Here at PureWow, we’ve really grabbed the clicks with stories highlighting generational differences in so, so many areas: parenting, investing and of course the Royals. But let’s take a moment to really appreciate one area where boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and millennials (persons born between 1981 and 1996) can come together in agreement: gifting. There are So. Many. Items. to delight both demographics. (Who knows? You may even elicit some envious side-eye from lost little Gen Xers.) You might be shopping for a housewarming present (this essential oil diffuser would be ideal) or a birthday or a holiday gift (this relaxation device is a winner). In the spirit of intergenerational appreciation, here are the gifts you need to shop from sports to luggage to sex oil. Ah, togetherness.
28 Best Gifts for Boomers (That Millennials Can Get Behind Too)
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Serums are arguably the biggest news in skincare in a generation—and both boomers and millennials are taking the extra step between cleansing and moisturizing to super-power their self-care regimen with targeted formulas. This trio includes a serum for enhanced hydration, another for evening out skin tone and a third for blemish calming.
Family game night is a great way to put down the electronics and really deal with each other. What better way to do this than to play up intergenerational ignorance, you know, in a fun way? This trivia game asks Boomers questions about Burning Man and Millennials questions about prehistoric technology (i.e. the radio) and on and on. Get ready for uncomprehending stares all around!
This brand of ultra-lightweight shoes has been favorably compared to a beer koozie by that most Boomer-approved of publications, the Wall Street Journal. And millennial and Zoomer TikTokkers are posting their 'fits inspo and DIY customizations. In a gazillion colorways, and made in sizes for women, men and kids, Hey Dude styles are America's new intergenerational shoe.
Pet lovers of any age will appreciate how this two-in-one blow dryer/brush lets you give Fluffy a little grooming moment at home. The slicker brush has soft stainless steel tines so you can get a deep brush going on, and the dryer has two heat settings, which means the device can be customized to any pet's preference. We especially love this for skittish pets, because the near-silent motor isn't as upsetting as the full-fledged roar from a human blow dryer.
Fear not—we're not suggesting that your Boomer giftee become a vlogger. But their dull Zoom setup is in need up of a pick-me-up, and this 12-inch ring light with tripod and optional smart phone mount works will make their remote presentations so much more, well, presentable. (But who's to say this won't inspire a new world of viral content?)
Utilitarian classics + style = a Boomer's gift solution. That's what you're seeing in this PrimaLoft-filled quilted nylon jacket. It folds into its own pocket to stash into a tote or to use as an in-flight pillow. The only hassle with this guy is choosing which of 14 colors is your favorite.
This luggage is lightweight, eco-conscious (made from recycled water bottles) and has a cool retro design including leather-look trim, so its manufacture and style are going to please multi generations.
This palm-sized pebble delivers 10- or 20-minute vibration relaxation sessions when paired via Bluetooth with your headphones. Users put the pebble against their chest bone then lie back and chill; this stimulates the vagus nerve, the so-called gut-brain superhighway, which regulates the stress-induced "fight or flight" reaction. Stimulating the vagus nerve has been medically linked to everything including alleviating depression and treating migraines. Here's what we do know: A Boomer pal put this on their chest before bed and were more solidly asleep in eight minutes than when they'd taken a recommended dosage melatonin—and there was no subsequent morning grogginess.
Nostalgia is big with Boomers, but they're pretty adamant about not living in the past. So gift a chair that's got the semi-squishy filling they remember from that novelty chair in their college dorm room way back when. And point them toward this chair's more sophisticated style, how the seat isn't quite so low (the knee are they first to go) and how this chair has an unobstrusive little button that controls a USB-enabled massage function.
Pearls are classic, a big thumbs-up for both boomers and millennials, who will appreciate how the luster of these cultured freshwater gem earrings reflects flatteringly on all skin tones.
While you may not be able to spring for a cruise or safari or other bucket list travel experience, you can gift a beautiful keepsake that will remind your recipients of the fun of their journey, every time they admire the book on their coffee table. You let the giftee lay out their own pages using pre-formatted pages for an easy layout session.
It's official: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Boomers get less sleep than millennials. Help your born-before-1965 giftee by giving them a cooling comforter to nestle into. Not only does it have an attractive wave baffling and Tencel lyocell cover and filling, it's fully compostable and biodegradable, which will satisfy the younger generation of earth-conscious consumers.
From an overnight stay at a beachside home in California to a cottage in Maine, as well as pretty much everywhere in between, Boomers are back to traveling, in a big way. So give them an extra night in the destination of their choice, or surprise them with a day trip. And in case they want to bring along any millennial family members, book a place with an extra bedroom.
Home gel manicures are all the rage, since they look great for weeks at a time and you don’t need to go to public places to have them applied. Dashing Diva is an industry leader in this beautiful art form, and this beginner kit comes with everything she'll need, including a UV lamp to activate the gel manicure staying power.
Boomers want to be able to enjoy having a cocktail without the leaden feeling that can come after the alcohol-and-sugar rush, and this no-alcohol aperitif provides refreshing full flavors (notes include peach-blackberry, apricot-strawberry and pear-yuzu). This gift set includes three full bottles of lightly carbonated aperitifs, ready to chill and sip.
20. *The Bomber Mafia* By Malcolm Gladwell
World War II fascinates both the generation born just after and the generation born way after. This compelling nonfiction book by bestselling author Gladwell explores the moral dilemma brought forth by military thinkers who strategized that targeted bombings—like the one that devastated civilians in Tokyo—might actually cause fewer casualties by hastening the end of the war.
21. Our Place Perfect Pot
This single pot is from the same company that innovated the all-in-one Perfect Pan; this new design, too, is a multi-use cooking essential that replaces a stockpot, Dutch oven, saucepot, roasting rack, steamer, strainer and braiser—and has its own handle that doubles as a spoon rest. Long story short: The experienced boomer chef will appreciate this as much as the fledgling cook millennial.
Increasingly, everyone’s getting hip to the health and effectiveness of clean beauty products. So Mom’s going to appreciate these six travel-friendly sizes of skincare essentials made in Vermont from botanicals grown there. A cleanser, rehydrating floral essence, serum, moisturizer, skincare nutrient treatment and mask will intro your giftee to the brand, or make a handy set of minis she'll have ready for her next jaunt.
Boomers’ generation innovated memory foam mattresses and pillows, and now millennials have innovated a firm square pillow made of the material for better spinal alignment and optimal rest. (Send a gift card, so that your giftee can customize the pillow for their sleep style.) Nice win, intergenerational sleep science!
This trendy house plant was a hit back in the boomer’s interior design heyday, the 1970s, and it’s super-popular again thanks to its sturdy growth habits and knack for going with any décor from eclectic to minimalist.
Tory Burch crossbody bags are fan favorites for their chic looks, classic styling and perfect not-too-big, not-too-small volume.
These two-pound strap-on weights are a hit among strollers, joggers and yogis of every generation; this ombré edition is super on-trend.
This minimalist linen charging station is going to look good on bedside tables and entryway consoles in homes of all ages—and the multi-device capability means you can charge your ear buds and phone simultaneously and sleekly.
28. Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Robe
The Egyptian cotton material has a plush feel that will remind spa-loving boomers of all genders of having a massage when they slip this robe on; millennials will appreciate the many sizing options (not just two billowing size options like so many robes) and the new neutral fawn colorway.