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25 Amazing Gifts From Sears's 1992 Holiday Wish Book

Jennifer M Wood
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF SEARS'S THE GREAT AMERICAN WISH BOOK 1992 VIA EBAY
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Take a trip down holiday memory lane with these still-amazing gifts from 25 years ago.

The year was 1992. President George H.W. Bush vomited into the lap of Japan's Prime Minister during a state dinner. Dan Quayle misspelled potato. And if The Great American Wish Book—Sears's colossal catalog of holiday gift ideas—is any indication, everyone was wearing high-waisted pants. Let's take a trip down holiday memory lane with these still-amazing gifts from 25 years ago.

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF SEARS'S THE GREAT AMERICAN WISH BOOK 1992 VIA EBAY

In 1992, the most important rule when it came to your jeans was: the higher the waistband the cooler you'll look. (Look closely at that pair on the right and you'll notice that that's actually a stirrup jean.)

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Adults voluntarily choosing to outfit themselves in high-waisted jeans is one thing. But putting your kid in a pair of sweatpants up to his chest? The '90s were cruel.

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Speaking of sweatpants: the couple that wears semi-matching, elastic-hemmed sweatsuits—and looks happy doing it—is the kind of couple whose relationship can withstand anything.

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"Hi-Tech is Happenin'" indeed!



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You'd look miserable, too, if you were forced to wear acid-washed jeans and a floral vest.

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Fact: This TV weighed 296 pounds.

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If a gargantuan TV wasn't your thing, you could spend $350 to get this portable model that promised to keep your kids quiet during a long car ride ... if they could actually see it. The television featured a 2.2-inch screen! (If you wanted to fork over an additional $250, you could upgrade to the 3-inch model.)

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Sadly, not even children were immune to the Zubaz pants trend.



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Sorry, ladies: If you thought you were going to escape America's love of athletic wear, you were wrong.

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There's no doubt that the family with the tanning bed was the envy of the neighborhood.

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Admit it: You just looked at this photo and cringed when you remembered that you had these exact Reeboks in more than one color.

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Rock on with your bad self. (Canadian tuxedo not included.)



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"World's Worst Dressed Family."

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We like where they're going with this whole "no-spill" thing. But wouldn't a lid be easier?

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Courtesy of Tony Soprano's "Bada Bing" collection.

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There's nothing wrong with loving The Little Mermaid ... but this is creepy.



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Is Barbie ok?

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This bicycle built for two might be the most embarrassing thing we've ever seen.

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Regarding that above comment? We stand corrected.

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Dolls—they're just like us. They have a heartbeat, laugh, cry, get cranky, and burp.



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Dolls also pee and rollerblade.

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Twenty bucks says this kid is on the phone to Santa asking what  he did so wrong to get a Party Kitchen for Christmas.

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How many stuffed animals were harmed in the making of these faux fur coats?

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Before there was Big Mouth Billy Bass, there was this fish hat. That you could wear. In public.



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We'll let you caption this one.

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