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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

$12 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

$160 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
Universal 10-Film 1980s Collection
Amazon

Universal 10-Film 1980s Collection

$40 from Amazon
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Get your '80s film fix with the 10 movies in this collection, which include classics like "The Breakfast Club," "Fletch," "Uncle Buck," and "Weird Science."


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Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1
Amazon

Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1

$64 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
Barnes & Noble

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
Byron Statics Walkman
Amazon

Byron Statics Walkman

$17 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."

The 80s My Music Set
Amazon

The 80s My Music Set

$30 from Amazon
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This star-studded CD set features some of the biggest hits of the 80s by Pat Benatar, Foreigner, The Bangles, Rick Springfield, and many more.

Retro MTV T-Shirt
Amazon

Retro MTV T-Shirt

$21 and up 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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Gold N Hot Professional Ceramic Crimper Iron
Ulta
'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
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.

80s Bingo Game
Always Fits
Bruce Springsteen Minifigure
Etsy

Bruce Springsteen Minifigure

$16 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

$7 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

Lite Brite

$20 from Amazon
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Another iconic 1980s toy, this classic version of Lite Brite will bring back nostalgia for nights spent in the dark crafting designs. It comes with six design templates and more are downloadable online.

Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox
Amazon

Retro Boombox Radio Lunchbox

$22 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.