You may have noticed an interesting trend in our younger generation: maybe their style of clothing, their taste in music, or their jaw-dropping collection of vinyl and other vintage goods. This is no accident. Basically, imagine taking some of the best parts of the 60s, 70s, and 90s; wrapping them in a box, and letting an entire generation go to town on them. For those of you who are just hearing about this, it has been a lot of fun to watch.
There is no doubt that you have a real life hipster somewhere in your family. Just look for thick rimmed glasses, that may or may not have lenses. This person could possibly be carrying profound literature of some sort. In men, look for a beard, and/or a fedora; in women, a short baby doll skirt or dress, and either heavy bangs, or one of the many fancy braids you’ve seen on Pinterest. The ages range anywhere from high school to mid-thirties. However, you can never openly ask a person you suspect if they are in fact a hipster – it tends to be offensive, and they will not admit to it anyway. Use the tools I am giving you here, Google “hipster”, and make your best judgement.
Let them DIY
Hipsters love to Pinterest, do crafts, cook food, paint old furniture, etc. A book on how to do crafts may be nice, or a beginners painting set. The ladies also love frilly aprons, or the ones you can put designs on yourself.
Gift Card Version: Hobby Lobby
Step one: do they have a record player? If no, there you go. If yes: ask someone they know what kind of music they like, and rather than doing a cd or an iTunes card, buy the vinyl.
Gift Card Version: Urban Outfitters, Please & Thank You
Something to do with fashion or photography are your best bets here. Cameras that allow a lot of manual creativity, over digital is a great gift, though rather pricy – so you could go the Fuji Instax route, which is similar to an old Polaroid. Fashion wise, men prefer hats of some sort, and for the ladies just think Twiggy meets Karen Carpenter. Jackets and blazers are a good bet for either sex.
Gift Card Version: Urban Outfitters, local boutiques
Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you to really surprise this generation. A few final notes about this demographic: They tend to prefer Apple products, but would rather type on an old typewriter. They enjoy taking pictures of themselves and making them look dated. Very rarely do they have strong religious beliefs, though they know a lot about many different religions. They live to live, not to work, and for this reason: they are very politically aware. Happy shopping!