By Published On: November 10, 20217.1 min readCategories: Economics and Money, Home and Lifestyle

Retro Christmas is a big trend this year, and if you’re shopping for someone who loves the classic look of vintage or even just appreciates all things from another era, then check out these great ideas that encapsulate the coveted 1980’s.

But what is it about this decade specifically that made it so loved and why are we yearning for it more than ever?

The answer to this question lies in the fact that the 80s are all about being social – as opposed to the last couple of years which are all about isolation.

The 1980s was one of the first decades where the phrase “out with your friends” became more important than anything else. In our current climate, even with a potential endemic around the corner, that’s simply not a norm anymore.

Back then, you could go to parties every night if you wanted to because there was plenty of fun and money for everyone. Money was so popular then, that many of the hit movies had themes of money as a common thread, like Pretty in Pink, Grease, Flashdance, and Dirty Dancing. You will notice they also. had a theme of socializing and dancing.  The era was all about people spending their time socializing and at parties, but they also had an opportunity to dress up as often as they liked because, in that timeframe, life felt like one big party. Even if you were poor, you felt rich often, because the nerds, poor kids, the underdogs were still popular in their own right. 

The best part of all of this? These gifts are (mostly) economical and so unique as well as bringing back that much-needed free-spirit fun-filled 80’s vibe.

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This first one is for sure, a “Wow” factor and I would not say this is a budget idea but I can bet that your loved one will be the envy of everyone with this one! (click the photo – warning if you get sticker shock – it’s just over $500)

From Aqua-net to wanting your MTV, if you want to give a blast from the past and hours of laughs, then you might love giving this trivia game.

If someone you love enjoys history and trivia facts but a game isn’t the right gift, then this might be perfect. With a 4.9 star rating, it’s assuredly a crowd pleaser!

Do you know someone who knows every lyric to every 80’s song? Then tantalize them with this Nintendo Wii 80’s karaoke. As a side benefit, singing is great for lung function and lifting depression while squeezing out the anxiety.

For the 80’s buff or the tech-lover in your life, these floppy disk coasters are hysterical. No home of a geek or nerd-filled office should be without one of these! 

If you wish to focus on gathering, a movie by the fire is a great idea. Why not this classic 80’s Christmas movie to keep for year after year- mingle it with a classic William’s Sonoma entertaining evening. Now that many people are connecting more, in caution but safety measures in place, these types of nights are the best gifts anyone can ask for – connection.

I am ending with an over $100 item but hear me out. This is the epitome of the 80s. The Atari.

Now, it is less clunky but it is still fun. Remember how high-tech we thought it was? Well, you will laugh at the memory of the graphics! Space Invaders. Missile Command. Over 120 games included! Hours of retro fun and the recipient will feel like a teen again. I won’t lie. I have one of these. It is so worth it! 

The 1980s were a time of great prosperity and hope. People love gifts that make them feel young and carefree again, and the 80s were the opposite of what we’ve been seeing with this pandemic. If you’re feeling nostalgic for simpler times or want to give your friends something they’ll remember forever, try an 80’s themed gift and watch them smile ear-to-ear.

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Michele Paiva

Michele Paiva is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Recovery Coach and Certified Finance Educator, with 30 years experience in helping others to see their true value, and the truth under their trauma, to love themselves and springboard into a full, rich life. Rewrite your money story and take control of your financial and emotional health.

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