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Yes it is that time of year again, the excitement and the warm glow of Christmas followed by the creeping panic of the amount of stuff that needs to be done in an ever shrinking timeline and the annual trauma of choosing and buying of Christmas presents spurred on by the media and advertising frenzy of Black Friday!


But has it always been like this – we have had a trawl back in time to find out more about the history of giving gifts, a nostalgic look at the top children’s presents over the last 50 years and a cheeky look at the UK's worst presents (according to some!)


According to Why one of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh given to Jesus by the Wise Men.


All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other with most children believing in a person who brings gifts. Sometimes St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but in parts of Germany they believe that it is the Christkind, in Spain the Wise Men and in parts of Italy they believe it is an old lady called Befana.

These presents are also left in different places!  In most of Europe, the presents are left in shoes or boots put out by the children. In Italy, the UK and the USA presents are left in stockings, often left hanging by a fire place. In many countries, presents for friends and family may be left under the Christmas Tree. The custom of hanging stockings comes from the story of St. Nicholas.


Presents are opened on different days over the world. The earliest presents are opened in Holland on St. Nicholas' Eve on December 5th, on St. Nicholas' Day (6th December) in Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and some other European countries. Children in the UK, USA and many other countries, such as Japan, open their presents on Christmas Day, December 25th. The latest presents are opened on January 6th, known as Epiphany and is mainly celebrated in Catholic countries such Spain and Mexico.


So what have been the most popular toys of the last 50 years?

In a fantastically nostalgic to look back at the last 40 years Christmas presents wish lists – how many of these fads can you remember and some have really passed the test of time and are still around today?


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1968. Hot Wheels Race Tracks

1985. Teddy Ruxpin

2002. Bratz Dolls

1969. Kerplunk game

1986. Lazer Tag shootout

2003. BeyBlades spinning tops

1970.  Nerf Ball

1987. Sylvanian Families

2004. Robosapien robot

1971. Mastermind game

1988. Ghostbusters Proton pack

2005. Xbox 360

1972. Uno card game

1989. Batmobile

2006. Nintendo Wii

1973. Shrinky Dinks

1990. T.M.H.Turtles

2007. Iggle Piggle Night Garden

1974. Dungeons & Dragons

1991. Nintendo Gameboy

2008. High School Musical Mat

1975. Othello game

1992. Thunderbirds Tracy Island

2009. Go Go Pet Hamster

1976. Magna Doodle

1993. Barbie Doll

2010. Toy Story 3 DVD

1977. Star Wars figures

1994. Power Rangers

2011. Leapfrog Tablet

1978. Hungry Hippos game

1995. Pogs game

2012. Skylanders Giants

1979. Strawberry Shortcake dolls

1996. Toy Story figures

2013. Furby

1980. Rubik’s Cube

1997. Tamagotchi

2014. Frozen Snow Glow Elsa

1981. Lego Train set

1998. Furby

2015. Star Wars Light Sabre

1982. Stompers Truck

1999. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire game

2016. Hatchimals

1983 Care Bears

2000. Teksta dog

2017. L.O.L Surprise Dolls

1984 Optimus Prime Transformer

2001. Bob the Builder figures

2018. Who knows!


And what about this year’s predictions, well all the retailers have a different view but some of the hot favourites seem to be:  Fingerlings Untamed Dinos, Boxer Poopsies Surprise Unicorn The Robot, Pikmi Pops unicorn ride-ons, Elast Plasti (sort of slime), the Chow Crown (a game you wear on your head!) and can you believe, Monopoly Fortnite if you can drag the kids off the real Fornite to play!! 


Whilst most of our clients have placed their orders for Christmas many are now looking to their promotional product requirement for the new year.  Here are a few of our 'Winter Warmers' for the New Year.  Popular at this time of year are branded jackets, woolen hats, scarves, gloves, hand warmers, ice scapers to name a few.  We share some of our favourites below: 


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Custom Embroidered Fair Trade Hats  Promotional Gifts Ethically made Fair Trade Scarves  Branded Fair Trade Canvas Tote Bags    TST-gloves


Slipper socks  Vasa Copper Vacuum Insulated Sport Bottle  Batumi-Glass-Infuser-Bottle3  

Mini Luxury Chocolate Gift Box  Chocolate Coated Honeycomb in Clear Cube  White Treat Tin – Buttered Shortbreads




And taking a cheeky look at the presents you consider a no-no, Closer magazine conducted a study of 2,000 British adults to find out which presents they hate receiving. 




  1. Address books
  2. Perfume
  3. Jewellery
  4. Books
  5. Calendars
  6. Pot pourri
  7. Bad romance novels
  8. Knitwear
  9. Sexy lingerie
  10. Pretentious food/drink
  11. Soap on a string
  12. A scarf
  13. Hankies
  14. Candles
  15. Movies you've already seen
  16. Slogan t-shirts
  17. Socks
  18. Bath salts /bubble bath
  19. Toiletry kits
  20. Ugly clothes 


And now to test your knowledge of some fun Christmas Trivia… 

  1. Who is the star of the movie titled White Christmas?
  2. After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary and Jesus travel?
  3. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th. Who is the patron saint remembered on the 26th December?
  4. Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about?
  5. Which type of tree was the partridge sitting in, according to a well-known Christmas song?
  6. Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the color of the berries of the plant?
  7. How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts?
  8. How many points does a snowflake traditionally have?
  9. Name the eight original Reindeer?
  10. Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus and his reindeer. What are these snacks?
  11. Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by many names. What is the French name for Santa Claus?
  12. Two of the reindeer's are named after weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer?
  13. The red and white costume of Father Christmas was allegedly introduced by what drinks manufacturer?
  14. What are the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave baby Jesus, according to Christmas history?
  15. What is the first name of Scrooge, the principal character of the novel, A Christmas Carol?
  16. What two phrases will you almost always find on Christmas gift tags?
  17. Which country can be credited with the creation of the Christmas beverage, eggnog?
  18. When was the first Christmas card sent? Who designed it?
  19. Which country does St. Nicholas originally belong to?
  20. What was the name of the animated Christmas movie featuring Tom Hanks?
  21. Which country gifts the Christmas tree that is placed at the Trafalgar Square in London?
  22. Balsam, Douglas, Fraser and Noble are all types of what?
  23. Which is the most popular ornament used to place at the top of the Christmas tree?
  24. The phrase, ‘Bah, humbug!’ was invented in which Christmas story?
  25. Of all the popular Christmas songs, which is the best-selling single of all time?


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#Source: The Sun