Stuck on Christmas Shopping? Let’s Look Back Over Some of the Must Haves of the Past Century

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year – a chance to join with friends and family, enjoy food together and to spoil those you care about. For those of us who are religious, it’s also spiritual time of year that many of us look forward to. The gift buying aspect of Christmas, however, can be quite challenging. If you’re stuck on what to buy someone you care about, there’s a wonderful guide to 100 years of must-have Christmas gifts that you can check out for inspiration. Here are some of my favourites that are still big hits today:

1. Monopoly
This board game is a family favourite – I remember playing it as a child, and now enjoy playing it with my own family. This is a great gift if you’re looking to purchase one gift for a couple or family, rather than many small individual gifts. You know that they’ll enjoy hours and hours of fun game play with this timeless gift. Released in 1935, this classic game experienced almost 300,000 sales in its first year, jumping up to a whopping 1.75 million the following year.

2. The Polaroid
This is another timeless gift that’s recently made a bit of a comeback – the Polaroid camera. Released in the 70s, it gave people the opportunity to quickly and easily print photos on the go. These days almost everyone has a camera and editing system in their pocket – their phone – but there’s something special about physically printing out pictures. With Polaroids, you also only get one chance to get it right or you’ll have to use another film, which adds to the novelty factor. Polaroid cameras are especially a great gift for those difficult to buy for teens in your life.

3. Technology
Ever since the 90s, technology has become a staple in many people’s santa sacks, with gifts such as the Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation and anything Apple being popular choices. This year you’ll see people hoping for the newest Playstation 5, Xbox Series X or Apple Airpods. In many countries around the world, these items have sold out, making them even more desirable.

While 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, and that’s extended to financially as well, Christmas tends to be the time people stretch their wallets. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of spending focused on these top electronic items, which will hopefully give our economies a much needed boost.

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