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34 gifts any 20-year-old will love — and actually use!

Spoil your loved one with these unique presents.
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Shopping for 20-year-olds can be a bit tricky sometimes. After all, they're often in that in-between phase where they're either attending college or just settling into the working world, so they have a unique set of wants and needs. But there are a few basic gifts that appeal to every 20-year-old, and Shop TODAY has rounded up 34 of them with options for both men and women to help you jump-start your holiday shopping.

Whether you’re seeing them in person or shipping off a care package, there's something for everyone on this list.

Gifts for 20-year-old men

Unstable Unicorns Card Game

Know a guy that loves card games? He's sure to get a laugh out of this one that won the 2019 People’s Choice Award for Toy of the Year. Here's how it works: You build a unicorn army and try to be the first person to collect seven of them before your friends do. There's betrayal, destruction and a fun dose of healthy competition, and it's a nice way to pass some time with your best pals on a Friday night in.

Bearpaw Moc II Slippers

Give the gift of comfort this holiday season with a pair of sturdy slippers from one of the leading cozy brands: Bearpaw. The moccasin style has an ultra soft sheepskin footbed that keeps feet nice and warm and a suede hand-stitched upper. In other words, you'll have to practically pry these slippers off your favorite 20-year-old's feet because they're so comfy.

Matching Plaid Flannel Pajama Set

You’d be hard-pressed to find a guy that doesn’t dig a comfy pair of PJs, and the holiday season is the perfect time to help him refresh his supply. This flannel set from Old Navy comes in five colors (everything from holiday red and green to black and white).

8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Controller

Guys who love to game are passionate about their controllers, and this versatile model is compatible with several systems, including the Nintendo Switch, Steam, PCs, macOS, Android and Raspberry Pi. The Bluetooth controller offers rumble vibration and motion controls and lets guys customize their gaming experience to suit their unique needs. Plus, it comes in three designs that range from sleek to retro!

Paravel Fold Up Bag

Want to help encourage your college student to come home for more frequent visits? Paravel’s Fold-Up Bag makes it easy for guys to store their luggage while living in a cramped space. It folds into a tablet-size pouch when you don’t need it and comes in six colors. You can even monogram it!

Instacart Gift Card

"Ugh, I just got a gift card for Christmas" (said no one ever). If you're not sure what the 20-year-old guy is into these days, an Instacart gift card gives him the option to shop for everything from groceries to electronics and everything in between. The site works with more than 300 vendors and major retailers (think Best Buy, Target, Sephora, The Container Store), meaning it's impossible for guys not to find something they'll love.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Pro Kit

Know a DIY guy that likes to tinker with technology? A Raspberry Pi kit is the ultimate gift that'll give him hours of fun. It might look small, but this credit card-size computer packs a whole lot of power into a small package. You can program it to watch videos, play games, learn to code or browse the internet, and it easily connects to a computer monitor or a TV.

Alienware Gaming Headset

Gamers are pretty easy to shop for because there are countless accessories they always need, including a topnotch headset. This one from Alienware lets any guy immerse themselves in sound as they settle down for an intense night of gaming. The cushioned headband ensures that they stay comfy during long battles, and the noise cancellation feature helps them tune out the rest of the world while they're doing their thing.

Gifts for 20-year-old women

Drunk Elephant Littles Night Out

Featuring four of Drunk Elephant's travel-size essentials, pack this set for long weekends or use as a practice run before purchasing full-sized products. “I bought this a week ago, and I already see and feel a difference in my skin,” said one reviewer. The pack comes with a night serum, jelly cleanser, hydration serum and polypeptide cream.

Florence by Mills Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads

Have a whale of a time with your skin care routine by adding these hydrating, sea-inspired eye patches. The formula is completely cruelty- and vegan-free and can included hyaluronic acid to add moisture to tired eyes.

Tarte Shape Tape Bestsellers Sets

Tarte's bestselling Shape Tape concealer has become a bit of an icon among makeup mavens over the past few seasons, and this set includes the popular complexion savior and two of the brand's other bestselling products: a travel-size mascara and lip gloss. It's great for on-the-go gals who want to keep a few beauty essentials in their clutch. An incredible value for the price.

Modern Marble Personalized Lap Desk

For those times when your favorite 20-year-old doesn't feel like sitting at a desk, this lap desk helps her get comfy on the couch as she types away term papers or polishes off her resume. You can personalize it with her name and a color of your choice, making this one custom gift that she'll definitely adore.

Dormify Over the Door Vanity Organizer

If you know a college student whose dorm is a bit cramped, giving the gift of organization this holiday season will help her make better use of her space (and help maintain her sanity). This over-the-door organizer from Dormify includes multiple pockets of varying sizes so she can store all her favorite beauty products, accessories and more so everything is right within reach.

Girl With Curves French Terry Graphic Sweatshirt

The loungewear trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and 20-year-old ladies who are constantly running around want nothing more than to look cute and feel comfy. This chic graphic sweatshirt from influencer and body-positive advocate Tanesha Awasthi's new QVC collection comes in two colors (gray and white) with two fun sayings: "Bisous" (kisses) and "Hello Darling." The terry knit material is ultra cozy, and the sleek silhouette features a dropped shoulder and round neckline.

AirCandy Faux Fur Inflatable Chair

Decorating a dorm room or apartment is half the fun of living on your own, and this faux fur inflatable chair is a quirky addition to any space. The clear chair comes with a faux fur cover that you can easily attach when you feel like getting comfy. You can also control how firm the chair is by adjusting the air pressure. Whether she uses it to study, chill with friends or get some gaming in, the 20-year-old in your life will no doubt dig it.

Davie Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Stumped for gift ideas? You can never go wrong with a little bling! These stud earrings from Kendra Scott come in every birthstone, making them a sweet and personal option that she’ll treasure forever. You'll win major brownie points with this one!

Goldbelly Gift Card

Traveling has been a bit challenging over the past year, so if you know a gal who's itching to try some of the best food across the country but hasn't had the chance just yet, a Goldbelly gift card will definitely make her holiday. The site partners with hundreds of restaurants, chefs and food makers and offers nationwide shipping so you can try everything from pizza and sandwiches to cakes and cookies. They also offer a monthly subscription.

LifeStride Karter Riding Boots

We love it when shoes combine fashion and function and think your favorite 20-year-old will appreciate the fact that these stylish boots are also water-resistant. Lifestride also added in a memory foam footbed and an insole with shock absorption, so you'll feel good knowing that your favorite gal will be comfy while she's showing off one of the season's hottest styles.

Gifts for the 20-year-old fitness lover

Bala Bangles

Wear these 1-pound bangles around your wrists or ankles during your next "hot girl" walk or when working out to elevate your fitness experience. These steel bands wrapped in a soft silicone are adjustable, allowing you to customize your fit for maximum comfort. "The weight is evenly distributed and they add a killer kick to any workout," one reviewer said.

Nutribullet Personal Blender

This personal blender is just the right size for a dorm room or their first apartment. It comes with a 600-watt motor base for powerful blending, a to-go cup, a recipe book and more. Pair with their favorite protein powder, and they're all set next time they want a post-workout pick-me-up!

Gaiam Fitness Mat with Sling

For at-home workouts or yoga classes at their favorite studio, this extra-thick fitness mat offers a ton of cushion and support, according to the brand. It provides "great cushioning for floor exercise as well as grip for standing yoga," according to one reviewer. Included is a sling, made for easy carrying to and from the gym.

Theragun Mini

For fitness junkies who are always in need of relief, they can pack this portable massage device in their gym bag or save space by storing it in their small apartment or dorm room. "I throw it in my sports bag to use right after my pickleball games," one reviewer said. "It really helps to break up those lactic acids and also gives much relief to my hip issues. Best gift ever."

Gymshark Everyday Gym Bag

Pack everything you need — from an extra pair of shoes to a change of clothes — in this spacious bag. It features a large main compartment, padded handles and a mesh pocket perfect for storing wet swimsuits or sweaty towels. "It’s a perfect size gym bag and I love it. I carry it all the time and [is] very good quality," said one reviewer.

Gifts for the 20-year-old traveler

Parks Project National Parks Fill In Poster

For the outdoor enthusiast who has goals to see all the sights and hike all the trails the U.S. has to offer, this fill-in poster will help them keep track of what's next on their bucket list. From Acadia National Park to Zion, they'll have all 82 circles checked off in no time.

Away The Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 6)

For the 20-year-old who can never fit everything they need inside their suitcase, gift them these packing cubes to keep them more organized. With over 200 five-star reviews, these organizers are a shopper favorite and a travel enthusiast's best friend. Reviewers rave about how they are "perfect" for carry-ons or medium-sized luggage as well.

Kelofon Travel Jewelry Case

Keep track of all your accessories and delicate jewelry inside this organizer from Amazon. The compact box includes three separate areas to strap necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Many reviewers also mention that it's proven to be sturdy and reliable.

CamelBak HydroBak Backpack

Whether you're hiking, biking, running or walking your dog, never worry about running out of water again with this 50-ounce hydration backpack from CamelBak. Reviewers love this pack for how "long-lasting" liquids stay cold and how the pockets can store essentials like keys, phones and wallets.

Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack

With a strap that attaches across the waist to alleviate weight, this backpack from Cotopaxi is a comfortable option for a carry-on bag or hiking backpack. Noted as the "perfect piece of gear" by a reviewer, no pack is the same, as they're made with repurposed fabric saved from landfills.

Gifts for the 20-year-old coffee lover

Ember 2 Temperature Control Smart Mug

While this pick is a bit pricier than your typical mug, it’s not every day your morning cup of joe can keep itself warm. Add this warming mug to your morning routine and sip it well into the lunch hours, because it won’t go cold. Set it at your preferred temperature so it that it's never too-hot or too-cold.

Keurig Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker

This single-serve coffee maker is perfect for those who need to brew a quick cup before class. The device comes out to 5-inches wide, making it great for small spaces. It can brew up to 12 ounces and can make coffee in just minutes, according to the brand.

Chamberlain Coffee Cold Brew Mason Jar

For the coffee-lover who also loves YouTube sensation Emma Chamberlain, gift this cold brew mason jar so that they can enjoy coffee-on-the -go like their favorite influencer. Shop Chamberlain Coffee for coffee grounds, matcha sets and other accessories, such as a travel tumbler and fun merchandise.

Cozy Blue Digital Coffee Scale

For the aficionado who needs to make sure they’re getting the right amount of coffee each day, gift them this scale to accurately measure their grounds or beans each morning. The device is made with an LED screen that lights up for easy reading and comes with a silicone mat to protect it from accidental spills.

Jlong Vintage Drinking Glasses

Forget the usual mug; instead, turn to this glass coffee cup in an interesting shape that will make you want to wake up and brew your favorite blend each morning. These will not only add some head-turning decor to your shelves, but they're also great to reach for when looking to pour yourself an nightcap.

Cuitaste Heart-Shaped Silicone Ice Cube Trays

Do you need heart-shaped ice cubes in your ice coffee? Maybe not? But do we want them? Absolutely. And so will that caffeine-obsessed 20-year-old you plan on gifting this to!