After a little blogging break for Thanksgiving, I am ready to get on board with December and get in full-on holiday mode. Speaking of all things holiday season, if you missed last week’s recipe for my Pumpkin-Gingerbread Holiday Brunch Waffles, do yourself a favor and check it out, here.
Can you believe it? We still have almost a full month until Hanukkah! Some years, I feel super rushed to pick out Haunkkah gifts because the holiday will fall on like, Thanksgiving (aka Thanksgivikkah). This year though, Haunkkah is super late and falls right on Christmas Eve (aka Chrismukkah), which means you have lots of extra time to pick out gifts for those 8 crazy nights. Now, I’m not one of those people who likes to make the holidays all about gift giving, but if we’re being honest, giving gifts and getting gifts is fun, and there’s no shame in that.
When I was growing up, the debate my friends I used to have around this time of year was whether you got more gifts if you celebrated Hanukkah or Christmas (#tweenproblems). The main argument was that there were 8 nights of Hanukkah, so therefore you got 8 gifts. Christmas has no such rules, so in theory your parents could get you as many gifts as they wanted. The real secret was that on Hanukkah you got 7 small, inexpensive gifts and 1 big, “can I have this please?” gift. Although we all knew deep down that the kids who “celebrated both” got the most gifts. We all had our priorities straight, clearly.
Today I’d like to take a trip down memory lane, a blast from the past if you will, and revisit the best 90s Hanukkah presents ever to be gifted. If you were born in the 80s and grew up in the 90s, then this gift list should speak to your inner side-pony tail, neon-wearing self.
1. Betty Spaghetty Dolls
They’re long. They’re bendy. Their hair is super fun to play with. Interest in this toy for sure only lasted until the 5th day of Hanukkah, but man, were those couple of days worth it.
These may have been discontinued several times due to being beaten out by Barbie, but fear not, you can still get them on Amazon, here.
2. Return to Tiffany Heart Bracelet
Pretty much every girl I knew rocked one of these. It was a standard Hanukkah and/or Bat Mitzvah gift and was pretty much the calling card of any Jewish American Princess in the late 90s/early 2000s. True story, I never had one but I did wear a fake one I bought on Canal Street.
You can of course get the real thing from Tiffany’s, or you can just get a look-a-like. Why does a 12 year old need a $400 bracelet?!
3. Roller Coaster Tycoon
Why play video games when you can build an entire theme park on your computer? I spent many a Saturday night constructing my theme park fortune (super cool, I know). If you had this game, or The Sims for that matter, you could pretty much convince anyone to come over your house to play.
Can you believe you can still buy it on Amazon? The dream never dies.
4. Razor Scooter
Remember these? At one point, Razor Scooter’s were the talk of the town. Everyone wanted one to illegally ride around the mall and we all promised we’d use it everyday after school (I swear!). This was one of those have-to-have-it gifts of the 90s. This was without a doubt, the showstopper 8th night of Hanukkah gift.
Back then it felt like such a big deal to get one, now they’re $20 on Amazon. Go figure.
Jenga was and always will be the ultimate test of skill. It was just as fun in 6th grade as it is now for a Bachelor or Bachelorette party.
You can even still get the Classic Jenga set! No complicated truth or dare Jenga, just the pure, classic game.
6. Butterfly Hair Clips
The quintessential accessory of any 90s girl, the butterfly hair clip was perfect for keeping your bangs out of your eyes. One day in the future Harper will find these under the Menorah and everything will have come full circle.
Snag some butterfly hair clips for the tween in your life.
7. Beanie Babies
We all swore these would make us rich some day. They would have to become collector’s items, right? Friends, we were so wrong. Enjoy your storage bin full of Beanie Babies that your parents have kindly asked you 867 times to “do something with.” But hey, at the time they were the perfect little Hanukkah gift.
Just in case you’re really looking to add to someone’s collection, you can get 5 for pretty cheap on Amazon.
8. Lisa Frank EVERYTHING
Kittens, Unicorns, Neon Colors. I’ll take the file folders, the stickers, the activity books. I’ll take it all. Of course, grown up me is getting a headache just looking at some of these old prints, but 11 year old me is very, very happy.
For the Lisa Frank lover in your life, you can actually get a 2017 calendar. How amazingly nostalgic is that?
What were your favorite 90s holiday gifts to receive? Let’s all take a trip down memory lane in the comments!
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