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by Ellen Blake
GIFTS FOR MILLENIALS
Struggling to find that perfect gift for your favorite young adult aged 20-30? I understand – I’m in the same boat as my children are in this age group. They are very particular, much more so than I was at that age. I don’t remember having as many choices. This year I sat down with friends to ask what they bought their kids/grandkids this year. Then I asked my own kids for their ideas; I don’t want to waste money on more stuff that just takes us space. Here’s the list I put together after these conversations.
These warm winter gloves with leather wrist cuffs and a magnetic closure are popular with this age group. My husband actually asked for a pair too! People love them to stay warm, stylish and connected. You can both answer calls and type messages wearing the gloves, and the touchscreen use is not restricted to 2 fingers – you can use all fingers, knuckles or even your palm. The palms of the glove are dotted with silicone to provide an anti-slip grip so you can firmly hold your phone on cold days. The snap closure keeps your wrist warm and the glove tights. Compatible with all iPhone, iWatch, Samsung phones and iPad.
This suggestion came from parents who said they bought this book for all 3 of their kids. It’s an essential and quick read for anyone transitioning from the world of education to the professional world. So much of what’s learned in school may not apply to the policies, procedures and office politics found in a work environment. This book provides insight and directions to help deal with workplace issues and conundrums shared by professionals from a variety of career paths. Give the young adult in your life a leg up in the professional world. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or graduation present!
This sturdy and spacious multi-purpose foam lap desk, recommended by a recent college graduate, works perfectly for laptops, tablets and smart phones. The slide out mouse pad pulls out on either the left or right of the desk, and the cool and comfortable design features memory foam comfort and a wrist rest. The handy USB light makes for a bright work space. Most of us work from home right now, which makes this a wonderful gift for those who like to work with their computer on their lap to take a break from their desk!
This laptop bag looks far more professional that a backpack and offers a comfortable ergonomic shoulder strap. Designed for both men and women, this black durable and water resistant computer office bag transforms into a large duffel bag when needed. Up to four compartments meet all your work and travel needs. What my son likes best is that this bag is TSA friendly which makes it convenient at the airport; this separate tech compartment with a large opening allows for a quick pass through at security. In addition, the metal anit-theft zippers enhance the security of the bag. Your laptop stays very safe in this laptop bag that’s fully padded with EVA foam.
These airpods seem to be all the rage this year. Setup is easy for all your Apple devices, and they automatically turn on and connect. Fast wireless connection, quick access to Siri, and seamless switching between devices are just a few of the things people love about these airpods. Your milennial (or you) can comfortably listen and talk all day. Be the “coolest” parent or grandparent in town when you buy these as a gift!
A Starbucks gift card is an oldie, but goodie. Every young adult I know loves Starbucks! You can purchase in any amount you want for a gift that will definitely not go to waste. Great stocking stuffer!
I gave this carry-on combination duffel/garment bag to my son who is in the “wedding” phase. Seems he has one to attend every other week. He loves the functionality of this bag, particularly to carry a suit easily and without causing excess wrinkles. Women love it to carry their dresses for the same reason. It includes a detachable shoulder strap to comfortably carry it. Additionally, a left side pocket provides a shoe pouch and on the right is a pocket designed for passports, keys or other small items. It’s a solid choice for a weekend getaway or a business trip as well. Made from high quality polyester fiber and jacquard, this garment bag is scratch-resistant, water resistant and anti-tear.
Available in a variety of colors, this classic yet neutral 100% leather bifold wallet is a fabulous gift for your favorite millenial. Made of full grain leather in pebbled and smooth grain textures, it’s thin profile fits comfortably in either a front or back pocket. No reason to walk around with a big bulge in your back pocket anymore! The wallet measures 3.4″H x 4.15″W x 0.5″D, and has 6 credit card slots for your everyday cards, a single bill compartment, 2 interior under card slots for less frequently used cards or your receipts. It arrives beautifully packaged in premium bronze paper gift packaging which makes it an easy present for anyone!
Airbnb gift cards come in any value you choose, and make a wonderful gift! Especially now with the pandemic, people of all ages take driving vacations more than ever and stay at homes certified to be cleaned and sanitized according to specific protocols. These gift cards are a favorite present for me to give as they encourage memories, and don’t just add more “stuff” to what they already have.
This extra large windproof, waterproof and sandproof throw blanket is perfect for those socially distant get-togethers in the cooler weather. It’s great for camping, sports events, picnics, outdoor festivals and more. This high quality blanket keeps you warm and dry; it’s extra large size is perfect for up to 3 adults. The plush fleece has insulation, and the polyester backing is coated with polyurethane to provide strong and sturdy protection against all weather. It’s also light, easily packable and compact. The bag is also water resistant and easy to carry, making it a wonderful travel buddy for all your outdoor adventures and experiences. This blanket is sure to become a favorite accessory for anyone who is lucky enough to receive one as a gift!
These 10 items were carefully chosen for you to get for the picky young adults in your life! Do you have others to recommend? Would love to hear your success stories!