The best gifts under $100 for Gen Z

The holiday shopping season has officially begun, which means it’s time to make a shopping list and double check it. Knowing what to buy for others can be difficult, especially if you’re shopping for someone from a very different generation than yours. That’s why I’m here to help.

I was born in 2001 and recently celebrated my 21st birthday. That makes me part of Generation Z, which includes everyone born between 1997 and 2012. While I may not be able to give the best gift suggestions for those born in 2012 (who knows what 10-year-olds like these days), it certainly can help with shopping woes for the older Gen Zs in your life. Below are some of the best gifts for Gen-Z teens and young adults, all under $100.

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If you’re looking for a unique, sweet treat to take with you as a stocking stuffer, check out andSons’ delicious chocolate collections. The signature chocolate collection includes a wide variety of colorful and flavorful chocolates that will make a nice addition to any gift pile this holiday season.


This is the TikTok Cup everybody talked about. Nearly every TikTok influencer raves about the 40-ounce Stanley Quencher, and after getting one, I understand the hype. Stanley’s Quencher Flowstate Cup will keep your drink insulated for hours or even days. The cup is available in different colors so that you can adapt it to the wishes of your loved one. If you’re planning to give this as a gift, don’t wait: several colors are already sold out online.

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Remember when Polaroid cameras were all the rage a few years ago? Well, they’re back and bigger than ever. Correction, smaller than ever. The new Polaroid Go Instant Mini Camera lets you take the same instant film photos we all know and love, but without the hassle of lugging around a bulky Polaroid camera. The upgraded Polaroid camera can now be charged with a USB charger and features a self-timer flash. The new and improved Polaroid Go camera suits the amateur film photographers in your life.


This one goes out to everyone born between 1997 and 2001. If you’re looking for a simple gift for friends or family who just turned 21, look no further than Owen’s Mixers. Owen’s Mixers offers a wide variety of mixers that go well with all kinds of alcohol. From espresso martini mixes to ginger beer mixers, there’s something for everyone. Add a bottle of liquor to the gift and you’re good to go.

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One of the best people to be with is the speaker person. From simple hangouts to wild pregames, a speaker takes any event to the next level. With the JBL Clip 4 Portable Speaker you can always carry a speaker with you. Don’t let the light weight and small size fool you; this speaker is louder than you would expect. The JBL Clip 4 portable speaker makes a great gift for any high school and college student.

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The Anything Party Game is guaranteed to spice up any game night. I love card games, especially those that bring out the more adventurous sides of people, and this game does just that. From revealing questions to bizarre challenges, the Anything Party Game will be unlike any other you’ve ever played.

You will receive prize notifications for WHATEVER: the awkward and embarrassing card game for adults for game nights and group parties


Have you ever walked around with an annoying water bottle and nowhere to put it? Well you don’t have to worry about that now. The Calpak bottle cage fits your bottle, keys, wallet and other small items. This TikTok sensation is great for hikers, students, and other hydration enthusiasts.


The Padded Pak’r fits just enough for a day on campus or an overnight stay. I’ve always been a fan of EastPak products and absolutely love this iconic backpack. The high-quality backpack has a main compartment and a front pocket to store your belongings.

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