Great Holiday Gifts For Adult Children

gifts for adult childrenWhy does it seem as though the holidays arrive earlier every year? (Well, if you celebrate Hanukkah, this year they do, on November 28, which happens to also be Thanksgiving.) So there’s no time like the present to start putting a shopping list together. This year, BA50 has some great suggestions for all the people on that list, and you might even find a few goodies that you would like…so your list could become a “Giving AND Receiving List!”

Adult Children are often tough to shop for. They are into so many different things, not all of which you’re familiar with. You know they would always be happy with Gift Certificates, but we know you have it in you to be more creative than that!


A Gift of Entertainment and/or Culture: You can never go wrong with movie tickets. Some theatres offer gift cards and others such as Laemmle, sell booklets. Add a few boxes of movie candy (they can sneak them in) or some extra cash for snacks at the theatre and your gift is done.
give the gift of cinema
If your giftee is a theater or ballet lover (this is where the culture part comes into play), tickets to a community theatre or university theatre performance would be wonderful (and might be less expensive than tickets to a major venue). Often the recipient can choose which performance they would like to see, and a schedule can be included with the gift. (And of course, if you want to spring for a Broadway box-office hit, that would be great too.)

For the Pedaling Lover: If your child likes to toodle around town or campus on a bike, there’s a host of accessories you can purchase to add a little panache and style to their ride. This Green Bike Basket was designed in Sweden, is easily detachable and has a useful strap so it can be carried as a tote. DringDring sells adorable hand-painted bike bells so your rider can make themselves known both audibly and visually.

 daisy bike bellgreen bike basket

The Gift of a Secure Financial Future: Even though most of our children are nowhere near retirement age, getting them to think about their future is a great idea. And that’s why we thought this article about Financing a Roth IRA for them was terrific. By gifting them with a deposit, you will be starting them off on the right foot.

roth ira nest egg

Coffee, Tea or Cocoa? The Keurig K65 is perfect for when you don’t want to make that Starbuck’s run early in the am or late at night. It’s as perfect for the dorm room as it is for an apartment and it offers you the luxury of using the pre-measured K-Cups or making our own brew. (And hopefully there will be a lot fewer expensive coffee purchases on your credit card.)

keurig coffeemaker

The Gift of Always Being “Plugged In” Young adults are always on the go, be it at school or out and about, and they don’t always have time to recharge their phones and tablets. The Anker Astro E4 is one of the most powerful External Battery Packs you can find. It’s also great for long flights, and camping trips, and once they have it, your son or daughter will no longer be able to use the “ran out of juice” excuse for why they haven’t called.

anker astro battery chaarger

For Those Who Love Selfies: And boy, what selfies the GoPro can take! When we saw a clip on 60 Minutes about this wearable camera that allows you to put yourself into the movie you’re filming, we were blown away. It’s great for amateur or pro athletes, adventurers, and even a new dad or mom who wants to capture their roaming toddler and create a once-in-a-lifetime movie that becomes a family blockbuster. You can film yourself surfing (yes, it’s waterproof), mountain climbing, sky diving (ok, we don’t want our kids sky diving, but what we don’t know won’t hurt us), just about anything!

GoPro Hero3

For the Computer Artist: (or Graphic Designer) Mischief is new software that lets you paint and draw on a computer (using a stylus) as effortlessly (and smoothly) as you would with paper and pencil. Give your artist a voucher that would enable her to download this software, and include the stylus that’s needed to make their artistic ideas a reality. (To purchase the software for a third party click here.)



Please let us know if you’ve got some suggestions to add to this list. The more choices we’ve got, the better! And by the way, if you’ve got a Vegan or Vegetarian joining you at your Christmas dinner, check out this Vegan Cooking article–(that’s a gift we’re giving to you!)


Stay tuned for Holiday Gifts for Your Elderly Parents…

  6 comments for “Great Holiday Gifts For Adult Children

  1. Susan
    November 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    These are great ideas! Giving movie gift cards is always a good idea, but gifting candy to “sneak in” encourages breaking rules in the theater. I am co-owner of a small town movie theater that we’ve worked hard to build and maintain. The profits are not made from ticket sales (the industry gets a large cut of the receipts), but mostly from concessions. That’s why our employees are trained to respectfully confront patrons who sneak in snacks. To wholly support the business (any business), please consider abiding by the few rules in place that allow us to maintain the facilities and pay the staff. There are some great holiday movies coming–visit your local theaters, but please purchase theater concessions if you choose to eat or drink during the show.

    • November 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for writing in, Susan. We certainly understand your plight, and we had hoped that everyone would have realized we were speaking with “tongue-in-cheek” when we suggested people sneak in snacks. We apologize for any hurt feelings, and we hope you have a very successful (and profitable) holiday season!

    • Samtabs1
      January 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      If the concessions were not so outrageously priced, I would definitely buy them at the theater. Sorry, but it costs a small fortune! The concessions are sometimes more than the tickets!

  2. Jen
    November 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

    It didn’t sound tongue-in-cheek. As a French person once told me, “bien essayer!”.
    Maybe a genuine apology would be something like: I never thought of it from the business owner’s side, & I’m sorry.

    Susan, thanks for the perspective.

  3. November 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Jen (and Susan), How’s this for some French…Touche!

  4. December 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Mindy! Wow, the comments didn’t start off too well, but, I for one, am grateful for the suggestions. Our adult children are always difficult to buy for and coming up with fun and practical ideas are always a challenge. Snack faux pas aside, great article! Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas!

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