10 Y2K-Inspired Gifts for Those Who Love a Little Early Aughts Nostalgia

published Dec 19, 2023
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Left some of your holiday shopping to the last minute? You’re not alone. I, too, am trying to fill a few gaps on my list this year, and for silly friend gift exchanges — and for some of my younger relatives — I’m going with a fun Y2K-themed present or stocking stuffer. If you came of age in this decade, getting or giving these pieces might be a joy-inducing deja vu. And for those who don’t remember the Hello Kitty craze of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s (that never truly went away), the obsession with all things hot pink and lime green, and the smell of Bath & Body Works’ iconic Cucumber Melon body spray, well, that giftee on your list is in for a real treat with this selection of perfectly retro presents, starting at just $8.50!

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Urban Outfitters

Sure, this throw pillow literally spells out your Y2K cred with its “2000s Baby” message, but it also whispers it, too, thanks to its velvet construction and Old English-looking font, which feel at once retro and futuristic. It’d be the perfect finishing touch atop a bed or accent chair.

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Remember watch rings? Fossil has made this stainless steel design feel extra cute and whimsical with its heart shape and rose gold finish. Whoever you gift this to will have a back-up way to tell time right at their fingertips, should their smartwatch or phone happen to run out of juice.

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was $12.00

You will win your White Elephant gift exchange with this under-$10 Y2K pop music trivia set. It comes in other decades, too, if those feel more on-brand for your circle.

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With its hot pink bow and floral-meets-fruity scent, it’s amazing how on-trend Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy perfume still feels, despite having launched in 2008. Gift it to your bestie — it’ll smell just as good as it did back in high school.

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was $98.00

Speaking of hot pink, you couldn’t escape that color — or baby blue — in the early aughts. This throw blanket marries those two Y2K color trends with the decade's faux fur craze perfectly and will be extra cozy for the colder months.

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Afternoon Light

Smiley faces are back in style again, but they popped during the mid- to late-‘90s and early ‘00s as well (and in the ‘60s and ‘70s before that). If you have a DIYer on your list who is looking to redo a dresser or nightstand, these are the drawer knobs they need.

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Forever 21

Hello Kitty’s a total Y2K icon, and your teenage niece will never forget it once you give her this Angel Hello Kitty Notebook. The spiral, binder-like design allows for pages to be removed — in case she wants to pass an old-school note during class (not that you condone that behavior).

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Bath & Body Works

Is there another scent that captures the essence of Y2K so well? Bath & Body Works’ Cucumber Melon was born in 1998 and was the best stocking stuffer, whether you scored the shower gel, lotion, or the fine fragrance mist.

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $159.49

Every Y2K-inspired space needs a bean bag chair, and this lime green stunner fits the bill. It’d be great to gift anyone moving into their first apartment or looking for a little bit of nostalgia in their basement or living room design.

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There’s something delightfully Y2K about neon lights, and this rainbow design will make you — or your giftee — smile every time you switch it on.