While we may look back on many things we did in the 2000s and cringe (hi, lace-up jeans!), the holiday gifts we gave to our best friends back then were always sweet and thoughtful. And though these days we give our BFFs quirky Beyoncé-themed merch from Etsy, or cute stuff for their grown-up kitchens, our gift-giving skills back in the day weren’t too shabby, either.
Yes, times have changed — we all have the internet in our pockets now! — but our friendships are stronger than ever. And that’s because we built solid foundations years ago — starting with the super on-trend gifts we exchanged!
Without further ado, we’d like to take a trip back in time and explore all the nostalgic holiday gifts we got from — and gave to — our besties in the 2000s.
1Everything Paul Frank.
That GD monkey was everywhere, and we embraced it wholeheartedly. Slap him on a T-shirt or a PJ set and Christmas shopping = done. (You can actually get these pants on Amazon for $4.99 if you’re feeling particularly ~nostalgic~ this year.)
2Pants with words printed across the butt.
Maybe you were ballin’ and bought your girls matching Juicy sweatsuits, but even if you were only ballin’ on a budget you could still get booty-print pants from your favorite mall stores for half the price. Score!
3Von Dutch trucker hats.
Blame Paris Hilton.
4The O.C. on DVD.
How we binge-watched before binge-watching was even a thing. (Buy the complete set here for $33.96. You know you want to.)
Bonus points if they were scented.
6A Livestrong bracelet.
If only we’d known what would become of Lance Armstrong…
We’d like to bring this one back, tbh.
Because nothing said trendy AF like shiny, shiny lips.
9 Calgon perfume from the drugstore.
Remember when every 7th grader smelled exactly like either Calgon or Victoria’s Secret’s “Love Spell”? ESSENTIAL.
10 Happy Bunny merch.
So much SASS.
11 Bath and Body Works.
The holidays were NOT complete without a few bottles of Bath and Body Works.
12 Earrings from Claire’s en masse.
The more the better.
13 Italian charm bracelets.
Your jewelry collection was not complete without one of these babies. And your BFF knew that.