You don’t have to search long to find holiday gift guides for Millennials. Here’s one for Millennial employees and here’s one for Millennial moms. There’s even a gift guide for “every type of Millennial in your life.” I bet they even have one for Millennial dogs! It probably features Monroe lip piercings, organic lettuce and daily planners.
The Unofficial Official Gen X Holiday Gift Guide
So, in the true spirit of Cyber Monday — that glorious Monday after Thanksgiving when people clamor for online deals without getting clobbered by fellow Americans — I give you the unofficial Official Gen X Holiday Gift Guide. Here are 10 things any respectable card-carrying Gen-Xer in your life will love.
Before we get to the lighthearted stuff, here is a list of memoirs and a couple photography books you might like to read in the new year. You can click the covers to purchase on Amazon. Please note, I participate in the Amazon affiliate program to offset the cost of maintaining a clean, ad-free, click bait-free blog. My disclosure is in the footer. Thank you!
Now, the Fun Stuff
The John Hughes Too Cool For School Collection
This collection features three John Hughes films: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Some Kind of Wonderful.
A Pac-Man Scarf
My mother made this Pacman scarf years ago. I was going to use it as a giveaway on this blog, but I loved it too much and kept it for myself. Now, an Etsy seller, KittensMittensShop has one for sale. Check it out here. She’s asking $58.
Floppy Disk Converter
Time is running out to preserve the content on the flloppy disks you’ve been carting around since the stone age of web design. What the Xer in your life needs is this thing described as a Esynic USB Floppy Drive 3.5 USB External Floppy Disk Drive Portable 1.44 MB FDD USB Drive Plug and Play for PC Windows 10 7 8 Windows XP Vista Mac Black. Man, that’s a mouthful. It’s costs about $14. Buy it now.
The Oregon Trail Card Game
The Oregon Trail rolled back into Gen X memory last year with Anna Garvey’s brilliant commentary on the Oregon Trail Generation. Now, the 1990s computer lab game is a card game.. This might be a great gift for Gen-Xers born in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Lacoste Men’s Short Sleeve Polo
I’m in love with this Lacoste shirt. I think I want to marry it. My sophomore year of high school, there was never enough Izod by Lacoste to go around. I fawned over this brand at a little store called Britches in Bartlesville, Oklahoma that also sold a lot of Esprit clothing.
Esprit was so popular in the 80s. Every Gen-X girl wanted something with the Esprit logo. These socks are cheap and your wife will dig them.
Neil Howe’s 13th Gen, the Book About Generation X
Neil Howe and William Strauss wrote 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? in the 1990s. It’s a great primer on Generation X and an important edition to the personal library of anyone wanting to learn more about the 13th Generation of Americans originally called Baby Busters.
Pac-Man Mini Arcade Game
This Pac-Man mini arcade game looks like so much fun and it’s under $20.
The Mixtape Backup by Jansport
I don’t see a lot of middle-age Xers carrying backpacks, but when I do, the backpacks are clearly castoffs from their kids. It’s time you have your own mixtape backpack, Gen X. If you decide later that you hate it, I’m sure your children will be happy to take it off your hands. Just like the pepperonis on your pizza.
Think of all the fun you’ll have – I mean your kids will have – pressing the putty to comics. You need this original Silly Putty pack!
The Gen X Marathon Sticker
Finally, to wrap up this year’s Gen X holiday gift guide with a bow, I give you the Gen.X Take It On the Run (Baby) sticker. I’m selling them at-cost. I paid extra for high resolution and also had the stickers laminated. This extends the life of the sticker up to three years beyond what it would normally last. Because it’s going to take a long time for us to save the world and we’re getting kind of old, lately.
The stickers are white, vinyl ovals and measure 4.700 x 3.290 inches. I hope you like them! I know $3.99 is kind of pricey, but your favorite Gen-Xer will be totally stoked to find this in their Christmas stocking. Supply is limited as I only ordered 50. If response is good, I’ll order more. Please use the PayPal button to complete your purchase. You must input your mailing address so I know where to send your sticker. It will arrive before Christmas!
That’s all I have for this year’s Gen X Holiday Gift Guide! I hope your holiday seasons is getting off to a great start!