It’s that time of year again—at least for me. The time when I try to find some cool Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews that won’t end up as landfill. So I did a quick brainstorm activity of Christmas presents that I remember exciting me as a kid—a.k.a. toys that I wish I still had today. I came up with about 6 or 7, aside from the 1980s’ Sony Boombox I received (along with some CDs that I’m not so proud to name). Apparently, 1973-1975 were the years that Christmas toys/gifts made the most impression on me (or 6-8 year old in layman’s terms).
My list was short, but sweet. Here are the top five—in order of the way my brain storms. Interestingly enough, my favorites still define me today: Four of them involve traveling, while two involve a camper of some sorts (which means I need a Vintage Shasta, right?). And the one that immediately pops into my head brings to mind innovative cooking in a small space: #1 Easy-Bake Oven: I don’t hesitate when someone asks me about my favorite childhood toy. I had lots of things I loved, but my EBO was the one magical machine that empowered me to bake tiny light-bulb-powered teacakes to host my own parties at age six, inviting the hoi polloi of whatever apartment complex we were living in at the time. Today, I can’t think of anything I like more than throwing a shindig, though I’ve stepped it up a notch (I think, and I hope).