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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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Rubik's Cube
Amazon

Rubik's Cube

$11 from Amazon

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The iconic toy of the '80s? Probably. Still just as irresistable to fiddle with for hours on end? Yep.

The Goonies: Escape with One-Eyed Willy’s Rich Stuff
Always Fits

The Goonies: Escape with One-Eyed Willy’s Rich Stuff

$38 from Always Fits

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Based on the popular '80s film, this board game promises escape room-style team play as you follow Mikey, Brand, Mouth, Data, Andy, Stef, Chunk, and Sloth on their adventure.

'The Decade That Rocked'
Amazon
Mr. T To-Do List Notebook
Always Fits

Mr. T To-Do List Notebook

$13 from Always Fits

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Because Mr. T., everyone's favorite TV and movie star of the '80s, always looked out for his mom above all else. Choose from lined, gridded, or blank paper; 144 pages total.

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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The Golden Girls Cookbook
Always Fits
1980s Retro Candy Gift Box
Amazon
I Am He-Man! Little Golden Book
Always Fits

I Am He-Man! Little Golden Book

$5 from Always Fits

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Kids of the '80s with small fry of their own who tuned in daily to "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" will love this Golden Book, which follows the adventures of Prince Adam of Eternia (aka He-Man).

Universal 10-Film 1980s Collection
Amazon
Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1
Amazon

Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1

$55 from Amazon

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This first volume of a three-volume set is for any hardcore "Bloom County" fan. Volume one covers the strip's early years from 1980 to '82.

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.

Buffalo Games Like Totally 80s
Amazon
TeePublic Mixtape Tee
TeePublic

Mixtapes T-Shirt

$20 from TeePublic
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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 a wide variety of colors. Prefer a hoodie, mug, or mask? You can get those, too.

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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'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."

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
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'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
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
Bruce Springsteen Minifigure
Etsy

Bruce Springsteen Minifigure

$19 and up from Etsy
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Even if the Boss isn't their jam, this Etsy seller, SweeneyBricks, has other '80s-era minifigures like Dolly and Kenny, the Golden Girls, and more.


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
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.

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