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Retro fans will love these Retro Gifts! We all sometimes long for the good old days – for me, it’s 1997 and my neighbor is coming back from Japan with a Nintendo and giant jar of jellybeans – the two are now intimately tied to each other in my memory, and maybe they can be brought back to life with some vintage gifts! If you know someone who is living in the past (in a good way,) you may have noticed that their home or apartment is filled with all the amazing things from back in the day. In this great list of vintage gifts for him (or her!) you’re guaranteed to find some amazing nostalgic gift ideas.
22 Must-Have Retro Gifts for The Ultimate Throwback
The vintage loving recipient doesn’t care about the latest tech gifts from this time. But in this awesome article we’ll present you things of the past that can easily be used in this modern age. Because what’s really important is the retro appearance, not what’s actually inside. So check out these wonderful vintage gifts perfectly chosen for every retro lover out there.
Awesome Retro Food Gear
Food is generally something that stays with us over time, I mean how old is the PB & J sandwich, or the jellybean? At least a hundred years old right? That’s a long time…but it seems like the tools we use to make the delicacies we eat all the time change every decade or so. Here are some cool throwbacks for the kitchen.
Ok look, we need to get something out of the way right of the bat. And that is, there truly is no way to drink coffee other than with the French press. Whether you’re using a coffee mate or a standard drip filter, it’s really not doing your coffee justice, and you need to switch to the French press as soon as humanly possible, vintage or not. Mic Drop.
You know that kid who won’t eat anything except one food? Let’s say it’s hotdogs. This is the perfect vintage hot dog cooker for this kind of person, or even if you just want an easy snack some night when you’re drinking. It roasts both the hot dog and the bun, so you’ll be good to go with America’s favorite snack.
It’s a modern mystery as to why the bread box has disappeared in the modern household. Is it because they pump bread full of preservatives so that it literally will never go bad? Maybe. Probably. But if you want to get your bread from the farmers market or organic market, a bread box is definitely the move. This retro gift is perfect for the job.
This vintage popcorn machine is absolutely perfect for the man cave (for more on that, see 25 Must-Have Mancave Gifts That Every Guy Needs) or movie room, and definitely radiates a retro vibe. And to be honest, the microwave is not exactly the most beloved appliance in the house, so get rid of that and buy one of these.
A great mix of modernity and vintage style. We all know the classic kettle look—but seriously who wants to wait for the water to boil on a gas or electric stove? So last century. This water boiler will get your water rolling quick and is in an awesome vintage style. Great for apartments or homes alike.
Did I say a bad thing about microwaves? Just ignore me, this microwave is super cool. It looks like something that should come out of the vault walls in the original Fallout videogames. The best part of this microwave is that it doesn’t have 900 buttons that you never use, just a simple dial. Perfect!
This snow cone maker really is a blast from the past and it’s perfect for a retro-themed room or even a movie den. All you’ve really got to do with this one is add ice and turn the thing on! It’s perfect for birthday parties too, if you’ve got 20 kids to satisfy, this is the thing for you! Snow cones are a lost classic, and if you ask me, it’s time to bring ‘em back!
This mini fridge is straight-up sexy. It comes in black, red or light blue – really classic retro colors. The handles have that latch style that you only see in really old appliances, and this has a freezer section and a fridge section, so all your bases are covered whether you’re in a dorm or a man cave. Really, you can’t go wrong with this fridge! It really looks like a true classic and the price is right too!
If you know someone who is serious about their sandwiches, or maybe they even own a small café or sandwich shop, this is an amazing gift for them. It’s a professional quality, standing meat slicer. You know what I’m talking about, the kind you expect to see in an Italian deli. There’s a reason those sandwiches taste so good, and it’s because of the fresh sliced meat. This is a super retro slicer made for a true professional.
You know those chairs that you would expect to see in an old greasy spoon diner somewhere in central Texas? Even if you’ve never been there in person, you know what I’m talking about in principle, right? This chair is just like that, except its brand-spankin’ new! It really has a great 50’s style throwback look and can bring a vintage room together perfectly, just pick up a few of them for the kitchen table!
Now before you say electronics can’t be vintage, just remember that we’re quickly approaching 30 years since the abomination that was Windows 95. Just try to keep some perspective and realize that you’re probably only a year or two away from saying “back in my day” if you haven’t started already! These are some cool retro electronics gifts for you to marvel at.
Ain’t nothing more retro than an instant film camera – and this one does not disappoint. You’ll find that apart from being a really beautiful camera in itself, it also has a surprising number of features for this type of camera. It’s the perfect mix of retro fun but also actual modern function.
Do you guys remember when the first digital watches came out? That’s alright, me neither. But in theory, it was a pretty awesome time for humanity. This has a classic black and white screen design, but the actual bracelet of the watch is a classy gold tone. Perfect mix of retro class and utility.
This is a straight up bona-fide Polaroid Camera. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, there is nothing more vintage than this. If you’re looking for a retro gift for someone, this is definitely the thing – and furthermore, polaroid pictures are just a really fun thing to do! A lover of all things retro will definitely dig the old-school nature of a Polaroid camera.
This keyboard is SICK. It follows the same look as a late 50’s typewriter, with bronze-colored outlines along its keys. It also is backlit, which provides a really cool contrast between the physical look and the glow it gives off in a dark room. It’s a mechanical keyboard too so you don’t have to worry about endlessly tapping a key to no avail.
Together with the vintage keyboard, this is definitely the best mouse keyboard combo out there. It’s got a leather top, which gives it great grip (compared to that truly old-school nasty plastic feel.) The mouse wheel in the center also has a really nice bronze grip, way better than the classic rubber. Best part, this mouse comes in different colors. Check them out!
This clock is legit retro – it’s a type of clock that many people may never have seen before. It shows the time by consecutively flipping down cards with the time on them. It’s really unique and one of the coolest bits about it is the sound it makes when the cards flip, very distinctive. If you’re looking for a unique touch for an office desk or study, this is a great choice!
This fan is absolutely perfect for an office desk or even bedroom, especially if you want to give it that retro feel. The problem is a lot of retro fans are straight-up dangerous, but this one has nice grating in the front so there won’t be any accidents. Plus, it comes in a several really fresh colors, so you’ll definitely be able to find one that works in the space you’re working with.
What is more nostalgic than music? Maybe the smell of your grandmas cooking, but other than that you can’t get any better than hearing “Nights in White Satin” for the first time in 10…or 20 years. These vintage music gifts are sure to please no matter who the audience, young or old.
This turntable is another great mixture of past and present. You may or may not know that hipster friend who has a legit antique turntable and it just shreds up records, and also, you can only play their records – it’s not like everyone else is carrying their record collection with them everywhere. This can play wirelessly (like from your phone) also, so you never have to deal with a music dictator.
This vintage style speaker is super cute and reminds me of Wall-E for some reason. It connects to Bluetooth, so you can play everything from Louie Armstrong to A$AP Rocky on this amazing sounding speaker. And, it looks like it was built in 1929, so it will add a nice flavor to your lounge or chill-out room.
Here we have another super legit turntable. It has a bit more bells and whistles and is a bit more flashy than the last turntable. It can play CD’s, and also records at 3 speeds. It’s got a really great flashy red color too. Not only that, but you can even play the radio off of this – so you’ve really got multiple decades of retro covered when you get this awesome record player.
Nothing in the world screams vintage more than a jukebox, right? But the ones in the diner always eat your cash and then don’t even play the music you’re trying to hear; you know what I mean? Well gone are the days where you have to go to the diner to get that effect! This is an awesome tabletop jukebox that you can attach to your phone or play CD’s with.
These headphones are straight up from Stranger Things or some other 80’s sitcom. The thing is, unlike those old school headphones with an audio jack, these are simply wireless, so you get to have your retro style but also be a part of the modern world with the rest of us. This is a great gift to get in combo with a retro mouse and keyboard to fulfill your vintage destiny! And don’t worry, the sound quality on these things is totally worthy of the 21st century, for all you audiophiles out there, no problem here!
We can all get lost in a dream about the good times that have long since passed. It’s actually a great feeling for reflection and introspection, not to mention that the past is still alive in us as long as we remember it. So, grab that typewriter, clean the dust out of your Nintendo cartridge, break out the Godfather DVD box set, and grab some great retro gifts to take a trip down memory lane. These are great gifts for the holiday season too, because everyone expects a gift that’s the new fad, but nobody expects to see an old-school mouse ever again. Watch their face light up when they open up a gift and see something, they never thought they would see again!
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