There are many classic board games here which we used to play as a family around the coal fire (not in the summer, obviously!) and playing Cluedo was always very satisfying.
I remember playing with this simple toy in the school playground back in the 70s, The simplest of toys can give the greatest of pleasure, as this classic toy proves. Simply throw your little man into the air and watch him parachute to the ground. A great party bag or stocking filler.
There are oodles of toys still being made by tonka and the most popular are still the tipper/dumper trucks and diggers, just like back in the day!
Ah yes, the game with lots of sticks and marbles. This was a firm favourite in our household, especially the Christmas Day that I received one. Happy memories.
What was pretty clever about this game was the enclosed "popomatic" dice roller which meant you never lost your die. This was like a frustrating, faster version of Ludo - kind of!
This was one of those games that got everyone in a panic trying to match the shapes against the clock. When the time ran out the game board would pop-up causing the pieces to fly into the air. The game was published by Denys Fisher, MB Games and also Action GT.
These days this smaller version of the game is published by Hasbro Toy Group for younger kids.
The American fashion doll has been putting a smile on little girls faces since 1959 and she's still around today, as is her boyfriend Ken. She hasn't been without her fair share of controversy, of course, and today's dolls have a slightly wider waistline.
The most popular doll these days is the Fashionista Dress Doll.
The game featured here is based on the TV show and is pure nostalgic fun! which is still available to buy at Amazon UK.
Vintage 1975 Battleship game by MB Games
The first game by Milton Bradley came out in 1967, but the original version was a simple pencil and pad game invented before World War 1 and, apparently, played by Russian officers. An electronic version was released by MB in 1977 with a talking version in 1989.
The toy van (above) is still a popular seller and includes a Postman Pat figure (who still looks just the same as when I was young) and two parcels. However, there are dozens of other related toys available which you can see using the link below...
Now, that Meccano 2 set above looks pretty much like the one I played with back in the 1970s. The idea was first conceived by Frank Hornby in the late 19th century and the first kits were manufactured in 1908. There was a time when every boy wanted a Meccano set for Christmas and wanted to be a train driver when they were older! Of course, times have changed, but it's still available to buy today, although, as with just about everything on this page it looks a lot more modern.
Retro Gift Ideas
25th and 30th birthday
Books - nostalgia
Books - old cars
Born in the 70s gifts
Born in the 80s gifts
iPhone Covers - retro
Mugs - gaming
Mugs - retro
Party Decorations - 80s
Posters - movie
Sunglasses - 80s
Sweets - retro (loose)
Sweets - retro jars and hampers
Toys - 70s and 80s you can still buy
Toys - traditional wooden and metal
T-shirts - 80s and retro
Watches - LED retro