Retro Holiday Gift Ideas

retro toy gift options for the holidays
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Published Date: 11/23/2020
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Do you ever wish you could take your kids back to your childhood to show them all of the fun ways you kept busy without a cell phone or a tablet?! While shopping for my girls this year, I noticed so many retro gift ideas that instantly transported me back to my childhood. While I couldn’t find Skip-it or a Pogo Ball for less than $85-$100, I was able to find a number of favorites that they still sell today! If you are all about nostalgia like I am, check out these fun, retro holiday gift ideas.

Retro Holiday Gift Ideas

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The classic way for aspiring artists to create millions of marvelous patterns is back and better than ever! Includes 19 Spirograph® Precision Wheels, 2 Spirograph® Precision Rings, 1 Spirograph® Precision Rack , .17 oz. (5g) of Reusable Spirograph® Putty, 3 Design Pens, 14-Page Guide Book, 20 Sheets of Design Paper and one storage tray. This reproduction of the classic set features all the iconic wheels and rings of the original in a retro, throwback package!

studebaker radio
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Studebaker Portable AM/FM Radio

The Studebaker SB2000 AM/FM radio is an retro portable radio with classic styling, and easy to use features. The large analog tuning knob simplifies adjusting to your favorite station and the speaker delivers excellent sound with clear and static-free audio. Play music from other devices like your tablet, iPod, MP3 player or other digital audio players using the built-in auxiliary input jack. The compact, durable design features a carrying handle and telescopic antenna. The SB2000 operates on 120V AC or on 4 x “C” batteries (not included), and makes the radio perfect for taking with you anywhere you go.

magic 8 ball
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Magic 8 Ball

The Magic 8 Ball has all the answers to all of your most pressing questions! Featured in cool, retro-style, fans of all ages will be reminded of when this novelty toy was first introduced, proving again that there’s plenty of fortune-telling fun to be had! Start by “asking the ball” a “yes” or “no” question then turn it over to see your answer magically appear inside the window. Answers range from positive (“It is certain”) to negative (“Don’t count on it”) to neutral (“Ask again later”). If you seek advice…then this toy is for you! Includes 1 Magic 8 Ball novelty toy. Colors and decorations may vary.

Battleship Game Retro Series 1967 Edition
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Battleship Game Retro Series

Since 1967, the Battleship game has been thrilling would-be naval commanders! This retro edition is inspired by the original favorite game where 2 players try to sink each other’s hidden ships. It’s full speed ahead to hunt, hit, sink, and win! The first player to sink all 5 ships in the enemy fleet wins! The average playing time is 20 minutes per game.

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Lite Brite
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Lite Brite

The most fun & nostalgic way to create art with light with the new & improved version of Lite-Brite that contains a bigger screen and more pegs! Inspired by the 80’s Lite-Brite classic, the shape of the tablet will remind you of the original and includes 6 fun templates to copy, 200+ pegs and a bigger, brighter screen. Create beautiful art, make a room sign or just freestyle with new, round pegs designed to shine brighter than ever and templates with interesting designs like a unicorn rainbow! Turn on the light and be mesmerized watching your artwork glow behind 4 different light shows from blinking to pulsing.

slap bracelets
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Slap Bracelets

All of our slap bracelets are shiny and dashing, compact and adorable, stylish and fashionable. Your kids will stand out from the crowd once they wear the bracelets on. Slap bracelets are perfect as stocking stuffers, bulk goodie bag fillers, pinata toys, glitter party decorations, classroom rewards and prizes. Also can be used as a hair band, hair wrapper. Great birthday, holiday gift for your lilttle one. Ideal stress relief toys for your children.

lisa frank super pack gift set
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Lisa Frank Gift Set

Lisa Frank Sticker Super Pack — Lisa Frank Sticker Pack and Art Supplies with Over 1,800 Stickers. This Lisa Frank sticker set comes with a Lisa Frank Sticker Pad and art box with coloring tools, notepad, and more. The set contains over 1,800 total stickers for hours of fun. This Lisa Frank sticker set works perfectly as party favors, party supplies. reward stickers and more. Great fun for any Lisa Frank fan. Officially licensed Lisa Frank toys and games products.

simon retro game
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It’s the classic version of the popular Simon game! It’s the exciting electronic game of lights and sounds in which players must repeat random sequences of flashing lights by pressing the colored pads in the correct order. It’s fun to play solo or to challenge friends to beat the high score.

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The classic Koosh Ball is an awesome stress reliever. It is fun to toss into the air, easy to catch and extremely addictive. Play with the Koosh Ball at your desk, during a meeting or while talking on the phone. The Koosh Ball has a soft touch, is fun to hold and hard to put down. This original Koosh Ball is so cool, you’ll definitely want to keep it all to yourself. Size: About 3″ in diameter. Ages 3+.

Garbage Pail Kids cards
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Garbage Pail Kids

20 TOPPS GPK Series 2 35TH Anniversary Value Box: Celebrate 35 years of outrageous and gross fun with the 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Series 2: 35th Anniversary set! This year’s release will showcase all-new art, fun card backs, and new packaging! Brand-New Artwork & Characters! Sketch Cards! Artist Autographs!

nintendo nes game console
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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

  • MINI CLASSIC EDITION – NES classic edition is portable, easy to use and great for traveling, with different display modes to choose from.
  • INCLUDES: The original look & feel of the Nintendo Classic Edition, redesigned miniature version, to smaller, sleeker, and pre-loaded with 30 innovative games, HDMI cable, AC Adapter, and the mini NES classic controller.
  • 30 PRE-LOADED GAMES – some of its action packed games include, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, PAC-MAN, Dr. Mario, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and much more.
Kerplunk retro game
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Ker Plunk

Ker Plunk! is a blast from the past with a cool look and attitude! The object of the game is to skillfully remove the sticks from the tube while dropping the fewest marbles possible. The translucent tube stands upright on a base that contains four separate numbered trays. Each player selects a numbered compartment to use throughout the game, and the straws are passed through holes midway of the tube to form a lattice “web.” The marbles are then placed in the top of the tube and held in place by the web. Just set it up, start playing and watch out for marbles that go “Ker Plunk!” the players must use steady hands and a cool head to remove the sticks from below the marbles. This best game from yester-year is just as much fun today! Share your great memories or start new ones! You and your friends will have a blast playing Ker Plunk! just don’t let the marbles fall! For 2 to 4 players.

care bear figurines
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Care Bear Figurines

Collect and play with all your favorite Care Bears in 1 set. Bring them home and create your own Care-a-Lot. These figures are 3″ Tall with articulation in the arms. Included: Cheer, Grumpy, Harmony, Love-a-Lot and Wish.

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The Original digital pet you loved back in 1997 is back with a sahara pastel shell! With original generation 2 programming, you feed it, clean up after it, take care of it and even discipline it if it’s bothering you when it doesn’t need you! Plus, you can play the Numbers game! How you take care of your Tamagotchi and how you do in the game, decides which Adult Tamagotchi you’ll get! Includes the CR2032 battery and attaches to your bag so it goes everywhere! Ages 8+

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a team of four turtles, transformed into anthropomorphic creatures with high intelligence as a result of the action of a mutagen. Under the guidance of their sensei – an anthropomorphic rat named Splinter, they were trained in the art of ninjutsu.

raggedy ann and andy vintage retro toys
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Raggedy Ann and Andy

Bundle includes 2 – Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Beautifully made with fine facial features in soft brown tones and yarn hair. Has the traditional embroidered “I Love You” heart on his chest and features plastic button eyes.

Snoopy Snow Cone Machine
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Snoopy Sno-cone Machine

Help your kids make a cool treat with the Snoopy Sno Cone Maker. Use a hand crank to shave ice and scoop it into cups with the shovel. A padded clamp provides extra stability for this snow cone maker. Makes a perfect collectible gift for Peanuts fans young and old. For ages 4 and up.

speak and spell electronic game
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Speak and Spell Electronic Game

The educational toy from the 70s and 80s is back with the new technology but in the same retro design. The Speak & Spell Electronic Game helps in teaching your kids to spell over 200 words using a synthesizer. The toy comes in different modes: Myster Word, Say It, Letter, Secret Code and Spell and in different levels of difficulty to help your kiddo learn while having fun. This educational toy will keep your kids entertained and engaged, and improving their spelling.

Which of these do you remember from your childhood? Are there any toys that you remember playing with that we haven’t listed? Tell us below! Don’t forget to check out our adult stocking stuffer ideas and hottest holiday toys!


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  1. The Tamagochi is still a hit even nowadays, and I heard they are launching an upgrade version. Those care bear figurines are so cool as well.

  2. OMG! Such a fun Holiday gift guide 😍 I am going to get this SPEAK AND SPELL ELECTRONIC GAME ❤️ Great compilation 🙂

  3. Nnnniiiicccceeeeee….the SNOOPY SNO-CONE MACHINE is a great one! I love how it looks like.

  4. Oh! This post made me nostalgic. I am going to get one of these and gift it to my daughter so that I can also play with these.

  5. I really wish we could let the kids enjoy without the use of gadgets and internet! These retro toys are really fun and exciting to play.

  6. These are really great retro toy gift guide I idea I love that stereo. I need to check few others from the list.

  7. Listen, I went to grab a tomagotchi for my kids last week and everywhere was SOLD OUT. I mean, I was a GigaPet gal myself, but I LOVED THESE THINGS.

  8. I want to get my granddaughter the lite-in-brite for Christmas I think that should would love it.

  9. Oh gosh some of these bring back the best memories of when my kids we’re little and I love seeing that they are still popular! Such fun games for the whole family.

  10. Oh my! So much nostalgia reading through this! Magic 8 Ball, Kerplunk, and Battleships were my childhood! What great gifts.

  11. So many cute retro games. The only ones that were around when I was a kid were the magic 8 ball, spirograph and lite-brite.

  12. These are all awesome gift ideas. I had a lot of these as a kid. I wish I still had some of them to this day.

  13. If someone got my a Tamagotchi for Christmas this year, I think I would be the happiest person on the planet haha

  14. That portable radio is super cute. My husband would like it, for sure. Well, I want it for myself too.

  15. Awesome list of toys to have for our collection especially the NES classic games. It brings back my childhood memory.

  16. OMG, these bring me back. I love that these retro toys are coming back. I love it.

  17. This is such a fun gift guide and brings me right back to my childhood. Oh, the things I would’ve done for a Nintendo and Tamagotchi! Lol, I might need to gift myself a couple of these this year!!

  18. My best friend is so fond of retro things. I think I will find something perfect for her fro this list. Thanks for the ideas!

  19. There are a lot of great toys here! I remember playing with many of these and some of them remind me of my mom.

  20. Ah those were some of my favorites growing up! Simon and Kerplunk were so much fun. Nice to see them coming back

  21. These toys brings back such great memories to me and I would love for my kids to play the same as well. The Koosh toys as well as the Slap Bracelets are my favourite

  22. There are some really cool retro gifts here for sure. For me it is all about the teenage mutant ninja turtles – they are awesome xx

  23. strangely, I own many of these toys – clearly I nostalgia buy for my kids!

    I put the NES in my wal-mart cart… do I buy it for the kids (or for me)

  24. Loads of great gift ideas for my kids. Ker Plunk sounds like a great option for them. I used to play that myself.

  25. My daughter actually has a spirograph on her Christmas lists, lots of fun. These gifts brought back memories and a smile!

  26. You got some great ideas here. I love the nintendo classic and also the radio.. I’m into those lazy stuff.

  27. I love retro toys! It always makes my heart happy to see my own kids playing with toys that I once loved to play with! What fun gift ideas!

  28. I love all things retro so this list hit me hard. The eight ball and the old school Nintendo would be at the top of my list!

  29. Looking through the list I know that Spirography was and is and absolute favorite of mine… but that Nintendo is looking pretty good, too 🙂 Love these ideas!

  30. Oh my gosh these bring back the memories! I actually just had to tell my husband yesterday what a Tamagotchi was!

  31. Some of the best of the Retro choices, indeed. I have a a few of them on the list. But would like to get a Tamagochi.

  32. All of these toys bring back so many memories! My kids enjoyed many of them, and I think our granddaughter will too when she’s older.

  33. Getting some major flashbacks with some of these! Great for those who enjoy reminiscing about the past 🙂

  34. All those are bringing memories from my childhood, they are all so cool, now I might need to buy some of them

  35. These gift ideas are making me feel so nostalgic! Seeing that Tomagotchi really brings me back, and is actually making me feel quite emotional remembering purchasing one with my parents and being completely ecstatic about it!

  36. Oh my word. This definitely takes me back. I want them all for me!! A lot of these I remember, but some I’d forgotten. I used to love the Speak & Spell Electronic Game.

  37. My daughter is all about the retro stuff, so she’ll love these. I did get her a Magic 8 ball, which she loves. She used to have the Snoopy Sno Cone maker, but it broke.

  38. Oh wow. The nostalgia is strong here! I remember playing my NES back in the day, and my little brother was obsessed with TMNT.

  39. OMGoodness–these are some of my favorites from childhood–Simon, Speak and Spell, Snoopy’s Snow Cone Machine. YES!!! I’m definitely considering buying a few of these for my boys. Thank you!!

  40. These gifts bring me back to my childhood when kids didnot get every toy out there. I would love to give Simon or spirograph both classics and stand up to the test of time.