This is in the nature of a frivilous holiday thread.

I don’t know how many here are baby boomers, but I got to thinking about gifts I got as a child and wondered if any were still around.  Some are, it turns out, though mostly as collectibles.

If you’re a boomer–especially an early boomer male–you may remember some of these.

I have a series of pictures at my blog, Dreaming Up Daily, at

So now that the gift-buying frenzy and gift-unwrapping orgy is over, and assuming you’re not out there bashing heads at the mall for leftover bargains–return with us now to yesteryear…

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