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    39 Nostalgic Gifts To Get Your Friends That’ll Make Them Say "Heyyy! I Remember This"

    It'll be the thoughtfulness and surprise memories for them. 😊🎁

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    1. A drawing-inspired necklace of one of their kid's ACTUAL FACTUAL artwork that just may ~draw~ tears of joy because it'll be nostalgic *and* also too sweet for words. 😭😭😭

    five different necklaces with the original kids' drawing right beside it. Two are gold and three are rose gold. Three are family drawings and two are drawings of animals.
    Caitlyn Minimalist / Etsy

    Heads up, this item will NOT arrive before Christmas my loves, so you'll want to get this for the friends you're exchanging gifts with after the holiday. BTW, this special gift is by the brand Caitlyn Minimalist, which is owned by a woman of Asian descent.

    Promising review: "I just love my necklace!! Marley is my first grandchild and this is her first drawing of me!! I will treasure it forever!" —Lisa Zurbriggen

    Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $29.62+ (available in three finishes and chain lengths from 14" to 22"; free shipping) or Amazon for $34.62 (free shipping).

    2. A Gremlins Funko Card Game that'll instantly bring back memories of just how ADORABLE they thought these little monsters were. They'll enjoy some competitive matching with this set that's for anyone age 8 and up.

    Always Fits

    A brief overview of the Da Rulez 💚💗:

    "The Gremlins are causing havoc around town this holiday season, and you must stop them! Flip over cards to reveal your favorite creatures from the classic movie. If you see a match, pounce fast to score, but, beware, other players are on the prowl. This fun card game makes the perfect addition to family game night this holiday season!" —Always Fits site

    Get it from Always Fits for $7.99 (originally $11).

    3. S thing earrings! Oh, you know you remember the S thing (we drew it all over everything for no reason except to pass time and feel like we could actually factually draw; most of us actually couldn't) — and they def will too!

    Studio Cult / Etsy

    Btw, they're by a small woman-owned brand based in New York!

    Promising review: "I couldn't figure out what to get my twin sister for her birthday and then we were reminiscing about the golden age of the '90s and how many hours we spent playing M.A.S.H., collecting Spice Girl lollipop stickers, and drawing these S shapes on every book report, Scantron, and homework assignment. It's a cute nod to a time of TRL and Slime Time Live, and she was ecstatic when she opened it. Seller was great at communication and it arrived promptly." —Andrew Lambos

    Get them from Studio Cult on Etsy for $30 (also available in silver; free shipping).

    4. A vegan binder clip bag for the fashionista who'll always remember just how useful those things were ahead of the virtual cloud. ALSO, they'll be extra happy you spent ~paper~ on this once they lay eyes on the bag's interior.

    Studio Cult

    BTW, it'll come with a removable shoulder strap, one zippered pocket, and three magnetic closures.

    Promising review: "Total BANG for the buck!! Quality materials and very well made!! FAST shipping with accurate tracking!! Thanks for making my wife smile with this product. She's a total planner nerd 😉" —Jeff Everett

    Get it from Studio Cult on Etsy for $100 OR directly from Cult Studio for $100.

    5. A true crime 2021 calendar for the folks who'll always be obsessed with mind-boggling criminals. If they spend their days bingeing stuff like Making A Murder, docs about the Anglin brothers, the Ken & Barbie case, or anything else morbid and bizarre, they'll love this cool way to count their days in the new year.

    true crime calendar cover which says "twisted murderers, incredible survivors, unexplained mystery"
    Always Fits

    The calendar also comes with true crime quizzes! Btw, this baby'll arrive AFTER Christmas so only order this as a gift for folks you'll be swapping gifts with after December 25.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39 and Always Fits for $9.99 (originally $16).

    6. A Mrs. Doubtfire sticker — a nod to the fact that the hilarious lime scene will always ~stick~ with the person who's a forever fan of the classic Robin Williams film.

    animated sticker of Mrs. Doubtfire holding the lime (from the scene in the film when she throws it at the head of the guy dating her ex-wife and landing it right on his head like a boss)
    Always Fits

    Get it from Always Fits for $4.50 OR directly from Citizen Ruth for $4.50.

    7. A candle that literally looks like a bowl of Froot Loops cereal — complete with the spoon sticking out of the "milk" (read: wax) — for all the Toucan Sams who cereal-ously miss those worry-free Saturday mornings with this sugary breakfast and their cartoons.

    Three of the candles sitting side by side

    My colleague Jasmin adores this candle. Peep exactly what she has to say about it here:

    "I bought this as a gift for my friend who's OBSESSED with cereal and would eat it for every meal if he could and he LOVED this. It smells exactly like Froot Loops cereal and you can actually use the bowl and spoon once the wax is all melted. He thought it was so cool-looking that he said he might not even light the candle! Either way, it'd still make great decor for a room."

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (free shipping).

    8. The Golden Girls coaster so their tables will stay protected while they binge-watch old episodes as a cold drink sweats within arm's length. Picture it: 2021. Relaxation and protected tables!

    four coasters, each with a different Golden Girl on them, their names, and a quote
    Always Fits

    Each coaster has a quote from the accompanying Golden Girl on it.

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $12.63 and Always Fits for $13.

    9. A Very Schitty Coloring Book for the Schittiest friend you know. It's filled with 16 pages of scenes from the beloved show for them to color in and quote with joy.

    Always Fits

    Get it from Always Fits for $16.

    10. An adult M.A.S.H. board game for anyone who once used it to predict their luxe adult living quarters. Except this'll be way more imaginative since the game comes with thousands of different outcomes thanks to 300 (!!!) fate cards, six categories, and 40 scenario cards.


    The game will also come with six dry-erase markers, 16 mystery dry-erase scenario cards, one spiral dry-erase card, one M.A.S.H. banner board, and four tokens.

    Get it from Target for $14.99 (originally $19.99).

    In-store and Drive Up is available at Target.

    11. A DIY reel viewer they can customize with their own photos! Fun times from childhood will def flash across their mind when they unwrap this special gift.

    A classic reel viewer with reels featuring custom photos
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought two of these to give as gifts to my mom and my best friend. For my mom, I filled the reel with pictures from her life leading up to her granddaughter being born! She absolutely loved it. My best friend recently lost her father so I made a reel in memory of him and she loved it! And it's great that once you have the viewer you can order as many reels as you want!" —Lauren

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14.95+.

    12. A Mary Kate + Ashley hoodie to remind them WHAT A RUN they (OK, WE!!!!) had with those twins through movies, shows, books, and that Walmart clothing line they begged their parents to get them all the pieces from.

    wearing a black sweatshirt that says "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley" on it in the same font as the original paperback book series
    Gimme Pizza Podcast / Etsy

    Extra points if you pair this hoodie with a promise to binge-watch their stuff on y'all's fave streaming site. Heads up: This sweatshirt will likely NOT arrive by Christmas so only snag this for swapping gifts with folks after December 25. I also can't NOT tell you that there's a Mary-Kate & Ashley pin that could accompany your hoodie gift. BTW, this is from a small business based in Portland, Oregon.

    Get it from GimmePizzaPodcast on Etsy for $32 (available men's sizes S–4XL and three colors) and the matching pin for $11.

    13. A Lisa Frank makeup palette if they owned a Lisa Frank folder or pencils in grade school. Rainbows may seriously start pouring from their eyes when they open this.


    Get it from Ulta for $30.

    In-store and curbside pickup is available at Ulta.

    14. A Tia & Tamera mug that'll have 'em singing the Sister, Sister theme song every time they sip from it.

    mug with the animated silhouettes of Tia & Tamara
    BleuMane / Etsy

    BTW, there's also a matching Sister, Sister hoodie. Both picks are from a small business based in Los Angeles.

    Get it from BleuMane on Etsy for $16.28 (available in two sizes) and the hoodie for $35 (available in men's sizes S–5XL and six colors).

    15. A Redwall cookbook to put a perfect (and yummy!) exclamation point on their collection of the fantasy Brian Jacques storybooks.

    I also won't hold out on you that the ENTIRE Redwall book series is also available on Amazon as one huge set.

    Promising review: "I have read all the Redwall books and own them. This cookbook completes my collection so much!!! It’s awesome. If you’ve read Red Wall then you know how delicious the feasts sound. This book has alllllll the favorite recipes like Strawberry Fizz, October Ale, and Shrimp An’ Hootroot soup! I love this book and all the recipes. It has become my favorite cookbook. I just wish that it wasn’t so expensive. Also, I love how it’s a story with recipes along the way!" —Heather McKinney

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 and the series set for $148.99 (comes with all 22 paperback books).

    16. The Bel-Air Academy Jersey that any '90s baby with good sitcom taste will recognize and want to wear immediately. Warning: You may have to sit through them quoting lines from The Fresh Prince all day with this on but "just mind ya business. That's all! Just mind ya business!" 🤷🏿‍♀️🤣

    reviewer wearing the Jersey which is yellow and says "Bel-Air Academy" on the front with the number 14 on it. That's Will Smith's high school gym jersey from the sit-com.

    Promising review: "I didn't know how much I should trust jerseys from Amazon but I bought this as a White Elephant gift and I wanted to keep it for myself! It's high-quality and looks just like in The Fresh Prince. It's safe to say that it was the most stolen gift. You'll definitely get a lot of compliments on it." —Jerrick

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88 (sizes S–3XL).

    17. A Pizza Planet pizza maker! Andy would be so dang jealous and listen, you'll be the dopest gift-giver on the ~planet~ if you add in one of the lil' aliens to really take 'em back to Andy's favorite grub spot.

    pizza maker with a circular shape that says "Pizza Planet" in the same font from the movie on top

    Promising review: "I'm OBSESSED! I bought this pizza maker three months ago while moving into my first apartment and have been beyond impressed by how well it works. It heats up so quickly, cooks pizzas faster and better than the oven, and is super easy to clean!" —musicnerd

    Get it from shopDisney for $49.95.

    18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar tote because I assure you, they probs haven't seen this green thing in SO long but their love for the slinky bug will come right back, stat.

    The canvas tote, which has the cover art printed on the front
    Out of Print

    Get it from Out of Print for $16 (originally $20).

    19. A pair of flip-up sunglasses for the A Different World fans who always, always wanted a pair of glasses like Dwayne Wayne's.,

    Promising review: "I love these freaking glasses!!!!! Feeling nostalgic #dwaynewayne #adifferentworld." —Nadia Martin

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 11 colors).

    20. A Baby Phat tee that'll bring all those old feelings about that graceful cat emblem right on back.

    cropped white t-shirt that says "Baby Phat" and has the iconic cat logo
    Foot Locker

    Get it from Foot Locker for $39.99 (originally $50; available in sizes XS–XL).

    In-store and curbside pickup is available at Foot Locker.

    21. The House Party trivia game, which is filled with so many fun (and actually challenging) questions about Black culture moments. You'll also be sprinkling in the magic of a good game night for their whole household. A GIFT.

    House Party

    This brand is a Black-owned business based in NYC!

    Get it from the House Party The Game site for $25.

    22. Mini Goosebumps book earrings that'll be a ~tiny~ reminder of how they used to scare the crap out of themselves reading about that creepy camp, the abominable whatever, THOSE DUMMIES, and everything else R.L. Stine could conjure up and put on a page.

    Transinthesis / Etsy

    Transinthesis is a small business that specializes in nostalgic earrings, accessories, and toys.

    Get them from Transinthesis on Etsy for $10 each or $24 for three pairs.

    23. The …Baby One More Time album on vinyl. Whew! This is Britney Spears' bestselling album of all time. Any fan will open this thing up and hug it just thinking on who they were and where they were when this music first dropped.

    britney spears album cover
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20 (originally $26.98).

    24. A tiny library-inspired change purse that'll be perfect if they're a millennial dinosaur like me who ~actually~ remembers checking out physical books with these lil' cards in 'em. This thing won't take up much space in their pocket or bag but it'll take up a TON of space in their nostalgic heart because it's just way too friggin' cute.


    BY THE FREAKIN' WAY, one reviewer takes this pouch with her to book signings and has her fave authors sign and date each slot which is FREAKIN' genius. It'll turn your throwback change purse into a really beautiful keepsake. And in case you're not an avid reader but know someone who is, this will also make a gift for them that they'll always, always treasure. Take it from this bookworm.

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in 30 book-inspired styles) AND, check out the entire literature-themed brand, Out of Print.

    25. A personal library kit if they're still a brave soul who lets folks "borrow" their babies. I started sending out Amazon links instead 😂. Anywho, this'll help them keep track of the who, what, when, and where of their book-lending philanthropy.

    the kit

    May the Force be with you and your books be with you ~again~ in the future. The kit comes with 20 self-adhesive pockets, checkout cards, a date stamp and inkpad, and a pencil. One reviewer shared that they used the cards as place-setting cards for their book club Christmas dinner!

    Promising review: "Bought as a gift for my best friend who is an aspiring librarian. She's also incredibly generous people borrow her books then forget they came from her. Now she can mark her territory." —AJ

    Get it from Amazon for $17.93 and the card refills for $11.99.

    26. Novel ~tea~ bags with classic literature quotes to help them sip and read to their heart's content. Isn't this super ~Lit~?!

    the box of tea

    The pack is made with English Breakfast tea.

    Promising review: "I just fell in love when I saw this. What a great idea. I love finding unique gift items and surely this is one of them! My friend loves history and tea and I can't believe I found the perfect gift to represent them both. The design is perfect and just like described. And I love that they put a quote on each bag as well. To me, nothing is better than having little sayings on your teabags. Great gift. Worth every penny. And the tea is just delicious." —Nora

    Get them from Amazon for $13.50 (comes with 25 tea bags in one pack).

    27. A 3D Star Wars and Star Trek LED lamp made with a light guide glass plate that'll make it look like real starships are floating through their room (OK, their personal galaxy) at night.,

    The light will cycle between seven colors AND three shapes including R2D2 and a TIE Fighter from Star Wars and the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. It has three brightness settings, can be operated by remote control, and will make for a super cool-looking nightlight for adults or kids! This LED lamp can be powered by a USB adapter or three AAA batteries (sold separately).

    Promising review: "I got this for my dad to put in his home office because he has been cramped up in the house since COVID started and this seemed like the perfect thing to get him for his birthday. When he opened it, he was so excited. I was really pleased to see that the images all lit up really well and he said he liked the Death Star the best!" —Skylar J.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 and AAA batteries for $13.32 (available in a 24-pack).

    28. A Lab Manual eyeshadow palette to take 'em right back to a life of science classes and projects — only this time, they'll be experimenting with different lewks.

    Marquaysa Battle / BuzzFeed

    Plus, they'll still be able to check everything out up close with the microscope-shaped mirror inside the palette cover! BTW, this palette is by a Black woman–owned brand based in North Carolina!

    Get it from Makeup Scientist Cosmetics for $36.

    29. Fuzzy wuzzy worm scrunchies that might remind 'em of their elementary obsession with the hair accessory and maybe the "Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me. I guess I'll eat worms" song.

    PeachesNCrisis / Etsy

    BTW, this product is by a small business!

    Promising review: "I love it. It's so unique and fun. Just like it is described." —Vilde

    Get them from PeachesNCrisis on Etsy for $13+ (available in 10+ color choices plus an option for custom color combos).

    30. The Scrabble board game to let 'em know you'd like to have a ~word~ with 'em about the last time they beat you... REMATCH!

    the scrabble board with a game in process

    The game is for two to four players. This particular version of the Scrabble board is good because it has raised ridges to lock the tiles in and a rotating design so you don't have to worry about messing up the tiles as players take turns. Plus, the rotating detail makes it so every player can view the board from the right angle. Everything will come in a plastic carrying case. It'll come with two slide-and-store trays, 100 wooden letter tiles, four deluxe curved tile racks, one plush drawstring letter pouch, and a gameplay guide.

    Promising review: "I haven't played Scrabble in ages but I thought it was about time my 11-year-old son was introduced to it. I got this one so that we could take it by his grandma's when she babysits him every few weeks. It was even better than I had thought. I didn't realize that the squares on the boards were recessed so the tiles STAY PUT and won't move even when the board is bumped. That, right there, gave it the five stars. LOVE that feature. The rest is also five-star worthy. The soft bag to keep the tiles in has drawstrings to help keep it closed and the two storage bays underneath have plenty of room for the holders and the tiles, as well as things you may want to keep to track scores. It folds up easily, sits flat when opened, and even has small wheels on the bottom so you can spin it around so whoever wants can see everything 'right side up.' Best Scrabble board I've ever seen!" —Lego Dad

    Get the game from Amazon for $42.99 (free shipping and returns) and an extra bag of replacement tiles for $11.59 (bag includes 500 tiles).

    31. A soup-scooping ladle inspired by the Loch Ness Monster because what's cooler than an actual factual item that'll prove to everyone the Loch Ness Monster truly ~does~ exist — at least in their kitchen.


    Promising review: "I really can’t even begin to say how much I love this thing. I personally don’t use it for hot foods though I’m sure it would stand the test of time. I ordered this to be my staple at work functions. I am a lover of unique things and this totally fits the bill. He serves fruit, banana pudding, and other miscellaneous dessert items. Everyone is jealous as all get out, I can tell. If you’ve come across it, just buy it. You won’t regret it." —Nikki D.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.70.

    32. A giant Connect Four they can pull out when the fam could use a good game night to ~reconnect~ with each other.

    an oversized connect four game on a table which has several holes in it where chips can be inserted via the open top slot. Two people are standing on either side of it playing the game.

    Several reviewers noted how sturdy it is since it's made of wood so you won't have to worry about it tipping over at the slightest touch.

    Promising review: "I bought this for the kids to enjoy but I think the adults have had just as much fun with it. We've had it for a month and it is holding up better than a lot of other games." —A

    Get it from Amazon for $65.34+ (available with or without the travel bag and in three height options).

    33. A Ciate London x Miss Piggy Blush Palette for anyone who can trace their love for all things makeup and lashes to the Queen Piggy herself. (Kermit obsession sold separately. 🐸) The best part? This baby smells like donuts!

    Ciate London x Miss Piggy Collection blush palette
    @ciatelondon / Via

    Promising review: "Moi loves it! I collect all things Miss Piggy, so this is a dream come true!! I don't like wearing too much makeup, so this is perfect, the colors are to build, so it is great if you love minimal makeup. Two swipes of this and you are golden. I love that I can use it on my cheeks, lips and lids." —arielfille55

    Get it from Sephora for $22 (originally $32).

    In-store pickup is available at Sephora.

    34. A Chanel coffee table book if they've ever gone through a phase of pearls, tweed, little black dresses, quilted bags, and those iconic C's, then their coffee table deserves this book.

    the Chanel book by Danièle Bott

    And I'm not saying the gift will be even doper with a Chanel fragrance added but I'm not NOT saying that either. 🤗😘

    BTW, this book is sold at Bookshop, which will donate 10% of your purchase to local bookstores. You even get to choose which bookstore, as long as they have a curated shop on the site. Yes, even if you buy books in the Bookshop marketplace that aren't from *that* shop. There are over 920 mom-and-pop bookstores on the platform and so far, the brand has distributed about $7.4 million back to those stores and more than 1,000 others, helping many of them stay afloat during the pandemic. You'll also be happy to know that of its top 10 selling stores, just one (Indiebound, also a collective of small stores) isn't BIPOC-owned. Woot!

    Get it from Bookshop for $36.80 (originally $40; December 16 deadline for priority shipping) and the Coco Chanel fragrance from Nordstrom for $80+ (free shipping and free in-store or curbside pickup available).

    35. A legendary Total Request Live T-shirt — OMG! RIP TRL and music video countdown shows in general and hiiiii Carson Daly wherever you are, hopefully living ya best life. <— Yea, this shirt'll make 'em feel those things.

    a long-sleeved pink TRL tee with the MTV logo on it in blue and yellow

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in men's sizes S–XL).

    36. A handy dishwasher magnet to remind them of 1) That era they spent trying to get their hair to look like Christina's and 2) help folks in their house know what's clean, what ain't, and if it's their night on to get that dishwasher "fired up in a... HURR-AY."

    A round magnet with Christina Aguilera from the Dirrty music video on the top and from her Genie In The Bottle days on the bottom.
    Nobs Buttons Dot Com on Etsy

    Heads up, this is a small business!

    Get it from Nobs Buttons Dot Com on Etsy for $6.99+ (available as a magnet or magnet/opener combo).

    37. Stretchy socks to memorialize an iconic pop royalty romance and the most atrocious denim moment in celebrity history. What a time!

    A pair of pink socks with illustrations of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in all denim looks.

    Get them from BooSocki for $14.99 (one size).

    38. An enamel pin of the super social media OG. One of the coolest dudes on the internet (though he hardly tweets). And the guy responsible for us all being mini-coders without even really knowing it. "TOM! IT'S TOM," they'll say when they see this.

    An enamel pin of Tom from MySpace.
    Pin Boys / Etsy

    It's from a small business based in San Francisco.

    Get it from Pin Boys on Etsy for $10.

    39. A Moesha T-shirt to rep the fantastic foursome that was Moesha, Kim, Niecy, and Hakeem. This tee will def put the image of that group chilling in The Den right back in their mind.

    A model wearing the Moesha T-shirt.
    Pink Grey NYC / Etsy

    Pink Grey NYC is a small biz selling hand-foiled artwork and apparel.

    Get it from Pink Grey NYC on Etsy for $22.50+ (available in unisex sizes S–2X).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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