What's your favorite memory of the '90s? Your answer will likely depend on your age, but there's no doubt it'll include some sort of trend that seems long lost. Gen X college students ordered pizza via landlines while wearing flannels and loose high-waisted Levis, millennial kids were trying to keep their Tamagotchis alive, and Gen Z babies were being introduced to their first Tickle Me Elmo dolls. It felt like we had it all!
Though it may seem like our worlds have changed a great deal, you can still find many of your favorite things available today on sites like Etsy, Amazon, and Target. And a trip down memory lane is the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season.
Know a now-grown-up boyband fan? Get them an NSYNC doormat to declare their everlasting love for the frosted-tip quintet. For those with a sweet tooth, a vintage candy box will bring back sugary sweet memories. Childhood often revolved around appointment TV viewing, so give someone a Saved by the Bell sweatshirt to declare their Bayside High school spirit or pair of socks of vintage Nickelodeon cartoon shows.
Of course, the '90s spans 10 years, so there's a lot to cover. It was a time when color was king, big and baggy was “da bomb,” and Lisa Frank was… everywhere. (Also, there were snap bracelets, butterfly clips, Walkmen, floppy discs, and dial-up internet.)
So, scroll down to check out our list of retro gift ideas that include '90s fashion, toys, classic games, and gifts that are—in the natural cycle of things—cool again.
Throwback Gifts Full of '90s Nostalgia
Magic Eye 25th Anniversary Book
Saved By the Bell Spirit Sweatshirt
Nickelodeon 90s Cartoon Socks
1990s Candy Box
That's So… 90s Trivia Game
Lisa Frank Stickers
Floppy Disk Coasters
Clear Phone Enamel Pin
Crazy Straws (100 Pack)
These retro gifts will bring back memories.
Doodle Bear Enamel Pin
A Modern, Mini Lite Brite
Glitter Gel Pens
'90s Solo Cup Mug
Video Store Candle
Music Trivia Game
Gameboy Heat-Changing Mug
Butterfly Choker Necklace