While the term "millennial" can be a bit hard to pin down depending on who you're asking — what year is the cutoff, anyhow? — there's one element of the millennial experience that's much more agreed upon and easily recognizable: the aesthetic. (I mean, really, what other generation has a color named after it?)
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A playful, tongue-in-cheek mix of elements from squiggles to muted pinks to plants characterizes the millennial look, so if you're gift shopping for someone between the ages of 23 to 35 (ish), these quirky home finds might be the best place to start.
Crystals, swervy shapes, a vague sense of nostalgia ... this selenite objet d'art checks several millennial-oriented boxes.
An appealingly unexpected shape for the dinner table or mantle.
The subtle glow on a desk or nightstand is exactly what's needed as your millennial friend binge-watches '90s shows on Disney+.
Millennials may now and forever be associated with their titular "millennial pink," but this earthy terra cotta shade is a close competitor for Most Millennial Hue. The chunky, playful shape of these mug handles just levels-up the look.
Millennials and their Monstera plants, amirite?
Houseplants, boho-cool ceramics, and a rattan peacock chair. If these stickers aren't aesthetically pleasing, we don't know what is.
"Boob motif" pillows, planters, and rugs are surprisingly prevalent these days, but this super-plush example really rises above the rest. Meesha Farzaneh relaunched her iconic pillow this year to benefit breast cancer funds with every purchase, and the four chic colorways are already in high demand. But don't worry if you missed the first round; they'll restock on Thanksgiving.
Some borosilicate goodness, this time in the form of a taper holder set. Dreamy.
The two key colors of the millennial age, together at last. This pitcher is a work of art in itself — style it as a vase with a few farmer's market flowers, or use it to dish out mimosas at brunch.
Add a pretty Pothos and you've got a gift any millennial will love.
Matcha hasn't quite replaced coffee in the millennial mind, but it's close.
The subtle gradient of this sunny hued salt cellar makes it a fun kitchen addition.
Monstera-oriented goodness that's both aesthetically appealing and practical: The natural merino felt protects surfaces and is also water-resistant and stain-resistant. (Just in case the dinner party gets crazy.)
For the millennial who is working on their kitchen skills — a very pleasing spice grinder in a peachy shade of you-know-what.
"Elder millennials" will love it for the Cher quote. Younger millennials will associate it with T-Swift. It's kind of great, either way.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.