Around the World, Nostalgia Is ‘In’ Again
Though we’re assured Santa himself has an innate immunity to COVID-19, there are families around the world staying in a bit more than usual this year. To that end, cool, often nostalgic gifts are making it more fun to spend time inside with the whole family.
In India, a classic has made a return. Demand for the card game UNO has more than doubled, as families are finding competitive fun in skips, reverses and even the dreaded draw four.
In Canada, it’s all about family fun. Puzzle sales are up significantly, and families are looking forward to enjoying the winter weather with toboggans. Across Central America, another time-honored toy, with a modern twist, is popular in a big way – 6 foot tall teddy bears and other oversized stuffed animals will find themselves under trees this season.
And in the U.S., the world’s greatest simple machine is topping lists: Bicycles are back. Kids around the country are looking for ways to have fun and stay active with their whole family, and Walmart’s suite of bikes – from BMX and mountain bikes to classic cruisers – can help you do just that.
Meanwhile in Mexico and the U.S., playing pretend is in vogue. Thanks to the the Barbie Mega Dream House, staying inside has become, well, a dream. The three-story open concept has it all. From a secluded breakfast nook to an exterior waterslide, it’s staying home in style. And if you need something to spruce up the exterior, why not park a Hot Wheel in the driveway? The toy cars are again at the top of lists, as they’re great for imagination anywhere, or can be paired with tracks for endless hours of indoor fun.