29 Things All Late-’90s Teen Girls Desperately Wanted For Christmas
A TV with a built-in VCR for your bedroom:
Honestly, this was a big status symbol. You and your friends could go rent something from Blockbuster and watch it in your room — away from your annoying parents and siblings.
Titanic on VHS:
Was there any better movie to own (especially if you had the TV with a built-in VCR)?! You probably knew you’d be watching the first cassette only, of course.
Hemp products from The Body Shop:
Owning some of these products made you feel both bougie and badass.
A collection of Gap perfumes:
Gap was the perfect “day scent,” but you had to have them all so that you could match them to your mood.
They were oh-so-soft and looked pretty when you wore several at a time…but these weren’t cheap either. This was one of those items you hoped you’d get from a rich relative.
Sure, you were probably a little too old for these, but they were the perfect way to distract yourself in those pre-smartphone days.
Bath & Body Works body splashes:
You needed to have as many of these as possible — not just because they smelled pretty, but also so you could keep them around everywhere (i.e., your locker, your gym locker, your backpack, and your bedroom).
These were basically parent-approved since they only temporarily gave you highlights. And by temporarily, we mean it turned into a flaky mess within an hour of applying it to your hair.
Polaroid I‑Zone camera:
This was a GAME CHANGER. Not only was it an instant camera, but the pics came in the form of stickers that you could share with your friends or decorate your notebooks and bedroom with.
An inflatable chair:
Sure, this was uncomfortable AF — but it looked so cool.
Fancy dragonfly and butterfly hair clips.
These weren’t like the cheap plastic butterfly clips you got at Claire’s — these were sparkly metal ones that, to be honest, felt heavy and kind hurt when you put them in. But they looked so chic!
A dreamy mosquito canopy net:
It was the perfect way to give your boring old bedroom an ethereal, romantic look.
Whether they had beads, colorful trim, or embroidery, these jeans just made you feel fancy AF.
Not only did it look so futuristic, but you knew getting one of these would also at last allow you to have your OWN computer and not have to share the family one.
A portable CD player:
And yes, you knew the “anti-skip technology” never worked.
A day planner:
You needed it to plan out your entire next year… LOL, OK, really it was for storing photos of you and your friends at the mall and at school dances — and for keeping all your friends’ and crushes’ home and beeper numbers.
Game Boy Camera:
Honestly this was the original selfie camera.
Face and body glitter:
You could never own enough body glitter. Even if it left your clothes, sheets, and bathroom looking like Tinkerbell exploded.
Before gift cards became a thing, the only way you could get money to use at a specific store was with a gift certificate. Of course it was all about getting certificates to 5-7-9, Contempo Casuals, Tower Records, Bath & Body Works, and the Gap. But if you got one to a store you didn’t like, you could buy the cheapest thing there and get the remaining balance back in cash!
A CD changer (if you had your own car):
This was a MEGA status symbol, even though it did take up space in your trunk. The only drawback was you ended up listening to the same five or six CDs over and over.
L’Oréal Rouge Pulp:
These made your lips so, so glossy.
They were just so delicate and romantic-looking.
This was a great way to differentiate yourself from the Jansport crowd.
A subscription to one or all of these:
Not only were these magazines a lifeline to pop culture, but after you were done reading them (and taking the quizzes), you could decorate your bedroom with all the pictures and ads.
Pastel rice-paper lanterns:
Alright, these guys didn’t even give off much light. But they just looked so cool when they were lit up at night.
Urban Decay makeup:
Long before you lusted over their palettes, you wanted Urban Decay’s ~edgy~ nail polishes and lipsticks that came in packaging that looked like drug vials.
Honestly, you knew you’d probably only use it a few times a year. Owning one was mainly for bragging rights (and playing Snake while you were supposed to be paying attention in math class).
EVERYTHING in the Delia’s catalog:
Sure, this was just a huge pipe dream, but deep down, you hoped your parents would see all the items you circled in the catalog — dresses, platforms, chokers, wide-leg cords — and secretly order all of them for you for Christmas.
A cell phone:
This was the ultimate dream gift. And of course you used every excuse you could think of one to justify them getting you one…but really it was just to have one before all your friends did.