Christmas has changed a lot over the years and is completely different now to what it was in the past. However, of all things Christmassy, it is Christmas gift-giving that has changed the most. While some suggest that exchanging gifts came from the Christianity belief of the Three Wise Men and their gifts to baby Jesus, it has also been linked to early modern Europe and the giving of gifts between the social classes rather than families.
It took until the 18oos for Christmas to look like it does today, with the rise of capitalism having a huge impact on how Christmas was and is now perceived. Exchanging gifts suddenly became common practice within families and friendship groups and is now more popular than ever. But, would such gifts from the past work just as well today? Here are 10 Christmas presents of the past that could work now.
The space hopper, otherwise known as the moon hopper, the skippy-ball, the hippity-hop, the hop ball, or the hoppity hop, was once one of the best selling Christmas gifts all over the world. The hopper, which is a giant rubber ball with handles, was mainly used by kids, hopping and bopping along into anything that got in their way.
Sadly, the space hopper went out of fashion around the same time that technology really kicked off, and was left to rot in the basement or garage. However, the space hopper could most certainly come back as a Christmas present in the form of an exercise ball, with home workouts now at their most popular.
Meccano was a form of model construction created all the way back in 1898. The Meccano set was popular with young children as it enabled them to build things from scratch numerous times. Yes, the box came with many reusable metal strips, plates, wheels, axles and gears, and rarely contained plastic. Back in the day, the Meccano set was heavily advertised for boys, with commercials directly stating that the toy was for boys and should be bought for boys for Christmas. These days, the Meccano set would do very well with both genders, with more and more young girls now able to freely show their interests in construction, building, and engineering.
Back in the day, Scalextric was the coolest toy on the planet and enabled young children to have a go at driving, at least pretend anyway. The first Scalextric set appeared in the late 1950s and was created by the English company, Minimodels.
As time went on, the demand for toy and model cars grew, with Scalextric at the top of their game when it came to racing cars and supplying longer tracks for their customers. These days, Scalextric would be just as popular, even without the flashy technological advancement that we usually see today. Yes, the thrill of building your own track and racing your own cars never gets old.
7 Razor Scooters
The compact folding Razor scooter first appeared in 2000 and was created and developed by Micro Mobility Systems. During the first six months of release, the model sold over 5 million units, going to be named Toy of the Year that same year. In 2003, the first electric Razor scooter was released, which went on to influence the electric scooters that we now in most capital cities today. However, the original scooter never gets old, with children today still demanding one for Christmas. Yes, all over the world, young kids can be seen kicking their legs frantically while scooting down the busy streets of their neighborhoods.
Before soccer computer games, the world had Subbuteo, a tabletop soccer game that consisted of a tiny soccer ball and even tinier soccer players. The game was extremely popular, especially with young children. The rules of the game attempted to correspond with that of soccer, but in some cases, it often got difficult to understand. As a result, most children didn't follow the rules, and just played their own version of Subbuteo instead. However, the best thing about Subbuteo was the intricate details on the models, the painted soccer kits, and of course, the goalkeeper on a moveable stick.
The BMX first became popular during the early 1970s when children started to race their bikes on dirt tracks and off-road. As a result, the BMX was created, along with specifically designed tracks to go biking.
The trend then turned into an actual sport, and by the early 80s, the BMX had become a real-life bicycle created and designed especially for sport and racing. These days, the BMX is still rather popular, but the hype has since died down. So, why not get the BMX back in business once more, and encourage your kids to go outside and have some fun, wearing a helmet of course.
Tetris is one of the most famous games in the world not to mention enjoyable. The game, which was first released in 1984, has been played ever since and is still a popular and fun game in a number of households across the world. Interestingly, Tetris was the first game to be exported from the Soviet Union to the United States, somewhat building a bridge (no pun intended) between the countries. These days, Tetris tends to be ignored in favor of more advanced computer games. However, that's not to say that people don't play it, with more and more youngsters introduced to the game every year.
3 Rubik’s Cube
Rubik's Cube is one of the most famous toys in the world and is both enjoyed and hated by people across the globe. The game was first invented back in 1974 and was originally named the Magic Cube with the aim to put all the same colors on the same side. In just a few years the cube became exceptionally popular and even a few awards. In fact, it is said to be the world's best selling toy and is still just as successful today. However, these days, the puzzle is mostly used for record-breaking, with owners attempting to solve the cube in the fastest time.
2 Super Nintendo
These days, computer games are all the rage, with most kids preferring to play on their computer rather than go outside, play soccer, or enjoy the weather. In fact, gaming is a big business and is currently one of the wealthiest in the world. The Super Nintendo was first released in 1990 and swiftly made its way into people's homes. Overall, the console was extremely successful and introduced the world to Mario and best of all, Mario Kart. Due to technological advances, consoles became more and more hi-tech, leaving the poor Super Nintendo out in the cold. However, recently a surge in classic consoles has made a comeback, with the Super Nintendo now going for large amounts of money.
When the PlayStation came along, the world was already used to games consoles. The PlayStation offered consumers something different, something they hadn't quite seen before. Yes, the PS1 (as it is now affectionately referred to) was the first game console to ship over 100 million units, then the most successful computer of its kind. The PlayStation also introduced some of the most popular games ever made such as Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, and of course, Final Fantasy. These days, the Playstation 4 is the latest edition, with a Playstation 5 expected in a couple of years. However, although there might be a demand for a more advanced console, the PS1 is still adored by many, making it a great Christmas gift.