Dooney & Bourke and Coach monogram bags:
The monograms were an unsubtle way to brag that you had been gifted a pricier-than-average bag. Basically, you just wanted to say, “YES, my parents spoil me this much!”
Coach monogramed sneakers:
Of course you needed the shoes that matched your purse! And these also screamed, “YES, my parents spoil me this much!”
Let’s be honest, NOTHING was cooler than having a flip phone — well, unless your phone was an oh-so-pretty Baby Phat flip phone. No more pushing buttons in order to answer or hang up on calls, and no more butt-dialing. Plus, slamming shut your phone after a phone call got you heated was one of the best feelings ever.
A pair of Uggs:
OK, these were the legit best thing to ask for: Not only were they ~stylish~, but they also actually kept your feet super warm on those cold winter mornings.
Rhinestone Bebe T-shirts:
It was all about the sparkly rhinestones to add a little bling to your outfit. Plus, it let everyone know that you shopped at “cool-girl” store Bebe.
Von Dutch trucker caps:
Seriously, these were fugly as hell (even at the time)! But seeing every young celeb sporting one in the pages of Teen People made you want one pretty badly.
A digital camera:
This was a game changer: finally, a camera that not only could basically take unlimited pics but also allowed you to directly upload photos to your computer. It was pretty revolutionary.
…and Clinique Happy:
They both smelled just so sweet and pretty.
Victoria’s Secret body sprays:
You needed a few different ones so you’d always have a body spray to match your mood. Also they made good “day scents.”
Gold hoop earrings:
These were one of those earrings you just couldn’t own enough of — they were your daily go-to that basically went with EVERYTHING.
The perfect daily watch that just looked so, so cool and tough.
A Tiffany charm necklace:
You wanted this for two reasons and two reasons only: It came from Tiffany! And it seemed like every ~cool~ girl was sporting one. Also, Reese Witherspoon rocked one in Legally Blonde.
Sony Vaio desktop:
Really you wanted this mainly for AIM, downloading music on LimeWire, and burning CDs. Plus, it meant you wouldn’t have to share with a computer with the rest of the family.
You needed to have lots and lots of these for making mix CDs for yourself or your friends. And also for whenever you got the dreaded “burn error” message and had to re-burn your mix all over again on a new blank CD.
Cursive first-name necklaces:
You wanted one so badly ‘cause of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
Also because of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
Lancôme Juicy Tubes:
Yes, these made your lips super sticky, but they gave you the glossiest lips EVER. They also smelled heavenly.
If you had a TV in your room, getting your own DVD player was a must! It allowed you and your friends to watch your Blockbuster rentals without the intrusion of your siblings or nosy parents — who’d probably ask why you were watching a movie with so much sex in it.
These were the perfect shoes to pair up with your flared jeans. And they were reasonably priced, so getting a pair for Christmas wasn’t just a pipe dream.
MAC Lip Glass:
This not only gave you a super shine on your lips, but it also made them feel super soft…and sticky.
All of these CDs:
Basically the soundtracks to your adolescence.
A car stereo with a removal face (if you drove your own car):
The removal face helped prevent someone from breaking into your car. You also needed to have the one that would display cool graphics when turned on.
An Abercrombie & Fitch gift card and issue of A&F Quarterly:
Obviously you couldn’t go wrong with getting a gift card to Abercrombie, ‘cause you could always use a new pair of distressed flare jeans, a polo, sweats, or graphic tee. But TBH, it was little harder to get convince your parents to get you the A&F Quarterly for Christmas ‘cause they “saw something about it on Dateline.”
Lowercase-initial pleather purse:
You needed one because there was that moment when everybody had lowercase-initial accessories (like keychains) and T-shirts.
A ceramic flat iron:
A flat iron was a must-own accessory in the early ’00s if you wanted to achieve perfect pin-straight hair (à la Jennifer Aniston’s enviable locks on Friends). Better yet was if your flat iron came with changeable plates — which allowed you to crimp or add waves if you felt like changing things up.
A puffy parka from Abercombie:
These were super cute and also protected you against the next several months of harsh weather.
A short denim skirt:
OK, so this wasn’t really practical to ask for around Christmastime. But you knew you’d find ways to wear a miniskirt during colder months — and that as soon as it was warmer than 65 degrees you’d be wearing it ALL THE TIME.
Faux-satin pants and tops:
They were a way to give your outfits a little bit of ~glamour~. 🏼🏼🏼
Thin sparkly scarves:
Sure these didn’t keep you warm, and they were also kind of itchy. But they looked so cool and you knew it would bring out your inner bohemian.
You knew you weren’t going to read them — you just wanted them because they would look cool on your bookshelf.
And preferably designer ones, like Diesel or Mavi. But if not, mall brands like XOXO, Mudd, Bongo, or Abercrombie were perfectly cool too.
Fake hair scrunchie:
These were the perfect stocking stuffers to ask for! They typically looked all shitty after a few months of use, so you always needed a new one to replace it.
Juicy Couture tracksuit:
It was THE luxe status outfit. And it was comfy AF. Seriously, these were basically just PJs you wore out of the house. Of course you needed to wear them with Uggs for literally the most comfortable outfit you could ever imagine wearing while still being “cool and stylish.”
In case you don’t remember, these things were crazy expensive!!! In 2003, a 30GB model cost $499 (that’s $655 today if adjusted for inflation). Of course if you did get one for Christmas (it would be a Christmas miracle), you made sure to casually walk around the school holding it, showing off what was basically the iPhone 7 of its time. This was the ULTIMATE Christmas gift.