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Holiday Gift Baskets for Kids and Kids at Heart

Updated on April 24, 2013

Retro Holiday Gift Baskets and Ideas

Holiday gift baskets are an awesome gift to give and to receive. I always give a few gift baskets at Christmas. I love serching for just the right items to include.

Kids are fun to buy for but putting together a DIY basket full of goodies just makes it even more exciting as they find and fawn over each carefully selected gift. My nieces and nephews love to get a gift basket from Aunt Mandee!

From the containers to the gifts you include, I am sharing some of my ideas and things I have used in the past to make my gift baskets. You can become a pro at making holiday gift baskets for the kids and kids at heart on your list this year!


Retro Toys Gift Set from Retro Planet

Radio Flyer Miniature Wagon Container - for your Holiday Gift Baskets

Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon (Discontinued by manufacturer)

What kid or kid at heart wouldn't love a miniature version of a Radio Flyer Wagon? Kids can haul their favorite toys around the house and kids at heart will be reminded of days gone by and the fun they used to have playing with their wagon!

This wagon is steel constructed just like the real thing! It measures 12½" x 7¾". Easy assembly required.


Toysmith Classic Retro Game Set

The best holiday gift baskets are personalized to the recipient.

  • For a kid at heart, take some time to find items that will remind them of the good old days. Let them walk down memory lane with toys and candy from their childhood. Customize the gift basket contents to their childhood, likes or hobbies.
  • For kids today, give them a taste of some awesome toys that have stood the test of time. Take a break from technology and give games and toys that will inspire kid's imaginations. Gotta throw in some retro candy too!

KidKraft Step Stool - as the container for your holiday gift basket

KidKraft Two Step Stool for Kids in White
KidKraft Two Step Stool for Kids in White

Kid's are vertically challenged. A step stool for their room that also has built-in storage is a wonderful container for a Holiday gift basket. Open the lid and fill it with some toys for them!


Retro Lunch Box as a Container for Holiday Gift Baskets

Curious George Tin Keepsake Box with Latch by Schylling
Curious George Tin Keepsake Box with Latch by Schylling

A retro lunch box, like this Curious George example, is a great idea to use as a container for youngsters and the young at heart. Prop the lid open and fill it with gifts and treats any kid would love!


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More Container Ideas for your Holiday Gift Baskets - Do You Remember...

Hot Wheels 48- Car storage Case With Easy Grip Carrying Case
Hot Wheels 48- Car storage Case With Easy Grip Carrying Case

Hot Wheels! I remember my older brother was a nit about his hot wheels! He had cases for the cars and the track and it's accessories were carefully stored.

Theses cases would make a wonderful retro container for a gift basket!

Vandor 85370 Peanuts All Stars Large Tin Tote, Multicolored
Vandor 85370 Peanuts All Stars Large Tin Tote, Multicolored

Lunch boxes will always remind kid's at heart of growing up. I so loved going to the store and choose my new lunch box each year. Wish I still had them!

Little Tikes Lil' Wagon
Little Tikes Lil' Wagon

Wagons are a great way present a gift. They can play with the wagon and the gifts you choose to include.

Coca-Cola - Yellow Circle Bottle Small Size - Tote Bag
Coca-Cola - Yellow Circle Bottle Small Size - Tote Bag

Who doesn't need another tote bag? They are small, don't take up much room when stored and will be used!


Ideas to include in the Kids and Kids at Heart Basket:

* Legos

* Cars and Trucks

* Paddle Ball

* Retro Candy

* Tiddly Winks

* Jacks

* Barrel of Monkeys

* Slinky

What does the "Magic 8" Ball Say? - Holiday Gift Baskets

Mattel Games Magic 8 Ball®
Mattel Games Magic 8 Ball®

Remember the Magic 8 ball? What a hoot! Kids and kids at heart still have fun with this whimsical toy. Ask a question and see what the Magic 8 ball says!


A Rubik's Cube will drive the crazy! - Holiday Gift Baskets

Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube was released in the US in 1980 and became a pop culture phenomenon overnight! Do you remember playing with one? Add it to the holiday gift basket for a kid or as a nostalgic memory for someone older. Bet it gets passed around the Christmas tree this year with everyone trying their hand at it!


Everyone Loves a Slinky! ® - Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Original Slinky Brand Slinky
Original Slinky Brand Slinky

How true! Slinkys have been captivating kids and adults since 1945. Remember the song?

What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound?

A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's Slinky.

written by Homer Fesperman and Charles Weagley


Chinese Checkers? YES! - Holiday Gift Baskets

BSN Chinese Checkers Board Game
BSN Chinese Checkers Board Game

I used to love to play Chinese Checkers. My brother was champ at our house but I kept on trying! You'll find 6 players in a heart beat to play this retro, fun game this holiday season!

I may get one myself and challenge my bother to a rematch!


Yo-Yo's for all Ages of Kids! - Holiday Gift Baskets

Duncan Imperial Yo Yo , Assorted colors, Pack of 1
Duncan Imperial Yo Yo , Assorted colors, Pack of 1

This is a tried and true toy for any age! A Yo-Yo can give hours of fun. Throw the

Yo-Yo Trick Book in the basket as well and you just tripled the fun you'll have this holiday season!


Commercials for Retro Toys and Candy - Get Inspired and Start Remembering!

Retro Toys Gift Set

Don't have the time of inclination to shop for a holiday gift basket?

Do it the easy way. Purchase one of these toy gift sets. Then, all you need is a container, a cellophane bag and a big bow! You could even throw in some retro candy if you want. Assemble it and your ready to go!

The set to the right contains 14 retro toys: Wooly Willy, Water Powered Space Rocket, Cap Bomb, Cap Refills, Paddle Ball, Silly Putty, Jetfire Toy Plane, Slinky, 15 Puzzle Game, Slide Whistle, Jacks, Mini Makit Toys, Lunar Launcher Toy Gun and 40 Piece U.S. Army Men.

Retro Toys and Games Gift Set

The set on the left contains:

* Magic Eight Ball

* Slinky

* Operation Game

* Mr. Potato Head

* Barrel of Monkeys

Retro Candy as a Holiday Gift Basket

Candy from Your Childhood

Retro candy from a decade you remember fondly is a great holiday gift basket idea. You can just wrap the box it comes in or get a bit more creative and transfer everything to a container that goes along with the theme.

Either way, the recipient will love an edible gift reminder from by-gone days this holiday season!

1950's Nostalgic Candy Mix

1960's Nostalgic Candy Mix

1970's Nostalgic Candy Mix

1980's Nostalgic Candy Mix

Retro Candy - to include in your gift baskets

Retro Toys at Auction - for Holiday Gift Baskets

Auctions are another great way to find nostalgic toys that aren't sold anymore. You'd be surprised how many toys from your childhood are available second hand. Remember your favorite toy? Look for it at auction!

holiday gift baskets - retro
holiday gift baskets - retro

Young and Old Enjoy Holiday Gift Baskets

with Retro, Vintage Toys and Candy

Kids come in all shapes, sizes and, yes, ages -- especially during the holidays. Light up the face of someone on your list with a personalized holiday gift basket that includes some blasts from the past!

Young and old alike will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

How many Holiday Gift Baskets for Kids will you make this year?

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I agree. Personalized gifts in the form of a special gift basket are the best!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      OK, I'll give you hints for my basket: Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and lots of retro candy! Did you get the hint? What a fun way to put together a gift for this kid at heart!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I do love giving personalized holiday gift baskets! Kids always love them and they are fun to put together :)