The faces of millennials born in the early ’90s are likely to light up at the mention of Steve from “Blue’s Clues” or Angelica from “Rugrats.” They might even shed a tear about the untimely death of their Tamagotchi pet. If you suspect they’re up for a trip down memory lane, bring on the nostalgia by surprising them with a ’90s-themed gift they’re sure to love as much as they once loved playing the classic Nintendo. Here are some of the best gifts for millennials born in the early ’90s.
1. Retro Nintendo
Sure, they may have upgraded to the Nintendo Switch by now, and they may have only ever had a few turns on the old Nintendo when their older siblings weren’t hogging it, but it’s time they had a chance. This NES Classic Edition has the look and feel of the original console, but it’s smaller, sleeker, and comes pre-loaded with 30 games, including Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Additional controllers may be purchased separately.
2. Nickelodeon Coloring Book
Die-hard fans of Nickelodeon will love “Splat: Coloring the ’90’s,” an adult coloring book that celebrates classic shows like “Ren and Stimpy,” “Rugrats,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Hey Arnold!,” and more. If you suspect your millennial friend doesn’t have crayons lying around, pair this gift with classic Crayola crayons.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookbook
If your friend is a foodie and loves pizza as much as Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo, get her this “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook” by food blogger Peggy Paul Casella. And if your friend is a more of a frozen pizza kind of person, this TMNT pizza maker will become her favorite kitchen tool and still invoke nostalgia for her favorite sewer superheroes.
The ’90s were synonymous with grunge, and nothing says grunge like a good flannel shirt. This 100 percent cotton flannel standard-fit men’s shirt by Amazon’s Goodthreads will provide warmth on the coldest days. And this women’s flannel shirt is loose-fitting and extra comfortable. If your millennial friend thinks the ’90s were the best era for its fervor for angst, this is the ideal uniform for them.
5. All That T-Shirt
Before Kenan Thompson made history as the longest-tenured cast member on”Saturday Night Live,” he was well-known as Principal Pimpell and Superdude on “All That.” This officially licensed All That T-shirt is sure to make your friend go YouTube binging their favorite “All That” moments.
6. Cards Against Humanity ’90s Pack
Your nostalgic friend will love popping open this ’90s-themed pack from Cards Against Humanity at her next party. The deck contains 23 white cards and seven black cards about the ’90s, but you must have the original Cards Against Humanity pack to play.
7. Caboodles Cosmetics Case
Has there ever been a better way to organize your makeup than with a Caboodles cosmetics case? With an auto open tray, a flip lid with mirror, removable accessory tray for easy cleaning, and spacious interior storage, your millennial friend might even feel compelled to stock up on every flavor of Lip Smackers before moving on to crimping her hair.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.