25 Great Christmas Gifts for Young Adults in Their First Apartment

25 Great Christmas Gifts for Young Adults in Their First Apartment

Young adults just out of college and in their first apartments are looking for Christmas gifts to help get them started in life. If you’ve got a recent college grad, a college student just about to graduate, someone moving into their first apartment, or getting their first job, the gifts on this list will make the transition easier and a bit more fun! This gift guide takes the guesswork out of buying gifts for the young adults on your list this holiday season.

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I may have given my kids the wrong impression earlier this week when I texted them asking for gift suggestions for someone who’s just moved into their first apartment. I forgot that all 3 of them live in apartments now and would be thrilled to receive things for their apartments so I immediately got tons of great suggestions! I had to go back and clarify that I was asking for this gift guide but at least you guys know that the items on this list are definitely things young adults just out of college would really like to get for Christmas. And you don’t need to worry too much about my kids, either; Santa may be picking out a few of these items for them as well.

25 Great Gifts for Young Adults in Their First Apartment

You still need to carry a laptop with you even after school is over, but now your backpack needs to look sleek and professional. This light backpack has multiple storage compartments and a luggage strap so you can securely slide it over your suitcase handle during those business trips or vacations.

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Oh, the places you'll go with this sturdy canvas weekender bag with tons of space, including a separate shoe compartment. Almost 500 reviewers on Amazon have given this bag an amazing 4.8-star rating, making it an astonishing value.

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An Echo Dot is a good smart speaker for someone in their first apartment. They can catch up on the mornin news and check on the traffic and weather as they get ready for work in the morning and then get recipe ideas and add items to buy at the grocery store in the evening.

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The Roku Streaming Stick+ lets your young adult stream all their favorite shows and movies anytime without the need for a cable subscription. This device can stream all the beautiful 4K content that's rapidly becoming available.

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Share the joys of an organized entryway with this wall-mounted key holder with a wire pocket for mail and other essentials.

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Vasagle is a brand sold on Amazon known for well-made but inexpensive industrial style furniture and most of their pieces are perfect for a young adult in their first apartment. This 4-tier bookshelf is no exception - the price is incredible and the bookshelf is just the right size for books or to display a collection.

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If there's one tool necessary to survive in the adult world, it's coffee. This Keurig makes coffee-making so simple, you can do it before you've had your coffee and the small footprint doesn't waste counter space.

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There's no need for an expensive bulky blender unless you're making margaritas for friends on a regular basis. This nutribullet is perfect for whipping up easy morning smoothies to get that quick hit of nutrition on the go.

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A home meal kit is an excellent introduction to cooking at home as it takes away the need to meal plan and shop and generally provides good step-by-step instructions each night. Blue Apron offers several gift cards that can be used towards any of their meal plans.

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Sure, you can probably find all this information on the Internet - if you take the time to look and to vet your sources. But this reference book from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is an essential reference for the beginning cook. Each recipe teaches a basic cooking technique and he also covers how to set up your pantry, knife techniques and really, just everything a home cook needs to know. It's all accompanied with extensive photographs so there's no confusion. This is the book I turn to when I can't remember how to do something or (more often) I never really learned the correct technique.

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Friends don't let friends buy knives in block sets. Teach your young adult the pleasures of using a decent knife with these two versatile knives and honing blade. These Swiss knives are high-quality blades sold at a reasonable price that many chefs use. The bundle includes a chef's knife and a paring knife which can handle most kitchen tasks so they're perfect for beginning cooks.

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This is a great beginner's cookware set as it contains a variety of pots and pans for almost any cooking need and it's an amazing value for stainless steel cookware. Plus each pot comes with a tempered glass vented lid so you can see what you're cooking without lifting the lid and there's no need to worry about your pots boiling over.

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There's nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of cooking a meal and realizing the recipes calls for a spice you don't have. That happens a lot to beginning cooks who are just starting to build up their spice collections. This spice rack comes with 20 basic spices (plus offers free refills for 5 years) and its revolving design minimizes the amount of counterspace it occupies.

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All the chopping and dicing can intimidate a beginner cook. This vegetable chopper has a variety of blades and attachments to slice, dice, and grate a variety of vegetables and cheeses. Plus the attached container can store what you've chopped until you're ready to use it.

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This versatile piece is meant to add some extra storage in the kitchen and it's the perfect size to hold a small microwave along with some dishes or other kitchen items. But it's also the perfect size to hold a printer or to be used as an end table next to a sofa. The middle shelf is adjustable which further increases its versatility.

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This cocktail shaker set has all the tools a budding bartender needs and the mahogany stand helps keep them organized and beautifully displayed.

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Nobody has room for an iron and an ironing board anymore. Even I can't remember the last time I actually ironed anything. But you still need to take the wrinkles out of a shirt or dress from time to time and this steamer is perfect for emergency wrinkle removal.

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The best gifts are ones you wouldn't buy yourself so give your young adult the gift of a luxiourous night's sleep with these surprisingly affordable set of 100% combed cotton sheets. The more you wash these sheets, the softer they'll get!

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Grown-ups take their oral health seriously but that's no reason you can't help make it fun with the gift of the stylish and sleek Quip toothbrush. Each quip lasts 3 months on a single battery so there's no need to charge every night and the company sends you a new battery and brush head every 3 months. Plus the brush itself vibrates so you know when to move to a new section while brushing and the built-in timer ensures you brush for a full two minutes, the length dentists recommend.

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Turn shower time into spa time with this soft and thick cotton Turkish towel set. These towels will last for years and be a much better alternative than the cheap discount towels your young adult might otherwise buy.

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Apartment bathrooms never have enough storage so your gift of this unique shower organizer is sure to be appreciated. Six angled shelves hold shampoos, conditioners, and liquid soaps, two flat shelves hold soaps, and two hooks can hold razors or washcloths. This caddy can fit around both hand-held and regular shower fixtures and has glowing reviews on Amazon!

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This cordless vacuum makes vacuuming ridiculously convenient - just grab and go. The battery is detachable so it's easy to charge and it comes with a variety of attachments. And over 350 reviews on Amazon say this as good as the almost 5 times more expensive Dyson.

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Swiss army knives aren't considered the essential items that they used to be so your young adult may need a little explanation of how they can be useful in day-to-day life. Just explain that a Swiss Army life is handy in the following situations: food in the teeth (included toothpick), battery replacement (included screwdriver), opening wine (corkscrew), opening beer (beer opener), cutting off price tags (scissors). Also, there's a knife. Someday your young adult will pass this knife along to their grandchildren.

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Someday, maybe not today, but soon and for the rest of their life, your young adult will need to use a tool. And on that day, they'll be glad you gave them this handy toolset which contains a full set of allen wrenches so they don't need to use the crappy ones that come with the Ikea furniture they bought and a screwdriver handle with a variety of screwdriver heads for almost any need.

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Setting a new life in a new apartment requires a lot of new purchases so maybe the best gift of all is the gift of an Amazon Prime membership. And don't worry - you don't have to fork over the money for a full 12-month membership (although it's awesome if you do!) For just $39, you can help your young adult with a 3-month membership that includes free 2-day shipping, free movies and TV shows with Prime video, free music streaming, and so much more.

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