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The 11 Best Nostalgic Gifts 2021

11 Ultra Retro Gifts for the Nostalgist

November 9, 2021 by

By: Haley Bosselman By: Haley Bosselman

Nostalgic Gifts

The return of early aughts trends like Juicy Couture sweatsuits and disposable cameras has us all looking back with rose-colored glasses on a time when landlines and LiveJournal reigned supreme. Go all in on the blast from the past by gifting one of these beloved items of nostalgia this holiday season. And if you’re looking for charitable gifts or presents for the homebody or wine lover in your life, check out our other holiday gift guides.

See also: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Tamagotchi Pix

Tamagotchi Pix

Send a friend down memory lane with the next generation of your first digital childhood toy. The Tamagotchi Pix elevates the interactive virtual pet experience by allowing its user to take photos with your baby Tamagotchi. With this new version, you can also cook, find new friends and have your digital friend go on playdate and exchange gifts with fellow users. $60

Hamburger Phone

Hamburger Telephone

Relive Juno glory by, yes, getting a landline. Put the fun back into phone calls by having a chat with your friends between a bun and cheesey patty (that being the plastic kind, of course). The phone even features a redial call function, mute options and an LED in-use indicator. $20.44

Polaroid Camera: Keith Haring Edition

Keith Haring Polaroid

Collide art and photography with this special edition Keith Haring item. The Polaroid Now i-Type camera celebrates the life, art and spirit of the American pop artist. Featuring an autofocus two-lens system, built-in double exposure, accurate flash and rechargeable battery, the camera pack also comes with color film with a Haring-inspired border. Why go for a simple phone pic when you can treasure a tangible moment in your very hand? $189.99

Pac-Man Arcade Game

Ms. Pacman Arcade_Machine

Bring the arcade with the Pac-Man 12-in-1 Legacy Edition Arcade 1Up. As a coinless operation with an anti-tip over strap, this game is a safe option for all ages and weighs just under 80 pounds. More importantly, it features 12 classic games, including six Pac-Man specific options and Dig Dug adventures. $248

Easy Bake Oven

Easy Bake Oven

The original Easy Bake Oven from our childhood may have been discontinued, but the tradition of easy-to-make, pint sized treats continued with the Baking Star Edition of the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. The updated version of this classic toy is sleek and fun in white, gold, pink and purple and comes ready to go to make mini Sparkle Cakes. $179

Lego Volkswagen Camper Van

Lego Camper Van

Van life may not be for everyone, but you can still tap into the laidback lifestyle with Lego’s Volkswagen T2 Camper Van. While dreaming of days spent at a musical festival or surfing at the beach, this Lego take on the classic 1960s vehicle comes as a whopping 2,207 pieces. $179.99

Mystery Date Game

Mystery_Date_Board_Game

Every Christmas, The Santa Clause cements into pop culture what a fun time it was to play the Mystery Date Game. (Do you recall the yearning of the game by Charlie’s mom?) There’s a reason this board game is a sleepover mainstay across decades and now is your chance to acquire the most desirable date of the evening— all without the swiping of your phone screen! $29.99

Heelys feat. The Simpsons

HEELYS Simpson Sneakers

Something just feels right about having Bart Simpson on a pair of Heelys. He and the rest of his family are featured on this special, blue and black-colored edition of the beloved shoes with wheels. $78

The Stan Lee Story XXL

The Stan Lee Story XXL

Put a smile on the face of any ultimate comic book fan. Written and edited with Stan Lee’s full cooperation, The Stan Lee Story XXL is an extravaganza about the most legendary name in comic book history. Tracking Lee’s journey from 17-year-old Timely Comics employee to pop culture revolutionary, historian Roy Thomas presents an insightful tale accompanied by hundreds of treasures of comic book art. $200

Star Wars Pinball Machine

Star Wars Pinball

Bring a galaxy far, far away right into your home. This Star Wars Pinball machine may not be the same caliber of adventure experienced by Luke Skywalker, but it sure makes for a fun game night. Even the biggest Star Wars fan will be satisfied with the game’s use of footage from the original (should we say best?) trilogy and a custom-sculpted Death Star and interactive TIE fighter. $4500

Mustang Stereo

ION Audio Mustang Stereo

Retro meets modern technology with this Mustang Stereo. Easily bump up your favorite Spotify playlist through these bluetooth speakers or play the radio while lounging around outdoors. Ready to be on-the-go all day, the stereo’s long-lasting, built-in rechargeable battery can last for hours. $59.99













11 Ultra Retro Gifts for the Nostalgist

November 9, 2021 by By: Haley Bosselman

Nostalgic Gifts

The return of early aughts trends like Juicy Couture sweatsuits and disposable cameras has us all looking back with rose-colored glasses on a time when landlines and LiveJournal reigned supreme. Go all in on the blast from the past by gifting one of these beloved items of nostalgia this holiday season. And if you’re looking for charitable gifts or presents for the homebody or wine lover in your life, check out our other holiday gift guides.

See also: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Tamagotchi Pix

Tamagotchi Pix

Send a friend down memory lane with the next generation of your first digital childhood toy. The Tamagotchi Pix elevates the interactive virtual pet experience by allowing its user to take photos with your baby Tamagotchi. With this new version, you can also cook, find new friends and have your digital friend go on playdate and exchange gifts with fellow users. $60

Hamburger Phone

Hamburger Telephone

Relive Juno glory by, yes, getting a landline. Put the fun back into phone calls by having a chat with your friends between a bun and cheesey patty (that being the plastic kind, of course). The phone even features a redial call function, mute options and an LED in-use indicator. $20.44

Polaroid Camera: Keith Haring Edition

Keith Haring Polaroid

Collide art and photography with this special edition Keith Haring item. The Polaroid Now i-Type camera celebrates the life, art and spirit of the American pop artist. Featuring an autofocus two-lens system, built-in double exposure, accurate flash and rechargeable battery, the camera pack also comes with color film with a Haring-inspired border. Why go for a simple phone pic when you can treasure a tangible moment in your very hand? $189.99

Pac-Man Arcade Game

Ms. Pacman Arcade_Machine

Bring the arcade with the Pac-Man 12-in-1 Legacy Edition Arcade 1Up. As a coinless operation with an anti-tip over strap, this game is a safe option for all ages and weighs just under 80 pounds. More importantly, it features 12 classic games, including six Pac-Man specific options and Dig Dug adventures. $248

Easy Bake Oven

Easy Bake Oven

The original Easy Bake Oven from our childhood may have been discontinued, but the tradition of easy-to-make, pint sized treats continued with the Baking Star Edition of the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. The updated version of this classic toy is sleek and fun in white, gold, pink and purple and comes ready to go to make mini Sparkle Cakes. $179

Lego Volkswagen Camper Van

Lego Camper Van

Van life may not be for everyone, but you can still tap into the laidback lifestyle with Lego’s Volkswagen T2 Camper Van. While dreaming of days spent at a musical festival or surfing at the beach, this Lego take on the classic 1960s vehicle comes as a whopping 2,207 pieces. $179.99

Mystery Date Game

Mystery_Date_Board_Game

Every Christmas, The Santa Clause cements into pop culture what a fun time it was to play the Mystery Date Game. (Do you recall the yearning of the game by Charlie’s mom?) There’s a reason this board game is a sleepover mainstay across decades and now is your chance to acquire the most desirable date of the evening— all without the swiping of your phone screen! $29.99

Heelys feat. The Simpsons

HEELYS Simpson Sneakers

Something just feels right about having Bart Simpson on a pair of Heelys. He and the rest of his family are featured on this special, blue and black-colored edition of the beloved shoes with wheels. $78

The Stan Lee Story XXL

The Stan Lee Story XXL

Put a smile on the face of any ultimate comic book fan. Written and edited with Stan Lee’s full cooperation, The Stan Lee Story XXL is an extravaganza about the most legendary name in comic book history. Tracking Lee’s journey from 17-year-old Timely Comics employee to pop culture revolutionary, historian Roy Thomas presents an insightful tale accompanied by hundreds of treasures of comic book art. $200

Star Wars Pinball Machine

Star Wars Pinball

Bring a galaxy far, far away right into your home. This Star Wars Pinball machine may not be the same caliber of adventure experienced by Luke Skywalker, but it sure makes for a fun game night. Even the biggest Star Wars fan will be satisfied with the game’s use of footage from the original (should we say best?) trilogy and a custom-sculpted Death Star and interactive TIE fighter. $4500

Mustang Stereo

ION Audio Mustang Stereo

Retro meets modern technology with this Mustang Stereo. Easily bump up your favorite Spotify playlist through these bluetooth speakers or play the radio while lounging around outdoors. Ready to be on-the-go all day, the stereo’s long-lasting, built-in rechargeable battery can last for hours. $59.99