Retro and Vintage

Gift Ideas

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The following pages will make you feel as though you've just stepped back in time, and fun retro and vintage products now appear to be more popular than ever!

Here you will find an array of memory-jogging items that we were buying back in the day, and are available to buy once again. Some products have never gone away, others have been relaunched and some are brand new, but with a retro twist.

If you're stuck for an original present idea then this section should help to inspire you to find something fun and quirky, and there's something for everyone!

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Looking for a quirky gift idea? Then feast your eyes on this lot!
Pac-Man Arcade Sweets Gift
Pac-Man Arcade Sweets Tin

Now, I love this idea! A classic 80s arcade game replica sweet tin (which is reusable) filled with Pac-Man shaped sweets. A quirky and fun gift idea.
Cassette Desk Tidy with tape dispenser
Cassette Tape Dispenser
and Desk Tidy


Now, this is a great idea and an ideal gift for anyone who lived through the 1980s. Includes a roll of easy-to-replace sticky tape - available in blue or black.

Traditional Mechanical Alarm Clock
Traditional Alarm Clock

Remember the days when alarm clocks were simple and didn't require batteries or electric? This is a mechanical wind-up alarm clock which has an old-fashioned tick tock sound, and you can use it anywhere without worrying about sockets, leads, charging or running out of batteries. Ideal for camping and a lovely gift idea.

Spinning HAt Vinyl Coasters
Retro Vinyl Drink Coasters

A set of six coasters which would make the perfect gift for vinyl lovers. These drinks coasters would also be ideal for retro-themed parties and events.

Cadbury's Retro Chocolate Wrappers Storage Tin

 

Cadbury's Retro Wrappers Storage Tin
Cadbury's Retro Storage Tins
I adore these tins and I remember all of those 70s chocolate bar wrappers - yes, I'm that old! These nostalgic tins would make a lovely gift for parents and grandparents.
Old Spice original deodorant and aftershave
Old Spice Original
This gift set would make an ideal gift for someone who remembers Old Spice the first time around. It's still available in it's original form, along with a whole new range of deodorants, shower gels and body wash.
Denim Original aftershave by faberge
Denim Original Aftershave
Many ladies will probably remember the sexy guy in the adverts, although his face was never shown.  I remember that this stuff had a very refreshing smell, and that original smell is still available to buy today.
70s Style Trim Phone
70s Dial Telephone in cream
70s Dial Telephone

This is an authentic-looking phone, and looks so much like the one we had back in the 1970's - it even includes a mechanical ringer! However, it also has the advantage of 21st century technology. There are plenty of other designs available, too, including the classic trim phone.

MArvel Retro Comic Books Pencil Case
Marvel Comics Pencil Case

Can there be any male who hasn't read a Marvel comic at some point in his life? I was a Spider-Man fan, and this officially licensed pencil case features a whole array of super heroes and is also filled with pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener and notepad. Now, if only this pencil case had been around when I was a lad!

Union Jack Space Hopper
Space Hoppers

How cool is this? As if the original orange space hopper wasn't cool enough, they now come with a Union Jack design! In fact, they come in all sorts of colours and designs these days!

Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sports Bag
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Gifts

This was the most popular 8-bit computer around during the 80s, with around 5 million units being sold between 1982 and 1992. There are plenty of gifts available to celebrate this classic British computer, inc. the neat-looking sports bag above.

Look Back on 70s Telly DVD - issue 1
Look-Back on 70s Telly DVDs

These DVD's are fantastic, and each one includes a selection of episodes of British kids TV shows from the 1970's. They're essential viewing if you want to try and rekindle some vague memories, or even show to your own kids! Remember Hartley the Hare in Pipkins and Michael Bentine's Potty Time? There are memories galore on each DVD, and their are four to collect.

Pac-Man soft toy with sound
Pac-Man Gifts

Pac-Man was one of the most popular games of the early 1980s, and has remained popular ever since. The range of gifts is huge, including the latest Connect & Play TV Game above, which includes other classic games. Whether it's his smiley face, or the simple accessibility of the game, there's something about this munching maniac that we all seem to adore!

Born in the 80s invader T-shirt
Born in the 80s Birthday T-shirt
Here is the perfect gift solution for anyone in their late 20s/early 30s. This tee looks particularly stylish with its eighties computer style font and space invader, but you can see many more birthday gift ideas on our Born in the 80s page.
Classic Chrome Bicycle Bell
Classic Chrome Bicycle Bell

Let everyone know you're coming through - just like you did back in your school days - with this traditional style bike bell.

Red VW Camper Van Toaster
VW Camper Van Toaster
Loading your camper van with two slices of bread is pretty novel, and this quirky and fun toaster will brighten up your day. Making toast has never been so much fun!
Retro Sweets Gift Box
Retro Sweets Gift Box

Who wouldn't be delighted to receive a gift box bursting with retro sweets? This is one of many available from confectionary suppliers at Amazon UK and you can see them all by selecting the link below...

Bigtrak key chain torch
BigTrak Torch Keyring

Not only is this a useful keychain torch with a strong beam, it also has a pullback racing action for a bit of fun and distraction at home or in the work place. Pull it back, release and off it goes!

Blue Stratos talc
Blue Stratos
Yet another classic smell from the 70s, and the Blue Stratos range remains a popular choice with men who experienced the very refreshing fragrance the first time around.
Casio 80s Data Bank Calculator Watch
Casio 80s Data Bank Watch
Back in the 80s calculator watches were the latest must have gadget, and if you had a gold Data Bank then you were probably a YUPPIE! This state-of-the-art watch has a phone book, scheduler, alarm clock and calculator, and believe it or not, it also tells the time! If you always dreamed of owning one of these, but could never afford one, then maybe now is your chance to fulfill that dream as they will no longer break the bank!
Retro Whistling Kettle
Cream Whistling Kettle
Retro Whistling Kettle
I certainly remember my parents having a whistling kettle back in the day, and wouldn't it be wonderful to hear that whistling sound again? Well, now you can and there are dozens of designs available...
70s red LED watch
70s Style LED Watch
The first digital watches looked more or less like the one above, with a red LED display. I actually prefer this to the later LCD watches, and they're now a very cool retro product to own, and there are lots to choose from.
Rainbow Zippy Face Wallet
Rainbow Zippy Compact Bag
Rainbow Zippy Gifts
Fans of the cult 70s/80s kids TV show will love the range of gifts available, featuring the funniest and most well-known character from the show. The picture links above will lead you to a whole array of gifts, including bags, wallets, mugs, DVD's, keyrings and a lot more besides. It seems that the love for this character is stronger than ever!
Dangermouse T-Shirt
Danger Mouse DVD Box Set
Danger Mouse Gifts
I really miss coming home from school and watching Danger Mouse at tea time. Comic actors David Jason and Terry Scott provided the voices for Danger Mouse and his companion, Penfold. For fans of the show there are gifts galore to help revive those childhood memories.
Favourite Retro Recipes Book
Retro Recipe Books
It's pretty hard to beat the old fashioned recipes, and no one bakes quite like grandma! For anyone who likes to dabble in the kitchen and would like to bake some childhood favourites, a classic recipe book is the perfect gift idea.
Hong Kong Phooey T-Shirt
Hong Kong Phooey Retro Sports Bag
Hong Kong Phooey Gifts
The number one super guy was a big hit with kids back in the 70s, and the DVD's are now watched by a whole new generation of fans, along with older fans who are now parents, or even grandparents themselves!
Born in the 70s T-shirt for ladies
Born in the 70s
Birthday Gift T-shirt

If you are stuck for a birthday gift idea for someone in their late 30s/early 40s then one of these tees could provide the solution. They feature a superior durable vinyl print with a vivid colour and are available in most sizes.
1970s telephone directory address book
1970s Style Pop Up Telephone Directory Index
This looks just the same as the one my parents had back in the 70s, and still works in the same way, allowing you to find addresses and numbers easily. Perfect for anyone who refuses to go digital!
Old Fashioned Cake Tins
Retro coffee, sugar and tea tins
Retro Style Tins

These gorgeous, vintage style sets of tins would make a lovely addition to an old-fashioned style kitchen.

Doctor Who Tardis Sports Bag
Dr. Who Tardis Sports Bag

As a huge fan of Tom Baker, I would have given anything for one of these back in the 70s. This is a must have gift for all Who fans young and old!

TV Test Card Watch -= Pink
TV Test Card Watch with two tone leather strap
TV Test Card Watch
Now, here's a watch that's a little different. It features the old CRT TV test card as a background and also has a rotating bezel. There are also numerous other colours and designs available should the pink or two tone designs one not be your liking.
My Little Pony Mug
My Little Pony Mug
This boxed porcelain mug features the original 80s logo design and would make a lovely gift idea for both Mum's and daughters. A T-shirt featuring the same retro logo is also available...
Cassette Worktop Saver
Cassette Worktop Saver
Here's a quirky gift idea! This very 80s worktop saver would make a great talking point in any kitchen. It's made from toughened glass and has a stain-resistant surface.
Brut Aftershave
Brut Aftershave
Remember the boxer Henry Cooper telling us to "splash it all over!" back in the 70s? Another ad for Brut 33 deodorant featured footballer Kevin Keegan. Brut has had a bit of a revival in recent years, and is available as aftershave, deodorant and in gift packs, and there are also new fragrances available called Ocean and Alaska.
Retro Steepletone Radio
Vintage style mini radio
Retro Radios
If you know someone who listened to the radio back in the "olden days", then one of these retro style radios would make a lovely gift. There are lots to choose from at Amazon UK, and the hardest part will be deciding just which one to buy!
Korg Monotron Delay Analog Synth
Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Synth
Korg Analogue Mini Synthesizers
If you've always dreamed of being the next Jean Michel Jarre, then you may like to start out with one of these cool Korg Monotron synths. There are three in the range, and they're all great for experimenting with retro analogue sounds. They are available for under £35 - a bargain, and a great gift idea for a budding musician.
morpuh and chas book ends
Morph Gifts
Anyone from the UK who grew up in the 70s will remember this guy.  Created by the legendary Tony Hart out of plasticine, Morph stole the show in with his animated antics in Take Hart and Hartbeat. There are lots of great gifts available for fans of the show, and this loveable character appears to be as popular as ever.
Papa Smurf Soft Toy

 

Original Smurfs Retro Gifts
Another favourite from the 70s. I remember smurfs being available through National petrol forecourts here in the UK, but the first smurfs made their debut over fifty years ago, apparently! They had a makeover during the noughties, but the original smurfs will always have a place in our hearts. The bookends would make a lovely gift for fans of the characters, both young and old.
Original Rubik's Cube 80s toy
Rubik's Cube T-Shirt
Rubik's Cube Gifts
The World's best-selling puzzle has been a sensational hit ever since it was first launched in 1980. The original style cube is an iconic image of the 80s, and there are now gifts galore based on, or featuring the cube - including the cube itself, of course!
Greatest Hits of the 60s - compilation album
70s Pop - compilation CD album
80s The Collection Compilation CD
Retro Compilation Albums
There are many CD's available that are packed with original favourites from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, when music was more memorable and exciting. A great gift idea for anyone who was born in, or lived through these decades and wants to relive their youth. Or maybe you're a youngster who merely wants to find out what we were all listening to back in the day.
Retro Gamer Man Gift Crate
Retro Gaming Gift Crate
for Men

There can't be any man who wouldn't be happy to receive this as a present! It's a retro dream come true and includes a handheld Sega Megadrive with 130 games, a large tub of retro sweets, popping candy and a rubiks cube. Oh, and it all comes in a big, manly crate!
VW Camper Van Wash Bag Gift
Pink VW Camper Van Travel Wash Bag
VW Camper Van Wash Bag
 

Now, this is the perfect gift idea for anyone obsessed with camper vans (that includes myself!), and/or does a lot of travelling. These bags come in a whole range of colours for males and females.

Traditional Kitchen Scales
Forget all of those new-fangled scales. These old-fashioned mechanical scales look so much better and will allow you to weigh your ingredients just like your gran used to!