Wondering What to Get the Cool Millennial in Your Life? These 30 Gifts Are Guaranteed to Impress
We have to admit something: millennials are the worst to shop for. They’re never satisfied and when they want something, they immediately go out and buy it themselves. I know this because I am a millennial. But there is a loophole. Just have a 30-something-year-old do the curating for you (ahem, that would be me). Here, a breakdown of 30 giftable items that any millennial is sure to love.
1. Phone Soap
We didn’t expect a phone sanitization device to be a hot gift either, but it’s 2020 and here we are. This handy little device effectively zaps 99.99 percent of all bacteria and germs with two germicidal UV-C bulbs. Given the times we’re living in and how much millennials touch their phone, the peace of mind is honestly priceless.
2. Bodum Bean Cold brew coffee maker
Ask any millennial what they miss most about pre-Covid life, and 90 percent of them will say their daily visit to the coffee shop. Luckily, this cold brew coffee maker lets them make the good stuff (packed with plenty of caffeine) without leaving the kitchen. Just add fresh ground coffee and filtered water and let it steep for 12 to 24 hours in the fridge before pressing and pouring into a glass. Bonus: The whole contraption is dishwasher safe, which is necessary for getting rid of all those tiny coffee grinds.
3. Winc Wine
The only thing we love more than wine that gets delivered straight to our door, is wine that’s heavily discounted but tastes expensive AF. Winc is a DTC wine company that creates over 100 varieties from premier wine-making regions around the world and delivers them via an easy-to-use monthly subscription. Because they work directly with vineyards, they can offer high end bottles starting at just $13.
4. Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket – 15lbs
Stress and anxiety are two things most 30-somethings know all too well. One simple way to help them deal? With a weighted blanket. The density creates physical pressure on the body and can increase the release of serotonin (aka the happy chemical) in the brain for a calming effect. This Bearaby style is our top pick because it happens to look more like a chic woven throw, instead of a drab quilt.
5. Click and Grow Smart Garden
Judging by their ability to kill succulents in record time they don’t exactly have a green thumb. But one thing they can most definitely grow? Herbs and veggies in this hydroponic garden. There’s virtually no maintenance required, because it delivers the exact amount of water to keep the plants thriving, and the refillable tank holds enough H20 for up to three weeks.
6. Galentine Bouquet Embroidery Kit
In the spring, everyone’s Instagram story chronicled their quarantine puzzle progress. But like Zoom happy hours, that trend has slowly died. This winter, it’s going to be all about quite nights at home, learning embroidery and secretly reveling in the fact that we don’t have to attend a single holiday party.
7. YETI Rambler 12 oz. Colster Slim Can Insulator
Have you ever tried to use a regular koozie on a slim can? Yeah, it doesn’t work too well. But this slim can insulator from YETI fits perfectly, to keep that hard seltzer ice cold until the last drop. Consider this to be one stocking stuffer that will definitely garner an, “oooh, cool!” response.
8. Nintendo Switch Super Mario Party Video Game
The days of Super Nintendo were simpler times, back when we played Mario Kart for hours on end and mom supplied the Bagel Bites. While a few of us still have that vintage gaming system, the timeless game is even more fun to play on Nintendo’s newest and trendiest device, Nintendo Switch. We think it’s because of the high-tech screen and super clear graphics. We call dibs on Baby Mario.
9. Pinch Provisions Digital Detox Kit
This handy digital detox kit from Pinch Provisions is ideal for that late 20-something who can’t stop scrolling TikTok before bed. Inside, you’ll find digital detox tips, an infinity fidget cube and an activity dice that can help lower their weekly screen time. There’s also a mini alarm clock, which is helpful for keeping their phone out of the bedroom, a pouch to tuck their phone in before bed, ear plugs and an eye mask.
10. Kosas Layer Slayer Set
In a world where a full face of makeup is kind of obsolete, many are turning to just the essentials for looking semi-pulled together on Zoom. And that most definitely includes lip products like this set from the clean beauty brand Kosas. For hydration, there’s Baseline LipFuel (a hyaluronic acid lip balm); for a slick, non-sticky finish, there’s Jellyfish Lip Oil Gloss and for a hint of nourishing color, there’s Vegas Lipstick.
11. Boy Smells Kush, Ash, Cedar Stack Votive Set
This candle brand is super popular, all thanks to its millennial-friendly packaging and cheeky candle names. This trio combines the first three scents the cult-favorite company ever created, making them some of the most loved (i.e. you definitely can’t go wrong).
12. Summer Fridays Jumbo Jet Lag Mask
When this hydrating overnight mask hit shelves in 2018, it was an instant hit. While it was originally created to restore moisture to skin post travel, it’s been adopted by many as an everyday moisturizer. Meaning we go through it like water. Just in time for the holidays, the brand debuted its new jumbo size Jet Lag Mask, which is 5-ounces—that’s double the size of the original.
13. Üllo Wine Purifier
Whether they’re fans or white or red, wine drinkers can all agree on one thing: hangovers are no fun. But this handy wine purifier sits atop any size glass and filters out sulfites, which are artificial preservatives responsible for those morning-after headaches.
14. Dyson Airwrap Styler
We’ve sung the praises of this versatile styling device many times before. Yes, it’s pricey, but it combines six tools into one and has the ability to dry, curl, wave and smooth without the use of extreme damaging heat. You don’t even need to know how to use traditional hair tools—the Dyson motor attracts and wraps hair, using only air.
15. Our Place Dinner for 4
The Our Place Always Pan is a total gamechanger for small kitchens, since it excels at both space-saving and multi-tasking. But the brand also sells super-chic plates, bowls and cups that coordinate flawlessly with their trendy cookwear. Consider this the ideal starter kit for someone just learning how to function as an adult.
16. Bloomscape Grow How Kit
Even those who aren’t natural gardeners will find it easy to care for a Philodendron. Before long, the vines will overtake their current pot and it will be time for some trimming and propagating. That’s where this kit from Bloomscape comes into play. It includes a small Philodendron Heartleaf plant, a Speckl propagation kit, downloadable plant coloring cards (which can be handed off to the kids) and an exclusive plant care workshop led by Joyce Mast and her grandchildren. Plus, the brand is donating $20 from each sale to Detroit Prep, a free public charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade students.
17. Wildling Aura Collection
First there was jade rolling. Then Gua Sha became the next big thing. Now, it’s all about lymphatic drainage. Get them into the trendy self-care ritual with this kit that includes a dry brush, Aura stone and body serum and oil to help detoxify, soothe skin and release tension from head to toe. It’s self-care on a whole new level—just the way millennials like it.
18. Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
Another thing millennials like? Pizza. But there’s only so much Domino’s delivery one body can handle. Enter this tabletop pizza oven, which bakes just like a brick oven, due to enhanced heating dynamics and total flame control. It’s made of easy-to-scrub stainless-steel, so mom can’t even criticize your cleaning skills (or lack thereof).
19. Tineco Pure ONE S11 Smart Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
A Dyson cordless vacuum might be the popular choice, but this option from Tineco is half the price and cleans twice as well. Don’t believe us? Read this glowing review. Our favorite details? The polished blue-and-white color scheme and the genius app integration.
20. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
Blue Bottle coffee shops are only in a handful of cities around the U.S. and Asia, but anyone can get their delicious beans—from espresso to single origin to decaf—sent straight to their door. Opt for the weekly or monthly subscription options that can be customized based on what they want, how much they drink and how often they'd like it to arrive.
21. Wild One Collar Walk Kit
This one’s for all the dog moms and dads who put just as much thought into their pup’s aesthetic as their own. Wild One’s walk kits come with everything you need for a fashionable stroll around the block: a matching collar and leash, plus a poop bag holder, which comes in seven crowd-pleasing colors (yes, millennial pink is one of them).
22. Urban Outfitters Laptop Desk
One thing we’ve learned from our many months of working from home? Sitting at a desk all day is out of the question, especially when our bed and couch are so close by. This lap desk turns any spot into a makeshift office while the hard surface prevents your laptop from overheating. It’s the gift they probably never knew they needed (and maybe it will help them stop complaining about their sore back).
23. Fujifilm Mini Link Smartphone Printer
Baby Boomers had Polaroid cameras, and millennials have this Fujifilm smartphone printer. It sounds like exactly what it is: a mini printer that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and almost instantly pops out the photos you wish to print. That means you’ll get iPhone quality pics, ready to hang on the fridge.
24. Britney Spears - Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Limited 2XLP
If you grew up in the ‘90s, there’s no greater nostalgia than listening to Britney Spears. This record is sure to bring back all the feels.
25. Bala Bangles Weighted Bangles, Set of 2
Who ever thought workout equipment could be a status symbol? These one-pound bangles are beloved by fitness influencers including Melissa Wood and celebs (even James Franco is a fan) for their comfortable fit around ankles and wrists. Plus, they’re actually pretty to look at.
26. Everlane the Perform Unitard
FYI, workout onesies have made a total comeback. Everlane just added the Perform unitard to its roster of athleisure, which is made with the same sweat-wicking, body-contouring fabric as its bestselling Perform Leggings. But that doesn’t mean it’s just for sweating in. It’s also super comfy to wear all day long, while typing away on the computer.
27. Richer Poorer Sweatsuit
Just looking at this rich burgundy sweatsuit from Richer Poorer makes us feel all warm and cozy. And they’ll love this matching set, whether or not they asked for loungewear as a gift this year. P.S. If spring was any indication, you’re going to want to grab this gift early; sweat sets will most definitely sell out before the holidays.
28. Acorn Moc Slipper
Slippers are the new footwear of choice for shuffling around the house during the workday. And they make great gifts, because everyone could use a cozy treat around this time of year. These ones feature ultra-cozy fleece on the inside and outside, plus a super grippy slip-proof sole.
29. Fotodiox Selfie Vlog Pro Ring Light and Studio Stand Set
While Gen-Z is using ring lights for their TikTok makeup tutorials, millennials are just trying to look more alive on Zoom. This tripod will be much appreciated come winter when their skin could benefit from some faux-radiance.
30. The Feelist Most Wanted Radiant Face Oil
Influencer and entrepreneur Shea Marie’s debut skincare collection, The Feelist, is launching its first CBD-infused face oil. What’s so special about it? The product took nearly two years to perfect, thanks to the high potency of the oils (there’s a whopping 500 mg of CBD in that tiny bottle) and it’s ideal for all skin types. But maturing, acne-prone skin (hey, hey, millennials) will especially love its anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.