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Rad Gifts for People Who Just Love the '80s

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Like other decades, it's easy to look back on the '80s and cringe. Shoulder pads, skinny ties, and lots and lots of giant, Aqua Net-infused bangs were not the proudest of moments in our collective cultural history. But it wasn't all bad. If the 1980s were your or someone you love's fave decade, here are some gifts that are totally gnarly and won't make you feel like a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie.


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Universal 10-Film 1980s Collection
Amazon
The 1980s 1,500-Piece Puzzle
Urban Outfitters

The 1980s 1,500-Piece Puzzle

$22 from Barnes & Noble
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The Goonies, Garfield, Flashdance, Duran Duran, Miami Vice, D&D, Knight Rider ... these are just a handful of the memories they'll be introduced to while putting together this 24-by-30-inch puzzle.

'The Decade That Rocked'
Amazon
Buffalo Games Like Totally 80s
Amazon
Mixtapes T-Shirt
Amazon

Mixtapes T-Shirt

$19 from Amazon
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If they ever sat with a finger perched over the record button waiting for that one special song to come on, they'll get a kick out of this mixtape-themed tee, available in men's and women's sizes and five colors.

Studebaker Retro Street Boombox
Amazon

Studebaker Retro Street Boombox

$155 and up from Amazon
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We love that this boombox has Bluetooth connectivity and other 21st-century features, but looks like it belongs in the 1980s. It comes in four different colors. Really feeling like a vintage splurge? This nearly $600 version is super gnarly, too.


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Byron Statics Walkman
Amazon

Byron Statics Walkman

$15 from Amazon
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Sure, it's not the real deal, but this Walkman-like product from Amazon gets decent reviews, comes in four different styles, and has a belt clip for that truly 1980s cool-guy vibe.


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1980s Retro Candy Gift Box
Amazon
'The Crazy 80s: Test Your Memory of the Greatest Decade Ever'
Amazon

'The Crazy 80s: Test Your Memory of the Greatest Decade Ever'

$6 from Amazon
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Test your knowledge of the totally rad '80s with this book of questions about subjects as diverse as "Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cubes, and Run-DMC."

100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album
Amazon

100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album

$20 from Amazon
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This CD (it's also available on vinyl) features "some of the biggest hits from artists including Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Bonnie Tyler, Toto, Adam & The Ants, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Bangles, Billy Ocean, James Brown, and many more."

E.T. Plush Doll
Amazon

E.T. Plush Doll

$55 from Amazon
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Remember how scared, and then absolutely gutted, you were the first time you watched "E.T.?" This little guy, in a blue hoodie, might not bring back emotions quite that strong, but he'll surely bring a smile to someone's face.

Retro MTV T-Shirt
Amazon
Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Crimper Iron
Ulta

Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Crimper Iron

$35 from Ulta
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One look at the review photos for this product will either have you thinking that crimping your hair for the first time in 30 or so years might not be a bad idea — or running the other direction. Either way, your '80s enthusiast might love one.


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'80s Women Knit Leg Warmers
Amazon

'80s Women Knit Leg Warmers

$9 from Amazon
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There were some truly horrendous fashion trends from this decade, but leg warmers weren't one of them. With this gift, you can amp up the '80s factor with some neon colors, too.

Cabbage Patch Kids Vintage Retro Doll
Amazon
Ten Color Pen
Always Fits

Ten Color Pen

$5 from Always Fits
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Remember when these seemed like the height of innovation? Ahh, simpler times. Anyway, these little numbers would make great 1980s-themed stocking stuffers. They come in red, green, blue, and yellow versions, but the color sent is chosen at random.


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Arcade1UP Pac-Man Countercade
Amazon
Love's Baby Soft Cologne Mist
Amazon

Love's Baby Soft Cologne Mist

$16 from Amazon
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This perfume might not be refined — like, at all — but it will certainly bring back memories of what it was like to wear your first parent-approved scent.

Oh My God, Stacy! Totally '80s High School Party Game
Always Fits

Oh My God, Stacy! Totally '80s High School Party Game

$20 from Always Fits
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This "social party game for up to 12 players" has cliques working in teams to "prank their fellow classmates, collect and steal gear, forge alliances, and earn cool points." John Bender not included.


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Bruce Springsteen Minifigure
Etsy
Rappers Delight Poster
Etsy

Rappers Delight Poster

$9 from Etsy
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Grab a cheap frame and this digital download will not only make a great '80s-themed gift, but it'll almost certainly get the party started with a nod to the first hip-hop song to ever reach the Billboard top 40. About that earworm? You're welcome.

Stay Golden 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Always Fits

Stay Golden 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

$30 from Always Fits
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Another cultural phenomenon of the 1980s, this jigsaw puzzle pays tribute to four of our favorite gals: Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia.


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Fanny Pack
Amazon
1980s Style Costume Bracelets
Amazon
Lite Brite
Amazon
Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox
Amazon

Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox

$20 from Amazon
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Don't feel like you'd do much with an actual boombox? This tin box is made to look like a retro radio but is actually a storage container designed to hold accessories, your lunch, or be a part of a costume.