Christmas Day is approaching and as the kids go wild with their wish lists for Santa Claus, we are nostalgic for the toys we begged for in our childhood.
Parents, aunts and uncles search the web for smartphones and tablets, headphones, music and flashy robots for the youngest, but we remember a much simpler time.
In the 90s and 2000s, we cracked our Argos catalogs with pens and Post It notes on hand to showcase the must-have toys of our time.
Gone are the days of Tamagotchis and Furby toys in need, creepy Cabbage Patch Kids and collectible Beanie Babies – let’s face it, they’re all still in our lofts – but there’s no harm in looking back at them. old gilded.
Take a step back and take a look at the best toys we craved as kids.
Let us know what toys you desperately wanted to open on Christmas Day!
Dating has changed a bit since these days, and teens no longer need toys to practice talking to their crush.
Released by Milton Bradley in 1991, the hexagon-shaped board game had a hot pink plastic phone and one goal: to find out which of the game’s 24 handsome boys coveted you.
The perfect accessory for a slumber party lets you chat about boys and share secrets with your friends.
Just call each guy for a clue and identify your secret admirer – ooh!
Incredibly, the game still exists and you can get a modern version for £ 21 at Argos.
These frankly annoying little beings have taught us a thing or two about responsibility.
Bandai’s portable digital pet arrived in the UK in 1997 and skyrocketed the toy charts.
Almost all of the schoolchildren had a small pet living in their pockets, begging for food and attention in the middle of a math class.
They’re still there, available on Amazon for £ 15.99.
In 1998, parents fought in toy stores to give their child the gift of the year.
This spooky interactive toy resembled a fluffy owl with ears and chatted in its own language.
The toy, which could learn words, was banned from an American spy base because it could record and possibly repeat confidential information. It was a myth guys, Furby wasn’t a secret agent.
There’s a new Furby now, around £ 50 online, but you can still get your hands on an original for the good old days.
Girl Technical Journal
Our secrets were safe from prying eyes thanks to this nifty diary that could only be opened with a special password.
It was the ultimate gift for the teens, who scribbled love letters and poured their feelings into the cool gadget.
The new improved version (£ 25, Hamleys) is voice activated and comes with an invisible ink pen. Flashy!
Released in 1996, this memory test stick by Hasbro was more intense than a Cup Final football game.
The children were instructed to “twist it”, “pull it” and “bop” on command. One wrong move and it was back to square one.
With a max score of 100, this toy kept us entertained (and a little tired) for hours.
Bop It has seen many forms over the past 20 years and you can get the latest version at Smyths Toys, £ 14.99.
Realistic dolls were all the rage, weren’t they? And Baby Born, billed as “an adorably down-to-earth friend … the all-time best friend to go on an adventure with” was the most coveted of them all.
She had seven human functions including eating, drinking, crying, pooing and peeing and you could amass more stylish baby accessories and cute outfits than all the WAG mummies put together.
Over 24 million Baby Born dolls have been sold worldwide since their launch in 1991 – were you one of the lucky recipients on a Christmas day?
Barbie picnic van
The fun never stopped for Barbie with a glamorous lifestyle, a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes and her boyfriend Ken.
She’s always been an independent girl, even in the 90s when she hit the road in her retro picnic.
It was hot pink, naturally, and had a pull-out kitchen in the trunk as well as an assortment of diddy picnic accessories and a cool portable audio system.
For those who dream of freedom, they could opt for Barbie’s camper van, or her chic sports car.
If we knew these fluffy little animals would be worth a fortune, we might have been a little more careful when it comes to playing.
The cute sets arrived in the UK in 1985 and now sell for up to £ 500 per piece!
Fans could choose their animal family (mom and dad, son and daughter) and play with their old-fashioned outfits and dream homes.
From bears to pandas, rabbits, ducks and mice, it was our lifelong dream to collect them all.
These tiny little vehicles were all the rage in the ’80s, giving gas-loving boys and girls the chance to race on epic tracks concealed in Transformers-style vehicles.
Kids could open a truck to find a miniature town full of obstacles and loops. Toy cars, trucks, planes, bicycles, and boats were hot commodities at school, with devious trades to complement the collections taking place in the school yard.
They’re still around, so grab a set or two for the kids to play with.
Kids Cabbage Patch
These unappealing squashy-faced dolls were first released in the ’80s, but were still a staple in the’ 90s when toy giant Mattel took over.
They were so popular in fact there were reports of Cabbage Patch doll riots with parents fighting to get their hands on the chubby and “cuddly” dolls.
The fact that everyone is unique and can be “adopted” was a huge draw for us and the joy of holding this Babyland General Hospital Adoption Certificate in your gloves on Christmas morning was second to none!
Last year they made a comeback in Smyths toys for £ 29.99 with new ‘improved’ accessories including glasses and tiaras.
The name says it all – a tiny little doll small enough to fit in your pocket.
She was * the * toy to have in the 1990s and came with her own “Pollyville” world in a compact style case.
Over the years, new dolls appeared: there was Fifi and her Parisian apartment, the little red-haired Lily and the lucky Lulu with her own speedboat.
The “worlds” have also become very lively and you will soon be able to choose between a Pink Beach Café, a Glitter Island, a Magical Mansion and a Pool Party.
What have you dreamed of?
This American line of fashion dolls was so sassy.
The girl gang consisted of Jade, Yasmin, Cloe, and Sasha who all had big heads and cartoon features.
It was their mix and match fashion outfits that we loved and their Girl Power credentials – this cute team had a lot more attitude than Barbie!
The dolls went on to spawn TV shows and movies and were relaunched in 2015 with a new friend called Raya and their own selfie sticks and iPhone cases. Very gen-Z.
Created in 1993, these soft toys were a must have for 90s kids. Either you had one or wanted one.
There was so much to choose from, but the original lineup included Brownie the Bear, Chocolate the Moose, Legs the Frog, and Patti the Platypus.
It’s crazy to think that they became major collectibles in the late ’90s, with American investors paying up to $ 5,000 for a $ 5 beanie.
There are even rumors that Steg the Stegasaurus could be worth $ 50,000 today – it’s time to dig into your old memory box!
With the Pokémon card trading game on full swing, the idea of fighting with other kids in your own arena was a dream come true. Do you remember Bey Blades?
These vibrant spinning tops were themselves a derivative of a Saturday morning cartoon.
You just shoot the launcher and release it to eliminate your opponent’s Beyblade in the “stadium”.
What was even more magical was that each one embodied an animal spirit from the animated series – ok, so you had to use your imagination here, but we were addicted!