The Best Gifts For Men in Their 20s
Twenty-something guys aren't exactly known for being great about communicating what they want. But you don't need to be a mind reader to snag a gift for the young man on your holiday shopping list that will make him smile from ear to ear. If you're looking for clever and thoughtful gift ideas for the young men in your life, we've done the heavy lifting of rounding up the best presents to shop this year.
With everything from 2023's coolest gear to the latest tech finds, there's something on this list for every type of guy. Is he a coffee connoisseur? Get him a stylish pour-over coffee carafe, a new Nespresso machine, or something unique like a portable Minipresso machine. Does he play Spotify 24/7? Treat him to stylish noise-canceling headphones, perfect for workouts, flights, and everyday life. Or, you can get him a quality speaker from Marshall that delivers an immersive concert-like experience in his home.
We even found a few gift ideas for young men that are unique and perfect for the guy who loves to experiment in the kitchen — we're talking a quality cast iron pan, a pizza oven, and even a smart toaster. Shopping for a new dad? Get him something fun yet practical, like a hoodie with more than six large compartments for all his kids' necessities.
Keep reading for the thoughtful and best gifts the young men in your life didn't know they needed.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
A Unique Coffee Gift For Young Men
The Wacaco Minipresso Machine is something every espresso-lover will appreciate. They can use any of their 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, they'll have yummy espresso. It's a cool gift for young men, especially for those who travel, commute to work, or love hiking.
An Affordable Gift For Young Men Who Love to Travel
If he enjoys traveling, get him this Scratch-Off World Map Poster. He can keep track of every country, city, and state he has been to. Plus, he can reminisce about his favorite adventures. Trust us, this map is perfect gift for young men who love traveling, and it might even motivate them to explore the world more.
A Relaxation Gift For Young Men
Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow ($40, originally $60)
Treat him to this relaxing Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow to help take the edge off. It's portable, so he 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 lulled to sleep.
An Educational Gift For Young Men
Rosetta Stone Gift Subscription ($127-$225, originally $168-$399)
A Rosetta Stone Gift Subscription is a unique and thoughtful gift that's perfect for the person who wants to learn a new language. With around 25 languages to choose from, Rosetta Stone offers an immersive learning experience and even has speech recognition technology that can help them perfect their accent. Whether they're an avid traveller or someone who loves to pick up on new skills, this gift subscription will truly be something they'll use and appreciate.
A Gift for Young Men Who Are Foodies
If you're trying to find the perfect gift for the foodie in your life, the Truff Hot Sauce Variety Pack is something they'll drool over. The rich, truffle-infused sauce set comes in the original, white, and hotter flavors. Each one will elevate their everyday eating experience, whether it's for burgers, sushi, wings, or even ramen. It's even an editor favorite; read our in-depth review of the Truff Hot Sauce. It's a unique and useful gift for the young men in your life.
A Gift For Young Men Who Are Adventure Seekers
If he loves to go on outdoor adventures, he'll appreciate Teton's Oasis Hydration Pack. 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.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Fashion
Untuckit Wrinkle-Resistant Veneto Shirt ($59, originally $105)
You can never go wrong with a crisp button-up as a gift for young men, and this wrinkle-resistant Veneto shirt from Untuckit is something he'll appreciate. It's made with 100 percent cotton and comes in a variety of colors, which makes it ideal for any kind of guy. On top of that, it's a stylish staple that'll help him look elevated and put together all year long.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love to Read
Kindle Scribe ($240, originally $340)
The Kindle Scribe is perfect for both professionals and students. The e-reader lets your bookworm read and write on a glare-free display. It comes with a pen that lets him create sticky notes, to-do lists, journals, and more. He can even import and write on Microsoft Word documents and PDFs, then export them via email. He'll be able to choose from a variety of note-taking templates like lined paper, grid paper, and checklists. It has a high-resolution display with an adjustable warm light and auto-adjusting front light. A single charge can last weeks.
One editor put it to the test and says, "The most underrated feature of the Kindle Scribe (and all Kindles, for that matter) is that it's stripped of all the distractions that regular tablets have. I can't just open up another app and get sucked into the world of TikTok or watch "Love Island." This e-reader has made me realize that I am an active reader who needs to highlight and engage with the content I'm consuming. I can create note annotations and reflect immediately on certain passages or bookmark pages for when I want to reread something." Read her in-depth review of the Kindle Scribe.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Espresso
Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville ($174, originally $250)
The Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville is an editor-approved espresso machine that makes you feel transported to an Italian trattoria with a push of a button. "This machine is best for people who love a good cup of coffee and who want to have their morning cup as quickly and efficiently as possible while still indulging in a luxury experience," POPSUGAR's reviewer says.
It can brew four different cup sizes, plus he can pour over ice as well, making it an ideal gift for young men. This machine also comes with the Nespresso Aeroccino3 frother, so he can whip up specialty coffees in a few seconds. Read more of why the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine is worth it here.
A Tech Gift For Young Men Who Love Music
Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ($328, originally $400)
From workouts to lounging, weekend getaways to daily commutes, the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones are perfect for any guy who wants a listening experience that blocks out the world. These over-the-ear headphones have a unique noise-canceling feature that learns his routine and switches from active noise cancellation to ambient sound when appropriate. It's built to be a part of his life with features like being able to switch between devices, take calls hands-free, and automatically pause audio when it detects him talking.
One editor says, "the noise cancellation on these headphones is also truly one of the best on the market — there are times when I don't even need to play audio, and the headphones still block out the noise pollution of my environment." Read her complete review of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones here.
These headphones are an upgraded version of the Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Overhead Bluetooth Wireless Headphones ($248, originally $284), which are an investment must have for Blume cofounder Taran Ghatrora.
A Tech Gift For Young Men Who Want to Track Their Fitness
Apple Watch Series 9 Smart Watch ($379, originally $429)
If he's got an iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 9 Smart Watch is the perfect accessory. Not only is this upgraded version dust resistant and has a water resistance up to 50 meters, but it also has the most crack-resistant front screen of models to-date. The Series 8 has advanced health and wellness features including temperature sensing, blood oxygen level tracking, and ECG monitoring (it'll even send notifications if you have an irregular rhythm). Plus, it can help with sleep analysis, including how much time you spent in REM, core, and deep sleep. And, of course, you can still do all the cool things the previous models can do, like track a wide range of workouts, use widgets on the watch face, utilize multiple timers, and make contactless payments. Read our in-depth review of the Apple Watch here.
A Gift For Young Men Who Have a Classic Style
Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses ($120, originally $171)
He'll sport these stylish Ray-Ban aviators every day. These classic shades 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. These sunglasses are a trendy gift for young men.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Dessert
Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker ($200, originally $230)
Want to get him something unique? Ninja's CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is taking over TikTok, and we can say it's worth the hype. It comes with a total of seven features designed for ice cream, sorbet, milkshakes, light ice cream, mix-ins, gelato, and smoothie bowls. It takes just 90 seconds to churn ice cream in this machine after being left in the freezer for 24 hours. He can make healthier versions of his favorite flavors and completely customize it with plant-based milks, juices, fruits, toppings, and the works. Read our in-depth review of the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker to learn more about this gift option.
A Smart Kitchen Gift For Young Men
If his go-to morning meal is a slice of toast, a perfectly crisp bagel, or a frozen waffle, this toaster delivers the ultimate toasting experience, making it a unique yet useful gift for young men. It has around 34 settings, seven different browning options, and the ability to choose between fresh, frozen, or reheating. Check out our in-depth review of the Revolution InstaGLO R270 Touchscreen Toaster for more details.
A Practical Travel Gift For Young Men
July Carry On Pro Suitcase ($345)
Whether he's keen on exploring the world or always on the go, the July Carry On Pro Suitcase is practical gift for young men. With a detachable laptop sleeve on the outside of the hard-shell surface, an internal compression system, and even a hidden power bank, this editor-favorite carry-on is made with convenience in mind. "The SnapSleeve gives me easy access to remove my laptop and other gadgets during security checks without unzipping my entire carry-on . . . The removable power bank also lets you work and communicate on the go, even if there are no outlets in sight," one editor raved. Check out the other perks of the July Carry On Pro Suitcase in this review and why it's a must for those who work and travel often.
A Useful Tech Gift For Young Men
Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds With MagSafe Charging Case ($229, originally $249)
Get him the Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds; 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 Gift For Young Men Who Are Musically Inclined
Fill his room with melodies and give him an immersive, concert-like experience with the Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Portable Speaker. One editor says, "You'll be sucked into details you've never noticed before like deep bass, a prolific melody, or a song's grand instrumentals. The listening experience is almost immersive, and that's what I love about the Stanmore III: you close your eyes and it's like the band is playing in front of you." The sleek speaker fits both modern and vintage aesthetics while doubling as chic home decor on a shelf or side table as well. Read our in-depth review of the Marshall Stanmore III Bluetooth Speaker.
Looking for something portable? With more than 20 hours of playtime per charge, the Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Portable Speaker ($100, originally $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 his adventures.
A Gift For Young Men Who Are Gamers
Get him something that will let him game on the go, like the Nintendo Switch OLED Model With White Joy-Con. It has three modes of playtime — TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode — for gaming whenever, wherever. When played in handheld and tabletop modes with a seven-inch OLED screen, he can enjoy an enhanced experience with the system's built-in speakers. It comes with a wide adjustable stand, a dock for TV mode, and 64 GB of internal storage.
A Gift For Young Men Who Are Sneakerheads
Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers ($115).
Every sneakerhead will be eyeing these Nike Air Force 1s. 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 Wellness Gift For Young Men
Theragun Prime Quiet Percussion Massage Gun ($194, originally $280)
He can kiss sore muscles goodbye with the Theragun Prime Quiet Percussion Massage Gun. 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 with five muscle massaging speeds.
A Gift For Young Men Who Has a Pet
Furbo Dog Camera ($145, originally $210)
The Furbo Dog Camera 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 Gift For Young Men Who Love to Cook
Great Jones King Sear ($65, originally $110)
Shopping for the chef in your life? You can't go wrong with the durable yet stylish Great Jones King Sear. This editor-favorite pan "seared the bacon into a delicious crisp and the excess fat coated the pan evenly, readying it for the eggs. . . . The bacon and fried eggs cooked beautifully in this pan with a crisp ratio that was *chef's kiss* perfection," POPSUGAR's reviewer raves. Check out our in-depth review of the Great Jones King Sear cast iron pan here. It comes in blue, green, and yellow.
A Practical Gift For Young Men in the Colder Months
REI Co-op Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket ($221, originally $295)
Whether he's a hiker or is in dire need of a jacket upgrade, the REI Co-op Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket is a gift that he'll actually use. The down jacket is lightweight and water repellent, which will keep him feeling warm on rainy days. It has a roomy fit that will allow him to layer up and have a full range of motion. The coolest part is that this jacket can pack itself into its internal pocket, so he can travel with it anywhere without having it take up too much space. Plus, this jacket comes in plenty of fun and bold colorways.
A Practical Gift For Young Men Who Commute
Shopping for the travel enthusiast in your life? The Béis The Mini Weekender Bag is an editor's favorite pick as a personal-item carry-on bag for flying. It has a padded, built-in laptop sleeve; a bottom compartment for shoes and toiletries; and a trolley pass-through sleeve. It's perfect for the guy who prioritizes organization, especially while traveling. Plus, it's great for overnight trips or an everyday gym bag. Check out our in-depth review of the Mini Weekender Bag. (It comes in eight colors.)
A Gift For Young Men Who Are New Dads
The Dad Hoodie ($115, originally $135)
The Dad Hoodie 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 Gift For Young Men Who Are Into VR
Meta Quest 2 ($249, originally $300)
If he's into virtual reality, the Meta Quest 2 is the ultimate splurge! It's perfect for the gamer in your life. It's a completely immersive experience with 3D positional audio and hand tracking to make the virtual worlds feel real. He can experience video games, concerts, and more in such a unique way.
A Tech Gift For Young Men Who Love Movies and TV
Anker Nebula Capsule ($290)
The Anker Nebula Capsule has a powerful omnidirectional speaker, and it's the size of a soda can. He can enjoy his favorite shows, movies, and games up to 100 inches big and play content from his favorite HDMI and USB devices. It can connect to his phone via Bluetooth or WiFi, and he can even control it from an app. It also comes in red.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Coffee
The sleek and stylish Fellow Stagg XF Pour Over Coffeemaker Set 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.
A Fitness Gift For Young Men
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells ($349, originally $429)
Get the fitness enthusiast in your life this set of adjustable dumbbells from Bowflex to complete his at-home gym. Each dumbbell can be adjusted from five pounds to 52 pounds while taking up very little space in his home. They're perfect for all types of at-home strength-training programs.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love to Run
Adidas Men's Ultraboost Light Running Shoe ($162, originally $190)
The Adidas Men's Ultraboost Light Running Shoe is perfect for the ultimate sneakerhead. It has a supportive feel and adapts to his every movement. Available in many different colors and patterns, it's a stylish and functional sneaker he can wear to the gym or out and about.
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Fried Chicken
ICYMI, Shaquille O'Neal has his own fried-chicken shop, and this kit lets you create his famous Uncle Jerome Hot Chicken Sandwiches and MDE Chicken Sandwiches right at home. It comes with everything you need to make six sandwiches, including breaded chicken breasts, brioche buns, Shaq Sauce, Nashville Hot Sauce, Nashville hot spice, and pickles.
A Cozy Gift For Young Men
Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe ($109)
Parachute's Cloud Cotton Robe will make him 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. One editor raves how "its soft texture just might be one of the most luxurious-feeling things I've ever lounged in." It's lightweight yet still cozy, making it an ideal option for those who want to feel not too hot or not too cold. Read our review of the Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
A Gift For Young Men Who Love Pizza
Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven ($399)
The Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven is perfect for creating delicious stone-baked pizzas wherever he wants. This portable gas pizza oven is super sleek and can fire up in 15 minutes and cook 13-inch pizzas. One of our editors says that this pizza oven "is a total crowd pleaser and party must have. If you have to feed a bunch of people, you can serve several pizzas swiftly. I also appreciate how easy the design is to use — you don't need to be some chef extraordinaire to make spectacular pizzas. That being said, my chef boyfriend with ridiculously high standards is equally impressed with the results as my father who barely knows how to boil water. It's truly a product designed for anyone." It's also great for roasting veggies and cooking meats. Grilling season, here we come! Read our in-depth review of the Ooni Pizza Oven.