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My how times change – a look at the top Christmas presents through the years

Remember the excitement and anticipation that came every year when the Sears and Roebuck Christmas Wish Book landed in the mailbox? Thanks to the internet, that catalog is a limitless number of online pages, filled with toy and gift options that strain the imagination.

Still, every Christmas season there are a few children’s gifts that rise above the rest, the must-have gift of a generation, or some toy that retains a place as a timeless classic. Though the popular toys change throughout the years, the central idea behind those gifts remains steady – to spread happiness and joy to children. Here are just a few of the most-loved Christmas toys throughout the years.


  • Radio Flyer Wagon
  • Yo-Yo
  • Joy Buzzer


  • Red Ryder BB gun
  • Sock Monkey
  • Stuffed Mickey Mouse


  • Slinky
  • Legos
  • Magic 8 ball


  • Silly Putty
  • Barbie
  • Tonka Truck


  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Barrel of Monkeys


  • Star Wars Action Figures
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Nerf Ball


  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • My Little Pony
  • Transformers


  • Beanie Baby
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Tickle Me Elmo


  • Bratz dolls
  • Razor Scooters
  • XBOX 360

Trending for 2019

  • Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg
  • L.O.L. Surprise fashion doll
  • Little Genius starter kit for iPad

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