According to Urban Dictionary, Millennials are “special little snowflakes," born between 1982 and 1994, whose mom and dad tell them they’re—you guessed it—special. According to everyone else on the planet, we're known to photograph our food the moment it comes to the table and immediately share it to social media in hopes of becoming insta-famous. Um, I’m guilty.
It can be a rough stereotype, I’ll admit it. But a more optimistic take on my people is that Millennials are a group of tech-savvy individuals, ages 18-30, who are fluent in emoji and can take the perfect selfie. But with our tastes (and the world) so rapidly changing, retailers can’t predict our buying habits. So it’s no surprise that you're also stumped about what to buy the Millennial in your life.
Here’s what I know: Millennials value quality products that are equal parts cutting edge and quirky. Oh, and they should be super useful, too. So, yes a beautiful Harry Potter poster is in our roundup, as is a wake-up light that gently helps our snowflake souls get up every morning. Point being, we’ve put a whole lot of thought into what Millennials actually want and need and came up with 20 gifts sure to satisfy every multi-tasking, mile-a-minute twenty-something in your life.
Always On Power Tassel Keychain
Never be without a charge again! This leather tassel has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it, so you can give your phone a boost wherever you are.
BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $55
Pro-Ject Debut III Matte Black Turntable
Records are making a major comeback, and this vintage-looking turntable delivers rich, organic sounds. Available in several finishes, it’s sure to incite lots of spinning parties.
BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $299 (Regularly $499, 40% Off!)
UGG Wired Ear Muffs
These tech-savy knit headphone earmuffs from our favorite boot- and-slipper maker keep everyone warm while they’re rocking out. They feature a port for audio devices, so the tunes and calls continue even in the coldest of weather.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $74.95
Philips Wake-Up Light
Millennials don't strike us as morning people, so this is sure to help! The colored sunrise simulation wakes you up gradually, with natural light and five natural and calming wakeup sounds. It also acts as an alarm clock, bedside lamp, and radio.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $132.26 (Regularly $160, 22% Off!)
Marshall Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Let’s pretend we’re at the sock hop with this vintage-looking Bluetooth-powered beauty. Your gift recipient will literally bring the party with this speaker, which has a built-in battery life of 20 hours.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $244
Mira Wellness and Activity Bracelet
Say goodbye to the ugly black fitness band that doesn’t match anything. Pretty as a picture to look at, the stainless steel smart bracelet will track steps, calories, and elevation throughout the day and syncs with the Mira app.
BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $138 (Regularly $160, 13% Off!)
Calvin Klein Bralette Gift Set
What’s hotter than this cheeky red Calvin Klein bralette and a matching creamy lipstick you can wear all season long? Still thinking...we’ll get back to you on that one.
BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $20 (Regularly $44, 54% Off!)
Can we say genius? Give the gift of warmth with these fleece-lined mittens complete with a hidden flask inside that is finished with a spout at the thumb. Ditch the bar line and BYOB!
BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $24
Harry Potter Herbology Wall Art
Make your home feel like you’re in Hogwarts. These handmade prints are perfect to add to any Harry Potter fan's artwork collection, depicting illustrations of wand motion.
BUY FROM: Etsy, $25
Nike Studio Wraps
Got a fitness buff on your list? These are perfect for the gals you know who do workouts like pilates, barre, dance, and yoga.
BUY FROM: Nike, $55
Triple C Designs Power Card Ultra Thin Battery
This super light and super thin rechargeable battery is a game changer. At just 5 mm in size, it’s so tiny it will fit in a girly wallet or even a pocket.
AB Earth Womens Cow Leather Backpack
Who doesn’t love a good quality leather backpack? There’s nothing better than being hands-free when out and about, and this leather beauty has a handy front pocket for storing essentials like a metro card, wallet, notebook, or lip-gloss.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $54.99
Where the Wild Things Are Pouch
This everyday pouches is perfect for holding spare change, on-the-go makeup, and everything in between. Bonus: Every pouch purchased sends one book to a community in need.
BUY FROM: Shop Spring, $12
Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses
Because, you can never go wrong with Ray-Bans, #amiright? These unisex sunnies are super on-trend thanks to their retro round shape—and the Millennial in your life is sure to blend right in with the Brooklyn hipsters while wearing them.
Moscow Mule Carry-On Cocktail Kit
You will score major points with your Millennial on originality with this gift. The only thing this kit is missing is the alcohol, so we suggest pairing it with a few travel-sized bottles of their favorite vodka.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $22.54
Under the Influence Stemless Wine Glasses
These charming wine glasses inject some whimsy into a night of drinking, describing the increasing levels of drunkenness with the words juiced, buzzed, lit, and toasted. Cheers to that!
BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $50
Succulent Gift Box
A gorgeous gift for the green thumb in your life, this gift comprises three succulents, echeveria, soil, and moss, all wrapped up with twine in a tidy Kraft box.
BUY FROM: Etsy, $24.95
S’Well Marble Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stay hydrated in style. This sleek water bottle features ThermaS’well, which keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.
The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All: How to Get the Perfect Blowout at Home
Instead of going to Drybar and spending $40 on a blowout or up-do, do it up at home! This book offers an affordable alternative thanks to step-by-step tutorials and 100 style-inspiration photographs.
Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Desk Calendar
Add some artistic beauty to the workplace with this calendar, which features 12 original illustrations from the 150th anniversary edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $16
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