The Christmas season is upon us. While I’m shopping for my little ones this season, I can’t help but have a huge smile on my face when I think of special toys I received during the holidays as a child. From the smell of the Strawberry Shortcake doll, complete with soft silk hair, to doodling with my Etch-a-Sketch for days at a time. And I’ll never forget the Christmas morning I woke up to find my first Cabbage Patch doll — I’m sure my parents still have it somewhere!
These memories will stay with me for a lifetime. I’m hoping to do the same with my own children. Happily, many of these same toys I had growing up are now available for me to gift and share with my kids. The memories will live on!
Do you have special toys that bring back holiday memories? Ones you received as a child?
Here are 10 of my favorite toys I was gifted from my childhood that make me smile.
10 Childhood Toys That Make Me Smile 1 of 11
Loving the Lite-Brite 2 of 11
Yes, the Lite-Brite was one of my favorite toys as a child. I remember plugging in peg after peg, after peg. And you'd get to see the coolest images when you were done, making your own or using their templates.
They now have the Lite-Brite that is battery-operated for easy access. Perfect for playtime anywhere!
Cabbage Patch Kids 3 of 11
The day I got my first Cabbage Patch Doll was one of my favorite Christmas mornings! The doll was a boy with curly brown hair who had a football uniform on, complete with a helmet. I think he's still at my parents house somewhere and I think I need to seek him out.
View-Master Finder 4 of 11
How cool was this toy? As I added new slides and looked through the finder, I was transported to my own personal picture show with the View-Master!
Troll Dolls 5 of 11
Troll Dolls are on my list as one of my favorites. You could style their hair so many ways, and they were always stylin'! Mine were usually wearing braids most of the time. I loved doing their hair.
Glo Worms 6 of 11
I got to snuggle up with my sweet little Glo Worm every night when I was young. I loved the soft light of this toy. I could fall asleep with no worries at all.
Hungry Hungry Hippos 7 of 11
Wasn't the Hungry Hungry Hippos game the best? My sister and I played this game every night for a week straight. The best was when we'd each have two hippos to play with, seeing who could eat all the marbles faster!
Etch A Sketch 8 of 11
I could play with my Etch A Sketch for hours, sketching and erasing it over and over again. I was always trying to write my name in one continuous line! I'm pretty sure I even drew a blueprint of my house once!
Simon Says Electronic Game 9 of 11
Many hours were spent playing with the Simon Says Electronic Game at my house, trying to memorize it's intricate light patterns! My siblings and I would take turns to see who could get farther along, as it would go faster and get tougher to beat.
Strawberry Shortcake 10 of 11
I can still smell that strawberry smell coming from these vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls! I had every one of them, and the big red strawberry case they came in to boot.
Happily, they have these toys available now in new, interactive sets - like a battery operated remote control car Strawberry Shortcake can drive! My girls love them just as much as I do.
Pound Puppies 11 of 11
These super sweet Pound Puppies were the best. I had a brown puppy with a one dark brown ear and one light brown ear. And I loved the box it came it, acting as a little dog house! I'd carry it everywhere!