Retro Holiday Gift Ideas

retro toy gift options for the holidays
Author: Heather
Category: Christmas
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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

kiosk ball


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

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

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

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

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.



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

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

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

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

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!


Some of our favorite toys from the 80's and 90's are still available today. Here are our favorite retro toy picks for the holidays.
Want to share some childhood memories with the kids on your holiday list? Check out these retro toys that are still available today!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!!

  • 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.