27 Best Gifts for 20-Year-Old Boys

Our gift guide has all the best ideas for a young man just entering his 20’s. No matter what his interests are, from sports to gaming to music, we guarantee you will find the perfect gift for him on our list.

Great Gifts for 20-Year-Old Guys

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

Whether he’s a student, he’s working, or both, the 20-year-old boy on your list will appreciate 101 Secrets For Your Twenties. This book serves as a sort of a guidebook for young adulthood as he stands on the cusp of the real world. The practical tips contained in this helpful book will help him as he navigates finishing college, finding a job, and managing adult relationships.

Many young adults struggle when leaving home and going out on their own for the first time. The newfound independence can be overwhelming, and becoming an adult is a big adjustment. Make the transition a little easier by giving your favorite 20-year-old a book that will help him succeed.

SwissGear ScanSmart Backpack

If he’s still lugging around his beat-up old backpack from high school, surprise your favorite 20 year old boy with the SwissGear ScanSmart Backpack. This backpack is big enough to hold everything, including his laptop along with several textbooks and notebooks. With lots of separate zipper pockets and compartments, all his materials will stay neatly organized when he is on the go.

This backpack is ergonomic and designed to carry weight without hurting his back or shoulders. The padded back panel provides needed comfort for when he is hauling heavy books across campus to make it to class. Give him a utilitarian gift that is also stylish and we guarantee he will thank you for it.

Gentleman Jon Wet Shave Kit 

Gentleman Jon Safety Razor Shaving Kit | Vintage Wet Shave Grooming Set for Men - includes: Safety Razor, Hair Shaving Brush, Alum Block, Shave Soap, Bowl & Double Edge Razor Blades

Is he still shaving with an electric razor? Time to help him elevate his shaving routine with the Gentleman Jon Wet Shave Kit. With a razor, badger hair brush, shave soap, and more, this kit has everything he needs to master the art of wet shave.

Help him achieve a barbershop quality close shave in his own bathroom with these necessary shaving tools. No need for messy shaving cream when you have 100% natural shave soap and an alum block to fight razor burn. Whether he’s prepping for a hot date or simply needs to look his best, this shaving kit will get the job done every time.

Lindenle Minimalist Wallet

Nobody needs a bulky wallet taking up too much space in their pocket. Help the 20-year-old on your shopping list lighten up his EDC with the Lindenle Minimalist Wallet. This wallet has plenty of room for his cards and a money clip for cash while being small and sleek enough to easily fit in his back pocket.

The simple tool shape on the back has a multitude of uses, including a cardholder, bottle opener, and phone stand. If the 20-year-old guy you’re shopping for likes a minimalist look without a lot of clutter, he will really appreciate this wallet. No more receipts and coins leading to an overstuffed wallet – this one will hold just the basics.

Man Up! 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy

Man Up!: 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy

Chances are the 20-year-old guy on your list has been to school and learned the basic academic skills he will need for adulthood. But what about the little things? For the hundreds of life skills that aren’t taught in school, there is Man Up! This is a book that teaches young adult men everything they could possibly need in the real world. From learning how to buy a car or quit a job, these are skills every independent adult needs.

There are probably many questions your 20-year-old has about life, relationships, and navigating the post-college landscape. Now he doesn’t have to ask – this book has all the answers he could need. Help him rise to the occasion and conquer any challenge with this practical book!

Nuun Sport Electrolyte Drink Tablets

Nuun Sport + Caffeine Electrolyte Tablets for Proactive Hydration, Mixed Flavor Box, 4 Pack (40 Servings)

When you’re gift buying for a 20-year-old guy who’s into health and fitness, take a look at the Electrolyte Drink Tablets. Athletes everywhere are raving about Nuun Sports Drink Tablets. Simply drop them in water to create a healthy drink full of electrolytes to fuel athletic performance and build muscle.

Unlike many other sports drinks, Nuun tablets are sweetened with Stevia, rather than filled with sugar. This makes the Nuun drink a smart choice for those who are looking to live a healthy lifestyle. Give him the boost he needs for those grueling workouts with a sampler box of this popular drink.

Aisuo Night Light

Aisuo Night Light-5 in 1 Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker, 12/24H Digital Calendar Alarm Clock, Touch Control, Support TF and SD Card, Music Player, Gift for Girls Boys Teens,Warm White

The Aisuo Night Light is an awesome multi-functional gift for a 20-year-old guy that is perfect for a dorm room or apartment. This lamp also functions as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker, and an mp3 player. He can even adjust the brightness to make this gadget bright enough to be a bedside or study lamp, or dim enough to be just a faint nightlight.

This lamp is also rechargeable with long battery life. For the busy 20-year-old young man, you won’t find a more useful or practical gift.

I Paused My Game T-Shirt

Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. I Paused My Game to Be Here | Funny Video Gamer Gaming Player Humor Joke for Men Women T-Shirt-(Adult,S) Sport Grey

If you are shopping for a 20-year-old gamer, the I Paused My Game T-Shirt is the perfect funny, irreverent gift that will bring a smile to his face. When he’s dragging himself away from his gaming to study or attend class, this witty shirt lets everyone know how he really feels. This soft, preshrunk 100% cotton t-shirt is soft enough to sleep in but also completes any casual daytime wardrobe.

When you’re shopping for a gamer, it can be hard to choose new games or accessories when he already has everything. This t-shirt is a great video game-themed gift for the 20-year-old gamer who already has everything.

James Fiallo Novelty Dress Socks

JAMES FIALLO Mens 12-Pairs Funny Funky Crazy Novelty Colorful Patterned Dress Socks For Men M179-12

If your 20-year-old needs dress socks for a job or internship, but he’s got a sense of humor, check out the James Fiallo Dress Socks. Featuring whimsical patterns like pints of beer, hot dogs, and sushi rolls, these silly socks will brighten up any dress outfit.

With 12 different pairs to choose from, he will have a funky pair of socks to go with every outfit. These can be worn under dress slacks on a special occasion, or with jeans for a more casual look. If you need a lighthearted or gag gift this holiday, don’t miss these hilarious socks!

Thermos 68 Oz Insulated Bottle

THERMOS Stainless King Vacuum-Insulated Beverage Bottle, 68 Ounce, Midnight Blue

Encourage hydration with the Thermos Insulated Bottle. It’s common knowledge that most people don’t drink the recommended 64 ounces of water throughout the day. With this insulated bottle, your 20-year-old will be able to get his full 8 glasses a day in without needing to refill.

Beverages stay either hot or cold for 24 hours in this stainless steel bottle that is strong enough to withstand a 20-year-old’s daily grind. Whether he’s packing for an outdoor adventure or just his daily routine, this beverage holder will help him stay healthy, hydrated, and ready for whatever life throws his way.

Oculus Go VR Headset

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB

The Oculus Go VR Headset provides the ultimate VR experience for any serious 20-year-old gamer. This portable headset can be used without phones and wires for the feeling of being completely transported to an alternate reality. No headphones are necessary for this state-of-the-art headset with audio drivers already built-in.

Whether he’s using it to watch a show or play an exciting game, this VR headset will make him feel like he is in an entirely different world. Give him an escape from the daily grind with this top-of-the-line VR accessory.

ProsourceFit Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar

ProsourceFit Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar, Heavy Duty Doorway Trainer for Home Gym

Who needs the gym when you can practice your pull-ups in the comfort of your own home? The ProsourceFit Bar easily attaches to any doorway and can support up to 300 pounds. With 12 different grips, he can work on his form from a variety of different angles.

Any fitness expert can tell you that the ability to do quality pull-ups is the mark of a truly fit person. Whether he’s a gym rat or prefers working out in the great outdoors, he will appreciate the opportunity to practice his form. Help him continue to work on his fitness even when he can’t get to the gym with this popular pull-up bar!

Kala Soprano Ukulele

Whether he’s already a ukulele player or just a musician lookxing for a new creative outlet, the Kala Soprano Ukulele is a fun gift that produces high-quality music. Made of beautiful mahogany with a walnut fingerboard, this instrument plays gorgeous soprano tones that are music to everyone’s ears. Playing the ukulele is a fun party trick and a great way for your musical 20-year-old to serenade his loved ones.

If he already plays other string instruments such as violin or guitar, he will pick up the ukulele in a snap. Surprise him with this delightful little instrument for his birthday or Christmas, and the dulcet tones of this soprano ukulele will be your sweet reward.

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Recipes to Survive the Next Four Years

Whether he’s a college student or not, this book is a must-have for any 20-year-old boy living on his own for the first time. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook is full of easy tried and true recipes that won’t take all day to prepare.

If he’s new to cooking, he will appreciate the simple recipes with step-by-step instructions that will keep him full and satisfied as he learns to navigate a kitchen. Help him prepare healthy recipes that will fuel long days and late-night study sessions, without needing a lot of expertise or technical skill. Give him the confidence to become a great home cook with this great beginner cookbook.

JBL Charge 4 Speaker

JBL Charge 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

When he wants good music on the go, he will need a good Bluetooth speaker. We recommend the JBL Charge 4 waterproof Bluetooth speaker for all his portable music needs. Its waterproof design means he can bring it to the pool, lake, or beach without worrying about it getting damaged.

One of the coolest features of the JBL Charge 4 is the ability to connect to 2 different smartphones. Your 20-year-old will love being able to switch out phones to hear lots of different music. And the sound quality of this portable speaker can’t be beaten. No matter where he goes, the music doesn’t have to stop with this amazing speaker.

Coleman Dome Tent

Coleman 4-Person Sundome Tent, Navy

If you’re shopping for an avid outdoorsman, the Coleman Dome Tent should be at the top of your list. This hearty, durable tent can withstand even the toughest weather, including heavy rain and strong wind. The rain canopy allows raindrops to just flow off, leaving inhabitants warm and dry.

One of the coolest features of this tent is the e-port. Now he can charge his phone or hook up his iPad inside the tent with ease. If your 20-year-old guy has a camping excursion planned, you don’t want to pass this awesome tent by.

Northern Lights Whiskey & Tobacco Candle

Northern Lights Candles Spirit Jar Candles, Whiskey and Tobacco - 52601

Sometimes even men need scented candles, and for those occasions, we recommend the Whiskey and Tobacco Candle. If his dorm room or apartment is starting to smell a little ripe, the manly scent from this candle is just what he needs to freshen things up.

With an appealing, understated yet masculine fragrance and a 35 hour burn time, this is the perfect scented candle for a bachelor pad. Help him have a fresh, inviting living space for visitors and roommates with this refreshing candle.

Harley Davidson Patent Prints

Do you know a 2o-year-old young man who loves motorcycles? These Harley Davidson Patent Prints make a unique and interesting gift that is the perfect decorative touch for his dorm room or apartment. The two included prints feature interesting designs from the original Harley Davidson motorcycles and are framed in beautiful wooden frames.

These pictures are printed on high-quality photo paper and will look stunning when hung. Help him learn more about the history of the all-American motorcycle with these detailed designs.

The Original BenShot Glass

BenShot Rocks Glass with Real .308 Bullet - 11oz | Made in the USA

For a beverage glass that is also an interesting conversation starter, check out the The Original BenShot Glass. The 11 oz glass features a real .0308 bullet and can hold his beverage of choice. This fun gift is perfect for parties and other gatherings, and his friends will be super impressed with the real bullet.

This fascinating glass is handcrafted and guaranteed quality. When you’re looking for a unique gift for a 20-year-old guy, don’t pass this interesting glass by.

Baxter of California Exfoliating Soap

Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar Soap for Men with Cedarwood and Oak Moss Essence | For All Skin Types | Buffs Out Dry Skin and Boosts Cell Renewal | 7 ounces | Holiday Gift Guide

For an active 20-year-old man, regular bar soap just won’t cut it. We recommend the Exfoliating Bar Soap for a strong, rugged body bar that leaves him fresh and clean. With the essence of cedarwood and oakmoss, this exfoliating bar has a manly, refreshing scent.

This soap produces a rich, luxurious lather for a great, all-over clean feeling. It’s perfect for when he needs to look and feel his best, but it is also gentle enough to use every day. Made just for men, Baxter of California products are great gifts for a guy who takes pride in his appearance.

Heritage Black Pizza Stone ​Pan

Heritage 15

If you’re shopping for a 20-year-old who is just learning to cook for himself, check out the Heritage Black Pizza Stone ​Pan. Whether he’s heating up a frozen pizza or making one from scratch, these high-quality accessories produce a delicious pie every single time.

Made of black ceramic, these accessories won’t get discolored or stained like some kitchen accessories, and the pizza is guaranteed not to stick. If he is cooking for friends, a girlfriend, or just for himself, he will love being able to make the perfect pizza for any occasion. Help him elevate his pizza game with this set he is sure to love.

Radiate Portable Campfire

Radiate XL 8

Everyone who has gone camping knows how frustrating it can be to get a fire going. With the Radiate Portable Campfire, that stress and hassle will be a thing of the past. All he has to do is light it, and this portable campfire will burn for 3 to 5 hours. No mess, no smoke, and more time for fun!

Measuring 8 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches tall, this lightweight tool is portable and easy to carry. This makes it perfect for a backpacking trip or when he’s packing up a full car. Help the 20-year-old guy in your life enjoy the outdoors with this handy camping accessory.

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) Wireless Ear Buds, Bluetooth Headphones with Lightning Charging Case Included, Over 24 Hours of Battery Life, Effortless Setup for iPhone

If he doesn’t already have them, the Apple AirPods are an amazing gift. Perfect for listening to music or podcasts on the go, these wireless earbuds are the wave of the future. Whether he’s jamming out during a workout, riding the bus to class, or anywhere else his heart desires, AirPods provide the ultimate sound quality with a low-profile look.

The tiny, portable charging case ensures he never runs out of juice when he’s out and about. All he has to do is just slip the AirPods out of the charging case and into his ears for the best on-the-go music experience imaginable.

Bamboo Slate Digital Notebook

Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad Digital Notebook, Large (A4/ Letter Size), CDS810S

For the 20-year-old student, taking notes has never been easier or more productive. The Bamboo Slate Digital Notebook allows him to take notes by hand and easily convert them to digital files that can be accessed from anywhere. He can take notes one page at a time and save them with the push of a button. The Bamboo Slate then creates files in a variety of formats including JPG, PNG, or PDF.

Instead of having to worry about typing up his notes or filling up multiple notebooks, the Bamboo Slate makes it easy for him to capture and save his thoughts. This streamlined note-taking process will be immensely helpful to a busy college student. There’s also no longer any need to haul around a heavy laptop – the Bamboo Slate is portable and handy and makes taking notes a breeze.

OLEBR 3-in-1 Charging Stand

OLEBR 3 in 1 Charging Stand Compatible with Apple Watch 45mm/44mm and 41mm/40mm Series 7/SE/6/5 /4/3 /2/1, AirPods Pro and Phone Series 13/12/11/X/8/7/6S/5(Original Cable Required) Black

For the 20 year old with lots of gadgets, the OLEBR 3-in-1 Charging Stand provides a convenient place to get everything charged at once. His iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch can all charge simultaneously while only needing one outlet. This charging stand is perfect for his night table so everything can recharge overnight as he sleeps.

Now there will be no need to fuss with tons of tangled cords or oversized power strips. With just one plug, all his electronics will charge quickly and fully. When you need a practical gift for a busy 20-year-old young man, we highly recommend the 3 in 1 charging stand.

Kodak PIXPRO Camera

The Kodak PIXPRO Camera is a high-quality gift for a 20-year-old amateur photographer. This 16.1-megapixel camera features 42x optical zoom, face recognition technology, and a 24mm wide-angle lens so all his photos will look amazing. Whether he’s an experienced photographer or is just beginning to learn, we recommend this camera to help him perfect his craft.

Little details make this camera a cut above the rest. Built-in filters, 180-degree Panorama mode, and more, all combine to make a camera that he won’t want to stop using. His social media presence will get a major upgrade with such amazing photographs. When you need a really special gift for an artistic 20-year-old, this one takes the cake.

Burton AK Gore-Tex Gloves

Burton Men's AK Gore-Tex Glove, True Black, Small

If the 20-year-old guy on your list lives in a cold climate, the Burton AK Gore-Tex Gloves are a great Christmas or winter holiday gift. Sherpa fleece lining keeps his hands nice and toasty on the harshest winter days, while the leather grip palms make them safe for driving. These versatile gloves are great for outdoor excursions or simply walking across campus to class on a cold day.

When you’re looking for a useful and practical gift for a 20-year-old boy, these Gore-Tex gloves are an excellent choice. You can be sure he will be safe, warm, and protected from the cold with these handsome insulated gloves.

How We Selected Gifts for 20-Year-Old Men

We carefully selected gifts that any 20-year-old guy will enjoy, whether he’s a college student or he works full time. Read on to see how we selected the hottest gifts for 20-year-old young men.

Practical and Useful Gifts

If you’re going to buy him a gift, why not make sure it’s one he will actually use? From a Bluetooth-enabled alarm clock, to warm winter gloves, to a tablet that streamlines note-taking, we chose several gifts that are sure to get a lot of use. Don’t miss our awesome selection of gifts that a 20-year-old will use in his daily life.

Gifts for an Outdoor Adventure

If he’s like a lot of 20-year-old guys, he likes to get away from it all and have adventures in the wilderness. We rounded up several gifts that are great for the outdoors, such as the Coleman Dome Tent. If he needs something to capture memories on his excursions, we highly recommend the Kodak PixPro Camera.

The Latest and Greatest Gadgets

Twenty-year-olds love to have the hottest electronics and gadgets of the moment. We selected gifts for our list that will keep him up to date on the latest trends. Take a look at the 3-in-1 charging stand, the Oculus VR Headset, and of course, Apple AirPods, to name just a few. Any of the electronic gadgets in our gift guide are guaranteed to satisfy his need for what’s new and now.

Gifts for Grooming and Self Care

Just because he’s a busy 20-year-old doesn’t mean he shouldn’t look and feel his best. We stocked our gift guide with several gifts for self-care, including a rugged men’s exfoliating soap and a wet shave kit that will give him the best shave of his life. For the well-groomed, image-conscious 20-year-old man, check out one of our top-notch self-care gifts.

Gifts for Similar Ages

FAQs – Gifts for 20-Year-Old Guys

What is the best gift for a 20-year-old college student?

Check out the Bamboo Slate Digital Notebook. This clever tablet allows him to write notes by hand, then saves the notes to a digital file in the format of his choice. This makes it so easy to go back and study later, with all his notes in one convenient spot where they can’t get lost or damaged.

What do you buy a 20-year-old for his first apartment?

We recommend the Heritage Black Pizza Stone ​Pan for a 20-year-old guy learning to cook in his first apartment. Everybody loves pizza, whether it’s frozen or homemade. The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook is another useful gift for any college-aged young adult living on their own for the first time. Help him save money on takeout and delivery food options by learning to cook for himself.  His roommates will thank you!

What is the best gift for a 20-year-old gamer?

You can’t go wrong with a Virtual Reality headset. Check out the Oculus VR Headset for the ultimate in immersive VR technology. Whether he’s using it to watch a show or have an insanely realistic video game experience, we know he will love this unique gift.

What is a good book to buy a 20-year-old guy?

We have two books on our list that we think are great reads for any 20 year old. Both 101 Secrets for Your Twenties and Man Up! 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy are exceptional reads that will give needed advice as he becomes a young adult. If you think the 20-year-old on your shopping list could use a motivational boost, check out either of these titles.

What is the best personal care gift for a 20-year-old man?

We think the Gentleman Jon Complete Shave Kit makes a great gift for the well-groomed 20-year-old. The accessories in this kit make for a much closer shave than a traditional razor. Once he tries shaving with a bar of shave soap and a badger hair brush, he will never go back to his old method.

Leslie Guerra

Leslie Guerra is a teacher and mom with years of gift buying experience. She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.