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What to Gift the Gen-Zer in Your Life

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As a Gen-Zer myself, I’m well aware that my generation is known for a lot of things — impeccable taste being one of them. Sure, I might be biased, and I know that it’s hard to assume a whole generation can get behind certain trends and items, but I’ve put together a gift guide that will not disappoint the Gen-Zer in your life.

From Apple Airpod Maxes and exercise dresses to viral TikTok products like the Kosas concealer and Baggu bags, anybody with a Gen-Z mindset will appreciate these products. (I know I do. Friends and family, consider this my holiday wish list.)

However, don’t let these items discourage you. You don’t have to belong to this group to wear or own these products. If this roundup is still not what you’re looking for, we’ve also got stocking stuffers and employee gift ideas that span the generational divide.

For any and everyone

HOKA Bondi 7 Sneaker
$128
$128

Hoka’s are the most comfortable shoes out there, regardless if you plan to run a marathon or walk to dinner.

For the person who needs an earring refresh

$118

If you’re looking for an earring refresh, the “earscapes” from Studs are the perfect thing to get.

For your bestie who loves a no-makeup-makeup look

After Hailey Bieber shared that she uses this concealer from Kosas, everyone flocked to Sephora to stock up. And we don’t blame them. It’s one of our favorites too.

For the first to share their Spotify Wrapped

Apple AirPods Max
$429
$429

The latest and hottest tech accessory out there (which we also tried and loved) is the perfect gift for anyone who is always listening to music or podcasts (or just wants to look cool).

For your “hot-girl walks”

Try adding these ankle weights to all your post-holiday “hot-girl walks.”

For the reader

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh
$18
$18
Photo: Publisher

Ottessa Moshfegh is known as the mastermind behind My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a novel that tells the story of a 26-year-old woman living in New York City going through it: emotionally, mentally, and physically. Chances are this book is also on the TBR list of the bookworm in your life.

For that person who always asks your sign

Lisa Stardust’s astrology deck makes reading cards easy. Stardust has been practicing and teaching for over a decade. In this deck, the user can learn to interpret the stars and do their own readings.

For the person who needs a signature scent

Known for its candles, Boy Smells is a cult favorite when it comes to scents. Its latest gender-fluid release is a woodsy and calm fragrance anybody would love.

For the one that loves Baggu

Gen-Zers know you can never have too many Baggu bags. If someone already has an endless supply of its reusable bags, this crescent bag is a great gifting option.

For the active friend

This workout dress works for all seasons, and it’s super-cozy to wear. Girlfriend Collective designed this dress with all the best-selling qualities of its Paloma bra in mind, making it perfect for hiking or throwing on for a coffee run.

For the martini lover

Martinis are back, baby! What better way to celebrate the resurgence of this cocktail than by gifting this faux-martini home décor?

For a pair of reliable trousers

Created by Matilda Djerf, the brand Djerf Avenue is known for its wearable basics. These trousers are its standout product and will look great with all your fall sweaters.

For the tea lover

Everyone needs a kettle, and this one is too cool not to get.

For the ecoconscious

These easy-to-clean reusable bags are perfect for the person in your life who wants to reduce their use of single-use storage bags.

For your friend that loves A24

When it comes to films, Gen Z and A24 go together like peanut butter and jelly. While the company has lots of fun merch available, our personal favorite is this mini-puzzle from Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

For a clean facial

Say hello to the face mask that’s basically a smoothie for your skin. Made for all skin types, this makes a great gift for the skin-care enthusiast in your life.

For the friend who is always asking for bobby pins

Chunks Allie Clip Pack
$8

These alligator-teeth-like clips are the perfect squiggly accessory for all hair types and styles. The extra-grippy grip will keep those flyaways in place while looking like a piece of art in your hair.

For something that’s barely there

Let’s be honest: The only person to ever gift underwear are mothers, but that doesn’t mean undies aren’t a good gift. They are the best, especially if it’s a G-string. Parade’s Silky Mesh thong will take you from day to night in comfort and style, especially with the resurgence of low-rise pants.

For the Y2K obsessed

These platform-heel mary janes are so cute and versatile.

For the person in your life who needs a new case

Think puffer jacket but for your phone. Beloved by Dua Lipa, this puffer case comes in all different colors and designs.

For the chunky-ring lover

This ring is Bonbonwhims’s cheeky take on the chill pill.

For the boot lover

These boots are so in style right now that it almost hurts.

For someone who loves customizing

If you are looking for a more personalized gift, this build-your-own necklace lets you choose what letters, numbers, and symbols you want to add.

For your friend that always wears their hair up

Sandy Liang’s hair accessories were one of our favorite moments from New York Fashion Week. And since we all know that person who always has a scrunchie on them, why not gift them this one?

For the fashion friend

Simon Miller’s bubble clogs are iconic. This limited-edition collab with Tommy Dorfman goes up to a size 45! Retailing at $555, this is a splurge item, but don’t worry, the other collaborations for this clog retail for less. Peep Melissa for another great under-$225 option.

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What to Gift the Gen-Zer in Your Life