The holiday shopping season is upon us, and many consumers are now making their way to Toys R Us, Wal-Mart Stores, and of course, Amazon.com to stock up on presents that children will soon find under the tree. Some products, like the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and iPhone 5S, are bound to be crowd favorites due to their recent releases, but other classic gifts date back many, many moons and continue to entertain kids no matter what the generation.
Interestingly enough, many of the inventors who initially produced the world’s hottest toys didn’t even mean to do so. Take legos, for example. Legos are on the National Retail Federation’s list of top 10 tip gifts produced by unexpected retailers, and the agency explains that the toy dates back to the 1930s when a Danish carpenter decided to create a simple game for children. In 1932, Ole Christiansen came out with the original eight-pegged block, and discovered that six Lego blocks can add up to 102,981,500 different combinations, helping the carpenter reach his goal and make the possibilities truly endless. The Lego Group is still the fourth largest toy company in the world.
So yes, Sam Walton may have been retail king, and Jeff Bezos e-commerce expert, but the two still can’t boast the honor of creating these time-old toys that they still currently sell. With the help of the NRF’s toy roundup, here are 7 examples of toys, like Legos, that came to existence either on accident or unexpectedly but still enjoy relevance with children today, and are sure to be delivered to many boys and girls this Christmas.