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Happy belated birthday to me! My big day was June 27th, and I wanted to share my birthday haul with you because I realized that they were all great birthday gifts for twenty-somethings.

I’d say good birthday gifts for twenty-somethings are anything they don’t want to spend their own money on, even though they’re useful or fun. We spend so much time working, and we get so anxious about the future that we always forget life is happening now. So, any gift that allows us to remember that is great! For example, paying off my $60,000 of student loan debt would’ve been awesome, but unfortunately no one took that bait.

Just kidding. But seriously. Anything fun, or taking care of needs like clothes or a bill payment so we can use that money for fun, is all helpful. We’re not picky.

So, below is a look at my birthday haul! In it, you’ll find some great birthday gifts for twenty-somethings, but also some things you might want to splurge on for yourself! While it’s true that not all these items are highly practical, it’s also true that none of them are over $30. If you don’t have $30 in the budget to buy something that makes you feel good once in a while, I highly suggest revisiting your spending habits! With that in mind, here’s the list!

The best birthday gifts for twenty-somethings are things they don't want to spend their own money on. My birthday haul included clothes, games and books!

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Birthday Gifts for Twenty-Somethings

What Do You Meme

birthday haul birthday gifts for twenty-somethings

WARNING: Though memes are a universal language, this game is not for kiddos. That’s how it made it’s way to a list of birthday gifts for twenty-somethings. 

If you love Cards Against Humanity, you’ll love What Do You Meme. It’s the same concept, but instead of the black cards, you have memes. You have to create the best caption to win the meme (decide with your group if you’re going for funniest or most logistically correct) and whoever collects the most meme cards by the end wins!

The best birthday gifts for twenty-somethings are things they don't want to spend their own money on. My birthday haul included clothes, games and books!
Gotta be able to laugh at yourself sometimes!

Forever 21 Sundress

I’ll be honest, I’ve gained some weight since moving back home from college. In school, I walked everywhere and I was busy all the time so I never thought about snacking. Now, its all I do. I study in my kitchen and when I’m bored, I snack. And when I’m between class and internship, I stop at Panera. or Smashburger. Or Chipotle. I’m starting to change my habits, but in the meantime, I need summer clothes that fit. So my mom took me shopping and I got this adorable dress (in pink) and the romper below.
I love how this dress accentuates the curves of my waist and hips but minimizes my pasta belly. One of the best birthday gifts I could ask for is a flat tummy, and this dress gave it to me! The best part is that I didn’t even feel bad asking my mom for buy it for me, because it’s under $20.

Forever 21 Romper

Rompers are really hard for me to wear, ’cause I’m smaller on top than I am on the bottom. I know I’m not the only girl out there with this problem, so ta-daaa! I found you a great option. While it’s great that it actually fits my top and bottom, the ruffle actually adds a lil’ somethin’ to the top, which makes me look more balanced. I literally love it.

Again, I didn’t even feel bad asking my mom to buy this for me, because it’s under $20, and it’s comfortable and versatile and super pretty. So, while I wait for the bod of my dreams to kick in, I’m just gonna use amazing clothes like this to trick people into thinking I have it.

Magnolia Table Cookbook

birthday haul birthday gifts for twenty-somethingsIf I could drop everything I’m doing– school, internship, even this blog– to be the Joanna Gaines of the northeast, I would probably do it. I love everything she’s ever done, from her houses to *ahem* her hubby. But while the embodiment of Jo’s spirit would have been a great gift, again, no one offered me that. Instead, I got her brand new cookbook, Magnolia Table.

So far, I’ve only tried her White Bean Hummus because it’s healthy, versatile and easy. The holy trinity of cooking when you’re broke and lacking a fully-stocked kitchen. But there are a LOT of recipes in here that make this book a great birthday gift for twenty-somethings. Next, I’m thinking of trying her Mac and cheese with panko breadcrumbs for a nice comfort recipe. Or her perfect roast chicken to add another adult meal to my arsenal.

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Barnes and Noble Collectible Fairytales

birthday haul birthday gifts for twenty-somethingsThis one’s really personal, but I included it for nostalgia’s sake. And to show it off. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ve always had a thing for fairytales, especially Beauty and the Beast. I want my wedding theme to be a Tale as Old as Time. How romantic, right? Don’t steal it.

So, they always have this big display of these gorgeous collectible fairytales in Barnes and Noble, and I always sigh as I walk past, knowing they’re not practical purchases but still admiring their beauty. My mom has always noticed and urged me to buy one, for the same reasons I cited earlier. If I can’t spring $20 for something I’ve loved for years, I’m budgeting wrong. But something always seemed more important, until I called it a birthday gift!

Yup, I bought this one for myself, along with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, because they were on sale. And their silver lined pages and leather-bound covers and the ribbon bookmark thingies in the middle are all worth it. They’re displayed prominently in my bedroom, bein’ all pretty n’ stuff. The best birthday gifts for twenty-somethings are things they don't want to spend their own money on. My birthday haul included clothes, games and books!The best birthday gifts for twenty-somethings are things they don't want to spend their own money on. My birthday haul included clothes, games and books!

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101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone

birthday haul birthday gifts for twenty-somethingsThe last item in the birthday haul is 101 Secrets for your Twenties by Paul Angone. I haven’t finished it yet, because I took it to the beach the other day when it was about a hundred degrees out, and the binding actually melted. Literally melted and some pages were falling out. So, I’ll finish it at home where the loose pages won’t fly away.

Still, the few nuggets of wisdom I’ve received so far are already giving me a swift kick in the butt. For example, how embarrassment and greatness exist together. If you’re not willing to be embarrassed, you’re probably not willing to be great. A little harsh, but very, very real.

Something to note is that, while there is a lot of valuable information, Angone doesn’t always offer answers with his presented problems. They’re more something to help twenty-somethings not feel alone. Also, there’s a bit of a Christian angle to it. There are several places where he suggests you look to God to find your answers. If that’s not something you believe in, you might not find as much value in this book.

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Birthday gifts for twenty-somethings aren’t so hard to find if you know what they need! What are the best birthday gifts you’ve gotten?

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I'm Nicole, and I've always known that I was meant to be a blogger. I have two fails under my belt and am working hard to make the third time a charm with my newest endeavor, Uninspired. I'm a grad student in marriage and family therapy, but I also love creative writing, cooking and baking, reading, and DIY, which all get to shine in this little lifestyle blog of mine.

10 Comments

  1. Samantha Leigh Kresz Reply

    I love the game what do you meme. SO funny. That books for 20 somethings seems interesting. Happy belated birthday!! I’m about to turn 26!!

    • There ya go…stuff your ten year old self would think were super boring 😂 that’s how you shop for a twenty-something

  2. I’m more than 20 something but I’d love Magnolia Table as a gift too! 🙂 Love your ideas!

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