Added magic from Argos


A nationwide poll by Argos reveals the gifts that Brits were sad to miss out on as kids. Game Boy topped the list of longed-for gifts, with Mr Frosty and Sega Mega Drive coming in a close second and third. Those now in their 40s were most likely to have put Mr Frosty on their Christmas list, while those currently over 50 desperately wanted a Walkman.

Top 10 Gifts That Got Away

  1. Game Boy
  2. Mr Frosty
  3. SEGA Mega Drive
  4. Lava lamp
  5. Walkman
  6. Barbie Dream House
  7. Rubik’s Cube
  8. Karaoke Machine
  9. Twister
  10. Furby

Among these gifts that adults missed out on as children, overall respondents would most still like to receive a lava lamp but those now in their 30s and 40s still really want to try out the Sega Mega Drive to re-live their childhood gaming dreams.

Respondents also shared the worst gifts they received instead of what they truly wanted, with people being given a crocheted waistcoat, a geography encyclopedia and even half-eaten chocolate instead. Perhaps in the hopes of getting better gifts than this, a third (30 per cent) of adults still opt to write a Christmas list.

Those still pining for the gifts that never made it under their tree can find a selection of the most popular presents from Argos at, complete with the original catalogue images for a welcome blast from the past.

To spread some much-needed Christmas magic in the run up to the big day, nostalgic Brits can comment on Argos’s dedicated competition Twitter post from today with the item from The Gift That Got Away website that they most wanted, along with #ArgosChristmasMagic, and the Argos delivery elves will surprise lucky winners with a delivery of their longed-for gift.

About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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