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The Best Retro Subscription Boxes For Keeping It Old School

April Stettner
ByApril StettnerNov 17, 2021

nos·tal·gia (noun) 1. a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

There's something to be said about taking a trip down memory lane. Maybe it's the encroaching holiday season or the closing of the year, but it seems like the perfect time to reflect.

Whether you're searching for a special gift for that hard-to-buy-for-friend (I feel like there's one on everyone's list) or you want to treat yourself to a walk down memory lane, this list has something for everyone.

1. The Nick Box

The Nick Box

If you were a 90s kid there were few things better than spending the afternoon with your Capri Sun, watching Nickelodeon.  Whether you were enjoying Salute Your Shorts, You Can't Do That On Television, or Are You Afraid Of The Dark, Nick was the only channel you needed back in the day.

About the Subscription: The Nick Box is a recurring quarterly plan that ships four boxes to you every year (one box every season). Each Nick Box is packed with officially licensed products that are delivered right to your door!  You’ll get exclusive apparel, accessories, and collectibles inspired by your favorite ‘90s Nickelodeon shows.  This quarter's theme is  NOSTALGIA & CHILL, how appropriate?

The Cost: $49.99 + s&h per box. Subscribe here!

Check out our The Nick Box reviews page to learn more. Ships to the US, Canada, and the UK.

2. Old Time Candy

2 lb Decade Candy Gift Box

Want to surprise a relative or close friend with some hard-to-find, decade-inspired candy? Old Time Candy is your ultimate resource. One of their FAQs is actually: Will the candy make me feel young again?  The short answer is YES!

About the Subscription: Enjoy the best candy from the past, quickly delivered to your door each month.  Choose from a 2 or 4lb Decade Candybox (1950s-1990s) subscription or individual retro toys from your childhood! Candies and Chocolates are super fresh and always delicious, guaranteed. Ships the 1st of every month and you can cancel anytime!

The Cost: Retro and Decade Candybox's range from $19.99-$39.99 per month + $9.95 flat-rate shipping.  Orders placed by midnight usually (but not always) ship the next business day (Monday through Friday). UPS does not deliver on Saturday or Sunday. You will automatically receive an email from UPS with tracking numbers when your order ships. Subscribe here!

3. A Curated Thrift

A Curated Thrift

Have a friend that would rather thrift than hit the mall? Or maybe you're ready to up your Y2K or 70s fashion game. Either way, this is a fun subscription that you can customize, whether you are looking to add a few new pieces or want to host a fun theme party.

About the subscription: A Curated Thrift is a curated monthly thrift box that ships directly to your door making sure the clothing fits your style, personality, and body shape, there's even a fun quiz to take! They let you choose what you want to keep and nothing additional. What does that mean? If you don't like a piece, they offer a free return shipping label in the box so it's easy to return. Boxes are shipped every month (1st and 2nd week of the month). They'll send you updated tracking so you know exactly when you'll receive your next box.  Also, all boxes come with a free return shipping label and all pieces are included in the price.

The Cost: Subscription pricing varies: $49.95 - $79.95 (free return shipping labels included). Subscribe here!

Keep track of your subscriptions by adding A Curated Thrift to your subscription list or wishlist!

4. Retro Game Treasures

Retro Game Treasure

Want to start collecting Game Boy games? Or have a friend that wants to expand their SNES collection? This is the video game subscription for all things retro.

About the subscription: Retro Game Treasure is a monthly subscription service, where you get a selection of games for the retro consoles you select with only the types of games you like! They help to Build your Collection with all types of games. A treasure chest contains 3-5 Retro Games inside for you to keep! Boxes Ship out the last week of every month.

The Cost: $36.99 per month (pre-pay options available for greater discounts). Subscribe here!

Check out our Retro Game Treasure page to learn more.


Listening to music in your room as a teenager, regardless of the decade is a universal memory for most. If you're looking to elicit some emo rainy day vibes or first concert memories, VNYL can help take you back.

About the subscription: VNYL hand-curates three records specific to you every month. These are records that are based on your specific music tastes since they want your vinyl collection to be unique. To start a Choose a Membership Plan, then you will then need to fill out your user profile, and last but certainly not least, select a #Vibe! Your membership also gives you access to their Member Store.

The Cost: $14.99-$99.00 (Pricing varies depending on the record amount selected).

Check out our VYNL reviews page to learn more!

6. Pipsticks

Pipsticks Sticker Club

There are few things as timeless as stickers. Whether you want to light up a kid or adult's day (yes, please!) you will find a truly fun selection of stickers.

About the subscription: Pipsticks Sticker Club lands on your doorstep every month jam-packed with the most colorful, whimsical, sparkly, and FUN stickers! Designed with a true sticker lover in mind - Pipsticks has it all - the cutest holographic stickers, poppin' giant puffies, and sweetest scratch n' sniff. Perfect for crafts, journals, calendars, snail-mail, and more!

The Cost: Subscriptions range from  $11.95-17.95 + free US shipping  Find the different subscriptions here

Check out our Pipsticks reviews page to learn more

ACTIVE DEAL: Get $5 off your subscription!

7. Soda Pop Shop

If you're looking for some fun last-minute stocking stuffers or want to surprise a friend with a forgotten soda pop from your youth, The Soda Pop Shop offers a Soda of the Month Subscription. 

About the subscription: Each subscription allows you to enjoy 6 or 12 bottles each month of their curated selections. You will receive (you pick) 6 or 12 different flavors (sometimes there may be duplicates) each month of carefully selected bottles of soda for you to sample.

Cost: Subscriptions start at $36.99 a month which includes shipping and handling.  Orders ship around the same time each month and your subscription starts once you place the order.

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April Stettner
April Stettner
April is a freelance writer with a borderline unhealthy obsession with all things beauty and 90’s pop culture. When she isn’t beach hopping with her dog Wyatt, she's interviewing female entrepreneurs in Charleston, SC.