The 8 Best '90s and 2000s-Inspired Nostalgic Gift Ideas

Just in time for the holidays.

Check out the best nostalgic gift ideas to shop this holiday season, from the '90s to the 2000s.
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You’re in the home stretch when it comes to gifting this holiday season. With just one week away until Christmas, and many of the other winter holidays far gone, you only have a few stragglers left on your list — but that doesn’t make them any less special. That said, you’ve already racked your brain trying to come up with just the right thing for your bestie, sister, work wife, and more, and come up dry. Every single time. One way to wow them this holiday? Look for a nostalgic gift idea, from the ’60s to the 2000s, that they’ll treasure forever.

Whether you’re jumping back into the ’60s and ’70s, prefer a bold ’80s look, a minimalist ’90s outfit, or a party-ready ’00s approach, it’s time to jump into that time machine and remember what you loved way back then. Because guess what, your family and friends will love it too.

Perhaps your friends are obsessed with all things that sparkle? You can shop for everything from glitter makeup to a matching sparkly swimsuit. Or do they like the softer textures like a pair of crushed velvet socks? Minimalists at heart? Maybe a patent leather baguette bag will do the trick.

For all that and more, shop the below nostalgic gift ideas to give everyone left on your list this holiday season. You will not regret it.

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The Baguette Bag

The little bag that holds not much more than a cell phone, key, and ID card, the baguette style is everywhere this Winter and it’s just as stylish and cool as it was in the 2000s.

The Lurex Bikini

When it comes to beachwear, it’s time to step up your game with a light-catching lurex option that’s characteristics of the ’70s and the ’00s alike.

The Platform Sandals

For the friend who loves an “ugly” ’90s look, shop for a pair of polarizing yet whimsical flatform sandals, ahead of summer.

The Choker

Be it a plastic tattoo style or a dainty gold chain, consider a choker this holiday season. Your loved one can wear it alone or layer it with their favorite necklaces.

The Lolita Sunglasses

Throw it way back to the 1960s with a pair of rounded retro sunnies. The tortoise frames will look extra chic next to your go-to camel coat.

The Glitter Makeup

Enhance your NYE look with some stocking stuffer-sized glitter makeup, plucked straight from the 2000s.

The Crushed Velvet Socks

Crushed velvet is a huge throwback trend, and it’s back in a major way. Instead of diving in with a full on dress, why not gift some cozy socks this holiday in the plush fabric?

The Mom Jeans

The retro trend with arguably the most staying power, Mom jeans are here to stay. High-waisted and straight leg? No one does it better than Levi’s.