22 Christmas Presents You Wanted From The Argos Catalogue As A Kid


Ah, the good old days.

When, a couple of months before ol’ Crimbo, you’d pull out the Argos (and the Index, because let’s not forget about that gem) catalogues and get flicking with a Biro firmly in your hand for present circling.

You’d start by pouring over the jewellery at the beginning. Maybe this year you’d get a silver Forever Friends necklace with a teddy on! OMG <3<3<3

Then you’d quickly browse the home stuff, hello cute fluffy fairylights and matching curtain and duvet sets, before finishing at the back, with the creme de la creme of what the toy kingdom had to offer.


Seriously though, time well spent, especially if there was a cracking episode of The Queen’s Nose just playing in the background.

Anyway, here’s what you defo wanted.

1. A crystal growing set. Because OMG WHAT’S PRETTIER THAN CRYSTALS EVERY COLOUR OF THE RAINBOW? You tried to grow one. It looked like a small lump of green mould. In fact, that box might still be lingering in the loft somewhere. Boxing Day activity anyone?

2. A make-up palette. But if it didn’t have 52 eye shadow shades, 12 blushers, 10 lip shades, a mini mascara, lip liner and hidden compartments popping up from every angle, then heck, what was even the point?

3. Baby Born. No, she wasn’t just like every other bloomin’ doll. THIS ONE WAS LIKE A REAL BABY! She could do poos (or so you’d heard from your rich friends on the grapevine).

4. ALL the jewellery with your birthstone on. See, your love of personalised stuff started early.

5. China dolls (who had their named printed on the back of their necks?!). So that you could collect them and keep them all on a shelf and it wouldn’t be at all creepy. Nuh uh. They always wore petticoats too and it made you wish you had one too, kinda.

6. A Mr Frosty slush machine because hello, imagine being able to make your own slush puppies from home every single damn day.

7. A bright pink stereo. It would sit on the centre of your chest of drawers like a trophy to tell people that you were incredibly cool and hip and happening. You’d play your S Club Juniors CD on it and make up dance routines, you’d also record songs off the radio onto a cassette and listen to them in your portable cassette player.

8. A robot dog toy that could bark and walk and do flips. Tbh it was probably as close as you were ever going to get to a real dog, so…

9. A groovy chick duvet set AND matching bean bag, because every girl gotta have a bean bag to slouch about on after school.

10. A set of six pairs of plastic pink shoes. Nope, you didn’t know how you were supposed to wear them out the house, or when you’d EVER need six pairs of almost identical pink heels, but girl likes what girl likes and ain’t that the truth.

11. A doll head that came with a brush and 73265765 different hair accessories because obvs you got to practice being able to do hair as well as the models in Mizz magazine.

12. A candle making set where you could make STRIPED CANDLES OMG. Who cared if they didn’t smell of anything – you were never going to light them, they were too pretty <3 Just what every girl wanted in her bedroom, right? An orange and green striped pyramid candle?

13. A Barbie Dream House. Sure, it was one of the most expensive things in the kids section, but one day it was going to be yours <3

14. A lava lamp. No explanation needed. OR. One of those glitter lamps that looked just like a lava lamp but had glitter in. Mental.

15. A tamagotchi. You would feed it and care for it and therefore prove that you were WELL capable of getting a real life pet hamster.

16. A trampoline that was basically the same size as one you’d seen at school once and once you got it you would probably become a national trampoline champion.

17. A Doodle Bear. Like, he could actually go in the washing machine and you could start again. YOU WOULD NEVER RUN OUT OF DOODLE SPACE. What a Christmas miracle.

18. A Scaletrix set because back the eff up, you weren’t JUST about the pink glittery toys y’know? You liked cars too.

19. A pink camcorder because even way back when in the 1990s, you totally knew that home videos were going to make you a millionaire. It’s actually your parents fault that you’re not now a global YouTube sensation.

20. One of those electronic cars at the back of the catalogue that you just sat in and it moved along. I mean, it pretty much looked like a real car and everyone would think you were so damn cool.

21. Sylvanian Families. Maybe in a barge or cottage.

22. One of those fairy Barbies that you could put in a tree stump and pull a cord and omg she can fly. Except she was a bit temperamental and sometimes flew into people’s faces. Or onto shelves and knocked things off. But y’know, Barbie knows best.



  • Loved this, so much nostalgia. Our Argos catalogue was verrry dogeared come December time with both me and my brother fighting over it. I definitely wanted all of the above oh, and maybe some magic sand and a Furby <3.

    Now all kids want are iPads, quite sad really.



    • YES to magic sand and a Furby. I knew I would never get one because they were like £60 ?

  • Oh my god, LOVE this. How did you come up with this idea hahah. Love the groovy chick and lava lamp days x


  • Penny
    • Ahhh man! Sadly no idea on the internet is new anymore – glad I got lots of different ones on my list 🙂

  • I never got that baby doll that could poo… I wanted it so much! Also Barbie House was on my wishlist for so old and I remember how happy I got when I got it! It was my favorite toy for few years, haha 🙂 All my friends used to go at my house and we would play till my mother said it’s time to go to sleep! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Miranda

      Me too 🙁 I desperately wanted one. I did however have the dog that had puppies, the cuddly one. OMG it was the best thing evaaaaaa

  • I love this! Has me feeling very nostalgic!! I always had furbies and that good old doll head circled! haha x


  • Syd

    So funny and true , I know this as I was in my loft yesterday and I found a boxed crystal growing kit that I don’t ever recall getting !!
    I’ll dust it off and send it to you ?

  • those fairy barbies were called Sky Dancers – how could you forget? 😉

  • LOL! Me and my step sister used to sit down with a catalogue each, we would have a budget and would set out members of our imaginary family (usually a husband and two kids, 1 boy 1 girl – obv!) then we would go through and pick out everything we wanted to decorate our imaginary life!

    Not weird at all right!? hahaha face palm x

    • Amanda

      Not weird… I also did this….hahaha

  • Sarah Wilson

    Oh man! This takes me back. I wanted all of these. I thought I was the only one who circled things. I never got anything I circled though 🙁

    I did get a Talkgirl and that was the best thing ever but broke after a couple of days.


  • Going through the Argos catalogue and ticking everything I wanted is a childhood memory of mine. And I never got my Baby All Gone 🙁

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go



  • OMG this is just such nostalgia! I also always wanted those hair braiding contraptions, where you put 3 strands of hair into some sort of handheld device and it basically just tied your hair into painful, tangled knots. The good old days!


  • OMG China Dolls! We sold my childhood home over the summer and my sister and I were tasked with clearing out the loft and found so many of our old toys. The good old days when this was our only problem hey! x


  • Love this post! I used to be dying for one of those doll heads! 🙂

  • Haha – this is SOOOOO true. You forgot the inflatable sofa though 😉
    Sophie Cliff

  • Amy

    This was such a nostalgia fest! I so wanted a flippy dog…for some…bizarre reason!

  • Caz

    I love how all your posts are always so relatable Hannah! I definitely still have my lava lamp somewhere and I also remember wanting an inflatable chair ?

    Caz | thisiscaz

  • Still dying for a Lava lamp tbh.

    Claudia Harriet // Student Lifestyle Blog

  • I actually got a Baby All Gone one year! Then spent most of my time trying to work out the sorcery behind the disappearing cherries. WHERE DID THEY GO?

    Nowadays what mystifies me is the Barbara Winsor-esque do that baby had. Quite something for an infant.


  • Hahaa!! This list is spot on! I remember always wanting the pick n mix stand, which was clearly just an excuse to eat masses of sweets.

    I bought my nephew a Mr Frosty last year, and he bloody loved it!! Well for all of half an hour, then he got arm ache and left it to me and my sister to make him drinks haha!

    Love your blog Hannah!!

    Grace Nicole


  • I’ll never forget the moment I got a Fairy Barbie doll thingymajig for Christmas… then she flew into and punched me in the face on Boxing Day. Where does your loyalty lie eh?!

  • MATE. I remember the year of the lava lamp. My brother got the lava lamp, I got the glitter lamp. And I kid you not, the glitter lamp was still working until this time last year when the bulb just went. Screw trying to replace the bulb now, but it totally made my room super snazzy when it was fresh and new. Also, I’m still ever so slightly heart broken I never received one of those creepy doll heads. WHY DEPRIVE ME??

    She’s So Lucy

  • Nicola

    Ah, those candle making sets! I had to laugh when I read the bit about the pyramid ones because I used to love making them. Worst part is, when we were in high school we had to open our own businesses for the week serving members of the public and I totally had a little stall that sold them.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  • I remember all of these and still have a few of my candles I made around the house

  • This post has ALL the nostalgia!
    But don’t forget sea-monkeys! Sea-monkeys were the first thing i ever raised haha

  • Oh my God the nostalgia!! This post is everything, I loved reading this, and so yes yes yes to the glitter lava lamp. They could easily make a come back. Also double yes to the groovy chick duvet and pencil case and door sign and God know what else! Keep up the cracking content, you’re so up there with your posts, every one is just so relatable, that’s rare in the blog world these days!

    Sophia 🙂

    Small and Happy lifestyle blog

  • Ohmygosh yes!

    This list was me and my sister every single christmas.

    I now fully intend to buy all my friend’s kids Mr Frosties when they get old enough. Just to try and make up for our lack of one.


  • I want to do my Christmas list with the Argos catalogue again. Oh, those dreamy Barbie pages…

  • This is literally the funniest post ever! Love it!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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  • Mr Frosty! Oh, I was always so jealous of the kids in the adverts…and to be honest, I’ve never managed to own one, how upsetting. Maybe I should look to see if they still exist!

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