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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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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