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Nostalgic Gift Ideas That Will Take You Back To 2002

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What is it about the holidays that literally has you craving to be a kid again? Maybe it’s the magic of falling asleep with a sugar coma from one too many cookies. Or, the fact that your parents lied to you over and over again about some random dude sneaking into your house completely unprompted and you were totally okay with it? IDK, but there’s truly nothing better than opening a gift you’ve been waiting for all year long as a child. 

Needless to say, I’ve been chasing that high since 1993. And one thing that’s always made me feel like a pre-teen again is giving and getting gifts that remind me of simpler times. I’m talking cotton candy lip balm for the beauty girlies, gel pens for your type-A friends, and legit anything from Abercrombie & Fitch (which is cool again?). There’s nothing like a big dose of nostalgia during the holidays to get you in your feels which is why I’ve curated a list of the best nostalgic gifts that you would totally still use now.

A hair waver that will have you feeling like you’re crimping your hair for a Ashlee Simpson concert

TIGI Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver for Beachy Waves

Juicy Tubes because they’ve made a full comeback

Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss in Marshmallow Electro

A replacement Naked Palette for the one they’ve refused to let go of even though it’s clearly expired and worn down to the pan

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

A stunning new set of gel pens for work, or like, tattooing yourself

36 Colors Gel Pens Set

And a coloring book to go with the pens, tbh

50 Shades Of Bullsh*t: Dark Edition: Swear Word Coloring Book

An Abercrombie coat that *heart breaks* doesn’t have a moose icon on it

Textured Dad Coat

Swirl, tap, buff! IYKYK!

bareMinerals Jumbo Original Mineral Veil Loose Setting Powder

A snow globe because you were peak childhood when The Santa Clause came out

Monogram Snow Globe Woody Fresh Balsam & Cedarwood Ceramic Candle

Lip balms that taste like the summer of ’03

Vacation X AriZona Lip Balms

An iconic (and guilty pleasure) fragrance set

Warm Vanilla Sugar Gift Box Set

A custom reel viewer to replace your dusty photo albums (no, I’m not talking about Facebook)

Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Reel Viewer

The cool AF “S” we all used to draw, but in earring format

Cool S Earrings

The first toe we’ve ever dipped into lip fillers

DuWop Cosmetics Lip Venom Lip Plumping Balm

Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, practitioner of beauty, and fashion connoisseur. By day, she makes a living by creating Fashion and Lifestyle content for Betches Media. By night, she enjoys cooking intricate meals, sipping a glass (or four) of rosé, and keeping up with the news. Follow her on Instagram @abbey_westlin.