The 8 Best Tech Gifts to Buy for Millennials in 2018

Stumped on what gifts to get Generation Y? We've got the must-buys right here

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Now that the millennials are all grown up, they expect a bit of maturity in their tech gifts. But what do you buy for the most tech savvy generation of working adults? The following list is a good start. We've put together some of the most popular and well-regarded products that are sure to go over well, no matter the recipient or occasion. So whether you’re shopping for a music-lover or fitness fanatic, these tech gifts are sure to go over well.

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Best Cell Phone: Samsung Galaxy S8

If there is a phone that has mounted a challenge to rival Apple’s iPhones, it would be Samsung’s Galaxy line. The flagship model is as powerful and gorgeous as its competition, reigning supreme in the Android market. The S8 features the revolutionary Infinity Display, with the screen spilling over the edge of the phone into an innovative curved display. Without a bezel, the screen is more immersive than ever, boasting a big screen while fitting comfortably into the palm of your hand. Navigation and interface are futuristic and clean, merging intuitively with the Infinity Display. This unlocked version works on most carriers and features incredible images on a Quad HD+ resolution screen powered by beefy 2.3Ghz+1.7GHz Octa-core processors. The camera is one of the best ever attached to a phone (a 12MP AF with Optical Image Stabilization).

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Best for Adventurers: GoPro HERO5

GoPro, the wearable all-weather camera, has become synonymous with outdoor adventure. Video sharing sites such as YouTube are filled with first-person footage of bikers careening down mountainsides and skateboarders bombing halfpipes. And if your intended recipient spends any time outside, chances are they’d appreciate the latest GoPro.

The HERO5 touts stunning 4K video and can take 12MP photos, automatically storing and backing up footage into the cloud. The controls are easier to use than ever, including a two-inch touch display and a one-button control that can automatically start and stop recording. It also has voice control for times when hands are doing more urgent business, while its rugged design is waterproof up to 33 feet. And with up to 30 attachments on the market, it's possible to attach the GoPro to just about anything.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best action cameras can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Headphones: Beats Solo3 Wireless

The latest installment in the wildly popular Beats headphone line is also the best yet, combining immersive sound, marathon battery life, and the best Bluetooth connectivity on the market. Beats grew to popularity for their stylish look, which is still alive and well in this pair of wireless headphones. They come in eight available color options, channeling both the trademark bold monochromatic colors and the understated metallic hues of the latest iPhones.

Expect up to 40 hours of battery life and rapid recharging, thanks to Apple W1 technology, which requires a five-minute refuel to load three hours of playback. The Solo3 also pair to smart devices better than any other Bluetooth headphones on the market, especially with products in the Apple ecosystem. They seamlessly switch between devices and have a long connectivity range. Finally, sound is finely tuned and more balanced than before, including clarity in mids, highs and the famous deep bass.

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Best Bluetooth Wireless Speakers: Bongo Wood Bluetooth Speakers

Handmade with 100-percent natural bamboo, the Bongo Wood Bluetooth speakers are designed to embody that classic, retro-radio style, which is always trending among the young generations. Aesthetics aside, the speakers pack a powerful punch: featuring two 1.5-inch drivers embedded in the front and dual 1.75-inch passive subwoofers in the rear for 360-degree, full-body sound. The audio is also quite noteworthy, delivering crisp highs, deep bass, and a rich midrange sound. The bamboo frame offers better acoustics than plastic materials, producing minimal distortion even when playing music at maximum volume.

The Bongo Wood speakers have been widely praised for their fashionable, durable, and highly portable design. Measuring 7 x 3 x 2.5 inches and weighing just one pound, it’s roughly the size of a water bottle, which is perfect for traveling. For its size, the battery is quite strong, boasting 15 hours of playback. It also features strong Bluetooth connectivity with a 30-foot range and a built-in speakerphone function that allows you to connect your cell-phone calls in addition to playing music.

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Best for Active Types: Fitbit Charge 3

A Fitbit Charge 3 is a great gift for millennials who are serious about their health. The fitness tracker can track your heart rate at all times, the number of calories burned, how many steps you’ve taken, your pace, and distance. The Charge 3 also has new features like menstrual cycle tracking, swim tracking data, and a SpO2 monitor for tracking blood oxygen levels. The company says the SpO2 sensor will be able to detect breathing problems indicative of allergies, asthma, or sleep apnea.

The device also comes with a series of Fitbit-made apps for checking the weather, guided breathing exercises and setting timers and alarms. Users can also set workout and fitness goals, create a food log, watch workout videos and track sleep. In addition to the fitness features, the Charge 3 allows users to view calls, text, and calendar alerts. If you have an Android, you can even send quick replies to texts right from the tracker. Plus, the tracker is still lightweight and stylish, despite its bigger screen size.

All in all, the Charge 3 is the ultimate workout device for millennials who want the functionality of a fitness tracker but don’t want the bulkiness of a smartwatch.

Best Camera: Polaroid OneStep+

These days, the average person doesn't usually carry a camera unless they're a serious photographer (the high-quality lenses in our smartphones make up for that). But the Polaroid OneStep+ gives photos an authentically retro vibe that a phone camera cannot. So, if you're shopping for a millennial who loves to share playful, cool-looking photos, this instant camera makes a great gift.

The Polaroid OneStep+ may look like it’s pulled from decades past, but it's packed with cutting-edge technology that allows you to capture creative, "like"-worthy photos. A button lets you toggle between "portrait" and "landscape" lenses, and the lens can focus up to distances as close as a foot, which makes for great selfies. It also has remote trigger feature lets you activate the shutter through the app from up to 32 feet away (perfect for capturing that Instagram shot), or you can take advantage of the 12-second self-timer mode. Another boon to social media gurus: the scanner feature, which lets you take a photo of any Polaroid and the built-in AI will automatically crop it, straighten it, and improve the quality so you can easily share it online.

Most of these new features are controlled through the free app, which requires a Bluetooth connection. Users can also join the online community of Polaroid photographers, where you can share photos, browse curated posts, and look through tutorials with tips for improving photography skills.

Best Laptop: Apple 12” MacBook

The Apple MacBook is perhaps the most iconic tech product of its generation, so if you're looking to splurge on a gift for your millennial, you should check it out. The product is a stunning slender laptop that is the size of an actual notebook; it has a lightweight design the slides effortlessly into a backpack. This time around, Apple is offering four colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold (and they all look and feel incredible).

Choose from a 256 or 512GB SSD and enjoy fast speeds and great performance from 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3 memory and a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel i5 Processor. Designers will love the Intel HD Graphics 615, as well as the latest upgrades to the keyboard, which include a second-generation butterfly mechanism for a better tactile feel. The trackpad remains the absolute best of any laptop on the market and the battery life lasts longer than before.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best laptops can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Video Game Console: Xbox 1 Forza Horizon 3 Bundle

Microsoft’s latest gaming console doubles as an all-in-one entertainment council. In addition to being a powerhouse gaming machine, it is the only console with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR. In other words, movies and digital content of all kinds look absolutely amazing played through the Xbox 1. Just ask any millennial gamer what it's like to play exclusive such as like Gears of War and Halo, Fifa and the NBA 2K series on the device. This bundle comes with Forza Horizon 3, a rugged racing title that goes across Australia’s desert. The package also includes a 1TB hard drive, which can save hundreds of titles and other digital media. From the menu there's access a number of popular video streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Go, and Twitch.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best XBox One consoles bundles