There’s no arguing with the fact that retro tech is cool and popular. Perhaps it’s because of the nostalgia it evokes in older people, the novelty it offers to curious young people, or the rustic simplicity of the technology. Perhaps the world today is so dispiriting the past seems like a good place to go.
Whatever the reason, a retro tech gift is likely to be well received and to brighten someone’s day, including your own. Here are some of the best gifts for retro tech lovers.
This nifty little Game and Watch (Super Mario Bros edition) comes in red and gold colors, like the original did, and has three games pre-installed: Super Mario, Super Mario 2 and Mario Ball.
There are some differences from the original version. It comes with a USB-A or USB-C battery charging port. Although it has a digital clock, it lacks a prop stand. However, the little speaker is powerful and the screen is absolutely vibrant.
It is smaller than your mobile phone, so as an adult you will struggle to adapt your fingers to the smaller tactical space. However, the controls come with rubber buttons that give crisp responses. Kids will enjoy it too.
Since it is a limited edition, it will likely be a collector’s item in the future, so make sure the kids don’t ruin it.
This sleek Qwerkywriter Retro Keyboard is constructed out of scratch resistant aluminum alloy. It has typewriter-inspired keys which give you the experience of typing on a vintage typewriter. The tactile experience and the noises are the same.
The Return key defaults to the Enter key, but you can program it to generate signatures and even Copy, Cut and Paste commands. It connects wirelessly to a mobile phone, a tablet, and a laptop, allowing you to work on three devices at the same time. Its built-in tablet stand will easily hold up all screen sizes up to 12 inches.
The Qwerkywriter Retro Keyboard is not a bad choice for a busy technophile who has modern needs but vintage tastes.
If you have wooden furniture, or are out in the woods, the Konex 40W Retro Bluetooth Speaker will match seamlessly with the aesthetics of your environment. Its minimalist design evokes nostalgia for the 70s.
It’s equipped with 50W speakers enhanced with high-quality tweeters and woofers, so you can expect decent audio without distortion at all volume levels. Though it has a retro knob for volume adjustment, you will need to use your device to raise the volume to maximum.
It can connect with your device up to 10 meters away and has a 3.5mm jack for an extra connection option. With a battery life of 20 hours on a single charge, the outdoor party can last all day and night.
This Antique Landline Telephone is the perfect gift for a couple or family moving into a new home. It may look old-fashioned, but it is a real working telephone with push buttons and caller ID. You can also hook it up to your home internet via cable and make voice calls.
That being said, it is a beautiful work of art that adds glamour and character to any room.
Remember the good old days when you could hold an actual photograph in your hand and smell the ink instead of scrolling on an austere screen? Well, this awesome little package of nostalgia brings back all the same feelings by allowing you to shoot and instantly print high-quality photos.
Because the Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro Instant Camera & Photo Printer is also compatible with all mobile devices, you can connect your phone via Bluetooth and instantly print your photos straight from the gallery. It prints HD 3 x 3-inch photos in layers of ribbon with a laminated finish, which protects the photos from water damage or poor handling.
It’s pretty easy to use. A child as young as seven years old could take and print photos with it, which will be great for the career of that little budding photographer.
This Nostalgia Multi-Functioning Retro Convection Toaster Oven will give your kitchen the flair of a 1950s American diner as seen in so many old Hollywood movies. It’s a highly functional oven, so if you need to toast bread, roast chicken, broil tenderloin steaks, make homemade cake, it’s got you sorted.
Fancy a pizza? The back-side curves out to accommodate a regular size pizza.
Also, if you fancy watching food cook rather than pass time on YouTube, the see-through glass window on the oven door will oblige you.
This stylish Frigidaire Retro Mini Compact Beverage Refrigerator will hold six cans of your favorite beverage and a small snack in a separate insulated interior shelf. It is also portable and has a car port, so you will be able to take it with you anywhere you go and reliably keep your snacks cool and your beverages chilled.
It is perfect for outdoor adventures or the mini bar at home or the office.
If you know someone who still has their collection of radio cassettes lying around, then this is a good gift to surprise them with. It can also play AM/FM/SW1/SW2 radio.
However, don’t be fooled. The Riptunes Boombox Radio Cassette Player Recorder is a thoroughly modern device which can connect to all your devices via Bluetooth. It also supports microSD, USB, and has a headphone jack. It also converts analogue content from radio or from old cassettes straight to MP3.
This boombox doesn’t just evoke great memories of the past, it also a bridge to the present.
Retro Gadgets Offer the Best of Both Worlds
Many cool gadgets have been designed with a retro look, but are actually packed full of useful new features too. In that regard, retro tech gadgets are superior, as they can do things that some of the modern devices cannot do, like play your old mixtape from high school.
Retro tech gadgets make for wonderful presents because in addition to being fully functional, they tug at our heartstrings as they take us back into a more innocent time.
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