The 90’s brought with it a slew of fun, not to mention memorable, toys. If you take a few minutes to shop around online, it won’t take long to see that many of them are still very popular. Here are a few options to consider as gifts today. These toys are kinda retro and old-school, but not quite vintage. I think it’s so cool that kids still love these!

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Moon Shoes

These far-out shoes are fitted with special springs which allow kids jump around like they’re on the moon or a trampoline. While moon shoes originated in the 1950s, they gained popularity in the ‘90s, thanks to the effort and marketing expertise of the Nickelodeon Network.

The 50s version of these shoes was made out of metal and fit over a pair of shoes. Newer pairs are made out of plastic and feature bungee-like springs to propel the wearer.

Nickelodeon Gak

This slimy “modeling compound” is similar to Play-Doh. But, it has a thinner, goopier consistency that kids of all ages love to play with. Gak is based on a substance from Nickelodeon’s super-popular Double Dare show and was first sold in a star-shaped container. In  2012, Gak once again hit the store shelves. Today, it’s fairly easy to find in a variety of colors and scents. Let the Gak-fest begin!

Easy Bake Oven

Hasbro’s version of the Easy-Bake Oven debuted in 1993 and has been a popular item ever since. Kenner introduced the original oven in 1963. You can still get that version on sites like eBay. But, the updated version is available in stores and uses a dedicated heating element rather than an incandescent light bulb.

There’s a wide variety of replacement mixes available for your favorite little baker. Or, Google the term “Easy Bake Oven recipes,” to whip up yummy treats from ingredients you already have at home.

Beanie Babies

Every 90’s parent remembers Beanie Babies. They’re the small, collectible stuffed animals with the heart-shaped tags that some people couldn’t get enough of.

While some of the discontinued designs are still worth quite a lot on eBay, newer, more affordable designs are available today in stores and through Ty’s official website.


These quirky, cuddly toys were a hit when they were released in 1998. They could move, communicate with each other and even seemed to be able to learn English. Shhhh… here’s the secret. The toys are pre-programmed to start saying English phrases, after a predetermined amount of time.

Today’s Furbys are much more expressive and able to develop different “personality” depending on how kids interact with them.


Bop-It is a series of electronic toys similar to Simon where players are required to repeat the commands that the device gives to them. Many different variations of the toy have been produced, including the more complex Bop-It Extreme and mini keychain versions.

Today, the updated version of the original Bop-It is available from Hasbro for under $10.

These are just a few toys from the 1990s that have made a successful comeback. They’re just as entertaining for kids now as they were back then. The next time you’re in need of a fun gift, why not consider one that’s a “blast from the past?” You know you want to!