Nothing has ever been or will ever be more basic than a teenage girl in the early-mid 2000s. She was not rare. She was not unique. She was not creative. I’m just kidding. As a former basic in the 2000s, I can confirm I am rare, unique, and creative: I just did not know it in the 2000s because I was blinded by glowing Coach bags being suffocated by logos and tight polos featuring elusive animals such as moose, alligators, and eagles.
Because the 2000s were such a basic time, and everyone was just kind of doing and wearing the same shit as everyone else, we all asked for the same things over the holidays. “Can I PLEAAAAAAASE have a new Coach bag,” said every basic teenager in 2004 who needed a bag to go with their Coach keychain: AKA the only thing they could actually afford to buy in the store themselves (I got that shit with hard earned camp counselor money! It was no joke!).
There were plenty of other things we asked for in the 2000s. Here are 25 things you prob wanted as a gift in the ~December of 200-something~.
1. A new Coach bag
…that I would inevitably destroy because I was 16 and did not yet understand money.
2. New Pink sweatpants from Victoria Secret
THE LAND BEFORE YOGA PANTS: A time when you weren’t cool unless you had words across your ass. Side note: I mostly wanted Victoria’s Secret gifts because they came wrapped in this amazing pink ribbon that I would use as headbands. Why? Idk. But I thought it was pretty chic.
3. A Tiffany’s dog chain bracelet and necklace
Got this as a gift, lost it during gym class, got another Tiffany’s bracelet years later, left it in the water bottle holder space in a treadmill. WHY WERE KIDS TRUSTED WITH EXPENSIVE JEWELRY BACK THEN? WHY?
4. The Sims
I never owned The Sims. Dare to be different y’all.
5. A Razr phone
I was more of a “I-have-to-own-the-newest-Nextel” girl, so I never wished for a Razr. They looked pretty sweet when they were bedazzled (look at me using ‘sweet’ like an ’00s girl!), but my beep-beep two-way was way more #goals to me than owning this 2000s gem.
6. An Abercrombie and Fitch or Hollister skirt
I made my mom buy me 13 mini skirts after I saw ‘Mean Girls.’ Should I have been wearing these types of skirts? Did they look good on my “thicc AF” (did I use that right?) thighs? NAH. THEY LOOKED HORRENDOUS. My mom tried to stop me, but I didn’t care. I had to dress like everyone else even though we all had different body types! DUH.
9. Army pants
…and flip flops.
10. Money for a bad and bougie (boujee?!) french manicure
It’s funny because now this looks kinda trashy
11. An iPod Nano in your most favorite color
I had pink
12. A Von Dutch hat
Britney Spears wore one
13. A giftcard to Sam Goody, Strawberries, FYE, or another store that sold CDs, posters, and other things for music loving teens
RIP mall stores that sold CDs
14. THE COMPLETE O.C. SERIES ON DVD
Also known as: The Bible and The Torah
15. Laguna Beach on DVD
We couldn’t get enough of rich teens living in Southern California, real and fake
16. The Simple Life on DVD
Again with the rich people
17. A Chi hair straightener, even though your hair was already straight
My hair literally dried straight and I used this thing on it for 30 minutes after. It made zero sense.
18. This Dooney & Bourke bag
It kind of looked like this Louis bag that Regina George owned, that only rich girls actually asked for:
19. Books from the ‘Gossip Girl’ series
They were so good, they should have been made into a TV show. Spoiler alert: They were.
20. Mix CDs from your friendz
Mix tapes graduated to mix CDs which graduated to … Spotify playlists?? What do the kids do now? Idk.
22. A new Blackberry so you could FINALLY BBM your besties
New pin, who dis
23. A Livestrong bracelet
Because we cared so much about helping people in our teens.
24. Dance Dance Revolution, so you could train for clubbing in your 20s
Honestly, SoulCycle is just grown up DDR on a bike.
25. And finally: The V TRENDY Juicy sweatsuit
I never had one. Instead, I insisted on my parents buying me this ridiculous Juicy romper (this was before anyone knew what a romper was) because I didn’t want to have the same sweatsuit that everyone else had. I wanted something better. The romper was NOT BETTER. The Juicy sweatsuit itself was not good. But, hey—I give this one points for comfort. In the days before yoga pants, it was certainly hard to come by.