Unique gifts for adult children

When your children are small, buying gifts is easy. Every toy store is overflowing with all kinds of items that would make them happy. Looking for unique gifts for adult children is harder. I like to think about what would help them with their daily life, give them some enjoyment or contribute in some way towards their future. I also like to take their character into consideration – no-one knows your children as well as you do and this should help you when you select gifts for them.

Sometimes you will end up buying them items that that may not even cost much or that no-one but you would know they would appreciate.  Giving your adult son or daughter a worthwhile gift isn’t so about how much you spend or how trendy it is – it’s more about coming up with something that you know they want and it helps if it reminds them of how much you love and understand them!

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In this post, I share some ideas gathered from buying gifts for my own young adult son and daughter as well as from friends with kids of the same age.  I hope you find an idea to help you select a gift they will truly appreciate.

5 gifts for a young adult daughter

Social media fundi

Anker astro My daughter is always on the go and recharging her tablet or smartphone is an issue at times. The Anker Astro E1 Ultra Compact Portable Charger is  great for camping trips or flights and will make sure that she’s never ‘disconnected’. It has a high capacity, adding almost two full charges to an iPhone 7 or 6s or at least one full charge to other smartphones. It even adds an 80% charge to an iPad mini. Another plus is that it’s the size of a candy bar and can fit perfectly in a pocket.

Coffee addict

Single serve coffee brewerHamilton Beach single serve coffee brewer and full pot coffee maker
My daughter was over the moon when she received the gift of the coffee maker recently.  She loves her coffee! You can’t go wrong with this one, a best seller on Amazon, that has two ways to brew – a single cup or a full pot. One of the nice features about this affordable coffee maker is that it has a built-in programmable clock and timer – your daughter can brew in advance and wake up to the smell of hot coffee!

Lover of delicate, handmade jewellery

necklacesWhat my daughter loves about these two necklaces is that they are handmade, delicate, versatile and modern. The initial necklace and the hammered bar necklace can be worn together,  on their own or mixed and matched with other items. They are available in Sterling Silver, Gold and Rose Gold and are a timeless gift.

Drama Student

My daughter studied drama at school and she loves nothing better than to see a live show. I know that I will always score a hit if I get her tickets to a live performance, especially if I buy two tickets so she can take a friend along with her. A special outing we have planned in the future is to attend a production of Phantom of the Opera together. One of our special mother and daughter times was watching the movie together – we did it over and over again through the years when she was a teenager and it’s become ‘our thing’.

Cuddle bunny

onesieI think that onesie’s are awful and I would most certainly never wear one but my daughter disagrees. She has always loved the feeling of soft, cuddly fabrics. This Forever Lazy  Onesie  has a relaxed fit that will keep your daughter comfortable in any position she chooses to lounge around in. It also has a hoodie to keep her head warm. Another advantage is that it has a drop seat back. She can use the restroom without removing the whole garment – an absolute must if she wants to spend a whole day just lounging around!

 5 Gifts for a young, adult son


multi-purpose canvas backpackA multi-purpose canvas backpack is the ideal gift for an adult son. This large Vintage Canvas Backpack  can be used as a backpack/rucksack or satchel. It has a detachable shoulder strap that turns it easily from a backpack into a shoulder bag. It’s useful and spacious with many pockets, including a large main compartment with pouches and a padded divider. It’s suitable for carrying a tablet or smaller laptop.

Game geek

King of TokyoIt’s so interesting to me that my adult son, who is in love with online gaming, also enjoys playing board games. It says something for the new generation of board games coming out now. He recently bought a game called King of Tokyo. . This game is for 2 to 6 players and we had a very entertaining afternoon playing together with his sister and her boyfriendI I must say it took a while for me to get into the idea of mutant monsters, robots and aliens all battling it out but once I did it was fun. You roll a dice and choose to attack enemies, heal wounds and even allow your monster to evolve.  I can see why it has such appeal as it is not a boringly, repetitive game and requires some careful strategizing.

Fitness Fanatic

Garmin Fitbit Vivofit BandThe Garmin Vivofit Fitbit Band displays calories, distance, step count and time. It has a move reminder and a goal tracker. It can be worn 24/7 and is stylish and comfortable. It can stay on for more than a year without having to change the battery and it is water-resistant.

Superhero fan

Batman logo folded art bookI know this one comes a little out of left field but my son loves to collect quirky items, especially if they have anything to do with super heroes.  This creative Batman fan folded art book  is made by intricately folding back the pages of a hardback book.

Card collector

genuine leather wallet

If your adult son is anything like mine, he would appreciate a genuine leather wallet with plenty of options for storage.  My son has so many cards, whether it’s for gym membership or getting into movies. This wallet has plenty of space for all those cards, helping to keep them well organized.

Last word

I have heard of parents who take over car payments for their adult children, put down deposits on flats and pay for holidays – if they can afford to do so, these are wonderful ideas. However, many parents do not have the means for a gift like that.  The above gifts are affordable gifts and will be appreciated by your young, adult son or daughter for their practical value, just because they’re fun or because they have special meaning. What unique ideas do you have for gifts for your adult children? I would love to hear your comments.

6 thoughts on “Unique gifts for adult children”

  1. That is a great list of gift ideas Erica. This is why I think gift cards have taken off so much these days. People are just sick of trying to choose gifts so they take the easiest way out. I also found it so much easier to shop for girls than it was for boys when my children were smaller. I don’t know why but their just seemed to be so much more choice especially for clothing.
    I like the chess set idea, my brother-in-law and I were just talking about how hard it was so find one he liked on the weekend, so there’s that. That Herb Garden idea is another great one that is suitable for anyone not just gardeners, home cooks would really appreciate it.
    Well done, thanks for this!

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thanks so much for your comments. I also find the girls easier to shop for than the boys, even the older ones! My son has always wanted a really nice chess set and I like the fact that the pieces of this one are made with wood.

  2. Great job, is quite hard create a list of gift options.
    Presents have always two sides. The one who has to buy something and who gets it.
    In my opinion, the hardest part is choose a gift and you come not with only one or two ideas, you made a list with 5 options for everyone.
    By the way, if the presents were for myself I’d love the coffee machine and the chess.

    1. Thanks for your comment Carlos. The trouble with making a list of 5 options is that I want to give them all to my kids and not have to choose one!

  3. Another great gift idea is gifting somebody an Amazon Prime membership! It’s a good price point and they can enjoy all of the features for the entire year! Free movies, shows, books, music, photo storage, etc…

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