Wondering What to Get the Cool Millennial in Your Life? These 31 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. So, where do you even begin? Welp, you can’t go wrong with something useful, like a phone sanitizer or a cold brew coffee maker. Not really their vibe? No worries. Consider treating the millennial in your life to some self-care in the form of a gua sha set or a super hydrating face mask. Still not quite right? 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
For the germaphobe
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. 'Only the Good Stuff'
For the newbie cook
So, you finally moved into your first apartment, meaning you'll have to start preparing your own food. While nothing compares to Mom's home-cooked meals, allow us to ease you into adulthood with our very first cookbook! In honor of our tenth anniversary, we compiled our top recipes from the past decade to create Only the Good Stuff, a collection of easy-yet-impressive breakfasts, apps, mains, sides and desserts.
3. Bodum Bean Cold brew coffee maker
For the coffee addict
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.
4. Winc Wine
For the aspiring sommelier
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.
5. Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket – 15lbs
For the millennial who’s always stressed out
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.
6. Click and Grow Smart Garden
For the gardening newbie
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.
7. The Feelist Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil
For the trend setter
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.
8. YETI Rambler 12 oz. Colster Slim Can Insulator
For the ice cold beer lover
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.
9. Nintendo Switch Super Mario Party Video Game
For the millennial who’s still a kid at heart
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.
10. Pinch Provisions Digital Detox Kit
For the millennial who’s always glued to their phone
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.
11. Kosas The Mini Wet Set
For the makeup guru
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 Kosas. It includes three shades of the clean beauty brand’s popular Lip Oil Gloss for a slick, non-sticky finish.
12. Boy Smells Kush, Ash, Cedar Stack Votive Set
For the candle hoarder
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).
13. Summer Fridays Jumbo Jet Lag Mask
For the skincare junkie
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.
14. Üllo Wine Purifier
For the millennial who’s always hungover
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.
15. Dyson Airwrap Styler
For the wannabe hair stylist
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.
16. Our Place Dinner for 4
For the hostess
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. Just note that the Always Pan has been so popular this holiday season, it won’t ship until mid-February.
17. Bloomscape Philodendron Heartleaf
For the plant parent
Even those who aren’t natural gardeners will find it easy to care for a Philodendron. Before long, the vines will start growing in a pretty cascade over the edge of the pot. Yup, it’s basically a decor piece too.
18. Wildling Aura Collection
For the self care devotee
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.
19. Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
For the pizza lover
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).
20. Tineco Pure ONE S11 Smart Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
For the clean freak
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.
21. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
For the lazy coffee lover
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.
22. Wild One Collar Walk Kit
For the millennial with a fur baby
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).
23. Sophia + Sam Memory Foam Lap Desk
For the workaholic
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).
24. Fujifilm Mini Link Smartphone Printer
For the nostalgic millennial
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.
25. Britney Spears - Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Limited 2XLP
For the lifelong Britney Spears fan
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.
26. Bala Bangles Weighted Bangles, Set of 2
For the at-home workout fanatic
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.
27. Everlane the Perform Unitard
For the risk taker
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.
28. Richer Poorer Sweatsuit
For the loungewear lover
Just looking at this gray 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.
29. Acorn Moc Slipper
For the millennial whose feet are always cold
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.
30. Fotodiox Selfie Vlog Pro Ring Light and Studio Stand Set
For the millennial who’s always on Zoom
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.
31. Retro Sunset Embroidery Kit
For the creative
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.