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It’s Christmastime, so that means: gift giving, gift receiving, and gift stress (just saying, since you’re thinking it haha).
It’s that daunting part of the year (right around Black Friday) that we freak out about what to get our loved ones. “What do they like?” “Is there anything they want?” “What do they need?”
When you start to get around to “what do they need”, gift cards and money seem like the only viable options… Because to be honest, no one wants socks or underwear for Christmas (so get that outta your head right now).
If you’re like me and like more thoughtful gifts, here’s some that the millennials in your lives ACTUALLY want:
Portable blenders are perfect for a filling smoothie on the go. Also, you can drink directly out of the cup you blended it in so it’s 100% hassle-free. No more of those big, chunky blenders that I honestly thought I would need in my house.
This blender is very similar to the BlendJet that I was gifted for Christmas last year (same design, different brand). They’re USB charge and lasts about 15 blends before you have to charge it again (aka 2 weeks straight without charging, sis)!
It’s quick and efficient so you don’t have to wait 5-10 minutes for your smoothie to be blended smooth. It only takes a minute (no lie, your girl hates chunks in her smoothie)! This is perfect for your favorite health guru or anyone who just wants to make their own smoothies (and smoothie bowls…yum).
As us millennials get older, we realize we’re not as young and spritey as we used to be (it’s a hard reality to face but we get through it…barely lol). Places ache that have never before and you sprain your body a lot more than you did in your early 20s.
Get your fellow ache-y millennial the best gift of their adulting life: a handheld massager! This baby is compact and lightweight enough so you can hold it for however long you need to.
Okay, having headphones (the ones with a wire) are useful for planes since they rarely have a way for you to connect Apple and/or wireless earphones…but when you’re a millennial you want wireless earbuds (it’s a given).
They don’t have to be as expensive as Airpods to give you smooth sounds and the necessity of not having wires hanging around your face. These wireless airbuds come in a charging case (just like the airpods), they’re WATERPROOF (but obviously don’t get crazy and go swimming with them haha), and you can charge them on a wireless charger (if you have one)!
Haha, yes! Condoms for your wine!
I know when I don’t have a wine stopper, I usually use plastic wrap or aluminum foil (when in doubt, use what ya got, sis) but time to upgrade yourself and your friends. Get them these wine condoms, a conversation starter and a functional gift all-in-one!
It’s a wine stopper/bottle cover that preserves your wine and keeps it tasting fresh (exactly how you want it if you don’t plan on chugging it in one sitting).
Your gift-ee will think these wine condoms are hilarious because they come in packaging similar to Magnum condoms and love them even more (haha too funny).
Smart Phone Docking Station
I don’t know why I don’t have one of these yet but it would be really great to have one (*hint*hint* to family and friends reading this lol)!
It’s perfect for basically creating a little home for all of your electronics. Docking stations can hold your phone(s), watch (including Apple watch), wireless earbuds, tablet, etc. And not only does it create a place to dock this stuff but also has a base to hide your USB charger so you can charge them and hide those ugly wires!!
Tip: You may also want to get your gift-ee a multiple USB charger that has multiple USB ports (5 or more) so they can seamlessly charge everything together.
Everyone needs a good Bluetooth speaker! Playing music from your phone is so played out (unless it’s connected to a speaker, of course).
A good speaker is compact, as stylish as it is functional, plays music loudly, and lasts for at least 4 hours without needing to be charged.
This Bluetooth speaker is awesome because…it levitates (that means it hovers in the air)! Here’s some more of the highlights:
- 360 degree speakers (more flawless sound)
- Plays music up to 32 feet away (talk about going the distance)
- Plays music up to 8 HOURS continuously (that’s a whole work day)
- USB port for charging devices
Also, if you don’t want to use the levitating base, you can use the orb as a stand-alone speaker.
Side note: If your gift-ee is a guy and loves football then he’ll LOVE this football-style levitating speaker!
Indoor Garden Grow Kit
Is it just me or did everyone suddenly have a green thumb this year?
I would have loved to hop on the bandwagon but I’m not quite ready for a huge commitment like that (I’ll just be over here barely watering my little snake plants lol I try).
If you know someone who wants to garden but is a beginner, try gifting them this indoor garden grow kit! This allows the gift-ee to start small and work out all the kinks on a small-scale rather than being overwhelmed or disappointed at their sickly, large-scale garden (nothing wrong with taking baby steps).
It’s the times of the pandemic so let’s be real…everyone wants something sanitizing especially for their phones, since we’re constantly touching them and putting them to our faces (mask or not).
This little goodie sanitizes not only your phone but also keys, wallet, makeup brushes, etc. It charges via USB and it’s good to go for 24 hours (and only 3 minutes to finish a sanitizing cycle).
Cinematic Light Box
A cinematic light box is perfect for the minimalist millennial who wants some subtle glam added to their space (I just picked up one of these for myself).
These are perfect to set up an inspirational quote and look at it everyday for a daily dose of motivation. This is better than a normal letter board because it illuminates the message making it easy to read any time!
A Cool Diffuser
If you don’t already know about them or don’t already have one then you are absolutely MISSING OUT (truth)!!
Diffusers are great alternatives to using candles, just add essential oils and water and you’re good to go! They’re the best because you can create any combination of scents you want without buying pounds of candles.
Save your gift-ee money and get them a diffuser. They’re quiet, last for hours (or set a timer), and the recipient’ll never have to worry about blowing out candles!
Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Firstly, A breakfast sandwich maker literally makes everyone’s morning so much smoother!
Whether you’re a busy mom, a college student, or just a regular, shmegular girl hungry in the AM then this is perfect! You don’t have to cook everything separately and/or use multiple skillets to get the job done; it cooks everything in layers in just 5 minutes.
This one is great because it can make 2 sandwiches at a time (hey, you may be hungry or have someone else who wants one) and it has a timer so nothing will be over- or under-cooked (tastes way better than Mickey D’s)!
CBD Oil (Yes, I Said It)
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is found in the cannabis plant so it has a stigma connected to it due to THC. CBD is different from THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes the high that people feel when ingesting cannabis.
The benefits of CBD oil include pain and anxiety relief, which many people need due to being under quarantine and local/state restrictions of travel, socializing, etc.
CBD products can be found at most local smoke shops or essential oil companies in the form of topical creams and drops, for example.
Mini Portable Projector
A mini portable projector is perfect for a movie buff or anyone who just enjoys creating the ambiance of being in their own personal movie theater!
This projector is easy to set up (indoor or outdoor) and you can play directly from your phone, tablet, laptop, and tv stick via Bluetooth!
Another great thing about this mini projector is that it comes with a carrying bag and A SCREEN (buh-bye to those white sheets hanging on the wall, sis)!
Smart Mug/Mug Warmer
I mentioned this goodie in my home office essentials post but it’s definitely worth mentioning again…a Mug Warmer!
It keeps your coffee, tea, and any other warm drink nice and toasty for a couple of hours without you having to reheat your drink (or throw it out).
I’ve misplaced my keys and my phone more times than I can count. Plenty of other people have too, which is why a key locator/device finder like Tile Fob is a must-have gift!
It can locate your devices up to 200 feet away by using the Tile app. With this Tile fob pack, you get 4 device trackers! So, your gift-ee can connect them to their keys, their wallet, and even share a couple with their household members.
Most importantly, if they have the Google Home Mini (or any other google home device, I just own this one), they can connect the Tile fob to it and ask Alexa where your keys are!
Multifunction Laptop Desk (Can Be Used in Bed!)
One of the perks of the pandemic (there are a few) is that you spend more time at home. For those working/completing school at home, the option to work directly from bed has never been more enticing.
If you know someone who never wants to leave bed, for example, but has to get s*** done, gift them this multifunction laptop desk! It has a built-in cup holder and USB ports so they can keep their laptop charged as they work.
If they do end up leaving the bed, this laptop desk easily transports from bed to couch or even be used as a standing desk on an island or countertop.
Beard Kit (With Cordless Beard Trimmer)
I’ve gifted my man a beard kit early in our relationship and it was honestly well needed (sorry, babe). A little can definitely go a long way. You don’t need much to keep that bearded guy in your life (lover, brother, or friend) well-kept at all times.
A basic beard kit should include:
- Beard conditioner (keep ‘em soft)
- Hair oil/ balm (keep ‘em moisturized)
- Mini comb/ brush (keep ‘em detangled)
- Cordless Beard trimmer (keep ‘em tamed…and because many people forget to add a great shaving tool for a fresh beard)
Vintage Turntable/Record Player
Lately, I’ve been feeling drawn to things that capture those old school vibes and make you feel warm inside. Especially during Christmas, anything that brings some of that classical style to the modern world is a plus.
For Christmas, my dream has always been to play classic Christmas songs on a record player
(don’t ask me why, it would just be so cute and cozy to me lol).
This record player is budget friendly but packs a punch! It doesn’t take up much space and it’s easy to move from room-to-room. The speakers are decent but you could hook this up to bigger speakers if you want to make an impact or connect headphones for something more lowkey (perfect for that cool college student who wants to listen to music in style). Plus, it looks like a little suitcase so your gift-ee won’t mind carrying it with them on their travels!
Fun fact: Did I mention that a lot of record players/turntables, including this one, are made to play both vinyls AND music from your phone via Bluetooth (huge plus for the millennials trying to keep up with the times lol)!
Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker
OMG…this is something that I actually may gift myself this year (haha no shame)!
A frozen fruit dessert maker is a need because it’s a sweet treat with none of the guilt. You know what ingredients are in the frozen yogurt you make because it’s FROZEN FRUITS! And in no-time at all, fresh ice cream is made ready to devour (and I do mean devour).
It’s better than some of the cheaper ones because it’s max time of blending is 20 minutes instead of 2 minutes. And it holds 2 quarts of ice cream (because we’re not making ½ a serving here, let’s be real lol).
This is also long-lasting, and my mom swore by Cuisinart products (as she was a chef) so I trust them (mama knows best 🙂 ).
A frozen fruit dessert maker is everything you and everyone else needs. Us millennials are always looking for the next best thing so why not make our own frozen yogurt?!
With this frozen fruit dessert maker, you put your frozen fruits in and a delicious frozen treat comes out (basically like a juicer but wayyyy better)!
Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera or Kodak Printomatic
A modern instant camera (much like the old school disposable cameras) has been a trend for the past few years. Bringing a vintage feel back to pictures adds some soul to the memories we choose to make keepsakes of.
(It’s the perfect gift for your sentimental gift-ee…or the one who likes to travel…or the one who just loves to take pictures lol)
I have a Fujifilm Instax and it’s perfect because you take flawless photos especially during those vacation moments when you want a cute way to remember the experience! The Instax Mini comes in a bunch of colors and has a host of different film borders to choose from. Whatever your aesthetic or “vibe” at the time, change the film to a border that matches that.
To me, the Kodak Printomatic is a sleeker version of the Instax Mini (and it only comes in 3 colors). Some more differences of the Kodak Printomatic include: no borders around the pictures and it has adhesive on the back.
Therefore, if your gift-ee wants to stick the pictures around their room or use them for a project (like their vision board perhaps), they can!
It’s really all preference and what you think your gift-ee would appreciate (and love) more!
Happy Shopping, oh and Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!!
(What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!)