The best holiday gifts for baby boomers, according to baby boomers

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The best gifts for boomers, according to boomers
The best gifts for boomers, according to boomers

Everyone is picking on boomers right now (case in point: the meme “OK, Boomer”). So they (aka we!) need a little extra love this holiday season. Whether the boomers in your world are deep into their careers, retired and relaxing, or starting an exciting new chapter, they’re ready for a little spoiling.

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From working out to traveling the world to binging on great new series, we’re here to support all the good things in life. So we consulted the boomers we know and put together a list of the gifts they can’t wait to receive. ’Tis the season to pop in with just the right present. Scroll and click, and you’re all set.

Gym clothes 

Athleisure for leisure. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Athleisure for leisure. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)

Missy from South Carolina says, “When I have nice workout clothes, it makes me want to go to the gym and get busy.” Help motivate your friend with gym-wear that’s fun (and flattering) to wear. This sleek and comfy set moves seamlessly from treadmill to errands. She’ll never take it off.

Shop it: Athletic Works (Track Jacket, Track Pants), $16-$22, walmart.com

Cool shoes

Cool shoes! (Photo: Zappos/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Cool shoes! (Photo: Zappos/Yahoo Lifestyle)

Pam from Illinois says: “My daughter-in-law lives in the city so I always ask for cool shoes that I won’t be able to get in my country town. My son is a photographer so I like to be on-trend.”

Allow me to introduce everyone’s new favorite pair of shoes. With support for the toes, balls, and heels, this fashionista staple bootie is way more comfortable than it looks. Cute and functional—and they even repel water! A great gift.

Shop it: Dr. Scholl's Amara (Original Collection), $110, zappos.com

Bombas socks

Everyone loves socks for the holidays! (Photo: The Grommet/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Everyone loves socks for the holidays! (Photo: The Grommet/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“I love comfy socks, and [the company] Bombas donates a pair of socks to someone in need for every pair purchased,” Sharon from Virginia shares. “I also like to support small businesses.”

The gift that gives back never goes out of style is great socks—maybe so great they’re a little pricier than someone might buy for herself. Sold in pairs (split a pack or double-indulge one recipient) these well-made socks—reinforced at heel and toe—are a gift that keeps on giving. In men’s and women’s sizes.

Shop it: Bombas Original Ankle Socks (2 Pairs), $22, thegrommet.com

A large toaster

Go big or go home! (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Go big or go home! (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)

Beth from New York wants a “toaster big enough for bagels.” Weekend brunching with friends is better when it’s in-house. With four extra-wide slots, this baby can can toast or defrost twice as many slices (or bagel halves) at once. This is the SUV of toasters. 

Shop it: Cuisinart Stainless Steel 4-Slice Toaster (CPT-180), $51, amazon.com

Ninja Foodi Grill

Get five kitchen appliances for the price of one! (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Get five kitchen appliances for the price of one! (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“I want that Ninja Foodi Grill that does everything,” Elaine says. “I moved back home to be with my mother and after a gazillion years of NYC takeout, I have to cook.” This overachieving kitchen appliance (discounted now!) can grill, air fry, roast, and bake. It’s for that friend who can’t be bothered with intense kitchen work but always wants a side of fries.

Shop it: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Electric Grill (4 quart), $200 (was $330), amazon.com

Gardening seat

Handy for gardening! (Photo: Uncommon Goods/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Handy for gardening! (Photo: Uncommon Goods/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“My house is what it is,” says Tee. “It’s been done for years. I focus more on the outside. I have a great garden that I work in all season, and I really want a garden stool.” This knee-saver more than meets Tee’s specs—with a detachable bag that holds up to 21 tools. It’s a caddy and a seat in one—no more running back and forth to the garage. Lightweight, water-resistant, and easy to clean. Can you dig it? Yes you can.

Shop it: Gardener's Tool Seat, $40, uncommongoods.com

Luggage

See more of the world with this luggage set. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)
See more of the world with this luggage set. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“Now that I’m retired, I travel more,” James shared. “My daughter lives in California so I spend time there but I want to go to Europe. I’ve never been, and I need nice luggage for that.” Baggage claim is that spot where you can see who’s got their act together and who has it yanked in place with duct tape. This set says “I’m organized and ready for action.” The hard exterior and 360-degree double wheels make it a dream to drive. Also in olive, taupe, and eye-catching lilac. 

Shop it: iFLY Hard Sided Luggage Jetway (3-piece set), $120 (was $170), walmart.com

Journal

Meditate and journal to clear your mind. (Photo: Uncommon Goods/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Meditate and journal to clear your mind. (Photo: Uncommon Goods/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“My grandkids got me into meditation this year and made me promise to journal,” Andy from Georgia shared. “So now I need a journal.” With prompts to inspire documentation of life’s many gems, this book becomes a beautiful, casual memoir to pass down. It’s the perfect way to inspire a loved one to set aside a few minutes to relax and reflect every morning or evening before bed. And what better gift is there than that?

Shop it: My Life Story So Far Journal, $30, uncommongoods.com

Big computer monitor

Upgrade your home computer. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Upgrade your home computer. (Photo: Walmart/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“I thought I was Miss Tech Gadget and splurged on a virtually weightless notebook a while back…but unless I’m on a plane, the tiny screen is a thorn in my side,” Sheryl explained. “Can Santa bring me a ginormous desktop monitor to plug my notebook into?” Pitching over small computers is not good for anyone. We say bring back the big screen. The film buff, workaholic, or gamer on your list would adore a large monitor so they’re not always squinting and hunching. This LED monitor boasts super-high resolution, millions of colors, and a very fast response time. In English, that means it’s great for watching movies. 

Shop it: Dell 24-inch TN Panel HD LED Monitor, $90 (was $190), walmart.com

Massage gun

Your achy muscles never stood a chance. (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Your achy muscles never stood a chance. (Photo: Amazon/Yahoo Lifestyle)

“Anything to pamper myself,” Arleen from Maryland shared. “Those massage guns look like they would do wonders on my back and neck.” Truly the Maserati of massagers, the Theragun stimulates circulation and soothes chronic neck and back pain, shoulder tension, and stiff muscles (you know, for the person slumped over her tiny laptop). Get it for your favorite person, especially if they live with you (wink, wink).

Shop it: Theragun liv Percussive Massager Muscle Stimulator, $249, amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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