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The Best Gifts For Men in Their 20s

Aug 1 2022 - 5:30pm

If you're shopping for a 20-something partner, friend, or family member, don't overwhelm yourself trying to figure out what to get him. We found the most clever and useful gifts that he'll appreciate. With everything from 2022's coolest gear (like a portable espresso machine and trendy sneakers) to the latest tech [1], there's something in this list for every guy. Ahead, we curated the best presents that are great fits for birthdays, holidays, and more.

Whether he's into fitness, traveling, or cooking, we found some amazing gifts that will make him smile from ear to ear. If he's a coffee connoisseur, get him a portable espresso machine, a smart coffee machine from Keurig [2], or a sleek mug with a built-in warmer that's perfect for his work setup. You can't go wrong with a pair of noise-canceling headphones [3] that he'll use during workouts and flights. If you're shopping for a new dad, get him something fun yet practical, like a hoodie that has more than six large compartments for all his kids' necessities. We found plenty of useful and unique gifts he never knew he needed — until now. Shop our top picks ahead.

Additional reporting by Macy Cate Williams

Aviator Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses

He'll sport these stylish Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses [5] ($178) every day. These classic aviators will level up his fashion game, especially since "Top Gun: Maverick" made this style trendy again. They come in a variety of colors like silver mirror, brown gradient, black, and blue gradient with gold frames.

Elegant Sneakers: Cole Haan GrandPro Rally Sneaker

These Cole Haan GrandPro Rally Sneakers [6] ($150) are an elegant pair that can instantly dress up a casual look. They have a perforated leather design that gives breathability and texture, cushioning in all the right places, and arch support for instant comfort. They come in black and dark brown.

For Sneaker-Heads: Nike 1054 Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers

Every sneakerhead will be eyeing these Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers [7] ($90-$110). These are a timeless pair of white sneakers that will go with nearly everything in his closet. They're '80s-throwback sneakers remastered with a cool low-cut profile.

A Stylish Portable Speaker: Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Portable Speaker

With more than 20 hours of playtime per charge, the Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Portable Speaker [8] ($170) is a must for avid music listeners. Resilient, waterproof, and lightweight — and with a rich, clear, and multidirectional sound — it's perfect for all your adventures. The stylish design is a huge plus.

For Apple Fans: Apple Watch Series 7 Smart Watch

If he's got an iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 7 Smart Watch [9] ($390, originally $429) is the perfect accessory. It has a bigger screen that measures 41mm-45mm with a display that covers more screen area than the Series 6. It is newly dust resistant, has a water resistance up to 50 meters, and has the most crack-resistant front screen compared to previous models. The Series 7 comes with a new watch face, Modular Duo, that is similar to the widget feature on the iPhone. It also has a tiny keyboard that lets you easily reply to texts in an instant. One of the coolest features of the Apple Watch Series 7 is that it has multiple timers. The latest iPhones don't even have that feature. Plus, you can still do all the cool things the previous models can do, like track workouts, sleep, and blood oxygen levels, plus make contactless payments.

For Apple Fans: Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds With MagSafe Charging Case

Get him these Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds With MagSafe Charging Case [10] ($180, originally $249); they're the number-one bestseller on Amazon. He'll get good sound quality and up to 24 hours of listening with the MagSafe charging case. Perfect for those who already have Apple products, they'll let him block out noise for immersive sound or switch to transparency mode to hear what's happening around him. They're also sweat and water resistant, so he can work out with them.

A Classic Button-Down Shirt: 7 Diamonds Grant Slim Fit Solid Stretch Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt

The 7 Diamonds Grant Slim Fit Solid Stretch Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt [11] ($79) is a stylish staple he'll want to wear all summer long. The button-down has a stretchy construction, making it comfortable in warmer weather. It's perfect for both daytime and nighttime wear, especially for casual yet elevated events. It comes in several flattering colors: light blue, black, dusty rose, sea-foam green, navy blue, and white.

Retro Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Icons 50mm Round Metal Sunglasses

If he needs new sunglasses, get these stylish and popular Ray-Ban Icons 53mm Round Metal Sunglasses [12] ($163). They have retro appeal and are perfect for the summertime. They come in a variety of colors, but we're feeling the gunmetal and classic gold frames. If you want something unique, get the antique gold frames with brown lenses.

For the Handyman: Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Driver-Drill Kit

If he's the ultimate handyman, get him something useful like this Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Driver-Drill Kit [13] ($99). It's a powerful 12-volt cordless drill that has a two-speed design. It's a compact drill that's perfect for a wide variety of projects. It comes with the Driver-Drill, two CXT lithium-ion batteries, and the accompanying charger — all in a convenient tool box.

For the Adventure Seeker: Teton Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack

If he loves to go on outdoor adventures, he'll appreciate the Teton Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack [14] ($50). It's a lightweight and comfortable hydration backpack that has a built-in two-liter water bladder with a straw. It has multiple pockets and compartments for storing outdoor necessities and multiple straps for securing the bag in place. It also comes in a ton of different colors.

For the Espresso-Lover: Wacaco Minipresso Machine

The Wacaco Minipresso Machine [15] ($55, originally $60) is something every espresso-lover will appreciate. You can use any of your Nespresso Original pods and have an espresso on the go — just add hot water into the tank, unlock the piston, and pump it a few times to add pressure. In a few minutes, you'll have yummy espresso. It's perfect for those who travel, commute to work, or love hiking.

A Gift For New Dads: The Dad Hoodie

The Dad Hoodie [16] ($98) is a clever item for a new dad. It's a hoodie lined with six internal pockets that can carry everything a newborn could possibly need. We're talking bottles, diapers and wet wipes, the baby's favorite toys, Dad's phone, and more. It is made with an ultrasoft fleece blend and comes in gray, navy blue, black, and dark gray. He'll be a walking and talking diaper bag.

A Cozy Gift: Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

The Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe [17] ($109) will make them feel extra pampered. It's made with a super-soft Turkish cotton that's perfect all year round. The luxe robe comes in a variety of stylish colors and has a waist tie and two hidden pockets.

A Relaxing Gift: Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow

Treat them to this relaxing Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow [18] ($30, originally $60) to help take the edge off. It's portable, so they can take it just about anywhere. It's great for a work-from-home setup or for the rocking chair when the baby needs to be rocked to sleep.

For Coffee-Lovers: Ember Mug

This temperature-control Ember Mug [19] ($130) will keep their drink at their desired temperature for however long they decide to nurse it. It's perfect for those who need a warm cup of coffee to get through the newborn life. They can customize the settings in the accompanying app.

A Smart Coffee Maker: Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart Coffee Maker

The Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart Coffee Maker [20] ($220) is designed to give users a perfectly customized coffee via the BrewID app on their phone. The BrewID technology recognizes the specific brand and roast of the K-cup pod and automatically customizes the brew settings to the recommendations of the coffee expert who created it. How cool is that? They can choose from five different strengths, six temperature settings, and five cup sizes. Plus, it can brew both hot and iced coffees. With the app, they can also schedule brews in advance and brew from anywhere. Check out our review of the Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart Coffee Maker [21].

Noise-Canceling Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Overhead Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Overhead Bluetooth Wireless Headphones [22] ($348) are wireless Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones that are noise canceling for an immersive sound experience. They have a 30-hour battery life, plus a touch sensor for easy listening and control. They even have the ability to automatically reduce the volume of the audio when they detect that you're in a conversation. They come in black, blue, and silver.

For the Coffee-Lover: Fellow Stagg XF Pour Over Coffeemaker Set

The sleek and stylish Fellow Stagg XF Pour Over Coffeemaker Set [23] ($99) is perfect for those who love pour-over coffee. It has a double-walled construction and a vacuum-insulated dripper, which allow for heat retention and maximum flavor extraction. It can brew one to two servings of coffee.

For the Traveler: Scratch-Off World Map Poster

If you know someone who travels a lot, get them this Scratch-Off World Map Poster [24] ($24). They can keep track of every country, city, or state they've been to and reminisce about their adventures. It is perfect for the guy who loves traveling and might even motivate them to explore the world more.

For the Fitness Enthusiast: Theragun Elite Percussive Therapy Device

They can kiss sore muscles goodbye with the Theragun Elite Percussive Therapy Device [25] ($249, originally $299). It offers an intense vibrating sensation that athletes and fitness fanatics rave about. Perfect for someone in need of R&R, it comes with four distinct attachments for targeting specific areas and knots.

For Pizza-Lovers: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven

The Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven [26] ($389) is perfect for creating delicious stone-baked pizzas wherever they want. This portable gas pizza oven is super sleek and can fire up in 15 minutes and cook 13-inch pizzas. It's also great for roasting veggies and cooking meats. Grilling season, here we come!

For the Fitness Enthusiast: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell

Get the fitness enthusiast in your life this Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell [27] ($429 for two, originally $549) to complete their at-home gym. Each dumbbell can be adjusted from five pounds to 52 pounds while taking up very little space in their home. It's perfect for all types of at-home strength-training programs.

For the Sneaker Enthusiast: Adidas Men's Ultraboost 22 Running Shoe

The Adidas Men's Ultraboost 22 Running Shoe [28] ($190) is perfect for the ultimate sneakerhead. Available in many different colors and patterns, it's a stylish and functional sneaker he can wear to the gym or out and about.

For the Gamer: Nintendo Switch

Get the gamer in your life the Nintendo Switch [29] ($297) system. It has three modes of playtime — TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode — for gaming whenever and wherever. It has a battery range of four to nine hours, depending on software usage and conditions. It can even connect over WiFi for multiplayer gaming.

For Pet Parents: Furbo Dog Camera

The Furbo Dog Camera [30] ($169) is a fun, useful gadget for dog parents. It's an HD WiFi-enabled surveillance camera that tosses treats on command. The camera has a 360-degree wide-angle view and works at night as well. It is compatible with Alexa and has a barking sensor that alerts you when your pup barks.

A Smart WiFi Mini Projector: Anker Nebula Capsule

The Anker Nebula Capsule [31] ($300) has a powerful omnidirectional speaker, and it's the size of a soda can. They can enjoy their favorite shows, movies, and games up to 100 inches big and play content from their favorite HDMI and USB devices. It can connect to their phone via Bluetooth or WiFi, and they can even control it from an app. It also comes in red.

A Luxury Fragrance: Ralph Lauren Ralph's Club Eau de Parfum

A high-quality fragrance is something he might not buy for himself, which makes it the perfect present. This Ralph Lauren Ralph's Club Eau de Parfum [32] ($119-$140) is one of our favorites; with notes of cedarwood, sage, and vetiver, it's both woody and fresh. Plus, the black and gunmetal-gray bottle is one he'll be proud to display in his bathroom.


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