Christmas gifts for children then vs. now

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Posted by Antonio Cerro am

Christmas is in 107 days. I used to be told that the days / years go by faster the older you get. And it's actually true. What Christmas present for children should there be this year? You have to think about it even faster. Christmas and giving presents to children, friends and family has changed enormously over the years. The worst example for me is the Christmas tree. More and more people are buying a plastic Christmas tree that they use every year. I can even understand that a little bit. If you look at the prices of a fresh Christmas tree, under 50€ you get almost nothing. Still, I just can't get used to a plastic Christmas tree. There are even some in pink… well, tastes differ, thank God. 

But this article is not about Christmas trees at all, but about Christmas gifts for children. What is the best Christmas present for children? If you ask me - of course Slime. Why? Because I sell slime :-) No, seriously. Kids can really spend hours with Slime, and not just kids, by the way. But let's look a little into the past, what Christmas presents were there for children in the 50s and 80s and what will be the most popular Christmas present this year.

Christmas gifts for children in the 50s.

The most popular gift for children was the electric train. In the shop windows of the large department stores, beautiful snowy landscapes were built with great attention to detail and a Märklin train, for example, drove around in them.

Christmas gifts for kids in the 80s.

Without doing much research, I know what the absolute mega gift for children in the 80s was. Everyone wanted - and many got - a Nintendo. If you didn't want a Nintendo, you probably wanted a He-Man figure. The girls were hoping for a pair of "My Little Pony" - preferably with the original scent.

Christmas gifts for kids TODAY.

There is no question that smartphones will be in first place, for the younger kids my personal favorite is the Toniebox or, even better, tiptot books. My boys loved the books. The Switch or the PS5 will probably also be at the top of children's wish lists. And of course handmade Slime from us ;-)

As you can see, Christmas gifts for children have changed a lot in the electric direction over the years. You can find that good or not good. But you cannot stop the technology and therefore also the electronic toys. However, I also think it's pretty cool when my kids just draw a picture... with colored pencils and stuff like that.

Tony


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