This is how much the most popular Christmas presents of every decade since 1970 would cost today

Every single year at Christmas there’s a brand new toy, game or gift that is a must have for the kids of the UK.

Now, with the big day just around the corner once again, parents across the nation are likely tallying up just how much it’s going to cost to fulfil their little ones’ Christmas wishes.

Of course, the items on kids wish lists to Santa and the price tag that comes with them have changed over time.

According to Music Magpie, parents are spending eight times as much in 2019 as they were to get must have pressies back in 1970 (prices based on inflation).

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While these days they reckon the cost of the top five most sought after gifts is around £1,465, the Christmas toys of 1987 were by far the cheapest, setting you back £35.48 back then and just £96.70 in today’s money.

Back in 1970, the most popular presents were Nerfballs, Sindy dolls, Apollo Moon Rockets, Risk the board game and Talking Viewmasters.

Nabbing them all would cost around £12 back then but £191 today.

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By 1980 prices were up, with a Rubiks Cube, a Mattell Handheld Electronic Game, a LEGO Train Set, a Mr Frosty and a Tin Can Alley Target Shooting Game racking up to £114 back then and £477 now.

Ten years later and the dream toys of the year had totally changed again, with Sega Mega Drives, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures, Polly Pocket dolls, Mr Frosty Ice Crunchie Machines and Mouse Trap the board game on the cards for kids on Christmas morning, costing £221 all together back then and £489 these days.

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In 2000 Teksta Robotic Dogs, Amazing Ally dolls, Micro Scooters, Pokemons and the old school must have mobiles, Nokia 3310s were all the rage, costing around £336 back then and £549 now.

This year’s apparent need-to-haves are more on the techy side than ever, with pricey gadgets like the iPhone 11 Pro, the Fortnite Battle Bus Deluxe and the Nintendo Switch Lite on wish lists.

Meanwhile, a Gravitrax Starter Set XXL and a Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet will take the total up to a whopping £1,465.98.

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).