Every '90s Girls Christmas Wish List

Every '90s Girls Christmas Wish List

An ultimate list of the toys that stole our hearts in the '90s.
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1. Water Snakes

My siblings and I called these "Jiggers", but apparently the official name for this beloved (and totally pointless) '90s toy is Water Snakes. I do not know if it was the colorful, glitter-filled liquid or the fascination of squeezing your wrist into them, but somehow this toy stole the hearts of everyone during the '90s.

2. Skip It

The Skip It was really a fascinating invention. This toy allowed you to practice your jump rope skills, while also having the potential to shatter your ankle each time you missed the rope. Besides the pain this toy caused me, I would still give it at 10/10 for entertainment.

3. The Original Furby + The Furby CD-ROM Computer Game

Still just as frightening as the new furies.

4. Doodle Bear

Shortly after Mom and Dad banned you from writing on the walls, the Doodle Bear was released. These bears encouraged us to write on our toys and managed to earn a spot in every '90s girls toy box.


5. Polly Pockets

Tiny dolls, tiny clothes, and tiny houses to keep them in. What's not to love?

6. Kitty Surprise

My Kitty Surprise came with five kittens, which was quite impressive. I loved opening the velcro pouch to reveal the five kittens. Apparently the original Kitty Surprise can sell for anywhere between $2,000 and $5,00, if you know someone who wants one badly enough. Unfortunately, I trusted my Beanie Babies to earn me some extra money one day instead my Kitty Surprise.


7. Beanie Babies

Not only did all '90s girls love Beanie Babies, but the majority of us still have them. Beanie Babies are probably the most iconic toys of our generation.

8. Trolls

With their brightly colored hair and matching belly jewel, the original Troll dolls quickly became popular with my generation. '90s girls have different perspectives on Trolls. My sister is still terrified of these.

9. Fashion Plates

No complaints about these plastic pieces that helped you draw masterpieces.

10. Easy Bake Ovens


This toy has survived through generations.

11. Lite-Brite

This toy kept my brother, sister, and I occupied for hours. I'm sure stepping on the tiny glass pegs was an annoyance for our parents. Completing a masterpiece and lighting it up was the coolest thing. (Mom, do you have any idea where this is?)

12. Pokemon Stuffed Animals.

These may still be on many '90s girls current Christmas lists.

13. Barbie Karaoke

Anything Barbie was classified as a need for '90s girls at some point in their lives.


14. Magic Nursery Doll

Their eyes "open" when you rub ice cubes over them, and you don't know what gender your doll is until you open the box. They have soft bodies and hard, slightly orange heads. Mine came from a free box at a yard sale and entered my life when I was two, instantly becoming my favorite toy. I named mine Lucy and took her everywhere. I still have Lucy sitting on my bed. I am 22.

15. Pound Puppies

What's not to love about cuddly dogs with giant, sad eyes? My childhood experiences with Pound Puppies may have been a precursor to my love for volunteering at the animal shelter.


16. The Ice Skating Barbie Doll (That Didn't Work)

The commercial displayed her as the most beautiful, talented, and fascinating Barbie doll of our generation. I remember how excited I was when I realized that my grandparents had bought me one, and how disappointed I was when it didn't work. Even though this doll could not actually ice skate on the plastic pond that came with her like the commercials promised, she was still a staple to the '90s Girls Christmas List.

17. Tamagotchi

I'm not lying when I say everyone had a Tamagotchi. These virtual pets remained popular with some '90s girls until high school. The shared fascination for feeding, playing with, and raising a virtual pet is universal. Excuse me, Hatchimals, but Tamagotchi's were here first.


18. Dream Phone

In a world before all teenagers had their own cellphone, Dream Phone was one of the best gifts you could receive. The Dream Phone was the first game brought out at sleepovers.

19. Poo-Chi

Again, and I can't stress enough, the '90s had the best virtual pets. These robotic dogs have been replaced by something called Fur Real Friends, which I promise are no where near as exciting as the Poo-Chi.

20. American Girl Dolls

American Girl Dolls have stood the test of time with their beautiful dresses and overly priced accessories.

21. Lisa Frank Everything

Animals, neon colors, and glitter. What could be better?


22. Walkie Talkie's.

It's unfortunate that future generations will not get to experience the wonders of Walkie Talkie's. Since cellphones are no longer a luxury for adults only, this beloved '90s toy is over and out.

23. Crayola Crayon Maker

Like anything Barbie, anything made by Crayola was also a necessity. There is nothing like the smell of melting crayons.

24. Bop-It

I accredit the Bop-It for my ability to multitask as an adult. Being able to write articles for the Odyssey while binge watching SVU, drinking Dr. Pepper, and studying at the same is a very transferable skill.


25. Art Supplies Kit

While most of these were cheaply made with off brand markers that dried out within days of opening them, you just had to have one.


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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

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The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

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I wish I could go back to fourth of July on the lake, pictured above.

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Oh, how we love homecoming... but homecoming week is a different story. In high school, it meant dressing up for a theme every day of the week then a football game and a dance.

In college, it means dying of stress, stress and more stress than making it all go away at the tailgate and forgetting the week even happened.

As a newly initiated member of my sorority I knew this was a big week, heck we've been preparing for weeks now, I severely underestimated the beast of "Homecoming" however.

This beast included countless hours of comping, required attendance at events and mandatory practices for things you chose to participate in, on top of all your academic responsibilities and simple tasks such as eating, sleeping and even breathing seems to need to find a place in this busy week.

I thought the term "Hell week" was overrated, nope... definitely not overrated.

My week began on Sunday, after fall break. I had to drive back to campus. On my way back I brought a friend back down with me and we decided to stop at a place I had been to two years ago with AMAZING fried Mac and cheese.

I knew I didn't want to be stopped long but figured it'd be no problem since I knew what I wanted. Wrong, they informed me that they no longer sold my most loved appetizer anymore.

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No Mac and cheese and no making it back to school in my preferred time(Type A doesn't begin to describe my level of schedules) Once we finally got back in the car the GPS had us getting to campus an hour later than before we had stopped.

I hurried down the road for the rest of the hour and a half and got about 15 minutes away from campus when my car began to make a shaking feeling and the gas pedal no longer worked.

In the middle of what seemed to be an extremely busy expressway, my car died. Not on the shoulder and not even in the right lane but in the left of the two lanes because there wasn't enough power to even get over.

I had to stop and call 911, for the first time ever, so that an Officer could park behind me to ensure I wouldn't get hit. We almost got hit countless times in the 30 minutes it took the Police to get to us.

My cousin so graciously brought me gas, only after the Officer had pushed me and my friend in my car down a hill, through an intersection and to a parking lot. Thinking my car was simply out of gas, we poured to gas in and I headed to the driver's side to start it up.

After multiple failed attempts I knew something more was wrong. We attempted to jump the car and got nothing but strange noises. Thankfully my insurance tows for free and I got it to a repair shop and my friend and I got back to campus.

So far my week has been one for the books and I cannot even begin to imagine what the rest of my week will be like but I am sure it will be something worth writing about next week.

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