In today’s post I wanted to share with you a holiday gift guide for young adults. My three children are now young adults, so I thought I would share some ideas with you! I have six categories of types of items to share with you.

The first category is the PRACTICAL GIFTS. Let’s be real, most young adults are poor. When kids are little they don’t want things like socks for Christmas, but young adults get excited to get practical gifts that they did not have to purchase themselves. Practical items could be kitchen items like maybe some specialty kitchen gadget like an instant pot, rice cooker, or fancy blender. Or you could get something as simple as a Yeti type cup – water bottle, coffee mug, or wine cup. Another practical item would be coasters. I only thought of this because this is something I purchased for my college age son this year. He doesn’t have coasters for his apartment, so I thought purchasing some fun coasters was a great gift idea for him. For my daughter, I like to find higher end makeup or skin care products which I know she loves and might not spend the money on herself. Lastly, if the young adult on your gift list enjoys coffee you could get them coffee items like a French press, pour over coffee pot, or maybe an Aeropress which makes espressos. You could add some specialty coffee or syrups along with it.

The next category of items would be SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES. Many young adults these days got used to using their parents’ subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming services so a year subscription might be appreciated. Or maybe they will continue to use their parents’ accounts! You could also get them extra streaming services instead like Disney +, HBO Go, Peacock, or YouTube premium. Other streaming services they might enjoy getting as a gift are Spotify Premium, Audible, or Skillshare. Another type of subscription service that would be great for young adults is the meal kit services. Many times young adults are still learning how to cook and honing their kitchen skills. These meal kit services will help them with meal ideas and teach them some cooking skills.

The third category of gifts would be EXPERIENCES. Again, many young adults don’t have a lot of extra expendable income, so some sort of experience would be much appreciated. Perhaps they love to travel and you could get them a plane ticket voucher, or even more fun plan some sort of trip that you could take together! Another idea is gift cards or passes to fun things to do with friends like Top Golf, one of those ax throwing venues, escape rooms, or if you have an extra adventurous young adult perhaps something like skydiving or bungee jumping.

The fourth category would be SEASON PASSES to venues you know they would like to frequent. Perhaps a gym, rock climbing gym, or yoga studio. Our son is on the rock climbing team at his university and always appreciates getting a year membership to a local rock climbing gym as a gift. A local amusement park is another great idea for young adults. Or perhaps passes to a favorite sporting event. Lastly, you could get season passes to a local museum you think they might enjoy.

The fifth category is probably the easiest route and that would be GIFT CARDS. Most people in general appreciate gift cards, particularly if you know of coffee shops, fast food restaurants, or clothing stores they like. 

The sixth and final category is FUN ITEMS! These are items that they would likely not purchase for themselves, but would really enjoy having. Maybe put together a gift basket of fun food or snacks. You could even make this themed – like maybe a movie night theme, hot sauce basket, or just a variety of snacks you know they enjoy. Another idea along the same lines is fun or specialty drinks. If age appropriate you could even get alcohol and perhaps assemble items for a specific drink, like items for a margarita or for a Moscow Mule. Another fun idea would be plants. I believe plants are still really popular right now among young adults! You could get them a fun board game that is geared towards adults. Also, you could get them a nice Charcuterie board with some non-perishable items that could go onto the board. I know Charcuterie boards have been pretty popular and I think they continue to be! Lastly, this is mostly for women but receiving jewelry is always fun as well. I have shared the company Ana Luisa on my YouTube channel before and highly recommend their jewelry company! I have partnered with them for YouTube content, but purchased items from their website even before partnering with them! They are a great sustainable jewelry company with beautiful and simple pieces which fit almost any woman’s style.

Some of these items could work well for teenages too! Young adults and teens can be difficult to purchase gifts for so I hope this gave you some diverse ideas about things you could get for the young adult on your gift list!

A Clutter Free Christmas!

As the holiday season is upon us, most of us are thinking about gift giving. I have to admit, for me this time of year is difficult. As someone who is intentional with what I bring into my home, I want to make sure any gifts I give are also intentional. I want to make sure anything that I am giving to someone that goes into their home will be used and appreciated instead of just adding to any clutter they may already have in their homes. Today I wanted to share three categories of gifts that are sure to be used and appreciated that will not cause clutter in your family or friends homes!

The first type of gift I wanted to talk about is the intentional gift. In spite of what people may think, I truly do love giving gifts to others! Some people may think since I am anti clutter I am anti gift-giving. One of the ways I like to be sure I’m giving a gift that will be used and loved is by knowing the person and paying attention to what they talk about to get clues about their interests. Purchasing a gift in line with the person’s interests is the best way to give them something intentional. Maybe your Mom likes a certain store, or your Dad collects something specific. Perhaps you can get something that is adjacent to their interests. For instance, my son was interested in the medical field when he was in high school, so I purchased some medical related wall art. My daughter loves nature and wants to visit the National Parks around the US, so I got her a coffee table type book with photos and information about the National Parks. Actively listening to and engaging with people in your everyday interactions will give you clues as to their interests!

The second type of gift that will prevent clutter is a consumable gift. Most people enjoy receiving special food or drinks for a gift that they otherwise might not purchase for themselves. Perhaps it’s a fancy bottle of wine, or a gift basket of their favorite type of food! Perhaps they don’t like to cook and you could give them a subscription to one of the dinner making kits. Another great category for consumables are special body products – like soaps, bath bombs or salts, or lotions. Be mindful if you know someone is sensitive to smells to take that into account. Lastly, another great consumable gift is a candle. Again, you will want to be mindful if the person likes scents and which type of scents they prefer. All of these items are great gifts because they will be used up over time and will not create clutter for the receiver.

The third and final category of gifts that will be useful is an experiential gift. There are such a wide variety of experiences you could give to a friend or family member – from some sort of subscription, to some fun experience you know they have wanted to have like going to a theme park. I will share a list of ideas that might be helpful as this is my favorite type of gift to give!

Gift card to their favorite restaurant

A vacation or plane tickets

We took our son to Hawaii for his graduation gift!

Passes to a theme park or museum

I took my son to Disney for a special mother and son trip!

Movie theater or live theater tickets

A tour – wine or factory, or plane or helicopter ride over the city

Adventure type experience like skydiving, bungy jumping, or ziplining

Concert tickets

A spa day package

Nail salon gift card

Coffee shop gift card

A cooking, painting, or some other sort of class of their interest

You could also get a season pass for a local venue they frequent:

The zoo

Children’s museum


Indoor trampoline/bounce house park

Roller skating rink

You could also get them a gift card to some sort of subscription service:

Streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Disney +



Gym membership

Yoga/spin studio membership

Lastly, you could give to a charity in their honor. There are many charities that appreciate end of the year giving. Think about what organization may be meaningful to the person you are giving the gift to. One year for Christmas, my husband purchased several livestock animals for “me” through an organization we trust, to help support an impoverished community in another part of the world. It was SO meaningful to me. I loved that I wasn’t bringing more stuff into my house, and we were able to bless someone else at the same time. Maybe you have an animal lover and you could give money in honor of them towards animal protection. Or perhaps you have someone who is into astrology and would love to have a star named after them!

As you can see there are a lot of ideas for gifts that would not clutter someone’s home and truly be meaningful and appreciated! I hope this gives you some ideas for family members or friends in your life!

Here is the YouTube video I made in conjunction with this blog post.