2013 Christmas Wrap Up:
Gifts for '80s Fans
Is your boyfriend still trying to solve his childhood Rubik’s Cube? Does
your b/f/f miss playing hours and hours of Space Invaders? Is your Mom
obsessed with Duckie Dale? Here are some great gift ideas that are
perfect for the ‘80s fanatic in your life.
Cassette Tape Doormat
A mix tape you can wipe your feet on – I love this. This doormat
will surely relieve the holiday “madness” at your gift exchange. An old
school cassette tape with “Our House” written in script with a ballpoint
pen. Brilliant. I am buying this for myself.
Pretty In Pink (Everything’s Duckie
I recently received this as a gift and it’s fantastic – there are lots of
great bonus features and behind the scenes footage along with a sad
explanation by Molly Ringwald as to why she and Duckie didn’t end up
together – I don’t want to ruin it for you - the commentary by director
Howard Deutch is so interesting and hearing all the lovely things they
say about John Hughes is heartwarming. And did you know that Robert
Downey Jr. was originally supposed to play Duckie? Neither did I! See?
You need to give this gift!
Dobler Effect T-Shirt
For the Llyod in your life, play “In Your Eyes” as he opens this gift for
an extra dramatic effect. I don’t advise standing outside his bedroom
window on Christmas morning, too cold. And weird.
Atari Flashback 2+ Plug-in-Play
The gamer on your Christmas list can play all the classics, Asteroids,
Centipede, Combat and even the game that started it all – PONG. Just
plug it into the TV set, grab the classic joystick remote and play for
hours just like you used to in your footie pajamas. It even has the same
wood grain paneling as the old Atari 2600 did. *Sigh*
Cassette and Pencil T-Shirt
This is too adorable/hip for words. Back in the 80s a cassette tape and a
pencil went together like peanut butter and jelly – how many mix tapes
lives were saved thanks to a good old fashioned number two? This will
make your friends smile and make young people confused. You need this.
And you need to buy another one for your best friend for Christmas.
Rubik Cube Cufflinks
How fun and retro are these little babies? I mean if you have to go
somewhere fancy enough to warrant cufflinks your date should be wearing
these, don’t you think? What a unique gift, I love it!
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s -
We didn’t have On Demand or Netflix, we had to watch our cartoons when
they were on TV. On Saturday morning we would get up at the crack of
dawn, get a mug of Apple Jacks and hunker down in front of the glowing
box for a couple of hours. This set includes Mr. T, Thundarr the
Barbarian and Monchichis. Saturday morning bliss anytime you want it –
what a great gift!
Pocket Record Journal
Remember albums? I do! I miss my vinyl and wish so hard that I didn’t sell
the majority of them. This sweet little journal will fit in your back
pocket or purse and is perfect for making lists of the 80s music you
need to download when you get home. For people like me who just don’t
like typing out their grocery lists on their phones, this is a great
These cool glasses come with a pencil so that you can write your name or
favorite band on them - how fun is that? Or maybe it’s a mix tape called
“Slow Grooves” like I had back in the day. Or “I LOVE BRIAN” – I had
that one too. What a fun gift to give, who wouldn’t love these?
Handmade Pac Man Ghost Table
For the ultimate 80s video game lover! Will you choose to give Inky?
Blinky? Pinky? Or perhaps Clyde? Handmade, one of a kind, these tables
are bright, fun, and a nostalgic piece of art. If Santa ever left
something as awesome as this under my tree I would be forever grateful.
Happy Holidays everybody, I hope you’ve been good this year. I’m off to
drink some eggnog and watch
Christmas Vacation. After that I’ll wash my face with some
Noxzema and put on a little “Last Christmas” by Wham and look at the
pretty tree lights.
Merry Christmas, I’ll see you at the mall.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.