22nd birthday present ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

A person's 22nd birthday can seem a bit off kilter. It's the year after the big celebration of 21. While 21 was special so are birthdays in general and they should be celebrated. When you're shopping for the birthday girl or boy, keep this list handy for ideas on what to get a 22-year-old for his or her special day.

Celebrate the Birthday Year

Commemorate the year of the person's birthday with a grab bag of items from that year. For example, if they were born in 1987, get him a fun facts book about the year 1987 and a couple of movies that were popular and released in 1987. If he likes to read buy a best-selling book from that year. A music album from that year that was popular is another option.

Get The Birthday Girl/Boy 22 Things

You don't have to break the bank to give the birthday girl 22 things. Be creative and think about what the birthday girl likes. For example, you can give her 22 of her favourite flavour of mini cookies or 22 mini cupcakes. Or, you can give her 22 lollipops, 22 pieces of her favourite candies, 22 candles or 22 silver dollars.


Pampering is always a safe bet on any birthday. For a birthday girl, give her £14 toward a spa treatment. Treat a birthday boy to a sporting event and spend £14 on his snacks or beverages.

Travel Gifts

Gifts that involve travel are a good idea for a 22-year-old. It is always nice to de-stress, get away and party with friends. When you're in your early 20s, travelling to places like Las Vegas and other popular hot spots are a blast, but cash may be limited. Gifting the birthday person with an airline gift card or travel gift token can help make those travel plans a reality.

Gift Cards

You can't go wrong with a gift card for stores or services that the 22-year-old likes. Gift cards for gadgets, electronics, movies and video games can be bought at Best Buy or other electronics store. Boutiques and salons also sale gift cards for their products and services. If you can afford to give several gift cards in £14 increments.

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