22nd Birthday Present Ideas

by Sam Penne

Though 22-year-olds -- like those in any other age group -- vary greatly in personality and taste, they do have one thing in common: Many are just starting out in life and may have limited budgets. Use their birthdays as an opportunity to get them something special that they wouldn't buy for themselves. Appropriate gifts for 22-year-olds include fitness equipment, a trip or even stocks.

Personal Fitness Gifts

A row of free weights.

Many 22-year-olds maintain an exercise regimen, and most would appreciate a gift that helps improve their health or well-being. Easy-to-find and affordable options include free weights, fitness clothing or a daily planner. Even those who don't regularly work out may enjoy a gift that promotes healthy living, such as a basket of healthy food or a juicer. Personalize these gifts to the recipient's specific health goals.

A Trip

Young man at the airport smiles while holding a plane ticket.

Twenty-two-year-olds often find themselves in a major point of transition. Many are considering job opportunities in new cities, while others are finishing college and will soon be ready to explore the world. Give them the gift of transportation, and buy them a plane, train or bus ticket to a place they've always thought about living. Your thoughtful gift could have a major impact on their future by exposing them to new regions or cultures.

The Gift of Stock

Financial figures on a screen indicating stock prices.

Money and finances may seem scary to some 22-year-olds, so buying someone her first stock certificate can usher her into the world of finance. MarketWatch notes that young people are becoming increasingly interested in stocks, as technology has sparked awareness about investing. Look for your 22-year-old's favorite company or activity and buy her stock related to that interest.

Books, Music and Movies

Young woman with headphones listening to an MP3 player.

Find out his favorite form of media, and buy him a book, movie or album related to this interest. If your 22-year-old is a voracious reader, find his favorite author and give him a book that he's been meaning to read. For those interested in cinema, a gift card to a local movie theater will offer a chance to see a movie at their leisure. Before buying music, always ask a 22-year-old about his preferred method of listening, as it could be via CDs, records, an MP3 player or a music subscription service.

About the Author

Sam Penne is a freelance writer based in Ann Arbor, Mich, by way of New York. He has written about politics, music, and culture for the Michigan Daily, Mic and various blogs. He was the 2013 recipient of the Hopwood Award in short fiction and his work was recently featured in the CAFE Shapiro Anthology.

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