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8 Retro Holiday Gifts for the Kids on Your List

by Martha Simmonds
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There is something really cool about seeing your kids wearing the brands and playing with the toys you loved as a kid. Retro holiday gifts offer moving feelings of nostalgia as they provoke old childhood memories. Here are some awesome retro gifts for the kids in your life this holiday season.

1. Handheld Games

Tiger Electronics has put out old-school handheld games just like you had as a kid, including Sonic, X-Men and Power Rangers. The small games have the same terrible graphics and limited capabilities that you enjoyed as a child — and they are still just as captivating for kids of all ages.

2. Tabletop Arcade Games

Tabletop arcades for games like Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are also available if you want a serious blast from the past. These are bigger and even offer a joystick for the full (mini) experience.

3. Retro Athleisure

Shop top sportswear lines for holiday gifts. Go for the retro looks like Jordan, Adidas Originals, Timberland and many other classic brands you grew up loving. There is something really cool about seeing kids in clothing that makes your inner child jealous. Not only are branded athletic clothes popular with most kids, but they are also extremely practical gifts if you are trying to cut back on the level of toy clutter in your home.

4. Polaroid Camera

A fun flashback with a modern twist is the FujiFilm Instax Mini bundle that comes with film. While not truly a retro item, the ability to take an instant picture is a classic from childhood. For a more retro-looking camera, check out the Polaroid Now. This can be a great gift to inspire and encourage the talents of a budding creative.

5. Board Games

Make it a family fun game night by gifting your favorite game from your childhood. There are many to choose from, including Monopoly Jr., Clue Jr., Chutes and Ladders, Bop-It, Uno, Trouble, Sorry and more.

6. The Gift of Future Insight

Magic 8 Balls were created in 1946 and got really popular in the 70s and 80s. Mattel has claimed to sell over a million Magic 8 Balls each year. It was also named to the 2011 ALL-TIME 100 Greatest Toys list by TIME Magazine.

7. Retro Baby Teethers

There are lots of fun retro-shaped silicone or wooden teethers out there. Get your baby or toddler something to chew on that is shaped like a tiny Gameboy or Nintendo Entertainment System (original NES) controller. Teething gifts are exciting for the babies, but also are fun throwbacks for the parents.

8. Share Your Love of Classic Books

Another great retro gift for kids can come in paperback, hardcover or board pages. Share your favorite books from your childhood and watch their eyes light up. Books help shape who we are and our understanding of the world, so they are a great way to help draw your child into your world.

For babies, choose classic board books, like “Goodnight Moon” or “Guess How Much I Love You.” Toddlers and children can be entertained by picture book classics, like “The Poky Little Puppy,” “Madeline” and “Caps for Sale.” For older children and teens, choose your favorite chapter books to read aloud, like “Goosebumps,” “Boxcar Children” or “Nate the Great.”

Choose something that really stands out this year. The holiday gift ideas on this list are fun for adults and kids alike, allowing you to share something meaningful from your past.

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