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These Retro Toys Make Awesome Christmas Gifts!

Do you love retro toys? These fantastic toys remind me of my childhood! Grab them for Christmas – so that you can give them to your own children!

20 retro Christmas toys

I absolutely love retro toys! Yes . . . I’m one of those people that gets all nostalgic when I see toys from my childhood. I just don’t feel like anything is as cool as it was when I was little! If you are over the age of 30, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

To celebrate being older (and wiser), I pulled together a collection of retro toys I think you’re going to love. These “vintage” finds are all from different time periods and you may remember some better than others.

I have a few personal favorites on this list – but I love them all. I think it’s time to start a new toy collection!

Classic Toys You’ll Love

If you remember some of these toys from your childhood, grab them for YOUR children and carry on the tradition! Check out the list below.

Retro Classic Wind-Up Robot

Retro Classic Wind-Up Robot

I’m a huge fan of tiny tin toys! I love the colors, the graphics, the overall design. I have a few in my craft room on the display shelves right now.

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob's Ladder Toy

The illusion of a Jacob’s ladder is a sight to behold! You’ll be mesmerized for hours. You can buy this guy or learn to make your own here.

Spirograph Deluxe Design Set

The Original Spirograph

Fisher Price Classic Farmer See n’ Say

Fisher Price Classic Farmer See n' Say

We had this toy in our home growing up and it lasted through all four of my brothers – which is saying something about the toughness of this toy. I will say that by the end the speaker was giving out, which was amazingly entertaining.

Handheld Water Game

Handheld water game

Handheld water games are retro toys that remind me of one thing: the dentist. My childhood dentist had a few of things. Pretty smart because I spent a lot of time on this game rather than thinking about what was to come.

Slinky Dog

Slinky dog collector's edition

I wasn’t very good at operating the original Slinky, but I knew people who were. The Slinky dog is a cute classic that “squirms right into your heart whether you’re a tiny tot or grown up.”

View Master Box Set

View Master box set

Here’s how much I love View Master: I wanted to use them to make custom media kits in one of my jobs a few years ago. This toy is one of the greatest of all time!

Ferris Wheel Tin Toy

Ferris wheel tin toy

This tin ferris wheel takes a standard tin toy and kicks it up a notch! I don’t have this one displayed anywhere in my home, but I think I need it.

Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs

What can you build with Lincoln Logs? I think you know the answer to that: just about anything! Lincoln Logs still provide hours of endless play.

Lite Brite Magic Screen

Lite Brite Magic Screen

Of all the vintage toys out there, Lite Brite is definitely a contender for favorite. We had one of the originals, and used the designs over and over. We’d even cut black paper to fit and make our own!

Lighted Whirly Wheel Spinning Toy

Lighted Whirly Wheel spinning toy

You have to keep the wheel balanced – all the while, the wheel is lighting up! How good are you? Find out with this toy. Trust me, it’s still fun for adults.

Playskool Sit n’ Spin

Playskool Sit n’ Spin

To be honest, I was never one of those kids that liked spinning. It always gave me a headache and made me sick. If you’re not a weenie like I was, you might want to pick one of these up for a bit of nostalgia.

Fisher Price Classic Chatter Phone

Fisher Price classic chatter phone

I wish I could remember which of my brothers drug this phone around everywhere! So many applications – a fake pet, a phone . . . you’ve gotta pick one up for your kid, right?

Jumbo Jacks

Jumbo jacks in a classic tin

I’ll be very honest and admit that I’ve never played jacks, nor do I know how to play. However a list of retro toys really isn’t complete without jacks, whether I played them or not. So here they are, with a carrying case to boot.

Fisher Price Two Tune Television

Fisher Price two tune television

This cute little TV displays a scrolling graphic while playing a song. It’s the perfect retro toy for driving parents crazy.

Skip It

Twister Moves – Skip It

How many toys can you say are fun to play with – and provide exercise? Sure there are balls, but this toy is a little more unique. No matter the version you buy, a Skip It is hours of fun.

Toysmith Pick Up Sticks

Toysmith Pick Up Sticks

Pick up sticks can help develop fine motor skills, and that’s probably something we all need a little more of, eh? This game is definitely a skill builder, and fun just because of how simple it is.

Little Tin Top

Little tin top spinning toy

Just pump the handle to watch the top spin! It’s easy enough for all ages, and still thrills me in adulthood.

Etch a Sketch

Etch A Sketch

I was never very good at drawing on the Etch A Sketch, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try. Didn’t you hate it when you’d drop yours and your fabulous work would shake to erase?

Vintage Light Blue Truck

Vintage light blue truck

I’ll never forget being at my grandparents house when they brought out my dad’s vintage trucks. My brothers started playing with them immediately. Apparently trucks never get old!

Which of these retro toys is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out some of my other guides:


Saturday 17th of December 2016

My very favorite is classic Barbie! But from the list it has to be Spirograph. I had so much fun with it.


Saturday 17th of December 2016

I was obsessed with the Spirograph! I actually need to get one so I can see what kind of art I can make with it. Could be cool!

Vicky Reynolds

Saturday 17th of December 2016

My favorite is the Etch a sketch. I had hours of fun playing on this and trying to draw circles.


Saturday 17th of December 2016

I loved the Etch a Sketch! I wasn't very good though. LOL

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