We all have childhood memories of gifts we were given. Some gifts were coveted while others made us cringe. I love to hear stories of childhood gifts and who better to ask than my favourite bloggers?
Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon a blog and it covers so many of your favourite things? That’s how I felt when I clicked on Oh Creative Day earlier this year. Picture book reviews and recommendations, easy craft for kids, sweet treats, beautiful bright and bold colours – Mum, teacher and picture book writer Shannon has created a fun, happy and positive space which I love visiting.
Shannon has kindly shared her favourite childhood gift memories and, just like her blog, they guarantee a smile…
What was your favourite gift you were given as a kid or teen?
A custom-designed knitted jumper inspired by my childhood heroine, Punky Brewster. Look at those hands on the hips – I wore that jumper with PRIDE.
Who gave it to you?
My awesome Aunty Ree knitted it especially for me. It was a one-of-a-kind piece. Aunty Ree also introduced me to honey sandwiches and lollies… totally opening my eyes to the ways of the world.
How old were you?
I was 4. I was the youngest in a big group of cousins (until my sister came along and usurped me). All of my cousins were teens in the 80s and they introduced me to the brilliance of Boy George, WHAM! and Polaroids. So I was essentially 4 going on 14.
Do you still have it?
My mum dug out the first photo of me in my Punky Brewster jumper. When she sent it through, I asked what had become of it. Her response? “It went to the jumper farm.” (Insert sad face here.)
Is it something your kids would wear now?
I wish I could bring it out in all of its vintage glory and make my 2 year old wear it. If it did still exist, I feel it should probably be in a glass cabinet in a museum celebrating all that was great of the 80s. Earlier this year, I was super excited to discover that a graphic novel centred around the escapades of Punky has just been published. Taking Punky to a new generation!
Any other details or special memories of this gift?
I remember it had some really special buttons at the back of the neck. I feel that those buttons infused the jumper with some of Punky’s spunk and pizzazz. I think this gift was so special because it reminds me of good times with my cool cousins.
A big thank you to Shannon for sharing her memories and flashback photos. The last photo may not feature her awesome Punky Brewster jumper but I had to include it because: matching tracksuits, a Polaroid and ALF. So very 80s!
Were you a Punky Brewster fan?
Did you do the matching tracksuits thing as a kid?
What is the one thing that reminds you most of the 1980s?