A Historical Look at the Hottest Holiday Toys Ever on Black Friday Past

Let’s face it.  We’re all fascinated by Black Friday.  Sure, some of us tend to avoid the crowds and don’t go out shopping on that particular day, but we watch the and sales announcements like hawks, just in case.  You never know when that one thing you really really want will be selling for a screaming good deal on that one particular day. 

Once upon a time we didn’t have the convenience of cruising through the sales ads online – we had to do it the ‘old fashioned way’ by poring over the pages of the special catalogs (remember when used to send their giant book of toys?), bookmarking the pages you wanted your parents to notice, even circling the cherished items with a highlighter or red pen you hoped they or Santa would leave under the tree.  What, that was just me?

Here’s a great look at what the were on Black Friday in years past (you can click on it to get the giant view to read it better):

Recognize anything on that list you got as a kid, or got for your kids?  My ‘big’ one was a cabbage patch kid in the 80’s.  Check out Black Friday 2011, Best Buy Black Friday ad, and Godiva coupons for some great deals and inspiration. 

What toy are you (or your kids) hoping to get from Santa this year?

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Note: I received compensation for posting the Black Friday infographic to stir some fond memories of Christmases past. All the other stuff was strictly my own babbling, because I love Christmas and shopping for cool and for my family and friends. See my Disclosure Policy here.

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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7 thoughts on “A Historical Look at the Hottest Holiday Toys Ever on Black Friday Past

  1. Ohh I lusted after a Furby for months as a kid. Mum gave in but I had to share it with my brothers.. which is just as well because we grew bored of that thing pretty quickly.

    This year I am asking Santa for perfume and a book. My grown up christmas lists are very boring.

  2. When I was a kid, I still remember to this day this toy called “Fashion Plates” where you could mix n match these outfits that were on plastic raised tiles which you then did a paper rubbing. They were extremely popular, I think, in the early 80s.

    What a fun page to look through the hottest toys through the years, especially for when I was a kid. 😉

  3. Thank goodness I have never had to really pull my hair out for THE hot item!

    Fashion Plates!? Amy, I loved those!

    Looking like a Lego Christmas here again this year! Got the SatrWars Advent calendar a month ago, just in case! (esp since I tend to forget that you need those Dec FIRST!)

  4. Meccano – that’s was the big one for me. I spent hours with that stuff building all sorts of crazy things. My poor mother….

  5. I hate to burst your bubble, but I am not fascinated by Black Friday. All I want for Christmas is good sex.

    Love,
    Lola

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