Ah, Millennials. The generation that has the most student loan debt in American history, can't afford the homes they want for their dogs, and calls their second and third jobs "side hustles" to make them sound cooler than the economic necessities they are.

While not every Millennial is strapped for cash, the one in your life--whether a recent college graduate or a seasoned workplace professional in his or her 30s--will definitely appreciate a thoughtful gift this holiday season. Here are eight choices under $100, inexpensive enough to avoid completely breaking the bank and pricey enough to show you care. 

1. Bombas socks

$12 ($45.60 for a four-pack)

Socially conscious Millennials will appreciate the opportunity to do some good while keeping their toes toasty this winter: For each pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to a homeless shelter, where socks are the No. 1 most-requested item. The company has donated nearly 10 million socks to date.

2. Tommy John underwear

From $20

So you're not into socks. What about underwear? The brand first made famous by its "no wedgie" guarantee--sure to earn fans among anyone who was bullied in middle school--now makes undergarments for both men and women. Tommy John also has a no-questions-asked return policy, a remarkably confident (or brave) choice.

3. Instant Pot


Double Insight's pressure cooker has ranked among Amazon's best-selling kitchen appliances since a 2016 promotion went viral. Its staying power is likely due to its versatility: One model's description lists seven functions: pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, sauteeing, yogurt making, and warming. It's the perfect gift for someone who wants to cook fancy dishes with minimal effort or cleanup.

4. Cuddle Clones figurine


Millennials make up 38 percent of dog owners in the U.S.--a larger percentage than any other generation--according to an American Pet Products Association report. Forty-four percent of Millennials view their pets as practice children. Celebrate that commitment by gifting your friend an eerily accurate figurine of their animal companion, whether it's a dog, cat, horse, or other pet. Feeling extravagant? Upgrade to an eerily accurate plushie for $249.

5. Codenames


Victory in this spy-themed party game depends on your verbal acuity and team chemistry. Like all the good games, it's easy to learn and hard to master. Its stellar 4.8-star rating on Amazon has landed it on shelves at the e-commerce giant's newest brick-and-mortar store, Amazon 4-star. And it's only $16. What more do you need?

6. 23andMe DNA test


Ancestry tests have given many people a new sense of self and an altered perspective on their surprising familial connections. What's more valuable than the gift of self-awareness? Plus, you might inadvertently help law enforcement catch a serial killer.

7. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker


This wouldn't be a gift guide for Millennials without a cool tech gadget. In this case, it's a Bluetooth speaker that can survive being dunked in water. The device has built-in Siri and Google Now integration, meaning it could literally control the lights in your home. Skynet is coming.

8. Purple Pillow


Do you know anyone under the age of 40 who isn't sleep deprived? No, you don't. One solution: a strange purple pillow that looks like a giant sponge and weighs more than 10 pounds. Purple's website claims this sci-fi behemoth as a solution for "lumpy foam, stabby feathers, and melty memory foam"--and if your friend doesn't like it, they can return it for a full refund within 100 days.

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Published on: Oct 15, 2018