15 Things 90s Kids Had That They Can Never Give Their Own Kids

Growing up in the 1980s or 1990s, you clearly knew the 90s era well. You were a kid or teenager during this time and you wanted a lot of things that would be considered crazy today. This is quite common, of course. As eras go, technology expands. New stuff is invented and better products are out to pick up.

Consider Black Friday. It was a day when people would show up as early as they could the morning after Thanksgiving in the U.S. for major sales that would happen at particular stores. It was the one day of the year when you could get items for far less than they normally were.

Nowadays, we're seeing those sales extend out and even things like Cyber Monday are in play, which gives you the ability to order stuff online and not get your arm broken on Black Friday. Technology changed how shopping is done, and that clearly means all products will change over time too.

There are things we might have begged our parents for each Christmas back in the day that would be considered trash to the kids of this generation. It is a sad but true fact that times have changed. We're older now, and what we loved as kids is not what they love now. While you can try to give these items to your kids, we do not recommend it. Here are the fifteen things 90s kids had that they could never give their own kids.

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15 Those Multi-Color Pens

Multi-Colored Pen

The worst part of it was that all the colors were on springs, so if you messed with it too much the springs would mess up or you might get two colors going forward and jam up. There was always that one kid who knew how to fix them in school though, so you had to rely on him. However, he always had a sea of other pens to work with. So this bulky thing was seldom worth having. But we ALL had one, but very few kids would want one today.

14 Password Journals

Password Journal

People wanted to write without getting their stuff stolen or read, and this would be perfect. However, everyone figured out how to eventually get into them and they were usually not well put together. As kids though, we kinda loved these things. It was cool to have and it made us feel secure. Back then, there were not nearly as many problems and we felt we could trust more than we can today. There are better ways to keep your writing safe from prying eyes than this nowadays. Though Girl Tech is still selling these things...

13 Reebok's Pump-Up Sneakers

Reebok Pump Up Kicks

They were pretty popular, but they could be expensive. While shoes today are sometimes outrageously expensive, back then we saw them at high prices too. A pair at the price of $50 to $100 today does not seem above average, but back then? That could be rough for even adult shoes. For kids shoes?!? That was what we could see from these until they went down. They were quite common among various age groups too, even teenagers and younger adults. This made their prices drop eventually, but they were still sort of useless and would never work today.

While they are still sold these days, they are not what they used to be. This is why people seem to not buy them nearly as often as they used to.

12 Pokemon Cards

Pokemon Cards

The show came back in recent years, but it is nowhere near the level it used to be. Pokemon Go! was pretty popular a while back, but it quickly dropped off after about a year. In the 90s, you were not considered a geek or freak to have Pokemon cards at all. Today, that would be the case. No one would get it, and if you tried to give cards to a kid, they might laugh. Since you can play it on your phone now, even have digital cards, the types of cards we're used to are obsolete to kids today.

11 Tamagotchi


The idea was pretty simple in it, which is why it was well-liked by people of all ages. The background of the Tamagotchi, which kids may not know of when they first play the game is that it is an alien. The idea is that aliens came down and planted an egg that we humans have to raise to adulthood. This means we have to play with it, feed it, etc. If you kept it going, this thing could live forever. There were people who kept their Tamagotchi alive for a decade. Kids today and just about anyone with common sense would not want the thing unless it was another 90's kid. Then they would just laugh.

10 Walkman

Sony Walkman

While this item was cool, it would be better by the Apple iPod or Zoon (seriously, Microsoft?), or MP3 player. These items allowed for us to have a much smaller item to listen to music on, and it could be done digitally without the use of tapes or CDs. This meant you could store more than 12 to 15 songs. Rather, you could store thousands.

The Walkman could never work today due to these items, but for its time it was revolutionary and every teenager just HAD to have one when they came out. They were pretty expensive originally but went down as sales climbed. New generations of it would continue for years through the 90's and early 2000's until the betters came along.

9 Skip-It


This worked out well, as one could skip with both legs and it still helped to rotate the Skip-It around. It was well-liked, and it kept kids active and in a contained area at the same time. Really, could you love anything better than that as a parent? The Skip-It kept some popularity throughout the 90s and even early 2000s, but today there are similar items that have landed better. So sadly, this is not the type of 90s gift that would go over well with the kids in comparison to items you could get them of similar value.

8 Cassette Tapes

Cassette Tape

While some things like records and the record player have come back into fashion, this was due to how well they sound and always did. Tapes were just okay. They did what they were intended and took us away from the bulky records and A-track stuff. The cassette tape was popular, but chances are, kids would have no idea what this was if you showed it to them now. Feel old, feel really old.

7 Nintendo Gameboy


The problem with these today is they are old fashioned with graphics that suck in comparison to what we have today. They always worked better for people than anything anyone else put out like it, but then Nintendo came out with their Switch. The game changed. Just like Nintendo to top themselves with stuff like this, right? Kids would naturally want the new one. Heck, so would we!

6 View-Master

View Master

They worked by having some sort of film in, which would go on rotation as we clicked the side button down. New pictures would pop up in what was our best 3D material of the time. Kids loved it, and even adults got a kick out of it. However, while popular they did not have a long life. Yet some of us still have one around in storage most likely. For some reason, they always seem to show up in old stuff. This is always weird. Do not give one to your kids today, if you find one. They'll laugh at our thoughts of 3D back then.

5 The Boombox

90's Boombox

The boombox was great, but let's be honest, there has been a lot of improvements. Music can play on much smaller devices and due to the digital signals available, you do not need a massive boombox to play radio stations. Also, music is digital as well. That means discs are useless, as well as tapes. All of what we want could be put in a device no bigger than your palm. Kids would rather have that. Ideally, so would we. Back in the early 90s, few things were better for a teenager.

4 VHS Tapes

VHS tapes

The VHS lasted for years as the life of this device was never going to die....until the DVD came in. Not only did this not require a rewind need for movie rental stores, but it also allowed us to see a better quality with a smaller thing to keep movies on. So better quality on a smaller item? Sign us up! Today we have the BlueRay and 4K disc, so essentially we do not "need" even the DVD anymore, but it can work on our devices. No one truly needs the VHS anymore. Kids would scoff if they saw one today.

They'll never know the nightmare of rewinding something all the way just to make sure you did not have to re-watch previews. Or know how to fix a VCR or VHS when part of the tape got messed up. If this is not making you feel old yet, we do not know what else will. Oh yeah, maybe we do...

3 Glow In The Dark Stars

Glow in the dark stars

You could pretend like you were looking up, into the night sky. It was cool for the adventurer in the family, who always wanted to go to space or enjoyed space material. As a kid with these, I can personally tell you they were amazing. Eventually, as we grew up, these became less awesome and at times they would stop glowing too. That was a sad day, indeed.

2 Velcro-Ball


You would throw the ball and catch it, like playing normal catch with a baseball and regular baseball glove. Due to the fact that this ball was lighter and easier to catch, all sorts of kids could have it. On top of this, you could throw it in the house more often than the others ones. So mom would seldom get onto you for throwing the Velcro-Ball around. This made it must-have, and a popular item to give kids. Plus they were sold for relatively cheap, so people would give them as gifts a lot to kids they barely even knew at times.

1 Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack

You would kick the hacky sack with your feet and try to avoid letting it hit the ground. But you had to do it just-so, that way it avoided being hit too far or away from people. The rules were essentially the same as soccer. No hands can touch the sack. While you could use your head, it rarely worked. So the feet were really the best option.

It did not matter how you hit the ball, only that you hit it with something other than your hands it got to another person to keep it going. This would be fun for kids today, but they may not give it the chance it would deserve.

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