Every few years, an "it" toy emerges for the holiday season, spawning desperate hunts and inflated eBay pricing. So far in 2016, it looks like Hatchimals and the NES Classic Edition console are the must-have items of the holiday season. For lucky kids, the gadget or gizmo they were dreaming about for months magically appeared to them beautifully wrapped, but for the parents (ahem...Santa) who had to hunt these things down...not always so magical.
As a reprieve from frantic present pursuits, we decided to dive deep into nostalgia, reminiscing over the in-vogue gifts of years past. Tapping Patricia Hogan, curator at The Strong, the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, we put together this listing of the most popular toys since the 1950s. Click through the gallery above for a stroll down memory lane to see what boys and girls have been putting on their wish lists to Santa throughout the past six decades.