70 Best Gift Ideas for Adult Children

Finding gift ideas for adult children can be a whole new level of gift giving difficulty. They’re still your children and you want to find the perfect gift for them, but you may not be as familiar with their interests, needs and wants as you were when they were a child. This collection of more than 70 gift ideas is sure to have something for all your children.

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Whether it’s a holiday gift, a birthday gift or gift for another occasion, with this comprehensive list and just a bit of thought, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for your adult children.

What do you give your adult children for Christmas?

How do you find the perfect Christmas gift for your adult child? Spend 10-15 minutes thinking about their interests and then researching online. Come up with a list of gift ideas and then narrow it down to the best gifts for your adult kids.

  • Focus on what they need and want. Don’t hesitate to ask for ideas. You don’t need to waste your time and money on something that will just become clutter.
  • Consider gifts that create memories. Often adult children are living in smaller spaces and they don’t need more things to find a place for.
  • Look for gifts that commemorate or share memories.
  • Give a gift based on their interests
    • Hobbies
    • Crafts
    • Sports
    • Art
    • Travel
  • Give a subscription as a gift, whether to a service, a subscription box or a magazine or publication. It’s a gift that gives month after month after month.
  • Make a donation to their favorite charity or cause.
  • If you’re artistic, crafty or handy, make a handmade DIY Christmas Gift that is special because you made it. And many DIY gifts are perfect for those with a tight budget since they don’t have to spend too much money.
  • If you’re giving money or a gift card, look for a creative way to gift them.

I’ve gathered more than 70 of the best gift ideas for adult children.

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Gift Ideas for Adult Children

Gift ideas below range in price and interests. There’s sure to be a gift idea for any adult child and budget.


hand placing slides in box with camera and film reels

Save and preserve family memories with Legacy Box. You simply place your photos, film or family movies in the box. They’ll carefully digitize your memeories onto a thumb drive, a digital download or DVD. It’s your choice. And then everything is returned to you.

StoryWorth – Create beautiful hardcover books of your family photos and memories. Every week, StoryWorth asks your loved one a question about their life. They simply reply with a story via email or the website, and at the end of a year, all of their stories are printed into a book.

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spiral bound cookbook with family recipes

Family Cookbook –  Create an online or printed collection of your family’s fabulous recipes, photos and kitchen stories. Provides beautiful full color covers, dividers, multiple recipe layouts, recipe index by food and by contributor. A complete set of online tools designed by family cookbook experts make it easy to design and create a family keepsake. that you will not find anywhere else. Invite family members and/or friends to contribute recipes, stay in touch with contributors, and see how your recipes will look with different recipe layouts and covers as you work on designing your personal keepsake cookbook.

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Keepsake Frame for Ticket Stubs – A great gift idea for movie or concert buffs. It’s also a great addition to a gift of tickets to an event.


Favorite Restaurant Gift Card – You can find restaurant gift cards in a variety of colors

Tickets to a Broadway show or Movie Tickets

  • Alamo Drafthouse – The Alamo Drafthouse is the premier location for movies and themed events, serving dinner and drinks with movies. It was recognized at the #1 Theater in America by Entertainment Weekly and the Coolest Movie Theater in the World by Wired.com.
  • Fandango Movie Tickets – Tickets available to more than 45,000 movie theaters around the world.
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Board Games – Look for a unique board game that compliments your child’s interests. There are games for every different interest, hobby and sport.

Gift Certificate – A gift certificate to your child’s favorite store, activity or hobby location is always a great option.

Outdoor Adventure – Provide an experience gift for the adrenaline junky for sky diving, rock climbing, rafting, horseback riding, sailing, skiing or other popular outdoor activity.

Gym Membership – A membership to the local gym, yoga studio or marital arts center is a unique idea for a gift for an adult child.

Time Saving and Conviencience

Instant Pot – An ideal gift for a busy family. Use the instant pot feature to cook meals quickly. It is also a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer,

black and silver instantpot
stainless steel and black slow cooker with lid

Slow Cooker – Also a great gift for a busy adult child. Slow cookers are popular because it allows for hands-off cooking. It’s easy to use, uses less energy and produces tender meats and deep flavors.

Weekly Meal Plan – Dinner Daily provides weekly meal plans that you can tailor to your family’s personal preferences. The meals are easy to make and delicious. You can identify your favorite grocery store and the program will provide you with a personalized shopping list, identifying applicable sales and coupons.

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Personal Chef To Go – Select fresh, healthy meals cooked just for you each week and delivered to your door. Meals stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 12 days and you simply microwave to reheat and enjoy the delicious chef prepared meal.

Roomba – Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i7+ to empty itself for up to 60 days. Intelligently maps and cleans an entire level of your home in neat, efficient rows.

black Roomba unit with charging station

Give the gift of fashion that’s easy to order, try and return with Amazon Personal Shopper and give a styling service that provides style inspiration and personalized recommendations.

Tech Gifts

Amazon Echo a smart home hub with Alexa and premium sound. Provides voice control compatible lights, locks, and sensors. Easy to set up and compatible Zigbee devices or select Ring Smart Lighting solar lights and bulbs. Hands-free calling and access to Alexa.

Alexa device on table top with blue mug and plant

Give a 6-month, 12-month or 24-month Amazon Kindle Unlimited Membership. Your child will receive unlimited access to over 1 million ebooks and unlimited listening access to thousands of audiobooks. Can be used on most devices.

Music streaming subscription – There are many popular music streaming platforms. Amazon Prime Music provides a monthly subscription to over 75 million songs and they’re streamed ad-free.

Wireless Earbuds – There’s always new and better earbuds and headphones available and they make a great gift idea.

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 – With Auto Switch, the earphones detect what connection you need and instantly shifts audio to that Galaxy device*; Shift effortlessly between your Galaxy phone, tablet, watch, or PC*
  • Apple AirPods Pro – Easy setup for all your Apple devices. Provides adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear. Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”. The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life.
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Apple Watch – This GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts directly from the watch. You can also:

  • Measure your blood oxygen with an all-new sensor and app
  • Check your heart rhythm with the ECG app
  • Track your daily activity on Apple Watch and see your trends in the Fitness app on iPhone

Bluetooth speakers – There are bluetooth speakers available in a range of prices and with a variety of features. Choose the one that works best for your budget and needs.

Universal Remote – A universal remote is a great addition to a larger gift or as a stocking stuffer. It eliminates the need for multiple remotes.

Tile Mate– Is a great gift for a busy or forgetful adult child. You simply attach the tile product to keys, bags, a purse or other commonly misplaced items so that you can quickly locate them.

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9 Simply Safe home security system products in white

Wireless Simply Safe Security System – This security system is perfect for both renters and home owners since it is wireless. There is no contract required and you can choose the optional security monitoring if you’d like.

Self-Development and Faith

Babbel Language Learning – Learn vocabulary and langue skills for real-life situations. Designed to use repetition for long-term memory retention.

Journal – A gratitude journal or prayer journal is an inspirational gift that can often be personalized as a gift, as well.

white wood plaque with scripture vese

A wood scripture plaque is an encouraging gift. It’s available in a variety of styles and with a variety of verses.

driftwood colored wall sign with scripture verses

Comfort and Treat Gift Ideas

Sweet Treats:

  • Cookies by Design – A memorable gift that everyone enjoys with nationwide delivery. Clever baskets of meticulously designed cookies for every occassion.
  • Candy or Cookie Subscriptions Box – You can choose a one-time box or an on-going subscription for as many months as you’d like. There are gifts ranging from special handcrafted cookies and cupcakes to luxury chocolates and lollipops.

Brentwood Home Beds and Bedding – The mattresses, pillows, sheets, and yoga cushions are made greener by using natural, recycled, and innovative materials for greater comfort, performance, and sustainability. 

We started with a dog bed that was so soft and cushiony that we ended up with two amazing Brentwood Home people mattresses. I can highly recommend their products as being top quality and they last for years.

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Flowers or Plants

  • FTD – In addition to sending beautiful flowers, did you know that you can choose from more than 45 lovely plants in impressive baskets and pots?
  • ProFlowers – You can find gorgeous floral arrangements and plants for under $50 that will make a classic gift for any occasion.

Spa Day Gift Certificate – If you’re a grandparent, you can offer to watch the grandchildren as part of the spa day gift so that your child can entirely enjoy the day and the gift.

Hair, Nails or other Pampering Gift Certificate – Choose a special treat that your child would enjoy and doesn’t do for themselves as often as they’d like.

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Hawaiian Kona Coffee – Kona coffee is world renowned for the unique, full-bodied flavor that comes from growing in the volcanic soil found on the the slopes of the two volcanoes located on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

More than 30 unique Kona coffees and Hawaiian teas make thoughtful gifts for the coffee and tea fans.

Craft and Hobby

Cricut – Cutting machines like the Cricut Joy, Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore and top quality supplies for all your crafting and organizing projects.

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Art Subscription Boxes – 21 of the best art subscription boxes for children ages 3 and up, tweens, teens and adults. Boxes include a variety of themes and mediums.

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High Quality Art Supplies – Derwent is a 185 year old company and is recognized for their innovated and quality art products, including colored pencils, pens, paints, blocks and papers.

Creative Hobby Subscription Boxes – The best 20 unique monthly & quarterly subscription boxes for crafts, cooking, baking, gardening and puzzles. There are fun ideas for every interest.

Xyron – Xyron provides products to support crafters, educators and even small business owners. They have laminators, sticker makers and more. I have personally owned a Xyron laminator for 18 years and it still works perfectly!

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Subscription Boxes

Best Fitness Subscription Boxes – 14 of the top fitness subscription boxes for men and women of all activity levels and interests. Makes a great one-time or on-going gift.

Best Candy Subscription Boxes – The 16 best candy subscription boxes to give as a one-time or monthly gift. The best boxes for every occasion and candy preference.

Top Art Subscription Boxes – 21 of the best art subscription boxes for children ages 3 and up, tweens, teens and adults. Boxes include a variety of themes and mediums.

Creative Hobby Subscription Boxes – The best 20 unique monthly & quarterly subscription boxes for crafts, cooking, baking, gardening and puzzles. There are fun ideas for every interest.

Best Subscription Boxes for Men– Find the best gifts for dad with these 32 subscription boxes for men. Gift ideas for birthdays, Father’s Day, Christmas, unique gifts, food & drink & more.

Best Subscription Boxes for Older Women – Collection of 36 of the best subscription boxes for older women organized in 6 categories. Subscription boxes make an ideal gift for all older folks.


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Family Command Center Organizer – 1Thrive is known for stylish, high quality and versatile wall organizers. I personally own a 1Thrive command center and can tell you it’s extremely well-made and the different style options mean there’s something for every space and a busy family’s needs.

bamboo drawer dividers with black and orange box

SpaceAid – Adjustable bamboo Drawer organizers and pull-out spice organizers. Top quality products to organize any size or style of kitchen.

Clever Fox Planners – The Clever Fox Planner is an agenda, daily planner, gratitude journal and goal-setting tool all rolled into one.

Get 10% off with Clever Fox Planner Discount Code ORGANIZED3110OFF !

Budget planners, notebooks, gratitude journals, stickers and more are also available.

I’ve personally used several Clever Box products and they are beautiful, top quality and highly functional.

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Roll of blue painter's tape and marker hanging on inside of kitchen cabinet door

Kitchen Stickin’ makes a great stocking stuffer. Now, the Kitchen Stickin’™ Tape Dispenser makes it easy and practical to use painter’s tape for many different uses in your kitchen.

Identify items and dates of containers in your fridge or cabinet.

Use to close bags of food rather than chip clips.

Hang up artwork and other important documents.

The dispenser is hung up with damage-free adhesive.

EzPacking Packing Cubes – A great gift for anyone who travels. Packing cubes are the professional organzer and travelers top recommendation.

The Starter Set is a set of four cubes with one in each size (large, medium, small, and extra small.) This is perfect for packing a carry on suitcase and can hold up to 1 week of clothes for one person.

The high quality clear packing cubes are available in 9 different colors. You can read more about how I used them in packing.

Use coupon code SUSAN10 to save 10% on your entire order.

4 different sizes of clear packing cubes for luggage

Expert Tips for Gifts for Adult Children

  • Set your budget for all your gifts and for each individual. Stick with your budget.
  • Create a yearlong gift planner list and then look for gifts all year long. This allows you to find the perfect gift that is within your budget rather than just panic shopping at the last minute.
  • Choose gifts that your child would actually like, not just what you’d like to give.
  • Select gifts that provide experiences rather than gifts that will just become clutter.
  • Give the gift of spending quality time with you doing something you both enjoy.
  • Give the gift of saving time for busy children.
  • Ask your adult child what they would like and not like to receive.
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Looking for more gift ideas?

  • The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List – Find the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list on any budget. This perfect gift guide contains hundreds of gift ideas so there’s something for everyone.
  • DIY Gift Ideas – More than 80 easy DIY gift ideas for all interests and craft skill levels.

Gift Wrapping ideas you might have missed

  • Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas – More than 15 upcycled Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are earth-friendly, frugal, creative and festive. Wow your family and friends with creative packages.
  • Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping – More than 30 Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas make gifts much more special, exciting and fun. Who doesn’t love a unique gift wrap?
  • DIY Gift Card Holders – Make your own DIY gift card holders from recycled Christmas cards. They’re easy to make, frugal, earth-friendly and adorable.

Be sure to pin for later so you can always find these gift ideas for adult children year after year and holiday after holiday.

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