It happens every year at least once: you think someone will be super easy to buy for so you procrastinate on getting them a gift only to find out you actually have no idea what to get them. Our trendy gift guide is here to rescue you from that exact situation so you can avoid roaming the mall (or the internet) for hours and coming up empty.
For this season’s trendy gifts, everything Y2K is new again. If it was in during the late 90s or early 2000s, it’s back: bucket hats, flip phones, and scrunchies are everywhere. Anything referencing social justice and mental health are also in with the trendy crowd.
Redbubble knows the best gifts are the ones that allow the recipient to express themselves, and each gift should be as unique as they are. We’ve assembled a list of trendy gift ideas for everyone on your list this year.
Best Gift Ideas Under $50
If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend and you’re looking to spoil a friend, these gifts are all under $50.
1. Happy Flower by Suzie London Throw Pillow
Help your pal brighten up their home while expressing their inner flower child. You can’t be sad when looking at this brightly colored throw pillow with a smiling flower.
2. Japanese Greatest Hits Lightweight Hoodie
The latest trends revolve around 90s culture, so for your friend obsessed with throwback music, this hoodie celebrating the CD-ROM in all its glory makes a perfect gift.
3. Warm Heart Phone Case
The world needs more love these days, and some people are just better at expressing it than others. If you’ve got a friend who has a warm heart, help them spread the love with this iPhone case.
4. Smiley Yin Yang Checkered Print Desk Mat
If a friend has everything in their life in perfect yin and yang balance (or is at least trying to), this desk mat can help them keep it up, even when work gets stressful.
5. Space Angel Laptop Skin
Vintage anime fans will love personalizing their laptop with this unique space angel laptop skin. This gift will be a conversation starter, helping vintage anime fans to find each other in a crowded coffee shop.
6. Wild Poster
Help a friend express their trendy wild side with this poster that also adds a natural vibe to any room it hangs in. Consider tucking in the necessary hanging supplies in the gift bag as well so they can hang it in their favorite space right away.
7. Pool Party Photographic Print
In every friend group, there’s that one person who wishes spooky season lasted all year. Help them keep the spooky season going with this photographic print of a skeleton floating in an inner tube.
8. My Imaginary Friends Think I’m Cool Lightweight Sweatshirt
My Imaginary Friends Think I’m Cool Lightweight Sweatshirt designed and sold by Steven Rhodes
There’s nothing wrong with living in an imaginary world. For the friend who loves to spend time with fictional characters from video games, books, or television shows, this lightweight sweatshirt lets everyone around them know they don’t care what they think.
Best Gift Ideas Under $25
Just because you don’t have a lot to spend doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect gift. Whether you’re looking for gifts for friends or family, this list has you covered without breaking the bank.
9. Good Vibes Rainbow Colors Essential T-Shirt
Some friends roll with the flow and don’t let anyone get them down. Help them let everyone else know they aren’t here for their bad vibes with this Good Vibes Rainbow colors t-shirt.
10. Resist Floral Lettering Cap
It’s no secret that there’s a lot that needs to change in our world if we want it to be a better place for all. Your socially conscious, social justice warrior pals will love sporting this hat, whether it’s a baseball cap, bucket hat, or a dad hat.
11. Don’t Believe Everything You Think Cotton Tote Bag
Don’t Believe Everything You Think Cotton Tote Bag designed and sold by Rob Price
Our brains can hold some pretty crazy ideas, and it’s good at convincing us it’s right. The free thinkers and those who challenge the status quo in your life will love sharing the sentiment of this tote bag with everyone that sees them at the grocery store or on the way to the library.
12. DANCE | Hand-Lettered Text Mouse Pad
If your friend is always starting spontaneous dance parties, this is the perfect mousepad to capture their spontaneous vibe. Plus it serves as a nice reminder to take a break and dance while writing that essay for class.
13. Creator. Spiral Notebook
Creators are the fastest-growing sector of small business, and with more than 50 million of them, you’re bound to know at least one. Give them a place to brainstorm their next big idea while expressing their status as a creator with this unique spiral notebook.
14. Okayish Vibes Pencil Pouch
Bad vibes and good vibes can be toxic without their in-the-middle counterpart, okay-ish vibes, to balance things out. The realists in your life will love to spread the word that it’s okay to be just okay with this zipper pouch.
15. Hard Feelings Hardcover Journal
Expressing your feelings can be difficult, especially when you’re a natural introvert. This hardcover notebook gives them a unique place to channel their inner thoughts and emotions, even the hard ones.
16. The Kawaii Claw Machine With Purple Background Water Bottle
The Kawaii Claw Machine With Purple Background Water Bottle designed and sold by AnGoArt
Eco-friendly retro trendsetters will love expressing their love of the 90s, kawaii art, and the planet with this reusable metal water bottle.
17. Become Anew Throw Pillow
Everyone should be on a continuous self-improvement journey, which this throw pillow expresses beautifully. Support a trendy friend on their quest to shed their old self.
Unique Accessory Gifts
18. Under Pressure Sticker
It’s no secret that in our modern world, we’re all just bundles of anxiety and stress. In fact, you probably know more people who can relate to this sticker than not. Your overworked stressed-out friends will put this sticker on their laptop or water bottle with pride.
19. Might Delete Sticker
Got a friend obsessed with retro 90s computers who also hates feelings? Give them this unique sticker that combines both sentiments, and they’ll put it anywhere they want to add a little personalization.
20. Y2K Angel Sticker
We all have that one friend who follows all the rules and serves as the group’s collective conscious. And that other friend who pushes everyone out of their comfort zone and into a little bit of trouble. Either way, they’ll both appreciate this Y2K angel sticker whether they display it honestly or sarcastically.
21. Yikes! Pin
Gift Ideas for the Home
People appreciate gifts with a purpose, so getting them something for their home is always a great bet. Plus, most people may want these items but can’t justify spending the money on them.
22. I Changed the Channel and Everything Went Gay Art Print
I Changed the Channel and Everything Went Gay Art Print designed and sold by Amanda Iglesias
For the trendsetter in your life, this art print combines gay pride with the history of television. Talk about a unique, niche gift!
23. Duality Moths – Rainbow Framed Art Print
Know someone who loves bugs and is also into the spiritual or philosophical concept of duality? This unique art print will help them express both passions at once while also bringing a little balance to their home.
24. Be Kind to Your Beautiful Mind Tapestry
Spread awareness of mental health while brightening up their wall with this colorful tapestry. It’s not just a beautiful piece of unique art; it’s also a great way to show support for a friend who is struggling with mental health without being too preachy.
25. LOAF Floor Pillow
Share the love of cats with this floor pillow celebrating the classic cat pose, the loaf! Perfect for college students away from home missing their cat.
H3: 26. Frog Cherries with Attitude Blue Comforter
Display your trendy pal’s bold personality with this adorable frogs with attitudes design. We can’t promise the cute comforter will make them more likely to make the bed every day, but we do think they’ll have the most unique comforter.