- Text by CHARLOTTE PERCIVAL-GONZALEZ, Special to QMI Agency
We all know someone who can't - or won't - let go of the nostalgia of their youth. Here are 10 fun retro gifts to bring back the golden days of Rubik's Cubes and breakdancing - without a pair of leg warmers in sight.
Disappearing Dr. Who TARDIS mug, $14.95, Rolo, Rolostore.com.
Ever wondered how Dr. Who does it? You're about to find out. Pour hot liquid into this mug and watch the iconic Tardis, sitting on a lonely British street, disappear before your eyes. Of course, it only reappears on the other side - but it's still time travel, right? (Supplied)
- Lego Block, USB Hub, $25, Bergo Designs, Hostdeziners.com.
Buy one and use it to plug in USB cables, or buy several and build something cool. (Supplied)
- iJuke Mini Jukebox iPod Docking Station, $199, Sears, Sears.ca.
Yes, new-fangled speakers look great, but you can't beat the look of the legendary jukebox. Now you can have both. Plug an iPod into the iJuke and let its decorative playlist, LED and eternity lighting transport you back to the diner. A full-size version costs $1,339.99. (Supplied)
- Mini Hot Air Popcorn Maker, $24.99, The Bay, Thebay.com.
Pop through the holidays with this retro popcorn maker. Great for parties and healthy post-Christmas snacks, this funky red machine pops corn with hot air instead of oil, ensuring hot, crunchy popcorn within minutes. A measuring cup is included. Pops eight cups per batch. (Supplied)
- Batman USB 2GB Flash Drive, $24, Urban Outfitters, Urbanoutfitters.com.
Small enough to hide from the Joker, big enough to drive the Batmobile and save the world. Or store 2GB of stuff. You choose. (Supplied)
- Icade iPad Arcade Cabinet, $99.99, Thinkgeek.com.
Bring old-school arcade games to someone's coffee breaks with this desktop shrine to the computer games of their youth. Make sure whoever you're giving it to has an iPad - unless you want to buy them one of those as well - then slide it into the arcade cabinet's cradle and watch them game on to their heart's content. An app of Atari's 100 best games costs an extra $14.99. (Supplied)
- Pac-Man Alarm Clock, US $24, Firebox.com.
It might be confusing to wake to the start-up tune from '80s favourite game, Pac-Man, but whoever you give this to will be thankful they're only going to work, not being chased by ghosts, or gobbling glowing pills for breakfast. This time around, Pac-Man is eating the time on a digital display, while the snooze, alarm off and backlight features are represented by cherries, a bell and one of those freaky pink ghosts. (Supplied)
- DC Comic Cover Pint Glasses, $39.99, Sunrise Records.
Batman and Wonder Woman are too cool to stay hidden within the pages of comic books. Bring them to life in someone's kitchen cabinet, with this set of four pint glasses. Spiderman, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man are available as shot glasses, too. (Supplied)
- Rubik's Cube Pepper Mill, $18.95, Rolo, Rolostore.com.
Did you ever figure out the Rubik's Cube? Let someone who didn't have another go - while grinding pepper over their food. This cube has the same feel and sound as the original puzzle, but there's a ceramic grinding mill inside. Rubik's Cube coasters, speakers, mugs and alarm clocks are available too. (Supplied)