As a person born in 1997, I heard about Millennials buying avocado toast instead of houses while I was still in high school. And now, post-college at the spry age of 24, I hear about Gen Z teens making six figures by dancing on an app that the government almost canceled. Suffice to say, I’m an inbetweener on the cusp of two generational extremes. Although generally confused about which side of this social-construct spectrum I actually lie on, if we're getting technical, I'm a Gen Z through and through — especially on the predominantly millennial Shopping team. So, for the upcoming holiday season, I fully harnessed all of my tech-savvy, self-deprecating-yet-confident, and passionately-outspoken attributes to curate the ultimate Gen-Z gift guide.
Take notes: we like sustainability (because we were born into a dying planet), we're obsessed with TikTok (because it's a funny form of escapism plus a platform of self-expression), AND we definitely love a good gift (just like everyone else). Flip through the following slides for a lesson in which presents are at the very top of my generation’s wishlist. There's everything from a potato plushie to a ring-light selfie tripod and a literal box of emotions — in other words, there's bound to be a thing or two worth buying for your favorite early 2000's baby.
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