Where the 1980s were the decade of excess; big, bold, loud and colourful, the 1990s was the decade when things seemed to calm down a little more. Television and movies were not as loud, music was less electronic, and lets not even get started on the hair and fashion! When it came to gift ideas, the 1990s saw the emergence of electronic and tie-in gifts.
Here are our favourite gift ideas from the 1990s.
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
The early 90’s saw the rise of the Teenage mutant ninja turtles. The heroic figures all named after Italian Renaissance artists were incredibly popular and parents will have struggled to get hold of the toys off of their children’s Christmas lists. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael and of course Splinter who was the sensi, who was your favourite character? They all wore a different colour mask so you could tell the difference. They were trained in martial arts and lived in the sewers. There were magazines, TV series, toys, dressing up outfits, games and so much more that all the cool kids wanted.
Sega Game Gear
The early 1990’s saw the release of the Sega game gear, while the Gameboy introduced the concept of handheld gaming to the majority of people, the Game gear took this one step further; COLOUR SCREEN!. Were you a Sega fan playing Sonic the hedgehog or did you prefer Nintendo and Mario.The debate was definitely what all the gamers were talking about in the 90’s. The Game gear’s full colour screen was a real treat after the dull Nintendo screen. It was however quite big and really pushing it as a portable device, but being able to play quality games of the period was great even if it did cost you a fortune in batteries!
Polly Pockets first came along in 1991. Tiny cute dolls with tiny little houses, cars and accessories. A very popular toy in the 90’s and still popular with young girls today after a relaunch in 2010.
WWF was big in the 90’s and the cool kids wanted the figures to play along with. You have got to love Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Jake (the snake) Roberts and gang all made out of plastic so you could let your young imaginations run wild and act out some epic wrestling fights.
The mighty morphin Power Rangers were incredibly popular in 1994 flying off the shelves for Christmas that year and have been a hit ever since. There were five rangers, pink, red, black, blue and yellow. Five ordinary people who morphed into the power rangers when called upon. It was a popular TV series and films were made too.
The cute collectable cuddly toys were also a popular toy of the 90’s and if you kept them in perfect condition they can be worth a lot of money, so maybe time to dig them out of the loft. You will probably kick yourself if you had one and it got taken to the charity shop many years ago. There were hundreds of different ones to choose from and a definite craze of the 1990’s.
Had you always wanted a pet and your parents refused to get a cat, dog or rabbit? Now was your chance to have your very own digital pet that could fit in your pocket. Tamagotchi’ were hugely popular after appearing in the shop in 1997. An egg shaped electronic device that was attached to a key ring and needed feeding, walking and so on, just like a real pet! Millions and millions were sold and they were a fad of the 90’s everyone wanted one for Christmas.
Following on from Tamagotchi came the Furby in 1998, another electronic pet with eyes that blinked. Basically a furry blob with big cute eyes. It was one of the must have gifts of the 1990’s. The more you interacted with your electronic pet the more it learnt. Some people said they had a mind of their own. They were programmed to speak Furbish the more you spoke to them the more they would learn and speak English. How could you resist the cute eyes, and definitely a win for parents who didn’t want to give in to the demands of a real life pet.
Pokemon became a firm favourite in the late 1990’s..and has stood the test of time and still very popular today. With the introduction of Pokemon go. It was probably the most popular trading card game off all time. Everyone wanted that ‘shiny’.