20. Print catalogs
The J.C. Penney and Sears catalogs of the past were printed dream factories. Whether you grew up in the 1950s (coonskin caps!), the 1960s (go-go boots!), the 1970s (“Star Wars” figures!) or beyond, the colorful and beautifully laid-out pages let kids drop into a fantasy world like no other.
Today, retailers’ catalogs are few and far between, and modern kids aren’t accustomed to turning to them for gift ideas anyway. Nowadays, if they show up, most catalogs head directly to recycling, or maybe get a second life as a doorstop.