21 Gifts We Never Got As Kids. And We're Still Bitter.


When I was a kid, my sister wrote “Pow, Pow, Power Wheels” at the top of her Christmas list every single year, yet it never appeared under the tree. Back then, when motorized cars were brand new and my parents were on a tight holiday budget, they just couldn’t justify spending $400 on a motorized car — but we still joke about it. (And you can be sure my sister’s first child will have a “pow pow power wheels” from Grandma.)

Then I saw this cute post on Hello Giggles called “10 Things I Wanted for Christmas As a Kid but Didn’t Get and Still Want,” and it prompted me to take the question to Twitter and Facebook. What did you always want for Christmas as a kid, but never get?

The response was ridiculous. Turns out kids don’t just forget about their unfulfilled wishes. They carry it into adulthood, in specific detail:

  • 1. American Girl: Dolls That Look Like Me 1 of 21
    1. American Girl: Dolls That Look Like Me
    Reader @abitofglitter always wanted one of those custom dolls from American Girl. I remember looking at those at the back of the catalog, but I already had my Samantha doll.
    Buy your daughter a custom American Girl doll
  • 2. Easy Bake Oven 2 of 21
    2. Easy Bake Oven
    This was the second most popular response, like from readers @HisMrsHerMr (who settled for her gammy's toaster oven) and @SweetMelissa11. C'mon parents, give into the Easy Bake Oven!
    Have you seen this year's high-tech Easy Bake Oven?!
  • 3. Motorized Jeeps/Power Wheels 3 of 21
    3. Motorized Jeeps/Power Wheels
    THIS was the most popular response, by far. My sister isn't the only one who never got to cruise around in a mini car — including grown men who are still bitter about having to ride shotgun in their friends' Power Wheels.
    Fisher Price's Power Wheels is celebrating their 25th anniversary!
  • 4. Princess Hat 4 of 21
    4. Princess Hat
    This one is mine. Bet my parents didn't think I'd carry this into adulthood.
    Get it from Amazon, $33.59
  • 5. Playmobil Victorian House 5 of 21
    5. Playmobil Victorian House
    Reader @peachycolleen always wanted to unwrap a Playmobil Victorian Dollhouse. She remembers the specific one!
    This one is going for $1200 on Amazon! Wowza!
  • 6. Trampoline 6 of 21
    6. Trampoline
    A popular gift for parents to refuse, but @bethrago never forgot about it.
    Get if from Toys 'R Us
  • 7. Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Tournament Table 7 of 21
    7. Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Tournament Table
    My friend Jeff could have been a really successful pool shark. If only.
    Photo credit: This Old Toy
  • 8. Gameboy 8 of 21
    8. Gameboy
    Another popular wish from the '80s/'90s kids, like @dipedishdust.
    Buy a shiny new Gameboy from Amazon
  • 9. A Gift 9 of 21
    9. A Gift
    Nadia from — gift finder extraordinaire for kids — never received a gift as a kid! Needless to say, she unapologetically spoils her kids now.
    Find the coolest kids' fashion and toys over at Nadia's popular site, Child Mode
  • 10. A REAL Dog 10 of 21
    10. A REAL Dog
    My friend Magda desperately wanted a dog, yet this is what she found under the tree. Maybe she should have specified a VISIBLE dog.
    Get the invisible dog from Amazon
  • 11. 90210 Dolls 11 of 21
    11. 90210 Dolls
    Hello Giggles writer Almie Rose always wanted these 90210 dolls and had to settle for playing with her friend's. And fighting over Dylan, naturally.
    See more at Hello Giggles
  • 12. Talkboy 12 of 21
    12. Talkboy
    Almie wanted one of these high-tech devices (including cassettes! And a tape recorder!), made famous by Home Alone 2. But when she found it under the tree, it was addressed to her brother.
    See more at Hello Giggles
  • 13. Operation 13 of 21
    13. Operation
    My mother, who is now in her mid-50s, still hasn't gotten over the Operation game that never was. She remembers going over her friends' houses just to play it. (Mom, guess what's under the tree this year. You're welcome.)
    Get it from Amazon
  • 14. Dollhouse 14 of 21
    14. Dollhouse
    Another one that my mom has been talking about since before I could remember. And guess what I never had as a kid? A dollhouse. Weird.
    Buy this KidKraft dollhouse for $139.99
  • 15. A Cat 15 of 21
    15. A Cat
    So your kid wants a pet. Think you can satisfy your animal-loving child with a stuffed alternative? Well, if she's anything like Strollerderby's own Sunny Chanel, she'll still be talking about it as an adult.
    Case in point? Check out Sunny's latest post
  • 16. The Original Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine 16 of 21
    16. The Original Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
    Jen from the popular Etsy shop The Trendy Tot will never forget the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine that she never got. Good news Jen — you can buy one for $54.95!
    Get it from Amazon
  • 17. Red Ryder BB Gun 17 of 21
    17. Red Ryder BB Gun
    A friend of mine, Drew, remembers never getting one of these for Christmas. But maybe that was a good parenting call.
  • 18. A Guitar 18 of 21
    18. A Guitar
    Family Style's own Jaime Morrison Curtis never got a guitar as a kid.
    See Jaime's hysterical list of passive-aggressive presents
  • 19. Rainbow Brite + Puppy Surprise 19 of 21
    19. Rainbow Brite + Puppy Surprise
    Strollerderby and Kid Scoop writer Amber Doty always wanted a Rainbow Brite doll, as well as Puppy Surprise. PLEASE tell me someone else remembers Puppy Surprise!
    Amber! You can buy a 1991 Puppy Surprise for $28
    Rainbow Brite photo via Camp Smartypants.
  • 20. Sega Game Gear 20 of 21
    20. Sega Game Gear
    Adam, a soon-to-be first-time dad, remembers asking for a Sega Game Gear for the better part of a decade.
    Get it from Retro MMGN
  • 21. Cabbage Patch Snack Time Kid Doll 21 of 21
    21. Cabbage Patch Snack Time Kid Doll
    My friend Gina desperately wanted this doll as a little girl. A few weeks later, it was reported to be eating children's hair. I guess sometimes parents make good calls.

What did YOU never get as a kid? (Admit it. You’re still a little upset about it.)

**UPDATE: Good news! Hasbro is giving away TWO EASY-BAKE OVENS to Babble readers — to make up for your childhood wishes. Enter here!

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