As youngsters, many of us never realized how difficult adulting would be because the Baby Boomer generation made it look so easy. After approaching many adulting hurdles in my own life, I’ve created a list of useful Christmas gifts that would make this adulting thing easier for the average millennial.
1. Offer to pay a bill. Now before you go on your rant about entitlement, let me explain why this is a nice gesture. If you’re of the older generation, then you should remember how tough it was for you in your young adult years. You tried to create some stability for yourself and become your own person. While you may have struggled to pull it together, getting a little help during that struggle was like a breath of fresh air. Because millennials are facing the pressures of debt unlike any other generation before them, helping to relieve some of that pressure is a big deal. I am in no way saying to begin taking on all of your loved one’s expenses to the point of enablement. I’m just saying that it’s an awesome Christmas gift that suggests, “Hey, I see you’re working hard. Good on ya.”
1.5. Pay something on their loan interest. Now this suggestion is if you’re feeling EXTREMELY generous. Because the interest rate percentages appear to be steadily increasing, it can be financially burdensome on the student borrower. Any relief of that burden is greatly appreciated.
2. Treat them to a spa day. I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, I’m the one who could use a spa day.” True. Here’s the thing. Everyone deserves some relaxation time after much hard work, don’t you think? Just think of how much sunshine you could bring to a millennial’s life with a spa day. A nice Swedish massage is perfect for relieving those tense shoulders that spent the majority of the year hunched over a textbook. A facial can help clear some of that adult, stress acne. A pedicure can turn those unsupported arches into instant happy feet after trekked around campus for an entire semester. And if you want to spend time with that loved one, the spa may even provide a two-for-one discount so you could get in on the action. How’s that for a deal!
3. Create a nice care package. Millennial loved one can’t make it home for the holidays? How about putting together a nice box of elements you know they’ll love in order to remind them of home. The elements of the package need not be expensive, they need only contain the elements of your loved one’s personality. For the movie lover, buy a super-soft throw blanket, some popcorn, and a few new releases from their favorite genre. For the music lover, buy memorabilia of their favorite musical artist/band and offer to pay the subscription for a streaming music service. For the makeup lover, head over to your nearby make up store and ask the sells rep what is the hot makeup item for this year. (Note: if you don’t want to risk getting the wrong thing, purchase a gift card from a makeup chain like Ulta, Sephora or Mac. You won’t have to go through the hassle of figuring out their shade or taste. Plus, they could order online if there isn’t a store located near them.) Still not sure what gifts your millennial loved one could use? Keep reading!
4. Practicality is the way to go. When in doubt, be practical. This is perfect if you’re pressed for time but you want to be sure to get your loved one something useful. Young adults won’t despise you for getting them things that they need but don’t necessarily want to spend their own money on. Gift cards for things like gas, groceries, or even coffee can go a long way.
5. Money, money, money, money . . .MONEY! (<- I just wanted to quote the O’jays. You’re welcome.) If you don’t want the hassle of figuring out what to get them or pinpointing exactly what they need money put towards, just give the money to them. However, should you select this option, keep in mind that you shouldn’t micromanage how they should spend it. After all, if you’re giving the gift of money, let the receiver decide what to spend it on. Whether they want to take care of some responsibilities and adult some more, or whether they just want to use it as an opportunity to have fun, let the individual decide what he/she wants to do with the money.
Hope these tips help you to finish tackling that Christmas list. As for my family members and friends reading this who may still be struggling as to what to get me, please review the former six paragraphs. 🙂