42 Gifts for Gen Z That’ll Make Them Say ‘Lit’

They talk in memes. Red-carpet stars are less popular than those who watch games streamers or beauty vloggers.

They’re Generation Z, and since they were raised in a big, bold and technological world, you’ll need to go the extra mile with their gifts. A card isn’t going to cut it!

ok boomer T-shirt

Young people need the Quintessential Gift: OK Boomer T-Shirt

Everyone under the age of 25 has said “okay, boomer” to at least one adult in their life. Maybe you were that adult and laughed until you got home. The tee makes an excellent gift for someone with spunk. Perhaps they recognize the retro-style color as an ironic reminder of the same generation who laughed at it.

face mask

Zoom calls: Zoom calls are the best way to look your best 10-Pack Skederm Snail Jelly Face Mask

Korean skincare is one of the hottest things on the market right now, but since face masks and BB creams have gone mainstream, you’ll need to think outside of the box to make them gasp “daebak!” One option is these elite-tier face masks made with snail jelly infused into hydrogel sheets.

A single application will leave their skin feeling as soft and smooth as silk, and since there are 10 sheets to a box, they’ll be positively glowing by the end of the week.

art print

The Internet is for the Child Who Lives Online: Woman Yelling at Cat Meme Chinese Style Art Print

Do you remember Grumpy Cat? Congratulations; you’re old. The only cat meme that youngsters care about these days is the “woman yelling at cat” meme, and even that one’s growing stale, so you’ll need to punch it up with something like this Chinese-style art print.

The ladies are dressed in oriental garb and yell at the white cat that is perched on top of their egg rolls and dumplings.

coffee mug

Take a walk down Memory Lane Instant Print Style 9-Ounce Coffee Mug

The Nikon F2 SLR was before Instagram. This coffee mug isn’t modeled after any particular camera brand, but it has that iconic, old-fashioned look that brings to mind vintage Polaroids, so it’ll be a fun and nostalgic prop for #ThrowbackThursday.

It can also hold up to 9 ounces of coffee or tea, so it’ll be a genuinely useful item in the kitchen as well as a cool talking point on social media.

LED photo clip string light

You can transport them to another place: 30 LED Photo Clip String Lights

This glowing string light is ideal for dorms rooms, bedrooms and lockers. They aren’t just for aesthetics, however; they also boast mini photo clips. The gift receiver will feel comfortable surrounding themselves with favorite memories and can do so in a stylish, cozy way.

headphones headband

The Audiophile’s Guide: ASIILOVI Sleep Headphones Headband

They might like ASMR videos, or to drift off to sleep. Maybe they’re into yoga or other exercises that require hands-free movement. The built-in stereo surround can make this headband a great soundtrack to any number of activities. Its soft, stretchy fabric can also double as a sleep mask if they’re using it at bedtime.


When They’re Too Cool to be Cheesy: You’re My Favorite A**hole Key Chain

Let’s face it: A lot of young people are a**holes. This doesn’t mean that they’re unlovable, but they probably have finely-tuned bullsh*t detectors when it comes to sappy or sentimental gifts, so they’ll be more likely to appreciate a gift that’s honest.

This one is a key chain that says, “You’re my favorite a**hole.” It’s ideal for boys and girls who know what they are and are proud of it.

selfie ring light with tripod

Get the Perfect Glam Shot Selfie Ring Light With Tripod Stand and Cell Phone Holder

There’s one thing that content creators all have in common: a need for good lighting. Whether they’re playing video games on Twitch or following the latest dance crazes on TikTok, they need lights to keep them camera-ready, and this “selfie ring light” is more than up for the task.

Despite the singular name, it’s actually several lights in one, and they can be adjusted for angle, color, fill, brightness and more. There’s even a self-standing tripod with a smartphone holder for maximum convenience.


You can put pen to paper: Tree of Life Journal

If they believe in positive energy, they’re sure to like this “tree of life” journal. This journal has white pages for dreams and goals. The cover shows a vibrant, full-blooming tree.

The journal measures only 5×7 inches and can easily be put into any bag or backpack.

beauty sponge set

Jeffree is a Star of Jealousy 18-Piece Beauty Sponge Set With Spiral Blending Holder Stands

You’ll want to avoid buying makeup as a gift; choosing the right shades and tones can be a very finicky process for the wearer. You can make makeup sponges with different materials that are designed for certain types of liquids. However, this multi-pack will cover all options.

You have 18 choices of sponges available to gift recipients. Something These are very useful. You can even use the metallic stands as a stand to keep your brushes in place when they are not being used.

feminist trophy

The Breaker of Chains is Khaleesi Smasher of the Patriarchy Feminist Trophy

Gen Z is known for being socially and politically active, so if you’re shopping for a girl who’s already throwing stones at the glass ceiling, she might get a kick out of this golden statuette. It says “Smasher of the Patriarchy” beneath a classic beauty queen wearing a banner and holding a bouquet of roses, and it can be displayed on desks, shelves and mantels everywhere.

Let your favorite feminist decide.


Color-Coordinated Gadgetry PopSockets PopGrip With Swappable Top

Handy accessories such as phone grips can be useful for anything from snapping quick photos to facilitating video conference calls. You can even make them fashionable with PopSockets. These grips come with “swappable” tops that will allow your favorite Gen Zer to switch colors and styles whenever they get a new case, so in addition to being a practical gift, it’ll also be a versatile one.

tote bag

All of Planet is Dying Everything is Fine Natural Cotton Reusable Tote Bag

Today’s young adults are much more aware of the environment than ever before. They’re also more aware of the ever-looming threat of climate change coming to destroy us all. This tote bag embraces both ideas: It’s made of a natural, reusable and earth-friendly cotton, but it also says “I’m Fine, It’s Fine, Everything is Fine” with an only slightly manic smiley face.

It’s very Gen Z.

letter board with rustic wood frame

How to Decorate Your Dorm Room Double Sided Felt Letter Board with Rustic Wood Frame

If you aren’t sure what they’re into in terms of home decorations, consider giving them a customizable gift like this double-sided letter board. This board comes with a farmhouse-style frame for a rural feel, while the rest of its design is up to the recipient.

You can create anything from sentimental messages and funny memes with the letters.

coloring book

This is for Dreamers and Believers Good Vibes Coloring Book

Coloring books are no longer just for children. Generation Z has fully embraced coloring as a source of stress relief, so whether they’re struggling with work, school, family or something else entirely, this book can help.

Not only does it provide dozens of pages for scribbling and shading, but every one bears a positive, self-affirming message like “open your wings and fly” and “be the awesome you wish to see in the world.

frenckle pen

Like Marilyn Monroe: Freck Beauty OG Freckle Pen

You can help them achieve the adorable freckle look without causing any skin damage. This “freckle pen” can be used on all skin types, and it’ll create quick and easy beauty marks for selfies, vlogs, livestreams and more.

As a bonus, it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free, which is probably one of the reasons why it’s beloved by social media influencers like Addison Rae.

electric hot pot

You can help them cook something other than ramen Dezin Electric Hot Pot

This is more of a practical gift, but if you know a young person who’s heading off to college soon, they can get a lot of use out of a small, simple kitchen accessory like this one. It’s a non-stick saute pan that can cook everything from ramen and fried rice to steak dishes and scrambled eggs, and it comes with everything that they’ll need right there in the box, including a fitted glass lid.

It has 1.5 Liters of volume so they are able to also feed another person!

headphone hook

Gaming Addicts: PC Gaming Headset Headphone Hook

If he has a large pair of headphones, he’s probably had his share of frustrations when it comes to storing them. One solution is a “headphone hook” like this one. It can clamp on the side of any desk between 7 – 37 millimeters thick, so it’ll keep his gear safely stashed out of the way when not in use, but it’ll be within easy reach whenever he gets the urge to grind some more on Overwatch.

mexican snacks box

A Siesta on their Tongue Mexican Candy Assortment Snack Box

Hola! This snack pack is great for those who enjoy opening boxes and unboxing items to use in their videos. There are more than 30 candy pieces in the pack, ranging from creamy chocolates and sour gummies, to large, bubble-worthy gums.

You can even find hard pepper candy with Mexican traditional spices. Everything is brightly and colorfully packaged, so it’ll be a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds, and your gift recipient is sure to have fun sharing it with all of their followers.


You can find the best eggs here: Role Model T-Shirt

Some teenagers are not solitary, reliant on sarcasm or snacks. There are some teens who do things well and deserve praise. This t-shirt declares them to be a role model, so whether they’re excelling at work, school, church or just survival of their most turbulent years, this gift can help them feel seen and appreciated.

pen storage

When They Feel Like They’re Dying Inside: Dead Man Desk Organizer Pen Storage

Perfect for long days full of online classes or virtual work meetings, this pen holder will encapsulate everything that they feel when they’re stuck at home. The pen is shown as a man lying on his stomach, with the pen reaching right to his chest.

If the Zoom meeting continues for too long, they might find themselves stabbing each other repeatedly.

shower steamers

This is the apartment dweller’s guide: 8-Set Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

Bath bombs can be a very lush present, but what if the other person doesn’t have a tub? Do they have to use tap water or generic soap bars for showering? It’s not true! You can’t! Shower steamers offer a fast, upright alternative to bath bombs. With this set your gift receiver will be able to enjoy the healing benefits of sweet orange, balsam fire, rose and lavender scents.

Every square has natural and sweet-smelling oils that provide a relaxing, luxurious experience in the shower.


When They’re Even More Sarcastic Than You Are: Juvale Demotivational Posters

“I want you to know that someone cares. Not me, but someone.” If this is the kind of sentiment that will be appreciated by a teen or young adult that you know, they’ll love this 20-pack of “demotivational” posters.

Each one has a frank, funny statement that’s a little more realistic than your usual inspirational fare. “How to enjoy Mondays” is followed promptly by “Step one: you don’t.”

blue light blocking glasses

Internet Addicts Blue Light Blocking Glasses

It’s a common misconception that young people don’t want to read. They’re actually reading more than ever thanks to texts, blogs, comments and closed captions. However, it’s true that Gen Z is more likely to read things on a screen rather than through a book, which is why these blue light blocking glasses can be quite handy for members of Generation Z.

They’re made with a lightweight, multi-layer blue filter coating to protect the wearer’s eyes from tech overload.

shower margarira machine

You can pull their leg: Shower Margarita Machine Prank Gift Box

The only bad thing about this gift is that it isn’t real. Who wouldn’t want a shower margarita machine? Alas, this is only an empty box, but it’s sure to be a funny prank when your gift recipient unwraps it and asks, “What the h*ll?” Maybe they can do the Gen Z thing and create a start-up to actually manufacture shower margaritas.


The 2020s are your chance to embody the future Unisex Sloth-Riding Dinosaur Novelty Hoodie

If anything defines Generation Z, it’s an obnoxious galaxy print with something stupid printed on it. This sweatshirt depicts a sloth riding along a dinosaur and has laser beams shooting out of its eyes.

It’s so completely wild that they’ll probably laugh in disbelief as they shake it out. Then, if they’re anything like most young folks, they’ll immediately put it on.

Influencer Book

So That They’ll Remember You When They’re Rich and Famous: Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media

Everybody wants to influence others. These influencers can earn millions each year. But before your buddy decides to give up his job and dedicate his life to making stop motion videos, make sure he reads. Influencer: Building your Personal Brand in an Age of Social Media.

Anyone who wishes to make the most of the Internet for their careers and use it in their lives will find valuable advice.

birthday balloons

A Boomer’s Revenge: 12-Pack Abusive Birthday Balloons

Each young person is afraid of becoming a boomer. This makes these balloons a humorous reminder that they are coming. They’re all pitch black, and they say things like “happy f*cking birthday” and “f*ck, you’re old.

” They come in a pack of 12 to really fill the room, too. These will make your gift recipient scream!

manly man soap

The First Rule Of Fight Club Manly Man Soap in Round Tin Can

Is he the kind of guy to avoid “girly” things like scented bath products? Manly Man Soap will help you restore your man’s testosterone. The front of the tin has a shirtless man flexing his muscles, which isn’t homoerotic at all, and the fragrance of the soap is a lovely mix of olive, coconut, lime, vetiver and clary sage.

He’ll be the very picture of masculinity with This gift.

card game

A Nuclear Game Night Exploding Kittens Card Game

To enjoy something, you must be at least 18 years old. Catan Settlers. Until then, there’s Exploding Kittens, a card game for anyone who can appreciate colorful cartoon cats causing nuclear explosions. You can complete most of the games in 10 minutes.

You can also get quite rowdy when you play. It’ll be perfect for young folks who like their fun in quick, exciting and bite-sized pieces.


These are sweet, cute and full of surprises: Women’s Cute Animal Designed Novelty Crew Socks

They have an adorable design. They look just like regular crew socks. When folded in to form ankle socks, the animal prints reveal the inside lining.

These socks come in five packs so that your Gen Z girl has the option to wear different cheetahs, tigers and zebras every day. This clever and colorful pair of socks can give her wardrobe an eclectic flair!

bomb ass brows set

This is for the beauty blogger: Bomb A** Brows Set

If they’re into beauty gurus, they’ve probably heard of Desi Perkins, And it just so happens that she has her own eyebrow kit. It’s called Bomb A** Brows, and it includes a pencil, powder, shade, brush and more.

Whether they’re a first-time plucker or an experienced shader and contourer, they’re sure to appreciate a gift that will raise their self-esteem and Give them killer arches.

blanket sweatshirt

The Couch is the One They Love: Catalonia Oversized Hoodie Blanket Sweatshirt

The best gag gifts are ones that are actually useful in some way, and even though they might laugh at this comically oversized sweatshirt when they pull it out of the box, they’ll definitely reach for it when they get cold.

It’s made with a sinfully soft Sherpa material, and it’s so huge that it can serve as a blanket, robe and hoodie all at once. They’ll never Netflix and chill under anything else again.

hair chalk pens

Because They’re Only Young Once: 12-Pack Hair Chalk Pens

If she’s always wanted to color her hair, these chalk pens will let her experiment with different shades without the need for bleaches, dyes and other permanent measures. You can make her blonde like Jenny Marbles, or brunette like Kimberly Loaiza.

You can have your hair a rainbow-colored shock! The power will be in her own hands when she has these easy-to-use chalk pens, and since they’re suitable for ages eight and above, Gen Zers in any grade can partake.

glass neon sign

The Nightlight is a Different Type 21-Inch Pink Good Vibes Only Glass Neon Sign

Why have a desk lamp when you could give the entire space a warm luminescent glow by a neon wall sign! This one says “Good Vibes Only” in a trendy cursive font, but you can find them in all shapes and sizes, and their messages can include everything from positive affirmations to raunchy sex jokes.

Think about the Gen Zer that you’re buying for and pick accordingly.

pillow case

For a more elegant interior design: If You Really Love Me You’ll Let Me Sleep Decorative Throw Pillow Case

Throw pillows make a wonderful housewarming gift. If you are someone at the middle of Generation Z, get them throw pillows in bright colors. These says “If You Really Love Me You’ll Let Me Sleep,” which is a sentiment that most people can appreciate, but there are plenty of others to choose from as well.

They’re also great for bedrooms and dorm rooms.

one night ultimate werewolf game

When There’s a Bad Moon Rising: One Night Ultimate Werewolf Game

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is an example of how technology can improve game night. While it’s primarily played through cards, there’s a smartphone app to narrate the action, and it comes with customizable controls to give a DIY touch to the experience.

It’s basically Secret Hitler mixed with werewolves. It is a game that will appeal to all ages.

mini art notepads

You can add some pizzazz to their desk: Purple Ladybug Rainbow Scratch Off Mini Art Notes

This notepad is a wonderful gift choice for those who love to draw and journal. It has more than 150 sheets and can also be covered in a variety of colors. With a multicolored, funky flair, Gen Zers can make all sorts of lists, doodles and drawings, as well as appointment reminders.

For smooth, fluid drawing, two wooden styluses come with you. But other instruments are also available. There are many possibilities.

DIY paint kit

To Walk Their Own Way: Rock Your Kicks DIY Paint Kit

Generation Z, in fashion terms, is no different to any previous generation. While some things will stand out as innovative and cool, others are likely to be relegated to the back of your mind. This DIY Sneaker-painting Kit will help Gen Zers to find their style.

Everything that they’ll need is right in the box, including paints, brushes, stencils and more. They can explore their own creative identity like it’s judgement time on RuPaul.

yoga mat bag

Namaste: Convertible Canvas Yoga Mat Bag

Although they may be staying at home for now, there will one day when their hair will look great and they can head back to the studio. The bag will prove invaluable. It can hold mats, towels, water bottles and more, so it’ll be quite useful for staying organized on the go.

As befitting an accessory for zen, eco-friendly folks, it’s also made from a natural washed canvas.

spongeBob vinyl figurine

FunkoPop! SpongeBob SquarePants 8-Inch Collectible Vinyl Figure

A SpongeBob figurine is available to anyone. Only a select few, however, can possess the famous “mocking SpongeBob meme” in figurine form. Despite its subject matter, it’s actually quite well-made; it features good, detailed craftsmanship with a vinyl material and matte paint.

It’s a figurine that will sit on their shelf until the day comes when their own child laughs at them for being old.


Ironic Humor is a timeless style: Someday We’ll All Be Dead Cool Retro T-Shirt

Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking for a gift that will cross all age boundaries, consider this novelty tee. It says “Someday We’ll All Be Dead” with a bunch of butterflies taking flight against a rainbow, so not only does it have a funny, existential sort of humor, but its message is one that everyone can relate to.

Young or old, everyone’s had those days when they just feel like throwing up their hands and letting the butterflies have them.

Present for Generation Z: Do’s and Don’ts

Generation Z represents a new breed. You won’t want to half-a** their gifts. Here are just a few tips to make sure that your present doesn’t wind up being mocked in a vlog with a thousand YouTubers or TikTokers laughing along.

Do this: Make it age-appropriate

The majority of people agree that Generation Z began in 1996 or 1997. Although the oldest of these members is an adult in their 20s, they can also be young children or teens. Make sure that you aren’t a creepy old person buying them something that’s too mature, but make sure that you aren’t infantalizing them with kiddie gifts, either.

Don’t: Assume That All Young People Are Alike

There are a lot of stereotypes about Gen Z, but just like not all ’70s kids were hippies and not all ’90s kids wore MC Hammer pants, not all Gen Zers are addicted to the web. While some might not be interested in memes and social media influencers, others may have the same technological literacy as their grandparents. Consider your gift receiver as an individual and not just a cliché.

Don’t forget to buy useful things

Young people haven’t yet learned the custom of politely stuffing unwanted gifts into a drawer or closet until it’s socially acceptable to toss them out. If they don’t have any use for your present, they’ll probably tell you right away, so make sure that it genuinely serves some kind of purpose for them. Don’t buy a useless gag gift where the joke wears off in five minutes.

Don’t: Buy Something Overly Specific

To avoid buying a boring and generic gift, it is possible to go too far the wrong way by purchasing something more technical. This could be a costly mistake. You don’t know what brand of makeup they like; you don’t know what kind of video or gaming console they have; you don’t know if their cat has any allergies. Gifts that backfire can be dangerous.


These gifts are only a small selection of what you can give the Gen Zer. You might not be able to keep up with their jokes and fashion trends anymore, but with a little help from the items on this list, you can trick them into thinking that you’re still “fly” and “groovy” for at least one more year!

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