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2017 Gift Guide: '80s-inspired gifts for your nostalgic friends

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Dec 7, 2017

Like, gag me with a spoon! The '80s are, like, totally back!

The 1980s gave birth to video games and the modern slasher film. Its sci-fi and fantasy films were wacky, unique, and often populated by Muppets. Sure, it wasn't all great — there were lots of hair bands and neon outfits — but we even look back on those fondly now.

For those of you who didn't get to live through the glory of the 1980s, we have compiled a list of some of the best goodies from the 1980s, about the 1980s, or inspired by the 1980s. It's the perfect way to have a totally tubular holiday season!

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Nightmare on Elm Street bath bomb set

Styled after one of the best slasher films of all time, these scented bath bombs include The Woken (for those who have stayed awake for three days straight); The Freddy (pizza-patterned skin); and The Slashed (for those who weren't able to avoid Freddy's grasp).

$7.50 at Etsy

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Lost Boys enamel pin

Enamel pins have become the best collectible. They are inexpensive and can be worn on anything. This one, featuring David of The Lost Boys, is unique and subtle. Only the cool kids will recognize which movie this comes from. 

$8 on Witchsy

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8-bit game cartridge soap

Nintendo's first console was the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in the US in 1986. The graphics were crude and blocky; the games were simple, and the cartridges didn't always work. You could often find a kid blowing into the cartridge to clear it of dust. But with soap, it's always clean, right? This mockup of an old Nintendo cartridge shouldn't need any extra cleaning.

$10 at Geek Soap

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Tron Funko Pop! figure

It's Tron. It's Funko. It glows in the dark. It is on every nerd's wishlist. It's the perfect gift.

$10.99 at Amazon

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Labyrinth art print

The Gorgonist creates this beautiful art print representing David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth.

$12 at Etsy

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Silent Night, Deadly Night on Blu-ray

This 1984 slasher film is destined to become a Christmas tradition in your house. A young boy is traumatized when he watches his parents get murdered by a psychopathic Santa. As he grows up, he starts to develop similarly psychopathic tendencies. It's silly, it's bloody, and it will have you chanting "Naughty" before you know what hit you.

$17.99 at Amazon

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Star Wars Viewmaster gift set

Way back in the day, Viewmaster was the toy. We didn't have video games or virtual reality, but we had Viewmaster, a set of plastic "goggles" that would show 3D images that told a story. This set includes a Darth Vader-shaped Viewmaster, as well as three image discs and a storage case.

$17.99 at Amazon

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Born in the Eighties t-shirt

Just because this is written in Stranger Things typeface, don't think that just anyone can wear this T-shirt. You have to be born in the 1980s to pull this off. Do not buy for anyone under the age of 28!

$22 at Tee Fury

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Campers Never Say Die t-shirt

The perfect blend of two beloved 1980s films: Friday the 13th and The Goonies. Campers never say die! Unfortunately, for counselors like Jack, Annie, and Marcie, it doesn't matter what you say... Jason's going to kill you.

$22 at Tee Fury

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Back to the Future enamel pin set

This set of five enamel pins includes imagery from the first two Back to the Future movies: Doc, the DeLorean, the OUTATIME license plate, a Hoverboard, and self-lacing sneakers that light up. All that's missing is a flux capacitor and Einstein the dog.

$29.99 at Think Geek

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Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History book

This huge volume includes behind-the-scenes tales, concept art, photos, exclusive interviews, and more. Covering Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, the animated Ghostbusters TV series, as well as sections on comics, video games, merchandise, and fandom.

$34 at Amazon

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Blade Runner Origami Unicorn

Sure, you could learn how to fold your own origami unicorn like the one Gaff left as a clue for Deckard, but this one is made of steel, so you won't accidentally crumple it up on your desk.

$50 at Etsy

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Gremlins Christmas Sweater

People often forget that Gremlins was a Christmas movie. Billy gets Gizmo as a Christmas gift. So that makes this Gremlins Christmas sweater perfectly appropriate for the holidays.

$84.99 at Middle of Beyond