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18 Amazing Classic Yet Modern Toys to Give

We’re all about everything vintage and throwback, from a 1947 Château Gilette Doux to 80’s Madonna to the rad toys of our childhood. Luckily lots of toy brands are now marrying tried and true classics with modern style to create new gems that can be passed down and enjoyed for generations. So naturally, we think that classic yet modern toys are the ultimate route to go when you’re gift shopping for the littles in your life.

We’ve rounded up our top picks that pay homage to the past with a modern twist with these beautifully crafted, well-made, and durable toys. If shag carpets and crop tops can make a comeback, so can just about anything else.

Read on For the MMC Classic and Modern Toy Gift Guide

Ages 0 – 2

Paul Smith Zebra Cotton Piqué Stuffed Toy

This cuddly zebra was made for baby snuggles. We love the retro colors and fun box for gifting.



Ages 0+. $71. Available online at  

Petit Collage Stacking Wooden Rabbit

One of our go-to brands for things beautifully made with sustainably harvested wood, this sweet rabbit will provide hours of non-toxic stacking fun.


Ages 6 months+. $28. Available online at

Kid O Activity Board

This updated take on the activity board will keep babies and toddlers wiggling and giggling. Perfect for on-the-go with the convenient handle.


Ages 6 months+. $37.50. Available online at

Melissa & Doug Frolicking Frog Pull Toy

This cute, bright green wooden amphibian will delight little ones as it hops alongside them with eye movement galore.


Ages 18 months+. $14.97. Available online at

Petit Collage Mighty Push Bamboo Whale Toy

This sweet whale will put a smile on the face of all tiny nautical fans who can push and play to their hearts’ content.


Ages 18 months +. $20.30. Available online at

Petit Collage Animal Town Wooden Blocks Set

Building blocks are the, well, building blocks of life. This adorable set of 26 features super cute animals that will captivate little ones.


Ages 18 months+. $32. Available online at

Ages 2 – 4


Melissa & Doug Wooden ABC – 123 Blocks

This traditional set of 50 wooden alphabet and number blocks has engaging pictures and includes a pouch for storing.


Ages 2+. $11.97. Available online at

Kid O Open Form Magnetic Drawing Tablet

Toddlers can take a break from the iPad with this old-school tablet. The pen and bead board will let little imaginations run wild.


Ages 3+. $24.99. Available at

Janod Mint Balance Scooter Bike

We love this wooden balance bike made to look like a retro motor scooter, perfect for toddlers to scoot around in style.


Ages 3+. $113.99. Available online at

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

This classic wooden creation takes dollhouses to the next level. The four level, eight room house featuring an elevator and a garage will keep the littles ones and their dolls busy for hours.


Ages 3+. $149.99. Available online at

Melissa & Doug Wooden Pizza Party

It’s pizza party time! Kids can serve up slices with over 50 toppings, a spatula, tray, and more. The wooden box makes for easy playroom storage.

Classic-and-modern-toysAges 3+. $14.97. Available online at

Schylling Makit Toy 70-Piece Set

The 70-piece set has circles and connector rods galore perfect for encouraging little inventors to create everything from a giraffe to a windmill.Classic-and-modern-toys

Ages 3+. $17.97. Available online at

Ages 5+

Wham-O Whamo-O® Slip ‘N Slide® Triple Racer

One of the best parts of childhood (or adulthood) – the Slip ‘N Slide! This one is made for three kids at a time so they can splash their way through fall.


Ages 5+. $55.99. Available online at

POOF PROOF Chuck-O Tic Tac Toss

Life-size tic-tac-toe with bean bags for hours of outdoor entertainment.


Ages 5+. $26.99.

Wham-O Whamo-O® Frisbee Disc Horseshoes Set

The Horseshoe-Frisbee combo brings back memories of staying outside until the street lights came on.


Ages 5+. $16.99. Available online at

AREAWARE Blockitecture Garden City

Kids can create their perfect world with this 20-piece set featuring pavilions and garden terraces to incorporate into their dream green city.


Ages 6+. $74.90. Available online at:

Schylling Simon Game

Simon Says…the classic 80’s game of childhood is back and revamped with animation payoffs, a LCD counter and all!

Ages 7+. $19.97. Available online at

Uncommon Goods Build Your Own Marble Coaster

The small, wooden interpretation of an old, rickety roller coaster allows kids to build their own coaster using the 30 provided pieces and a hand crank for making the marble run on track.

Classic-and-modern-toysAges 9+. $29.95. Available online at

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