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45 gifts the Gen Zer in your life really wants

These presents are way better than a gift card.
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY; Urban Outfitters

Chances are someone in your life has referenced #tiktokmademebuyit. The platform has become the place to discover the latest trends and hacks for all things beauty, fashion, tech and just about everything else.

If you're shopping for a Gen Zer this year and don't want to comb through TikTok yourself, we've done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the top gifts this year (including some from my personal wish list), plus a few faves from other creators.

From Apple AirPod Maxes to the viral Revlon One-Step Volumizer and the Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Platform boot, these gifts are sure to please the Zoomer in your life.

Gifts for Gen Z girls

Scalp Massager

Gift them a scalp massager to transform their at-home hair care regimen into a salon visit. This affordable option from Amazon deep cleans and exfoliates the scalp while stimulating blood flow to the oil glands.

Aroma Diffuser

An aroma diffuser is a wonderful gift to give to someone as a token of your affection. They are believed to promote calmness, relaxation and boost your overall mood. Pair it with an essential oil of their favorite scent to set the vibe after a long day of work or school.

What's Your Sign?: A Guide to Astrology Book

For that person who always asks for your astrological sign, why not gift them this book? It'll guide beginners and enthusiasts alike through rising signs, planets and other astrology basics.

Satin Pillowcase

For the person in your life who needs a new pillowcase, gift them the no. 1 bestseller in Amazon's "bed pillow pillowcases" category. They will elevate their beauty sleep while protecting their hair and skin all in one.

Fenty Beauty Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream

I layer this buttery body cream with my fave perfume during the colder months. It's infused with shea butter, tropical oils, mango butter and glycerin to lock in moisture for all-day hydration. Looking for a new scent? The brand also whipped up a limited-edition warm cinnamon scent (that I couldn't pass on) with the same silky formula, topped with a gold shimmery finish.

As Cooked on TikTok Cookbook

TikTok is my go-to platform for finding new, easy-to-follow recipes. This cookbook features over 60 viral (and fan favorite) dishes from over 40 culinary creators on the app.

Sock Candy Tapestry Socks

These sheer, playful patterned socks will be the star of any Gen Z outfit and help them stand out in a crowd. I love this tapestry pattern but there are a ton of pretty designs for any occasion — I personally think the disco socks would be the perfect NYE socks paired with sparkly platforms.

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

We love these lightweight belt bags. They're convenient to carry around, can fit a lot inside of them (despite their small size), and come in a ton of colorways. They're similar to the always-popular Lululemon belt bag (which is currently out of stock) but at a lower price point.

Lululemon Skinny Scrunchies

These scrunchies reduce hair breakage that can happen with traditional hair ties and come in a bunch of different colors. They keep ponytails and topknots firmly in place whether you're exercising, washing your face or just lounging around the house.

Floatley Carry-it High Waist Yoga Leggings

These high-waisted leggings have a handy pocket for keys or a phone when you're going for a run or doing errands. Commerce writer Hannah Baker says these have become her favorite workout pants: "They're the lightest leggings I've ever had while still being slightly compressing — but still super comfy. I have the black, but I'm really into the Burlwood colorway and plan on stocking up on a couple more pairs!"

Poketo Phone Crossbody

This chic crossbody is justttt big enough to hold the essentials: your phone, a credit card and ID. The design is minimal and sleeker than many other phone crossbodies out there. Plus, it's on sale for less than $15.

Checker French Barrette

This chunky, checker-printed barrette makes a big statement for a price point that's under $15. Add a couple more hair accessories so she can layer 'em if she likes to pile on the accessories.

Casely Abstract Retro Case

This Magsafe iPhone case has an on-trend, '70s-inspired print with a modern twist. It's the perfect way for them to upgrade the look of their phone without actually, well, upgrading their actual phone.

Rhinestone Purse

This throwback to the early-aughts style purse is the perfect way for her to fancy up even the most casual athleisure 'fit. At under $36, it's cheaper than many other similar styles and would be perfect for a NYE soiree. Choose from seven colors — we're partial to the green.

Spectrum 10-Piece Essential Brush Kit

Spectrum makeup brushes are high-quality (we've tested them!) without the huge price point. This 10-piece set is $50, meaning each brush is only about $5. The beauty-obsessed Zoomer in your life will love these, especially if they've been looking to upgrade their current brushes after a beauty video binge on TikTok.

Ugg Tasman Slippers

Gen Z-ers will love these Ugg slippers, which are equal parts fashion and function. The exterior is suede and has a cozy sheepskin lining making the extra-comfy and warm for the winter months. With 17 colors to choose from, you can grab a versatile neutral (like chestnut or black) or choose a more statement-making color like purple or bright green for the Gen Z-er in your life.

Revlon One-Step Volumizer

Looking for an affordable alternative to the Dyson Airwrap? This is the next best thing that TikTok raves about. The Revlon One-Step Volumizer is the no. 1 bestseller in Amazon's "hot-air hairbrush" category and gives users a voluminous salon-quality blowout at home, while cutting drying time in half.

Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set

If they love to prioritize their hair care routine, this overnight beauty hack may be one that they can't live without. This satin curling set produces effortless curls without the use of heat. Two scrunchies that delicately secure your hair and can be used day or night are included in the package, along with a satin curling rod to keep it all together.

Kodak M35 35mm Camera

Gen Z is obsessed with the nostalgia from decades that we didn't get to experience ourselves. Gift them this Kodak camera to create endless in-the-moment memories that appear vintage. You can choose from three pastel colors. The camera also comes with a built-in flash.

Touchland Hand Sanitizer

You can’t go wrong with this chic hand sanitizer. According to the brand, the award-winning hand sanitizer power mist kills up to 99 percent of most common germs and bacteria, hydrates and softens, all while leaving hands delicately scented. It comes in a variety of different aromas including aloe vera, velvet peach, berry bliss and more.

The Five-Minute Journal

Sometimes the best gift to give is gratitude. With over 1.3 million guided journals sold worldwide, according to the brand, weekly challenges, daily affirmations, inspiring quotes and end-of-day reflections are endless. It'll last for six months of daily journaling and is made with sustainable materials.

Makeup Vlogging Kit

Take the beauty guru's content to the next level with this vlogging kit. The LED ring light comes with adjustable output and color temperatures and provides the right amount of light for any situation, according to the brand. A smartphone clamp is also part of the kit that can be used for vlogging or simply applying makeup more conveniently.

Aerie Flare Legging

Yes, #tiktokmademebuyit and I don’t regret it. The Aerie High Waisted Crossover Leggings are so comfortable and flattering that I’m impatiently waiting for the medium brown to come back in stock so I can add it to my cart. The pants come in XXS to XXL, and in short and long in a variety of colors.

PureGlow USB Salt Lamp

A salt lamp is a stellar gift to set the mood after a long day of school or work. This salt lamp is crafted from 100 percent pink Himalayan salt rocks and offers five levels of brightness to create the ideal ambiance, according to the brand.

Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Platform

Without a doubt Ugg is a top brand when it comes to a fall/winter staple shoe. The Classic Ultra Mini Boot was the “it” shoe when it came out two years ago. To stay on top of the chunky trend we’ve been seeing this year, Ugg took the shoe we love to new heights by adding a platform. I personally love the look and think makes a basic piece more elevated.

Gifts for Gen Z guys

Drinking Glasses

Is it just me or does drinking out of a cute glass makes the drink taste 10 times better? For the iced coffee enthusiast in your life, gift them this set to take their fave drink with them on the move. The set includes four glass cups with matching bamboo lids, four reusable glass straws and two cleaning brushes.

Mini Portable Microphone

Take their TikTok content up a notch with this mini microphone that can be used to improve sound quality on videos. With this phone attachment, they will be on their way to becoming a content creator in no time.

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

This reusable notebook is the perfect match for the sustainable Gen Zer. The Rocketbook still has the same feel of a traditional notebook, but it's reusable when connected to the cloud services of your choice. According to the brand, just add a drop of water to the pad and the notebook erases like magic.

Slushy Maker Cup

Another foodie item on the list is this slushy cup that turns your favorite beverages into a cool sip before your eyes. All you have to do is freeze the slushy maker a few hours in advance, add your choice of beverage, squeeze the slushy cup for three to five minutes and you have a frozen drink!

Areaware Little Puzzle Thing

This cute little food puzzle (which comes in 19 different styles, like a Chicago-style hotdog and bowl of cereal) is meant to get the Gen Z guy in your life away from his screen and focused on putting this together. Each of these are meant to only take around 20 minutes or less to put together so it's not a huge time commitment.

Soft Serve Dessert Maker

Treat them with the gift to create gourmet soft serve desserts from frozen fruits in minutes. It comes with 36 recipes for their sweet-tooth cravings.

Bubble Tea Kit

Bubble tea is one of the most popular drinks amongst Gen Z — and now they can create their own version at home! The kit includes royal milk loose leaf tea, rooibos chai loose leaf tea, boba tapioca pearls and two reusable stainless steel straws.

Cushionaire Slides

Give them the gift of comfort with these “pillow-like” cloud slides. Various celebs have been seen sporting the trendy shoe as part of an “off-duty” model look. Why not hop on the trend with this bestselling pair that has over 19,000 verified 5-star ratings and several colorways available? One customer raved that it’s “like walking on a cloud from the moment I put them on!”

Carhartt Beanie

Beanies are a staple piece to add to their wardrobe during colder months. The classic hat comes in over 20 colors, making the possibilities of styling it endless.

Truff Bestseller Set

This sauce has been seen all over social media and was handpicked for last year's Oprah’s Favorite Things list. The Truff starter pack includes the brand’s original hot sauce, along with their black truffle oil and black truffle salt.

Lego Adidas Originals Superstar

You're never too old to build Legos. This Adidas Lego building kit is perfect for the Gen Zer who loves streetwear or is a Lego collector. According to the brand, the set includes shoelaces and authentic shoe box-style packaging and is a realistic tribute to the original Adidas sneaker.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Who said waffle makers are just for cooking waffles? I was gifted a similar mini waffle maker in the past and let me tell you the possibilities are truly endless. I've cooked mini cinnamon rolls, hash browns and pizza in mine. This two-pack waffle maker will allow them to create their favorite breakfast staples.

Device Holder

Have a gamer on your shopping list? This device holder is the perfect match for them to prop their controller or phone on.

Pop It

One can never have too many fidget toys! According to the brand, this relieves stress, restores focus and is a neat sensory tool.

AirPods Case

Keep their AirPods safe and secure with this Reese’s-inspired case that offers all-around protection against bumps and drops, according to the brand. The outer waterproof surface will keep their earbuds dust- and scratch-free.

Hoka One One Clifton

These popular running shoes are great for keeping comfortable when you're on your feet a lot, according to many reviews, with one verified shopper saying it was like "walking on a cloud."

Air Pods Max

One of the top tech gifts last holiday season has 20 hours of listening time with a single charge, according to the brand, along with active noise cancellation. Anyone who is constantly listening to music will love receiving this.

Audio-Technica LP60X-BT Bluetooth Record Player

This highly-rated record player sounds as good as it looks. With its smaller footprint, it won't take a ton of space up in their room but doesn't sacrifice sound quality despite its sleek silhouette.

Bissell Little Green Deep Cleaner

This deep cleaning gadget from Bissell went viral on #cleantok and it's not hard to see why. According to the brand, the machine permanently removes tough spots and stains from stairs, upholstery, area rugs, pet stains and auto interiors.