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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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Retro MTV T-Shirt
Amazon

Retro MTV T-Shirt

Starting at $20 from Amazon
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Sure, MTV isn't even close to what it was when it debuted in 1981, but these retro-style shirts harken back to a golden era when music videos were just music videos, and we all couldn't get enough of them.

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Buffalo Games Like Totally 80s
Amazon
1980s Retro Candy Gift Box
Amazon
Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Crimper Iron
Ulta
'80s Women Knit Leg Warmers
Amazon

'80s Women Knit Leg Warmers

$10 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.

'The Decade That Rocked'
Amazon
Byron Statics Walkman
Amazon
Cabbage Patch Kids Vintage Retro Doll
Amazon
100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album
Amazon

100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album

$11 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."

'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."


Studebaker Retro Street Boombox
Amazon

Studebaker Retro Street Boombox

Starting from $149 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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Universal 10-Film 1980s Collection
Amazon
Ten Color Pen
Always Fits

Ten Color Pen

$4 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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Purple Reign Ceramic Coffee Mug
Always Fits
Arcade1UP Pac-Man Countercade
Amazon
The Muppet Show: Seasons 1-3
Amazon

The Muppet Show: Seasons 1-3

$75 from Amazon
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Sure, "The Muppet Show" only lasted for five years and ended in 1981, but with films and merchandise, it continued to be a cultural phenomenon well into the 1980s. And who doesn't have fond memories from that era of deciding whether they were a Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo, or Animal?

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. 

E.T. Plush Doll
Amazon

E.T. Plush Doll

$41 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.

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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Janet Jackson Oversized Sweatshirt
Etsy

Janet Jackson Oversized Sweatshirt

Starting at $59 from Etsy
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If you've got a loved one on your list who's a diehard member of the "Miss Jackson if You're Nasty" tribe, they won't be asking "What Have You Done For Me Lately" after opening this gift.

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Bruce Springsteen Minifigure
Etsy
Rappers Delight Poster
Etsy

Rappers Delight Poster

$4 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.

Mixtapes T-Shirt
Amazon

Mixtapes T-Shirt

$18 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.

Stay Golden 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Always Fits

Stay Golden 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

$28 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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Nostalgic Bliss Pullover Sweater
ModCloth

Nostalgic Bliss Pullover Sweater

$59 from ModCloth
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A certain now-disgraced comedian had us all wanting to wear pseudo-ugly sweaters in the 1980s thanks to his hit family TV show, but this updated version is actually pretty cute.


Fanny Pack
Amazon
1980s Style Costume Bracelets
Amazon
The 1980s 1,500-Piece Puzzle
Urban Outfitters

The 1980s 1,500-Piece Puzzle

$25 from Urban Outfitters
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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.

Lite Brite
Amazon
Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox
Amazon

Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox

$18 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.