There is nothing wrong with stepping back in time.
Who remembers spending Christmas day trying to complete a Rubik’s Cube?
Most of us owned one at some point and everyone has attempted to complete the infuriating puzzle.
Or how about a Girls’ World doll or the Fisher-Price record player?
Maybe you’ve always wanted one and now there is no better excuse than buying one for your kids.
So why not take a trip down memory lane on Christmas day as a family?
We’ve put together five of our favourite retro toys to introduce to your kids this year.
1. Fisher-Price Music Box Record Player, £29.99, John Lewis
Do our kids even know what records are these days?
Made in 1971, this record player was on the wish list of most children.
The ‘tunes’ include classics for toddlers such as London Bridge Is Falling Down, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – much more peaceful on the ears than Gangnam Style.
The player also comes with its own carry handle, so your mini DJ can play their records around the house.
2. Rubik’s Cube, various versions from £7.99, Rubik’s
To be fair, this would be the perfect gift for adults (ideal for Secret Santa), as well as children.
Surely it’s one of the most frustrating toys ever created and one of the best too.
Everyone from granddad to a moody teenager can have a go at trying to match the colours.
Whatever you do, keep it out of reach of the kids if you are half way through and don’t be tempted to wander off to top up your mulled wine.
And no peeling off the stickers in frustration.
3. Operation, £11.99, Argos
Spot whether there is a future surgeon in the family with the classic game of Operation.
The tweezers are used to remove items from the patient, such as the wishbone, Adam’s apple and frog in his throat.
But avoid touching your patient while you operate or it may be fatal.
This game is an all-rounder for the family and modern-day versions include a Minion-themed patient.
4. Space Hopper, £9.99, Amazon
There is no point in buying only one of these because everyone in the family is going to want to have a bounce.
When tensions arise on Christmas day, instigate a Space Hopper race in the garden or have an indoor competition to see who can bounce for the longest (it will wear the in-laws out).
This is the perfect way to be a kid again and laughs are guaranteed.
5. Spirograph, £25.99, Toys R Us
Bookshelves are packed to the rafters with adult colouring books at the moment.
Back in the day, we just made our own with a spirograph.
The spirograph is really relaxing to play with.
You can create your own shapes and then sit down to colour them in with the kids.
The whole family can get involved and you might even get some peace and quiet with this retro classic.