The nostalgic items we secretly wish were making a comeback

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MANILA, Philippines — In recent years we’ve been seeing blasts from the past resurging in popularity. Polaroid cameras, vinyl, neon, and track pants are now as ubiquitous as they were in the 80s and 90s.

The rose-tinted goggles of nostalgia

It’s not hard to understand nostalgia’s appeal. In 2013, John Tierney of the New York Times wrote about a psychological study that delved in on the effects of nostalgia. The research indicates that more than preying on one’s rationality, nostalgia physiologically affects us.

“Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom, and anxiety...On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer.”

Fittingly, in the trying times of today, nostalgia helps bring out the happiness in many of us. It helps us deal with transitions.

Given the happy pill that is nostalgia, maybe we could double down on the warm, cozy feeling with items of our choosing.



We’ve seen Pokémon make a comeback, why should Tamagotchis be any different?

Tamagotchis might even be the closest we get to real-life “pocket monsters.” We care for them, feed them (albeit digitally), play with them, and, after all that, we put them to sleep and store them safely in our pockets.

As simple as they are, Tamagotchis are the classic definition of fun, without the need for touchscreens or complex graphics.

Multi-colored ballpens

Remember going to school with this in your pencil case? As kids, many of us looked at these pens as the piece de resistance of our writing arsenal. Using all the colors in one go was the unlockable achievement during every homeroom.

Since adult coloring books are now a thing, what color tool better to follow suit?


When did briefcases go out of fashion? As kids, when it came to playing house, it was a staple to lug around a pretend briefcase if you got to play as the dad.

In an age where beards are in and Mad Men brought back being dapper, It may be due time for the briefcase to get a go once more.



The old Nintendo family computers are back, the granddaddy of handheld devices should be just around the corner, right?

For many, Gameboys served as their introduction into gaming. There was something so serene about playing sidescrollers that didn’t require complex button combinations (not that it’s a bad thing).

It would be both quite refreshing and nostalgic to get your hands on one of these during a much-needed sanity break.



Before smartphones, iPods, and cd players, we had cassette tapes we had to manually spool back from time to time (admit it, that was quite of a stress reliever).

We’ve seen cassette tapes come back in recent pop culture hits such as 13 Reasons Why and Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s stopping us from bringing back their portable players?

It’s funny how we used to imagine a future with everything getting sleeker and more compact. Right now we’re seeing that in actuality though, many are missing more and more the craftiness that went into the analog items of before.

Well, as they say, somethings just never go out of style.