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10 things I Wanted for Christmas as a Kid but Didn't Get and Still Want

I had a great childhood and I’m not complaining about that. But you know that feeling when you’re a kid and you look forward to Christmas Day with adrenal pumping excitement (and Chanukah with mild interest, if you celebrated it like me) and you’re thinking, “I just know they got it! I can’t wait!!!” and then the soul crushing disappointment when you open the box and it’s a sweater? My parents were generous but there were a few gifts that eluded me because they were just too expensive or blah blah blah. Some of these may look familiar to you.

10.) Pretty Pretty Princess.

pretty pretty princess game

I imagine this is what Katy Perry's dressing room looks like.

I think the object of the game was to collect jewelry and then wear it and whoever got the most was crowned the pretty pretty princess. But I wouldn’t know. (THANKS, MOM AND DAD!) I did play it once but it was just too dazzling for me to comprehend.

Kate Middleton

The Kate Middleton version is a lot less fun.


9.) The Barbie Dreamhouse.

barbie dollhouse

I don't think these things ever came with toilets.

I wanted this thing so badly. My friend Jenna had it and she had the one with the elevator and I had to have the one with the elevator because if you don’t get the house with the elevator you may as well set the whole thing on fire.


8.) Play Kitchen.

It's a play DINER. What magic is this??

Worst feminist ever, right here. But screw it, I wanted a fake kitchen. It just came with a sense of power. If they sold Play Advertising Executive Office I probably would have wanted it, too. I loved play food. It’s so very Andy Warhol to have a plastic hotdog and hamburger.


7.) Kid Sized Batmobile.

kid batmobile

It looked a lot cooler when I was 8.

I don’t know what to say except that I wanted this so badly. If it’s the one I’m thinking of, it was motorized so you actually drove it, not peddle it with your feet, Flinstones style. This was the coolest thing I had ever seen and the most expensive. I could probably squeeze into it now but they’re even more expensive as they are collectibles. Why does everything bad happen to me?

I would also have settled for a Barbie Jeep:

barbie jeep

"Damnit Shelia I told you to get the brakes checked!"


6.) Baby All Gone.

baby all gone

It puts the cherries in its mouth or else it gets the hose again.

The idea here is that you feed a baby cherries and milk and it seems like she’s actually eating and drinking. I didn’t even like baby dolls but I was fascinated by the cherry spoon. I would have sworn to God that that Betty White looking child was actually eating cherries from the spoon. How did they do it? I wondered. They disappeared so quickly into her gaping mouth! I grew up and realized the truth: the cherries are on a spring in the spoon that snaps back into the spoon. She’s not eating them at all.

5.) 90210 Dolls.

I’ve gone on and on about how my mom wouldn’t let me watch Bevery Hills, 90210 and how obsessed I am with Dylan McKay so this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. My friend Stephanie had all of them. Brenda and Dylan were the best ones.

beverly hills 90210

Damn you, Stephanie.

We fought over the Dylan doll. I think you can understand why:

dylan mckay doll

With the face of a responsible 40 year old dad.


4.) Play Diner.

I just really like diners.

I thought I dreamed this until that Play Diner gave me a hazy image of a miniature diner with rounded dolls. I wanted it so badly even though I think I was 2 when it came out. How did I even remember this? Probably because even as a kid I ate my feelings. I also owned that board game “Eat At Ralph’s”:

It's suddenly very clear to me why I have so many food issues.


3.) Delux Kids Playhouse.

kids playhouse


This seemed like the greatest gift one could ever get. It’s…breathtaking. It’s…painfully unnecessary. I still want this. I would set it up as my home office.


2.) A swimming pool. 

heart shaped pool

But only if it was in a cool shape. Otherwise, JUST FORGET IT.

I didn’t have a swimming pool growing up in LA. The injustice! My friend Katie did and I swam there a lot and we pretended we were witches and her name was Juniper and I was Samantha. Somehow this was related to swimming, I don’t remember why.


1.) Talkboy.

home alone talkboy

Never did one kid do so much with a tape recorder.

For those of you who have no idea what this is (a Star Wars thing?) it’s from Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (which I think is far superior to Home Alone but whatever) used by the main character, Kevin, as brilliantly played by Macaulay Culkin. These things called casettes went inside these things called tape recorders and you spoke into the pull out mike and talk into it and than play it back and that’s basically it. But the fun thing was that you could change the pitch of your voice. This was an amazing feature if you saw the movie. Now the whole thing seems pretty stupid.

But on one magical Christmas, this gift was under the tree.


Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal. And a happy new year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1080830127 Beth Curry

    I wanted a kitchen too, but all I got was a bag of plastic food. It kept me entertained though…
    And I don’t know if I had a Baby All Gone or if I played with someone else’s but I loved the spoon, and I’m pretty sure the cherries were cherry scented.
    My brother had a silver TalkBoy, and I had a pink one. We made pretend radio shows because we were awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andreamazing Andrea Richardson

      They smelled like heaven.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsaybradleigh Lindsay Bradleigh Shank

    I had the TalkGirl pen. Not nearly as cool. I also desperately wanted a Barbie Dream House. I’m still bitter about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655084049 Dana Boone

    I had a Baby All Gone! The best part is the cherries on the spoon actually smelled like cherries.

    • Apocalypstick

      I don’t remember this! Amazing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000701552016 Ashley Giddings

      I’m glad somebody else remembered that because I swear I could smell that very specific smell as soon as I saw the picture!

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate you taking to time to cnotriubte That’s very helpful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SilviaJuncaC Sílvia Juncà

    I still want a Delux Kids Playhouse!! My neighbours got one last year and I swear I’ve come so close to sneak to their garden at night and have a reunion with my toys for a few hours… My children are sooo going to have one of those!! (and I’ll secretly become a 5 year old again when they’re at school :D). Omg, I didn’trealize how BADLY I wanted one of those till now… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/autumn.kieft Autumn Kieft

    I had, and still have, the 90210 dolls. My mom broke them out for my niece recently…still all dressed and fabulous. My parents made me my very own Barbie dreamhouse which was way cooler than anything that was sold. My mom made curtains and bedspreads to match, and it did have a bathroom, with a toliet and whirlpool tub…all pink…in the 80’s. It was taller than me. Yea, my parents were awesome. My mom grew up on Barbies, so I was spoiled. Now my adorable 4 year old niece is inheriting all the kickass Barbie stuff I accumulated…which was a LOT! I

  • http://www.facebook.com/audsey Audrey Leihser

    I HAD THAT BARBIE DREAMHOUSE. But only the top 2 floors. My mom got it at a garage sale when I was 11 and too old to play with Barbies. *le sigh*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38704256 Mandy McDonald

      You’re never too old to play with Barbies! My sister and I played with them 4 years ago (both of us in our 20’s)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8200289 Gabrielle Dolceamore

    I feel so spoiled. I had pretty pretty
    Princesses ad the 90210 dolls. But growing up I begged and whined for an American girl doll. I finally got one last year!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andreamazing Andrea Richardson

      I always wanted an American Girl doll. My dad said they were too creepy and refused to get me one.

    • Apocalypstick

      I got an American Girl doll for my birthday…two months ago. NO SHAME IN THAT GAME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DiruDomo Emma Tukdarian

    I remember having 10
    It was great. I still find some of the beaded bracelets around my house; and I’m in high school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546673709 Catrin Morgan

    Oh My God Baby All Gone!!!! I had that!!!!

    I was so obsessed with it!

    I never knew there were 90210 dolls – I mean ok I was 2 when it started and didn’t start watching it on repeats until I was 13 but still…..I want them! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001865043931 Jessica Vignola

    I had a hand me down Barbie house that certainly wasn’t a dream. Why? No elevator! How the heck was Barbie supposed to get upstairs without a spiral staircase or an elevator? I must admit that I had the Brenda and Dylan dolls though. But they were homeless too. I think all my dolls must have lived in the first floor level of that home or outside in their sparkly Corvettes.

    Oh, and I wanted an Easy Bake Oven and the Barbie Jeep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26111262 Allison Camille

    this list is everything. i’m sending it to my mom as my wishlist this year. brilliant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amvore Amber Vore

    As soon as I started reading this I thought about the one thing I always wanted. That was similar to the Barbie Dream House. I had a wooden house that was unfinished, but I loved it. I can’t remember where it came from, but it was handmade. Eventually it started falling apart and my parents threw it out and promised a new one, but I never got it. I still bring it up to them from time to time. Those bastards :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.bladh Amanda Bladh

    I had that princess game and loved it:) I didn’t have a barbie house but I actually had a barbie toilet!! haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.haebe Liz Haebe

    I had that Barbie dreamhouse and a 90210 doll (Kelly!). And, I totally had forgotten about that Batmobile! ARGH! That’s amazing!

  • Anonymous

    toy kitchen and food!!! I still want these SO MUCH. My only consolation now is that I can get these for my nephew and we can play Chefs together. Thank God for the little people in our life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marisalasbury Marisa Asbury

    i had that dreamhouse and it ruled, but it was hard to play with because it was so enclosed, so then i always wanted the one with the elevator. i also still have my original talk boy and that thing still rules.

    i never got that barbie convertible or jeep though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jriyoko Jessica Riyoko Dunn

    I played Pretty,Pretty Princess for the first time in a waiting room somewhere when I was like four. Every single Christmas after that it was on my wish list. Until I was 22 and my dear friend finally took pity on me and bought it for me. Now I make my boyfriend play with me until one of us gets the extreme pleasure of looking into the mirror and declaring ourselves the ” prettiest princess in all the land!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010965461 Samantha Mann

    I forgot about most of these toys, as well as how much I wanted them. xD Luckily I’m only really bitter about the Barbie Jeep – man, I wanted my own little motorized kid car SO BAD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hchase Hannah Chase

      I wanted a motorized kid car, as well, so bad. And, pretty pretty princess! Sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mobil0603 Danielle Barry

    I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven and never got one. My best friend bought me one for my 17th birthday even though I could cook in an adult oven by then. I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, cooked with 100 watts of love, got sick after eating them and put it on a shelf where it still sits in my parents house.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=47600290 Stephanie DeBalko

      I feel your pain on the Easy Bake Oven. I would deal with the pain of violent stomach cramping just to experience the sheer joy of baking a cake under a lightbulb that I missed out on as a child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1523160330 Emma Ranne

    Haha ! Just like my childhood number one wishlist. Still could take the deluxe playhouse :)

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