Looking for an extra special Christmas gift for the kids? Why not go retro this year with a selection of classic and awesome toys? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A great gift for girls and boys of all ages, car toys are an enduring toy that lets children explore the world of the humble automobile. One of the great things about this type of toy is that it comes in so many different guises, from remote controlled cars, to pull-along trucks to more up market dye cast gift sets, toy cars have endured and evolved throughout the years and they’re the perfect gift for the next generation of eager children out there.
Thomas the Tank Engine
While car toys have remained popular for decades, what’s truly amazing about Thomas the Tank Engine is his ability to adapt to the changing times. Originally beginning as the title character inThe Railway Seriesbooks by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher, in the 1940s, the character grew into a TV series in the late 1970s and then a must-have toy that still tops the best seller lists today.
Originally created in the 1950s, generations of children around the world have grown up with this colourful putty. Comprised of a mixture of non-toxic ingredients, including flour, water and salt, Play Doh’s simple premise allows childrens’ imaginations to run wild as they create amazing creatures and have new adventures that last for hours thanks to this wonderful stuff.
Mattel’s most famous product, full name Barbara Millicent Roberts, celebrated her 55th birthday in 2014 and shows no signs of retiring yet. Marketed as a fashion doll for young girls, Barbie’s fans number in their millions and range in age, gender and location around the world. While the original doll was merely designed to look pretty, recent incarnations of Barbie have included Barbie in a number of different careers, including teacher, doctor and Ambassador for World Peace.
While some people think classic means old, when it comes to toys, classic means a toy that has been tried and tested throughout the generations. You don’t have to take a chance on a classic, as the old ideas still work and still attract fans all over the world. So, this Christmas, ignore the latest fashions and fads and go for something a little more timeless.
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