‘Tis the season, so I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Flashback post to shopping. More specifically, to Great Gift Ideas for Generation X. You might wonder what qualifies me to write this post? Well… I like stuff. I am very good at shopping. And, (this is key) I am a member of said generation. A very proud member, as you might recall.
Most people born between 1964 and 1978 were at some point latchkey kids. When young and left to your own devices, what do you do? You eat and watch TV. Or, if you are a bit more cerebral, you read books, eat, and watch TV. If you are less cerebral, but dig a good beat, you listen to music, eat, and watch TV. Decades later, most of these activities still hold a special place in the average Gen-Xer’s heart and therefore make good categories for gift selection.
Food is good and it makes a great gift! And what does your favorite Gen-Xer like to eat? Candy. Duh. But not just any candy. We like candy that reminds us of our youth. Hometown Favorites is a great source for the candy Generation X loves. The site is divided by decades, so if you feel the need to kiss up to one of the other generations this holiday season, you can do that too. My recs for Gen-X? Almost anything you find in the 1970’s, or 1980’s category. The exception being Bit-O-Honey, because that stuff is nasty. By the way, if candy doesn’t work, we also like pizza. And Hostess Suzy Qs. Or maybe that’s just me…
For music lovers, I highly recommend checking out this holiday gift site from Rhino. Remember Rhino? The record company that was founded in 1978? If you don’t, you clearly are not a member of Generation X, but since you are trying to do something nice for those who are, I won’t hold ignorance or your youth/old age, against you. The Rhino website is fantastic! Gift ideas are categorized by price, and one of these three headings: Old School, Rock and Roll and Good Times. In addition, there is an Ultimate Gifts category for big spenders, and an 100% Organic Gifts option for organic-y folks. The Rock and Roll category looks to me to be the most Generation X friendly, but that could just be because when clicking those links I saw The Stooges, New Order and The Ramones listed and… I like those groups.
When not eating, or possibly while eating, some of us Gen-Xers also like to read. I am going to go out on a limb here and pass along a Top 10 list of Generation X Books. I am assuming these books would work well for both the men and women on your shopping list. A book I’ve read and enjoyed is X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. If you give this book as a gift and aren’t a member of Gen-X yourself, I think you get extra brownie points for the title alone.
Generation X has always loved watching TV, so it is kind of perfect that I found a website that includes: A Holiday Gift Guide for the Ultimate TV Fan. I sifted through this guide to find two suggestions that I think are particularly suitable for members of Gen-X. First, a DVD collection for the Sci-Fi lover. Based on my Twitter stream alone I know there are a lot of Gen-X Sci-Fi fans. Most of them are men, but this gift would probably appeal to some women as well. The TV Sci-Fi Bundle, which retails on Amazon.com for a mere $899, includes every season of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘X-Files,’ ‘Angel,’ ‘Firefly,’ ‘Stargate SG-1’ and “more.” On the other end of the price spectrum is the electronic game 20Q Television. The game, which is shaped like a ball and retails for $12.99, is advertised as being able to correctly guess which TV show, sitcom star, or talk show host you (the player of the game) are thinking of. It does this by asking a series of simple questions. This sounds to me like something a know-it-all member of Generation X would love to receive. If you don’t like either of those ideas, The Six Million Dollar Man (complete series) is now available on DVD, that plus one of these might make someone happy.
I could go on and on, but this post is getting way too long. So I am going to leave you with a scene from my favorite holiday movie. A movie that came out in 1974–and would probably make a great gift for your favorite Gen-Xer.