I'm only going to feature the more traditional style gifts, rather than the electronic toys that are often mentioned. No doubt, I will come back to this post from time to time to add more items that I suddenly remember playing with back in the day.
|Retro Table Tennis Set|
|Traditional Glass Marbles|
It all became simply ridiculous when someone decided to bring in giant ball bearings from the local scrap yard, and the rules of marbles were thrown out of the window. The competition between the boys was not how well they played the game, but who owned the biggest spherical object! It reached a point where many kids decided to revert back to using the classic clear glass marbles, once more.
|Wind-Up Tin Mouse|
|Traditional Pick Up Sticks Game|
|Vintage Style Baffling Wire Puzzles|
You would sometimes discover a Mini wire puzzle inside a Christmas cracker and then, instead of relaxing with a glass of mulled wine, you would find yourself spending the evening losing your temper trying to solve the darn thing! The idea is to separate the two interlocking pieces of the puzzle and reconnect them, and there are now many puzzles available at Amazon.co.uk, some of which come in retro style boxes.
|Jackpot Annual 1982|
|Retro Flying Hats Game|
|Parker Brothers Sorry! Game|
|New Sorry! game published by Hasbro|
|Action Man Gargon Creature (1978) Palitoy|
|1964 Action Man in his British Tank Infantry Uniform|
That action man featured above came about ten years before I received one for Christmas. During the 70s, Palitoy introduced eagle eyes and gripping hands. Mine also had fuzzy, blonde hair. Unfortunately, it was thrown away many years ago - why didn't I keep it?
You can see many more traditional toys and games at my website SimplyEighties.com and you may also be interested in the section 70s and 80s Toys you can still buy today.