20 Best Sports Christmas Gifts Of The 1980s


There was a time, 20-somethings, when the Internet didn’t exist and video games were comprised of .033 megapixels, leaving our video games looking archaic to your modern tastes. Those of us 30-40 remember when a poster of Michael Jordan dunking from the foul line was the perfect Christmas gift from grandma.

We remember a time when a Nerf door basketball hoop was the greatest invention known to man. There were even some of us who had the football Cabbage Patch doll. (Not me.) Mass production of Cabbage Patch dolls would start in 1982 and peak with parents fighting over them at Toys ‘R Us. We remember many Christmas Eves in the 1980s, wondering if mom and dad had scored Tecmo Bowl and/or Double Dribble.

Those were simpler times, when worrying about which accessories grandma would get for the iPhone 5 seemed so futuristic.

Christmas Gift Level Guide:

Level 1: Small boxes, usually looked like you were about to get shirts and socks.

Level 2: Interesting wrapping; bigger boxes; odd shapes

Level 3: Mom and dad held back these gifts until the Polaroid was ready to go

Level 4: Top-of-the-Christmas-list items; usually electronics

Grand Finale: Dad had this gift stored at a buddies house; your parents took out a small loan

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