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Since I haven't had the luck to be born and to grow up in The United States of America, or any other Western country, but rather an occupation-torn post-Soviet state that has just regained its freedom, I've never actually seen or touched half of the things on this list. And, yet, looking at all these Poo-chi dogs, Polly Pockets, and things like phone charms, I feel a massive wave of 2000s nostalgia! 

That's probably because we, as kids, were glued to our screens whenever they showed something like Dawson's Creek or even Hannah Montana, absorbing not only how the characters looked and talked but also the things they had. It was almost like having them yourself! Though speaking of the nostalgic series we used to get during the early 2000s, we'd more often get something as old as The Little House On The Prairie or Doctor Quinn rather than the newest episode of, say, Phineas & Ferb

Nevertheless, I can definitely feel the importance and the impact of the decade on our lives and the early 2000s nostalgia we all collectively feel. Things were changing ever so quickly. Straight from oblivion, we went to the Western civilization and its pop culture with half-naked ladies, boy bands, electronic toys, TV series, and even portable phones (those definitely came out of some witch's brew)! Also, the sense of liberation - both literal freedom regained by my homeland and the one given to us by the ever-expanding World Wide Web - was just overwhelming. So many new cultural experiences and opportunities were never present. Starting, of course, with 2000s nostalgia toys and ending with poking someone on Facebook, this decade was moving into the future at a breakneck pace.

But, without any more of my essayistic babble, let's dive a few decades back and reminisce on the things that we all loved dearly when growing up. From Tamagotchis to pencils with cartridges, and from the old Cartoon Network to flare jeans, you'll find many things that'll remind you of your careless youth. So, share these things from your childhood early 2000s nostalgia list with someone susceptible to the same kind of feelings that you are, and tell us which of these items, pop stars, or games you miss the most!

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Remember Watching The Pipes Screensaver?

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Screensavers are for entertainment, like the kaleidoscope watchface, change my mind

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    Burning The Sickest CDs In The Neighborhood

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Τapes were even better! Especially when we recorded the songs from the radio!

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    Flipping Through These As A Kid Trying To Find Your Favourite Bands Poster

    Bands Posters

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Or just browsing through to see the pictures without the actual intention of buying any because you're way too young to care and thus too broke as well. ♡

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    Before there were the 2000s, the '90s Paved the Way for Iconic Toys

    To find out more about where this 2000s nostalgia is all coming from and what games from our early days we have long forgotten, we reached out to Qudsia Shakeel, the content manager at Moonpig, who recently found out the most iconic gifts of the last 50 years.

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    It turns out that just before the early 2000s, it was the golden age for toys we consider iconic today. “The '90s were an especially iconic time for toys. Technological advancements presented new opportunities for toys to be much more interactive, making for a truly exciting time for the toy industry,” Qudsia told us. Moreover, she added that “there is a great sense of nostalgia brought back by these toys, the Gameboy and Furbies are seen to be true icons of the decade.”

    "The 2000s saw no slowing down in the momentum of great toy production. Those who grew up in the naughties would remember some of the true gems of the era, including the Teksta Robotic Puppy and Beyblades. Not to mention the infamous Tamagochi, which saw children across the world cherishing their very own virtual pet," Qudsia commented. According to her, a combination of new technology and quirky crazes made the early 2000s a standout time for toys.

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    When I Was 9 Years Old My Dad Was Deployed To Baghdad, Iraq. I Gave Him These Yu-Gi-Oh Cards To Keep Him Safe. They've Been In His Wallet For 12 Years

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    Why are the 2000s so Nostalgic?

    Early 2000s was the time of our childhoods, and if you were to ask anybody how they feel about their childhoods, the answer would always be the same - nostalgic! Yes, it's as simple as that.  Now, Moonpig, a brand that specializes in gifts, has seen a huge surge in interest in 2000s nostalgia aesthetic and nostalgic gifts lately. “We are unsurprised to see a number of Gameboy cards and retro gifts being purchased today,” Qudsia said. And that’s mostly because we, Millennials, are exactly the age of starting to feel nostalgic about the good ole days and want something to remember the times by. 

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    #7

    These TV Carts Always Meant Class Was Going To Be Fun When The Teacher Rolled One In

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    I Found An Old Pic Of Me Playing Computer Games. As It Turns Out I Haven't Changed Very Much

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    What were the most Wanted Toys in the 2000s?

    So, which 2000s nostalgia toys are we talking about, exactly? Well, you probably remember Furby, a chatty furry ball that became a must-have for children all over the world. In 1998, Furby released its first model consisting of 48 colors and 22 special editions. The same year, a whopping 1.8 million Furbies were sold, and the toy was translated into 24 different languages.

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    Furby paved the way for other robotic toys of the 2000s that became incredibly popular. Like, the famous Teksta the Robotic Puppy. This little doggo started a huge craze in the early 2000s when kids realized they could literally fulfill their dream of having a pet, minus all the hassle. Parents were also excited with the idea, so over 7 million robotic puppies were sold in the first year. As a result, the Robotic Puppy became one of the most popular birthday gifts of the new century.

    Tamagotchi, a virtual pet, is basically a symbol of the 2000s nostalgia. After its launch in 2005, children would carry it everywhere they went, attaching it to their belts and backpacks, in order to be always ready to take care of their pet whenever it needed them. Feeding, training, and playing were part of the journey of raising a Tamagotchi, but in turn, it would grow and… not much else! Yet, many millennials still remember it with great nostalgia.

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    If you want to delve on the past for a little while longer, check out further submissions on our list. Besides serving well for a walk down memory lane, all of these items are a great inspiration for a nostalgia 2000s-themed party if you were planning on staging one!

    #10

    Only Fidget Spinner I Ever Owned

    A pen inside a ruler

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Plus you could also hold the ruler against the desk and go ga-doi-oi-oing with it. :D

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    The Ge Alarm Clock That Everyone Seemed To Have

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This is so not 2000's! My parents had this thing before i was born!

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    #14

    Remember When You Didn’t Have To Enter Your Personal Info Online To Win A Soda?

    Inscription on the back of a bottle cap

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    When I was in high school I got Sprit free all summer because I realized if you flip the bottle over you could read the cap inside and it wound either say win free Sprite or Play Again. Not the best choice of promotion on a clear soda. 😊

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    #15

    Can We Please Bring Back The Holes To Put Phone Charms On Our Phones?

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    #18

    Found An Old Polly Pocket While Cleaning My Mom’s Basement

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    Starving Your Calculator To Death

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    #23

    Surreal Moment Today. I Went To Oaks, PA Too Many Video Games Expo. Found My Gameboy From Early 2000’s

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    Today A 70th Years Old Ma'am Gave Me Her Nokia 3310 To Change The Battery. I Couldn't Resist

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    I Know I'm 31 And All, But I Still Get Excited About Scholastic Book Club Order Forms

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    #27

    Msn Messenger! Playing With Emojis Over A Decade Before It Was Cool

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    Friendship Bracelets - I Used To Love Making These

    Handmade colorful friendship bracelets

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    #34

    My 20 Year Old Toy Phone And My Daughters Brand New One! Both Fisher Price

    Toy phones connected by a red rope

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    These are much older than 20 years - I had one more than 40 years ago. And a little sausage dog on wheels that you pulled along - this is probably why I love sausage dogs.

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    My Girlfriend Got Me The Evangelion Tamagotchi For My Birthday And I'm So Excited To See Which Angel I Get First

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    Girlfriend Made Me The Chatterbox From The Opening Sequence For Our Anniversary

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    #39

    You Guys Remember Boondoggle? Anyone Know Any Other Cool Stitches?

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    I Restored My 16 Year Old iPod Nano

    Black iPod Nano

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    2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Just realised I haven't seen mine in years and wondering where on Earth I put it. Edit: Found it and plugged it in and it's still working!

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    Farm Ville

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I remember my sister in law making me log in and tend her farm while she was on her honeymoon.

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    Me And My Best Friend In 1999/2000 Working On Our Donkey Kong/Banjo Kazooie Fan Website Titled "The Dk/Bk Jungle"

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Awww, the spoon collection on the wall just adds to the adorable geekiness 😅

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    These Cereal Bowls I Used To Eat Out Of As A Kid

    Kellogg's cereal bowls

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I still have my full set of strawberry shortcake dishes and silverware from 1982

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    Plastic Tube With Water And Plastic Fish Inside It, If You Try To Squeeze It It Just Rolls Itself

    Plastic tube with water and plastic fish inside

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    Found My Old Nintendo DS And Nintendogs And I’ve Been Screaming At The Fake Dog To Sit For 15 Min

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    #46

    20+ Years Of Lip Balm Pans. Who Remembers Lip Smackers And Lip Lix?

    Different lip balms on the table

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I was so excited to get my daughter the same soda flavored lip smackers that I had as a kid! Had no idea they were still around!

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    I Know You All Remember The Spacemaker Pencil Box

    Purple spacemaker

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    When I went to school, my pencil box was made of stone and contained only chisels. My trip to school was uphill both ways with waist deep snow even in summer. I had to carry my Atlatl to scare away saber tooth tigers.

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    #50

    Torture Device Known As The Sit And Reach Test

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