Let’s face it; adulting is hard. Growing up, leaving the safety and security of home, and venturing out into the real world may look like an attractive option when you are still in the nest, but there is an adjustment period that many young adults go through that is a little disillusioning.
Stepping into responsibilities
As our young ones step into greater responsibilities and roles as adults, we want to gift them with things that are truly useful, items that they can use as they make the transition from child to adult. The days of toys and trinkets may be behind, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give timeless, classic, and thoughtful gifts that they can use for years to come.
Here are some time-tested, young adult-approved gifts that “kids” in their twenties, thirties, and beyond truly appreciate. Consider adding them to your gift-giving list for birthdays and holidays, letting your little adults know that you are proud of who they’ve become. Read on for some innovative and fun gift-giving ideas:
1. Stainless steel tea kettle
It’s never too early to start taking care of your physical body. Even in your college years, paying attention to what you eat and drink should be a top priority, as it sets the stage for future health. Winding down with a cup of herbal tea every night is a very sophisticated, grown-up thing to do, and it helps to establish healthier bedtime habits as one grows and matures.
2. Lush, green houseplants
As we enter adulthood, few of us have been given the task of taking care of anyone…or anything…other than ourselves. Growing and maturing involves learning to take care of other things. Running a household, cleaning the litter box, and taking care of houseplants instills a sense of confidence in a young adult. They are willing to take on greater responsibility as successes are experienced. Giving your young one a beautiful green houseplant to liven up living space not only refreshes the environment but can also be a sign that they are stepping into greater responsibility. Include instructions, and you have an almost fail-safe experiment in taking care of another living thing, a vital step in gaining independence.
3. Kitchen gadgets
We’ve all been there-we want to create a gourmet meal for dinner guests at our new apartment, but we don’t have the kitchen gadgets and tools to get the job done. Cater to your budding gourmet by giving some of the tools that they need to chop, mix, and sautee their way to deliciousness. Many online retailers have “complete” kitchen packages designed to get young adults up and running in the kitchen for a decent price.
4. Leather handbags
Being seen about town with a Hello Kitty purse used to be all the rage, but young adults who wish to project a more mature image to friends and potential employers should have something else in their handbag arsenal. Stylish leather handbags stand the test of time while pairing well with all clothing styles.
5. Stemless wine glasses
Adulting requires a fair amount of entertaining as well. You know that your young adults have been hosting get-togethers for some time now; why not make their parties more sleek and stylish with the addition of stemless wine glasses? Young guests will be impressed at the sophistication your gift recipient displays when throwing a dinner party or casual night in with friends.
As you ponder which of these wonderful ideas to bestow upon the young adults in your life, give some thought to how they enhance and perhaps streamline the challenges that come with making this important transition. Happy shopping!