Birthday gift ideas for a 22 year old

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Birthday gift ideas for a 22 year old
At 22, gifts can be decorative or practical. (happy birhday image by free_photo from

The early 20s are a time of transition. Teens have graduated high school and may have gone on to college or started a new job. While they enjoy their independence, there's nothing like the comforts of a home and family. Use this birthday to remind your 22-year-old that he is still a very important part of your life, even if you don't see him every day.

Car Maintenance

Many teens get a new car for their 16th or 17th birthday. At 22, that car may be ready for some maintenance. A tune up, new tires, brakes or oil changes would all be welcome gifts for a cash-strapped 22-year-old. You can get a gift card for a chain auto maintenance company or go with them and pay for the maintenance. A cheaper yet still practical car-related option is new wiper blades or a coupon to get the car cleaned and vacuumed.


Entering college can be a mind-expanding and wallet-emptying experience. Buying student textbooks for a 22-year-old can be a huge weight lifted off their shoulders. School supplies or help with student meal plans are also great gifts for a 22-year-old college student. If he chooses not to attend a school of higher education, you can still encourage him to think outside the box with books about philosophy, art, religions or ancient cultures.


Around this age, young adults are finishing college and starting families or new jobs. Items for their home can be practical and comforting, particularly if they have never lived away from home. Bath towels, kitchen utensils, small furniture items or decorative pieces can all make a new home feel more comfortable and special.

Homemade Coupons

When you're 22, there are many things in your life to juggle and things may slip through the cracks. Give your 22-year-old coupons for laundry duty, a homemade dinner or a day of house cleaning. These are free and will be greatly appreciated by the overwhelmed birthday boy or girl.

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