Millennials Reveal Their Holiday Wish Lists

Wish ListWith the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to share what’s at the top of Millennials’ wish lists and provide insights on why these items appeal to them. So whether you’re shopping for Gen Y or your company seeks to attract this age group, here’s what they’re interested in this holiday season and beyond:

As you might expect, the majority of Millennials are hoping to get tech items this year. We recently surveyed 294 13-34-year-olds, and it’s no surprise that computers, iPads, and iPhones were among the most frequently mentioned presents they hope to receive. Technology is a lifeline for them and they seek the most up-to-date devices for entertainment purposes and to be constantly connected to their friends. Millennials mentioned wanting laptops in particular, which suggests that even though iPads and other tablets have many of the same features, they still want an actual computer to meet many of their needs. Tablets were still very popular, but presumably those who want one have a computer already. Overall, Millennials move between devices depending on their purpose or location, but they still seek to have several mediums.

Moreover, while many Millennials mentioned wanting computers in general, they’re most interested in obtaining Apple products. It’s one of their favorite brands and they know they can trust Apple for all their tech needs. Even 6-12-year-olds have caught the Apple bug with iPads topping their wish lists according to a recent Nielsen survey. This further highlights the influence of the brand, however, that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in other tech companies. A handful of Millennials mentioned wanting the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and various versions of the Kindle. They also are interested in gaming consoles including Wii U, PS3,…

 
 

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“Art is basically my job and I enjoy it so much.”—Female, 15, MD

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Eggo frozen waffles are capitalizing on their unexpected Stranger Things’ fame. The brand has seized the marketing opportunity of being a part of one of Millennials & Gen Z’s favorite shows, tying themselves into Netflix’s Super Bowl ad, creating a special toaster for select fans, and swarming New York Comic Con with people dressed up like Eleven armed with “watch party kits” (aka “waffles and a microwavable syrup server”). To prep for the premiere of season two of the show, Eggo is sending out a fully-loaded food truck for the red carpet premiere, and going all out on social media to connect with fans. (MediaPost)

More teens than ever have severe anxiety, but why? The American College Health Association found a 12% increase in undergrads reporting “overwhelming anxiety” from 2011 to 2016, and several studies concur that “there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Social media is part of the problem—constant like-monitoring and cyber bullying isn’t helping the most stressed generation to date. There’s also an increasing (and constant) perceived need to over-achieve. One psychology professor observes, “There’s always one more activity, one more A.P. class, one more thing to do in order to get into a top college.” (NYTimes)

Ypulse research has shown that 88% of Millennial parents are trying to avoid helicopter parenting—but they might not be able to help it. The constant media storm of global atrocities and everyday stories of parenting gone wrong combined with advertisers’ willingness to fear-monger, results in a generation of (understandably) anxious parents. It doesn’t help that the tech to constantly monitor kids is easily available (albeit pricey)—from drone surveillance meant for the military to devices that track “blood-oxygen levels all night long.” One relationship therapist sums up, “Everyone is having a hard time drawing a line and just figuring out what’s reasonable versus what’s over-protective.” (Refinery29)

Brands are turning college students into mini-sales forces. Aerie, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and Express are just a few of the many brands that have a program for college campus reps where students receive swag, experience, and other perks for helping bring brand awareness to their colleges. Though brands don’t always require social posts, most ambassadors do share their swag on social, bringing organic ads to their friends’ feeds. The biggest draw is that social posts from reps “[come] across as natural, authentic, a product that they would normally use or want to talk about.” (Racked)

“[Celebrity] can mean anything nowadays and it's a rather diluted term; from YouTube star, to someone on Instagram with millions of followers, to reality TV dopes, etc.”—Male, 30, WI

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