Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Stocking fillers for boys

When it comes to stuffing a Christmas stocking you would expect the contents to have changed a great deal since the 1950s. This comparison of stocking fillers for boys over the last 60 years might surprise you.

In the 50s and 60s a little boy's Christmas stocking might contain: a Matchbox car, action figures or toy soldiers, Silly Putty, Hornby or Scalectrix accessories, Lego, Mr Potato Head, a card game or top trumps, a bag of marbles, a Slinky, a yo yo, crayons or pencils, a magic trick, a comic book, a selection box, an orange and a sixpence.

These days the sixpence has been replaced by mobile phone credit top up cards, computer games have replaced Scalectrix and trainsets, and the orange is only included by the more nostalgic stocking stuffers, but many of the gifts have stood the test of time.

Action figure : Tintin Figure
Silly putty : Planet Putty
Lego : Lego Storage
Card game : Gruffalo Pairs Game
Marbles : Kaleidoscope Bag of Marbles
Slinky : Ridley's Springy Toy
Yo yo : Ridley's Yo Yo
Crayons : Octonauts Set of 24 Crayons
Magic Trick : Magic Linking Rings
Comic book : The Complete Tove Jannson Comic Strip Book

For more boys' stocking fillers, have a look at our Pinterest board.

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