We all have childhood memories of gifts we were given. Some gifts were coveted, with hints dropped in the lead up to Christmas or a birthday, like my Cabbage Patch Kid in 1985. Others were gifts that made us cringe – like the daggy pink Stackhat my Mum thought looked cool (it was not). A boy at school laughed and threw pebbles at my head in jest. It was later swapped for a white Stackhat. No pebbles were thrown after that.
All are memories I look back on with a smile, cringe or laugh. I love to hear stories of childhood gifts and who better to ask than my favourite bloggers?
First to step up to the plate and bravely share a childhood gift memory is the lovely Renee from Mummy, Wife, Me.
Renee is a self described mummy, wife and woman on a journey of self discovery. I love reading her funny, warm and relatable blog posts. She is one of the friendliest, most supportive and generous bloggers out there.
What was your favourite gift you were given as a kid or teen?
When we were young, my sister and I would spend every waking moment making up dances together. We would take Dad’s old tape deck into our room and crank out the likes of Whitney Houston and my 1987 into the groove cassette tape as we choreographed one routine after another. Dancing and music was my life and I begged mum and dad constantly for a tape deck of my own.
And then on my 11th birthday, my dreams came true! I was given a pink and blue boom box. It was a case of love at first sight.
Who gave it to you?
My parents gave it to me. On the eve of my birthday, I heard them wrapping up my presents with The Travelling Wilburys ‘Handle With Care’ song playing in the background.
I was dev-a-stated because I thought they’d bought me The Travelling Wilburys tape instead of a boom box. I cried a river that night.
I could not believe my eyes the next day when I unwrapped my funky little boom box.
Do you still have your funky little boom box?
No, it died a long time ago.
Is it something your kids would play with now?
My four year old has her own Dora boom box. Funnily enough in similar colours to my old one.
A big thank you to Renee for sharing her gift memories and awesome 80s photos. I think we all have our own stash of dance recital photos hidden away. I know I do – but that’s for another time!
Did you own a boom box as a kid?
Do you have any dance recital photos stashed away?!