When shopping for a millennial you may complain that you don’t know what to get them but we’re got you covered. You have to have direct access to the inner working in the mind of a millennial. Money seems like a thoughtless cop-out but then again the things a millennial needs the most is money – money to pay for college tuition, money to pay off debt, rent money money to buy those things that are just a bit too expensive.
Gift Certificates and Gift Card
Another solution, if you don’t trust your millennial not to buy something stupid with cash, would be gifting a gift card instead of actual money. A generic gift card like Amazon or Walmart or tailored to their specific needs like clothing, housewares, or the grocery store, might be just what they need and it feels more like a gift. Or, you can splurge and go to a local restaurant or local store to gift a gift certificate. This keeps your dollars local and it helps support your local small business too.
Donation to Charity
Just because we’ve passed Giving Tuesday doesn’t mean non-profits are magically set for cash. Donating is a good way to get involved with a cause your millennial loves. Do your research to make sure it’s somewhere that you (and the giftee) would want the money sent.
Setup an Outing
It can be a simple as burgers and a movie, or maybe going to your local museum, zoo, aquarium. Most millennials won’t turn down an offer for food, especially if their budget prevents them eating out much. Sometimes it’s just nice to get off social media, leave the house and hang out with someone one-to-one. Paint nights are super popular and you can sign up to go with your millennial. There is usually wine drinking involved so it is sure to be a huge hit.
Sign up for a Class
In this day and age when millennials are accused of not being able to find their way out of a paper bag, teaching someone something is a valuable gift. Sign up for a class at a craft store or local adult education. Learning how to cook, sew or even change the oil can go a long way. Join in with your millennial and take the class with them for a super fun time. Many classes last 6 weeks so there will be plenty to do from January through March. Other classes that might be of interest are woodworking to learn how to build a shelf, learning a new language, or sport.
Money as a last resort
Don’t think of it as “thoughtless cop-out” because it’s really the recognition that sometimes physical things aren’t what someone needs. Chance are it will go straight to food or gas or rent or even a bank account or saving. If you’re worried about them spending it on something stupid then cut a check and make them go to the bank to deposit it. that could make them feel bad and then put it into their savings – or not
If all else fails you can always bake a batch of cookies and present them in a nifty container.
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