The 2022 Gen Z Gift Guide: 50 Items That They Wouldn't Dare Return


Courtesy of Mango; Dior; Ugg; Coach; Baggu

If you're on TikTok, you may have happened to scroll past many gift guide videos all set against the cheeriest holiday songs. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but it seems like everyone's ready for December. While I don't celebrate the holidays that happen around this time of the year, I still found myself perusing through the #HolidayWishList hashtag on the app for nothing but personal amusement in my free time, and thought I'd gather my finds for you to shop from in one place.

After watching what seems like 100 videos and using my own preferences and gift-giving skills to navigate through the most popular retailers, I rounded up over 50 of the best items to create the ultimate Generation Z gift guide. Whether you're looking to shop for someone in your life or you just happen to align with the more youthful aesthetic and want some shopping inspiration for yourself, then you've come to the right place.

As a Gen Z myself, I ended up adding some products from below to my own personal shopping wish lists. Yep, they're that good. From $14 to $400, there's a variety of price points to choose from in this mix. I'm warning you—these products will sell quickly, especially as we get closer and closer to the holidays. 

Olivia Rodrigo is Glossier's brand ambassador, so, of course, that involves releasing its popular hoodie in the pop star's signature lilac color.

Leave it to Prada to nail the sporty sunglass trend.

Emma Chamberlain is also known as the Gen Z coffee connoisseur.

I just ordered two Wildflower cases for my new phone and will probably end up ordering this one next. Just look at the bows!

There's always room for a pair of fancy pajamas.

After high demand, Glossier finally brought its candles back. 

Your friend who values sustainability will love that these cool sunglasses are made from 97% recycled fishing nets.


I found a pair of Sambas that actually has majority of sizes in stock (for now.) 

Who can say no to Staud? Especially when the design is this fun.

For the fellow Swiftie in your life.

The scent that took TikTok by storm.

This lip oil sold out last year right before the holidays. Don't lose out for 2022.

The most-wanted products from Charlotte Tilbury are all in a perfect set.

There's a reason why Uggs are a holiday best seller—their comfort is unmatched.

Gen Z has been sharing their vintage Ralph Lauren sweater finds all over social media. If you're okay with splurging a little, this cozy pick would make anyone happy.

I've always been a regular AirPods girl, but once I felt the soundproofing on this pair I converted.

Mango's latest drop is filled with gift-worthy pieces.

Build a strong emotional bond this holiday season.

Abercrombie really impressed me with this coat.

If your loved one is a book-lover, consider this witty and romantic story by Emily Henry. (I finished it in less than a week.)

The highly anticipated Réalisation x Devon Lee Carlson collab is here and available to shop.

I rely on this jacket every winter.

This acts as both a gift and fun activity to do together.

All the colors are great, but this pink pair really stands out.

I was obsessed with this perfume in high school and it seems like the love for it never stopped, as I spotted it on over five wish-list videos.

Personalized gifts are the best, so make sure to choose the embroidery option with their initials or a cheeky quote.

Glossier has finally released a rollerball version of You, and it comes with a red Ultralip in this adorable holiday kit.

Sandy Liang's latest collection is the epitome of pretty.

All of Refy's best-sellers are now available in a limited-edition set. Buy it for the beauty expert in your life (or for yourself—we won't judge.)

Metallic accessories are back and better than ever.

I've seen many "What's in my bag?" videos featuring Baggu and can confirm this will fit absolutely everything you need.

The colors on this sweater are just divine.

Don't sleep on Zara's outerwear—I've kept mine for years.

This collab is on many wishlists right now.

They add color to your space and keep things organized. Talk about a win-win situation.

Behold, the T-shirt that everyone wants to get their hands on.

For the friend that simply can't wait for the next season.

Why choose one candle when you can choose four?

It'll be a while before they run out of their favorite lip balm.

No more editing pictures to look like film—they'll have the real thing this time.