Guys, it’s finally time to reveal the truth about Santa Claus – his beard is not real. Think I’m just toying with your mind? Next time you see Santa at the shopping mall, try this experiment: give his beard a tug, see what happens, and send us an email with the results. No, don’t. We at Brainberries prefer it if our readers maintain a clean criminal record. In any event, if my revelation has somehow made Christmas a bit less magical for you, perhaps a walk down memory lane will cheer you up again. Enjoy our list of the most popular Christmas gifts every year since 2000.
1. 2018: Fingerlings
Does this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? Sure, why not. Fingerlings are these little plastic animal toys that attach themselves to your finger and respond to touch and sound. They burp, they blink. All that good stuff. You’ve got your pandas, dragons, unicorns, and even dinosaurs (!) that roar at you because they’re super dangerous.
2. 2017: Cozmo
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? You better believe it! This guy is basically Wall-E’s custom and he’s customizable, programmable, and can learn on his own and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Be careful though! Chances are, even if you buy it for your kids, you’ll be the one who’s always hogging it.
3. 2016: NES Classic
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? More than you could possibly imagine. Back in mid-December 1987, a snow storm cancelled the school day and my mom allowed my brother and me to open our NES two weeks ahead of Christmas. Playing Super Mario Bros. without having to go to the arcade was a mind-blowing experience, let me tell you. Consumers clearly shared my nostalgia since this guy sold out like hotcakes when it was reintroduced in 2016.
4. 2015: Remote-Controlled BB-8
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? Definitely. If you’ve ever seen The Force Awakens then there’s a pretty good chance that you thought to yourself, “I wouldn’t mind hanging out with that dude.” He isn’t your standard remote controlled toy though. He responds to commands and has a mind of his own. The original price of $150 did nothing to dissuade people from snatching BB-8 up. Subsequently, the price has dropped to $80. So why not get two of them?
5. 2014: Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? I suppose so. I’ve never seen Frozen, and have no clue about the plot another than that it involved two princess sisters and some dopey looking snowman guy. But hey, the kids were crazy for Elsa, that’s for sure. The doll version of her even lights up and sings “Let it Go,” so there you have it.
6. 2013: Tekno The Robotic Puppy
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? If so, that’s kind of sad. The original Tekno model came out in 2000, but remember that those were the days when we were all technologically stupid, so who cared? Fast forward to 2013, and that year’s version allowed people to use their smartphones to interact with the robot puppy. Tekno barks, eats (insofar as robots can), fetches, whines, learned tricks and basically does everything that puppies do. But let’s be honest, guys. You can’t replace a real life puppy!!!
7. 2012: Nintendo Wii U
Did this make Christmas Holly and Jolly? Of course! The 8th generation console was Nintendo’s first to support HD graphics and included a lot of memorable games, including its flagship franchises such as Super Mario, Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. With the release of Nintendo Switch in March 2017, Wii U was discontinued a few months later in December.