Nostalgic Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Grew Up in the 70s and 80s
During our growing up and even our adult years, we sometimes forget that our fathers were once children too, little boys who had their own favorite toys and pastimes they rushed home from school to play with every day. Sometimes, the best gift you can give dad is his own personal time machine back to the past with a retro toy. Not only will he enjoy the memories, but this can be something that you both bond over for many years to come. Here are some great retro gift ideas (that are still available) for those fathers who grew up in the 70s or 80s.
- Rubik’s Cube: If your dad grew up in the 1980s, chances are that he had a Rubik’s Cube. While there are lots of versions of this classic 80s toy, nothing can beat the original 3 x 3 cube, which continues to provide one of the best brain workouts available to this day. If your dad is prone to a bit of frustration, you can always include a “how-to” book to help him finish the puzzle.
- Tabletop Electric Football: If your dad grew up as a sports fanatic, then there’s a chance he played tabletop football as a kid. Although the full size version of this classic game might be impractical, there are mini versions of this available that are light and portable, and still a whole lot of fun.
- Atari Games Console: Was your dad in the first generation of video game fanatics? While the original Atari 2600 is long since out of production, in 2013 Atari released a “flashback” console: called the Flashback 4. This unit is based on the old Atari 2600 device and features 75 built-in games from the 1980s. There are even two classic controllers included so you can get in on the fun as well.
- Classic Board Games: For dads who just love family game nights, a gift of a classic board game will be perfect. Today, there are many of these games from the 1970s and 1980s available in their original formats. This includes such iconic games as Ker-Plunk, Snakes & Ladders, Battleship, Connect 4, Operation, Twister, and Buckaroo!
- A Meccano Set: If your dad was a builder as a little boy and still likes to tinker, you can still buy Meccano sets, the metal build-your-own-toy kits, and dad can construct the locomotives, steam shovels and motorcycles that were his proudest creations way back when.
These days, Father’s Day gifts don’t need to be relegated to the iconic tie or “soap on a rope.” Give your day a memorable gift this year and invite him to revisit his 70s or 80s childhood.