Holiday Gift Guide: For the fully formed adult who insists they're a '90s kid

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the fully formed adult who insists they're a '90s kid

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Gift Guide 90s kid

Admit it: you may be an adult now, in terms of actual age, responsibilities and looks, but inside you still lurks that kid you once were during the 1990s, a glorious golden era of video games, super cool toys, animated shows and more. And yes, that kid still wants to find a bunch of amazing stuff under the Christmas tree (or however you choose to celebrate the holidays) and maybe give some of it to your fellow '90s devotees as well.

Well, you are in luck! Keep reading for an assortment of thoroughly fun gifts that are perfect for either that kid inside you or anyone near and dear who has a fondness for that same pop culture era. Even if you managed to retain some of your most treasured possessions from that time (assuming they didn’t get lost in a move or “disappeared” by a cleaning-obsessed parent), these gifts will still tickle your nostalgia sweet spot.

Whether it’s a statue of Sonic the Hedgehog or a puzzle recreating that legendary temple of movie watching — the video store — there is something here for everyone who remembers the glory days of dial-up internet and Super Nintendo.

Sonic the Hedgehog: 11-inch PVC Painted Statue

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
This 11-inch, 'highly detailed' polyvinyl chloride (PVC) statue of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog strikes a 'dynamic pose' as he revs up to run 'faster than the speed of sound.' The base features both the Star Post checkpoint and a nod to the Green Hill Zone, and can be rotated for different views. Sonic comes in a collector’s box that can also turn and double as a diorama backdrop for even more dynamic visuals. This should get proud placement on any Sonic fan's shelf.

Super Mario Encyclopedia Ltd. Ed.

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
Ever wanted all the information you could possibly need about Super Mario at your fingertips? This limited edition tome is the answer to your dreams. Tucked inside an embossed slipcase, it comes in four different (randomly packed) holofoil covers — Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Star and 1-Up Mushroom. Inside you'll find content from all 17 Super Mario games, from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. Additional material includes an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, a bookmark featuring the original game’s beanstalk design and much more. This is the be-all, end-all resource guide for Super Mario fans.

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey HC

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
In case you need even more Super Mario on your bookshelf for when you're not playing, this 368-page doorstop is a companion art book to Super Mario Odyssey, the hit game designed especially for Nintendo Switch. This 'full-color hardcover volume' includes 'concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insight into some early ideas that didn't make it into the game itself,' along with screenshots, marketing materials, and basically everything you need to appreciate the creation of this groundbreaking spin-off.

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition HC

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
So, uh, technically, the Masters of the Universe toy line launched in 1982 and the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated show premiered in 1983, but this cultural sensation changed children’s entertainment well into the 1990s and beyond. This limited edition (4,000 copies), 320-page book documents the entire history of the franchise, from the original toys to the TV show to movies, video games, comics, books and more. This collector's set also comes with a portfolio featuring an exclusive print by Gerald Parel and a die-cut two-piece Castle Grayskull box. A pricey but beautiful book.

A Ginger's Soul

Sold by Goodr Sunglasses
Do Gingers have souls? That is the question asked by sunglasses maker Goodr with these stylish, polarized, strikingly designed shades. The black frames and black lenses supposedly signify the 'black AF' souls of the Gingers, a red-headed race of humans descended from the god of fire, Prometheus. The flames of their father course through their hair and skin, but are carefully concealed behind these shades, which are suitable for biking, running and whatever else Gingers do to amuse their wicked selves. 

Run Ready Funfetti

Sold by Goodr Sunglasses
Remember funfetti cake? It was a delicious concoction of white cake mix with multi-colored sprinkles blended right into the batter, sparking off a whole craze of sweet treats with the same basic idea. Well now you can own a pair of sunglasses with the same idea. These Goodr shades are 'runway ready,' mirrored and reflective, with rainbow cateye-shaped lenses housed inside clear white frames with pink highlights. You have trouble deciding whether to wear these or eat them. Yum!

Video Store 300-Piece Puzzle

Sold by Little Friends of Printmaking
Puzzles are always fun, especially when they recreate beloved relics of '90s culture like the neighborhood video store. And that's just what this 350-piece puzzle from the Little Friends of Printmaking does, presenting a bucolic image of that favorite hangout for movie lovers of all stripes. The Little Friends of Printmaking are 'a husband-and-wife duo of award-winning illustrators and designers,' and they've clearly poured lots of love into this recreation of an important piece of home entertainment history. 

The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania HC

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
Take a rare glimpse into the making of a video game icon and gain a first-hand taste of the creativity that brought Crash Bandicoot to millions of screens around the world! This deluxe hardcover reproduction of Naughty Dog's original Crash Bandicoot developer's bible is sure to please all who possess a curiosity surrounding the creation of games.

The Art of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HC

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
Step into the sewers with New York's most bizarre teenage heroes and relive their epic adventures from Nickelodeon's groundbreaking animated series! Dig through early concept sketches, beautiful background paintings, and glimpses into the innovative CG production that brought the world to life. Learn the secrets behind the creation of the show through exclusive artwork and insider commentary, all curated by executive producer Ciro Nieli.

Snoopy Flocked Vinyl Figure - Mint

Sold by Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse is renewing its fantastic lineup of Snoopy products with new 5.5-inch Snoopy flocked vinyl figures in seven modern colors. Snoopy's eyes, ears, and other important features are left smooth and black; when combined with the flocked surface, this creates a contemporary, fashion-forward look. For the avid fan, or just those with fond memories of reading Peanuts comics in the papers, these fun and interestingly colored interpretations of Snoopy are sure to be enjoyable for everyone.

 

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