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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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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As a science major, I get asked a lot why I write for the Odyssey if I'm not getting anything out of it. I thought I'd finally explain why.

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Since I was little, I've always had a creative mind. I was making up stories in my head, and acting them out with dolls or just with my imagination.

I started multiple novels with these grandiose plots, and I would get a chapter or two in and then want to start a new one. (So if anyone wants to buy any American Girl and Titanic crossover novels, let me know and I'll give you the creative liberties.)

In fourth grade, we had to write a chapter book, and I remember writing and illustrating it all myself and all these years later, I remember that one project for English.

All through grade school and high school, I would be writing little stories. My friends and I participated in Camp Nanowrimo in August and we would race to try and write 50,000 words in that month for a novel. For one of my college apps, I was asked to grab their attention in 100 words, so I decided to start a horror novel. (Yes, I realize now that may not have been the best course of action, but oh well, it was a blast!) Once college apps were done, I decided to expand off of my application essay, and I wrote the first two or three chapters of that story.

One day I'll go back to it because I know where I want it to go. Today, sadly, is not that day.

When I started college, the first two years were different. Even though I was taking classes where I was reading a lot, I wasn't writing for fun, and I wasn't telling stories even when I was writing. It was all for assignments.

As more and more of my Facebook feed became my friends posting Odyssey articles that they had written or that they liked, I became curious. A. What was this platform? B. Who could join it? and C. Where did it come from?

I remember telling the then president of Odyssey Chicago that I wanted an outlet for my thoughts, and I think that is the basic reason. I wanted to be able to get my ideas and my words out there. So I guess that's the long and short of it.

I write for me mainly, but I also write to try and get better at expressing what's going on in my head. Who knows, maybe one day I'll finish a novel.

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