Retro Rambler’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas Gift Guide

As a true retro lover perpetually stuck in the 80’s and 90’s, sometimes it’s easier for me to spot awesome retro gifts than say you’re average joe or millennials.  What if someone from the current generation wanted to get their Pop something cool from Christmas to remind them of their childhood?  Would they have any clue what he would like?  Or what if you’re like me, and want to get something for someone who isn’t as retro as we are?  Would you know what is out there to be had?  Well have no fear, because the Retro Rambler is here!

I’ve scoured the ‘net to find the gifts that all retro lovers will love, and taken a lot of guess work out of the gift buying process for you.  We’ve put together a list of 25 gifts that are retro through and through, so take a look and find that perfect gift for someone in your life.

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Rubiks Cube

01.  Rubik’s Cube

Does it get any more 80’s than the Rubik’s cube?  This thing was everywhere throughout the decade, and if you were alive back then, you probably had one in your hands at some point.  This would make a great gift for anyone, as it will test their skill and patience trying to solve it.

Get Rubik’s Cube at Amazon for $11.59



02:  Simon

The classic 80’s game of quick action, memory, and recall is back and has a sleek new look and improved performance; it’s surprisingly addictive.

Get Simon at Amazon for $24.02



03:  Lego Classic Brick Box

Lego’s were one of the top toys of the 80’s and 90’s, and still are today.  You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them, as anyone can have fun making and building things with them.  These boxes include a wide range of Lego bricks in 35 different colors so your imagination can run wild.

Get the Lego Classic Brick Box on Amazon for $27.99


Lego Ideas Book

04:  Lego Ideas Book

If you’re thinking of getting the Lego’s Classic Brick Box, or if you already have a bunch of Legos on hand, then you’ll want to pick up this Lego Ideas Book.  It’s got details on how to build all sorts of stuff, and no matter what you have in mind, you’ll probably find an idea that works in this book.

Get the Lego Idea Book on Amazon for $17.86


Board Games Collage

05:  Board Games

I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that we all loved playing board games at some point in our lives, and there’s not a much better way to roll back the hands of time than playing a board game with family or friends.  Based on someones interests, there are a plethora of options to choose from with this gift.  I suggest going with a classic like Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, Risk, Connect Four, or Yahtzee.


Oregon Trail Card Game

06:  The Oregon Trail Card Game

Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, this game was all the rage on computers.  We used to play it every morning before school, trying to get all the way through it.  This card game replicates that excitement in a new form, and would surely take someone back in time to those days.

Get The Oregon Trail Card Game on Amazon


Magic 8 Ball

07:  Magic 8 Ball

The Magic 8 Ball has the answers to all your questions!  Who didn’t have one of these things back in the day?  Who wouldn’t want one now to answer difficult life questions like “Should I just Netflix and chill?”

Get the Magic 8 Ball on Amazon for $9.99


Pet Rock

08:  Pet Rock

At the beginning of the 80’s, there was no bigger fad than the Pet Rock.  It’s creator became a millionaire overnight, and the world got the easiest pet there ever was to take care of.  Today, it’s given as more of a gag gift, but the retro lover sees them as more than a gag.  We see them as nostalgic master piece.

Get the Pet Rock at Amazon for $11.94


Sea Monkeys

09:  Sea Monkeys

Here is another fad item from years gone by, but again, an incredibly successful fad.  I always wanted these little critters as a kid, but my folks would never give in and take a chance on them.  A lot of folks I know had the same experience, so here is an opportunity to make that old wish come true for them.

Get Sea Monkeys on Amazon for $11.99


10:  John Hughes Yearbook Collection on Blu-Ray

It’s hard to top John Hughes’ movies for 80’s fans, and this collection has three of his classics on Blu-Ray.  The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science.

Get the John Hughes Yearbook Collection on Blu-Ray for $21.45


11:  Pure ’80s Ultimate DVD Box Set

This is, like, the most excellent collection of ’80s music videos ever assembled! It’s got 3 DVDs spanning three of the biggest genres in ’80s music (here called Totally New Wave, Video Idols and Headbangers Rule) for a total of 45 music videos. This box covers all the hits and classic music videos, many of which have never been on a music DVD before. As a bonus, one of the original VJ’s from MTV, Martha Quinn, offers up a wicked commentary for every video.

Get the Pure ’80s Ultimate DVD Box Set on Amazon for $32.99


Hits of the 80s

12:  Hits of the 80’s CD Set

The music is one of the most fondly remembered things about the 80’s, and this CD set has all the superstars of the era on 4 discs.

Get Hits of the 80’s CD Set on Amazon for $19.88


Mix Tape Flash Drive

13:  Mix Tape Flash Drive

Make a retro statement with a USB flash drive! Cassette tapes just got a modern makeover by adding a 1GB jump drive that’s hidden inside. Now mixtapes can be better than ever by loading songs, pics, notes, or even slide shows!

Get this Mix Tape Flash Drive on Amazon for $16.99


Flux Capacitor

14:  Back to the Future Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger

Each Flux Capacitor Car Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB powered device (1 x 1A and 1 x 2.1A). But it also has that beautiful Flux Capacitor light sequence we all know and love. Even traffic jams (either terrestrial or aerial (if your car is powered by Mr. Fusion)) won’t bother you because your device will be charging and the Flux Capacitor Car Charger’s pulse will make you feel more important than anyone else.

Get the Flux Capacitor Car Charge on Amazon for $15.83


15:  Saturday Morning Cartoons DVD – 1980’s Edition

This is a great way to take a trip back to childhood.  This DVD set contains 11 classic Saturday morning cartoons from the 1980’s.  It would be perfect to pop in on a lazy Saturday morning and enjoy while eating a big bowl of your favorite cereal.

The Saturday Morning Cartoon DVD is available on Amazon for $6.95


Totally Awesome

16:  Totally Awesome – The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties book

What’s the next best thing to watching old cartoons?  Reading and learning more about them of course.  Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties is the ultimate guide to ’80s cartoon nostalgia, featuring the art, toys, and inside story behind icons like He-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats.

Get Totally Awesome on Amazon for $34.00


Just Can't Get Enough

17:  Just Can’t Get Enough of the 80’s book

In this fond trip down memory lane, Just Can’t Get Enough celebrates all the awesome products kids collected, begged their parents for, threw tantrums about, and obsessed over in the 1980’s. From Hit Stix to Hungry, Hungry Hippos, My Little Pony to My Buddy, this book has all the toys and games that made the ’80s one of the gnarliest decades of the century.  And it’s shaped like a Trapper Keeper too!

Get Just Can’t Get Enough on Amazon for $3.73


18:  70’s, 80’s, and 90’s books

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont created two really awesome books dedicated to all the things we miss from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  In combination, they are quite the look back at days gone by, and would provide hours of entertainment for anyone looking back on their childhood.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops $12.86
The Totally Sweet 90’s $13.35


19:  T-Shirt Clips

For the lady in your life who looks back fondly at 80’s fashion, pick up this two pack of t-shirt clips so she can strut around in style like she’s straight out of 1984!

Get these t-shirt clips on Amazon for $7.30


20:  80’s Fancy Outfit Set

Even more fashion accessories for the 80’s lady in your life.  This set has leg warmers, a lace skirt, beaded necklaces, flashy earrings, and fishnet gloves.

Get this 80’s Fancy Outfit Set on Amazon for $16.99



21:  Alligator Shirt

The LaCoste alligator shirt may be the defining piece of fashion from the 80’s.  It is widely recognized the world over, and still holds up today as a solid fashion choice.

Get LaCoste shirts on Amazon


22:  Member’s Only Jacket

This would be the other iconic piece of fashion from the 80’s, and pairs quite nicely with a LaCoste shirt.

Get Member’s Only Jackets on Amazon

You can read our earlier post on Member’s Only Jackets here


23:  Nintendo Super Mario Shower Curtain

Make shower time fun with this awesome shower curtain featuring the patron saint of video games, Mario.  It would also make a great conversation piece when you have friends over and they use your bathroom.

Get this Mario Shower Curtain on Amazon for $14.95


24:  SNES Classic

This will probably be on the hottest gifts of the 2017 holiday season, and rightfully so.  Bring back all the fun of the glory days of home gaming with with micro version of the iconic Super Nintendo.

Get the SNES Classic on Amazon for $239.99


Trapper Keeper

25:  Trapper Keeper

Back in the day, if you didn’t carry one of these bad boys to school, you were a dweeb.  Now is your chance to make all of your co-workers feel like dweebs.  Pick up on of these Trapper Keepers to carry to work and watch everyone else drool with envy.

Get Trapper Keeper on Amazon for $12.29


And there you have it.  The top 25 gifts for retro lovers this holiday season.  Let’s hope we all find some of the cool stuff on this list under our trees on Christmas morning.