There’s something about the festive season that makes us all nostalgic, remembering happy hours spent circling catalogues in the hopes of receiving longed-for gifts.
Each decade boasts its own unique collection of must-haves, so can past Christmas wish list wants reveal your childhood era? Read on and find out…
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It was the decade when everyone got crafty with Etch-a-Sketch, Spirograph, Airfix and, er, Silly String? Games were huge and the big names were Twister, Mousetrap, KerPlunk, Operation, Battleships and the baffling Mr Potato Head.
Sindy, Trolls, G.I. Joe and Action Man were all the rage and toy cars came in the form of Hot Wheels and the James Bond Aston Martin.
Remember any of these from your Christmas list? You’re a child of the 60’s.
In a galaxy far, far away…
Rubix Cube, Magna Doodle, Mastermind and Uno got the grey matter working. Stretch Armstrong and the NERF Ball showcased the latest in new and fun materials, while Shrinky Dinks got everyone baking (albeit polystyrene, not yummy cakes and biccies).
Lego, Playmobil, and Dungeons and Dragons topped the charts, and the craze for Star Wars figures snuck in at the end of the decade.
If you unwrapped one of these gems on Christmas morning, you’re a child of the 70’s.
Who you gonna call?
Optimus Prime and the Transformers ruled and hours were spent gobbling marbles with Hungry Hippos and building tiny villages for Silvanian Families. The coolest kids ran around the neighbourhood with Ghostbusters Proton Packs strapped to their backs while swapping football stickers.
Everyone went mad for Koosh Balls (essentially just a ball of brightly coloured rubber strings), and My Little Pony, Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Kids and Strawberry Shortcake made it cool to be kind.
Were you pleased as punch with one of these pressies? You’re a child of the 80s.
Gotta catch ‘em all!
TMNT mania (heroes in a half shell!) took over, with Telly Tubbies and Tamagotchi close behind. Anyone who was anyone had a Gameboy (and the Tetrus theme tune as an earworm) or the fluro-pink Barbie Magical Motor Home.
Buzz Lightyear, Furbies, Super Soakers, Pokemon, Razor Scooters – Christmas lists were groaning with choice in this decade.
Does it all seem like yesterday? You’re a child of the 90s.
Dance, dance, dance
The Nintendo Wii and the High School Musical Dance Mat got everyone up off the sofa on Christmas Day. Pets went cyber with the arrival of the Teksta Robot Dog and Go Go Pets.
Bob the Builder, Beyblades and Bratts Dolls topped lists all over the country and In the Night Garden’s Iggle Piggle was all little ones wanted.
You won’t have to cast your mind back far as you’re a child of the 00s.
As this decade nears its end, we wonder which best sellers will make nostalgia lists in years to come. Pictionary Air? Pumpaloons? Singing Elsa Dolls? The Cake Factory 😉? We’ll just have to wait and see…