Nostalgia drives our gift shopping at Christmas

Allan Blackburn.
Allan Blackburn.

Well, here we are in December and our thoughts turn to Christmas and getting everything ready for the big day. 
Every Christmas brings a wave of nostalgia and surely most people love to be reminded of their childhoods and days gone by and there is a certain joy seeing your child playing with something you used to love.

Boys toys, like lego, spiderman, trains and model cars like dinky toys are things that many adults have fond memories of playing with, and are still enjoyed today.

In fact, in this years’ top ten present list is lego, showing that simple imaginative games like brick building are just as popular now than when they were invented in 1949, followed closely by Meccano, the giant of the 60’s and 70’s.

For girls, it’s the cuddly toys originally from the 1970’s and 80’s such as Cabbage Patch Dolls, Snoopy and Care Bears that are still being made and selling well.

Books and comics from popular TV programmes have also been selling very well. Comics from Batman and Superman have been popular.

Of course there has been a huge resurgence in Doctor Who recently because of its 50th anniversary and the new episode shown last weekend on the BBC.

But with all these characters, I am never quite sure who they are being bought for – the Dad’s or the children!

It’s almost heart warming to realise that even in this age of modern technology, the traditional toys are still enjoyed by both children and their parents alike.

Of course the good news for Mums and Dads is that buying second hand and antiques toys wont break the bank, or have a three figure price tag like the latest Ipad or laptop.