In 1975, young kids were writing their letters to Santa Claus – hoping for that favourite toy.
During this year, some of the top selling toys included the infamous Pet Rock and the video game Pong.
Looking at the some of the advertisements of well-known brands, it was interesting to see what they thought would be good for kids of the time, like from Mattel:
Notice the vacuum cleaner for the little girl or the shopping cart? Or the chainsaw for the little boy? And why not the “movie camera” for both kids? Mattel was creating toys based on real items for kids, but certainly insured that the gender stereotypes were reinforced.
Two famous dolls were very popular: Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy:
For kid fans of Star Trek – it was the chance to ask Santa for the Enterprise as seen in the 1975 edition of the Sears Wish Book:
While for fans of board games, one of the items found under the tree courtesy of the man in the white beard:
And if you weren’t sure what to ask Santa, there were plenty of ideas too:
And just in case you needed a new outfit for the holidays: