favorite noodle dishes, including ramen, Vietnamese Pho, Udon, Korean Soba, etc.
This is a therapeutic gift for those struggling with anxiety, and they come in a variety of sizes, weights, and colors. Think of it as a blanket that gives them an extra hug from you. Depending on the size, it can grace their bed or their favorite snuggling chair.
With this, they can turn a backyard or a spot on the beach into a theater for themselves and some guests. Pair it with a projector that can connect to their laptop or other streaming devices, and bring on the movie snacks. Summers will never be the same.
Take at-home tea-brewing to another level with this beautiful tea set, with an elegant stovetop-safe teapot, four matching double-walled teacups, and 12 hand-sewn tea balls that bloom in the water as they release the herbs. They can invite someone over or use this for some quiet me-time.
For the athlete or anyone with achy muscles, this massaging tool will make them feel like they made it to Santa’s VIP list. Lightweight at only 1.8 pounds, it comes with three speeds and six different massaging heads. The Li-ion battery lasts four hours on a single charge.
They can use this on the patio or in the backyard anytime they want to set up an inviting scene for their partner or a group of friends. The cover protects them from flying sparks, and the poker makes it easy to safely adjust the wood for longer burning.
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Did you find some ideal gifts for your adult children?
Now that you’ve looked through these fantastic gift ideas for adult children, which ones stood out the most?
Which ones made you think, “Oh, that would be perfect for [insert name here]”?
Christmas shopping should be more fun than stressful, which is why we made this list. Picture your Gen X and Millennial kids opening and enjoying their gifts.
And get something for yourself. If you enjoy it, they probably will, too. It’s research.