45 Awesome Toys Every ’90s Girl Wanted For Christmas

The decade where Santa’s workshop was overwhelmed with orders for pink gadgets.

1. Mall Madness

Why you totally wanted this: Because it had credit cards! Which you were totally planning on trying to use in the real world.

2. My Size Barbie

 

Why you totally wanted this: Because she was LIFE-SIZE, which allowed her to share in your adventures. Plus you could share clothes with her.

3. Guess Who?

Why you totally wanted this: Let’s be honest, the commercial did an excellent job of selling this as the most exciting board game ever! In reality, the game moved so quickly it only provided about three minutes of actual fun playing time.

4. Sky Dancers

Why you totally wanted this: To pretend that fairies were real. Of course, you had no idea these were actually lethal weapons disguised in pink.

5. Barbie Power Wheels Corvette

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Why you totally wanted this: ‘Cause it was the ultimate status symbol to cruise around your neighborhood in your own “car.”

6. Pocket Locker

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Why you totally wanted this: This was the ultimate way to keep snoopy parents or siblings from reading your innermost personal thoughts.

7. Disney Princess Perfume Dolls

 

Why you totally wanted this: Because not only were they Disney Princesses, but they also came with an oh-so-pretty-smelling perfume that both you and the doll could wear.

8. Koosh Ball

Why you totally wanted this: Aside from just wanting it because EVERYONE had one, it also had an all-too-addictive synthetic smell.

9. Butterfly Clips

Why you totally wanted this: To do your hair in 1,001 new ways! So exciting. Also you saw Danielle Fishel and Sarah Michelle Gellar rocking these and you HAD TO HAVE ALL THE B-FLY CLIPS.

10. Tamagotchi

Why you totally wanted this: Well, your argument to your parents for purchasing this kinda pricey imported Japanese toy was that it would teach you responsibility. Which it most certainly did not because you killed all your precious babies.

11. Totally Hair Barbie

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Why you totally wanted this: THE HAIR!!! Mall bangs! Crimpers! The possibilities were endless until you inevitably gave her a haircut.

12. Ask Zandar

Why you totally wanted this: ‘Cause you needed to know how your crush really felt about you! Essentially this was a $35 MASH game.

13. Polly Pocket

Why you totally wanted this: Fifi’s French Apartment? The Garden Surprise collection? What was cooler than a fully loaded palace that fit in your pocket? NOTHING. LITERALLY NOTHING WAS COOLER THAN THAT.

14. Magic Mitt

Why you totally wanted this: Hardly a mitt at all, you could pretty much make any catch with these Velcro-coated bits of playtime magic. Behind the back? No problem.

15. Perfection

Why you totally wanted this: Kind of like a precursor to real life, there was something thrilling about trying to get all of those pieces in place before things blew up in your face.

16. American Girl Dolls

Why you totally wanted this: Holy shit, bagging an American Girl doll was like the ultimate Christmas coup. If you were really spoiled, you also got all her overpriced accessories and maybe even the girl-sized matching outfits. God, I hate you, you lucky bitch.

17. Furbies

Why you totally wanted this: I don’t know? Because they were new and novel and talked and that was an amazing thing to see in the late ’90s.

18. Skip-It

Why you totally wanted this: The commercial!!! You can probably still hear it in your sleep.

19. A Cool Phone With Your Own Private Line

 

Why you totally wanted this: Because having your own phone with your own phone number in your room was the ultimate status symbol. Now you could talk all you wanted without having to compromise the dial-up.

20. Klutz Hair Wraps Book

Why you totally wanted this: Because until this book, hair wraps were a special treat you got at summer camp. Now you could learn how to do them year-round!

21. Pogs

Why you totally wanted this: Because you could never have enough pogs. Pre-Pokémon, these were the ultimate elementary school currency.

22. Quints!

Why you totally wanted this: Before Jon, Kate, and reality TV ruined the illusion, you used to think that having five babies at once would be super cute and fun.

23. Gak

Why you totally wanted this: Primarily because of Nickelodeon’s oh-so-slick marketing — they played the commercial for Gak nonstop as you watched your favorite Nick show.

24. Playmobil Victorian Dollhouse

Why you totally wanted this: Few toy lines offered such an immersive and expansive (also expensive) world like Play Mobil. This was the crown jewel of the line that totally said, “Yes, my parents love me this much.”

25. Dream Phone

Why you totally wanted this: Because ’90s girls could literally not resist anything that had some sort of phone component to it. If you couldn’t have your own real phone, this was the next best thing. And the phone came programmed with “guys” that you could have completely stupid conversations with.

26. Talkboy

Why you totally wanted this: After watching Home Alone 2, you couldn’t imagine a COOLER toy. If it was good enough for Kevin McCallister, it was good enough for you.

27. Lisa Frank Everything

 

Why you totally wanted this: Lisa Frank was like currency for tween girls. She who had the most Lisa Frank accessories was winning at life.

28. Puppy Surprise

Why you totally wanted this: Because half the fun was finding out how many puppies came with your dog – and being disappointed when it was only three!

29. A Pretty Beeper

Why you totally wanted this: MOM this is SO important now you can get ahold of me whenever you want. (Never mind that you never carried around spare change to make a pay phone call.)

30. Poo-Chi

Why you totally wanted this: It was so futuristic! Plus you didn’t even have to feed it or clean up after it.

31. Cat’s Cradle

Why you totally wanted this: So you could show off your skillz on the playground.

32. Slap Bracelets

Why you totally wanted this: It was jewelry, that was like a weapon. I mean, hello?

33. Sally Secrets

Why you totally wanted this: Sally Secrets was like a toy and a vending machine all in one. It never even occurred to you that the stickers would eventually run out.

34. Doodle Bear

Why you totally wanted this: ‘Cause there was finally a toy that was actually meant to drawn on with marker (unlike all those Barbies who got rather unfortunate makeovers). And if you hated what you drew, it would wash right off in the washing machine (well, kind of).

35. Tyco’s The Talking Family Dollhouse

Why you totally wanted this: Not only did it come with all sorts of built-in sound effects, it also came with working lights. WORKING. LIGHTS.

36. Sanrio Pencil Cases

Why you totally wanted this: Spottie Dottie was an especially cute Sanrio character that came around in the ’90s. If you had Sanrio school supplies, it was like the equivalent of having a designer handbag.

37. YoYo Ball

Why you totally wanted this: ‘Cause these things lit up like sparklers when you played with them!

38. Spice Girls Dolls

Why you totally wanted this: Because making lip-synching videos was not merely enough to satisfy your Gurl Power desires.

39. Easy-Bake Oven

Why you totally wanted this: It somehow seemed cool and adult-like to be able to make something to eat whenever you wanted — even if it was pretty inedible.

40. Fashion Designer Barbie

Why you totally wanted this: Barbie officially entered the future with this CD-ROM, and you’d be damned if you weren’t going to join her. Plus you could print out actual clothes for her to wear.

41. Lil Miss Makeup

It was bit magical to apply just water and have her face painted up like Christina Aguilera’s.

42. Betty Spaghetty

Why you totally wanted this: Betty was the perfect anti-doll, a cross between Gumby and Polly Pocket.

43. Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie

Why you totally wanted this: Because thanks to The Little Mermaid, there wasn’t a mermaid item you didn’t want in the early ’90s.

44. Lil Miss Magic Hair

Why you totally wanted this: Seriously, she had the perfect rainbow highlights you totally wished you could have in real life (and maybe still do want).

45. Fashion Faces

Why you totally wanted this: Maybe you weren’t allowed to make yourself up like Kelly Bundy, but nobody could stop you from creating an endless supply of blue-eyeshadowed lady faces with this treasure.

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