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Nostalgic Gift Guide: ‘80s Gift Ideas & ‘90s Gifts

If you know someone who needs to take a trip down memory lane, these ‘80s and ‘90s Nostalgic Gift Ideas will be sure to make them smile.

The ‘80s and ‘90s were full of fun and exciting things. It was the golden age of pop-culture, with some of history’s best music, best TV shows, best films, and the best gadgets were all created then.

The “eighties” are well known for the music and extreme fashion, such as the big hair, New Wave, punk rock, funk, and cult classic movies such as Back to the Future (1985) and E.T. (1982). It was the time when Madonna, Whitney Houston and George Michael ruled the roost, and when power ballads and mixtapes were everywhere.

The “nineties” were more about grunge bands, girl power and boy bands in the music world. In the world of cinema, we saw history being made with films like Titanic (1997), Clueless (1995) and Pulp Fiction (1994). In the fashion world, it was all about punk, grunge, and tiny sunglasses.

Powerpuff Girls

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Just to jog your memory a little more and give you some more inspiration, think of the Powerpuff Girls, Friends, and Ghostbusters. Or think of Arcade Machines, Tetris, Tamagotchi and Boomboxes! The list is endless, and the ‘80s and ‘90s are a great source of inspiration when it comes to gifts.

‘80s and ‘90s trends have been a big hit over this past year, with oversized blazers, cycling shorts, scrunchies, and polaroid cameras being all the rage. Nostalgic gifts can be given to almost anyone young or old because the recent ‘80s and ‘90s revival means that fans of all ages can enjoy the retro items and vintage pieces on offer.

We don’t need to say any more, to convince you that you should go for a nostalgic gifting vibe for your loved one’s big day or special occasion, do we?

Reminisce about those glorious decades and feel as if you’ve been transported back in time with this nostalgic gift guide.

  1. The Powerpuff Girls Cushion
  2. Bluetooth Boombox Music System
  3. Friends Photo Frame Mug
  4. Retro Star Wars Boba Fett Action Figure
  5. 1980’s Decade Book
  6. Retro Mini Arcade Machine
  7. Gameboy Colour Watch
  8. Ghostbusters Neutrona Wand Toy
  9. 1990’s Music History Book
  10. Pac Man Playing Cards
  1. The Powerpuff Girls Cushion
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    The Powerpuff Girls Cushion

    The world’s mightiest kindergarten heroines are back, and this adorable Powerpuff Girls Cushion is filled with sugar, spice and everything nice! Inspired by the show that started off in the ‘90s, the design is double-sided and features all three Powerpuff Girls- Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. This officially licensed piece of Powerpuff Girls merchandise is durable, cosy, and totally adorable!

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  2. Bluetooth Boombox Music System
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    Bluetooth Boombox Music System

    This incredible retro gift brings the ’80s boombox bang up to date, with incredible modern features and an authentic ‘80s style. You can control the Volume, Balance, Bass and Treble, stream via Bluetooth, play Cassettes, CDs or use the DAB and DAB+ radio. It is totally portable and has Bluetooth connectivity so you can pair it with your smartphone. Have your own “Say Anything” (1989) moment, you know you want to…

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  3. Friends Photo Frame Mug
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    Friends Photo Frame Mug

    If you want to send your loved one the “I’ll be there for you” message, this Friends Mug will do the trick! Nobody could have known when the sitcom started in 1994, just how big it would become over its 10 season run. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t seen at least one episode of Friends, so this frame Mug will make the perfect gift for all the fans out there.

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  4. Retro Star Wars Boba Fett Action Figure
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    Retro Star Wars Boba Fett Action Figure

    Fans were first introduced to this iconic character in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back way back in 1980. Boba Fett is a clone of his father, Jango Fett, and is a bounty hunter who wears customized Mandalorian armour, carries deadly weaponry, and flies the starship Slave I. Fans automatically loved this character. This retro Boba Fett action figure will make a great gift for Star Wars fans of any age.

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  5. 1980's Decade Book
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    1980's Decade Book

    What better way to reminisce and learn some more about the ‘80s than to read about it in this Decade book?  Crammed with over 100 stories written at the time, and scanned from original national newspapers, the collection reports on historic events from that decade. What’s more, some outstanding sporting moments are recorded, and the advertisements will cause some amusement. This beautifully bound hardback book is a great gift idea for all ‘80s kids.

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  6. Retro Mini Arcade Machine
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    Retro Mini Arcade Machine

    This Mini Retro Arcade machine will bring a sense of the ‘80s into your home. Featuring artwork inspired by the original 1982 BurgerTime arcade game, this fun and exciting game will keep you busy for hours! Perfect for any game room, office, or display case, this mini-game will make a great gift.

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  7. Gameboy Colour Watch
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    Gameboy Colour Watch

    Bring back this classic game and feel super nostalgic with this Gameboy Watch. Based on one of the most popular gaming consoles ever made, this watch features the time and date plus an alarm feature, all of which can be set using the buttons on the Game Boy Colour design.If you know someone that used to constantly play on their Gameboy, this will be a great gift idea.

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  8. Ghostbusters Neutrona Wand Toy
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    Ghostbusters Neutrona Wand Toy

    The Ghostbusters franchise started way back in 1884, but the recent revival in cinema and pop-culture has meant that there are loads of new fans out there. This piece of official Ghostbusters merchandise features premium design and exceptional decoration, LEDs, authentic movie-inspired sound effects, motorized vibrations, stream extension with four unique bustin’ modes, and a display stand. This high-quality product will make the perfect gift for any fan or collector.

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  9. 1990’s Music History Book
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    1990’s Music History Book

    Learn all about the music of the ‘90s with this incredible hardback book. Relive some of the classic tunes and songs that made the ‘90s so great. Jam-packed with interesting facts and fun trivia about ‘90s music legends and smash-hits, those who grew up or were born in this decade will love this blast from the past!

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  10. Pac Man Playing Cards
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    Pac Man Playing Cards

    Give your family game night a hint of nostalgia! A great gift for gamers of all ages, these PAC-MAN Playing Cards feature PAC-MANs iconic enemies as each of the four suits, making this a fun set for all the family to enjoy. This standard 52 card deck comes in an arcade machine style storage tin.

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Tara Cox

Tara Cox

Contributing Writer