From classic card games to super cool doodling tools, some toys forever conjure feelings of nostalgia for those who discover their magic as children. Many of these treasures have long disappeared from store shelves, existing only today as the makings of garage sale fodder. On the other hand, there are some toys and games so popular that people simply refuse to stop buying them. These icons linger on shelves year after year — sometimes reimagined, sometimes faithful to their original design. Here is a list of the best nostalgic toys and games that you can still give as gifts today!
A classic family-friendly stress buster. Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots has been helping siblings safely knock each other’s blocks off since 1966!
The game of Operation has always had that classic glowing nose and unsettling “buzz” mechanism. “Cavity Sam,” on the other hand, has softened a bit over time. This classic version of Operation features the original 1965 packaging, one where Sam looks rightfully less cheery and doesn’t wear boxers during surgery.
Back before vehicles came equipped with built-in DVD players, kids used toys like the Wooly Willy to take the edge off a 10-hour car ride, probably while sitting in that seat-belt free pit in the back of the family station wagon!
Rediscover your spriogrpahing skills and impress your family. You can even let your kids play with the toy when you’re done. This 50th anniversary set has twice the number of gears as the original.
Nearly 60yrs old and still a #1 bestseller - Amazing! This version is modeled after the original packaging; but, for $12.00, don’t expect a leather dice cup.
Take your kids back to the good ol’ days, but remind them that you didn’t actually grow up in a log cabin. Made out of real wood, these logs are just as you remember them. Still useful for last minute diorama school projects.
Imagine if you could have saved all those Etch A Sketch doodles from your childhood! If you think about it, the Etch A Sketch is kinda like the original Snapchat.
Fashion Plates first debuted in 1977, peaked in popularity in the 1980s, then slowly faded into obscurity. But, alas, it’s hard to keep a good toy down! Fashion Plates are back and this kit is a excellent reproduction of the original design--with up-to-date fashions, of course.
Parcheesi is such a classic. Play it with your kids and reminisce of a time when watching cartoons meant getting up at 6am on a Saturday morning.
Remember when building toys came as big buckets of assorted parts and the instruction booklet basically just told you to have fun? Let your kids enjoy the freedom of open-ended play with this super 200-piece Tinkertoy set.
There’s something about this toy that makes you smile. Your little one will love dragging it around the house just like you did. Although, they’ll probably be confused when you keep referring to the toy as a phone.
Many classic toys are truly one-of-a-kind. The Battat Bristle Blocks certainly fit that description. These familiar plastic bristle blocks are as fun to build with as they are to hold in your hand.
Same simple Simon fun with the addition of game modes that take advantage of touch screen technology. If remembering the all the patterns weren’t enough to make you anxious, you now need to know whether to touch, swipe, or both! Don’t worry, a classic mode is included for old times’ sake.
You played with them, you chewed on them, you threw them at your sister. Introduce a new generation to these fun and educational stacking blocks. Now with 100% less lead paint!
Care Bear Stare!...Anyone? Anyone? Fortunately, the bear comes with a DVD that explains everything.
Spinning in circles has never been so fun! Warning: You’re not as nimble as you used to be; relive your childhood at your own risk. Your kids will figure this toy out even without a demonstration.
Before immersive video games and online gaming, kids actually sat in the same room with each other and played Clue. You’ll love bantering with your kids as they try their best to beat you in this timeless game.
Classic games are “classic games” when people still rave about them 50 years after they were released. Rack-O is just as fast and fun as you remember.
Talk about a blast from the past. The iconic bright red View-Master is full of nostalgic charm. The modern day models deliver 3-D images, but I bet you could drop in reels from your childhood, if you could find any.