How Millennial Parents Are Shopping for the Holidays, In 3 Charts

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Millennial parents are now wielding some serious holiday shopping power—but where are they choosing to buy gifts, and what are they looking for?

This Thanksgiving holiday weekend shattered shopping records—and toys were a major part of the retail-mania. Thanksgiving Day online sales rose nearly 29%, according to Adobe, and the rest of the weekend followed suit, with Black Friday’s online sales surging 23.6% and Cyber Monday raking in $7.9 billion, “making it the single largest shopping day in U.S. history.” Amazon reports that consumers bought over 18 million toys on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday—and while we are sure that Millennials were buying some toys for themselves or other grown-ups, Millennial parents were clearly also out (and online) in full force buying gifts for their kids. Over half of 30-36-year-olds currently have kids—meaning this generation of parents is influencing holiday retail in a major way.

According to our recent survey on holiday shopping plans, Millennial parents are a shopping force to be reckoned with. While they’re more likely than their non-parent peers to say they have a holiday shopping budget in mind, their estimated spending on gifts far exceeds those without kids, with Millennial parents estimating they’ll spend almost $600 on gifts for others this year. Not surprisingly, Millennial parents are more likely to be buying gifts for their kids than anyone else in their lives—including their significant others. To get a sense of where this powerful group will be wielding their significant spending this year, we dug further into our holiday shopping survey data, to find out where exactly they plan to shop—and what they plan to buy:

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We’ll start with the kind of retailers parents plan to buy from. Overall, online retailers win out with this group,…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “The [financial] industry has been slow to adapt to the ways in which young people want to be communicated with and to communicate with each other.”—Ian Rosen, CEO, StockTwits (YPulse)

Instagram users can now purchase products without leaving the app. The platform’s shopping tags are evolving to allow users to check out directly inside the app from about 20 retailers using saved payment and shipping information. The move doesn’t just give Facebook a direct cut of each sale, but also allows the platform to collect data that they’ll leverage in their ad targeting. Instagram’s influence over young consumers’ purchases continues to skyrocket, and according to our Shoppability trend, 72% of Gen Z & Millennials are open to buying products on social media. (Recode)

Disney and MAC Cosmetics are debuting a nostalgic makeup line for Aladdin fans. The Disney Aladdin collection features lipstick, an eyeshadow palette, and bronzer in jewel and metallic hues that Princess Jasmine might wear with her bright turquoise outfit. The partnership is part of the lead-up to the live-action Aladdin’s debut, and isn’t MAC’s first time introducing fans to whole new worlds of Disney-themed cosmetics. In the past, they’ve also released Cinderella and Disney villains-themed lines. (Teen Vogue)

Google announced their ambitious plan to become “the future of gaming:” a cloud-based streaming service called Stadia. Gamers will be able to play across device (phones, TVs, tablets, etc.) without waiting for the title to load in a YouTube-connected setting. That means viewers can instantly play titles featured in videos and stream their own gameplay to YouTube—which could challenge industry leader, Amazon-owned Twitch. The Netflix-like service is set to launch this year. (The Verge)

Instagrammable dim sum is going global. The craze stared in Hong Kong, where Social Places serves up bao made to look like tiny pigs and charcoal custard bao filled with “a thick liquid that oozes out like lava,” introducing three or four new incarnations each month to keep customers coming back. Meanwhile at Disneyland Hong Kong, Crystal Lotus customers dine on buns that look like their favorite animated characters, including Frozen's Olaf. In the U.S., San Francisco’s Chili House and New York’s RedFarm are some of the first to take on the trend. (Bloomberg)

Netflix’s next choose-your-own-adventure series lets viewers chart Bear Grylls’ journey through the wilderness. Soon, Netflix viewers will have the chance to become outdoors experts from the comfort of their couches, as they make the survival show celebrity’s choices as he traverses tricky situations. Grylls himself says that he’s “giving viewers an all-access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots” and that “For the first time, my survival is in your hands.” (THR)

Quote of the Day: “One of the biggest myths about Millennials is that they do not want to engage with human beings, especially if a chatbot, app, or a website can be deployed.”—Xiomara Lorenzo, Director, Society of Grownups (YPulse)

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