AD | I was born in 1992, so I have a lot of memories of things from the end of the 90’s to the early 2000’s that send huge waves of nostalgia through me. God, times were so much simpler back then, weren’t they?
We all have to grow up, I know. And time moves on (albeit quickly than we would like) but honestly, I really would love to go back to those carefree times again and be reminded of what life was like. I do miss being younger!
There are SO many things that I remember from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I would literally be here all day if I was going to name them all. Once I got thinking, more and more kept coming to me.
But I’ve listed just SOME of the nostalgic things from the late 90’s and early 2000’s that, if you were born in the late 80’s or early 90’s like me, you’re likely to remember!
Dial up and having to get off the internet when someone needed the phone
Anyone around my age will remember this. The legendary dial-up computers. That were like, the size of a small building. And your Mum screaming from the hallway to get off the internet because she wanted to call her mate Carol. Good times.
Tell you the truth, I don’t feel that much nostalgia from the PlayStation 1 because I STILL play the games I used to play as a kid, only on the PlayStation 3 because the disks are still compatible. But I do miss those neat little consoles.
Nostalgic old-school sweets
There’s always going to be certain tastes and foods that bring it right back to you and sweets I think are one of the MAIN things that do that, considering how many sweets you used to eat as a kid, especially in my sort of era.
I was sent the 299g Personalised Letterbox-Friendly Sweet Hamper from Swizzles, to reignite my taste buds with some old sweeties and bring back some nostalgia. These little hampers would make excellent gifts; and so convenient as this particular one can fit through the letterbox too!
For anyone looking for a blast from the past, these hampers are a fantastic idea. Included are,
- Sour Cherry & Apple Squashies
- Original Raspberry & Milk Squashies
- Giant Fizzers
- Giant Parma Violets
- Love Hearts
- Bubblegum Flavour Drumstick
- Strawberry and Lemon Flavour Refreshers
OH BLOCKBUSTER. I actually used Blockbuster way up until it closed down in 2014 because I lived right around the corner from one, so this store has a long reining nostalgic streak in my mind.
I remember my Furbie was white with bright green eyes. I don’t remember much else about it, only that everyone had one and suddenly they started to experience paranormal activity with them talking by themselves. I don’t know either.
Bear in the Big Blue House
I have a LOT of memories of this goddamn show. When I was in primary school, I used to come home for lunch most days (I had attachment issues with my Mum back then) and it would always coincide with this show being on. There’s even polaroid photos of me sitting there on my little plastic table and chair, with my lunch, watching this bloody show.
Speaking of polaroids. Is there anything better than sifting through hundreds of old polaroid photos? I just love them and I wish photography and capturing moments wasn’t so curated as it is now.
The Scholastic Book Fair
I have always been the biggest book nerd so at Primary School, the yearly Scholastic Book Fair was the highlight of my life. I was always *that* kid, turning up early and the last one to leave with a pile of books bigger than I could carry. Not much has changed – I still do that at the library!
Green tomato ketchup
Why? That is all.
I’m not sure if they were officially called shag bands but according to Urban Dictionary, they were plastic bracelets worn by “grungers and punks”, which was basically me, as a young teen. All my friends had shag bands and the different colours meant different things.
I’ve loved researching some of these old school 90’s and 2000’s things for this post. I could continue to go down a huge rabbit hole but for the sake of time, I won’t! I’d definitely recommend checking out Swizzels for some amazing old school sweet hampers!