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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 Tracks1985. Teddy Ruxpin2002. Bratz Dolls
1969. Kerplunk game1986. Lazer Tag shootout2003. BeyBlades spinning tops
1970.  Nerf Ball1987. Sylvanian Families2004. Robosapien robot
1971. Mastermind game1988. Ghostbusters Proton pack2005. Xbox 360
1972. Uno card game1989. Batmobile2006. Nintendo Wii
1973. Shrinky Dinks1990. T.M.H.Turtles2007. Iggle Piggle Night Garden
1974. Dungeons & Dragons1991. Nintendo Gameboy2008. High School Musical Mat
1975. Othello game1992. Thunderbirds Tracy Island2009. Go Go Pet Hamster
1976. Magna Doodle1993. Barbie Doll2010. Toy Story 3 DVD
1977. Star Wars figures1994. Power Rangers2011. Leapfrog Tablet
1978. Hungry Hippos game1995. Pogs game2012. Skylanders Giants
1979. Strawberry Shortcake dolls1996. Toy Story figures2013. Furby
1980. Rubik's Cube1997. Tamagotchi2014. Frozen Snow Glow Elsa
1981. Lego Train set1998. Furby2015. Star Wars Light Sabre
1982. Stompers Truck1999. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire game2016. Hatchimals
1983 Care Bears2000. Teksta dog2017. L.O.L Surprise Dolls
1984 Optimus Prime Transformer2001. Bob the Builder figures2018. 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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Fair Trade Hats Fair Trade ScarvesFair Trade Canvas Tote BagsTouch screen gloves

Slipper socksVasa Copper Vacuum Insulated Sport Bottle

Mini Luxury Chocolate Gift BoxChocolate Coated Honeycomb in Clear CubeWhite 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.   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