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Classic Holiday Gifts From the Year You Were Born

Stacker Logo By Jacob Osborn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 99: <p>The holiday season is upon us and Americans are gearing up accordingly. For savvy consumers, that means getting an early start on shopping and keeping an eye out for the best deals. For retailers, it means lining physical and virtual shelves with the hottest toys and newest gadgets. Amazon--perhaps the foremost modern authority on consumer trends--anticipates a <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://fortune.com/2017/10/16/amazon-hot-holiday-toys/&sa=D&ust=1509390107337000&usg=AFQjCNH7Te3e13xRG1YxA5cSraVUXieOnw">mad online rush for LEGO kits, </a><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://fortune.com/2017/10/16/amazon-hot-holiday-toys/&sa=D&ust=1509390107337000&usg=AFQjCNH7Te3e13xRG1YxA5cSraVUXieOnw">Star Wars </a><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://fortune.com/2017/10/16/amazon-hot-holiday-toys/&sa=D&ust=1509390107337000&usg=AFQjCNH7Te3e13xRG1YxA5cSraVUXieOnw">toys, and the Soggy Dog Board Game</a>. Meanwhile, news organizations are <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/10/07/4-tips-shoppers-start-planning-holiday-toy-shopping/731616001/&sa=D&ust=1509390107338000&usg=AFQjCNEUogNssrvRuJcZsMs397yJIWcNRA">dispensing pointers</a> and presumably stocking up on protective gear to cover Black Friday without getting hurt.</p><p>With such feverish holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.museumofplay.org/&sa=D&ust=1509390107339000&usg=AFQjCNF1ggVO-nTne8JPfXFEG3uMODFHJA">The Strong</a> from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success. Some remain curious relics of the past while others are essentially as iconic now as they were upon their debut. Needless to say, each and every one is like a window into the soul of America itself.</p><p>Here are the top holiday toys from the year you were born, counting up from 1920 to today. May they fill your heart and stockings with joy.</p>

Top Holiday Toys from the Year You Were Born

The holiday season is upon us and Americans are gearing up accordingly. For savvy consumers, that means getting an early start on shopping and keeping an eye out for the best deals. For retailers, it means lining physical and virtual shelves with the hottest toys and newest gadgets. Amazon--perhaps the foremost modern authority on consumer trends--anticipates a mad online rush for LEGO kits, Star Wars toys, and the Soggy Dog Board Game. Meanwhile, news organizations are dispensing pointers and presumably stocking up on protective gear to cover Black Friday without getting hurt.

With such feverish holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success. Some remain curious relics of the past while others are essentially as iconic now as they were upon their debut. Needless to say, each and every one is like a window into the soul of America itself.

Here are the top holiday toys from the year you were born, counting up from 1920 to today. May they fill your heart and stockings with joy.

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