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Best Holiday Throwback Toys & Gifts

2021-12-05 by Melissa & Doug
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There’s nothing more nostalgic than watching your child unwrap a classic toy you unwrapped yourself as a child. If you’re struggling with all the trendy toys out there, have you considered taking a walk down memory lane? Classic toys are a classic for a reason, and watching your child light up with the same joy as you did when you were young is the heartwarming moment we all need after 2020. Here, we’ve compiled a list of our 5 Best Throwback Toys for the babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and 5+ kids in your life. Plus, you can find even more gift picks for all ages in our Melissa & Doug 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!

5 Best Throwback & Classic Toys for Kids  

Wooden Fold & Go Barn

Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Barn

If Old MacDonald Had a Farm was your jam, then you’ll get all the feels watching your child play with this Wooden Fold & Go Barn. Our fully assembled, red wooden barn is stocked with seven realistic plastic farm animals, a wooden ladder, and a folding corral.

Play like a kid again: Give the animals names, discuss their favorite foods, and assign responsibilities when it comes to taking care of the farm!

Deluxe Pounding Bench

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench

This classic Deluxe Pounding Bench comes with a design twist you didn’t have as a kid. Instead of all pegs going down simultaneously, as the pegs go up, the opposite pegs go down in a fun, peekaboo style!

Play like a kid again: Call out the colors and have your child pound the corresponding peg!

Shape Sorting Cube 

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Everyone had a Shape Sorting Cube as a child, right? This classic educational toy for toddlers features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes that make a satisfying “clunk” as they drop into the natural-finish hardwood cube. 

Play like a kid again: Take turns trying to beat the clock! Put all the blocks into a pile and time yourselves as you put every block into the cube. 

Fold & Go Dollhouse 

Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Dollhouse

Dollhouses have always been a well-loved addition to children’s playrooms— but this Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse lets them take their imaginative play anywhere they go! This darling dollhouse comes fully furnished and with two wooden play figures. 

Play like a kid again: Have the dolls act out real things that happen in your home, like putting on a holiday party, getting ready for school, or sitting down for breakfast.

Large Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Large Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle

If your childhood was like ours—jumbo knob puzzles were in every playroom! This Large Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle includes seven favorite farm animals and a farmer against a big red barn, with full-color matching pictures underneath each piece.  

Play like a kid again: Use the puzzle pieces as play figurines and act out farming scenarios! 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out these articles:

10 Best Toys for Babies and 1-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

5 Holiday Gifts that Wow

Best Holiday Toys & Gifts  for Kids Who Love . . . 

Happy Holidays!



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