Need Some Last Minute Gift Ideas? These Favorite Toys From Your Childhood Still Exist

We’re in the home stretch here and I refuse to believe that you are all so super-organized that you have every bit of your holiday shopping done. Am I right? Are you panicking? Are you shopping as you read this?

Well, if you are and you are having a hard time finding inspiration for gifts – I thought I would remind you about some of the amazing toys we had when we were kids. Admittedly, some of the stuff was pretty weird – but a lot of it was awesome and still exists. I promise – if you can think of it, it exists on ebay. Clearly – it’s too late for ebay now, as we are only two days away from actual present unwrapping – but it’s the idea that I’m getting at here. You can definitely still find some of your favorite toys from childhood on the shelves of whatever toy store you are heading to today.

Snoopy Sno Cone Machine



How did I not know they still made these? Considering I had to get A’s in every subject in the third grade to get one – I’m going to have to think of some equally annoying way to make my child earn this thing. Sno cones taste so much better after some blood, sweat and tears.

Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven



This exists and is in working condition. It will for sure set your house on fire – but imagine the few moments of nostalgia you can share with your child before that happens! Did anyone else have this oven? I think I may still have a few scars from the second degree burns I got from handling the baking tins.

Fall guy lunch box



What kindergartener doesn’t want a lunchbox with the image of a man with rugged good looks engulfed in flames? If nothing else, you can fill it with coal to remind your child of the very real wrath of Santa. Nothing says you’ve been naughty like a rust-ridden receptacle for snacks.

Lincoln Logs



I’m determined to find some joy in these – or at least groom a future architect.

Donnie and Marie Barbie



Who needs Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber when you have Donny and Marie? I have a soft spot in my heart for these because they were my very first “Barbies.”

Weeble Wobbles



Theses “wobble” but they don’t fall down, so it may be easier to avoid stepping on one when you’re walking through your kids room at night. Plus, they’re adorable – so win, win.

Sit ‘n Spin



My kid has an annoying habit of spinning himself into total dizziness, crashing into furniture and falling to the floor. At least this thing will keep him on the ground.

Play Doh Fuzzy Pumper



Apparently someone objected to the awesome name “Fuzzy Pumper,” because it’s not called that anymore. Now it’s called Play Doh Scare Chair, but it still has the same awesome results; Play Doh “hair” pushes out of these little plastic heads and you can cut it. I freaked when I got this thing for Christmas in the first grade.


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  • pixie

    I wish I had a wicked awesome lunchbox like that.
    And I am definitely not that organized with Christmas gifts (my mom and dad are done, and my 11 year old cousin-type-thing is nearly done, but I still need gifts for everyone else). I still need to make/get Christmas cards. I’ll be pulling a late night tonight, I think.
    Truthfully I had no idea what to get the boyfriend, but since the ocean stole his sunglasses in Cuba, I’m going to take him shopping for them on boxing day (his idea). And I’ll probably get him some legos to appeal to his inner 6 year old.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    I totally got my kids Lincoln Logs so I could play with them myself. I can’t wait to freakin’ open them!

    • Maria Guido

      Hahah! Awesome!

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Is it wrong that I can still sing the Fall Guy theme song?

  • Bethany Ramos

    We got a kid in my son’s daycare an old school Etch-a-Sketch vs. a loud yelling toy in a gift exchange, and he looked like he LOVED it. So cute.

    • Pumplestilskin

      My go to gift for those is an old school metal Slinky. The kids always love it, according to my kids it’s usually a big hit with their whole class and it usually falls under the price limit that the teachers set

    • Maria Guido

      That’s a great idea. I got my child a whoopie cushion because he cracks himself up when he farts. haha

  • Pumplestilskin

    Except for The Fall Guy lunch box and the Holly Hobbie Easy Bake oven we have every one of these toys in our house right now. Some are hand me downs from my husband and I and the Donnie and Marie Barbie’s are still in their boxes in my mother in laws cabinet that she left here when she moved out (we live on a family farm and “traded” houses). Lots of Barbie’s in there. I’m kind of hoping she forgot about it, college for my kids maybe…

  • Alexandra

    OMG!! I never got a snoopy snow cone machine and was very upset about that.
    My best friend had the Sit n Spin and it was so fun!!!

    • Maria Guido

      I think someone needs to buy herself a Christmas gift!

  • AP

    Hehehehe fuzzy pumper

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