30 Gifts You Never Got Over NOT Getting

In this day and age, with e-commerce and digital bazaars, pop-up shops and pop-in shops, mass brands selling indie wares and indie labels with limited-edition products, there are more gift options than ever. But, for whatever reason, it also feels like there are more options to buy the wrong thing than ever.

As a respite from your gift-picking stress, take a moment to think back to a magical time, the early 2000s, when the holiday season only meant one trip to the mall, and your toughest gift-giving predicament was whether to get your bestie a cute trucker hat or go all in for a Baby-G watch. When you bounced between Claire's, Delia's, and Hot Topic to make sure every member of your clique got what they wanted, and it was always a six-pair earring set. While you can't get back to that moment, you can do a little nostalgia "shopping" via this slideshow.
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Click through to remember what your holiday list looked like back in the day.
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Photo: Courtesy of avintagecamper.
Limited Too Rhinestone Hoodie
For the friend who appreciated simplicity and sparkle.
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Photo: Courtesy of TheMercerStreetHouse.
Lisa Frank Stamp Rings
For the friend who wouldn't mind the fact that these would dry out after the first day.
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Photo: Courtesy of FutureFighter.
Lisa Frank Planner Purse
For friends who already knew they were Type A in middle school.
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Photo: Courtesy of KawaiiKave.
Power Puff Lockets
For besties that came in threes.
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Photo: Courtesy of SmithStudioCreations.
Harry Potter Snitch Ornament
For your friend who bought the first book when it came out in 1997.
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What's Her Face Dolls
For the little cousin who needed to personalize every aspect of her doll.
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Photo: Courtesy of CeteaStore.
Paul Frank Streetwear Skate Pop Art T-Shirt
For the friend who thought the monkey face logo was the coolest.




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Bratz Dolls
For the kid who dared to ask, "But what if I could remove their feet?
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Alien Choker
For the friend who always let you watch Roswell at her house after school.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bath and Body Works.
Bath And Body Works Art Stuff Glitter Splash
For the friend who liked body glitter almost as much as he liked washing the bathroom mirror.
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Photo: Courtesy of FreshStartDolls.
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Twins Doll Set
For the little cousin who just out grew Full House re-runs and quickly moved on to Two of a Kind.
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Photo: Courtesy of Delias.
Delias Everything
For all your gift needs, from flare capris to mood-changing nail polish.
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Photo: Courtesy of Polaroid.
I-Zone Instant
For the friend who would grow up to be the queen of Instagram.
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Photo: Courtesy of RaccoonsRags.
Stick Barrette
For the friend who needed to stop sticking pencils in her bun.




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Message Bracelets
For the friend who could never find her name in the mall kiosks.
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A DVD of Bring It On
For the whole friend group, good for at least 20 sleepovers.
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Photo: Courtesy of SoundviewTraders.
Triangle Head Scarf
For the friend who wanted that bandana look without all the pesky folding.
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Photo: Courtesy of AGAVEvintage.
Peasant Top
For the friend who had one of these peasant tops in every shade of the rainbow — and could always use one more.
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Photo: Courtesy of CyberspaceShop.
Butterfly Clips
For the friend who came to school early to do everyone else's hair.



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Photo: Courtesy of Revlon.
Spare Hair Twist Hairpiece
For the friend who was this close to mastering the messy bun.



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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters..
Fingerless Gloves
For the cousin who needed their sparkly nail polish to be visible at all times.
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Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.
Jelly Bracelets
For the friend who really wanted to freak out her parents.
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Photo: Courtesy of Baby-G.
Baby-G Women's Red Resin Watch
For the friend who was always late to homeroom.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ram Graphics.
Cheer Shorts
For the friend who liked to wear her love of the sport on her sleeve and on her butt.
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Photo: Courtesy of Grindstone.
Fuzzy Sweatband
For the sibling who nobody really understood.
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Photo: Courtesy of Claire's.
BFF Yin-Yang Earrings
For your bestie who now totally embraces the asymmetrical earring look.
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Photo: Courtesy of Heartificial.
Lizzie McGuire Pin
For the Disney Channel fanatic.
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Photo: Courtesy of Von Dutch.
Von Dutch Logo Trucker Hat
For fans of Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton.
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Photo: Courtesy of vintagecomfortnstyl
Caboodles Organizer
For the friend whose lipgloss collection necessitated a storage solution.
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Photo: Courtesy of Juicy Couture.
Juicy Couture Track Suit
For the friend who had a real sense of the trends.
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