Holiday season is officially upon us. The sound of sleigh bells accompanies every other commercial, neighbors have decorated their homes with Christmas lights, and planning for the office holiday party is already underway.
If you were able to complete your holiday shopping during the frenetic Thanksgiving holiday weekend, congratulations! If you have yet to start your holiday shopping, be thankful that we live in a digital age that makes shopping affordable, convenient and quick. Here are five holiday gift ideas for Millennials that will go over extremely well without breaking your bank:
1. iTunes Gift Cards
People love music. With iTunes, users are able to purchase songs, albums, television episodes and movies on their computers, iPads, iPhones and iPods. For the music-obsessed in your life, an iTunes gift card is a great gift that lets the recipient purchase exactly what he or she wants. In addition to iTunes, the gift card can be used for purchases in the App Store, iBookstore and Mac App Store. Gift cards range in value from $15 to $100, and you can purchase them online or in person at Best Buy, drug stores and supermarkets across the country.
2. Netflix or Hulu Plus Subscriptions
For friends or family who watch lots of television and movies, choose a yearlong subscription to Netflix Instant or Hulu Plus. Netflix Instant costs $7.99 a month and lets the user watch unlimited, commercial-free shows and movies on a computer, smartphone, tablet and television. While not commercial-free, Hulu Plus costs $7.99 a month as well, and it has the latest episodes of shows currently airing on the major networks in addition to entire series of older shows, like The X-Files and Lost. Hulu Plus also has more than 800 Criterion Collection films available for instant streaming, which is a delight for film aficionados. For each service, your card will automatically be charged each month.
3. Digital Magazine Subscriptions
Many magazines have implemented paywalls, placing a limit on the type and amount of content non-subscribers are able to access. A digital subscription to a magazine that covers topics of interest can be an affordable gift that keeps the recipient informed. Here are some magazine deals worth checking out: The Atlantic offers a one-year print/digital subscription for $24.50; National Geographic offers a one-year print/digital subscription for $19.99; The New Republic offers a one-year digital subscription (you have to check the “I’d Like to Go Green” box) for $34.97; and Vogue offers a one-year print/digital subscription for $19.99.
4. Good Old-Fashioned Books
While e-readers continue to grow in popularity, some people still prefer an actual book. When chosen well, a book can be a wonderful, personal and timeless gift, and, just like the previously mentioned ideas, you can purchase a book online with the greatest of ease. Plus, you most likely won’t end up spending more than $25 on a book — and that’s only if you get hardcover!
5. Donations to Charities and Non-Profits
It’s always said that this is the season for giving, so making a donation to a charity or non-profit organization that works in a field relevant to your recipient’s passion can be a meaningful gift. It’s also deeply personal, as it shows that you know what matters to your friend or family member. You can do a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation of a small amount, whatever works for you and your budget.
While Millennials can be a finicky group to buy for, this list is certainly a great starting point and can help make the gift-giving season a little less stressful.