Last year at Christmas, my in-laws brought out a large box of Hot Wheels cars that were my husband’s when he was little. The blue plastic case, with the 80s logo on the front, housed about 20 or so little vehicles, each one tucked into its own tiny compartment. While the toy cars clearly had some, uh, mileage on them, they had held up pretty well, considering the fact that they were probably thirty-something years old.
My twin boys, who were just 2.5 years old at the time, immediately started pulling out all of the cars, and vrooming them all over the floor. They loved them, and continued to go back to them, even after they’d been spoiled by our generous family’s abundant flow of gifts. My husband was psyched — we had the next generation of Hot Wheels fans.
It’s nice to know that the classics have not only stood the test of time, but keep getting better as well. When I was looking around for gifts for both my boys, and my nieces and nephews, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many familiar toys still alive and kicking. Some of them have been updated with such crazy-cool features, it kind of made me wish I was a kid again.
With the holidays coming up, I rounded up some of the best old school gifts for your little ones, many with a modern twist. You can start your shopping list here…
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