Popular Gifts from Christmases of Yesteryear

Today we have a huge choice of Christmas gifts to buy, thanks mainly to all our online shopping services, modern production methods and the delivery options that enable us to access items from all over the world in a few clicks. 
In many ways the possibilities are endless when it comes to presents these days, but it wasn’t always like this and today’s most popular gifts are certainly very different to those from Christmases of yesteryear. But have you ever wondered what some of the top presents were in the past? 
Take a look at our infographic below to find out what some of the most popular Christmas gifts were from as far back as the 1930s. The infographic also explains how we found out this information with the help of our homeowners, plus we’ve included a bonus list of a few of the more unusual items they told us about.  


Unusual and Popular Christmas Gift infographic

The True Meaning of Christmas

While these gifts certainly don’t seem as thrilling as the flashy products that top 2020’s wish lists, many of them were handmade with a great deal of care and attention. As such they do give us a humble reminder that Christmas is also a time for us to be thankful for what we do receive and to be appreciative of one another.
This is particularly relevant during this unprecedented year and with our recent study that’s shown many of us will be reducing our festive expenditure because of the pandemic, taking the time to handcraft some personalised gifts for loved ones could be both a thoughtful and more affordable option. 
On top of this you may also want to look into volunteering or helping charities this Christmas, particularly with some of the restrictions we’ll be facing over the holiday season. Volunteering has played an important role in life at McCarthy Stone developments in this unprecedented year and it’s just one of the ways we’re looking after the health and happiness of our homeowners this Christmas and beyond.

Your Popular and Unusual Gifts from the Past 

If you’ve got a story to tell about any common or unusual gifts you received in your youth then be sure to let us know via our Facebook and Twitter pages!


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