From decade to decade, Christmas gifts have changed a lot. In the 1950s, kids wanted nothing more than a Mr. Potato Head; then, in the 2010s, it was all about opening a PlayStation 4.
What about gifts in the other decades? Keep reading to learn!
1910s: Teddy Bears
After a political cartoon came out of Theodore Roosevelt and a bear, he and his wife decided to make "Teddy's bear."
The stuffed animal became a massive hit in the 1910s and one of the most sought-after presents of the decade.
1910s: Rocking Horse
A popular children's toy, rocking horses, were wooden sculptures attached to two curved rockers, similar to an adult's rocking chair.
The toy was popular in the 1920s, as woodcarvers could cheaply make the toy for their children.
While the yo-yo had been around for centuries, the toy didn't arrive in the United States until the late 1920s.
When it made its appearance, everyone wanted to get their hands on the spinning wheel and string toy!
1920s: Steel Radio Flyer Wagon
The iconic red steel wagon Radio Flyer was very popular back in the 1920s when it was originally known as the Liberty Coaster in honor of the Statue of Liberty.
While this wagon was created in the '20s, it continued to be a popular present throughout many decades.
1930s: Shirley Temple Doll
Shirley Temple was one of the biggest stars in the 1930s (at least when it came to child actors). So, when a doll version of her cherub face and iconic curls hit the market, people were quick to purchase them for Christmas.
According to The Spruce Crafts, a mint-condition Shirley Temple doll can sell for up to $2,000. It was worth $3 back in the day!
Honestly, bicycles never really go out of style as a Christmas gift.
Even so, it was one of the most popular present options back in the 1930s, according to a report from the Ellsworth Reporter that year.
1930s: Army Men
Created in 1938, Army Men toys were olive green, tan, or gray and made of an unbreakable plastic material.
They were sold in massive buckets, allowing for hours of fun.
Created in 1949, the little overlapping bricks known as LEGOs became one of the biggest gifts of the decade. And, as it turned out, the little toys did not lose their popularity over the years!
As of 2021, LEGO is actually the largest toy company in the world!
Amazingly, the slinky was quite popular upon its release in the early 1940s.
The tricks and pseudo-levitation the toy was able to do intrigued people, resulting in the first batch of 400 slinkies selling out in just 90 minutes!
1950s: Mr. Potato Head
When the 1950s rolled around, kids couldn't wait to open their presents Christmas morning, hoping to see a Mr. Potato Head wrapped in paper.
The toy idea was purchased by the Hassenfeld brothers in 1952, and by the end of its first year on shelves, Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to have its own commercial.
1950s: Hula Hoops
While hula hoops have been around since at least 500 B.C., the plastic versions people know today didn't become popularized until the late 1950s.
When that happened, children wished to open on Christmas morning.
Making its way into school classrooms in the mid-1950s, it wasn't long before children wanted Play-Doh in their homes.
Between its creation in 1955 and years later, in 2005, more than two billion cans were sold.
1960s: G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe dolls were a response to the Barbie doll, and, boy, did they take off.
Created in the 1960s, these 12-inch tall action figures were all the rage with young boys.
1960s: Etch A Sketch
The Etch A Sketch was introduced in 1960 and became one of the most well-known toys of the decade.
Sold for $2.99, the drawing toy went on to sell 600,000 units in the first year of production.
1970s: Star Wars Action Figures
Amazingly, after the release of Star Wars in 1977, the Kenner toy company hadn't even begun production on toys. Instead, lucky children opened gifts on Christmas morning with vouchers!
These vouchers were for a Star Wars toy when they were finally released in 1978.
1970s: Rubik's Cube
Created in the 1970s, the Rubik's Cubes became one puzzle every kid wanted in their lives.
Since its release, Rubik's Cubes has become one of the most recognizable icons in popular culture.
1980s: Cabbage Patch Kids
Created in the late 1970s, the following decade saw an increase in Cabbage Patch Kids sales. By the end of 1983, three million had been sold!
They became to go-to Christmas gift of the decade, with numerous variations of the dolls being released.
The Transformers franchise began in 1984 with a line of toys. The popular transforming toys could be manipulated from vehicles to large robots.
Needless to say, the unique toy became widely popular, eventually sparking a comic book series, television series, and films.
1980s: Polly Pocket
The tiny Polly Pocket doll was designed in 1983 and quickly became one of the hottest toys by the end of the decade.
Set in a small makeup-like compact with a house and accessories, Polly eventually appeared in films and television.
1990s: Beanie Babies
Parents would line up down the block in the 1990s, hoping to get the newest Beanie Babies for their children.
In 1996, some of the babies were being retired, making them extremely hot commodities for collectors.
1990s: Game Boy Color
A handheld gaming console, the Game Boy Color hit shelves in the late 1990s, and it wasn't long before kids were asking for the toy.
With a clear colored screen and duel-player capabilities, the Game Boy Color went on to sell a total of 44.06 million units in the Americas by the time it was discontinued in 2003.
A handheld digital pet, Tamagotchis became one of the biggest fad toys of the 1990s, with most kids asking for one of the electronic toys as a gift.
The Swedish Retail Institute even named it the Christmas Gift of the Year in 1997.
2000s: Nintendo Wii
Nintendo pretty much made history in the 2000s, creating the Wii -- a more affordable and active gaming console.
Released in 2006, by the time Christmas rolled around, the company had sold a whopping three million consoles.
2000s: Bratz Dolls
The four original Bratz dolls, Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha, were released in 2001 and quickly picked up steam with young girls, thanks to their large lash-lined eyes, glossy lips, and countless accessories.
Thanks to spin-offs and a subsequent franchise, Bratz grossed $2 billion in 2005 alone.
2000s: The Sims
While there are many spin-offs of the life simulation video game, the original Sims was released back in 2000.
It was a high-selling item for Christmas and is considered one of the best-selling video game series of all time.
2010s: PlayStation 4
At one point in time, it was extremely difficult for people to find a PlayStation 4 on the shelves.
Those parents lucky enough to snag one of the gaming consoles, without a doubt, made their children's Christmas in the 2010s.
2010s: PAW Patrol Toys
The animated television series PAW Patrol, starring Ryder and his team of search and rescue dogs, was released in 2013 and quickly became popular amongst kids.
As a result, Christmas was all about Paw Patrol toys and apparel in the 2010s and even the 2020s.
2020s: Baby Yoda Toys
After the release of The Mandalorian in 2019, people were all about Baby Yoda (Grogu).
The popularity of the little Star Wars character made anything and everything with its face on it a hot commodity for Christmas, including toys and apparel.
2020s: PlayStation 5
Immediately upon its release in 2020, the PlayStation 5 was in limited supply.
It was the hottest gift of the year, with everyone wanting to get their hands on the ninth generation gaming console.