Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gifts That Even Millennials Will Want

Identity formation extends past adolescence these days. For the twentysomethings in your life still looking to find their own unique style, here are some gift ideas – some centered around design, and some that are just as delightful but a bit outside the mainstream.


Speck Burton Nantucket Liberty Case

Speck goes a little outside of their comfort zone with this floral-patterned case. The same dual hard shell/soft interior shock-absorbent protection and raised bezels are combined with a soft fabric back that looks great and keeps new iPhones safe from harm. On sale now for $25.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M2

It’s hip to be small. Fortunately, with this camera, the small frame doesn’t mean any sacrifices have been made in image quality – the 20.2 MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics guarantee excellent photos from a portable, point-and-shoot camera. Selling now for $750.

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Dyson AM05 Hot+Cool Fan Heater

Fan blades? Boring. Dyson makes in-home temperature control cool and convenient with the $400 Hot+Cool Fan Heater, a bladeless fan that can heat or cool an entire room. Better yet, don’t even control it at all – an intelligent thermostat will activate the fan when room temperature gets too high or too low.

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Moto X

For $100, you can give one of the hottest customizable phones on the market this year, the Moto X. Hit the Moto Maker knowing exactly what their favorite colors are, and you can’t go wrong. Plus, who doesn’t want a phone they can talk to?

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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro

Help them graduate to the professional world with the Yoga 2 Pro. This sharp twist on Lenovo’s popular convertible notebook has all the flexibility of the Yoga in a sleek, mature frame. Perfect for anyone looking to make waves at their new job. Starts at $1,200.

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HP 11.6’’ Chromebook

Google Apps now cover so much in the way of productivity, many can get by just using them and nothing else. That’s great news for you – you can give them a high-quality Chromebook on the cheap, and they’ll still love it. HP’s offering is one to watch.

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Tokidoki x SOL Republic Headphones

The clear choice for Tokidoki fans, this crossover features an exclusive Tokidoki design on the Tracks HD headphones’ remarkably sturdy headband. Solid audio and a comfortable fit make these headphones a solid gift this year at $150.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Maybe you haven’t heard of it, but hey, that makes it perfect for hipsters, right? Samsung does indeed make laptops, and they aren’t half bad. The ATIV Book 9 Plus is a 13.3’’ touchscreen laptop with an Intel Haswell processor and a very impressive 3200 x 1800 resolution quad HD+ display in a $1,400 package.

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Kindle Paperwhite 3G

The Kindle has been the go-to gift for bookworms for years. The Paperwhite takes the one knock on older Kindles – no internal lighting – and fixes it with a front-lighting system that keeps things easy on the eyes, complementing the e Ink display. Available now for $190.

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Harman Kardon Go+Play Wireless Portable Hi-Fi Speaker

Speakers for the space age, the $400 Go+Play Wireless Portable Hi-Fi Speaker packs huge audio coming out of dual woofers and tweeters from any mobile device over Bluetooth. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more distinctive-looking speaker this year.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

It’s not the cutting edge, but it has something millennials want more. Well, something they don’t want, anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S III is available now from Virgin Mobile with no contract. It’s all the freedom of a 4G network without being tied down to a service. Comes in at $400.

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