T’is the season to be jolly, yet nothing’s more stressful than last-minute holiday gift shopping.
Sure, online retailers such as Amazon have made gift shopping easier than ever, but Black Friday sales and hot present ideas have never been this prolific. For example, one minute you think you’re shopping for coffee pots and blue jeans, the next minute you’re knee deep in deals on hoverboards and unicorn cake toppers. Even if the rush of finding a perfectly unique gift cannot be replaced, sometimes there’s no better gift than a classic present that has been a staple of the holidays for decades. After all, something as simple as a cheap collectible today could be the birth of a lifelong hobby that gives your recipient joy for generations to come.
For this reason, we’ve put together some of the most gifted collectibles during holidays of years past. You can thank us later if we inspire some spontaneous gift ideas.
As early as 1996, Elmo merchandise such as Tickle Me Elmo have chopped sales charts during the holiday season.
We don’t know if Elmo will continue to be popular in another 20 years, but we know this is a character kids will be nostalgic for as they get older.
A tablet may not strike many people as “collectibles,” but ipads and android tablets alike have been a holiday staple since their inception. Besides, between so many tablet sizes and Amazon actually offering a 6-pack deal on its new Kindle Fire 7, these mini-computers are more collectible now than they’ve ever been. Maybe they’re a little extravagant as a last minute stocking present, but a tablet is a definite way to light up anyone’s day in the season of giving.
In an age of Netflix and Hulu in just about every living room across the land, there’s something comforting about owning a physical DVD or Blu-Ray of a critically acclaimed movie. Gathering around the popcorn with friends and family will always be just as fun as going to the movie theater.
Jewelry may be more commonly seen as a present suited for Valentine’s Day and romantic anniversaries, but there’s a reason jewelry stores are bustling during the holidays.
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but no one will complain if they receive a nice necklace or pair of earrings regardless of the gemstone.
Pokemon fever may have been at its strongest in the late 90s, but the franchise’s merchandise remains prominent holiday gifts among kids and adults to this day. We’re not saying the new Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon video game is being heavily advertised now for this reason, but you can bet you’re bottom dollar that we’re implying it.
While clothes and sweaters have been tucked under trees for as long as anyone can remember, hats have been an enduring garment during any holiday season. Maybe it’s because the one-size-fits-all head wear works for any circumstance, or maybe warm clothing during a cold season just happens to make a convenient gift.
Whether we’re talking Bratz or Barbie, dolls have always been a quintessential holiday gift.
Besides, considering classic barbie dolls are worth upwards of $1,000 today, it’s easy to consider this type of gift an investment.
For anyone looking for a way to bond with their crazy aunt during the holidays, a bottle of wine has always made an excellent gift.
Sure, some people also pride themselves on their vintage wine collections, but that’s a minor detail.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a Gameboy or an Xbox hiding under the tree, gaming consoles have steadily remained one of the most popular presents throughout time.
We’re not the type to use memes to prove our points, but looking at the classic N64 kid video should prove how happy this kind of present can make someone.
We may be living in a digital age, but books continue to be one of the most common gifts in the holiday season.
It may sound strange, but the popularity of books as gifts makes a surprising amount of sense. After all, kids and young adults may be more tech-savvy than ever, but a good book offers something no device can compete with. For instance, a cookbook can always be referenced atop a kitchen counter, or a tabletop book can act as both a great read and an amazing set piece. Even if presents and fads change as time moves forward, it’s comforting to know that a classic hardcover book will never go out of style.
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